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New Forest Walking Festival is back

Walkers enjoy a new forest walking festival stroll in ashurst

Published on Tuesday 29 August 2017

D-day remains, wild play activities and fascinating wildlife are just some of the treats awaiting walkers in the fifth New Forest Walking Festival.

Families invited for summer wild play day in the woods

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Published on Wednesday 9 August 2017

Children are invited to explore, play and be creative in the New Forest at a wild play day this summer.

Capture the New Forest in summer photo competition

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Published on Thursday 3 August 2017

Summertime photos of the New Forest could win photographers great prizes as the National Park’s photo competition returns.

Beach Bus helps showcase the delights of Hampshire’s coastline

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Published on Friday 28 July 2017

The chance to discover the delights of Hampshire’s coastline is prompting local people and visitors to board the popular route 99 Beach Bus service this summer.

Over five thousand people discover art in New Forest National Park

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Published on Friday 28 July 2017

Artists and creative groups from across the New Forest came together over two weeks to celebrate the National Park through art.

Explore the Forest’s past, present and future with the National Park Authority

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Published on Friday 21 July 2017

Visit our stand at the New Forest Show to discover the fascinating story of the Forest’s ancient woods and trees.

Winner of Forest inspired art competition announced

Open Art first prize winner Sandra Binney (middle right)

Published on Tuesday 18 July 2017

A stunning mixed media painting of a Highland cow has triumphed over a spectacular collection of artworks to win the fifth New Forest Open Art competition.

New Forest Tour returns with bird’s-eye views of the National Park

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Published on Thursday 6 July 2017

Visitors to the New Forest can feast their eyes on the very best views of the area atop the New Forest Tour which starts back this weekend (8 July).

Artists benefit from £6,000 funding boost

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Published on Thursday 15 June 2017

Artists and art organisations benefited from a £6,000 boost thanks to a small grant scheme funded by New Forest District Council and the New Forest National Park Authority.

Forest art competition opens for entries

Nfnpa open art winner Teresa Rogers

Published on Thursday 11 May 2017

The New Forest’s unique characteristics will be captured this summer as sculptors, painters and photographers compete for prizes in a local art competion.

‘Tree-mendous’ New Forest Arts Festival: 10 – 25 June 2017

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Published on Wednesday 3 May 2017

If you go down to the woods today...you’re sure to see over 60 events in the National Park celebrating the New Forest’s landscape and culture.

Fire service issue heathland fire safety appeal

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Published on Thursday 13 April 2017

Firefighters are issuing an appeal for people to stay safe while enjoying the New Forest this weekend.

Expert hedgelayer to reveal tricks of the trade

OPOF hedgelaying 2016

Published on Friday 10 February 2017

A rare opportunity to learn the secrets of a traditional New Forest skill is on offer next Thursday (16 February).

New Forest Volunteer Fair hits new heights

New forest nightstop at volunter fair

Published on Wednesday 1 February 2017

The New Forest’s popular volunteer fair is celebrating a record breaking year as hundreds flocked to the annual event.

New Forest Access Forum searches for new member

Children at Whitefield Moor

Published on Friday 20 January 2017

A new member is being sought for the New Forest Access Forum, which gives advice on improving access for walking, horse riding, cycling and other outside recreation in and around the New Forest.

Artists invited to register their interest in New Forest Arts Festival

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Published on Wednesday 2 November 2016

Artists are invited to celebrate the New Forest’s landscape, culture and creative community at the New Forest Arts Festival.

Families will go wild for play at new site in the New Forest

Wild Play Walk

Published on Tuesday 11 October 2016

The New Forest is receiving its first permanent wild play site to help children discover and connect with nature.

New centre welcomes cyclists to the New Forest

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Published on Friday 9 September 2016

One of the busiest cycle hire centres in rural England has opened new premises to offer visitors to the New Forest the best possible experience when hiring a bike.

Step into the New Forest story

Visitors enjoying the mindfulness colouring panels first seen at the new forest show crop

Published on Thursday 8 September 2016

Discover the New Forest’s fascinating wildlife, history and culture at the New Forest Centre this autumn.

Partnership encourages families camping to have fun in nature

Seasonal rangers georgia spooner and matthew heaver helping out on a recent archaeology excavation at buckland rings

Published on Wednesday 10 August 2016

From bug hunting to dusk walks, families camping in the New Forest this summer are taking part in a host of free activities.

Families invited for wild play day in the woods

One of the children from last year s event enjoying time outdoors

Published on Thursday 4 August 2016

Families can discover fun ways to explore and play in the New Forest, while learning about its special qualities, at a wild play day this summer.

New Forest Walking Festival offers behind the scenes walks for all

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Published on Tuesday 26 July 2016

Early bird bookings are now being taken for the first 60 walks in the 2016 New Forest Walking Festival.

Help plant a woodland to celebrate a loved one

One of the families who took part in the 2015 family trees event

Published on Monday 25 July 2016

Following the success of last year’s event, families are once again invited to celebrate a birth, marriage or life of a relative with the planting of a community woodland in the New Forest.

Beach Bus showcases New Forest’s beautiful coast

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Published on Friday 22 July 2016

The popular Beach Bus service is back for the summer, taking visitors on a picturesque ride down to the New Forest’s scenic coast.

National Parks Week kicks off this month

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Published on Monday 11 July 2016

National Parks Week, the UK National Park family's annual celebration of Britain's breathing spaces, is now just a few weeks away.

Step into the New Forest story!

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Published on Thursday 7 July 2016

Discover the New Forest’s fascinating wildlife, history and culture at the New Forest National Park Authority stand.

