Father’s Day 2017

Father’s Day 2017

Do you still need to find something to buy for your Dad for Father’s Day, or looking for something to do? Check out the great money saving ideas we’ve come up for you to do with Brand New Forest!

Why not style up his wardrobe with some lovely new clothing from Sofikas. They have a fantastic range of Men’s clothes and shoes, plus you get 10% off with your Brand New Forest card! Does your Dad enjoy a nice beverage at the weekends? Treat him to some delicious, locally produced beer from Vibrant Forest Brewery and you can enjoy 15% off when buying 8+ bottles! Or head to Ringwood Brewery and buy him some cool merchandise, or a couple of bottles of their locally produced Ales.

Is your Dad into his sports? Take him out for a day on the Golf Course at Dibden Golf Centre & buy 1 bucket of balls and get another free. Or Barton-on-Sea Golf Club have a great offer of complimentary tea or coffee and either bacon sandwich or slice of cake when purchasing a full green, I mean, what kind of Dad wouldn’t love that!!! Bond over something different at Insight Activities & spend the day competing at Archery, Crossbows or Axe-Throwing… but maybe let him win as Father’s Day is his special day after all!

Thinking of something more sentimental? Make memories with a Family Location Photoshoot at a brilliant discounted price from Studio 5 Master Photography. Or just go simple, and take him out for a lovely meal and use one of our many fantastic Food & Drink Brand New Forest discounts!

Whatever you decide to do, make sure you treat your Dad… he deserves it!

To see all of our wonderful Brand New Forest offers please click here.
To find out where you can buy a card from please click here.

Easter Holiday Fun with Brand New Forest

Easter Holiday Fun with Brand New Forest

Easter Holidays are just around the corner and with loads of Brand New Forest offers available, you can make it the best Easter yet! We’ve come up with some great ideas for eggs-citing & money saving days out in the New Forest for you.

beaulieu national motor museumBeaulieu National Motor Museum have loads of great Easter Treats in store for the whole family, make sure you head to their website to find out more about the eggzellent fun you can join in on! Plus, whilst you’re there you can get 10% off in their Visitor Reception Shop with Brand New Forest.

Swing through the New Forest trees at Go Ape! and get a whopping 15% off with your Brand New Forest card, but you need to make sure you book online to get this offer… so book now!

Get outside and enjoy the New Forest in a different way with The New Forest Paddle Sport Company, where you will get £5 discount on any Kayaking or Paddle Board Hire with your Brand New Forest card. Or head to New Forest Activities and enjoy an array of different activities, including free Cycle Hire when you book one of their fantastic Canoe Tours down Beaulieu River for BNF cardholders. Also, make sure you check out their website for more on their egg-stra special Easter Events over the Holidays.

Have you got a sweet tooth? Especially around Easter-time? Make your way to Beaulieu Chocolate Studio, where you can pick up loads of fantastic Easter treats, including HUMONGOUS Easter eggs! Don’t forget to take your Brand New Forest card, as you can also pick up some delicious ‘loose’ chocolates & get 10% off. Why not check out Morse Toad Chocolate Messaging’s website, where you will find some unique Easter choccy-treats, and with 10% discount you can’t say no!

Relax this Easter and take advantage of one of our many Beauty Treatment Brand New Forest offers, from 10% discount on treatments and products, to 3 Reflexology Treatments for £99 at Arch Clinic. See our website for more information on these offers.

Take in the beauty of Spring and visit Furzey Gardens, where you will see a beautiful range of Flora, Fauna and Wildlife. Plus, there is a lovely café for you to purchase a lovely refreshment and a bite to eat. Get 2 for 1 entry with your Brand New Forest Card.

With loads of fantastic money saving ideas, you won’t be stuck with what to do in the New Forest this Half Term! Have a hopping great time & feel free to share your wonderful pictures with us on our Social Media pages!

To find out where to buy your Brand New Forest Card, please click here.

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day 2017

Make Mother’s Day extra special this year and show your Mum just how much you appreciate all her hard work and everything she does for you. We’ve come up with some brilliant money saving ideas you can use with your Brand New Forest card, so you can thoroughly spoil her in the New Forest this Mother’s Day.

