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Come on a journey of discovery with us at the New Forest Show

Leave the traffic jams, droning sat navs and the confines of the car behind and come on a voyage of discovery with the New Forest National Park Authority.

Visitors to our stand at the New Forest Show (29 – 31 July, 2014) can enjoy five hands-on activities to give them a taste of how best to explore and care for the New Forest National Park without a car.

Costumed characters will give visitors their ticket to try out the fun challenges and enter a competition with prizes to help them experience the Forest for real.


Watch this short video for a sneak preview of just some of the activities at our New Forest Show stand

The five activities include exploring:

…by train

A model train set of the New Forest where people need to get from one place to another using the train or open-top New Forest Tour. By taking the train instead of the car, you can reduce carbon emissions and the impacts of climate change.

…by the New Forest Tour

Sit back and relax on a mock-up Tour with a video screen and a ‘wind up’ commentary. Listen to the fascinating commentary to answer three questions. By taking the Tour you are helping reduce car miles and congestion in the New Forest.

…on foot

Join in our virtual ‘walk across the National Park’ over the three days of the show by trying out our ‘stepper’ machines. When out walking, help rare ground nesting birds and other wildlife by keeping to the main tracks between March and July.

Herbert the horse riding machine and some of the costumed characters from the New Forest National Park Authority stand

…on horseback

Have a go on Herbert the horse riding machine and learn how to ride a horse safely. Horse riding is a wonderful way to see the Forest, but keeping to the tracks when the ground is soft or muddy will minimise erosion.

…by bicycle

Complete two fun quizzes on our family cycling activity sheet and you’ll receive an ‘I’m a forest friendly cyclist’ badge. For the best cycling experience in the Forest please stay on the way-marked gravel tracks, go slowly around animals and think of others.

For families there will also be a children’s craft activity to make your own mini ‘hobby pony’.

Visitors can also find out about the new £2.9 million ‘Our past, our future’ Landscape Partnership Scheme planned for the New Forest which will restore lost habitats, develop Forest skills and inspire a new generation to care for the Forest.

Find out more about the New Forest Show at

This entry was posted by Communications on Monday 21/07/2014


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