Week-long dig for archaeological excavation at Buckler’s Hard

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Published on Thursday 7 July 2016

A week-long dig will take place at Buckler’s Hard in a joint archaeological excavation by the Beaulieu Estate and New Forest National Park Authority for the national Festival of Archaeology.

Hundreds discover art in New Forest National Park

Frank Whittington toys at NF Centre

Published on Wednesday 6 July 2016

The New Forest Arts Festival is celebrating success after hosting over 40 events between 11 and 26 June in its first year.

New Forest Arts Festival closes this weekend

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Published on Thursday 23 June 2016

Outdoor performances, inclusive workshops and a diverse range of exhibitions have already taken place, but the first New Forest Arts Festival isn’t over yet.

A New Forest welcome for Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage

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Published on Thursday 26 May 2016

Tourism, heritage and local food were on the menu when David Evennett MP visited the New Forest today (Thursday 26 May).

Warm welcome for cyclists and walkers in the New Forest

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Published on Thursday 26 May 2016

With its 140 miles of tracks where you can enjoy easy walking and cycling and see thousands of free-roaming ponies, donkeys and cattle, the New Forest has always been a great place to explore.

Enjoy art in unexpected places

Brockenhurst college drama students who will be starring in a midsummer s night s dream during the new forest arts festival copy

Published on Thursday 26 May 2016

Exciting and unusual events have been added to the programme for the first New Forest Arts Festival between 11 and 26 June.

Discover Your National Park day

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Published on Wednesday 11 May 2016

Families are being invited to discover the New Forest National Park with a host of free events in Lyndhurst on Sunday 29 May.

Create jellyfish from plastic bottles and cardboard guitars

Arts Festival, Transitions

Published on Monday 9 May 2016

An activity day with a difference takes place this summer, encouraging families to get creative with rubbish.

Art competition open for entries

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Published on Wednesday 4 May 2016

The New Forest’s famous scenery, wildlife and traditions will be celebrated this summer as sculptors, painters and photographers compete for prizes in a local art competition.

Tame your wild side when out and about in the New Forest

'Tame Your Wild Side'

Published on Tuesday 29 March 2016

Visitors and residents of the New Forest are being encouraged to show consideration to everyone enjoying the National Park, through a new light-hearted film.

Families invited for ‘wild play’ in the New Forest

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Published on Thursday 24 March 2016

Families can enjoy crabbing and seashore scavenging at a free day of activities in the New Forest this Easter holidays.

New plan for National Parks gives every schoolchild a chance to visit

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Published on Wednesday 23 March 2016

Every schoolchild in England will have the chance to visit our inspiring National Parks at each stage of their education under plans announced today by Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss.

New Forest Centre Wins National Hidden Gem Visitor Award

New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst

Published on Wednesday 2 March 2016

The New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, has been awarded a top quality experience accolade by VisitEngland.

Dog walkers' views wanted

Dog walker on marshland

Published on Tuesday 23 February 2016

People who walk dogs on the Solent coast are being asked to share their likes and dislikes about dog walking in a new online survey.

Digital archaeology weekend is runaway success

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Published on Thursday 21 January 2016

The New Forest’s first Digi Arc weekend proved hugely popular, with hundreds of children and their families joining experts for a weekend of gaming and archaeology.

High-tech archaeology weekend for all ages

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Published on Monday 11 January 2016

Join archaeologists and computer game specialists for an interactive weekend of gaming, history and cutting edge technology.

New Forest’s popular Christmas fair returns

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Published on Monday 23 November 2015

Start the festive season in style with a weekend of seasonal shopping, local food and family fun at the New Forest Christmas Fair.

Help improve access in the New Forest

Adult and child cycling in the New Forest National Par

Published on Wednesday 11 November 2015

A new Member is being sought for the New Forest Access Forum, which gives advice on improving access for walking, horse riding, cycling and other outside recreation in and around the New Forest.

New Forest Walking Festival returns this weekend

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Published on Monday 12 October 2015

Step into autumn at the New Forest Walking Festival from this weekend (17 October) with 80 guided wildlife walks, history hikes and family adventures.

Pedal power gets an electric boost

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Published on Monday 28 September 2015

Are electric bikes the answer to congestion, transport and health conundrums? Eleven new projects - including the New Forest - providing electric assisted pedal cycles could help Carplus find out.

New Forest Walking Festival returns with 80 guided walks

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Published on Thursday 13 August 2015

The New Forest Walking Festival will return this autumn with 80 guided wildlife walks, history hikes and wild play adventures.

History weekend attracts visitors of all ages

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Published on Wednesday 22 July 2015

Hundreds of people headed to the coast last weekend to learn about the New Forest’s enthralling past at a hands-on history event.

Get snapping in the Forest this summer

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Published on Monday 20 July 2015

The sixth New Forest Seasonal Snaps photo competition begins today, giving people the chance to win great prizes for their summertime photos.

Record breaking entries for New Forest art competition

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Published on Tuesday 14 July 2015

A painting of a well-known beauty spot has triumphed over a record number of entrants to win the New Forest Open Art competition.

New Forest hands-on history weekend for all ages

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Published on Monday 29 June 2015

Pilot an underwater vehicle, handle historical artefacts and discover high-tech archaeological gadgets at a free family history event this summer.

New Forest Tour returns for the summer

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Published on Thursday 25 June 2015

The New Forest Tour returns this weekend (27 June) – aiming to beat last year’s record passenger numbers.

Ice cream parlour gives tourists the inside scoop

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Published on Monday 15 June 2015

Visitors to Brockenhurst can now get tourist information while enjoying a delicious ice cream at Melt ice cream parlour.

