The “Nova Foresta” or New Forest as it’s commonly known, was set aside as a royal hunting ground in 1079 by William the Conqueror. Today, he would probably still recognise much of the forest as the same place he hunted all those centuries ago with the landscape and many traditions unchanged since medieval times.

Now, having achieved National Park status in 2005, it is a wonderful area to explore on foot, horseback or bicycle. The undisturbed scenery is home to enchanting forests; wild heathland; a wealth of bird, animal and plant life and of course, the famous New Forest ponies which are free to roam and graze the lawns of the forest at will.

Ponies queuing to go into Red Shoot Camping Park!

Local towns & cities

If your holiday isn’t complete without a dip in the sea you won’t be disappointed. Just a short drive away from The New Forest is the beautiful south coast where you can sink your toes into the sandy beaches of Bournemouth, Sandbanks, Studland, Hengistbury Head and many more. Looking for a bit more action? The nearby busy historic port city of Southampton could be right up your street, offering great shopping, restaurants and nightlife as well as a wealth of maritime history including the SeaCity Museum, telling the tragic story of the Titanic.

Ringwood Marketplace - Photo courtesy Nick Lucas
New Forest Beach

Bournemouth, with its seven miles of golden sands and sparkling sea, is a vibrant, cosmopolitan town with a vast variety of shops and restaurants, a buzzing nightlife, award winning gardens and water sports galore. So, delve a little further into our lists of events, attractions, activities and partners and we’re sure you’ll find something for every taste.

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