Flaming June is just around the corner bringing with it the longest days of the year and (hopefully) some much needed sunshine.

Make the most of the daylight by taking part in some amazing New Forest experiences. Whether soaring through the treeline on a zipline at one of our outdoor activity centres or taking a leisurely walk.

Family walking on a cloudy summer day in the New ForestThis month, there’s plenty to keep you entertained as well. June brings with it the start of festival season and there’ll be lots to see and do making the most of those balmy days.

Take a look at some of our highlights this June…


Kicking off the opening weekend in June will be the return of Dogstival. Celebrate all things dog-related at this fantastic doggy event. Check out the arena displays, the stalls selling all kinds of dog products and soak up the atmosphere with live music and tasty food. This year, Dogstival will be held at Burley Park. Don’t forget to check out dog-friendly places to stay nearby as well.

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Garden glory

Many of our gardens will be at their finest in June so be sure to add a visit or two to your agenda this June.

Follow the new Fairy and Dragon trail in the grounds of Palace House at Beaulieu. Running until the end of the month, the tranquil meandering path of the Mill Pond Walk will be transformed as woven willow sculptures line the walkway to delight visitors with its magical blend of fantasy and artistry.

Exbury Gardens have a whole host of events taking place in their stunning location over June. From Willow Flower and Lino Printing Workshops, to a D-Day Exhibition and Wartime Walks, as well as offering a gorgeous day out wandering the bright colours and hopping on board the steam railway!

Add a visit to Furzey Gardens to your plan for this month. Or book tickets for the fantastic production of A Comedy of Errors from 20 – 22 June.

Furzey Gardens
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Live music

Throughout the month, there are various opportunities to enjoy a spot of live music, whatever your music tastes.

Local band, The Blue Tides will be making their return to Back of Beyond Touring, Camping and Glamping Park on 8 June bringing with them jazz, soul and blues music. (This event is exclusively for guests staying at Back of Beyond).

Relax over a laid-back Sunday lunch with a saxophone serenade from Graeme Budd at the Balmer Lawn Hotel on 9 June.

Back for its fourth year, will be RagCity Festival from 14-17 June. Prepare for an unforgettable experience that celebrates original music, diverse cultures, and the stunning beauty of nature. Day tickets or 3-day tickets are available, with camping options too.

Take a look at our events listings for other music events taking place this June.

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D-Day 80 commemorations

On 6 June, the nation will be marking the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Throughout June, there will be events taking place to mark and commemorate the anniversary in the New Forest including D-Day Hero’s at Hurst Castle, a D-Day Family Day at Lepe Country Park and D-Day 8- Theme Cruises with Steamship Shieldhall passing the New Forest coastline. We will be sharing more information about what’s happening for the D-Day commemorations in an upcoming blog, so do watch this space and look out for details on our social media.

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Father’s Day fun

Sunday 16 June is Father's Day, the chance to celebrate the father figures in your life. There will be some great events happening on the day and across the Father's Day weekend which will create treasured memories.

Dads are offered half price garden admission to Exbury Gardens on Father’s Day, Father's Day Paddles to the Pub with New Forest Activities, plus much more. Again, we’ll explore this further in an upcoming blog post, so watch this space. In the meantime, you can check out the various events happening in our listings.

Father and children on canoe paddle with New Forest Activities in the New ForestImage - New Forest Activities 

Try fun activities

Learn new skills, simply spend time getting creative at some of the craft workshops or get involved with outdoor experiences taking place across the month.

Try your hands at a Willow piglet workshop in Burley (9 June) or book onto a flower workshop with professional florist, Mala Williams at the Montagu Arms Hotel (11 June).

Sign up for a Summer Foraging with Sammie session and learn about and identify edible and medicinal wild plants in the New Forest with an expert from The Yew Tree (14 June). Or hop on your bike and join The New Forest Off Road Club for their fun game of Bike & Seek around Sway (15 June).

Book your stay with us this June

Make the most of your time in the New Forest this June by booking a short break. Take your pick from a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes.