Discover Your National Park day

Ashurst tree, landscape

Published Wednesday 11 May 2016

Families are being invited to discover the New Forest National Park with a host of free events in Lyndhurst on Sunday 29 May.

Held at the New Forest Centre, visitors can get involved in a range of activities throughout the day from 10am until 4pm.

Children can start making their own hobby ponies at the Centre (£2 donation for materials) and then complete them with help from the Commoners’ Defence Association at the Verderers’ Court.

The Christopher Tower Reference Library at the Centre will also be open to the public, offering a behind the scenes look at what goes on and the chance to see previously unseen library and museum collections. Experienced volunteers and a collection technician will be on hand throughout the day to answer questions and share their knowledge with members of the public.

Centre Manager Hilary Marshall said: ‘This year for the first time, we’ll be offering visitors the opportunity to see behind the scenes.  It’s a great way to find out more about what really goes on in a busy museum and to discover more about the history and significance of the New Forest.’

There will be the opportunity to learn all about the National Park in the Centre’s free museum and have a chat with the New Forest National Park Authority’s rangers, who will be outside the Centre with their mobile unit all day.

Claire Sherwood, Recreation Management and Learning Ranger for the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘This is a great day for everyone to come along to. It offers a taster of what the New Forest has to offer and gives people an insight into the Forest’s ancient traditions and unique way of life.’

There will also be a real New Forest pony at Queens House and a Lyndhurst Quiz will be returning this year, taking participants up Lyndhurst High Street to Queens House and the Verderers’ Court.

Other activities and events throughout the day include an Agister in attendance at Queens House and the opening of the 13th Century Verderers’ Court to the public.

For more information about the day, please contact the Centre on 023 8028 3444 or visit their website


Notes to Photo Editor:

Ashurst, New Forest National Park

Notes to Editor:

The New Forest Centre is a visitor centre, museum, reference library and art gallery conveniently located in Lyndhurst.

The New Forest Centre aims to inspire its visitors to celebrate and conserve the New Forest. It does this by collecting, conserving and interpreting its collections and by providing educational activities and information to a broad range of audiences. In doing so, it acts in ways that are ethical, ecologically sensitive and intellectually accessible and affordable. It is owned and run by the New Forest Ninth Centenary Trust (reg. charity no: 279373).

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 to find out more.

Media Contacts:

Beki Mole, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646639


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