Viewers have front row seats as goshawk chicks hatch

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Published on Wednesday 20 May 2015

The births of three goshawk chicks in the New Forest have been watched live online by bird lovers.

Three new bus services for the New Forest

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Published on Wednesday 13 May 2015

Three new bus services will start in the New Forest later this month thanks to support from the New Forest National Park Authority.

Art competition open for entries

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Published on Friday 1 May 2015

The New Forest’s famous scenery, wildlife and traditions will be celebrated this summer as sculptors, painters and photographers compete for prizes in a local art competition.

Sweet taste of success for New Forest chocolatier

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Published on Thursday 30 April 2015

A chocolate maker in the New Forest has scooped a prestigious national award for producing treats of the highest quality.

Submit spring snaps of the Forest

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Published on Wednesday 22 April 2015

The New Forest’s Seasonal Snaps photo competition is back, giving people the chance to win great prizes for entering their springtime photos online.

Wild Play Day inspires hundreds of families to get outside and enjoy nature

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Published on Monday 13 April 2015

Hundreds of families enjoyed a free day of ‘wild play’ in the New Forest, as part of a drive to encourage children to play outdoors.

New Forest walks with a difference

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Published on Tuesday 7 April 2015

Witchcraft, hill forts and the mysterious death of an English king are just some of the fascinating topics covered in a new set of New Forest walking routes.

Families invited for ‘wild play’ in the New Forest this Easter

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Published on Wednesday 1 April 2015

Families can enjoy crabbing and seashore scavenging at a free day of activities in the New Forest this Easter.

The secret lives of New Forest birds of prey

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Published on Monday 30 March 2015

For the next five months, visitors will get a privileged peek into the lives of some of the New Forest’s most impressive birdlife, thanks to high tech video technology.

Two thirds of parents have outdoor play concerns

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Published on Tuesday 6 January 2015

Almost two thirds of parents based in and around the New Forest have concerns about letting their children play outdoors, a survey suggests.

Christmas Fair is a success at new location

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Published on Monday 15 December 2014

Over 7,000 people kicked off the festive season by supporting local businesses at the New Forest Christmas Fair.

New location for Christmas fair

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Published on Wednesday 26 November 2014

The New Forest Christmas Fair will now be held at Hoburne Bashley holiday park near New Milton on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 December.

New Forest photo contest attracts record number of entries

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Published on Friday 21 November 2014

A bellowing stag, highland cattle and brightly-coloured fungi were the prize winners in the autumn edition of the ‘Seasonal Snaps’ photo contest, which received a record number of entries.

Photo contest to celebrate autumn in the Forest

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Published on Thursday 6 November 2014

The Seasonal Snaps photo competition is back for its autumn edition, inviting people to submit their autumnal photos of the New Forest on Facebook or Twitter for a chance to win great prizes.

Help save the New Forest’s forgotten memorials

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Published on Monday 27 October 2014

Long-forgotten gravestones and monuments in burial grounds are set for a new lease of life, and New Forest residents can help by identifying those most in need of conservation.

Beach Bus shortlisted for UK Bus Awards

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Published on Thursday 16 October 2014

A New Forest bus service has been nominated for a national award after a successful summer.

Step into autumn landscapes at the New Forest Walking Festival

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Published on Wednesday 8 October 2014

Families, foodies and wildlife enthusiasts are heading to the New Forest this autumn half term for the second New Forest Walking Festival.

New Forest at risk from sky lanterns

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Published on Tuesday 30 September 2014

Organisations across the New Forest have joined National Parks England in calling for the release of Chinese sky lanterns to be banned due to the significant risk they pose to wildlife and habitats.

Enjoy all the fun of the fair this Christmas

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Published on Thursday 25 September 2014

Kick off the festive season with locally produced seasonal gifts, tasty hot food and wagon rides with Santa at the New Forest Christmas Fair.

Ancient mill goes green to halve £5,000 a year energy bill

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Published on Wednesday 24 September 2014

The owners of a New Forest watermill first recorded in the Domesday Book have cut their energy bills in half by undertaking a range of energy saving improvements.

Record year for green transport in the New Forest

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Published on Tuesday 23 September 2014

It’s been a record year for green transport in the New Forest after 50,000 visitors and residents switched from cars to buses.

New Forest artist is the people’s favourite

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Published on Thursday 18 September 2014

A Ringwood-based artist has scooped a prize for her painting of New Forest donkeys after it proved popular with visitors to this year’s Open Art exhibition.

Ride and stride around New Forest churches

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Published on Thursday 11 September 2014

A record number of New Forest churches are throwing open their doors to visitors this Saturday as part of this year’s Ride and Stride event.

New Forest public bike system decision

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Published on Tuesday 19 August 2014

New Forest National Park Authority members have voted not to proceed with a project to develop the UK’s first rural public bike system within the New Forest.

Unearth the secrets behind your treasures at finds day

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Published on Wednesday 13 August 2014

A finds identification day in the New Forest is offering people the chance to have their historical objects analysed by local archaeologists.

Free family activities for Discover your National Park Day

National Park Day

Published on Tuesday 12 August 2014

Families are being invited to discover the New Forest National Park with a host of free activities in Lyndhurst on Saturday (August 16).

Discover the secrets of the National Park at the New Forest Walking Festival

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Published on Tuesday 12 August 2014

Walkers of all ages are invited to take a stroll at the New Forest Walking Festival this autumn to discover birds and beasts, unravel historical secrets and tantalise taste buds.

Thousands swap cars for buses as passenger numbers rise in the New Forest

Beach Bus Family at Lepe

Published on Monday 11 August 2014

Passenger numbers for New Forest buses are at an all-time high as visitors and residents swap their cars for green transport.

