Museums and Attractions

The New Forest is packed with attractions to suit anyone’s interests.

Winter is a great time for family days out to Paulton’s Park and Beaulieu. Both run a schedule of special winter and Christmas activities for all ages, whether you’re a couple who love the rich history of Palace House and it’s peaceful gardens, or family with little ones excited to visit Peppa Pig World.

Plus, the New Forest Heritage Centre offers even more for history buffs who want to learn about the New Forest’s fascinating past. Meanwhile, Exbury Gardens is the perfect day out for enjoying some truly gorgeous scenery.


Winter Wildlife Walks

Want to stretch our legs? You needn’t look any further than the New Forest for near endless choice in waymarked walking and cycling routes. Meander your way through the woodland paths and the wide open heathland where you can take in the beautiful winter landscapes.

Why not try to spot some spectacular wildlife while you’re out there? The Wildlife Trust’s Blashford Lakes near Ringwood make for an ideal place to pull out the binoculars and go birdwatching, where you can see all of the migratory winter visitors.


Pub Lunches

After enjoying the fresh air on a brisk winter ramble you’ll have earned a hearty meal. Just imagine walking into a warm and welcoming pub, making yourself comfortable and tucking-in to a traditional pub classic!

The New Forest is dotted with many quaint and traditional countryside pubs, like The Royal Oak in Beaulieu, The Pig near Brockenhurst or the Fox & Hounds in Lyndhurst.


Christmas Markets

Only a half hour drive from the New Forest, Winchester and Salisbury Christmas markets are the quintessential festive shopping experience.

With food and trade stalls inspired by traditional German style wooden chalets, carol singing, and even an ice-rink outside Winchester Cathedral, this is a fun and festive day out for families, couples and friends alike.



Seeking a bit more action? There are plenty of activities to occupy yourselves with. The New Forest Activity Centre offers laser tag, obstacle courses and even Christmas canoeing! A gentle paddle along the peaceful Beaulieu river really lets you feel close to nature.

There’s also GO APE in Ringwood if you want to swing through the trees like a chimpanzee (as long as you’re good with heights!).


Go Camping

With so much to keep you occupied you’ll need a place to stay!

Our campsite Setthorns is open all year round, and with many waymarked walking and cycling routes, it’s perfect for exploring the Forest and getting back to nature.

Setthorns is nestled amongst a secluded and tranquil patch of ancient woodland which is often visited by herds of deer, New Forest ponies and lots of other wildlife. Wake up to the gentle sound of birdsong and after you’ve finished your day’s adventuring, you can kick back and relax!

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