Things to do

There is lots to do in the New Forest, here are a few ideas:

Go for a walk along the coast at Milford-On-Sea and enjoy the views of the Isle of Wight

Look out for local shows. To the North of Brockenhurst is New Park, which is the annual home of the New Forest Show, held in late July

Visit the gardens at Exbury or Furzey


Take a ferry from Lymington to the Isle of Wight

Visit Rhinefield and Bolderwood Ornamental Drives . These are beautiful all year round, but perhaps at their best in early November, with ancient beech trees displaying spectacular autumn colours

Visit the Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary to see the deer

Use the hop-on-hop-off open top buses to tour the New Forest


Explore the depths of the ancient woodlands. Set out on foot, rent a bike, hire a pony and follow a way-marked trail through the forest, stopping off at a local pub for lunch

Lymington harbour

Lymington harbour

Milford on Sea

Milford on sea

Exbury Gardens

Furzey gardens

Lymington lido

Lymington lido

Attractions and activities

Beaulieu Chocolate Studio Small - (Contemporary chocolate makers),, 01590 612279

Beaulieu Motor Museum- (National motor museum, palace house & gardens),, 01590 612345

Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary - (Purpose built viewing platform for observing herds of fallow deer), 02380 283141

Brockenhurst Riding Stables Riding - (Stables with horses and ponies),, 07708 788609

Bucklers Hard - (Maritime museum, woodland trail, tea rooms and Beaulieu river cruise),, 01590 616203

Country Lanes Cycle Tours - (Cycle hire adventures),, 01590 622627

Cyclexperience - (Bike hire),, 01590 62404

Eling Tide Mill - (Working flour mill & heritage centre),, 023 8086 9575

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, (200 acre woodland garden & steam railway rides),, 023 8089 9422

Fairweather's Garden Centre - (Garden centre with homemade food and outdoor play area),, 01590 612307

Fishing - (Forestry Commission coarse fishing),, 02380 283141

Furzey Gardens- (Award winning gardens),, 023 8081 2464

Golf - (For local golf courses, please visit this website:

Hurst Castle - (Fortress and prison of Charles I with views of the Isle of Wight),, 01590 642500

Long down Activity- (Farm Hands on petting farm),, 023 8029 2837

Lyminton Seawater Baths - (Outdoor seawater baths / lido),, 01590 678882

New Forest Activities - (Canoe, kayak tours & hire, archery, bike hire, etc.),, 01590 612377

New Forest Bus Tour - (3 open top bus rides through the forest),,

New Forest Centre & Museum -(Visitor information, museum, library & gallery),, 02380 283444

New Forest Guided Walks - (Professional guided walking tour),, 023 8028 2269

New Forest Minibus Tours - (Informative 40 mile guided forest tour),, 07774 347071

New Forest Water Gardens - (Ponds & waterfalls in 2 acres of formal gardens),, 01590 644405

New Forest Water Park - (Wakeboarding, kayak, paddleboard & inflatable aqua rides),, 01425 656868

New Forest Wildlife Park - (Animals, butterflies & adventure playground),, 023 8029 2408

Paultons - (Theme park including Peppa Pig World),, 023 8081 4455

Sailing - (For local sailing clubs, please visit this website

Setley Ridge Vineyard & Farm Shop - (Vineyard and shop selling local produce),, 01590 622020

Spa - (Luxury spa facilities),, 01590 623551