Winners announced for car-free activities prize draw at New Forest Show

New Forest Show stand 2014

Published on Friday 8 August 2014

The winners of our New Forest Show prize draw have been revealed after hundreds people took part in our car-free activities.

New seasonal ranger to lead campsite activities in the New Forest

Seasonal ranger Chris Marshall family activities

Published on Tuesday 5 August 2014

A new seasonal ranger will help campers have fun in the New Forest whilst helping them protect the National Park’s animals and landscapes.

A day for play in the New Forest

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Published on Friday 1 August 2014

Families can discover fun ways to explore and play in the New Forest, while learning about its special qualities, at a wild play day.

Artists rewarded in New Forest open art competition

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Published on Tuesday 29 July 2014

Michael Parker’s painting ‘The Drift’ is the winner of this year’s Exxon Mobil at the Fawley Refinery Open Art competition.

Conferences top successful year for New Forest education team

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Published on Thursday 24 July 2014

Teachers and pupils have taken part in two education conferences in the New Forest to cap another successful year for the New Forest National Park Authority’s education team.

Celebrate the Forest with your summer snaps

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Published on Wednesday 23 July 2014

Our Seasonal Snaps photo competition is back for its summer outing, inviting people to submit their seasonal photos of the Forest on Facebook or Twitter for a chance to win great prizes.

World's first creche for technology and car keys to get families connecting

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Published on Tuesday 22 July 2014

The world’s first Tech Crèche has been launched to offer visitors a proper family day out, leaving their car and technology behind.

National Parks Week 2014 celebrates Britain's 'Space to Grow'

Forest scenes by Mark Heighes

Published on Thursday 17 July 2014

Wait a second, why are you indoors?! With summer now in full swing there is no better time to get out and explore the incredible landscapes of the UK's National Parks. And there is no better way to ge

Beach Bus to return to the New Forest this summer

Beach Bus art

Published on Thursday 17 July 2014

The Beach Bus will return for the summer with more services and discounts for attractions, as well as a free ferry ride from Southampton.

Green transport boost for New Forest residents and visitors

New forest tour blue route at milford on sea

Published on Tuesday 15 July 2014

Green transport services in the New Forest National Park have been given a further boost thanks to funding from the government.

Enjoy a Forest barbeque safely

Ponies grazing on heathland

Published on Friday 11 July 2014

It’s that time of year again when barbecues get lit and we get to enjoy the taste of summer.

Inspire others with your energy efficient home

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Published on Tuesday 8 July 2014

Property owners who are saving money and the environment are being invited to open their homes to the public to inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

Get hands on with history

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Published on Monday 7 July 2014

With a spitfire simulator, high-tech gadgets and the chance to handle historical artefacts, the New Forest Heritage Day is a unique chance to get hands on with history.

Fun at the farm for the New Forest Tour

New Forest Tour new stop at Longdown Activity Farm near Ashurst

Published on Tuesday 1 July 2014

Pigs and chicks came out to see a new arrival at their farm – the New Forest Tour.

Tour on tour before its New Forest return this summer

New Forest Tour on tour

Published on Monday 16 June 2014

The New Forest Tour will go on tour around Hampshire and Dorset next week to generate excitement ahead of its return this summer.

D-Day veteran, Spitfires and Red Arrows to mark 70th anniversary of Normandy landings

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Published on Wednesday 28 May 2014

A 92-year-old D-Day veteran from the United States will travel to the New Forest to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings along with World War II fighter planes and the Red Arrows.

Fun in the Forest for less this half term

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Published on Tuesday 20 May 2014

The New Forest National Park is jam-packed full of fun activities and events for all the family this half term holiday.

New Beaulieu to Buckler's Hard cycle route

Cycling from Beaulieu to Buckler's Hard

Published on Monday 12 May 2014

Families can enjoy a new bike ride this spring, thanks to a new 10-year agreement between the New Forest National Park Authority and the Beaulieu Estate.

See how our ancestors travelled in new exhibition

Travel through the Ages

Published on Saturday 3 May 2014

A world of boneshakers, penny farthings and charabancs has been revealed at a new exhibition from the New Forest National Park Authority.

Family Cycling Adventures

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Published on Thursday 1 May 2014

Looking for an adventure for the whole family? Then get on your bike for a Family Cycling Adventure in the New Forest National Park.

Art in the Park

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Published on Wednesday 16 April 2014

The New Forest’s world-renowned landscapes and wildlife will be celebrated this summer as sculptors, painters and photographers compete for prizes in a local art competition.

UK National Parks 'Space to Grow' photo competition

Forest scenes by Mark Heighes

Published on Wednesday 16 April 2014

It is often said that the UK's National Parks represent the essence of Britain – its past, its present, and its future.

Seasonal Snaps winners capture New Forest’s splendour

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Published on Thursday 10 April 2014

A mysterious woodland, pony at sunset, watery landscape and teddy bear’s picnic are the prize winners in the New Forest National Park Authority’s spring photo competition.

Helping to inspire good building design in the New Forest

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Published on Monday 7 April 2014

People who love living in the New Forest are given a helping hand with a new online tool showing building design at its best.

New Forest Tour to return with new stops for wildlife and Hythe Ferry

New forest tour blue route at milford on sea

Published on Monday 31 March 2014

The open-top New Forest Tour will return this summer with new stops for passengers to enjoy farm animals, wildlife and Hythe waterfront.

