What’s new in the New Forest for 2015

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For 2015 the New Forest slows to the pace of heritage horse-drawn coaching holidays, then speeds to Sir Stirling Moss’ launch of two new displays celebrating the country’s passion for F1 and motorsports at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. But if creepy crawlies are more your thing then head down to Critter Creek and discover a brand new adventure ground at multi-award-winning Paultons family theme park . . . and that’s only for starters.

Horse-drawn coach holidays and carriage days out … brand new but forever old!

Enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of the forest from the peaceful pace of a horse-drawn carriage. Step back in time and travel the New Forest Mail Coach routes, stopping at traditional coaching inns to ‘refuel’.

Horse-drawn short breaks, days out and half-day excursions are all part of the selection of packages provided by the Brunswick Carriage Company in partnership with New Forest Tourism Association businesses.

Road coach breaks

Stay overnight in a traditional coaching inn or hotel and travel the route of the old mail coach, stopping for refreshments and change of horses for two and three-day breaks. Savour the sights of the forest and the sounds of a traditional coach-and-four – and be transported back to the bygone days of travel.

Carriage days

Book seats online and enjoy free collection from your holiday accommodation by minibus. Or arrive by train and step onboard a horse-drawn carriage at Brockenhurst railway station. Then enjoy a circular route on road and gravel tracks through the forest, taking in local villages and stopping at inns for refreshments. It’s the ideal way to get close to ponies, cattle and deer which roam theforest.

Bespoke carriage days

Carriage collection comes right to your ‘holiday door’, then build a bespoke day around your interests, style and taste. Plan a sumptuous woodland picnic or stop at a pub for a tasty lunch and maybe add in a bit of shopping at towns and villages along the way. It’s the unique way to make a special occasion more memorable for family, friends, clients or colleagues . . . and the children will love it! For further details and bookings visit www.thenewforest.co.uk/carriagedays

Legendary Sir Stirling Moss to open new racing displays

He has been dubbed the greatest all-round racing driver of all time and legendary Sir Stirling Moss is to unveil two new displays at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.

Grand Prix Greats will display cars from the early greats to exhilarating F1, with rolling film footage, a Grand Prix leader board for the start of the F1 season and unique memorabilia from the titans of the track.

Road, Race and Rally will cover the world of rally and hill climbing – with an exciting live start-up area where visitors can see Beaulieu’s engineers at work and the models come to life.

Both new displays will be launched by Sir Stirling Moss on March 5.

Have fun with the critters at Critter Creek

If you’ve got a taste for life in the jungle, you’ll love brand new Critter Creek at award-winning New Forest family theme park Paultons Park.

The new attraction offers a land which is crawling with fun! With unique critters from a duck-billed newt to a horned swamp donkey there’s plenty to explore . . . and not forgetting new plants including the ‘eye pod’!

Enter Beasty Burrow and step inside the tree trunk world to see stick insects and giant snails in themed rooms.

Step aboard the new ‘Cat-o-pillar’ ride and track Professor Blast’s expedition to Critter Creek in his travel diary.

Your adventures begin with a new opening at Easter.

Also at the heart of the action is Paultons’ new 4D sensory cinema release, Sherlock Holmes. Follow Sherlock’s adventure as your seat vibrates and drops, your legs are tickled and you’re blasted with air and water spray!

Follow Sherlock, the master of mystery-solving, and see him in a way you’ve never experienced before.

To watch him follow the clues and solve the crime, see the new release when it opens at Easter.

For more details see www.thenewforest.co.uk

Go wild in the woods with Battlefield Live

Battlefield Live goes deep in the heart of the forest with New Forest Activities’ brand new ground near its Beaulieu HQ.

Battlefield Live is the most realistic combat simulation you can get without joining the military, combining the popular video game Call of Duty and paintballing.

The new site, which opens for action in March, is even bigger and better than the former disused RAF base it replaces. It’s perfect for family days out, children’s parties, stag and hen weekends and corporate team-building events.

It’s More Than A Tour!

Travel in style with an exclusive ‘More Than A Tour’ package which will offer luxury, guided and themed trips around the New Forest.

The all-inclusive tours will serve the cruise ship marketplace out of Southampton. However, from 2015 all visitors to the New Forest will also be able to enjoy the same range of luxury coach tours.

Choose the ‘Relaxed’ two-town tour of Lymington and Burley or Beaulieu. Try an ‘Active’ tour, with either ‘Pedals and paddles’ or ‘Bows and battlefields’. Or be ‘Adventurous’ with ‘Rib racing and discovery’, ‘Yacht sailing and racing’ or ‘Four-by-four off-roading’.

For bespoke VIP tours, enjoy personalised luxury with a food and wine experience at restaurants and a four or five-star hotel. The package includes seasonal foraging, private dining and wine tasting followed by boutique shopping at the the New Forest’s towns and villages.

Quality tours will start with day trips and luxury hotel weekend stays from early 2015. For more details see www.thenewforest.co.uk

They’re all good reasons to plan a visit to the beautiful New Forest where ponies, cattle and deer roam free. In just 90 minutes from London Waterloo you could feel a million miles from everyday life with an escape to the National Park’s ancient woodland. Choose your base from a range of high-quality accommodation, then start your adventure.

For where to stay, what to see and do in the New Forest see www.thenewforest.co.uk

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