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Broadband Update February 2017

Superfast speeds for New Forest homes after broadband boost

Hundreds of homes in the New Forest will gain access to superfast broadband speeds thanks to plans by Hampshire County Council and its partners, to upgrade four broadband cabinets, which have now been approved.

The plans, to benefit more than 400 properties, have been approved by stakeholders including Natural England, New Forest National Park Authority, Verderers of the New Forest, Forestry Commission and New Forest District Council.

Those in line to enjoy broadband speeds of at least 24 megabits per second (Mbps) include, approximately:

  • 200 properties in East Boldre near Hatchet Pond
  • 90 properties in Burley
  • 90 properties in South Gorley near Fordingbridge
  • 60 properties in Brockenhurst

A 56-day statutory notice period for public comments will run until 31 March before any work can take place.

Find out more: https://www.hants.gov.uk/news/feb06broadband

Things to do During February Half Term

Things to do During February Half Term

February Half Term is getting close, you best start planning on how you’re going to spend it in the New Forest. We’ve come up with some Brand New Forest money saving ideas for all the family!

February Half Term is well known to be a cold one – so why don’t you head to Forest Arts Centre where you can get a great discount with your BNF card of ‘buy one ticket for a film and get the second half price’! You can also get in from the cold at Liberty’s Owl Raptor & Reptile Centre and enjoy a day of fascinating birds, reptiles & creepy crawlies. Choose from either one of their BNF offers – ‘1 child free with each full paying adult’ or ‘£1 off each full paying adult or senior citizen’.

If you fancy exploring the New Forest, then do it by bike! You can hire bikes for a discounted price from Cyclexperience in Brockenhurst, Hythe & New Milton, and also from Forest Leisure Cycling or The Woods Cyclery with ‘10% off bike hire at the weekend and 20% off bike hire midweek’.

Take a trip to Brand New Forest Village of the Year, Hythe & Dibden, and shop ‘til you drop with all their fantastic Retail Brand New Forest offers. Or stop off for a bite to eat at one of Hythe’s delicious Pubs, Cafes or Restaurants & get money off with your BNF card.

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For those who enjoy the outside, why not head down to Hurst Castle with a great family entry deal – ‘£10 for 2 adults and 2 children’. Or have a historic day at Buckler’s Hard, then afterwards you can relax in the Captains Café where you can enjoy ‘10% discount on cream teas’. Try something different with the kids this year and ‘book 1 Go Adventure session & get the 2nd half price’ at Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Activity Centre.

The Winter/Spring Offers Booklet is out now and for a full list of Brand New Forest money saving offers, please click here.

Whatever you and the family decide to do – have a great time and feel free to share photos of your experiences with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

Support The New Forest Food Challenge

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The New Forest Food Challenge is a project designed to help you ‘eat and grow local’.  Its interactive website has loads of details about markets, products, seasonal recipes and help for those who want to grow more of their own food.

Their projects encourage individuals, families and schools to grow or raise their own food, learn new skills and prevent food waste. They promote local farmers, producers, shops and outlets that grow and supply local food.

If you are on Facebook, please ‘like’ the New Forest Food Challenge, and find out what is happening across the forest with regard local food. They promote food local courses for example beekeeping, apple tree pruning and bread making, they advertise local foodie events, share recipes and keep you updated with any local food offers.

https://www.facebook.com/New-Forest-Food-Challenge-217073741981010/

 

2017 Brand New Forest Card is now available

2017 Brand New Forest Card is now available

Brand New Forest Card 2017You can now buy and use your 2017 Brand New Forest Card when you are out and about in the New Forest. Make sure you make the most out of your Card on all our fantastic money saving offers in shops, restaurants, local attractions and many other places whilst it is valid for the next 13 Months (01/12/16 – 31/12/17).

This year, we have also included a Key Fob with every Card as a constant reminder to everyone to use your Brand New Forest Card whenever you are in the New Forest.

The card is just £5 and would make a brilliant stocking filler for your family, or friends this Christmas. Or even a little treat for yourself.

To find out where you can go to buy your Card please click here, or to buy your Card online please click here.

 

Small Business Saturday comes to the New Forest

Small Business Saturday comes to the New Forest

This year’s Small Business Saturday takes place on the 3rd December.Small Business Saturday logo

Small Business Saturday is a national government backed scheme to raise the profile of small businesses across the UK and encourage people to do business with them.

