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Days Out New Forest National Park
My Days Out New Forest info should mean you get the very most out of your stay or visit to the New Forest National Park. I'll recommend major events and places to visit and also smaller venues which allow you to get to the heart of this beautiful area, with me.
EXHIBITION: Birds of the New Forest by Geoffrey Dashwood and Chris Packham
Here's an exhibition I think you'll enjoy. The St Barbe Museum and Art gallery is a lovely museum for you to enjoy in Lymington in the New Forest. Lymington is a lovely coastal town with a great mix of shops, eating places and hotels too. The harbour area is also beautiful and there is a sea water swimming pool for you to enjoy if you fancy a swim!
EXHIBITION: Birds of the New Forest
by Geoffrey Dashwood and Chris Packham
St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, New Street, Lymington, SO41 9BH
29* July - 23 September Note on 29th* this is the opening day of St Barbe's following an extensive refit so will not open until 11am that first day)
From then on we are open Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm
Internationally renowned for sculpting birds in bronze, Dashwood’s work has transcended wildlife art and is now firmly established in the wider field of contemporary art. This exhibition focuses on the birds of the New Forest (past, present and future!) and is interpreted by writer, campaigner and TV presenter Chris Packham who is a friend and long-time admirer of Dashwood's work.
“These sculptures defy the need for anatomical or ornithological justification - they are quite simply ravishing." Chris Packham
This year we visited the Spring Event of the Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association and saw wonderful displays of horsemanship performed by dedicated heavy breed enthusiasts and their beautiful horses. It was wonderful as usual! Here's something I think you might also enjoy a bit later in the year.
The Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association are a wonderful society dedicated to the wellbeing and future of the working heavy horse.
Great All England Ploughing Match and Country Fair
Date: Sunday 22nd October 2017
Time: From 10:00am to 4:30pm
Hartley Park Farm, Selborne Road, Alton, Hampshire GU34 3HS Adults £8.00, Seniors £6.00, SCHHA members & children under 16 FREE
Contact details for both shows
Anne Dawson - Secretary - Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association
Tel. 07773 155 817 Web site: www.southerncountiesheavyhorseassociation.co.uk
Family Fun at Beaulieu with New Forest Activities. Located in Beaulieu village you will do your activities here and also in the beautiful Bucklers Hard area of the New Forest. It's family fun for all with canoeing, kayaking, archery, Bush Craft and rope courses.
Go Ape fancy some tree swinging? - Moors Valley Country Park Nr Ringwood - tree top obstacle courses for over 10's
Paultons Park fantastic family fun! - Romsey Jct2 M27
If you fancy going a bit further for your fun
have some great suggestions and offers too for you.
Lepe Country Park is alway lovely at any time of year. There is lots to to do and see along this beautiful bit of coast line. Discover more about Lepe Country Park from when I visited. It is on the New Forest coast with stunning views across the Solent.
Hurst Castle near Keyhaven
Hurst Castle provides a remote escape by the sea with centuries of history to uncover. Built by Henry VIII it was one of the most advanced artillery fortresses in England, commanding the entrance to the Solent.
The Tudor castle is the original part of the building and received fame when used as a prison for Charles I before his trial and execution in London in 1648. Throughout the centuries, the Tudor part of the castle has been strengthened and the whole site added to especially in the Victorian era, with huge armoured wing batteries, making it one of the largest coastal forts in the world.
Access to the castle is via ferry from Keyhaven or a 1.5 mile walk along Hurst Spit.
Tel: 01590 642500 email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: www.hurstcastle.co.uk
Beaulieu Motor Museum
Read my Beaulieu Review and find out why I recommend visiting Beaulieu and The National Motor Museum. All through the summer there are various events going on at Beaulieu to keep adults and children amused so check out our Beaulieu Events Link here.
Buckler's Hard Maritime Museum is fascinating. Learn about Nelson and the New Forest.
Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway a lovely place to visit - take a picnic or eat in the lovely restaurant and tea room - near Beaulieu
Highcliffe Castle - Highcliffe - a lovely setting for afternoon tea - stunning views - right by the sea! and a lovely wedding venue too.
The New Forest offers lots theatre shows and exhibitions throughout the year. Forest Arts has activities for adults and/or children, shows and films, exhibitions and events and lots more too. Please follow the link and then discover what fun you can have at the Forest Arts Centre Old Milton Road BH25 6DS New Milton.
We're also really lucky to have our own touring theatre company in the New Forest National Park. I've been to a number of plays put on by Forest Forge Theatre Company and it was an excellent night out. Find out about future shows and read reviews on past performances, including the latest The Stage review. As well as the shows, events also take place.
A Day Out on the Farm?
Longdown Activity Farm - this farm is family run for family fun!
you'll meet piglets, goats, chicks and lots more - and have a tractor ride too. If you are staying near Ashurst Campsite this would be an ideal trip for all the family to enjoy.
Owls, Otters and Birds of Prey and lots more too
The New Forest Wildlife Park - a fun day out meeeting lots of wildlife - for all the family Liberty's Raptor and Reptile Centre - for the largest collection of birds of prey in the New Forest - and you can leave your dog in the kennels whilst you enjoy your day out!
Days Out New Forest - Getting About
New Forest National Park Tour Bus usually runs from July 8 to 10 September this year (2017).
Days Out New Forest - Water Activities
Days Out New Forest - Fishing
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Perhaps you would like to use WikiMapia to look at more detail of the New Forest? If you use this map you can find exactly the area of your chosen campsite and what the nearby villages look like ...before you book! Give it a go.....
There are numerous National Trust Properties within easy driving distance of The New Forest, here are a few that are approximately an hour away from the New Forest :-
The Vine, Basingstoke RG24 9HL
Hinton Hampner, Bramdean Alresford SO24 0LA
Avebury (To the Manor Reborn on TV) SN8 1RF
White Mill, Sturminster Wimbourne BH21 4BX
Kingston Lacey, Wimbourne Minster BH21 4EA
Mottisfont, Romsey SO51 0LPWinchester City Mill, Winchester SO23 0EJ
Mompesson House, Salisbury SP1 2EL
Stourhead, Wilts BA12 6QD
And many more slightly further away, but still within approximately 90 mins drive. We've been members for many years and have enjoyed visiting both beautiful properties and stunning landscapes and have found that if you use your membership well it is excellent value for money, and is a great way of putting something back to help protect the historical and architectural beauty of England.
Read how the New Forest and National Trust have teamed up to help preserve this beautiful National Park and its heathland.
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