Pack your picnics, pick your perfect spot on the beach and find an ideal spot for a sunny siesta – August is nearly here, ready to bring you some summertime adventures in the New Forest.

Whether you are travelling as a family, on your own, with friends or as a couple, there are plenty of things to see and do during the month as well as some tip-top events taking place. Read on to find out more…

Head to the Ellingham Show in its 75th anniversary year

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Ellingham Show. This year, it takes place on 13 August. The show is packed full of things to do including horse and dog shows, livestock and horticultural competitions, steam engines and vintage machinery a shopping arcade and much more. You won’t tire of things to see and do here!

Image - Ellingham Show

Discover the rich natural history of our National Park

Join Wild New Forest for a guided walk around Bolderwood, in the heart of the forest to experience some of the amazing scenery on offer, and the chance to see ponies, deer and other wildlife. You will also hear about the origins the New Forest as a royal hunting ground for William the Conqueror nearly 1,000 years ago, and its modern-day role as a place for nature conservation, responsible recreation, and commercial forestry and farming.

Led by experienced local wildlife experts, this short walk provides a great introduction to the New Forest National Park, and covers 2-3 km in 90 minutes. Walks are run on various dates throughout August.

Image - Wild New Forest

Amazing activities for children (and big children!)

Children won’t be short of things to do during August. We are a very family-friendly destination, with some top attractions including Paultons Park (with Peppa Pig World) and Longdown Activity Farm, some great off-road cycle routes and a coastline with several spots for building those perfect sandcastles.

Image - Paultons Park

If you are here on selected dates, make the most of some of the events planned across the forest.

On 4 August, pop along to Poulner Lakes, near Ringwood for the Big Bug Hunt with some of the New Forest National Park Rangers. Added bonus, this event is free!

Exbury Gardens makes for a great day out regardless, and the young and old will love hopping aboard the miniature team train as it weaves its way through the grounds. In addition to this, the gardens are hosting a range of fun-filled events across the month including Bushcraft (6 August), the return of the popular Donkey Days (2, 10, 18 and 26 August) and Falconry Days (8 and 23 August).

Image - Exbury Gardens

Come face to face with some Saxon Warriors and Roman Soldiers at Rockbourne Rediscovered: A Living History Event, 6-7 August. Learn more about the Rockbourne Roman Villa’s Iron Age past and take a tour of the site with a leading archaeologist. There will also be a display on the history of the excavations of the site, and lots of craft and making activities for children including decorating your own shield and making a mosaic plaque.

Throughout August, Sunnyfields Farm will be running their Summer Time event. With activities including tractor and trailer rides, a willow maze and lots of other activities for children.

Navigate your way through the Maize Maze and enjoy Sunflowers Picking from 13-29 August at Bickton Manor Farm, Fordingbridge. This year Aladdin and the Genie take centre stage, with all sorts of weird and wonderful adventures to be had!

Image - Maize Maze & Sunflowers Picking

Celebrate Afternoon Tea Week

Who doesn’t love an afternoon tea? It’s the perfect treat to indulge in one after a busy morning walking or sightseeing. From 8-14 August, The Bell Inn in Brook is offering their classic Afternoon Tea plus a free glass of fizz on arrival from just £19.95 per person. There are several tea rooms dotted across the forest that also offer afternoon teas. Be sure to share your scrummy photos of them with us on social!

Image - The Bell Inn

Check out classic cars and more at Beaulieu

Love your cars and motorbikes? Then be sure to add Beaulieu National Motor Museum to your agenda this summer. Not only can you explore the large exhibits of some vintage and classic cars, there are also some fantastic car and bike meets happening including: Beaulieu Supercar Weekend (6-7 August), VW T Chill featuring classic campervans (12-14 August) the Graham Walker Memorial Run with vintage motorbikes (14 August) and Simply Mercedes (21 August).

