Nothing’s been normal this year. But here in the magical New Forest we’re still making sure you can enjoy a wonderful August Bank Holiday weekend, with lots of lovely things to do and experience.

If you’ve been missing eating out and all the summer festivals, we’ve got great news for you - the Lymington Seafood Festival WILL be going ahead at Bath Road Park on August 29, 30 and 31!

To comply with track and trace, along with managing capacity to ensure good social distancing, the event at will be strictly ADVANCE TICKETS ONLY.

They have also split the three days into ‘sessions’, where visitors can join for a long, lazy grazing lunch or from late afternoon till close. The idea is to give more seafood lovers a chance to enjoy the weekend, but also help bring more footfall into the town to support Lymington High Street.

Additional safety measures will also be in place, with sanitiser stations and regular cleaning but we reckon you’ll be more interested in what’s there so here is just a taster – a Pop-Up Chef’s Kitchen and dozens of stalls where you can taste and buy some of the New Forest and Hampshire’s tastiest treats. Throughout the festival there’ll be music playing and entertainment for the kids.

From 10am-5pm on August 30 the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu is running its Simply Aston Martin Rally. The rally visit (although not car participation) is part of your entry ticket where you can enjoy Beaulieu’s amazing attractions – from the Victorian gardens to the magnificent motors, in a safe manner - they have been awarded Visit Britain’s Good To Go mark for their Covid-safety.

If you’re looking for thrills, spills and the chance to glimpse the lovely Peppa Pig, then trot on down to Paulton’s Park. They’ve got roller coasters, thrill rides, family rides, indoor and outdoor play areas, water splash parks, entertainments and an astonishing collection of birds and animals at their amusement park to keep the whole family happy.

Looking for something to entrance your little ones? Longdown Activity Farm will be open and welcoming little visitors to enjoy its attractions, including baby animals, feeding time and outdoor fun. And for those prepared to travel a little further, Marwell Zoo near Winchester will be welcoming visitors, too.

If you want to spend August Bank Holiday in a beautiful garden, then Exbury is the place. Like all our major attractions they are following government guidelines and so you can enjoy Mr Eddy’s tea-tooms and the train in a socially-distant manner as day visitors have been capped at 700.

Spend August Bank Holiday close to the water either at Hurst Castle, where the Isle of Wight looks close enough to touch, or at Buckler’s Hard on the Beaulieu River, where the Maritime Museum, Shipwright’s Cottage and St Mary’s chapel are now open again, along with river cruises and the Captain’s Cabin Tea room.

Please remember that all our attractions have had to make changes to maintain visitor and staff safety during this time of Covid-19.

Many of these changes concern timed ticket booking, as well as face-mask advice.

So, before you go ALWAYS check the latest information on their website or social media channels, or give them a call – don’t just turn up as they might not be able to admit you!

And remember – the beautiful open spaces of the New Forest; its 100 miles of cycle tracks and walking paths and 40 miles of tranquil beaches are open and are the perfect places to spend the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Our ponies are still roaming and so are the donkeys and cattle and they – and we – would love to see you! The majority of our pubs, restaurants, tea-rooms and world-class hotels and other accommodation are now open for booking and late summer is one of the best times to go so – what are you waiting for?

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