Foodie events taking place in the New Forest

The New Forest has plenty to appeal to foodie enthusiasts and lovers of the outdoors this year.

It’s said that the New Forest in Hampshire gets more visitors per square mile than any of Britain’s other national parks, and a series of new and returning events taking place throughout the year make the area particularly appealing to groups.

Food festivals

Fine fare will be the theme in Milford-On-Sea, which is holding its Food Week from 28th March to 3rd April. Visitors can see celebrity shows, cooking demonstrations, and educational talks, plus be able to enjoy dining offers, themed dining evenings and wine tastings.

Following in July will be the New Forest Show (26th, 27th and 28th), where more cookery demonstrations, gastro-experiences and food tasting opportunities will be on the cards. 

Later in the year, the New Forest's first ever Food and Drink Festival will run from 31st October to 6th November – details about what’s to feature are to be confirmed later this year.

Exploring by foot

Walking is another big attraction in the New Forest. The popular Walking Festival will return during October, aiming to get visitors out of their cars and experiencing the forest. Discover World War Two history and ancient forest customs as you trek through the trees.

Two additional walking weekends will also take place, hosted by New Forest Hotels. Dates are confirmed as 11th – 13th March and 21st – 23rd October; guests will stay at the Beaulieu Hotel and walk in different areas of the National Park, including the coast.

If you want to extend a stay in the area, the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu is opening a brand new feature this year, so is worth adding to your New Forest itinerary.

Driving Change is an interactive display, and explores motoring innovations, technologies, safety and alternative power for the future.

Group rates are available at Beaulieu for parties or 15 or more, plus a selection of guided tours of the estate.

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