Following this week’s Government announcement easing the Coronavirus lockdown, the New Forest is to implement its detailed Recovery Plan, so that people can visit with confidence, and receive the warmest of welcomes, from Saturday 4 July.

Comments Anthony Climpson, CEO of Go New Forest: “Our member businesses have been working tirelessly throughout the period of lockdown to enable them to re-open safely, following the Government’s change of advice, which is welcome news for those who rely on tourism for their livelihoods.

“We have also launched our ‘Take a Step Outside’ film, which depicts the beauty of the forest, and which stars our famous ponies.

“The film also reinforces our ‘book direct’ for the best prices message,  and invites people to re-discover the natural world within the 220 sq mile National Park, which offers the freedom to escape, and where a warm welcome is guaranteed.”

Balmer Lawn
Balmer Lodge lawn (c)

To see the short ‘Take a Step Outside’ film click here.

To ensure that visitors get the best possible value for money whilst visiting the New Forest, a lot of the accommodations – many of which are dog friendly – are offering value-added packages, with a guarantee that the prices paid will be the lowest possible, if booked direct.

For example, the Balmer Lawn Hotel in Brockenhurst – which has taken advantage of the lockdown to re-decorate – is offering special packages including five nights for the price of three and special, tailor-made packages, with activities such as cycling and archery.  All guests also receive a free ‘Go New Forest Card’, worth £10, which enables the holder to discounts from hundreds of businesses throughout the area.

All the offers available from Go New Forest members can be found on the accommodation page at