Capture spring in the Forest with your seasonal snaps

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Published on Wednesday 26 March 2014

The New Forest National Park Authority’s Seasonal Snaps photo competition is back, inviting people to submit their spring photos of the Forest on Facebook or Twitter for a chance to win great prizes.

Rural bike scheme to help drive down car journeys in the New Forest

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Published on Wednesday 12 March 2014

Plans are being developed for a rural bike scheme in the New Forest, which will help local and visiting families to cycle rather than drive around the National Park.

Update - unexplained dog deaths

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Published on Friday 7 March 2014

Latest updates on dog deaths

Memory sticks for businesses to help New Forest visitors switch to car-free trips

Memory stick 2014

Published on Wednesday 19 February 2014

Hundreds of businesses in the New Forest have been given updated memory sticks full of free photos, maps and videos to show visitors they don’t need a car to see the best of the National Park

Car-free travel campaign shortlisted for award

Golden Hedgehog Shortlisted Logo 2014

Published on Tuesday 28 January 2014

The New Forest National Park Authority’s work to promote car-free travel has been recognised after being nominated for a public relations award.

Winter Smiles - travel by train for just £10

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Published on Monday 13 January 2014

Travelling by rail to the New Forest National Park is even better value thanks to the winter sale from South West Trains.

Extra exposure for New Forest photographers

Snow ponies by martin perry

Published on Monday 30 December 2013

New Forest photographers have teamed up with the National Park Authority to bring their stunning images of the local area to a wider audience.

Win Christmas prizes every day

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Published on Sunday 1 December 2013

Win a Christmas prize a day with Our Land, the New Forest National Park and some of the country's most outstanding areas of natural beauty.

Walking Festival to return after first year success

New Forest Walking Festival Lyndhurst for web

Published on Wednesday 6 November 2013

The New Forest Walking Festival is set to return next year after the success of the first festival this autumn.

‘Project Wild Thing’ to inspire children back to nature

Project wild thing for web

Published on Wednesday 23 October 2013

A special screening of a film to inspire children to connect with nature will take place in the New Forest during half term week.

New Forest Walking Festival a hit with only a few spaces left

Walking festival newsroom

Published on Tuesday 22 October 2013

Walkers from across the south of England are snapping up spaces for the New Forest Walking Festival - with only a handful of places left.

Discover the historic churches at the heart of New Forest communities

Frank Green at the launch of the second Discovery leaflet at St Mary, Copythorne, with the Rev John Reeve, Priest in Charge of St Mary, Copythorne, and team vicar of St Matthew, Netley Marsh

Published on Monday 21 October 2013

The New Forest’s churches have been at the centre of local communities since at least the forest’s formation over 900 years ago and many trace their origin to a much earlier period.

New Forest Open Art People's Prize winner

Daniel Byrne's painting 'Just Standing'

Published on Friday 11 October 2013

The New Forest Centre and National Park Authority are pleased to announce this year’s winner of the New Forest Open Art People's Prize, sponsored by ExxonMobil at the Fawley Refinery and Park Culture

Public drop-in session for New Forest Community Routes

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Published on Tuesday 1 October 2013

Residents are being invited to have their say on improving existing routes that will make it easier and safer for people to walk, cycle and ride to and within the New Forest National Park.

Landscapes need cherishing

Forest fungi at Norley Wood

Published on Friday 27 September 2013

National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty from across the UK have declared that landscapes should be high on the agenda once again.

Launch of New Forest Walking Festival

Walking festival newsroom

Published on Thursday 19 September 2013

Families, nature lovers and history buffs will be immersed in the autumn colours of the National Park with the launch of the first New Forest Walking Festival.

Meet the ancient trees of the New Forest

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Published on Wednesday 18 September 2013

Come along on a gentle stroll through the Ancient and Ornamental woodlands of the New Forest this Saturday (21 September) in search of the largest ancient beech tree in the Forest.

Beach Bus to return to the New Forest after attracting nearly 6,000 passengers

Beach Bus Family at Lepe

Published on Tuesday 17 September 2013

The Beach Bus is set to return to the New Forest National Park next summer after a successful first season.

New Forest organisations meet again to discuss responsible cycling

Adult and child cycling in the New Forest National Par

Published on Monday 16 September 2013

Building a better understanding and consensus about responsible cycling in the New Forest’s unique environment.

New Forest Marque members sweep the board at Hampshire Life Food and Drink Awards

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Published on Monday 2 September 2013

New Forest Marque members are celebrating after sweeping the board by winning seven out of 11 categories at the Hampshire Life Food and Drink Awards.

National Park rangers celebrate scorching summer season

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Published on Thursday 29 August 2013

New Forest National Park rangers are celebrating a bumper season of events thanks to a spectacular summer.

New Forest Travel Concierge guiding visitors to car-free travel around National Park

New Forest Travel Concierge with family

Published on Tuesday 27 August 2013

An innovative new service has been launched in the New Forest to welcome visitors and show them they do not need a car to explore the beauty of the National Park.

Mystery dog deaths in the New Forest

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Published on Thursday 22 August 2013

August update from the Forestry Commission

Families snap up free tickets for Beach Bus

Beach Bus Family at Lepe

Published on Monday 19 August 2013

Hundreds of families in the New Forest are enjoying a free ticket to ride on the new Beach Bus.

New hotline cards for responsible dog owners

Dog Car Sticker

Published on Tuesday 13 August 2013

Hotline cards and window stickers designed to encourage responsible dog walking in the New Forest have been unveiled.

Family-friendly cycling in the New Forest given a £3.6m boost

A family cycles in the New Forest

Published on Monday 12 August 2013

An innovative scheme for everyday family cycling in the New Forest National Park has been awarded £3.6m by the government, which will help create jobs and provide a boost to the local economy.

