What to do in the New Forest

There's so much to see and do in the New Forest, ranging from energetic days out cycling or horse riding, to relaxing rambles through ancient woods, and strenuous strolls along the cliff top. Not to mention the abundance of exciting family attractions, or historic houses and gardens just waiting to be explored. The hardest part is deciding what to do first!

After a long day out, why not refuel at one of the vast selection of superb eateries to be found in the area, with cuisines on offer to cater to every palate, you’ll be spoilt for choice!


Active & Outdoors

The New Forest's diverse landscape makes it the perfect place to enjoy fresh air and exercise. Get close to nature, and explore over 140 miles woodland track, or have an adrenaline-fuelled day out.

Historic Houses & Gardens

Step back in time and discover some of the New Forest’s rich and diverse history, or immerse yourself in the peaceful tranquillity of one of the areas glorious gardens.


The stunning New Forest coastline is home to some of the best beaches in the UK - perfect for a day of family seaside fun, or a refreshing coastal walk taking in breath-taking views of the Isle of Wight.

Family Days Out

The New Forest is the perfect place for a family day out. Choose from: adventure theme parks, wildlife sanctuaries, castles, museums, and countless walks, cycle routes, and bridal paths...

Rainy Day Ideas

Don’t let the weather make or break your holiday. The New Forest boasts plenty of all-weather activities guaranteed to put a smile on your face come rain or shine.

Doggy Days Out

Your dog will love exploring miles of lovely woodland trails, and coastal walks with you. Many New Forest venues welcome canine visitors - here are some of our top pooch-friendly picks.

Food & Drink

There’s a vast selection of high quality places to eat and drink in the New Forest, whether you’re looking for a friendly café, a proper pub or an excellent restaurant - here are a few of our favourites...


Here are some of our top picks of events that are staged annually in the New Forest...

Getting Around

Park up your car at the cottage and get ready to explore! You can get around the New Forest by many modes of public transport, or even under your own steam!

Getting to the New Forest

The New Forest is conveniently situated on the south coast of England, and is easy to get to whether by car or by public transport...


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