Tour on tour before its New Forest return this summer

New Forest Tour on tour

Published 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.

The open-top bus will be seen in Bournemouth, Hythe and Southampton during market and food festival days before starting its summer season on 28 June.

The New Forest Tour will be at:

  • Gervis Place, Bournemouth from 9am on Monday, 23 June, during the Bournemouth Food Festival
  • Hythe Ferry from 9am on Tuesday, 24 June, on market day
  • The Bargate, Southampton from 8.30am on Friday, 27 June, on market day.

Friendly staff from the New Forest Travel Concierge service will be on hand to talk to shoppers and passers-by about the Tour’s three scenic blue, green and red routes, including new stops this year at New Forest Wildlife Park and Longdown Activity Farm near Ashurst, plus Hythe Ferry which is within easy reach across the water from Southampton.

Shoppers will be entertained from the top deck by the jazz band Acoustic Jass over lunchtime. They also have the chance to win family tickets for the New Forest Tour with the ‘Tweet for a Seat’ Twitter competition. All you have to do is tweet @NewForestTour with the hashtag #tweetseat and say why you’d like to win. The three winners will be drawn at random on 15 July.

The New Forest Tour (28 June – 14 September 2014) is run by Go South Coast in partnership with the New Forest National Park Authority.

Last year the Tour enjoyed its best season yet with over 40,600 passenger journeys – up 32% on the previous year. The hop on, hop off service also contributed an estimated £660,000 to the local economy and saved around 223,000 private car miles.

Julian Johnson, Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The Tour on tour will help spread the word to areas around the National Park that the New Forest Tour is back for the summer. The Tour provides a wonderful experience and outstanding views. But it also helps take cars off the roads and helps protect the beautiful yet fragile landscapes of the New Forest National Park.’

Andrew Wickham, managing director of operator Go South Coast, said: ‘The New Forest Tour has been a real success story from its early days of about 4,000 passengers in 2004 to more than 40,000 last year. With new stops, new audio commentary and easy links from Southampton across the water at Hythe, we’re sure that the Tour will become even more popular.’

For more information and a 10% online discount visit www.thenewforesttour.info, www.facebook.com/newforesttour and www.twitter.com/newforesttour

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Photo caption: The New Forest Tour's blue, green and red routes

Notes to editors:

The New Forest Tour was awarded a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ by Tripadvisor in 2014 for being listed in the top 10 per cent of businesses on its website.

In 2012 the New Forest Tour won a ‘Highly Commended’ award in the Best Responsible Transport category at the Virgin Holiday Responsible Tourism Awards.

The New Forest Tour follows three routes known as red, green and blue.

  • Green Route: serving Lymington, Beaulieu, Exbury Gardens, Hythe Ferry, Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst
  • Red Route: serving Burley, Ringwood, Fordingbridge, Sandy Balls, Ashurst, New Forest Wildlife Park, Longdown Activity Farm and Lyndhurst
  • Blue Route: serving Brockenhurst, Burley, New Milton, Barton-on-Sea, Milford-on-Sea, Keyhaven and Lymington.

New Forest Tour customers can enjoy five days’ travel for the price of two with a five day ticket. It’s valid for any five days in a two week period.

New for 2014, customers from Southampton can enjoy a free cruise across on Hythe Ferry to join the Tour in Hythe, when they buy a New Forest Tour ticket from Hythe Ferry in Southampton.

Tour passengers can also enjoy free bus travel to and from Salisbury, Southampton and Bournemouth on selected scheduled services. Simply buy your New Forest Tour ticket on scheduled bus services leaving these locations.

The New Forest Tour is supported by the New Forest National Park Authority, and Hampshire County Council.

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 www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.


Media Contacts:

Sion Donovan, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646639

Email: sion.donovan@newforestnpa.gov.uk


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