Experience Autumn at its best Posted September 30, 2015


Regarded by many as a truly magical time to visit the New Forest, Autumn is officially here. And with relatively balmy temperatures and plenty of sunshine the norm throughout October, it’s a great season for exploring the area and engaging in some of the more traditional activities on offer. Stay with us from Sunday to Thursday and you’ll also benefit from our reduced midweek rates, from £75 per room, including VAT and a full English breakfast.

Walk on the wild side

It’s wild mushroom picking season, so why not book onto a half-day guided Fungi Foray. It will to give you an insight into what to look for and what to avoid, since there are over 2,000 different types of mushrooms, meaning identifying them can be a real art. The guiding principles you’ll gain will help start you on your path to foraging for food. All Fungi Foray walks arranged by New Forest Activities are conducted in a sustainable manner, following the Fungi Pickers code.

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Explore local traditions

On the 3rd and 4th of October, the Cranborne Chase AONB Woodfair will be held from 10am to 5pm at Breamore House near Fordingbridge. Visitors will learn all about the wonderful world of wood, discovering why shire horses still present one of the most effective logging methods and why wood is such an efficient and renewable source of fuel. The Woodfair will also celebrate some of the region’s other famous and traditional industries including cider and willow, as well as a range of locally produced food and drink.

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Trot along to auction

The New Forest Pony Sales enable Commoners of the New Forest to sell their ponies and donkeys. The sales have taken place at Beaulieu Road for over 60 years and were held prior to this in Lyndhurst.

Run by The New Forest Livestock Society, at least five sales per year on behalf of the Commoners take place, with this one scheduled for 21st October, giving visitors the chance to get an authentic feel for local tradition.

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Get a bit spooked

Where better to hold a halloween event than in the spookiest village in the New Forest?

Witchcraft plays a large role in Burley’s history and the village was once home to Sybil Leek, a famous white witch often seen walking around in her long black cloak with her pet jackdaw sitting on her shoulder. The day promises a host of activities including ‘spot the witch’ and fancy dress competitions, storytelling, tarot cards and apple bobbing, all taking place around the village throughout the day from 10:00 am.

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See October out with a bang

One of the largest firework displays in the south will be taking place on the 31st of October in the grounds of Beaulieu, choreographed to music with a range of entertainment for the whole family.

Visitors are encouraged to come in Halloween fancy dress for a chance to win a prize for the best outfit. For an extra charge, spectators can enjoy old time fairground entertainments, including a big wheel, gallopers and a coconut shy along with live entertainment.

Find out more here.