New Forest Blog

Ten hidden gems in the New Forest

The magical New Forest has so many world-class attractions and amazing places to visit that it’s easy to overlook the other side of this beautiful area – our hidden gems and secret spots. They are the places that only the locals know; the sights and spectacles you’ve maybe never heard of, or the…

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Best hotels with direct forest access

What are the New Forest’s best hotels with direct forest access? It’s a question that we’re always being asked and we don’t blame people because visiting the New Forest, with its unique roaming ponies, donkeys and wildlife, is one of the UK’s most magical holiday experiences. If you want to step or…

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The New Forest’s top ten breath-taking viewpoints

The New Forest is full of beautiful views, with free-roaming animals, ancient trees, vast landscapes and special wildlife, but nothing beats a view where you can see for miles in the distance. That’s why we’ve listed some of our top locations for breathtaking views in the New Forest: 1. Piper’s…

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How best to spend spring in the New Forest

Hooray – spring is finally here! With warmer weather, longer days and flowers blooming, this is a truly wonderful time of year, and where better to spend the season than in the New Forest? With spring now upon us, we’ve come up with ideas on the best way to spend spring in the New Forest… 1…

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How to celebrate the winter solstice in the New Forest

The Winter Solstice of 2023 is nearly upon us! Just after 8am on Friday December 22, the sun will rise, marking the 24-hour period when the Northern hemisphere experiences the shortest day - and a night-time lasting 16 hours. This special time of year is traditionally celebrated as a season of…

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Our secret coast

We call it our secret coast – the 40 miles of tranquil shoreline that mark the place where the magical New Forest meets the sea – as many people don’t think of sea and sand when picturing the New Forest! Image - Lepe Country Park It’s a world of quiet beaches, elegant estuaries and a history…

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Our favourite New Forest locations

The New Forest is full of enchanting and magical locations to visit, so we’re here to help you to ensure that you experience some of the best and don’t miss out! Here’s a selection of our favourite New Forest locations… - Bolderwood – Here you can enjoy a marvellous mix of ancient woodlands, pine…

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Last minute summer breaks in the New Forest

Summer comes just once a year and there’s still time to have your best one yet – by grabbing a last minute summer break in the beautiful New Forest. Imagine being able to explore more than 140,000 acres of heathland and forests, with trees so old, they date back to Tudor times. Treat yourself to a…

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How to celebrate summer solstice in the New Forest

If you’ve always wanted to celebrate a summer solstice but couldn’t face the Stonehenge schlepp, then may we make a suggestion? Come and celebrate this magical moment in the calendar year, when the night is at its shortest and the day is at its longest, in the New Forest. Why? Well, we’re not short…

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The New Forest’s Top 10 Beauty Spots

Here in the magical New Forest, our problem isn’t finding the top ten beauty spots, it’s whittling them down to just the ten. However, from beaches to beech woodland, from heathland to hilltops, we think we’ve done it! See if you agree… 1. Blackwater, Rhinefield – From the unmissable Giant Sequoias…

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