School’s out, and summer is now in full swing…so what is there to do to while away those long days of summer? In Hampshire and the New Forest National Park, there are plenty of attractions, events, and beautiful areas of glorious countryside and woodland to visit to keep everyone occupied.
If you are looking for free and fun days out where you can make your own adventures, The New Forest offers countless walks and places to picnic. The spectacular ancient woods were once a royal hunting ground for King William I in the 12th century AD, and the approximately 150 square miles of National Park is a sea of ever changing colours, a haven of diverse plant and animal life, boasts a variety of terrains, and is currently filled with free roaming ponies, cattle, donkeys, and deer.*
And when you've finished enjoying the scenery, pay a visit to our Gallery and Interiors showroom in Fordingbridge and browse through our latest collections of original artwork, sculpture and limited edition prints in a warm and friendly environment. There are plenty of places to stop for a bite and well earned refreshing drink in our pretty riverside town too. If the weather doesn’t always bless you with sunshine there are numerous indoor or non-weather dependant activities to take part in. For energetic days out Ninja Warrior Adventure Park in Southampton, inspired by the hit TV series, is the place to go if you want to “climb, balance, jump and swing across different obstacles using and developing your Ninja skills”. Outdoor fun can be had by adults and children alike come rain-or-shine at the New Forest Water Park - where you can enjoy open water swimming, wake boarding, kayaking, or race your family and friends on the Aqua Park obstacle course.
The Hale Purlieu figure of eight walk is favourite of many locals, and an excellent place to enjoy a combination of far reaching views, mist covered valleys, wooded areas, and plenty of ponies. The National Trust says: “A figure of eight walk through Hale Purlieu, crossing streams and taking in great views across the common’s valleys and mires. Look out for butterflies and dragonflies as you explore. Stonechats and Dartford warblers can also be seen flying between the gorse bushes.” Visit the National Trust’s website for more information.
If you’re looking for more cerebral (but still totally fun) activities why not pay a visit to The Arc in Winchester where their Summer programme of events includes making giant eco-bubble wands, racing pro-paper aeroplanes, and making your own bouncy ball in a “sport meets science” event. You could also visit the fascinating immersive 1940’s townscape at Milestone’s Museum in Basingstoke and “experience the sights, sounds and smells of the past and meet the people who call our streets home!”.
However you choose to spend you Summer, we hope you have fun, and we hope to see you at the Gallery
or visit us at one of our Summer shows
*Please remember not to feed or pet the animals living on the forest. As the Forestry Commission England say “There is plenty of natural food and it’s important they don’t come to rely on handouts from people. Animals may look friendly but can bite or kick, especially if with their young.”