A DAY IN THE NEW FOREST
A Day in the New Forest. Including morning coffee and a two course lunch. This day is ideal for groups who like to see a lot without walking too far. Its a great choice for an autumn tour and
is booking now for 2020.
With fairy glades among gnarled oaks and springy heathland manicured by wild ponies, donkeys and deer the New Forest is a magical place to visit. The name is perhaps misleading. It’s not new and it’s not a forest.
William the Conqueror created the New Forest as his royal hunting ground for the pursuit of the ‘beasts of the chase’ -
Now it is Britain's smallest National Park and although it does indeed have some of the country's last remaining ancient forest today the New Forest is a varied landscape of woods and glades, heaths and moors. Dotted with tiny villages and roamed at will by deer, ponies, donkeys and pigs there is nowhere else quite like it.
Our entertaining day trip gives you a real flavour of the forest with a string of beautiful places to see and visit throughout the day. The starting point for the day is within a 90 minute drive of groups in Worthing, Guildford and Slough and two hours for groups from Croydon, Crawley, Oxford and St Albans.
For groups from farther afield you can enjoy this day on the later Jam Buster timings -
Our New Forest Blue Badge Tour Guide will meet you at Plaitford at 10.30am for morning coffee and biscuits, included in the tour fee. Situated between Southampton & Salisbury and on the edge of the New Forest, The Shoe Inn has been a resting place for travellers for hundreds of years. The original thatched Inn is believed to date from 1420 and was extended around 1640 to become a posting station for the mail coaches.
From here we slip into the forest following in the footsteps of Kings and Queens, commoners and gypsies, smugglers and lovers. Over the past millennium a wealth of myth and legend has wound itself around the forest trees like a clinging vine. Your expert guide will chart a course to the heart of this enchanting world. You’ll see the Rufus Stone commemorating the controversial death of flame haired William II and see picture postcard villages including one that had to go to court to decide if it was in the forest or not.
We return to the pub for a two-
or veggie Tomato & red pepper gnocchi with Pecorino & land cress, vanilla and strawberry cheesecake or sticky toffee pudding with ice cream. The main course and dessert is included in the tour fee with group members able to choose and pay for their own hot and cold drinks.
After lunch we are off to a lovely thatched village and a 13th century church guarded by an ancient yew where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, lies buried. We’ll take you through Lyndhurst the "Capital" of the Forest and a highlight of our afternoon is the deer enclosure and the ornamental drive at Bolderwood where huge trees including California Redwoods line our route.
At the end of the afternoon we stop in Beaulieu, "the Historic Heart of the New Forest", which dates back to the 1200s and the days of King John. The name means beautiful and it is. No other place in the forest can match Beaulieu for historic interest. There are two or three places selling tea and sticky buns to round off an enjoyable day out before heading home at 4.45pm.
The Jam Buster option starts at The Shoe Inn at midday with the two course lunch served with the coffee you would otherwise have had as the morning refreshments. The itinerary doesn't need to be abridged and nothing is cut out. We set out from the pub at 1.30pm after lunch. Your folk will enjoy the full itinerary as described above with time in Beaulieu at the end of the day. Most of the tea shops will have closed by the time we reach there but there is a good garden centre cafe still open and of course the pubs for either a hot drink or a nice G&T to round off a great day out.
When to Come?
Well not the kids holidays – that’s for sure! We like the Forest in the Spring. Watch the forest come back to life as the spring months progress. It starts with the bluebells in late April and early May; cobalt blue on acid green, pouring their scent into the air from the forest’s floor. At this time of year the birds are calling from atop yellow flowering gorse bushes, reptiles bask in the fresh sunlight and wildflowers carpet the open heath. With New Forest ponies, cattle and deer all giving birth this time of year you’re guaranteed to see spring animals in their natural habitat.
In terms of spectacular scenery and amazing colours, it’s hard to beat autumn in the New Forest. At this time of year, the New Forest is positively glowing with reds, oranges, yellows and greens. Enjoy the spectacular colours of nature across wonderful landscapes and ornamental woodlands – it’s the best free show around! Not only will you find the amazing scenes of colour but look at the forest floor and you may see something quite different…The iconic New Forest ponies, the cattle and the donkeys are usually brought in off the forest over autumn. Why? One word: acorns. The fallen acorns are poisonous to these animals so the commoners bring them off the open forest. Instead, you may well come across pigs that are roaming the forest floor. These pigs are taking part in the annual pannage, a tradition that goes back hundreds of years. Owned by the forest commoners, from mid September to mid November the pigs are released to feast on the fallen acorns, beechmast and chestnuts. The New Forest is the only remaining place in the UK where you can witness this ancient practice of pannage.
Adults & Seniors: £29
Its a super choice for this Autumn.
Available weekdays all year except the kids holidays.
To book your group for A Day in the New Forest please call us now on 0208 692 1133.
PRICE FREEZE FOR 2020
This price is valid until the end of March 2020. But if you make your booking for a Monday or Friday in 2020 and fill in a booking form with a £25 group deposit by the end of August 2019 we’ll freeze the price at £29