The Beach Bus has arrived in the New Forest National Park

Beach Bus at Lymington

Published 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.

The new service starts on Saturday (July 27) offering wonderful views of the New Forest National Park, famed for its wandering ponies, ancient woodland and stunning coastline.

The bus will link the Southampton Hythe Ferry to the beach at Lepe Country Park, where passengers can enjoy sun, sand, free ice creams and bathing water recommended in the Good Beach Guide by the Marine Conservation Society.

The Beach Bus also calls at popular attractions such as Exbury Gardens, Buckler’s Hard, Beaulieu and Lymington throughout the school summer holidays.

Ticker holders can hop on and off all day with adult day tickets just £5 and a group ticket of up to five people just £10.

A beach themed launch for the Beach Bus will be held at Hythe Ferry on Saturday (July 27) from 10.30am until 2pm where families can meet Domino the donkey, ride the pier train for free, enjoy face painting, live music and tasty nibbles from the New Forest Marque tasting stand.

There will also be free goody bags for the first 25 children aged six and under to climb on board the Beach Bus at Hythe Ferry from the 11.05am bus onwards.

The Beach Bus is operated by Wilts & Dorset in partnership with the New Forest National Park Authority, and supported in part by a £3.8m Department for Transport grant to encourage car free travel in the New Forest and South Downs National Parks.

Nat Taplin, who works as a sustainable transport officer at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The Beach Bus is great fun and great value, within easy reach of Southampton on the Hythe Ferry, calling at some of the most popular attractions in the New Forest. Leave the car behind, sit back and enjoy the ride.’

Ticket holders can also enjoy 20 per cent off entry tickets at popular attractions such as Buckler’s Hard, the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu and Puffin Billi Cruises at Lymington, as well as a free ice cream at Lepe Beach Café. Beach Bus ticket holders also get £1 off Hythe Ferry tickets.

The Beach Bus will run daily from 27 July to 1 September.

For a full Beach Bus timetable and details on discounts go to  or visit


About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect

  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Visit to find out more.

Media Contacts:
Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646608

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