Take the road less travelled this summer. Opt for cool forest walks and speedy mountain biking instead of cramped beaches in the hot sun. Cruise through quiet village markets picking up fresh farm produce over elbowing through the crowds at seaside food festivals. Choosing an August holiday in Hampshire and the New Forest is all about relaxation.
The forest is thriving in the summer. Baby animals born in the spring have grown enough to roam on their own and the trees and fields are teeming with wildlife big and small. This is the perfect opportunity to let your own little ones run wild and free. The New Forest is a safe environment to introduce younger children to the great outdoors: play pooh sticks in the streams, have a family game of hide and seek, hunt for bugs and creepy crawlies under rocks and roots.
On top of your adventures in the Great Outdoors, head to one of these lovely events to keep kids and adults entertained:
With kayaking, cycling, archery and much more, there’s plenty to keep you busy in the New Forest.
From Toga Tuesdays to gladiators, the Ancient farm has tons of Roman activities to keep budding history buffs busy.
Kids can follow the trail and then make a musical instrument to take home, all for free.
Watch this classic film in the unique setting of Winchester Cathedral grounds. An exciting cinema experience that you’ll be sure to remember.
Star Wars fans rejoice at this showing of the newest chapters of the intergalactic series.
See and hear some of the world’s most prestigious motors at this supercar extravaganza.
A weekend for VW Transporter owners and enthusiasts alike.
A truly magical weekend in Burley Park.
Tap into the rich maritime history of Lymington at the Seafood Festival.
Join Bursledon Brickworks for a special steam up Sunday where all kinds of wheeled vehicles will be on display.