The New Forest is wonderful to visit any time of year with each season unveiling a new landscapes, flora, fauna and wildlife. Yet autumn is that little bit special… leaves twist and turn in vibrant sparks of oranges, reds and yellows. Conkers and acorns scatter the woodland floor on deep blankets of leaves making a truly wonderful scrunch on autumn walks.
Talking of which…
This festival is not to be missed. There are 80 guided walks for all ages and abilities covering fabulous topics such as - Free-roaming pigs, ponies and the traditional rights of commoning, Ancient woods and the Forest’s largest oak tree, Wild play and family adventure walks, The Japanese practice of ‘Forest bathing’, World War II secrets from a prisoner of war camp, Guided packhorse and alpaca walks and Photography workshops in stunning locations. The walks are guided by local experts who are happy to share their knowledge of the area, and walks often start and finish at traditional New Forest inns, pubs and eateries. What’s more, they are very affordable, some being completely FREE!
Cottages with week long and weekend availability during the New Forest Walking Festival:
Old Farm Cottage, sleeps 8, Pilley
Fyfield Cottage, sleeps 5, Everton
Heywood Cottage, sleeps 3, Boldre
The first ever New Forest Food Festival 31 October – 6 November
For anyone who loves food, you really should come and visit The New Forest Food Festival. This is a week-long celebration of nature’s forest harvest. Celebrity chefs join cooks and local chefs in educational events, food tasting and themed menus. They’ll be using New Forest fare with ingredients from local producers and artisan suppliers. A delicious informative week mixed with scrumptious feasts and exciting flavours!
Cottages with week long and weekend availability during the New Forest Food Festival:
The Coach House, sleeps 8, Beaulieu
Pink Cottage, sleeps 4, Lymington
Megs, sleeps 2, East Boldre