It’ll soon be here, the height of summer, August! Whether you have booked to stay here and are looking for inspiration for spending your time on your holiday or you fancy a day trip here, we have some top things for you to do this August in the New Forest.

Enjoy some live performances in the forest

Many of you will have missed live performances over the past 18 months or so. It’s great to see the return of some live music and theatre so make a date in your diary for the following events…

On Wednesday 4 August, Brockenhurst Music Society will be showcasing some young, highly talented professional musicians in a concert with performances of works by Schumann, Schubert, Brahms and Bartok.

For an evening that’s certainly going to bring lots of colour and entertainment to your life, there’s an ABBA tribute night at Exbury Gardens on Saturday 14 August. Also being performed at Exbury Gardens is Shakespeare classic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – a live theatre performance on Wednesday 25 August.

Discover more about the New Forest National Park

We all know that the New Forest is a beautiful area but how much do you know about the wildlife and history here? Perhaps the New Forest is unfamiliar with you or you simply want to know more? Well why not book onto one of the guided walks being run by Wild New Forest? They have scheduled some ‘Welcome to the New Forest’ walks from Wilverley Inclosure on Monday 2 and Monday 9 August, Bolderwood on Wednesday 4, Wednesday 11 and Wednesday 18 August and Bolton’s Bench, Lyndhurst on the following Tuesdays: 3, 10, 17, 31 August.

For younger visitors and aspiring Park Rangers, New Park Farm will be putting on Little New Park Rangers events on various dates throughout August. Guided and led by passionate, fully qualified course leaders, you and your Little Rangers will gain valuable skills to treasure forever. Through interactive play, children will learn about the diversity of the New Forest National Park and the importance of protecting it for years to come. Sessions are two hours long.

From supercars to scooters…

Our two motoring venues (Beaulieu National Motor Museum and Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum) are running various car and bike meets throughout August (see our What’s On pages for more information) but two events which are always popular on the calendar are the Supercar Weekend at Beaulieu (Saturday 7-Sunday 8 August) and the Scooter Ride-In at Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum (Sunday 8 August). From Lamborghinis to Vespas… you’ll be sure to find a wide-range of sights and sounds to take your interest.

Other events to enjoy

Hone your inner creativity with some arts and craft events taking place, including Botanical Illustration workshops on Tuesday 10 August at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington as well as other sessions planned across the month for children and families.

Anyone with a love of all things magical should put the weekend of 14-15 August aside for The New Forest Fairy Festival held in Burley Park. The weekend will be packed full of enchanting entertainment and magical workshops for the whole family.

Take part in a wide range of outdoor activities

Of course, the New Forest is the perfect location for enjoying a whole host of outdoor activities. Book onto kayaking sessions, hire bikes, embark on one of our many walks, navigate your way through a high ropes course, try a spot of relaxing forest bathing or take to the water for a boat trip.

New Forest Activities are ready for a summer of fun, with a range of unique activities situated in Beaulieu. Paddle along the Beaulieu River in the sunshine, or take to their archery range and take your chance at scoring a bullseye. 

Find out more about all of the outdoor activities available to you. Please note, we strongly recommend that you book any activities in advance of your visit to avoid any disappointment.

Looking for more inspiration?

Keep an eye on our blog on why the summer holidays are the best in the New Forest and look out for offers on days out and activities with the Go New Forest Card. We wish you all an enjoyable August visit!




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