June marks the start of summer, with longer days perfect for exploring all that the New Forest has to offer.

This year, June kicks off with half term and the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend (take a look at our special Jubilee blog for more ideas of what’s on over the Bank Holiday weekend) but there’s lots more going on. Let us inspire you with some great days out…

Discover parts of the New Forest you are yet to explore

Whether you’ve been here before and are a seasoned visitor or the New Forest is a new area for you, Wild New Forest are offering some New Forest Discovery Walks throughout June. Their Lyndhurst Discovery Walks will meet at the iconic Bolton's Bench and will follow 'The Ridge' with panoramic views across classic New Forest heathland and mire to distant woodland. Look out for other discovery walks being offered by Wild New Forest which feature Lymington and Wilverley.

On 9 June, you have the opportunity to get close to nature with a birdwatching walk in search of nightjars and woodcock in Beaulieu. Led by talented ornithologist Graham Giddens, you will be sure to get the most from your experience, with ample opportunity to spot these incredible birds.

Bring your four-legged friend on holiday to the New Forest

A big date for June’s diary is Dogstival (4-5 June). It’s a celebration weekend of lots of doggie fun. Broadlands Park, Romsey, will be transformed with dog agility displays, dog related talks and shows and lots of canine-themed trade stands.

We’ve loads of other things to do on holiday here with your dog – from dog friendly days out to pubs and restaurants where your dog is welcome to join you. We also have a wide-range of dog friendly places to stay so no one needs to miss out on the fun!

Explore some of the New Forest’s history

New Forest Heritage Centre in Lyndhurst will be staging a new exhibition from 11 June-3 July. D-Day Lepe Heritage Group will be exhibiting a fascinating range of documents, images and models related to D-Day and Lepe's significant role in this historical event. Why not combine this with a visit to Lepe beach itself?

If you love history then you’ll also love a trip to Hurst Castle, an artillery fortress built by King Henry VIII and Eling Tide Mill, just some of the fascinating historical sites you can find here.

Take to the waters aboard Steamship Shieldhall

For an impressive passage along Southampton Water, why not hop aboard Steamship Shieldhall for one of its regular sailings during June? The sailing on 18 June will be a particular highlight as the cruise takes you onto the Solent to watch some of the grand cruise ships depart.

Sample some local fare

Whether you fancy heading to some of our farm shops, or you plan on enjoying some local food and drink in our places to eat, there’s plenty of opportunities to support local.

Father’s Day fun

Whether you are planning a day out with dad to remember or are thinking about grabbing a weekend together, you’ll find plenty of dad-friendly things to do! Some top family days out include Paultons Park and Peppa Pig WorldNational Motor Museum Beaulieu and Buckler’s Hard maritime village.

We’ll be showcasing more about what there is to see and do over Father’s Day in an upcoming blog so do look out for that.

Make the most of the longer days

With midsummer falling in June, now’s a perfect time to enjoy our great outdoors. Whether it’s on a long walk or cycle or perhaps over a relaxing picnic.

Our gardens will be in all their technicolour glory at this time of year so be sure to add Exbury and Furzey Gardens to your plans and look out for small gardens that may be opened as part of the National Garden Scheme openings.

With the warmer weather that June usually brings, it lends itself to camping breaks – perfect if you want to have an escape before the schools break for the summer the following month. With minimal light pollution in the heart of the National Park, you can watch the stars twinkle away.

Plan your June break

Plan ahead by booking your accommodation in advance as June is sure to be a popular time of year to getaway. Take a look at our places to stay to find your perfect spot.