This little spot in the UK is a beautiful location for a secret escape with your loved one or a great family staycay for some quality time together. Boasting fantastic wildlife and picturesque landscapes, The New Forest is brilliant for those with a thirst for adventure and exploration! However, sometimes the English weather can be unforgiving… but this shouldn’t stop you from having fun in this lovely region of the country! Here are a few places to visit and things to do in the New Forest in colder months.
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St. Barbe Museum & Gallery
Learn about the history of Lymington and the New Forest at this lovely attraction where local information is displayed alongside art from across the UK. Currently, the Art of World War II exhibition by John Noottt is being displayed until the 17th February 2018 and this is a wonderful exhibition for the whole family with a chance to create your very own work of art at the end. The Old School Café is a lovely dining experience for light lunches and snacks whether you are visiting the gallery or not!
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Okay maybe not suitable for families, but definitely a point of interest for couples and adults feeling a little parched! This brewery offers original ales to sample whilst you discover the process behind these tasty tipples. If any take your fancy, there is an on-site shop where you can buy your favourite tastes as well as other goodies! This trip is best served when everyone can join in, so ensure you have organised a taxi or staying nearby in one of the cute New Forest holiday cottages to ensure to get the full experience. If you are going as part of a huge group, ensure you book in advance and check their website for prices.
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Beaulieu National Motor Museum
Located in the village of Beaulieu, this is a car lovers dream day out! From classic cars to iconic F1 supercars, learn all about motor history or how mechanics work with interactive displays. The Beaulieu National Motor Museum offers a fun day out for all the family when it’s cold and wet outside. Admission fees vary and are considerably more expensive on the door, so booking in advance is recommended! What makes this place a fabulous option for cold wet days is that this museum is so close to other attractions like…
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The Beaulieu Palace House
If motors don’t take your fancy, less than five minutes by car there is the dreamy Palace House, a wonderful Victorian country estate. Tour the grand indoors to admire the extravagant interiors and grand paintings. A Montague home since 1538, this grand location is open for the public to wonder at and admire the amazing Victorian décor and get a little taste of English Heritage. You can learn more through a themed guided tour to discover more about the history and treasures of the Montague home! Not only that, Beaulieu houses the Art Russe Gallery, which boasts the UK’s first Soviet Russian art gallery.
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I don’t know about you, but I am very excited to get booking a family trip to this little gem so rich with English cultural heritage. If you are already planning your trip, I hope this guide will help to fill up your itinerary for an exciting escape as this location offers something for everyone!