Afternoon/Cream Teas are always a winner when it comes to treating your Mum; we have over 10 delicious offers for you to choose from! The New Forest is known for all its lovely Country Pubs & Inns, so why don’t you spend some quality time with your Mum over a tasty plate of Pub Grub and get great discounts with your Brand New Forest Card, from 30% off to a free dessert!

Treat your Mum to a day of relaxing and unwinding with 10% off a Facial at Skincare Inc, or let her put her feet up and enjoy an indulgent Temple Spa treatment at Burley Manor.

Is your Mum into her fashion and clothing? A gift from Sofikas is a great idea! They have a wonderful range of branded Women’s clothing, accessories & gifts. Or head to Lamberts of Ringwood and browse through their great range of clothing and footwear; make sure you use your Brand New Forest card to get 10% off! KJ’s Mobility in Hythe also has a brand new offer of £3 off a new pair of Cosyfeet Sandals, a great idea for the upcoming seasons of Spring and Summer!

Why not buy her something different this year, like a Portrait Product with Dave Dodge Photography. Or get 15% off a Family Location Photoshoot with Glen Jevon Photograpy & Video, so she can hold some great memories forever! Studio 5 has a brilliant Brand New Forest offer of a 1 hour photoshoot, plus extras, for just £125.

Let your Mum have the day off and get someone else to do the cleaning for once; Thomas Cleaning have fantastic Brand New Forest discounts! Or, arrange to renovate your Mums home with a fresh lick of paint, or even a new design all together with South Coast Painting & Decorating.

Every Woman loves flowers. Get 10% off a lovely bunch, or two, from Jane Bidwell Flowers or Belle & Blossom Floral Design, both with a great selection of types and colours to choose from!

Try our wonderful Brand New Forest ideas this year & make this the best Mother’s Day so far.

The New Forest Business Show 31st May 2017

The New Forest Business Show 2017

Wednesday 31 May at Brockenhurst College – A brilliant day to do business in the New Forest

The New Forest Business Expos of 2015 and 2016 have evolved to become the new annual New Forest Business Show, incorporating the Expo plus a lot more.

This unique event celebrates a dynamic variety and quality of New Forest based products and services from a diverse range of industry sectors.

There’s something for everybody at the New Forest Business Show – from practical advice about funding and other business support to seminars with crammed with useful tips on a variety of relevant subjects, to the B2B Expo with businesses from the whole of the New Forest showcasing their products and services, to relaxed and productive networking at the networking café and enjoying fantastic eats provided by local chefs, to activities and products to try out.

Bookings to either exhibit or attend as a visitor are now open.

To find out more or to book a stand please visit the New Forest Business Show website.

Business Show

Things to do During February Half Term

Things to do During February Half Term

February Half Term is getting close, you best start planning on how you’re going to spend it in the New Forest. We’ve come up with some Brand New Forest money saving ideas for all the family!

February Half Term is well known to be a cold one – so why don’t you head to Forest Arts Centre where you can get a great discount with your BNF card of ‘buy one ticket for a film and get the second half price’! You can also get in from the cold at Liberty’s Owl Raptor & Reptile Centre and enjoy a day of fascinating birds, reptiles & creepy crawlies. Choose from either one of their BNF offers – ‘1 child free with each full paying adult’ or ‘£1 off each full paying adult or senior citizen’.

If you fancy exploring the New Forest, then do it by bike! You can hire bikes for a discounted price from Cyclexperience in Brockenhurst, Hythe & New Milton, and also from Forest Leisure Cycling or The Woods Cyclery with ‘10% off bike hire at the weekend and 20% off bike hire midweek’.

Take a trip to Brand New Forest Village of the Year, Hythe & Dibden, and shop ‘til you drop with all their fantastic Retail Brand New Forest offers. Or stop off for a bite to eat at one of Hythe’s delicious Pubs, Cafes or Restaurants & get money off with your BNF card.

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For those who enjoy the outside, why not head down to Hurst Castle with a great family entry deal – ‘£10 for 2 adults and 2 children’. Or have a historic day at Buckler’s Hard, then afterwards you can relax in the Captains Café where you can enjoy ‘10% discount on cream teas’. Try something different with the kids this year and ‘book 1 Go Adventure session & get the 2nd half price’ at Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Activity Centre.

The Winter/Spring Offers Booklet is out now and for a full list of Brand New Forest money saving offers, please click here.

