Here in the New Forest we’re famous for our beautiful countryside and our roaming ponies but did you know we also have some of the best shopping around?

Our small towns have the perfect mix of chains and independents. Our High Streets are sprinkled with delectable lifestyle stores as well as traditional butchers, bakers and greengrocers. (Not to mention a few old-school ironmongers.) And, with their inexpensive – and sometimes free – parking, plus the huge amount of places to grab a quick coffee or a leisurely lunch, they’ll restore your shopping mojo in double-quick time.

Shopping in the New Forest offers you a fabulous choice from independent art galleries and antiques, to craft shops, local produce and designer clothes stores, there are plenty of places to keep even the most extreme shopaholic satisfied! Take a look around some of our towns and villages and you will find a wide range of places to browse and buy.

For upmarket fashion chains it has to be Ringwood and its popular Furlong Shopping Centre, home to Hobbs, Phase Eight and Joules. Also in Ringwood is their wonderful Market Place and High Street, where you will find some fantastic independent shops, including Simply Beauty, and is where they hold their Town Market every Wednesday.

Lymington’s High Street is one the New Forest’s top shopping spots and even more so on Saturdays when they hold their weekly market. With 100 stalls selling everything from delicious artisan bread, to clothes and household goods, you’ll find more than enough to spend your money on, including street food from traders such as John The Greek, and fresh coffee from The Barista Bike. Away from the market, check out Willow Lifestyle on the High Street, and Thirty Three Boutique for some inspirational fashion finds. Or pop to St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery’s shop for well-crafted gifts.

Lyndhurst is the Forest’s capital and that’s reflected in the large number of independent stores and shops; from Burrow & Hide, which sells upmarket home and lifestyle accessories, to Christopher Stevens jewellers, interiors store Onomatopoeia, food to go at Tasty Pastries and the famous traditional sweet shop.

Fordingbridge is another gem, with stores selling books and luxe beauty products, or why not check out Brockenhurst, one of our best-kept shopping secrets, where they have every traditional store, from bakers to butchers and a pharmacy? They also have pet and camping supplies and Cyclexperience in the rail station car park, a must-visit venue for anyone who needs anything for their cycle.

Need a proper department store? Bradbeers in New Milton will see you right. It’s also worth making the trip to Milford-on-Sea to check out intriguingly-named lifestyle store, No 64 The Biscuit House.

In Beaulieu village, there's a delightful Chocolate Studio where traditional chocolates and contemporary designed chocolates are handcrafted.  

In the village of Burley, the Burley Fudge Shop is well-worth a visit for Homemade fudge including vanilla, rum and raisin and chocolate, plus ‘fudge of the month’. The shop also has vegan and sugar alternative fudges, plus a range of other sweet treats.

Make time, too, to discover our variety of farm shops. Longdown Farm Produce Shop is fab for picking up fresh local produce, perfect for a picnic. Hockey’s Farm Shop at South Gorley, near Fordingbridge is another great place to stop to select local supplies. All of the meat sold at the farm is either their own, or produced locally. The shop stocks everyday provisions including milk, eggs (from Fluffetts Farm) and locally-baked bread as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. Alternatively, sample some of the produce onsite by visiting the Farmyard Café and say hello to the adorable animals.

Or you could pick you own delicious local produce, including strawberries, raspberries and runner beans, at Sopley Pick Your Own or Cat and Fiddle Pick Your Own.

Looking for that perfect drink to accompany a meal you are making? Then why not pick up some New Forest Cider? The cider is available to purchase from the New Forest Cider shop in Burley and visitors can try the various ciders straight from the barrel.

If ales are more your thing then you can purchase some of Ringwood Brewery's finest from the Brewery Store or merchandise and clothing from the brewery.

For locally-produced wines, make a trip to the Setley Ridge Vineyard, on the outskirts of Brockenhurst. Grapes are grown onsite and the wine is made and bottled here too. Not only can visitors join vineyard tours, they can buy bottles from the farm shop.

There are several garden centres to be found here in the New Forest. In Beaulieu, Fairweather’s Garden Centre stocks high quality garden plants, plus giftware, accessories and furniture. While you’re there, don’t forget to sample the delights of Steff’s Kichen.

Setley Ridge (which is also home to the vineyard mentioned above) has its own garden centre which has been established for thirty years.

Take your piece of the New Forest home from Shallowmead Nurseries, at Boldre, trusted growers of shrubs, trees and grasses in the New Forest since 1947.

In Alderholt, near Fordingbridge, Wolvercroft World of Plants Garden Centre is a two-acre nursery with large shop and Everton Nurseries near Lymington is an independently-owned garden centre.

With fantastic gift shops in all of our towns and villages you are sure to find that perfect souvenir to remember your New Forest holiday, whether staying for a week or just visiting for the day. Attractions including National Motor Museum in BeaulieuPaultons Park, Home of Peppa Pig World and the New Forest Heritage Centre all have their own gift shops, with many products locally made.

*If you fancy a bargain then make sure you get hold of one of our Go New Forest cards for just £10. You can save lots of money at a variety of shops around The New Forest, as well as at restaurants, cafes and attractions around. Happy shopping!  

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