It won’t be long before we are watching the fireworks, chinking glasses and welcoming in 2024! There are some fantastic events and activities to look forward to in the New Forest in 2024 with highlights throughout the year.
Kick off the new year in the New Forest
Start as you mean to go on by visiting the New Forest early on in the year. Anyone who’s planning to start 2024 with a healthy regime will love to some of the winter walks you can do here in the New Forest. From family ambles to longer distance coastal routes that’ll really blow the cobwebs away, take your pick from our interactive walks today.
Keen motorcyclists should definitely join in with annual Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum’s New Year’s Day ride-in with special admission to the museum at just £7 that day. However, if you can’t make that date then be sure to check out Sammy Miller Museum’s packed programme of events for the year.
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Check out the reopening of New Park Manor Hotel
Due to undergo a huge refurbishment from January onwards, uber family-friendly New Park Manor Hotel is set to re-open on 1 April. Book your family break there for a late spring holiday and make the most of the hotel’s easy access to Paultons Park and other family attractions.
Big dates for the diary
Arguably the biggest event in the New Forest calendar is the New Forest & Hampshire County Show (30, 31 July and 1 August). Bringing with it arena displays, a craft village, agricultural showings and much more, you will have great fun learning more about the New Forest ways of life here.
Set to return to Burley Park, in the heart of the New Forest, Dogstival (1-2 June) is a big festival of all things four-legged related. Bring your pooch along for lots of doggie fun.
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Lymington Seafood Festival is back on 12, 13 & 14 July! Plus. The New Forest Food Festival will be going ahead on 17-18 August. Rich in local produce, artisan food producers and makers and internationally-renowned chefs and restaurants, this festival will showcase the best in local food and crafts.
Be sure to check out our events listings for what’s coming up including activities to be announced around the 80th anniversary of D-Day.
Exciting new developments at Paultons Park
Junior thrill seekers will love the changes to Paultons Park with the arrival of the new Splash Lagoon in May! This exciting mini flume ride promises a roaring good time for the entire family. Traverse gentle rapids, discover new species of dinosaur and finally hold on for an exciting drop as you descend into the prehistoric lagoon below.
Paultons Park is also adding ring-tailed lemurs to the park’s animals. Plus, the Station Restaurant is currently under refurbishment and will open in 2024 as the ‘Grande Central’.
Book your tickets today for a roar-some day out!
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Big changes are coming to Beaulieu
A major project is underway to transform Beaulieu National Motor Museum. For the first phase, which will lead into 2024, the Brabazon restaurant and the museum entrance will be updated.
Beaulieu is set to host a whole range of events throughout the year including its popular car meets as well as the return of the BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair (3-5 May).
Plan some New Forest adventures
Visit Avon Tyrrell nestled in the New Forest National Park, the perfect spot for friends and families to enjoy time together. Their Go Adventure activities start at just £14pp and you can take on their tree top trail, archery, lake activities and so much more! Bike hire and accommodation is also on-site.
Try your hand at canoeing along the Beaulieu River with New Forest Activities, or join in with a guided cycle tour of the New Forest. These are just some of the activities and adventures you can enjoy here in the New Forest.
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Book your New Forest break today
Now’s a great time to start planning where to stay. Whether you love the luxuries of a hotel or being close to nature at one of our campsites, there are plenty of options to suit your needs and budgets.
We look forward to welcoming you to the New Forest in 2024 and wish you a Happy New Year!