Brand New Forest started the Small Business Saturday celebrations early by officially announcing Hythe & Dibden as Brand New Forest Village for 2017 at their Hythe Mistletoe Fayre in St John’s Street on Saturday 26 November and launched the 2017 Brand New Forest Card.

On Friday 2 December, to enable residents across the whole forest to take advantage of the Buy 1 Get 1 Free offer NFDC Information Offices will be offering Buy 1 Get 1 Free offer on Brand New Forest cards.

On Small Business Saturday to support the campaign New Forest District Council is once again waiving car parking fees in all 51 council run car parks on 3 December to encourage both residents and visitors to shop locally. Signs will be on display in the car parks reminding shoppers that there is no parking charge.

We’ll also be celebrating this important day with a special launch promotion of the 2017 Brand New Forest Card with a ‘buy 1, get 1 free’ deal on all cards sold from our Visitor Information Centre in Lyndhurst and card retailers listed below on Small Business Saturday itself (3rd December):

Hythe & Dibden – Brand New Forest Village of the Year 2017

Hythe & Dibden – Brand New Forest Village of the Year 2017Hythe Village of the Year 2017

We are delighted to announce that the 2017 Brand New Forest Village of the Year is Hythe & Dibden.

Their application was selected by the Brand New Forest judging panel after much deliberation based upon their commitment to the Brand New Forest Campaign to date. Anyone who shops regularly in the village will be aware of the great range of money saving Card Offers available with more being added all the time.

Leader of New Forest District Council, Cllr Barry Rickman, said, “Supporting local businesses is one of the key priorities for the area.  Hythe & Dibden recognise and embrace the value of Brand New Forest and have shown real support to the Brand New Forest campaign.”     The Council’s Employment & Tourism Manager, Anthony Climpson, added:  “Hythe and Dibden’s win is mostly down to the energy and enthusiasm of Cllr Peter Armstrong who has tirelessly promoted the campaign to local businesses.”

Mistletoe Fayre

Hythe & Dibden will be officially launched as Village of the Year at the Mistletoe Fayre on Saturday 26 November. Brand New Forest will be there to kick start celebrations for Small Business Saturday (3 December) and launch the 2017 Brand New Forest Card with a special buy 1, get 1 free deal making it an ideal stocking filler. The Mistletoe Fayre is a fantastic festive market for those special gifts and treats.
The launch however is just the start of Hythe & Dibden’s year in the Brand New Forest spotlight and we look forward to working with all interests in Hythe & Dibden to celebrate their award and develop the campaign further throughout 2017 and beyond. Full details on brandnewforest.com.

In the meantime, make sure you come to join us on 26 November, there’ll be free car parking so we look forward to seeing you there.

 

Winter Offers Booklet Out Now

Winter Offers Booklet Out Now

The Brand New Forest Winter offers booklet is now available. The latest edition is packed full of fantastic offers at your favourite shops, restaurants, pubs, attractions and service businesses.

New offers booklet out nowThe leaflet is available at participating Brand New Forest businesses but you can download your own copy here.

Don’t miss out on over 300 incredible savings. Grab your copy and start saving today!

Things to do during October Half Term

Things to do during October Half Term

It’s nearly Half Term! To help you decide what to do with your time off we have put together some excellent Brand New Forest money saving ideas for family days out, some even have a Halloween twist to get you in the spooky spirit!

Beaulieu National Motor Museum is a great place for all families. From looking at the all their Film Featured Cars, to taking a walk around the beautiful Gardens, or playing in the ‘Mini Motor’ Play Area. You should also check their website for any fangtastic Halloween events. After a fun-filled day you can take a browse in the gift shop and get 10% off with your Brand New Forest card.

Why don’t you take a trip to Burley and have a shopping spree in all their lovely Shops. And since it’s nearly Halloween, you need to make sure you visit Witchcraft and see what terrorific gifts you find and get a FREE gem/birthstone when you spend over £5! Stop off for a bite to eat at one of Burley’s tasty Pubs or Cafes & get money off with your Brand New Forest card.

Do something different and visit Insight Activities with things to do for all the family. You will get 10% off when you book to do Archery, Crossbows and Axe-Throwing. There are also Goats, Chickens, Alpacas and lots of other animals to visit while you’re there.