Image - Beaulieu Supercar Weekend

Take to our waters

You may not think of the New Forest as having a coastline, but in fact, we have a large stretch of coast that’s perfect for days out. A great way to appreciate our coastline is taking to the water. Whether you hop on an excursion boat from Lymington, you try some stand-up paddleboarding, you charter your own boat or perhaps you book onto a cruise aboard Steamship Shieldhall from Southampton. On 21 August, the Steamship will be cruising to The Needles on the Isle of Wight passing Hurst Castle and our wonderful New Forest coastline.

Image - The New Forest Paddle Sport Company

Why not visit Lepe Country Park, a fantastic place for the whole family? Explore the shores and take a dip in the sea, or adventure around the playground. If you fancy a bite to eat or a chargrilled burger, you can hire out your own BBQ site for groups up to 60 people! 

Book your August stay

The events we mention above are just a selection of some of the exciting things you can do here in the New Forest. To maximise your visit, we’d recommend staying for a few days. You can find plenty of accommodation options to suit all requirements and budgets so whether you fancy camping under the stars or a spot of pampering at one of our luxury hotels – take a look at our places to stay and book your break today.


Ellingham Show 2022
Country Show
Ellingham Show 2022
Wild New Forest
Guided Activity
Wild New Forest
Paultons Park, Home of Peppa Pig World
Theme Park
Storm Chaser rollercoaster in Tornado Springs at Paultons Park

Paultons Park, home to the UK's only Peppa Pig World, has more than 70 wonderful rides and attractions included in the admission price.

Longdown Activity Farm
The bumpy tractor ride at Longdown Activity Farm

Fun for all ages with a schedule of activities every day including bottle-feeding calves and kid goats, and duck feeding. Lots of outdoor playtime fun. Tearoom, kiosk, and farm produce shop.

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway
Aerial view of summer garden | Centenary Garden | Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway | New Forest attraction | Hampshire

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway is now open! More than 100 years in the making, Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway is a spectacular collection of landscaped woodland, herbaceous, contemporary and formal gardens, in a unique riverside location. Exbury also boasts a narrow-gauge steam railway that travels through the gardens, plus a play area, fantastic restaurant, plus much more!

Rockbourne Roman Villa
Family looking at Roman bathhouse ruins in the new forest

Rockbourne Roman Villa is a unique archaeological site and museum, situated in a peaceful part of Hampshire near the historic town of Fordingbridge, on the edge of the New Forest.

Summer Time @ Sunnyfields Farm 2022
Half Term Event
Summer Time @ Sunnyfields Farm 2022

The “Summer Time @ Sunnyfields Farm” event will run every day of the summer holidays and will include things like tractor and trailer rides, flowers, a hunt, straw bales, willow maze etc.

Maize Maze & Sunflowers Picking Fields
Pick Your Own
Maize Maze & Sunflowers Picking Fields

Free parking on site No dogs - except guide dogs

The Bell Inn, New Forest
The Oak dining room at the bell inn in the new forest

The Bell Inn is an 18th century coaching inn, with 26 en-suite bedrooms that also happens to be home to Bramshaw Golf Club, hosting two outstanding golf courses – including the oldest golf course in Hampshire. Children and dogs are more than welcome!

National Motor Museum Beaulieu
Museum - Motor
Looking at exhibits at National Motor Museum in Beaulieu in the New Forest

Beaulieu featuring the world-famous National Motor Museum, Palace House home of the Montagu family and Abbey Ruins containing an exhibition of monastic life.

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.

Hurst Castle & Hurst Castle Ferry
Museum - Military
Hurst Castle & Hurst Castle Ferry

Come and discover this artillery fortress, built by Henry VIII in 1544, at the seaward end of a coastal spit, which was once a prison of Charles 1st. Castle takeaway is open daily. Frequent ferry service from Keyhaven Quay.

Lepe Country Park
Country Park
The front of the Lepe Lookout on a cloudy autumn day

With over a mile of beach, pine fringed cliffs, wildflower meadows, woods and historic D-Day remains, Lepe Country Park is the ideal place to relax and watch the world go by.



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