Christmas is slowly but surely almost here… (27 days and counting to be precise)
Perhaps you are not visiting the Forest exactly on Christmas day, but to get you in the spirit we have listed our top things to do in the local area this Christmas holidays.
With plenty of festivities happening, we couldn’t recommend enough the stunning scenic views of the forest, the smell of the winters air and the glorious christmassy’ atmosphere the forest truly gives off.
Beaulieu Motor Museum Victorian Christmas – Perhaps you wish to enjoy the Christmas spirit like our ancestors used to? Well the fantastic motor museum which is just a 10 minute drive from us here in Brockenhurst has a variety of events such as, carol singing, fruit punch (and mulled wine) plenty for the children to do and see, old Victorian games, and a real feel for Christmas in the 18th century. Click here. to read the full information which is truly an event which you shouldn’t miss… Imagine going to a REAL life gingerbread house? You can .. Visit Beaulieu.
Lymington Market; just less than 10 minutes away and you could be in the seaside town of Lymington. The Christmas lights are beautiful and this petite town has plenty to see and do, Mulled wine to drink and independent shops like no other to see.
Walks in the New Forest. Why not put on your Christmas jumpers and venture into the forest with friends and family.From leaving our hotel you can literally walk 5 minutes and you will be in the green and heart of the New Forest. The winter mornings are full of frost and the forest looks absolutely stunning! Highly recommend.
Pony and Animal spotting. If you are a lover for all things wildlife this truly is a spectacular time of year to come to the New Forest. The Robbins on the frosty fences, the horses against the fabulous views, the lovely little donkeys and no doubt the time of year where the rare white deer comes out, apparently they say its good luck to see one!
Local Christmas Markets.. 30 minutes by car and 20 minutes by train you can visit Southampton and Bournemouth’s German markets. Full of authentic German food (and Beer) Plenty of places to purchase unique gifts, ice skating rinks and a real spirited day out. Come back and relax at the Cottage Lodge where we will serve you complimentary tea and coffee after your wonderful day.
Winchester Christmas Market (truly one of my favorites) Okay so Winchester may be 35 minutes by train but it truly is a special place to visit in the Christmas period. The market cabins are featured right next to the cathedral and the high street looks fabulous at this time of year. Brockenhurst train station is a direct link and we are only a 5 minute walk to the train station. Its a must do during your visit to the Forest.
Spa Days in the forest. Located close to the the Cottage Lodge hotel is on offer 2 spa’s (Careys Manor and New Park Manor) both are fabulous and have a real uniqueness about them. Why not walk to one of the spa’s during your stay relax and be pampered and then enjoy dinner at our Hotel restaurant in the evening? Sounds perfect.