Explore the New Forest - Your independent Guide to the National Park

Looking for a Day Trip?

If you are a resident in the New Forest or here on holiday, then sometimes it is nice to visit somewhere that is just a little bit further afield but well worth the journey.

Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway

Steam Railway in Miniature, with regular Thomas the tank engine rides based at Lakeside Country Park. Ideal for the under six's. For more information call : 023 8061 2020

Spinnaker Tower
A bird's eye view of the South Coast can be experienced at Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower. Tel: 02392 857520
Watercress Line
The Watercress Line is a beautiful steam railway, allowing you to experience a bygone era. Regular railway events including Thomas Days, Halloween specials and Christmas treats. For more details Tel: 01962 733810
Monkey World
World Renown Ape Rescue Centre - Monkey world is well worth a visit and is home to the popular television series.Tel 0800 456600
Southampton Museums
Wonderful buildings throughout the city for you to explore and enjoy, whether you are looking to discover more about Southampton's Maritime history or architecture , there is plenty for everyone. For more details call: 023 8063 5904
Longleat Safari Park
A host of amazing attractions including a safari park, maze, railway, historic house. This is a wonderful day out, drive through the enclosures and really experience the animals - but watch out for the monkeys they have a great sense of humor. Tel 01985 8444000
Fort Nelson
Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson is a fantastic free museum - see the Fort's military past, explore a range of tanks and guns, and explore the tunnels underground. Various events throughout the year. Free admission
Tel 01326 822092
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
HMS Victory, The Mary Rose, HMS Warrior, Harbour tours, Royal Navy Museum and more... are all based on one remarkable site in Portsmouth. Tel: 023 9283 9766
Prehistoric monument of unique importance.Tel 0870 333 1181
Brownsea Island
In Poole Harbour
National Trust Island in the middle of Poole Harbour, the home of the first Scout Camp. Take the boat to the Island, then explore with either a guided walk, or self lid guide to discover the history of scouting of the beautiful red squirrel hiding amongst the trees. Tel: 01202 701635
Marwell Zoo
A family day out with the a huge variety of animals - meet the giraffes, see the tigers, encounter the penguins or get hands on in the children's petting area. Lots to discover for everyone. Tel: 01962 777407
The Bournemouth Aquarium
Bournemouth Oceanarium is right in the sea front and opens up a world of undersea adventure, come along and find "Nemo", see the giant turtles, and wonder through the oceans. Fore more details call : 01202 311993
Frinkley Down Farm Park
Frinkley Down Farm is a family friendly farm offering the visitors an opportunity to handle rabbits, groom ponies, ride tractors complete with children's playground. Tel 01264 352195
Farmer Palmers
Farmer Palmers is an open farm which offers hands on animal feeding, indoor soft play, farmhouse cooking and woodland walks.Tel 01202 622022