The clocks have chimed and the celebrations have been had, 2023 is now well and truly here! January makes a great time of year to start planning your next getaways, so whether you fancy beating the winter blues or you are looking towards the summertime, there’s never been a better time to book a New Forest break.
Image - Sunset in the New Forest (Credit - Nick Lucas)
Why stay in the New Forest?
You’ll never be short of things to do here in the New Forest. Not only can you delve into our ancient woodland, you won’t tire of our beautiful coastline and outdoor adventures across our heathland too.
The New Forest is a destination for all seasons. Embrace the colder winter months by having a brew beside a real log fireplace, crunch the fallen leaves during the autumn and look for the new arrivals in the spring along with the carpets of bluebells in some of our woodlands. Summer of course brings with it lots of adventures of its own with those long days and plenty of opportunity to enjoy the big outdoors.
Image - Ponies in the New Forest
Added to all this are some truly amazing days out. Choose to walk for miles in our countryside, hire a bike and criss-cross your way through our ancient landscape or take part in some high-adrenalin fun such as wakeboarding, high ropes or even indoor skiing. Head to some of our big-name attractions such as family favourites Paultons Park (with Peppa Pig World) and National Motor Museum Beaulieu or relax in the peaceful surroundings of Exbury or Furzey Gardens. Step back into history at Hurst Castle, which was built by King Henry VIII, or see an unique 18th century maritime village at Buckler’s Hard.
Image - Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park
You’ll also find some fantastic events that take place throughout the year including Dogstival (for everything dog related) and the New Forest’s flagship event; The New Forest & Hampshire County Show.
What type of accommodation is available?
Whether your budget affords luxury or basic, there are lots of accommodation options available to you.
We have luxury hotels with added facilities such as spas, golf courses or leisure facilities and award-winning restaurants – many offering stunning views into the open forest and that encourage local produce at the heart of their menus.
Image - Lime Wood Hotel
For a hearty breakfast to kick-start your day, book into one of our guest houses or B&Bs, you’ll find them dotted around the forest. Staying in a B&B is a great way of meeting some of our locals and hearing their top tips on what to see and do locally.
If you love to do your own thing on holiday, then opt for the home-from-home comforts of a holiday cottage or self catering accommodation. Whether it’s just for you, you are travelling as a couple or there’s a larger group of you, self catering gives you the freedom to eat in or out depending on what you fancy. New Forest Cottages have over 170 luxury cottages and self catering properties to choose from, scattered across the New Forest.
Image - New Forest Cottages
Families will love staying at some of our holiday parks – many have facilities such as swimming pools, nearby access to our beaches, on-site restaurants or cafes and entertainment. Look out for week-long stays or short breaks. Rates will often be discounted outside of the main school holidays.
If the great outdoors is your thing then why not consider a camping or caravanning break? Choose from sites situated right in the heart of the National Park which take you back to basics or those which offer additional facilities such as electric hook-up. You’ll love having the New Forest right on your doorstep.
Image - Red Shoot Camping Park
If you like the idea of camping but like the added extras (especially on those colder or wetter nights) then opt for one of our glamping sites. Choose from shepherd huts, lodges, luxury bell tents or yurts. Save the hassle of putting up your tent or hitching up your caravan yet still enjoy the proximity to nature and the fun bits of camping!
Book your 2023 break today
Isn’t it great to have something to look forward to? Get your 2023 break in the diary now and start planning your New Forest adventures!
Keep an eye on our special offers page for any last-minute deals or added extras – we regularly add to this page so do keep checking back.
We’d also strongly recommend booking for peak times such as school holidays and during the New Forest Show.
Looking for more ideas on days out or what to do here? Take a further delve into our website to find out more.
We look forward to welcoming you to the New Forest very soon!