Keep on board with the action-packed fun and head to New Forest Activities and get FREE Cycle Hire when you book a Canoeing Tour down Beaulieu River with your Brand New Forest card. Creepy October Activities for the whole family, see The New Forest Website for more details.

For a more relaxing day, or if the weather lets you down then why don’t you see what Spine-tingling films are on at Forest Arts Centre. Also, with your Brand New Forest card when you buy 1 ticket you get the 2nd ticket half price!

Get Active this October and join in on The New Forest Walking Festival from 15th – 30th October. They’ve got over 70 walks for you to do so why not book onto one of the various walks and then use your Brand New Forest Card for a hearty lunch or dinner afterwards? No matter where your chosen walk is based, there will be somewhere nearby with a Brand New Forest offer not to miss!

Gun Blast to Mark 30th Anniversary

Gun Blast to Mark 30th Anniversary
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Hurst Castle will come alive with the sound of gunfire on Saturday 24th September, as it welcomes the Lord Mayor of London’s ceremonial bodyguard, The Company of the Pikemen and Musketeers to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Friends of Hurst Castle.

 

The Company of the Pikemen and Musketeers will perform a demonstration of 17th century pike and musket drills at 3pm, which will include trooping the colour, repelling a cavalry charge and forming a battelle with the sound of musket fire, all in uniform identical to that worn by the Honourable Artillery Company in the reign of Charles I.

The event will mark the 30th anniversary of Friends of Hurst Castle, a local voluntary group, established in 1986 to support the running of the castle, in co-operation with Milford-on-Sea based company, Hurst Castle Services, who manages the castle on behalf of English Heritage.

Roger Walker, Chairman of the Friends of Hurst Castle said: “For Friends of Hurst Castle it has always been about supporting a local historical site to ensure its future for the next generation to enjoy.

“It’s an absolute honour to have the Company of the Pikemen and Musketeers to mark our 30th anniversary and we hope locals and tourists will join us to support this day and to witness the castle at its very best.”

Jason Crane, owner of Hurst Castle Services, who manages the castle on behalf of English Heritage said: “Without Friends of Hurst Castle’s support over the last 30 years, the castle wouldn’t be what it is today. This occasion is to celebrate the tremendous work they do both financially and physically and should be a great day out for the whole family to enjoy.”

 

The castle will open at its normal time of 10.30am on Saturday 24th September, with the first ferry leaving Keyhaven at 10am and then every 20 minutes after. Normal admission prices to the castle will apply on the day; £4.80 for an adult, £4.50 for a senior and £3 for a child.  There will be no extra charge for the ceremonial parade by The Company of the Pikemen and Musketeers at 3pm, which will last approximately 30 minutes.


Notes to editors

The Company of the Pikemen and Musketeers are a ceremonial unit for the Honourable Artillery Company and one of only six royally warranted bodies in the UK.

It was first formed in 1925 to take part in the first Royal Tournament at the Royal Agricultural Hall. The first ‘outing’ was deemed to be such a success that the demonstration team was kept together and developed and has been providing colour and pageantry at events ever since.

In 1955 HM The Queen granted the Company a Royal Warrant authorising it to parade and tasked it to provide a ceremonial bodyguard for the Lord Mayor of the City of London.

Only veteran members of the HAC who have proven efficient service in the HAC’s Territorial Army regiment are eligible to join the Company of the Pikemen and Musketeers.

 

Further information from Rachel Lewis

KNICKERBOCKER MARKETING

Tel: 07780703063

New Forest Walking Festival 15 – 30 October 2016

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The New Forest Walking Festival

The New Forest Walking Festival will return this autumn.

The Walking Festival is spread over a fortnight from 15 – 30 October, including half term, and includes Wildlife Walks, History Hikes, Activity Walks, Family Adventures, Accessible Walks, Shorter Strolls and Longer Walks.

Led by the New Forest National Park Authority and partner organisations, the Walking Festival is the perfect opportunity to discover more about the National Park, with guidance from friendly and knowledgeable walk leaders to help walkers of all ages unlock the secrets of the Forest.

Most of the guided walks are accessible by public transport, and many are free or discounted if you arrive by bus, train, bike or on foot which is a perfect opportunity for using your Brand New Forest card to either get lunch or do a spot of shopping before or after the walk.

Book your walk today at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/walkingfestival

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