January Activities in the New Forest
January is a peaceful time to join us here in the New Forest and even though this might be the case there is still plenty to do for those who wish to get out and explore.
The New Forest’s farmers markets are ever so popular for locals and visitors alike. You can purchase local food, produce, handmade gifts and local products including home furnishings and presents for your furry friends! Just down the road on the outskirts you’ll find the small town of New Milton whose market runs every Wednesday. Or if you’d prefer something a little different then you can head into Dorset where you’ll find Ringwood’s very own local farmers market, also on a Wednesday. If you’re joining us at the weekend, the ever popular Lymington market takes place on a Saturday.
On the 12th January at Blashford Lakes you can book to see nature doing its seasonal movement. Watch thousands of birds come into roost on and around Ibsley Water. Booking is a must and remember to wrap up warm and take your binoculars so you don’t miss a thing! For information on how to book click here.
Saturday 14th of January sees the start of the Creative Forest art exhibition at the New Forest Centre. Here you’ll find creative works and art by Claire Wiltshire, Joanna Commings, Marjorie Collins, Lin Williams, Clare Blois and more.
If you’re looking to tie the knot in the beautiful New Forest this year, then we have a wedding showcase on Sunday 15th January at all four of our hotels, allowing soon to be brides and grooms the chance to view them in all their wedding glory.
If walking is your thing then take a guided winter birds walk at Lepe Country Park on Thursday 19th January. Take a gentle stroll along the shore and learn about the winter wild fowl and waders that visit the Solent. You’ll also get the chance to spend time in the hide overlooking the Dark Water estuary. Afterwards, enjoy a tasty lunch, included in the price of the walk – £8 per person. Book here.
On the 11th and 25th January from 11am to 12pm at Blashford Lakes you can take part in a healthy walk with the local walking group, The Ramblers. It’s a great way to stretch your legs, explore what’s on our doorstep and meet other walking fanatics.
Leave your mark on the New Forest by planting your very own tree! By 2020 the National Trust have to plant 22,000 native broad-leafed trees and many hands make light work. Everyone is welcome to join them, all ages and abilities from 10am-3pm on Sunday 29th January. Find out more.
If you fancy something more food related this January, then every Sunday morning from 8:30am to 10:30am our sister pub, The Drift Inn is hosting a breakfast club. Get stuck into a tasty, homecooked full English breakfast (vegetarian option available too) by the crackling log fires, with family or friends and that means the dog too!