From Thursday 2 - Sunday 5 June, we are being treated to an extra long Bank Holiday weekend in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

With long days and balmy nights, this upcoming Bank Holiday weekend is a fantastic opportunity to explore all that the New Forest has to offer. From themed afternoon teas to endurance challenges, you’ll find plenty happening here over the weekend. Plan your New Forest break today…

Celebrate with some traditional fare

What better way to celebrate the Queen’s 70 years on the throne than enjoying an afternoon tea?

Join in with the luxurious surroundings of Chewton Glen Hotel on the Friday to celebrate. Afternoon tea will include a glass of English sparkling wine and live music from the strolling, acoustic trio, ‘Wandering Hands’. Rest assured come rain or shine, this will be a memorable occasion.

Image - Chewton Glen Hotel

The Thatched Cottage Hotel in Brockenhurst will be offering a Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea daily across the Bank Holiday weekend, 12.30pm - 5pm.

Balmer Lawn Hotel are inviting you to join them for an afternoon tea like no other to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee on Thursday 2 June! With the ambience of a buzzing British street party combined with the eloquence of a traditional afternoon tea, indulge in a delicious array of sweet and savoury delights. Plus, there will be an in-house DJ bringing great music on Thursday and throughout the rest of the weekend.

Image - Balmer Lawn Hotel

On the Sunday, Calshot Activities Centre is bringing the community together (with visitors welcome too) with afternoon tea, entertainment, and a licensed bar to the backdrop of views across the Solent.

For other tempting food offers, look out for the Forest Park Hotel’s special lunch for the Jubilee. Served on the Friday and Saturday, you can choose whether to dine within the restaurant or the hotel’s garden.

Perhaps you’d like to arrange a picnic to take out into the forest? We’ve lots of lovely picnic spots to choose from. Added to that, The Forest Foodie are putting together picnic packs including the aptly named Jubilee Extravaganza (for 2 people, £55pp, for 4+ people, £50pp) as well as afternoon teas on the go which feature a wealth of locally-sourced products. Yum!

Image - The Forest Foodie

To take home as a gift, or to simply enjoy over the weekend, be sure to try the ‘Red, White & Blue’ of New Forest Shortbread’s Jubilee-themed flavours. June's special offer to celebrate the marking of the Queen's 70 years of service is as follows:

Red - Raspberry flavoured New Forest Shortbread - box of 4
White - Original All Butter New Forest Shortbread - box of 8
Blue - Earl Grey flavoured New Forest Shortbread - box of 4

£15 inclusive of postage and packaging.

Head to Ringwood for the town’s celebrations

In the heart of Ringwood, The Furlong shopping centre will be running events across the weekend. Events include:

Thursday – Live music from 12noon - 2pm and then in the evening. At 9.45pm a beacon will be lit to celebrate the historic milestone the Queen has achieved.

Friday – From 10.30am - 11am, Stagecoach children will offer a performance. Then from 12noon - 2pm, Avon Valley Concerts will be performing some relaxed, classical music. For the younger visitors, from 10am - 2pm, there’ll be free face painting on offer.

Image - The Furlong 

Saturday – Scarlett Swing will perform a range of songs from the 40s, 50s, 60s and some modern classics in the courtyard. The sets will run from 10.30am - 11.15am and 11.30am - 12.15pm.

On the Sunday, Party in the Park will take place at Carvers Recreation Ground from 12noon - 6pm. A fantastic event with a live music stage and plenty of family entertainment including circus skills, game stalls, steam train, refreshments and a pop-up bar. Simply pitch up with a picnic blanket and enjoy these joyful celebrations.

Enjoy an active Bank Holiday weekend

There’s nothing better than getting active here in the New Forest.

Why not hire a bike from one of our hire centres such as the Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Centre or New Forest Cycling Tours? In fact, you could also embark on the New Forest Cycling Tours’ new tour, Coast to Forest Jaunt-E Tour with Jaunt-E Bikes, with E-bike hire from Keyhaven, near Lymington.

Image - Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Centre

There are plenty of other opportunities to get active at Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Centre over the weekend. These include taking on the centre’s new Tree Top Trail (suitable for ages 8+) or booking onto a 90-minute Go Adventure Activities session where you can try a multitude of outdoor activities such as archery, high ropes and bushcraft.

Of course, a visit to the New Forest wouldn’t be complete without a walk. Don’t forget to browse our walking routes and take a peaceful amble through our beautiful forest, across our heathland or following along some of our coastline.

From dogs to steamships! There’s plenty going on

If you are travelling to the New Forest with your four-legged friend then you won’t want to miss Dogstival (Saturday and Sunday). A celebration of all things doggie-related, with dog displays, stalls selling everything your pup could imagine and much more. This year, the festival is taking place at Broadlands Park, Romsey.

Image - Dogstival

The long weekend also allows Southampton's heritage vessel Steamship Shieldhall the opportunity to steam up for three consecutive days between 3 - 5 June. The Friday will see a special commentary and talk on Southampton’s links with RMS Titanic (cruise between 2pm – 7pm). The Saturday sees Shieldhall welcome the Selsey Shantymen (cruise between 3.30pm – 7pm) whilst on Sunday (cruise between 3.30pm – 7pm) an ‘All Things Steam’ cruise is being staged. This is an opportunity to highlight the steam engines of all shapes and sizes to be found on Shieldhall, with additional miniature steam engines to admire alongside.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on our what’s on listings for other events due to take place over the Jubilee weekend.

