The New Forest, and its surrounding areas, play host to a wide range of regular events. Further information on events is available from the New Forest Visitor Centre. For a copy of their events list call 023 8028 3444.
If you are an avid mariner, then the Beaulieu Boat Jumble might be of interest to you, which is held at the Beaulieu Motor Museum in April each year. This sets the scene for the Southampton Boat Show which is held annually and attracts visitors from all over the country.
If you prefer having both feet firmly on dry land, the Beaulieu Spring Auto Jumble might be more to your taste.
Don't miss the British Pedal Car Grand Prix either, which attracts competitors from Ringwoods twin town of Pont-Audemer in France.
There are also car thrills and spills earlier in the year when Bournemouth's annual Rallye Championships take place.
Ellingham & Ringwood Agricultural Society annually presents the Ellingham Show and a guaranteed family day out. Each year, the show is held in the beautiful grounds of the Somerely Estate, by kind permission of the Earl of Normanton.
The Great Dorset Steam Fair is a widely recognised event, as the leading of its kind, both in the UK and abroad. The fair is held on a vast 500 acre site at Tarrant Hinton, near Blandford Forum, and is attended annually in excess of 200,000 visitors. The show is now proud to span 5 days.
Other events held annually in the New Forest and surrounding area, include the Fordingbridge Show, Netley Marsh Steam Rally, The Romsey Show, and the Bournemouth Dog Show.
The most famous local event to be held each year, without any doubt, has to be the New Forest & Hampshire County Show held in July at The Show Ground in New Park, Brockenhurst. Established in 1920, the annual Show now attracts almost 100,000 people, and promotes highly prestigious Horse and Livestock classes. It also runs the British Show Jumping Association's International Team Selection Trials.
Launched in 1994, the New Forest Triathlon Series now attracts over 1200 participants, and is held in five locations between May and August every year.
For those with a love of running, the New Forest Marathon and Half Marathon held each second Sunday in September, is certainly a must for family and spectators.
Naked Strength will be hosting the The New Forest Festival of Running which promises to be the biggest and best weekend of running the south has seen for many years with something for everyone to take part in. From absolute novice to National elite, young to old, racing snakes to those who consider themselves a little larger than they’d like, the doors are open and you will be welcomed to this big scale event that still holds a personal and friendly appeal.