Autumn is in full swing - half term, Halloween and Bonfire night are fast approaching! We think that at New Park we have it covered in terms of keeping the children entertained now the nights are drawing in. This time of year is perfect for a short break to the New Forest; the forest is full of the beautiful autumnal colours, there is lots to do at the hotel and even more to see in the local area.
From around mid September until mid November, you will often see pigs roaming the New Forest. The ancient practice of Pannage, releasing domestic pigs into the forest dates back to the time of William the Conqueror, the pigs eat fallen acorns, beechmast, chestnuts and other nuts that are poisonous to the New Forest ponies and cattle.
Make sure to let us know if you manage to spot any pigs while you are out and about.
Walking in the New Forest
The best thing on our list in the beautiful national park is walking. What a great season to take a walk; the autumn weather is milder, the air crisp and the trees and foliage have burst into a wonderful an array of colours.
From the 13th – 28th October it is the annual New Forest Walking Festival. You can take your pick from 73 walks, trails and rambles including ‘Alpaca Walks, ‘The Real Dad’s Army’ and ‘Fascinating Fungi’. For More information on the Walking Festival check out the New Forest National Park Authority website
With the whole family well exercised, what better way to follow a walk than sitting on a soft sofa by the roaring fires in our cosy lounge, with Afternoon Tea.
‘Happy Halloween’ at Paultons is the friendliest, most frightful fun fest in the UK; with over 2000 pumpkins, ghostly scenes, spooky meet and greets, Freaky Fancy Dress competition, the thrilling Little Monsters Ball finale to finish each day.
New this year is The Legend of Paultons Manor. This theatrical show will follow the exploits of the intrepid Spirit Squad as they try to help Pickles the Pumpkin solve the mystery of the fabled Paultons Manor house.
There are some nearby pumpkin patches that are perfect for those looking for some Halloween fun!
Sunnyfields pumpkin festival offers guest a chance to pick their own pumpkins. They have thousands to choose from : massive ones, warty ones, white ones, blue ones, little munchkins and of course orange ones!
They are open 13 & 14th October, 20th – 31st October, check out their website for more detail including how to get there. https://www.sunnyfields.co.uk/events/pumpkin-festival-at-sunnyfields-farm
On the 27th October it is one of the largest firework displays in the south hosted at Beaulieu Motor museum. This year’s display has a ‘Back to the Eighties’ theme.
You can arrive at 3pm and enjoy the attractions of Beaulieu before fireworks and live entertainment. There will also be old time fairground entertainments, including a big wheel, gallopers and a coconut shy.
To find out more about more about our special offers for the remainder of the year on our website.