If you've ever been to The New Forest you won't find it hard to believe that it's been voted as the no. 1 destination across Europe with its free-roaming ponies, cattle, donkeys and deer wandering the majestic heathlands and enchanting deep forests.
We've always known that The New Forest is special so it's amazing to see it recognised as such by the visitors. "It’s pleasing the world’s travellers are finally catching up with what we’ve known for years, by falling in love with the magical wonder of our fabulous destination" says Anthony Climpson OBE Chief Executive of Go New Forest.
Not only is The New Forest full of open heathlands and wonderful forests but it also lies along the South Coast where you can find some 'hidden' beaches and quaint seaside towns such as Milford-On-Sea & Lymington. Plus, some of our parks are just 20 minutes from the popular seaside town of Bournemouth with its 7 miles of blue flag beaches.
As well as ranking #1 in Europe but it also placed #10 in the world! Ahead of some more well-known destinations such as Banff National Park in Canada and Grand Canyon National Park in America. In the midst of the pandemic and the rise of staycations, it's incredible to welcome visitors to this wonderful part of the country to get away from it all with a much-needed break to what can feel like a world away.
Here at Shorefield Holidays, we are proud that our 7 family-run holiday parks are right here on the doorstep of the forest with access to great walking and cycling routes as well as the New Forest Bus Tour which picks up right outside Shorefield Country Park. Whether you're looking for a romantic retreat for two in a luxurious hot tub lodge or an affordable family holiday with great entertainment and activities we've got something for your escape to The New Forest, browse our accommodation options.
One of the amazing things about the New Forest is that it transforms and evolves throughout the seasons. In spring you can expect to see foals finding their feet, a carpet of bluebells across the forest floor and of course the fresh bright green leaves on the trees.
Visit in summer and you can spend the long sunny days wandering the forest and taking in the stunning views, enjoy a picnic or head to the coast for a refreshing dip.
Autumn brings the pannage season in the New Forest, amongst the changing colours of the forest you will find free-roaming pigs who are let out into the forest to eat the acorns from the ground, which are poisonous to the ponies.
In winter you can go for a crisp refreshing walk in the forest and then retreat to one of the many local pubs for some warm food.
So if you're thinking 'I've been there, done that' why not consider visiting The New Forest at a different time of year as it transforms through the seasons.
Help us keep The New Forest National Park #1 by following the New Forest Code to ensure the wildlife and nature are looked after for you and other visitors to experience for many years to come.