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New Forest Walking Festival is back

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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.

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).

Six figure boost for New Forest inclusive cycling scheme

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Published on Wednesday 14 June 2017

Hundreds of young people will be able to enjoy the New Forest using specialist bikes thanks to £300,000 of National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund.

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.

Fancy a fun filled Easter wild play?

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Published on Thursday 6 April 2017

Families looking for things to do this Easter are invited to a day of wild play activities such as crabbing and seashore scavenging in the New Forest.

Join walkers to feel the benefit of a weekly stroll

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Published on Monday 27 February 2017

People of all ages and abilities are invited to experience the health benefits of regular walking by joining two New Forest walking groups.

New Forest Volunteer Fair hits new heights

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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.

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.

Record numbers of people enjoy a walk in the Park

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Published on Tuesday 1 November 2016

The New Forest Walking Festival has made great strides in its fourth year, with 1,900 walkers learning about the New Forest during the two week event.

Explore the New Forest’s unusual side this autumn

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Published on Thursday 15 September 2016

Walk with an alpaca, discover weird and wonderful fungi and delve into quirky local history in this autumn’s New Forest Walking Festival.

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

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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

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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.

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.

New adventure children’s book launched for National Parks Week

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Published on Monday 25 July 2016

Today (25 July) marks the beginning of National Parks Week, the UK National Park family's annual celebration of Britain's breathing spaces.

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.

Forest photo competition returns for summer

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Published on Tuesday 19 July 2016

Summertime photos of the New Forest could win photographers great prizes as the popular Seasonal Snaps photo competition returns.

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

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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.

One-stop-shop for New Forest walks and cycles

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Published on Thursday 16 June 2016

Going for a walk or cycle ride in the New Forest is now easier than ever, thanks to a new online route finder.

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.

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.

The call of the wild: Environment Minister champions weekend walking trips in our National Parks

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Published on Friday 29 April 2016

Environment Minister Rory Stewart is urging all would-be walkers and have-a-go-hikers to visit their nearest National Park or public woodland this Bank Holiday weekend as he visited the New Forest.

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 Forest birds of prey nest watch celebrates 10 years

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Published on Tuesday 22 March 2016

Visitors have had the privilege of watching the intimate lives of some of the New Forest’s most impressive birdlife over the last 10 years thanks to high tech video technology.

Free admission to New Forest Centre museum

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Published on Friday 29 January 2016

Local residents and visitors to the New Forest will be able to learn about the area’s rich history free of charge thanks to a move by the New Forest Centre to end admission charges to its museum.

Hundreds expected at New Forest Volunteer Fair

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Published on Wednesday 27 January 2016

The New Forest’s one-stop-shop for volunteering opportunities is expected to attract hundreds of people this weekend.

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.

Discover the joys of walking this year

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Published on Wednesday 13 January 2016

Help is at hand for those looking to start walking more in 2016, with the launch of two new healthy walking groups in the New Forest.

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 Year walks and cycles in the New Forest

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Published on Monday 4 January 2016

Get out and active in the New Forest this year by joining guided walks and cycles led by local experts.

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.

New Forest Walking Festival makes great strides

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Published on Friday 6 November 2015

Record numbers of walkers learnt about the New Forest during the National Park’s two week festival of expert-led walks this autumn.

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.

Free family activities for Discover your National Park Day

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Published on Tuesday 18 August 2015

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

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.

On track for free Garmin cycling computers with New Forest bike hire

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Published on Tuesday 4 August 2015

People looking for the best cycle routes in the New Forest can now hire a bike with a free Garmin cycling computer to guide them.

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.

Beach Bus 'Route 99' returns with free ice cream for passengers

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Published on Tuesday 7 July 2015

The Beach Bus will return to the New Forest a week earlier this summer – renumbered ‘Route 99’ to highlight its free ice cream offer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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

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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.

New seasonal ranger to lead campsite activities in the New Forest

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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.

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.

Beach Bus to return to the New Forest this summer

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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.

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.

Walk leaders and local groups invited to take part in the New Forest Walking Festival

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Published on Thursday 26 June 2014

Walk leaders, local businesses and groups are invited to get involved in this year’s New Forest Walking Festival and submit a walk.

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

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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

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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.

Draft cycle events charter for the New Forest published

Published on Thursday 1 May 2014

A New Forest charter for cycle event organisers has been compiled by a group of over 20 organisations.

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.

Response to weekend's cycling event

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Published on Monday 14 April 2014

This is a response from the New Forest National Park Authority to reports of nails or tacks laid on a part of the road during the weekend's Wiggle Spring Sportive.

Cycle events statement

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Published on Thursday 10 April 2014

Statement from the New Forest National Park Authority regarding cycle events.

New code for cyclists for the New Forest

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Published on Friday 20 December 2013

A group of over 20 organisations has agreed a New Forest Cycling Code for cycling both on and off the road throughout the National Park.

Your one-stop shop for an authentic New Forest Christmas

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Published on Monday 28 October 2013

With locally produced seasonal gifts, tasty hot food and Santa’s grotto, the New Forest Christmas Fair is perfect for getting into the festive spirit this winter.

‘Project Wild Thing’ to inspire children back to nature

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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.

Discover your National Park with free family activities

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Published on Friday 9 August 2013

A family day of fun and excitement exploring the New Forest National Park is being held next week.

Art deco style artwork to adorn new Beach Bus

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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

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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.

Nature detectives to hunt for rare singing insect at New Forest BioBlitz

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Published on Thursday 30 May 2013

Nature detectives are poised for a 24 hour dash to record wildlife in the New Forest, including using smartphones to discover whether a rare singing insect still lives in the area.

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.

Even wildlife has trouble on the property ladder

Published on Thursday 2 May 2013

Choosing your new home to raise a family is always a big decision, and it seems it was no different for a pair of goshawks in the New Forest.

New Forest Open Art competition

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Published on Wednesday 1 May 2013

The New Forest is world-renowned for its stunning landscape, picture postcard views and magnificent wildlife.

Look after your bike and yourself on the road

Adult and child cycling in the New Forest National Par

Published on Friday 22 March 2013

With the warmer Spring weather, many people will be enjoying a day out cycling in the New Forest.

It’s back! The New Forest raptorcam gets ready to roll…

Published on Thursday 21 March 2013

From Friday March 29, New Forest visitors will get a privileged peek into the wilder side of Forest life.

UK National Parks 'Actively Yours' photo competition launches; winner to receive Merrell footwear

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Published on Thursday 21 March 2013

Simply getting outside and enjoying some of the most beautiful scenery this country has to offer could result in your winning top-quality outdoor footwear. All you need do is remember to bring your ca

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