Summer is the perfect time to explore the New Forest, a magical location on the south coast of England, known for its natural beauty, rich history, and fun-filled days out. Here are the top ten reasons why the New Forest should be your summer destination of choice...

new forest pony in the summer

1. Wildlife

One of the most enchanting aspects of the New Forest is its beautiful wildlife. Spot free roaming ponies, donkeys and cattle, you may also catch a glimpse of wild deer, foxes and a variety of birds, too. Summer is the perfect time to observe these animals in their home! Just remember to always keep your distance from the animals and never touch or feed them - Follow the New Forest Code.

2. Bright colours

From the mix of bright blue skies, gorgeous purple heather and dazzling green grasslands in the daytime to the glowing oranges, pinks and reds from gorgeous sunrises and sunsets throughout the summer months, the New Forest is full of bright colours!

New Forest Heather and tree

3. Charming towns and villages

Stroll down cute high streets filled with must-visit local businesses, visit quaysides, and wander surrounding forests of the beautiful towns and villages in the New Forest. We are lucky to have such beautiful traditional English villages and vibrant towns here.

4. Forest picnics

Picture stunning views of rolling landscapes, free roaming ponies in the distance and the sun shining down, where better to enjoy a picnic than in the New Forest? Head to our farm shops and fill your basket with delicious snacks and drinks, pick your spot in the forest to lay down your blanket, then eat and relax…

Lepe Beach

5. Beaches

With 40 miles of stunning coastline, spend a day at the beach! Enjoy splashing about at Milford on Sea's beaches or relaxing on the shoreline at Lepe Beach, all of which offer beautiful views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight.

6. Watersports

Paddle down the peaceful Beaulieu River in a canoe or kayak, paddleboard across the sea, or show off your tricks wakeboarding, the New Forest offers lots of brilliant opportunities to enjoy watersports. Cool off in the water, all while having fun!

New Forest Activities kayaking on Beaulieu River

7. Al fresco dining and pub gardens

Catch up with friends over a coffee, meet with friends for a refreshing drink, and celebrate at local restaurants, lots of which have lovely outdoor spaces, allowing you to sit in the sunshine and enjoy some alfresco dining and chilling out in pub gardens.

8. Festival and events

The calendar is filled with unforgettable events and festivals in the New Forest this summer! From country shows to food festivals to family fun days, we have events that everyone will love in the New Forest over the next few months. Get involved and book your tickets!

New Forest Show showground

9. Bus tours

It's nearly time to say hello to the popular New Forest Tour again! From 29 June to 15 September, hop on board and take in outstanding views across magical landscapes, wind through ancient woodlands and visit quaint villages. There are three routes to choose from, and you can hop on and off with your ticket, making it an ideal way to explore!

10. Sunny days out

Whether it's a fun family day out, a group trip with pals or a romantic experience, the New Forest has a long list of beautiful days out this summer with an excellent choice of attractions and activities. Whizz around on rollercoasters, wander glorious gardens, try out your axe-throwing skills, or climb to the treetops, create unforgettable memories this summer!

Walking in the New Forest on a sunny day

The New Forest in the summer is a destination that offers a perfect blend of wildlife, exciting activities, and unique local culture. Whether you're an adventurer, a foodie, a history buff, or simply seeking a tranquil escape, the New Forest has something for everyone. Pack your bags and get ready to discover the magic of this enchanting region!