Easter Days Out with your Brand New Forest Card

Easter Days Out with your Brand New Forest Card

Easter is a great time to spend with the family but you can make it even better with one of our Brand New Forest cards! For just £5 a card you can get discounts on nearly 300 businesses across the New Forest. We’ve come up with some ideas on how you can use your card and have some eggs-citing days out in the New Forest this Easter.

Step into Spring and take a look around the beautiful Furzey Gardens, with a stunning range of rare and enchanting plants from around the world. As well as the wonderful gardens there is also a great play area and treehouses for the kids to play on. With a great discount with a Brand New Forest card, you don’t want to miss out! Don’t forget to look out for the Furzey Fairies too!

A day out at Beaulieu National Motor Museum is always fun! With lots to do plus fun Easter events for all the family, you’re bound to have a brilliant day! Also, to remember your great day use your card as they are offering 10% discount in the visitor reception shop.

One of the most important things about Easter is all the yummy chocolate! So why not treat someone to something different this year at Easter and take a trip to Beaulieu Chocolate Studio and receive a great discount of 10% off their great choice of loose and boxed handmade chocolates (and remember to treat yourself of course).

Not a fan of chocolate? Head to Burley Fudge where you receive a free 200g bag when you spend over £10. There is also a great card discount in Caraccio’s Sugar Mice & All Things Nice.

Milford on Sea Food Week is from 28 March – 3 April, use your card to get 10% off celebrity shows!

Let your kids be adventurous and learn new things at Hoburne Bashley’s bush craft courses this Easter Holidays, with 10% off with a Brand New Forest card. Insight Activities, near Fordingbridge, offer 10% discount on their Archery, Crossbows and Axe Throwing sessions.

Or spend a day in the lovely fresh New Forest air with your family and get involved in a Guided Walk with many locations to choose from and great discounts of £1.50 off all guided walks or book for 4 people and only pay for 3!

Let’s hope the weather is nice this Easter Holidays so you can have a brilliant time with Puffin Cruises on a 1/2 hour cruise through Lymington Harbour with 10% off with a Brand New Forest card.

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 your family decide to do in the New Forest this Easter – have a great time and feel free to share your photos with us on our social media pages!


The Pop Up Junk Food Café

The Pop Up Junk Food Café


Junk Food CafeWith climate change high on the world’s agenda this event takes a look at the role that food waste plays in contributing to emissions. BNF partner the New Forest Food Challenge in collaboration with NFDC’s recycling team will be focusing on what food gets thrown away and why, plus coming up with some innovative ideas for using leftovers and ‘out of date’ items rather than binning them. We’ll be cooking up some tasty dishes using food that would normally be taken off the supermarket shelves or out of the kitchen cupboard and junked! It’s a free event just turn up on the night!

7pm – 9pm Wednesday 30 March at the South Lawn Hotel , Lymington Road, Milford on Sea SO41 0RF. Part of Milford on Sea Food Week.

Brand New Forest Community Broadband Toolkit

Brand New Forest Community Broadband Toolkit

Over recent months, Hyde Community Projects (covering the parishes of Hyde and Ellingham, Hardbridge & Ibsley) have been working to overcome the issue of poor broadband speeds and coverage in their community.

They have identified themselves as being in the ‘Final 5%’ or in other words, not scheduled for improvements either through market forces or government funded uplift before 2019.

As such, they have launched a community funded scheme to provide improved broadband to 475 premises making this the largest project of its type in the UK.

After many months of hard work and pledge collecting amongst local businesses and residents, they are approaching their required target, a target which would allow them to place their order and begin the work to improve local online access.

This work is seen to an exemplar of what can be achieved in the local community with hard work and a will to improve the existing infrastructure. At the same time it is recognised that there are other communities in the New Forest who are and will be without superfast broadband come the end of 2018 when the current government contracts ends. It is therefore recognised that as well as the Hyde Community Project initiative, others could follow a similar model.

In line with this, the Brand New Forest Community Broadband Development Group are working with other local organisations to produce a Community Broadband Toolkit. This will not be a technical manual but will instead be a simple step by step guide for creating and delivering a crowd funded solution.

This work is ongoing but will be launched on the New Forest District Council stand at this year’s New Forest Show in late July. The toolkit will be widely available including on the Brand New Forest website and will seek to ensure that those communities wishing to improve their broadband provision are equipped with the information to do so.