Sunny weather boosts New Forest Tour with record passenger numbers

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Published on Thursday 8 August 2013

A record number of passengers have enjoyed the breathtaking views from the top deck of the New Forest Tour this summer.

Winners shine through at inaugural New Forest open art competition

Open art competition winner

Published on Monday 5 August 2013

Barry Peckham’s oil painting ‘Brambles at Denny Wood’ is the winner of the inaugural Exxon Mobil at the Fawley Refinery Open Art competition.

Passengers hop on Beach Bus for its first weekend

Beach Bus Launch

Published on Monday 29 July 2013

Passengers flocked to the Beach Bus on its first weekend to see the best of the New Forest coast and countryside.

Discover wildlife with the New Forest National Park Authority in National Parks Week

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Published on Friday 26 July 2013

Visitors to the New Forest Show next week are invited to celebrate National Parks Week and learn about wildlife and wild places at the New Forest National Park Authority stand.

The Beach Bus has arrived in the New Forest National Park

Beach Bus at Lymington

Published on Thursday 25 July 2013

The Beach Bus has arrived in the New Forest – ready to take families to enjoy sun, sea and free ice cream – and you’re invited.

New Forest Marque members shortlisted for food and drink awards

Setley Ridge Farm Shop Wine

Published on Thursday 25 July 2013

Members of the New Forest Marque are celebrating after beating off stiff competition to be nominated in eight of the 11 categories at this year’s Hampshire Life Food and Drink Awards.

New Forest organisations meet to discuss cycling issues

Adult and child cycling in the New Forest National Par

Published on Wednesday 24 July 2013

Over 20 organisations came together to discuss building better understanding and consensus about cycling in the New Forest’s unique environment.

New Forest organisations appeal for people to steer clear of Chinese lanterns

Mare and foal skipping

Published on Monday 22 July 2013

Organisations across the New Forest National Park are appealing to people to spare a thought for New Forest animals as they enjoy the hot weather.

New Forest organisations come out top in Hampshire Commuter Challenge

Commuter Challenge Winners

Published on Wednesday 17 July 2013

Staff at the New Forest National Park Authority and New Forest District Council have each won an award after leaving their cars at home and travelling to work by walking, cycling and catching a train.

Flying start for New Forest Tour after rise in passenger numbers

New Forest Tour three routes

Published on Tuesday 16 July 2013

The New Forest Tour has seen its most successful start to the summer season yet with a big rise in passenger numbers.

Art deco style artwork to adorn new Beach Bus

Beach bus for web

Published on Friday 12 July 2013

Vintage art deco style images will adorn a new seaside bus service in the New Forest thanks to a local illustrator.

Make the most of the coast with the launch of the New Forest Beach Bus

Beach Bus launch

Published on Tuesday 9 July 2013

Families can enjoy a free ice cream and a fun trip to the seaside thanks to a new bus service for the school summer holidays.

VisitEngland joins forces with National Parks England to boost rural tourism

VisitEngland logo

Published on Wednesday 3 July 2013

VisitEngland -the national tourist board -and National Parks England have committed to a three-year partnership.

Last chance to enter open art competition

New Forest Pony

Published on Friday 28 June 2013

Calling all artists and craftspeople!

New open-top route launched in the New Forest

New Forest Tour three routes

Published on Wednesday 26 June 2013

Grandstand views of the New Forest’s coast and countryside can now be enjoyed after the launch of a new open-top bus route.

Businesses given free memory sticks to encourage car-free travel

Memory stick

Published on Friday 21 June 2013

Hundreds of businesses in the New Forest National Park have been given a free memory stick full of images, maps and videos to encourage visitors to leave their cars behind.

Love Your National Parks celebration launched

Love your national parks logo

Published on Monday 10 June 2013

Celebrating National Parks which bring us health, wealth and happiness

Excitement in the New Forest as goshawk chicks hatch

Published on Monday 13 May 2013

There’s excitement in the air across the New Forest thanks to the arrival of two special chicks.

Multicultural Forest exhibition at the New Forest Centre

This is exactly the colour combination of my next saree

Published on Wednesday 8 May 2013

Stunning landscapes, beautiful views and an abundance of wildlife are just some of the many things people love when they visit the New Forest.

New train station nameplates greet passengers to the New Forest National Park

Nameplate at Brockenhurst train station

Published on Tuesday 23 April 2013

New nameplates have been put up at rail stations to greet train passengers arriving at New Forest National Park gateway stations.

Third New Forest Tour route for 2013 season

New Forest Tour

Published on Monday 18 March 2013

The award-winning New Forest Tour is introducing a third route this summer, to complement the existing green and red routes, which means you can now travel around the whole National Park.

Survey shows UK National Parks remain important in challenging economic times

UK ANPA logo

Published on Wednesday 27 February 2013

There's a tendency in tough financial times for issues of conservation and countryside to slide down the list of priorities.

New Forest Tour shortlisted for global tourism award

Published on Thursday 11 October 2012

The New Forest Tour has been shortlisted for the 2012 Virgin Holiday Responsible Tourism Awards – the Oscars of the ‘responsible tourism’ world.

New Forest Tour season extended

Published on Thursday 30 August 2012

Due to popular demand, and the most successful August ever, the New Forest Tour has been extended to Sunday 14 October.

Kids go free on New Forest Tour on the 23 August

Published on Thursday 16 August 2012

For the first time ever children under 15 accompanied by an adult can travel on the New Forest Tour for free on Thursday 23 August – a saving of £5 per child.

