The New Forest is incredibly diverse, with many different activities to enjoy during your visit. Adventurous pursuits abound with a wealth a history to explore, energetic bike rides through woodland, hikes through the heath, horse riding and watersports.
If shopping is more your style there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy some retail therapy. You can go for local produce, sample independent designers, try local craft shops and even visit local art galleries. Several different markets packed with colourful stalls operate around the week throughout the area. You can browse to your heart’s content and take the time to savour the experience.
Visitors with a sweet tooth can visit Beaulieu chocolate studio or Burley fudge shop, producers of stunning handmade treats. Drink lovers are also spoilt for choice with Setley Vineyard, New Forest Cider and the renowned Ringwood Brewery to choose from. The New Forest is also filled with restaurants, bars, rustic pubs and cosy tea rooms so you don’t need to worry about dining.
Visitors looking to spend time relaxing can enjoy a treatment or a full spa day at one of ten different locations. Senspa at Careys Manor Hotel is one of the most renowned spas in the region, offering unforgettable pampering experiences. With award winning facilities and a commitment to giving every guest the VIP treatment, Senspa is a must.
As well as the natural green beauty of the forest and heathland you can also enjoy a trip to the beach at one of the popular seaside towns. Barton-on-Sea offers some of the most stunning views and fun coastal walks.
For more information on what to do in, please visit the Lymington guide for up to date information.
Maps & Guides
Please find below a list of essential guides and maps for this area.
- Travel Map – New Forest Tour & bus services PDF
- Beach Bus poster PDF
- Beechen Lane Cycle Ride
- Brockenhurst to Rhinefield Circular Cycle Ride
- Brockenhurst to Rhinefield Cycle Ride
- Cycle Routes PDF
- New Forest Pocket Guide web version 2013
- New Forest Tour Leaflet
- New Forest Tour Poster
- Parkhill Cycle Ride
- The New Forest Essential Guide