For further information on the Hyde project see www.hydecommunityprojects.org.uk

For further information on the production of the Toolkit please contact Matt Callaghan, Business Development Officer at New Forest District Council on 023 8028 5371 or email matt.callaghan@nfdc.gov.uk


Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day 2016

All mums deserve to be spoilt on Mother’s Day, so why not take yours for a lovely day out in the New Forest! We have some great ideas on where to use your Brand New Forest card to get some fantastic offers to make Mother’s Day extra special for your mum.

We’re sure your mum would like a nice relaxing day with Escape Yachting on a luxurious Champagne Sail with Lunch and Dinner for only £89 per person!

Is your mum not the chilling out type? Well how about an active day out! You can swing across the trees at Go Ape with 15% off Tree Top Adventure’s, or hire some bikes and venture through the forest with Cyclexperience and their fantastic offers from their stores in New Milton, Brockenhurst and Hythe, or hire from Forest Leisure Cycling in Burley.

Good food on Mother’s Day is always important! Why not enjoy a delightful afternoon tea at Elmers Court or Tea Total, both with 10% off! Or take your mum out for a delicious Sunday roast dinner at Moorhill House Hotel or Forest Lodge Hotel. How about a yummy sweet treat at Melt in Brockenhurst?

Every woman loves shopping, so why not take your mum out for a day of shopping in Lyndhurst with discounts in lots of high street shops including, Sofikas, Goose Green, Shave Green, The Old Apothecary and more! Or why not take a trip to Hythe and buy your mum something lovely in The Secret Garden or Cheryl’s Closet, with their great Brand New Forest discounts.

Sometimes mum’s just need a day off to unwind and de-stress from their full time job of being a parent, treat her to a day full of relaxation and beauty treatments! Creatif-Perfection has a great deal on a package of lots of beauty treatments for just £67. Or get 10% off all treatments at Relaxology Holistic & Beauty Treatments in Ashurst.

Do you still need to buy a gift for your mum? Inspired by Jewellery has wide range of beautiful jewellery and there’s bound to be something for every mum’s style, you can simply order online and receive 10% off with your Brand New Forest card! Or take a visit to the Magpie’s Nest in Burley – they’ve just had a fantastic refurb.

Flowers are always a great choice of gift for your mum, Emma’s Flower Hut, Corbin’s Florist, Rose Petals and Bouquets for You all offer fantastic discounts on their wonderful flowers.

With lots of fantastic things to do in the New Forest this Mother’s Day your mum is sure to have a wonderful and special day!

New Forest Wedding Showcase March 2016

New Forest Wedding Showcase March 2016

Join us for our New Forest Wedding Showcase on the 13th March and let us show you how perfect the New Forest can make your special day! 20+ of our wonderful wedding venues will be opening their doors to help inspire you for your wedding day and will let you take a look around the beautiful venues they have to offer!

With a wedding in the New Forest there’s a chance to get great deals on some of the most important things you need for your wedding! To get these deals all you need to do is buy one of our fantastic Brand New Forest cards which gives you discount for nearly 300 businesses across the New Forest!

First things first, possibly one of the most important things about your wedding day is going to be your beautiful dress, Something Old Something New Bridal Boutique have a wonderful wide range of stunning designer gowns & accessories. You can get 5% discount on purchases made if your appointment is on a Wednesday or a Thursday!

Travel choice to your wedding is also very important; you need something to wow your guests and make you feel special when you turn up on your big day. R&S Chauffeured Wedding Cars are offering £15 off car quotation on their beautiful Jaguar’s!

You need a great photographer for your wedding day to capture the best day of your life so you can hold those memories forever! With a Brand New Forest card you can receive 10% discount on wedding packages from Sillick Photography, or Studio 5 Master Photography will give you big savings for your wedding photography!

Bouquets for You have an offer you can’t miss of 10% discount off all services, including a variety of bride bouquets and other accessorises, bridesmaid bouquets and other accessorises and loads of other great services!

For any other travel needs yourself or any other guest may need New Forest Taxis are offering 10% off all taxi journeys, long or short, for your wedding!

So, with all these amazing offers, and admirable venues we have for you, there would be no better to place to get married than in the romantic New Forest! Make sure you join us for our Wedding Showcase this March!

To view all of the participating Wedding Showcase venues please click here.

Things To Do During February Half Term

go apeThings To Do During February Half Term

Half term is getting close so you better start planning on how to spend this one. We’ve put together some Brand New Forest money saving ideas for all the family!

