New Forest Towns and Villages

Bed and Breakfast in the New Forest is very easy to find as there are so many small towns and villages where it can be found. Each town or village has its own unique character, and they all share the charm and personality of the New Forest. There are busy market towns, coastal fishing villages, remote villages and everything in between.

Here’s a nice artilce that explains a little about each of the New Forest Towns and Villages: The previous link no longer works, so here’s some information about New Forest Towns and Villages from our site.

If you’d like to visit the New Forest at any time of year, we can offer you a relaxing stay in a New Forest Bed and Breakfast in Lyndhurst. Come on own to the New Forest, its beautiful any time of year.

James Bond, Top Gear and others at Beaulieu

For all car lovers out there, Beaulieu Motor Museum in the New Forest is really a must see.

All year round they have some of the most important cars from the past 100 years, including Bluebird (the car in which Donald Campbell broke the land speed record in 1964), Damon Hill’s Williams-Renault, Del Boy’s Reliant Robin, Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, and many more.

On top of that they are currently showing “World of Top Gear” exhibition for fans of the BBC2 show. This exhibition features almost all of the cars featured in the show’s many challenges including the Reliant Rocket, home-made stretch Limos, the ski-jumping Olympic Mini, and amphibious cars. More info about World of Top Gear on Beaulieu web site.

If that’s not enough, they are also running the Jame Bond Experience, featuring the famous Lotus submarine car, Aston Martin Volante from The Living Daylights, and the Jaguar XKR Roadster used in Die Another Day. More info about James Bond Experience.

Cycling in the New Forest

Cycling in the New Forest is a fantastic way to explore the hidden delights of the New Forest. Its the best way to get off the beaten track and see the real New Forest.

There are over 100 miles of approved, way-marked family cycle routes across the Crown Lands of the New Forest, that are suitable for cyclists of all ages and abilities. These follow well-defined, surfaced tracks and include Forest Trails and routes through open countryside. Why not take a ride down to the coast, for some stunning scenery? Whichever route you take, there will be plenty of opportunities to stop for a while to enjoy a refreshing cold beer, or a traditional English Cream Tea.

New Forest Cycling Routes

An excellent guide to New Forest Cycle Routes is available at the Forestry Commission Web Site.

It is very important while Cycling in the New Forest to ensure that you adhere to the New Forest Cycling Code, which is also available from the Forestry Commission Web Site.

New Forest Cycle Hire

If you’re thinking of coming for a cycling holiday in the New Forest, or would just like to hire a bike for a short time, you might be interested to hear about a brand new Cycle Hire service in the New Forest.

Trax Hire is a bike hire company with a difference – they deliver the bike to you! Not only that, you also get the following free of charge:

  • Free Cycle Helmet Hire
  • Free Bicycle Puncture Repair Kit
  • Free Bike Tools
  • Free Bicycle Pump
  • Free Bike Lock
  • Free Wet Weather Gear (lets hope you don’t need it!)
  • Free Maps and Suggested Routes

If push bikes aren’t your thing and you prefer to leave the hard work to an engine, you could try Bugad Classic Bike Hire and cruise around the Forest in style.

What are you waiting for? The weather is going to be great this year! What better way to get some exercise in the fresh air and take in some breathtaking scenery, than cycling in the New Forest?

Top 10 things to see and do in the New Forest

There are so many things to see and do in the New Forest and as most people only visit for a short period of time, we thought we’d share a list of our favourite activities, things to see, and places to visit in the New Forest.

We have included a wide range of activities in the list, so there should be something for all ages and abilities.

National Motor Museum at Beaulieu

Set in one of the most stunning villages, and featuring the world famous national Motor Museum, palace house home of the Montagu family and Abbey Ruins, Beaulieu really does have something for all the family.

Exbury gardens

Created by Lionel de Rothschild in the 1920’s, Exbury is home to the world famous woodland gardens with its steam railway, offering 200-acres of natural beauty & horticultural variety.

Lepe Country Park

Lepe is a popular coastal country park in the New Forest National Park with stunning views across the Solent. With over a mile of beach, cliff top walks, grassy areas for picnics and games, and a children’s’ playground it’s a great place for a family day out.

Longdown Activity Farm

Fun on the farm for all ages whatever the weather, with hands-on activities every day – small animal handling, bottle-feeding calves and kids, duck feeding. Also includes a tearoom, and newly-opened farm shop.

Setley Ridge Vineyard

Setley Ridge Vineyard is a family run business that tries to balance the art of winemaking with a sense of fun. Taste some of the delicious wines on offer, and maybe treat yourself to a bottle or three! Group tours, corporate events and wedding functions amongst the vines are available.

Paulton’s Park

Paulton’s Park is a great family day out with over 50 different attractions and rides included in the price. From thrilling and gentle rides, dinosaurs, museums, animated shows, play areas, exotic birds and other fun activities for all ages in a garden setting.

Moor’s Valley Country Park

Enjoy a peaceful walk or cycle ride through the New Forest, experience a ride on an authentic narrow-gauge steam train, enjoy a round of golf on an excellent course, or even go on a high wire adventure swinging through the tree tops! Moor’s Valley Country Park offers another great day out for all the family.

New Forest Tour

Enjoy wonderful coast and forest scenery from an open top bus, hop on and off where you want and even take your bike with you. The tour and connects to the forest’s off road cycle and walks network as well as many other attractions and places of interest.
The tour calls at Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst (with its rail connections), Lymington (with its ferry to the Isle of Wight), Exbury, and the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.
Hop on and off all day long with the day ticket!

New Forest Cider

Sample some traditional New Forest farmhouse ciders straight from the barrels in the cowshed!

Hanger Farm Arts Centre

With an exhilarating array of entertainment and regular exhibitions of artwork from some of the finest international artists Hanger Farm is a cultural delight.

Hidden Britain New Forest Tours

Enjoy a guided walk in the New Forest or travel in comfort in a people carrier with a driver guide. These tours are the ideal way to find the hidden delights of the New Forest.

So that concludes our top ten list of activities and things to see & do in the New Forest. Ok, so we know that’s 11 really, but who doesnt enjoy getting more than they were expecting! 🙂

If you have visited the New Forest lately and we have missed out on one of your favourite places, feel free to contact us and let us know. We’ll try to include it in another list (and give you the credit of course!).