Escape the busier summer months and plan a short break to the New Forest this September.

September makes a great time to visit, with the days still being relatively long and the beginnings of the rich autumn colours that are synonymous with the New Forest.

Some of the highlights you can enjoy this September in the New Forest include:

Sculpture at Beaulieu

Catch the outdoor sculpture exhibition in the grounds of Beaulieu’s Palace House before it finishes on 24 September. This exhibition features the works of over 50 different artists. Afterwards, be sure to explore Palace House, the gardens and grounds and of course Beaulieu National Motor Museum too.

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Lots of events for the petrol heads!

There’s lots going on at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu this month. September’s events kick off with the International Autojumble (1-2 September), where you can pick up a whole host of motoring spares and memorabilia.

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Sunday 10 September sees the first of September’s car meets at Beaulieu; Simply French. Featuring as you can probably guess… French vehicles.

The following Sunday, is the Simply BMW meet and finishing off September’s meets on 24 September with the Simply British Classics event.

Don’t miss Transport Torques : 100 Years of MG with Jon Pressnell at the National Motor Museum, too. Gather with fellow enthusiasts on 16 September and enjoy a fascinating talk from motoring historian and motoring journalist Jon Pressnell!

Spend time exploring the National Motor Museum too and if you also have time, we’d recommend a visit to the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum nearby as well.

Sammy MillerImage - Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum

See the autumn colours begin to form

September sees the beginning of the New Forest’s transformation into the glorious colours of autumn. Take a woodland walk and soak up the peace and quiet of your surroundings and see if you can spot New Forest ponies, donkeys, deer and even the pannage pigs, which will be released into the New Forest mid-September.

Pannage Pigs

If you’ve always wanted to understand more about fungi then now’s your time. Wild New Forest will be running a couple of Fungi explorer walks throughout the month. These 2-hour sessions will help you identify some of the species you can find here in our National Park.

Check out the St Barbe Inspire Weekend

Come along and find out all about St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in Lymington over the weekend of 16-17 September.

There’s a full programme of events in place including live music from the Southampton Salty Sea Dogs and the fabulous Goodnight Sweethearts. In addition to this, you’ll find curator talks and children’s craft activities. What’s more? It’s all free!

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Book onto some New Forest adventures

Whether you fancy giving a new activity a try such as standup paddleboarding or kayaking or you are looking to explore the New Forest by bike – there are plenty of activities to try here.

Typically, September is still warm so it’s a great time to try some of the activities on offer by our activity centres. Take a look at what takes your fancy.

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Plan a mini break

Make the most of the beginnings of autumn and plan a mini break to stay here. Whether you are after a cosy cottage, all the luxuries of a hotel or perhaps a spot of glamping, there’s a lot of different types of accommodation to choose from.

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Don’t forget to share your September pictures with us too at @thenewforestuk on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! We’d love to see your early autumn adventures.