Things to do

August events in Hampshire

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:

Throughout August: New Forest Outdoor activities

With kayaking, cycling, archery and much more, there’s plenty to keep you busy in the New Forest.


1st August: Specialist Tour, Are there bones beneath these stones?

Winchester Cathedral offers a wide range of tours you can join and this one sounds intriguing. 


4th to 5th August: Beaulieu Supercar Weekend

See and hear some of the world’s most prestigious motors at this supercar extravaganza.


7th August: Fearsome Fire

Pop along to Butser Ancient Farm and take your pick of activities. This one sounds great fun. 


10th to 12th August: VW T Fest

A weekend for VW Transporter owners and enthusiasts alike.


11th to 12th August: New Forest Fairy Festival

A truly magical weekend in Burley Park.


11th to 12th August: Lymington Seafood Festival

Tap into the rich maritime history of Lymington at the Seafood Festival.


19th August: Steam Up Sunday

Join Bursledon Brickworks for a special steam up Sunday where all kinds of wheeled vehicles will be on display.

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