Time to get your holiday head on!

Whether it’s that cheeky midweeker, a weekend away or a full-blown summer or seasonal break, it’s never too early to start planning a stay in the magical New Forest!

Only 90 minutes by train from London and under two hours by car from most of the south of England, we’re the perfect place to take some time out later on in the year to recover from everything in 2020 and the start of 2021.

With survey after survey showing that being in nature is one of the best ways to recover from the stresses and strains of the Covid pandemic, you couldn’t be better placed. We have 220 square miles of forest and heath plus 40 miles of tranquil coast for you to explore and enjoy.

We’ve got holidays to get you active, holidays to help you relax and more than enough to do, however long you choose to stay.

To get you started, here are a few accommodation ideas…

BED AND BREAKFAST

From family homes to lovely old farmhouses or cosy thatched cottages, there is a huge range of New Forest B&Bs available for you to choose from. In fact, there are over 45 different B&Bs that you could stay in, featured in our listing!

No matter which New Forest B&B you choose, you will experience top services, facilities and cuisine of the highest standards. (and maybe the odd roaming pony or donkey wandering by your front door!) Whether it’s a small B&B, a larger guest house, an inn or a farm house, you will find plenty of options on our website.

SELF CATERING

This form of holiday is now huge in the New Forest and the good news is that we have so many wonderful places to stay; from quaint two-person cabins, to the most beautiful houses to accommodate large family groups, that you’re bound to find a place that’s right for you. For ideas and tips on where to book take a look on our website.

CAMPING

You can’t get closer to nature than spending your nights under canvas. If you love the idyllic feeling of being outdoors or close to nature then what better way than to experience our wonderful wildlife and beautiful scenery than camping or caravanning?

The New Forest is a great destination for anyone who enjoys the laidback feeling of the great outdoors, with ample footpaths, family-friendly activities, fascinating wildlife and nature and some amazing off-road cycleways.

Camping is the perfect break for families and they are more than welcome here in the New Forest, with many of our campsites being geared up for younger visitors with fantastic playparks and other activities.

Camping in the Forest manages 10 beautiful campsites within the New Forest including sites in Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst and Cadnam (to name just a few). All of these sites have Green Tourism Silver Awards for their environmental credentials from the back-to-basics sites through to big sites with open grassy areas, ideal for children to play on. Some of the more basic sites offer fantastic opportunities to get close to nature.

There are lots of other wonderful sites across the forest, most of which are in the perfect location for walking in the New Forest, meaning your outdoor adventures can start immediately. See a whole host of campsites waiting for you on our website.

GLAMPING

For a different, more luxury, camping experience, come for a glamping break amongst the wildlife in the New Foerst. Try Back of Beyond at St Leonards near Ringwood, Green Hill Farm at Landford, or Arniss Bell Tents at Chapelfield Camping at Godshill (summer months only). Plan your glamping break now and check out these great glamping locations on our website.

HOLIDAY PARKS

Fancy something a little more organised? You’re in the right part of the world! The New Forest has some of the UK’s best-rated holiday parks.

Try a hot-tub holiday – just you, the lodge and your own hot-tub to while away evenings under the stars in. 

Each Holiday Park in the New Forest is very different but you can be assured of fabulous facilities, plenty to amuse the kids and a wonderful variety of entertainment. From perfect sites of luxury lovers, to active families that like to keep busy on their holiday! Our Holiday Parks are spread out across the New Forest, meaning you get the choice from those deep in the forest, to many by the coast. You can bring your dog to most of them too, so they don’t have to miss out on all the fun! See our Holiday Parks on our website.

HOTELS

We have 5* hotels (Chewton Glen, with its acclaimed treehouses and highly-rated spa), hip hotels (Lime Wood and The Pig have plenty of celebrity fans) through to the luxury family hotel, New Park Manor, to cosy hotels with indoor swimming pools, including Bartley Lodge Hotel.

Don’t forget our independent hotels which include, Cottage Lodge HotelThatched Cottage Hotel or Forest Park Hotel which are all in Brockenhurst or Crown Manor House Hotel in Lyndhurst, or they can be found near the seaside, such as South Lawn Hotel.

Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa offers award-winning spa facilities in the beautiful village of Brockenhurst, plus three different restaurants, including Thai, English and French cuisine. For outstanding views head over to Burley Manor. Not only do they have amazing, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine cooked in a wood-fired oven, they also have an outdoor swimming pool and wonderful views over a deer park!

Balmer Lawn Hotel is one of the New Forest’s iconic buildings. Set in the middle of the forest, on the edge of Brockenhurst, this four-star hotel offers extensive leisure facilities including a spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gym and tennis courts plus fine dining at Beresfords Restaurant. Or try Rhinefield House. Not only does it have a stunning private dining room decorated like a Moorish palace, it’s also appeared in the hit Netflix series The Crown!

Meanwhile, you can soak up the atmosphere of a former coaching inn at the Montagu Arms in Beaulieu. Dating from the 17th century, this hotel oozes history and charm and, in warmer weather, is perfect for outside drinking and dining. And, if you prefer to be a little nearer to the water, try The Master Builder’s House Hotel located at Buckler's Hard – the perfect, tranquil escape.

Find plenty more hotel ideas on our website.

STAY BUSY WHILE YOU’RE HERE

Once you’ve arrived here, there’s no need to worry what to do. We have more than 100 miles of off-road tracks and low speed-limit roads, where you can enjoy easy and relaxed cycling and see thousands of free-roaming ponies, perfect for families or those simply wishing to enjoy a leisurely ride at their own pace. We’ve got lots of brilliant routes for you to try out.

If you need to hire a bike when you are here there are cycle hire shops at various locations in the New Forest including Brockenhurst, Burley, Lyndhurst.

Walking couldn’t be easier, too. Our shortest walks are less than a mile, our longest join onto the Solent Way and Avon Valley Walk, two of the south’s best-loved long-distance paths.

In the New Forest you can walk with history (to see World War II airfields and the spot where a King was shot), walk with beasts (along with the ponies and cattle we have roaming donkeys and, in the autumn, roaming Pannage Pigs), and walk with pubs – well, to them anyway!

If you’d like to get even more from your visit, why not enjoy a guided walk with Wild New Forest? They’ll teach you even more about this amazing part of the world while strolling through the beautiful surroundings.

Along with our world-class attractions, including the majesty of Exbury Gardens and the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, we’re also home to the UK’s only Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park – the UK’s number one family theme park. Then there’s Breamore House, Sammy Miller Motorcycle MuseumLongdown Activity Farm and many, many more, which you can explore on our website. Plus, there are loads of brilliant activity providers dotted around the New Forest too, offering loads of fun, such as Paddleboarding, Kayaking, Archery and more. See activity options on our website.

EVENTS NOT TO BE MISSED

And, as we – hopefully – move out of lockdowns and restrictions, some of the New Forest’s best-loved events are planning to return.

You’ll have to keep an eye on their websites but, as this arrives in your in-box we’re planning on the return of the Lymington Seafood Festival on July 16, 17 and 18 – stands, demos, live music and the very best of local food and produce make it a must for all foodies.

If you’re a dog-lover then mark June 5 and 6 in your diary because that’s earmarked for the return of Dogstival at Burley Park, the best day out you’ll ever have with your furry friend.

Finally, after a break, for Covid in 2020, the spectacular New Forest Show is planning to return to celebrate its 100th anniversary from July 27-29.

Can’t wait? Neither can we! So, keep an eye on the websites of the event or venue you’re hoping to visit or stay with and keep checking back for the most up-to-date information at thenewforest.co.uk.

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