Celebrate National Parks Week

24th July 2017


National Parks Week runs from 24th – 30th July in celebration of our country’s 15 National Parks, the so-called ‘breathing spaces’ of Britain. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to get involved and get out and experience these open spaces.


Our most local national park is the New Forest. With its 300 square miles of shady glades and open heathland, picturesque towns and villages and 43 miles of spectacular coastline, it is one of Britain’s most beautiful and beloved National Parks. To showcase its rich and diverse landscape, the New Forest will be holding daily events throughout National Park Week, here are some of the events taking place every day:


The New Forest Reptile Centre will be hosting A Date With Nature, where visitors can take a peek at the wilder side of forest life and into the nests of the National Park’s birds of prey. If you’re lucky, you might even catch an egg hatching! What's even better is that the cost of entry is free.


There’s also an Open Art Exhibition taking place at The New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst, with paintings, prints, photography and textiles all celebrating the Forest’s stunning landscape and magnificent wildlife. With free entry, there’s no excuse not to visit!


If you’d rather get out and explore the landscapes and heathland first-hand, there are plenty of walking trails throughout the national park. One unique way to experience the New Forest National Park is on A Night Hike: A Guided Tour. This tour is also taking place each day throughout the week and teaches visitors to navigate the forest’s tracks at dusk - the ideal time to see some of the wildlife that calls the New Forest their home. Some of our beloved national park's inhabitants include the famous roaming ponies and cattle, five types of deer, badgers, foxes, snakes, newts and rare wading birds. The cost of the Night Hike is £10 per person, as you’ll be joined by a qualified Outdoor Leader who will lead the way.


Another unique appeal of the New Forest is that whilst it has a woodland heart, it also borders the coastline and within a short drive you can be waterside. If this sounds like your ideal way to explore the New Forest, why not enjoy a relaxing Paddle to the Pub along the beautiful Beaulieu River? Each day during National Parks Week this unique tour will be taking place.


And of course,  The New Forest Show is also taking place during National Parks Week from the 25th - 27th July, giving you the perfect excuse to visit and explore what the National Park has to offer. Make sure to check out what you can see at the show in our latest blog!


So whether you enjoy strolling in the dappled sunlight of the woodlands, a taking a unique look at the wildlife or simply enjoying the panoramic views along the seafront, time spent in the New Forest National Park is a million miles away from our hectic daily routines. Why not get involved with the conversation online by using #NationalParksWeek. We’d love to see some of your photos on there, whether you’re visiting the New Forest or another of the stunning national park in the UK!


If you haven’t yet booked your New Forest getaway, Shorefield Country Park and Lytton Lawn Touring Park are both on the doorstep of the national park, and with with all this going on over the next week there’s no better time to explore what this beautiful area has to offer.