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Monday, July 6, 2015

NFNPA Free Family History Event this July

Last years Stall Holders and Visitors at NFNPA History Event.
Stall holders and visitors at the 2014 New Forest Heritage Day.
Pilot an underwater vehicle, handle historical artefacts and discover high-tech archaeological gadgets at a free family history event this summer.

Run by the New Forest National Park Authority, the New Forest Heritage Weekend celebrates the rich history and heritage of the area. Expert archaeologists and historians will run events throughout the weekend of 18 and 19 July, including World War Two guided walks and interactive archaeological activities.

A variety of local organisations will have stands and give talks:

Learn how to survey and record archaeological sites being lost to nature with the CITiZAN team
An interactive computer touch table will help people learn about archaeology in the New Forest
RAF Ibsley Airfield Heritage Trust will offer an insight into work to restore the WWII control tower at the former RAF Ibsley, near Ringwood National Park archaeologists will be looking at archaeological surveys, historic maps and laser mapping as well as the Forest’s role during World War I and World War II.

The Heritage Weekend will take place on the coast at Lepe Country Park near Exbury. The event is part of the Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology - a national festival of more than 1,000 events between 11 and 26 July 2015.

New Forest National Park Authority Member John Pemberton said: ‘This event is a chance for people of all ages to find out more about the rich history of the New Forest by exploring a range of activities.

‘People will be able to get hands on, as well as learning from experts about how events in the Forest’s past have shaped the National Park into the special place it is today.’

The New Forest Heritage Weekend runs between 10.30am and 4pm on 18 and 19 July and is a drop in event with no booking required. For more information visit

Friday, June 26, 2015

Open Top Tour Bus returns for New Forest Summer 2015

Open Top Tour Bus returns for New Forest Summer 2015
The New Forest Open Top Tour Buses returns this weekend (27 June) – aiming to beat last year’s record passenger numbers.

Nearly 42,000 passengers hopped on the open-top’s three scenic routes last summer, enjoying views of the National Park’s unique landscapes, wandering ponies and picturesque villages.

Run by Go South Coast in partnership with the New Forest National Park Authority, the Tour also offers new audio commentary, as well discounts at attractions such as the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, Exbury Gardens and New Forest Wildlife Park.

The New Forest Tour is a key part of the Authority’s aim to encourage more people to leave their cars at home, and is supported in part by the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

Last year the Tour saved around 226,000 private car miles. It also provides a boost to local businesses, contributing an estimated £680,000 to the New Forest economy whilst stopping at local villages and attractions.

Mark Holroyd, Transport and Tourism Manager at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The New Forest Tour was a great success last year, and I’m sure it will be another wonderful summer. As well as being a great experience, the Tour also helps protect the National Park’s unique landscapes by reducing congestion and carbon emissions.’

Andrew Wickham, Managing Director of Go South Coast, said: ‘We’re delighted that the New Forest Tour continues to grow from strength to strength. If the weather is as good as last summer, I’m sure it will be another great season.’

The New Forest Tour runs from June 27 to 13 September.

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