A night to remember at the New Forest Show

Published Wednesday 16 July 2008

You’ll have a night to remember at this years show, thanks to the New Forest National Park Authority.

That’s because part of the New Forest National Park stand for 2008 is being turned into the ‘New Forest at night’, complete with the special sounds, sights and smells of the Forest during the hours of darkness.

Martin O’Neill, Director of Information and Visitor Services, said: ‘We like our stand at the New Forest Show to offer something interesting and different and the New Forest at night certainly qualifies.

‘The aim is to give visitors a flavour of the Forest at night which is one of the lesser-known features of this special place that the National Park Authority works to conserve.’

A mixture of sound and lighting effects, real foliage, artist’s impressions and a starry sky will conjure up the Forest at night.

Visitors will be able to pause in a dark woodland glade to identify night-time sounds ranging from owls and nightjars to frogs and foxes and spot the hidden wildlife.

It will be day-time in the other half of the National Park stand with giant 3-metre square New Forest versions of snakes and ladders called ‘adders and ladders.’

Visitors will roll giant inflatable dice and, when they land on an adder or a ladder, they get to turn over a large playing card revealing important Forest messages about animal safety and conservation.

Martin O’Neill added: ‘The adders and ladders game should be both enjoyable and educational.  Visitors may even spot the Forest’s famous snake-catcher, ‘Brusher’ Mills.’

To reinforce the animal safety message, those who take part in the game will receive ‘I slow down for ponies’ wristbands or lanyards.  And to tempt visitors onto the stand, staff will be offering special Forest leaf-shape chocolates from the Beaulieu Chocolate Shop.

Also part of the stand this year will be the New Forest tour bus.  The open-top double-decker will be parked beside the National Park stand, offering some of the best views on the showground from its upper deck.

Binoculars will be provided so visitors can enjoy the views and visitors will be able to listen to a sample of the new audio tour which is new for the route this year.  

Staff and members of the National Park Authority and partners from the New Forest tour bus will be on hand to answer questions and talk to visitors over the three days.

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Media Contact:

Karen Evans
Communications Officer
New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646650

Email: karen.evans@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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