Putting the new in New Forest

Date Posted: 06/01/2015

It’s not just the trees that are evergreen in the New Forest. The national park that drapes its pastures and heathland over three different counties reinvents itself every year as far as tourism is concerned. And 2015 is no exception - there'll be plenty of new things to do in the New Forest.

Here are a few things that will affirm The New Forest’s name in 2015. 

Horse-drawn coach holidays and carriage days out

Take in the sights, sounds and scents of the forest from the peaceful pace of a horse-drawn carriage. Step back in time and travel the New Forest Mail

Coach routes, stopping at traditional coaching inns to ‘refuel’.

Horse-drawn days out and half-day excursions are all part of the selection of packages provided by the Brunswick Carriage Company in partnership with New Forest Tourism Association businesses.

Road coach breaks

Stay overnight in a traditional coaching inn or hotel and travel the route of the old mail coach, stopping for refreshments and a change of horses for two and three-day breaks. Savour the sights of the forest and the sounds of a traditional coach-and-four – and be transported back to the bygone days of travel.

Carriage days

Book seats online and enjoy free collection from your holiday accommodation by minibus. Or arrive by train and step onboard a horse-drawn carriage at Brockenhurst railway station. Then enjoy a circular route on road and gravel tracks through the forest, taking in local villages and stopping at inns for refreshments. It’s the ideal way to get close to the ponies, cattle and deer which roam the forest.

If you want to push the boat out, you can arrange a bespoke carriage day, for which the carriage collection comes right to your ‘holiday door’. The following day can then be organised around your group’s interests.

Plump for a woodland picnic or stop at a pub for a home-cooked lunch and maybe add in a bit of shopping at towns and villages along the way.

Sir Stirling Moss-approved racing displays

He has been dubbed the greatest racing driver of all time and, on 5th March, legendary Sir Stirling Moss is to unveil two new displays at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu.

Grand Prix Greats will display cars from the early heroes to exhilarating F1, with rolling film footage, a Grand Prix leader board for the start of the F1 season and unique memorabilia from the titans of the track.

Road, Race and Rally will cover the world of rally and hill climbing – with an exciting live start-up area where visitors can see Beaulieu’s engineers at work and the models come to life.

Battlefield Live

Battlefield Live goes deep in the heart of the forest with New Forest Activities’ brand new ground near its Beaulieu HQ.

Battlefield Live is the most realistic combat simulation you can get without joining the military, combining the popular video game Call of Duty and paintballing.

The new site, which opens for action in March, is even bigger than the former disused RAF base it replaces.

More Than A Tour experiences

Travel in style with an exclusive ‘More Than A Tour’ package which will offer luxury, guided and themed trips around the New Forest.

The all-inclusive tours once only served the cruise ship marketplace out of Southampton. However, from 2015 all visitors to the New Forest will also be able to enjoy the same range of luxury coach tours.

Choose the ‘Relaxed’ two-town tour of Lymington and Burley or Beaulieu. Try an ‘Active’ tour, with either ‘Pedals and paddles’ or ‘Bows and battlefields’. Or be ‘Adventurous’ with ‘Rib racing and discovery’, ‘Yacht sailing and racing’ or 'Four-by-four off-roading'.

Bespoke VIP tours are also available, offering a personalised food and wine experience at a restaurant or a four or five-star hotel. The package includes seasonal foraging, private dining and wine tasting followed by boutique shopping at the New Forest’s towns and villages.

The New Forest is just 90 minutes from London Waterloo. To find out more information for holiday tours visit www.thenewforest.co.uk.

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