Whatever you and the family decide to do – have a great time and feel free to share photos of your experiences with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


Small Business Saturday comes to the New Forest

Small Business Saturday comes to the New Forest

This year’s Small Business Saturday takes place on the 3rd December.Small Business Saturday logo

Small Business Saturday is a national government backed scheme to raise the profile of small businesses across the UK and encourage people to do business with them.

Brand New Forest started the Small Business Saturday celebrations early by officially announcing Hythe & Dibden as Brand New Forest Village for 2017 at their Hythe Mistletoe Fayre in St John’s Street on Saturday 26 November and launched the 2017 Brand New Forest Card.

On Friday 2 December, to enable residents across the whole forest to take advantage of the Buy 1 Get 1 Free offer NFDC Information Offices will be offering Buy 1 Get 1 Free offer on Brand New Forest cards.

On Small Business Saturday to support the campaign New Forest District Council is once again waiving car parking fees in all 51 council run car parks on 3 December to encourage both residents and visitors to shop locally. Signs will be on display in the car parks reminding shoppers that there is no parking charge.

We’ll also be celebrating this important day with a special launch promotion of the 2017 Brand New Forest Card with a ‘buy 1, get 1 free’ deal on all cards sold from our Visitor Information Centre in Lyndhurst and card retailers listed below on Small Business Saturday itself (3rd December):

Hythe & Dibden – Brand New Forest Village of the Year 2017

Hythe & Dibden – Brand New Forest Village of the Year 2017Hythe Village of the Year 2017

We are delighted to announce that the 2017 Brand New Forest Village of the Year is Hythe & Dibden.

Their application was selected by the Brand New Forest judging panel after much deliberation based upon their commitment to the Brand New Forest Campaign to date. Anyone who shops regularly in the village will be aware of the great range of money saving Card Offers available with more being added all the time.

Leader of New Forest District Council, Cllr Barry Rickman, said, “Supporting local businesses is one of the key priorities for the area.  Hythe & Dibden recognise and embrace the value of Brand New Forest and have shown real support to the Brand New Forest campaign.”     The Council’s Employment & Tourism Manager, Anthony Climpson, added:  “Hythe and Dibden’s win is mostly down to the energy and enthusiasm of Cllr Peter Armstrong who has tirelessly promoted the campaign to local businesses.”

Mistletoe Fayre

Hythe & Dibden will be officially launched as Village of the Year at the Mistletoe Fayre on Saturday 26 November. Brand New Forest will be there to kick start celebrations for Small Business Saturday (3 December) and launch the 2017 Brand New Forest Card with a special buy 1, get 1 free deal making it an ideal stocking filler. The Mistletoe Fayre is a fantastic festive market for those special gifts and treats.
The launch however is just the start of Hythe & Dibden’s year in the Brand New Forest spotlight and we look forward to working with all interests in Hythe & Dibden to celebrate their award and develop the campaign further throughout 2017 and beyond. Full details on brandnewforest.com.

In the meantime, make sure you come to join us on 26 November, there’ll be free car parking so we look forward to seeing you there.


Things to do during October Half Term

Things to do during October Half Term

It’s nearly Half Term! To help you decide what to do with your time off we have put together some excellent Brand New Forest money saving ideas for family days out, some even have a Halloween twist to get you in the spooky spirit!

Beaulieu National Motor Museum is a great place for all families. From looking at the all their Film Featured Cars, to taking a walk around the beautiful Gardens, or playing in the ‘Mini Motor’ Play Area. You should also check their website for any fangtastic Halloween events. After a fun-filled day you can take a browse in the gift shop and get 10% off with your Brand New Forest card.

Why don’t you take a trip to Burley and have a shopping spree in all their lovely Shops. And since it’s nearly Halloween, you need to make sure you visit Witchcraft and see what terrorific gifts you find and get a FREE gem/birthstone when you spend over £5! Stop off for a bite to eat at one of Burley’s tasty Pubs or Cafes & get money off with your Brand New Forest card.

Do something different and visit Insight Activities with things to do for all the family. You will get 10% off when you book to do Archery, Crossbows and Axe-Throwing. There are also Goats, Chickens, Alpacas and lots of other animals to visit while you’re there.