Discover the New Forest National Park in a day

Published on Wednesday 15 August 2012

Put Thursday 23 August in your diary for a jam-packed day of excitement, events and everything you ever wanted to know about the New Forest National Park.

Exploring the wonders of New Forest coast

Published on Tuesday 31 July 2012

Marine Wonders is a free event next Thursday and Friday (9-10 August) from 10am-4pm that offers an abundance of things to do and has something on offer for all ages.

Discover the ‘New Forest in a nutshell’

Published on Tuesday 24 July 2012

Have you ever wondered how many ponies there are in the New Forest? How was the New Forest created? What special creatures live here?

Making a promise to the environment

Published on Friday 20 July 2012

Tourism businesses who have made a commitment to protecting the New Forest attended a training day organised by the New Forest National Park Authority.

Explore the New Forest on a shoe string

Published on Wednesday 18 July 2012

Recent research by charity ‘Family Action’ states that many families will be ‘stuck at home’ this summer as the cost of family day trips rocket.

Leave the car at home and take the New Forest Tour this summer

Published on Tuesday 26 June 2012

Spectacular views of the landscape will once again be on offer when the New Forest Tour starts off its new season on Saturday 30 June.

A one-stop shop for visitor information

Published on Monday 25 June 2012

Visitors to the New Forest will now have access to even more expert local knowledge and information thanks to a successful initiative from the New Forest National Park Authority.

Forest’s smallest visitor information centre celebrates its first birthday

Published on Wednesday 23 May 2012

One year on the New Forest’s most unusual visitor information centre is celebrating its first birthday.

New Forest cycling fun for young people with special needs

Published on Friday 27 April 2012

Families from SCARF (Supporting Special Children and their Relatives and Friends) are now taking part in monthly inclusive cycling sessions.

Greener Living Show a success

Published on Thursday 26 April 2012

Around 1,200 people visited the third annual ‘Greener Living Show’ at Sandy Balls Holiday Centre near Fordingbridge last weekend.

Green fun for all the family this Saturday

Published on Wednesday 18 April 2012

Cost-cutting ideas, delicious food, savings on fuel and buying local are just some of the many things on offer at this year’s Greener Living Show.

Merrell and UK National Parks announce plans to inspire new generation of outdoor fans

Published on Thursday 26 January 2012

Merrell, the outdoor footwear and apparel specialist, and UK National Parks have launched an updated UK National Parks Visitor Passport.

New look for National Park rangers on the go

Published on Wednesday 25 January 2012

Rangers working for the New Forest National Park will be easier to spot thanks to a new lease vehicle with distinctive images of the New Forest landscape.

Success for New Forest Tour

Published on Tuesday 20 December 2011

Businesses in the New Forest are celebrating after the success of the ‘red’ and ‘green’ New Forest Tours which take passengers around the New Forest on an open-top bus.

Public urged to reconnect with local landscapes via groundbreaking new sustainable tourism initiative

Published on Friday 14 October 2011

A MAJOR new initiative urging people to reconnect with their local landscapes has been launched.

Free cycling event for children with disabilities

Published on Tuesday 23 August 2011

Children and young adults with learning or physical disabilities or who have autism are being invited to attend two ‘open’ cycling sessions if they are between the ages of eight and 19 years old.

Explore the ‘wonders’ of the New Forest coast

Published on Friday 5 August 2011

Celebrate South-East Marine week by rolling up your trousers and getting wet exploring the New Forest coastline at Lepe Country Park.

New Forest businesses gearing up for open-top tour

Published on Wednesday 20 July 2011

Businesses and communities in the north and west of the New Forest National Park are gearing up for a successful summer.

Spruce up your summer!

Published on Monday 11 July 2011

Visitors to the New Forest this summer are urged to help keep the beauty spot clean and tidy.

Top award for New Forest Centre

Published on Tuesday 16 November 2010

The New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst has proven itself to be one of the top visitor attractions in the region according to ‘the Beautiful South’ awards 2010.

New Forest autumn colour rivals Canadian fall

Published on Thursday 4 November 2010

Autumn in the New Forest National Park has brought with it one of the most spectacular displays of leaf colour in the last 80 years.

Shopping the New Forest way

Published on Tuesday 28 September 2010

You like to shop, yes? And you love the New Forest? So how about an experience that combines the two?

Gearing up for a two-wheeled weekend of family fun in the New Forest National Park

Published on Wednesday 22 September 2010

Cyclists young and old are gearing up for a festival with a difference in the New Forest National Park.

New Forest Tour has record passenger numbers

Published on Wednesday 11 August 2010

Leaving your car at home is clearly the ‘in’ thing to do this year as the New Forest Tour is seeing record numbers of people jumping on board its open-top bus.

Six simple steps to green camping in the New Forest National Park

Published on Tuesday 13 July 2010

Whether you’re ‘glamping’ or roughing it with the most basic of facilities, the New Forest National Park Authority has some top tips to make your camping stay kinder to the environment.

Visitors had ‘spring’ in their step

Published on Tuesday 4 May 2010

Visitors to the Spring Wildlife Day at the Lymington-Keyhaven Nature Reserve on Sunday 2 May were treated to a jam-packed day of fun.

National Park audio tour celebrates Alice in Wonderland

Published on Thursday 25 February 2010

Viewers of Disney Studios’ new fantasy film version of Alice in Wonderland can learn more about its young heroine thanks to an audio tour on the New Forest National Park Authority’s website.

Enjoy a bird’s-eye view from your computer

Published on Tuesday 23 February 2010

The state-of-the-art webcam pans over the Beaulieu River, taking in the marina, its still waters, wooded areas, salt marshes and coastal birds.

