It’s the time of year when the trees burst into life, when bluebells carpet the forest floor and primroses scent the air.
It’s the time the birds build their nests, the New Forest ponies start giving birth to their foals and the whole cycle of new life begins once more.
Spring is the perfect time to visit the New Forest.
Just 89 minutes by train from London Waterloo and two minutes from the end of the M27 motorway, the New Forest is the ideal place to witness the changing of the seasons.
As the days get longer, lighter and – we hope! – warmer there’s more time for fun; whether you want to walk, cycle, ride or try your hand at kayaking, either on one of our lakes or along the coast, or taking the children to visit a nationally-recognised museum or theme park.
Spring is an amazing time to get out and about and we’ve got more than enough places for you to go.
Walk or cycle some of our 143 miles of track or even book a little electric Twizy car for a spin round our 1,000 year-old woodlands and heaths.
We have world-class spas, little towns and villages filled with boutique shops and a 40-mile ‘secret coast’, complete with Tudor castles, World War II history and lonely wildlife reserves.
In the spring our world-class New Forest attractions are re-opening or revealing their new facilities and programmes for the season. Paulton’s Park is already well-known as the home of the UK’s only Peppa Pig World. But on May 17 it will be all about The Lost Kingdom where – if they dare – visitors will be transported back 150 million years to the Jurassic era, complete with prehistoric landscape, two world-class rollercoasters (one boomerang-style, the other suspended) lifelike animatronic dinosaurs and a thrilling water ride.
Over at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu they have just unveiled new exhibition Driving Change: The Evolution of the Motor Car where you can learn just about everything you need to know about the motorised vehicle, past, present and future and learn about safety from a real crash test dummy.
And if you love gardens, or just want to experience nothing but beauty all around, visit Exbury Gardens. Their world-famous collection of rhododendrons and azaleas are at their very best in the spring months, particularly the Azalea Bowl in May.
During your New Forest visit you’ll find plenty of friendly pubs, welcoming inns, friendly tea and coffee shops, a Michelin-starred restaurant and all manner of accommodation from campsites to 5* hotels.
Spring comes just once a year…so spend it in the New Forest.
Louise Neville, Polymedia, 01329 822866
For further information, contact:
Anthony Climpson, NFTA, 023 8028 5588 or visit www.thenewforest.co.uk
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