Day 1: Make yourself at home

Kickstart your Easter weekend adventure by arriving at your chosen campsite in the New Forest. Set up your tent, caravan or camper, taking in the fresh air and the peaceful surroundings. Once settled, take a leisurely walk around the campsite to familiarise yourself with the area. Spend the evening enjoying time with your family and friends. Fire up the barbeque and open the wine. Head over to Sway Butchers to try their award-winning sausages.

Day 2: Explore the Forest Trails

After enjoying breakfast, start your day by venturing into your newfound surroundings either on foot or by bicycle. With numerous trails awaiting exploration, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in nature’s beauty and see famous New Forest Ponies on your journey too. Access details of these trails by scanning the provided QR code at your campsite or opt to purchase a map from the campsite shop.  If cycling is your preference, bike rentals are conveniently available at Cyclexperience in Brockenhurst.

Following your morning exploration, consider a picnic in the forest or visiting one of the nearby beaches. Milford on sea and Barton on sea are Stoney beaches but good for walks and crabbing. A little further away is Bournemouth, which has a beautiful sandy beach and a pier. Alternatively, engage in some games onsite, or simply unwind with a good book amidst the tranquillity of nature.

As evening approaches, take a leisurely stroll into one of the neighbouring villages to indulge in a delightful meal. With an array of charming restaurants and pubs to choose from, you’re spoilt for choice. For a truly exceptional dining experience, we recommend The Pig , renowned for their locally sourced and homegrown vegetables. If your campsite is situated further north, consider dining at  The Sir Walter Tyrrell Pub or The Trusty Servant. Access information about local restaurants via the app provided.

Day 3: See the sights

Start your morning with an adventure at New Forest Activities , where you can partake in kayaking or canoeing along the picturesque Beaulieu River. Delight in the serenity of the waterways as you paddle amidst the natural beauty of the surroundings.

In the afternoon, take a leisurely stroll around the charming village of Beaulieu or follow the river downstream to Buckler’s Hard This historic 18th-century shipbuilding village boasts a rich heritage dating back to its origins in the 13th century under the ownership of Cistercian monks. Explore its fascinating history, from its time as a bustling shipyard where vessels for Nelson’s Navy were constructed, at the village’s museum. Additionally, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Beaulieu National Motor Museum , where Easter weekend promises an array of entertaining activities you won’t want to miss.

As evening descends, consider indulging in a barbecue  or opting for a delicious takeaway meal. With numerous takeaway options available around the forest, ranging from Thai and Indian to Chinese cuisine, there’s something to satisfy every palate. For those craving locally sourced or healthier fare, explore the delightful offerings at some of the area’s farm shops. Setley Ridge Farm Shop, in particular, boasts a selection of local produce that’s sure to tantalise your taste buds.

Day 4: Find those chocolate eggs!

Discover an array of thrilling Easter egg hunts waiting for you in the enchanting landscapes of the New Forest…

For a unique twist on traditional egg hunts, embark on New Forest Activities’ Canoe Easter Egg Hunt. Enjoy a delightful paddle along the scenic Beaulieu River, suitable for the entire family. Make a splash by disembarking for an Easter egg hunt with a twist!

The Longdown Golden Egg Hunt returns to Longdown Activity Farm . Hunt for nineteen golden eggs hidden throughout the farm each day, with one elusive platinum egg waiting to be found.  Prizes await lucky hunters who discover a golden egg, with a special reward for the fortunate individual who finds the platinum egg. Don’t miss out on the excitement of the Great Big Golden Egg Hunt, available from Good Friday through to Easter Monday, with entry included in your admission ticket.

Furzey Gardens  is a secret woodland garden nestled in the forest.
There is a lovely thatched tea room, rare and unusual plants and over 40 fairy doors there is something for everyone in this special place. Every time you visit you are helping  to provide support and work experience for people with learning disabilities. As part of the Easter festivities, the gardens host an engaging egg hunt, perfect for children aged 10 and under. The trail leaflet, available upon arrival, invites young adventurers to embark on a delightful quest through the gardens in search of hidden treasures.

On your final evening in the New Forest, take some time to relax and reflect on your Easter weekend adventure. Whether you choose to go for a gentle stroll, practice yoga amidst the trees, or simply enjoy the peace and quiet of nature, take it slow and savour the moment.

Day 5: Departure day 🙁

Visit a cafe for a farewell breakfast.  Esme’s tearoom  and The Buttery both do a fabulous breakfast. The bakery have delicious pastries and sandwiches, pop in and get snacks for the journey home. Then head back and pack up your campsite with fond memories and a renewed appreciation for the beauty of the natural world.

A horse at Longbeech campsite in the New Forest.

 

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