Planning to visit the New Forest this summer?
Welcome! Plan ahead and respect our beautiful and fragile National Park.
As lockdown measures are eased from 4 July, the New Forest looks forward to welcoming visitors to this beautiful National Park.
Local businesses recently re-opened greatly look forward to your custom! Please do buy New Forest Marque and other local produce, and support our independent shops and eateries to give you a real taste of the Forest while supporting National Park communities.
The Forest is fragile, its rare wildlife must be protected and then visitors and residents alike can continue to enjoy it.
Tourism body Go New Forest and the New Forest National Park Authority are calling on holidaymakers to plan ahead and book in advance so they can enjoy their stay safely and help protect the National Park.
The 10 Camping in the Forest campsites will not be opening this summer at all which will potentially increase the pressure on the Forest. In line with Government guidance, accommodation and attractions are only open to those who have pre-booked and some have timed ticketing to help manage numbers.
Don’t expect to turn up and find accommodation or camping places to stay the night. Wild camping is not allowed in the New Forest, nor overnight stays in car parks.
Most importantly for everybody is please to follow the New Forest Code. The National Park is a special place with its own code to supplement the Countryside Code to keep you and the New Forest safe.
Lymington: Georgian market town and famous yachting centre
You will almost certainly want to visit the Georgian market town (market Saturdays) and Solent sailing mecca of Lymington while you are in the New Forest. In its sheltered position on the western bank of the beautiful Lymington river it's been an important settlement since the Iron Age. For many years Lymingtonians have made their living from the sea or the river - as boatbuilders, fishermen, sailors and in past centuries as salt workers and even smugglers! Nowadays it's a highly desirable town in which to live and with its bustling Quay, alleyways to explore, many independent shops and eateries and the brilliant St Barbe New Forest Museum and Art Gallery it has lots to offer to the visitor. If you'd like to get to know it a little before you travel, do sign up for our weekly e-newsletter in advance of your visit