For an authentic New Forest experience why not use local food, buy Forest-inspired presents, decorate your tree using only natural decorations and walk off dinner with a Boxing Day stroll.
Top tips for a New Forest Christmas:
- Get some fresh air and walk off your Christmas excesses in the New Forest while learning more about its history and traditions. There are a range of walks to suit every ability. Download one of four audio tour walks or print off the commentary from www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/walking.
- Looking for a present no one else will have? Visit the Forest Store on-line or at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst for unique and New Forest National Park-inspired gifts. There is exclusive outdoor gear and a range of gifts including a pony safety-promoting ice-scraper and a photo mug with a picture that magically appears when you pour hot water in it. All profits go to back into looking after the New Forest National Park www.foreststore.co.uk.
- For delicious local produce and handmade presents visit the New Forest Marque website. For stockists www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/new-forest-produce.
- New Forest Christmas trees are available from the Forestry Commission at New Park, Brockenhurst. Trees are on sale from 10am-4pm until 21 December www.forestry.gov.uk/newforest.