Keep on board with the action-packed fun and head to New Forest Activities and get FREE Cycle Hire when you book a Canoeing Tour down Beaulieu River with your Brand New Forest card. Creepy October Activities for the whole family, see The New Forest Website for more details.

For a more relaxing day, or if the weather lets you down then why don’t you see what Spine-tingling films are on at Forest Arts Centre. Also, with your Brand New Forest card when you buy 1 ticket you get the 2nd ticket half price!

Get Active this October and join in on The New Forest Walking Festival from 15th – 30th October. They’ve got over 70 walks for you to do so why not book onto one of the various walks and then use your Brand New Forest Card for a hearty lunch or dinner afterwards? No matter where your chosen walk is based, there will be somewhere nearby with a Brand New Forest offer not to miss!

Gun Blast to Mark 30th Anniversary

Gun Blast to Mark 30th Anniversary

Hurst Castle will come alive with the sound of gunfire on Saturday 24th September, as it welcomes the Lord Mayor of London’s ceremonial bodyguard, The Company of the Pikemen and Musketeers to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Friends of Hurst Castle.


The Company of the Pikemen and Musketeers will perform a demonstration of 17th century pike and musket drills at 3pm, which will include trooping the colour, repelling a cavalry charge and forming a battelle with the sound of musket fire, all in uniform identical to that worn by the Honourable Artillery Company in the reign of Charles I.

The event will mark the 30th anniversary of Friends of Hurst Castle, a local voluntary group, established in 1986 to support the running of the castle, in co-operation with Milford-on-Sea based company, Hurst Castle Services, who manages the castle on behalf of English Heritage.

Roger Walker, Chairman of the Friends of Hurst Castle said: “For Friends of Hurst Castle it has always been about supporting a local historical site to ensure its future for the next generation to enjoy.

“It’s an absolute honour to have the Company of the Pikemen and Musketeers to mark our 30th anniversary and we hope locals and tourists will join us to support this day and to witness the castle at its very best.”

Jason Crane, owner of Hurst Castle Services, who manages the castle on behalf of English Heritage said: “Without Friends of Hurst Castle’s support over the last 30 years, the castle wouldn’t be what it is today. This occasion is to celebrate the tremendous work they do both financially and physically and should be a great day out for the whole family to enjoy.”


The castle will open at its normal time of 10.30am on Saturday 24th September, with the first ferry leaving Keyhaven at 10am and then every 20 minutes after. Normal admission prices to the castle will apply on the day; £4.80 for an adult, £4.50 for a senior and £3 for a child.  There will be no extra charge for the ceremonial parade by The Company of the Pikemen and Musketeers at 3pm, which will last approximately 30 minutes.

Notes to editors

The Company of the Pikemen and Musketeers are a ceremonial unit for the Honourable Artillery Company and one of only six royally warranted bodies in the UK.

It was first formed in 1925 to take part in the first Royal Tournament at the Royal Agricultural Hall. The first ‘outing’ was deemed to be such a success that the demonstration team was kept together and developed and has been providing colour and pageantry at events ever since.

In 1955 HM The Queen granted the Company a Royal Warrant authorising it to parade and tasked it to provide a ceremonial bodyguard for the Lord Mayor of the City of London.

Only veteran members of the HAC who have proven efficient service in the HAC’s Territorial Army regiment are eligible to join the Company of the Pikemen and Musketeers.


Further information from Rachel Lewis


Tel: 07780703063

New Forest Walking Festival 15 – 30 October 2016

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The New Forest Walking Festival

The New Forest Walking Festival will return this autumn.

The Walking Festival is spread over a fortnight from 15 – 30 October, including half term, and includes Wildlife Walks, History Hikes, Activity Walks, Family Adventures, Accessible Walks, Shorter Strolls and Longer Walks.

Led by the New Forest National Park Authority and partner organisations, the Walking Festival is the perfect opportunity to discover more about the National Park, with guidance from friendly and knowledgeable walk leaders to help walkers of all ages unlock the secrets of the Forest.

Most of the guided walks are accessible by public transport, and many are free or discounted if you arrive by bus, train, bike or on foot which is a perfect opportunity for using your Brand New Forest card to either get lunch or do a spot of shopping before or after the walk.

Book your walk today at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/walkingfestival