November is traditionally a quieter time of year but it’s not without its lures. You’ll find the rich autumn colours still in place across many areas of the forest and you can enjoy spending time outdoors.

In this blog, we take a look at some of the fantastic things you can do here this coming November.

Go pig spotting!

There’s still time to spot pigs roaming the forest floor as part of the annual pannage. Look out for the pigs feasting on the fallen acorns in a tradition that dates back hundreds of years. This year, pannage is due to take place until 18 November so there’s still plenty of time to find them!

Image - Pannage pigs in the New Forest

Catch the last of the autumn colours

A great way to catch the New Forest’s spectacular autumn display is to go on a walk. Whether you fancy an all-day hike or a short amble, we have plenty of walking routes to choose from.

At the start of November (until Sunday 6), you will be in time to catch the annual New Forest Walking & Cycling Festival too – here you’ll find lots of guided walks taking you to different areas across our National Park.

Image - New Forest Walking & Cycling Festival. Credit - New Forest National Park Authority

Try some tasty, traditional forest fayre

Autumn and winter are ideal times of the year to Taste the New Forest and try our delicious local produce. The New Forest Inn in Emery Down are hosting their annual Game Week from 21 – 27 November. They’ll have plenty of locally sourced game dishes to choose from on their seasonal menu for a whole week!

November may see the start of your festive celebrations. Many country pubs, restaurants, hotels and tearooms begin offering their wonderful Christmas dining and menus in November. Gather with family, friends and colleagues at Christmas parties in November, too, before everyone’s calendars start to get filled up with Christmastime fun in December.

Image - Christmas Dining

Catch some early Christmas activities

The festive season will soon be upon us and November brings with is some wonderful opportunities to indulge in a little festive fun.

From 4 November, guests staying at Sandy Balls Holiday Village can wonder at the Forest of Light illuminations that light up the park (running until 2 January). Your evenings will be illuminated on a trip to Marwell Zoo’s Glow Marwell event which begins on 18 November. See Marwell's majestic grounds turned into a twinkling wonderland full of fairy lights, magic, and delight with opportunities to toast marshmallows around cosy firepits.

Image - Sandy Balls Forest of Light

Hone your creativity on 19 November by creating a willow stag or reindeer head at a hands-on workshop at Burley Village Hall.

For younger visitors, pop along to Lepe Country Park from 26 November for ‘A Winter Wander with The Snowman and the Snowdog’. There will be themed activities along the way and free showings of the animated short onsite. This event is suitable for ages 3+.

Choose your own real, New Forest Christmas Trees from 26 November at New Park Farm. Enjoy this treasured festive family tradition in the magical New Forest – wrap up warm, pull on your boots and make it a great trip out to find your perfect Christmas tree to decorate this year.

Image - Christmas Trees at New Park Farm

Looking to start your Christmas shopping early?

If you like to plan ahead and start your Christmas shopping early then be sure to check out some of our independent shops found in our towns and villages.

Looking for something unique? Then be sure to take a visit to The Furlong Shopping Centre in Ringwood on Saturday 5 November for the Ringwood Antiques & Arts Market.

Celebrate all that’s local on Sunday 20 November at the Eats ‘n’ Treats event in Brockenhurst. A chance for you to indulge in the New Forest’s finest food and drink offerings while getting a head start on your Christmas list. Entry is just £2 with under 16s going free.

Image - Eats 'n' Treats

Late availability and special offers

November can be a great time to grab a bargain for a short break or overnight stay. Being a quieter month, you may find that there are special offers available too.

Take a look at our accommodation pages for lots of inspiration on where to stay for your perfect November break.