Things to do in the New Forest

Open your window and take in a breath of fresh air – New Park Manor is right in the middle of the spectacular New Forest National Park. As soon as you strike out from the grounds, the huge sky-scapes, wooded glades and sandy heathland stretch out before you – all the way to the coast, a mere seven miles away.

Visit the New Forest if you’re a fan of cycling and walking – it’s covered in a network of fairly level trails, tracks and footpaths that are ideal for family rambles, or more serious hikes and off-road adventures. Our helpful staff will advise you on the best routes for you and your little ones, and guide you towards the nearest places to hire bikes.

New Park Manor is a few miles south of Lyndhurst – a perennially popular tourist location with quaint shops, galleries, restaurants and traditional pubs. A few miles in the other direction is the village of Brockenhurst, on the main train line to London. Eleven miles to the East is the bustling port city of Southampton.

Whether your children are budding car enthusiasts, adventurous thrill seekers or into amazing animals, there are plenty of attractions to fascinate the whole family. Visit in July for the New Forest Show and get close to farmyard favourites like pigs, sheep and cows. If you prefer animals of the scaly, cold-blooded variety, the New Forest Reptile Centre is a place to spot rare smooth snakes, sand lizards, frogs and toads.

The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu has something for everyone, from rides on ancient double decker buses to a bangs-and-whistles Top Gear exhibition and an elevated monorail that gives you a bird’s eye view of the grounds. Calshott Activity Centre offers indoor climbing, watersports and a dry ski slope, while toddlers will adore Peppa Pig World, just 20 minutes away from us by car.

For the bucket-and-spade (and boogie board) brigade, there are plenty of beaches nearby. The shingly beaches at Lepe and Milford-on-Sea have cafés, play parks for little ones, and toilets. Sandier beaches can be found at Barton-on-Sea, Highcliffe (which has a great bike and walking trail along the wooded cliff-top) and further west.

For more ideas of things to do in the New Forest, read through our list of local attractions. Once you’re here, you can rely on our friendly staff to help you out with great ideas and insider knowledge.