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Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Explore the New Forest in a ‘nutshell’

If you are new to the area or want to learn more about this special place come along to one of the New Forest National Park Authority’s ‘New Forest in a nutshell’ events.

These events start at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst. Visitors will be met by a National Park Authority Ranger who will lead them on a three mile walk to take in the stunning scenery and learn about the New Forest’s unique history and the iconic New Forest pony.

After the walk visitors are given a bumper pack of information including the National Park pocket guide and have free entry to the New Forest Centre. Here they will find a museum packed full of displays and activities such as: the ‘pony challenge’, a game designed to help you learn why ponies are kept on the Forest and why you definitely shouldn’t feed them; a display of the Beaulieu Road pony sales with sound effects; and the new family fun tree - designed to get the whole family involved in learning about the animals and wildlife that live here.

The Centre also has an exhibition area, a large gift shop and a Visitor Information Centre.

Jim Mitchell, Interpretation Officer at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The New Forest is a fascinating place with lots of unusual aspects to it which many visitors and even residents don’t get to hear about. The aim of these walks and access to the New Forest Centre is to answer any questions people have and for our Rangers to talk about the New Forest, which isn’t new or a forest!’

The walk and talk with a Ranger takes place from 10:15am-12:15pm on the dates below and entry to the New Forest Centre can be taken any time after this.

Dates for your diary:
Sunday 29 May
Tuesday 31 May
Sunday 24 July
Tuesday 2 August
Sunday 7 August
Tuesday 16 August
Sunday 21 August
Tuesday 30 August

The event is £8 per adult, £4 per child and free for under 5s. To book your place contact the new Forest Centre on 023 8028 3444 or visit

Recommended Reading: New Forest (Landmark Visitor Guide)

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