Fun at the farm for the New Forest Tour

New Forest Tour new stop at Longdown Activity Farm near Ashurst

Published Tuesday 1 July 2014

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

The open-top bus started its summer season on Saturday, with the red route calling at new stops including Longdown Activity Farm and New Forest Wildlife Park near Ashurst.

The chicks and pigs were joined by Longdown’s shire horse, donkeys and goats to inspect the double decker which will stop at the farm eight times a day, seven days a week over the summer.

Bryan Pass, owner of Longdown Activity Farm, said: ‘The New Forest Tour caused quite a stir over the weekend. It was wonderful to see it arriving for the first time as it’s such a great way for families to come and see us and all the animals during the summer.’

The Tour also had a really wild time at New Forest Wildlife Park, home to wolves, wildcats and wallabies.

Carol Heap, owner of the New Forest Wildlife Park, said: ‘The New Forest Tour has become such a popular way to see the best of the New Forest over the past few years. We’re delighted to see the New Forest Wildlife Park is now part of its routes and it means you don’t need a car to come and see us.’

As well as new stops for the red route, the green route now calls at Hythe Ferry which is free for passengers who buy a Tour ticket at Hythe Ferry in Southampton.

All three routes run eight times a day, seven days a week from 28 June to 14 September.

The New Forest Tour is run by Go South Coast in partnership with the New Forest National Park Authority.

As well as a great day out, the Tour aims to encourage visitors out of their cars to help protect the ancient New Forest landscape.

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.

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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Picture caption: Pigs and chicks meet the New Forest Tour at Longdown Activity Farm near Ashurst.

Notes to Editor:

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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