A baby shower is a wonderful chance to spoil new parents-to-be, to celebrate the blessing of new life, and can be a real show of support for a couple from their closest family and friends.
Traditionally, a baby shower was all about the new mum, a women-only, small scale event organised by a close female relative, but nowadays there are no hard and fast rules to follow.
If you’re organising a baby shower for a new mum, dad or a couple, talk to them about what kind of event they’re hoping for. They might prefer a quieter lunch, a spot of pampering for close friends at a hotel and spa, or a larger event for a wider circle of family and friends. It really is up to them, and once you have got clear on your details, you can get planning.
What better place for a celebratory baby shower than the glorious New Forest? It’s picture-perfect at any time of the year, and with some stunning venues to make sure your party goes with a swing, you’re guaranteed a baby shower to remember.
Baby shower venues for hire in the New Forest
The New Forest Collection hotels each offer delightful options suitable for anyone organising a baby shower in the New Forest.
First up, there’s Grade II listed Bartley Lodge, a fabulous country house hotel near Lyndhurst. Magnificent grounds are perfect for summertime gatherings and picnics, whilst the bright, airy and elegant Orangery is ideal for more intimate gatherings, as is the gorgeous Georgian room. Both rooms can be decorated in the colour scheme or theme of your choice, and overlook the incredible gardens. There’s also direct access to the large stone terrace which is perfect for a delectable afternoon tea event.
If you’re looking for a one of the more contemporary baby shower venues, boutique townhouse hotel Forest Lodge near Lyndhurst is an ideal choice. The Forest Suite is perfect for opening presents, games and dinner, and its pretty courtyard garden makes a picture-perfect spot for a decadent afternoon tea, bubbles and mocktails.
Beaulieu Inn is another fantastic baby shower venue, characterful and quirky, and located right in the midst of the wild open heath. It’s the largest of all the hotels, able to accommodate up to 120 guests within its elegant and spacious Beaulieu Suite, or if you’re inviting a larger group of family and friends to celebrate with you at your baby shower, up to 250 for a standing canape reception.
The beautifully decorated Ipley or Exbury rooms at Beaulieu are more intimate, comfortably hosting up to 80 guests, and both have access to the beautiful gardens.
Burley Manor, set within an 800 year-old estate, is also spectacular, and is a wonderfully versatile venue ideal for a baby shower. The historic drawing room or conservatory, both with stunning views over the neighbouring deer park, are ideal for dinner or a baby-bump brunch.
Dinner at the chef’s table in the Butler’s Pantry is the ultimate treat for an intimate baby shower location with close friends, and the indulgent spa facilities at Burley could be just the thing for some pre-baby pampering!
Each of these exceptional baby shower places offer fabulous award-winning dining options. Locally sourced and seasonal produce features on every plate, and the hotel is able to craft bespoke menu options and delicious celebration cakes to suit your particular baby-shower needs.
These stunning New Forest Collection hotels are easily accessible from anywhere in the UK and beyond, so wherever your baby shower guests are coming from, they can make the most of excellent links via rail and road. For guests travelling by car, complimentary parking and EV charging points are available at every venue too.
For guests joining you from further afield, there are local airports at both Bournemouth and Southampton, with Heathrow and Gatwick not more than 90 minutes away, and ferry ports in Portsmouth and Southampton.
If you’re looking to book a baby shower celebration in the New Forest, the dedicated events team at each of the New Forest Collection hotels love nothing more than bringing your ideas and dreams to life.
Talk with your chosen venue about what you want, and they’ll make it happen for you. Rooms can be reconfigured according to your wishes and spaces decorated to create the perfect atmosphere, promising you a uniquely beautiful and unforgettable baby-shower event.