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Published Tuesday 11 July 2017

This year’s National Parks Week (Monday 24 to Sunday 30 July) is all about bringing people together.

What better places to do so than in the New Forest and the UK’s 14 other National Parks?

National Parks Week is the annual National Park family celebration of everything that is unique and wonderful about these special landscapes.

Whatever your interests, there are plenty of events to enjoy during National Parks Week – with open top tours, art exhibitions and country shows – and plenty more throughout the year.

In the New Forest, major events include:

  • The New Forest Show, 25 to 27 July, with National Park Authority stand on the theme of ‘Trees’
  • A Date With Nature webcam at the New Forest Reptile Centre, 1 April to 3 September, offering a view into a goshawk nest
  • New Forest Open Art Exhibition, 15 July to 8 October, displaying art inspired by the Forest at the New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst
  • The open top New Forest Tour runs from 8 July to 10 September, offering grandstand views of the Forest from its top deck.

Kathryn Cook, UK Director, National Parks UK, said: ‘These are just a few of the amazing activities and events on offer in and around National Parks Week so do check our website to find out more. Our 15 National Parks are great places to visit all year round with space for the whole family to enjoy – so check out our top 15 lists for ideas, pack up a picnic and get out into your favorite National Park or visit one that you haven’t been to before.’

For more information on events in all of the UK’s National Parks visit

National Parks Week 2017 is supported by Natural Resources Wales.

There are 15 members of the UK's National Parks family: the Broads, Brecon Beacons, Cairngorms, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs, New Forest, Northumberland, North York Moors, Peak District, Pembrokeshire Coast, Snowdonia, South Downs and Yorkshire Dales.

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Notes to editor

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 contact

Matt Stroud, Communications Officer
Tel: 01590 646650

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