Make a break of it

It’s not too late to make a break of it so be sure to take a look at our amazing accommodation options for last-minute getaways across the Bank Holiday weekend.

Image - Back of Beyond Touring Park

Back of Beyond Touring Park, near Ringwood has late availability in some of its glamping units and some camping pitches available too*. A site for adults only, there will be plenty to see and do over the Platinum Jubilee weekend including visiting caterers and the chance to join in with a street-party style afternoon/evening at the site’s own outdoor bar on the Friday evening. Special themed Jubilee afternoon teas are also available to pre-book for guests staying over the weekend.

We wish you an enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend!

As you can see, there’s a lot of things happening in and around the New Forest this weekend, you’ll be spoilt for choice. We wish you a fantastic weekend, do share your pictures with us when out and about by tagging @thenewforestuk on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and Twitter!

*Please note, availability was correct at time of writing and is subject to change.


Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa
Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa.

An English Original ... Chewton Glen is a luxury country house hotel and spa set in 130-acres of Hampshire countryside on the edge of the New Forest National Park, and just a few minutes' walk from the sea.

Thatched Cottage Hotel
Thatched Cottage Hotel

Built in 1627, this charming dog-friendly Grade 2 listed hotel offers cottage rooms as well as luxury garden rooms and suites - combining modern essentials with historic charm.

Balmer Lawn Hotel
Country House Hotel
Balmer Lawn Hotel

Iconic country house hotel set in the heart of the New Forest. Tasteful blend of contemporary and traditional with all bedrooms individually decorated. Award winning restaurant and extensive leisure facilities.

Calshot Activities Centre
Activity Provider
Calshot Activities Centre

In a prime location on the shores of the Solent, Calshot Activities Centre is one of the largest outdoor adventure centres in Britain. We offer a wide range of exciting water and land based activities, for all abilities and ages throughout the year, either indoors within our historic hangars which accommodate a climbing complex, an indoor velodrome and a dry ski slope or outdoors on land or the water. Journey into the past at Calshot Castle, stay beside the seaside and enjoy a gentle stroll along Calshot’s beach or explore the Solent shore and enjoy our café with a view. With spectacular views across the Solent, you can explore Calshot Spit, a hidden gem on the edge of the New Forest whilst enjoying a range of exciting activities.

Forest Park Hotel
Country House Hotel
Birdseye View of the back of Forest Park Hotel in the New Forest

Located in Brockenhurst village is this independently owned iconic country hotel, which is perfectly located within the heart of the New Forest National Park and only a few minutes short stroll from the centre of Brockenhurst Village. Built originally in the late 19th century to serve as a vicarage, this tudor renaissance hotel has been re-designed with a tasteful blend of contemporary and traditional forest style to complement the impressive building and its outstanding location just perfect for the locals and today’s modern traveller.

The Forest Foodie | Hamper/Picnic Deliveries
Shop – Local
The Forest Foodie | Hamper/Picnic Deliveries

Multi Award Winning Lymington based company The Forest Foodie deliver Hampers, Picnics & 3 Course Dinners packed with fresh, locally sourced produce to locals, yachts and holiday makers around Lymington and The New Forest.  Our Hampers vary from local cheese, New Forest wine and charcuterie, to Surf 'n'Turf with local lobster and fillet of beef, to more traditional picnics with afternoon tea of scones with clotted cream and jam. We send Gift Hampers UK Wide by courier. We offer a weekly menu of the week for 3 course dinners including Coquille Saint Jacques with local scallops, New Forest Beef Wellington, with Lemon & Passionfruit Possets with New Forest Shortbread.

The Furlong Shopping Centre
Shopping Centre
The Furlong Shopping Centre

The Furlong shopping centre in Ringwood is a picturesque outdoor shopping centre where you can eat, shop and socialise at your leisure. Enjoy great brands, free parking for 2 hours, WiFi and courtyard cafés.

Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Centre
girl doing archery aiming bow at target

With over 40 exciting activities to experience at Avon Tyrrell, we are sure there is something that you want to try. Zip wire across the lake, climb a route on our climbing tower, kayak or canoe across open waters, learn archery and test your skills on our Archery range, learn Bushcraft survival skills and much much more.

New Forest Cycling Tours
Guided Biking
New Forest Cycling Tours

Guided Mountain Biking In The Heart Of The New Forest. Come and explore the New Forest by bike as part of a small group or one-to-one, guided by fully qualified Mountain Bike Leader, Steve Edmed. Mountain Biking within The New Forest National Park is one of the most popular activities. The New Forest hosts over 100 miles of marked trails which run through ancient woodlands and open heath.

Jaunt-e Bikes
Cycle Hire
Jaunt-e Bikes

Engage your sense of adventure and experience the New Forest and its coastline on these fun retro 'Chopper style' rental E-Bikes. Super simple to ride, there’s no need to avoid the hills or limit your journey when you have five power assist modes at your finger tips. Visit to book.

Animal Event
Steamship Shieldhall
Steamship Shieldhall

The Steamship Shieldhall is the largest working steam ship in Britain. A member of the National Historic Fleet she serves as a sea going tribute to Britain's maritime heritage.

Back of Beyond Touring Park
Reception and shop at Back of Beyond Touring Park in The New Forest

Set in 30 acres of countryside, near Ringwood, this family run peaceful park is exclusively for adults only. Back of Beyond is a touring, camping and glamping park with woodland and lakes. Well behaved dogs welcome and can enjoy the 18 acre dog walk off lead.



Comments are disabled for this post.