Discover the Forest’s history, traditions and culture at the ‘New Forest in a nutshell’ events

Published Monday 11 July 2011

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

Answers to all these questions and more will be provided at the New Forest National Park Authority’s ‘New Forest in a nutshell’ events.

Designed for visitors and residents new to the area, or those who just want to know a little bit more about the Forest, the series of events is hosted by a National Park Authority Ranger. You will be guided on a gentle stroll from the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst to take in the stunning scenery and learn about the New Forest’s unique history and the iconic New Forest pony.

After the walk visitors will be given a bumper pack of information including the National Park pocket guide and free entry to the New Forest Centre, a museum which is packed with information about the New Forest’s fascinating traditions, wildlife and culture. The Centre also has an exhibition area, a large gift shop and a Visitor Information Centre.

Jim Mitchell, Interpretation Officer at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘We have had great feedback from the first ‘New Forest in a Nutshell’ events we held in May. Our rangers can tell you about lots of unusual aspects of the New Forest which many visitors and even residents don’t get to hear about. Then afterwards you can enjoy the New Forest Centre’s excellent museum.’

The events run from 10:15am - 12:15pm on the following dates:

  • Sunday 24 July
  • Tuesday 2 August
  • Sunday 7 August
  • Tuesday 16 August
  • Sunday 21 August
  • Tuesday 30 August

Places cost £8 per adult, £4 per child and are free for under 5s.

Your free entry into the New Forest Centre, worth £3.50, can be taken at any time after the New Forest in a Nutshell event.

Book your place today by calling the New Forest Centre on 023 8028 3444 or visit


Notes to Editor:

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.

Media Contact:
Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646608 Mob: 0785 0143 528

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