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How to beat the traffic to the New Forest Show

The New Forest Show is back from Tuesday (July 28) – three days of agricultural competitions, show jumping, spectacular displays and even building a traditional cob wall. But with 95,000 visitors over three days, the traffic queues to the Showground at New Park outside Brockenhurst can be a struggle. Dan, Alex and Diana from the New Forest Travel Concierge team are based at Brockenhurst rail station to help guide visitors. Here are their tips on how to beat the traffic, or you can speak to them direct at, tweet them a question @newforesttravel or post a query to


Catching a train is probably the best and quickest way to get to the New Forest Show, with easy links to Brockenhurst from Southampton, Bournemouth and beyond. South West Trains are currently running a Summer Promotion, offering £20 day return tickets for adults and £8 for kids – potentially great value, particularly if you’re travelling from further afield. Shuttle buses from the station to the Showground run every 15 minutes from 8am to 7.30pm - £3 adult and £2 child. The journey to the Showground on the bus from Brockenhurst is far quicker than the car journey down the A337 from Lyndhurst. We’ll be at the station as well to help if you have any queries. 

Forest Bus

The Forest Bus stops right outside the Showground, picking up passengers hourly from Southampton, Totton, Ashurst, Lyndhurst and Lymington. Local fares are available but the Day Rider ticket may be cheaper – plus you can enjoy a free slice of cake at select cafes on route. Take a look at the Forest Bus website for full details and timetables. The open-top New Forest Tour green route can also stop outside the Showground if you want to stop at the Show as part of your day trip.


If you’re within cycling distance, then travelling by bike to the Show’s back entrance might be best for you as there are plenty of cycling racks there. The best way to get there is to cycle on Rhinefield Road outside Brockenhurst and turn off at Beachern Wood car park (waymarker post 237) for a 10 minute cycle on a quiet country lane and very pleasant off road track passed Ober Corner, over Bolderford Bridge to the Showground. Please note this year that the cycle track from Lyndhurst will have car traffic on it, so it may get busy around the Showground entrance. For more information on cycling routes head to


If you’re catching the train to Brockenhurst or live locally then you can enjoy a lovely 40 minute (2 mile) walk through the open heathland of Black Knowl up to Bolderford Bridge and into the Showground. From the train station walk back to the main road (A337) and turn left on Brookley Road and walk through the centre of the village. At the end of Brookley Road, turn right at the Watersplash ford up Burley Road until you arrive at Meerut Road with the gravel path right in front of you. Follow the path all the way to the Showground. Take a look at an interactive version of this map at for a closer look.

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Hope you’ll find our tips useful. If you need further advice please feel free to get in touch with us at, tweet us a question @newforesttravel or post a query to Hope to see you soon!

This entry was posted by Communications on Friday 24/07/2015


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