If you fancy going on an adventure through the New Forest by bike, then you can hire bikes from Cyclexperience in Brockenhurst and Hythe with 10% off hire, and also Forest Leisure Cycling in Burley with 10% off bike hire at the weekend and 20% off bike hire midweek.

For those who enjoy the outside why not head down to Hurst Castle with a great family entry deal – £10 for 2 adults and up to 4 children. Or have a relaxing day at Bucklers Hard and enjoy 10% discount on cream teas from the Captains Café while you’re there. Do you and your family fancy 15% off a tree top adventure, then you’re guaranteed to have a fantastic day at Moors Valley’s Go Ape! Or let your kids run wild at action packed day camps at Kidz Camps UK with 10% discount.

herbieInterested in doing something different? Hire a Herbie car for the day and cruise through the New Forest and stop off for a picnic in this iconic motor, with 20% off hire. There’s also a chance to hire a VW camper for a night, or maybe even a week and experience the New Forest in a unique way, also with 20% off. To remember your amazing experience you can enjoy 25% off all VW camper merchandise. All of this is thanks to New Forest VW Camper Hire.

If the weather lets you down this half term then don’t forget that Liberty’s Owl Raptor & Reptile Centre have their fantastic deals of 1 child free with each full paying adult or £1 off each full paying adult or senior citizen.

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 during this half term and feel free to share your photos with us on our social media pages.

Winter Offers Booklet out now

Winter Offers Booklet out now

The Brand New Forest Winter offers booklet is now available.Winter offers booklet

The latest edition is packed full of fantastic offers at your favourite shops, restaurants, pubs, attractions and service businesses.

The leaflet is available at participating Brand New Forest businesses but you can download your own copy here.

Don’t miss out on over 270 incredible savings. Grab your copy and start saving today.

Milford on Sea Food Week 28 March – 3 April 2016

milford food weekMilford on Sea Food Week 28 March – 3 April 2016

Brand New Forest is pleased to announce that we are sponsoring the 5th Milford on Sea Food Week taking place from Monday 28 March – Sunday 3rd April 2016.

During the Food Week, Milford on Sea village will be alive with Food Celebrity Shows, Dining Offers, Themed Dining Evenings, Professional Cookery Theatre, Cooking Demonstrations, Educational Talks and Wine Tastings. There is also lots happening for children, and the large & very popular Sunday Food Market will give you a chance to savour the best of local produce and street food.

Take advantage of their great Brand New Forest offer which is 10% discount on tickets to celebrity Shows.

To see a full list of events taking place during Food Week please click here.

Community Broadband Project in Hyde & Ellingham

The parishes of Hyde and Ellingham, Harbridge & Ibsley are currently busy undertaking a project to self-fund an upgrade to their broadband service that will improve speeds for up to 475 homes. 

The parishes are classed as ‘hard to reach’ and as such local volunteers have been working with Openreach to deliver a solution which the market would not otherwise cater for. Every home in the proposed area will see an improved service under this plan but around 80% of premises will receive 24Mb the threshold at which a premises is deemed to be ‘superfast’.

The cost of the project will be met entirely by local residents and therefore the more people who join in and contribute the better and less expensive it will become for all.

This is of course no small undertaking and has only been made possible by the very hard work and dedication of the project team.

This project will help to shape the New Forest Community Broadband Toolkit; a guide to help other parishes should they wish to undertake a similar scheme. This will follow in the spring.

For further details of this project and to register your interest visit http://www.hydecommunityprojects.org.uk/#!the-broadband-project-/d8xoz

BOGOF is back!

Last Chance Buy One Get One Free on 2016 Cards is back!Santa on the Quay

If you didn’t make it to Ringwood or Lyndhurst Visitor Information Centre on Saturday 5th December we’ve got some good news…

The Brand New Forest Team will be in Lymington this Sunday (20th December) at the Santa on the Quay event which runs from 3pm – 5pm.

The 2016 Brand New Forest Cards will be on sale and it will be your last chance Buy One Get One Free.

So put the date in your diary and we hope to see you there.

There’s a FREE Santa bus running to and from Santa on the Quay on Sunday December 20th. Please click the link for the route and timings. Carols start at 3pm with Punch and Judy from 3 until 5pm, mulled wine and more. It’ll be a great Christmas event for all. The big man arrives by boat at 4pm and goes to his sleigh.