New Forest hands-on history weekend for all ages


Published 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.

Run by the New Forest National Park Authority, the New Forest Heritage Weekend celebrates the rich history and heritage of the area. Expert archaeologists and historians will run events throughout the weekend of 18 and 19 July, including World War Two guided walks and interactive archaeological activities.

A variety of local organisations will have stands and give talks:

  • Learn how to survey and record archaeological sites being lost to nature with the CITiZAN team
  • An interactive computer touch table will help people learn about archaeology in the New Forest
  • RAF Ibsley Airfield Heritage Trust will offer an insight into work to restore the WWII control tower at the former RAF Ibsley, near Ringwood
  • National Park archaeologists will be looking at archaeological surveys, historic maps and laser mapping as well as the Forest’s role during World War I and World War II.

The Heritage Weekend will take place on the coast at Lepe Country Park near Exbury. The event is part of the Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology - a national festival of more than 1,000 events between 11 and 26 July 2015.  

New Forest National Park Authority Member John Pemberton said: ‘This event is a chance for people of all ages to find out more about the rich history of the New Forest by exploring a range of activities.

‘People will be able to get hands on, as well as learning from experts about how events in the Forest’s past have shaped the National Park into the special place it is today.’

The New Forest Heritage Weekend runs between 10.30am and 4pm on 18 and 19 July and is a drop in event with no booking required. For more information visit  


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The poster advertising this year’s New Forest Heritage Weekend.

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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.

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Media Contact:

Matt Stroud, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650

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