Celebrating the ‘Iconic New Forest’

Published on Wednesday 30 December 2009

Celebrate ‘iconic’ photographs of the New Forest National Park at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst from Saturday 9 January to Monday 8 February.

National Park helps restore access routes at Lepe Country Park

Published on Tuesday 10 November 2009

Thanks to funding from the New Forest National Park Authority, Lepe Country Park is improving its access for visitors by creating and improving key footpaths.

Potential ‘champions’ visit the New Forest

Published on Wednesday 28 October 2009

The New Forest National Park Authority is taking part in a national project to encourage people from minority ethnic groups to enjoy and learn about the New Forest.

Still time to get snappy

Published on Tuesday 29 September 2009

There is still time for local people and visitors to win great prizes in this year’s New Forest photo competition celebrating 60 years of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

New Forest Tour – top figures from the top deck!

Published on Tuesday 29 September 2009

The New Forest Tour has had its best year yet with over 15,600 people discovering the wonders of the National Park from the open top buses.

Taking the worry out of walking

Published on Wednesday 19 August 2009

The New Forest National Park Authority is taking the worry out of walking by producing full details of easily-accessible trails.

Plan your summer on the National Park coast

Published on Monday 3 August 2009

Fascinating facts about what lives beneath the waves along the New Forest National Park’s 26 miles of coastline can be discovered in a programme of events over the summer holiday period.

National Park arrives at New Forest railway stations

Published on Wednesday 8 July 2009

Four railway stations in the New Forest have new signs on the platforms from this week that remind passengers they are entering the National Park.

Ranger returns to National Park coastline

Published on Monday 27 April 2009

Exploring, teaching, outreach work and fun are all part of Leanne Atkinson’s post as she returns for a second season as a Coastal Ranger on the New Forest National Park coastline.

Help to shape countryside access in the New Forest

Published on Friday 27 March 2009

The New Forest National Park Authority is looking for new recruits to join a forum that gives advice on improving access to the countryside and coast.

Get the National Park on its new mobile

Published on Tuesday 19 August 2008

The distinctive National Park Explorer is now out and about in the New Forest, helping people to get the most out of the time they spend in the area.

Be a coastal critter this summer

Published on Friday 1 August 2008

The New Forest National Park Authority, Hampshire County Council and Lepe Country Park have joined forces this summer to offer a series of family events along the New Forest coastline.

Local businesses become a hub for information

Published on Tuesday 29 July 2008

A new initiative to provide Local Information Points in the National Park has just been launched in three villages by the New Forest National Park Authority.

A night to remember at the New Forest Show

Published on Wednesday 16 July 2008

You’ll have a night to remember at this years show, thanks to the New Forest National Park Authority.

Five-ways to celebrate the New Forest Centre

Published on Tuesday 24 June 2008

The New Forest Centre and its partner, the New Forest National Park Authority, unveiled its new look last week during an evening of celebration.

The new and improved New Forest Tour is back for the summer

Published on Tuesday 13 May 2008

The New Forest Tour is back by popular demand with a new itinerary, special offers and a specially produced New Forest commentary, voiced by a former BBC radio presenter and producer.

Recycled fire extinguishers mark a new era for the New Forest Centre

Published on Friday 9 May 2008

The New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst has an exciting new look, created by a local sculptor, to mark its partnership with the New Forest National Park Authority.

Disability group become models for the day

Published on Tuesday 15 April 2008

The two organisations joined forces to highlight the importance of accessibility in the New Forest.

The National Park could be coming to a shop near you…

Published on Thursday 3 April 2008

The New Forest National Park Authority is inviting, shops, post offices, local businesses and railway stations in Beaulieu, Brockenhurst and Burley to apply to become Local Information Points.

National Park Pocket Guide published

Published on Tuesday 8 January 2008

Britain’s smallest National Park is now pocket-size. A Pocket Guide to the New Forest National Park for 2008 has been published by the National Park Authority.

Get your diary out and plan a jam-packed summer in the New Forest

Published on Tuesday 26 June 2007

The New Forest National Park Authority has organised a range of activities for all age groups to enjoy this summer all with the theme of ‘know your National Park.’

New Forest Tour is back for the summer

Published on Wednesday 30 May 2007

The popular New Forest Tour is being launched again this summer following its success over the past three years.

Are you interested in making the New Forest more accessible?

Published on Wednesday 9 May 2007

Four volunteers are needed to join the New Forest Access Forum, whose aim is to improve access to the countryside and coast in the New Forest and south-west Hampshire.

New Forest Museum to become The New Forest Centre

Published on Friday 13 April 2007

The New Forest National Park Authority and the New Forest Ninth Centenary Trust are working together to provide a ‘new-look’ for the Museum and Visitor Centre at Lyndhurst.

Explore the New Forest by bike this summer

Published on Thursday 12 April 2007

Cycling enthusiasts with support from the New Forest National Park Authority have organised a number of different cycle routes exploring the New Forest this summer.

Want to know more about England’s newest National Park?

Published on Monday 7 August 2006

The New Forest National Park has launched a handy sized pocket guide to help answer visitors’ and residents’ questions about England’s newest National Park.

Meander round the Keyhaven Marshes

Published on Tuesday 18 July 2006

The New Forest National Park is celebrating its first National Parks Week since taking up its full powers on 1 April 2006. The week long event will be running from Friday 21 to Friday 28 July.

Delicious New Forest Breakfast and open top bus tour are the two newest additions to the New Forest this summer

Published on Wednesday 14 June 2006

The New Forest Breakfast and bus tour were officially launched yesterday (13 June) at Mr Eddy’s restaurant and Tea Rooms at Exbury Gardens.

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