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Spring/Summer Offers Booklet Out Now

Spring/Summer Offers Booklet Out Now

The Brand New Forest Spring/Summer offers booklet is now available. With over 350 offers from fantastic restaurants, services, attractions, health & beauty, shops & loads more, you don’t want to miss out!

The leaflet is available at participating Brand New Forest businesses but you can download your own copy here.

Grab your copy and start saving today!

Easter Holiday Fun with Brand New Forest

Easter Holiday Fun with Brand New Forest

Easter Holidays are just around the corner and with loads of Brand New Forest offers available, you can make it the best Easter yet! We’ve come up with some great ideas for eggs-citing & money saving days out in the New Forest for you.

beaulieu national motor museumBeaulieu National Motor Museum have loads of great Easter Treats in store for the whole family, make sure you head to their website to find out more about the eggzellent fun you can join in on! Plus, whilst you’re there you can get 10% off in their Visitor Reception Shop with Brand New Forest.

Swing through the New Forest trees at Go Ape! and get a whopping 15% off with your Brand New Forest card, but you need to make sure you book online to get this offer… so book now!

Get outside and enjoy the New Forest in a different way with The New Forest Paddle Sport Company, where you will get £5 discount on any Kayaking or Paddle Board Hire with your Brand New Forest card. Or head to New Forest Activities and enjoy an array of different activities, including free Cycle Hire when you book one of their fantastic Canoe Tours down Beaulieu River for BNF cardholders. Also, make sure you check out their website for more on their egg-stra special Easter Events over the Holidays.

Have you got a sweet tooth? Especially around Easter-time? Make your way to Beaulieu Chocolate Studio, where you can pick up loads of fantastic Easter treats, including HUMONGOUS Easter eggs! Don’t forget to take your Brand New Forest card, as you can also pick up some delicious ‘loose’ chocolates & get 10% off. Why not check out Morse Toad Chocolate Messaging’s website, where you will find some unique Easter choccy-treats, and with 10% discount you can’t say no!

Relax this Easter and take advantage of one of our many Beauty Treatment Brand New Forest offers, from 10% discount on treatments and products, to 3 Reflexology Treatments for £99 at Arch Clinic. See our website for more information on these offers.

Take in the beauty of Spring and visit Furzey Gardens, where you will see a beautiful range of Flora, Fauna and Wildlife. Plus, there is a lovely café for you to purchase a lovely refreshment and a bite to eat. Get 2 for 1 entry with your Brand New Forest Card.

With loads of fantastic money saving ideas, you won’t be stuck with what to do in the New Forest this Half Term! Have a hopping great time & feel free to share your wonderful pictures with us on our Social Media pages!

To find out where to buy your Brand New Forest Card, please click here.

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day 2017

Make Mother’s Day extra special this year and show your Mum just how much you appreciate all her hard work and everything she does for you. We’ve come up with some brilliant money saving ideas you can use with your Brand New Forest card, so you can thoroughly spoil her in the New Forest this Mother’s Day.

Afternoon/Cream Teas are always a winner when it comes to treating your Mum; we have over 10 delicious offers for you to choose from! The New Forest is known for all its lovely Country Pubs & Inns, so why don’t you spend some quality time with your Mum over a tasty plate of Pub Grub and get great discounts with your Brand New Forest Card, from 30% off to a free dessert!

Treat your Mum to a day of relaxing and unwinding with 10% off a Facial at Skincare Inc, or let her put her feet up and enjoy an indulgent Temple Spa treatment at Burley Manor.

Is your Mum into her fashion and clothing? A gift from Sofikas is a great idea! They have a wonderful range of branded Women’s clothing, accessories & gifts. Or head to Lamberts of Ringwood and browse through their great range of clothing and footwear; make sure you use your Brand New Forest card to get 10% off! KJ’s Mobility in Hythe also has a brand new offer of £3 off a new pair of Cosyfeet Sandals, a great idea for the upcoming seasons of Spring and Summer!

Why not buy her something different this year, like a Portrait Product with Dave Dodge Photography. Or get 15% off a Family Location Photoshoot with Glen Jevon Photograpy & Video, so she can hold some great memories forever! Studio 5 has a brilliant Brand New Forest offer of a 1 hour photoshoot, plus extras, for just £125.

Let your Mum have the day off and get someone else to do the cleaning for once; Thomas Cleaning have fantastic Brand New Forest discounts! Or, arrange to renovate your Mums home with a fresh lick of paint, or even a new design all together with South Coast Painting & Decorating.

Every Woman loves flowers. Get 10% off a lovely bunch, or two, from Jane Bidwell Flowers or Belle & Blossom Floral Design, both with a great selection of types and colours to choose from!

Try our wonderful Brand New Forest ideas this year & make this the best Mother’s Day so far.

The New Forest Business Show 31st May 2017

The New Forest Business Show 2017

Wednesday 31 May at Brockenhurst College – A brilliant day to do business in the New Forest

The New Forest Business Expos of 2015 and 2016 have evolved to become the new annual New Forest Business Show, incorporating the Expo plus a lot more.

This unique event celebrates a dynamic variety and quality of New Forest based products and services from a diverse range of industry sectors.

There’s something for everybody at the New Forest Business Show – from practical advice about funding and other business support to seminars with crammed with useful tips on a variety of relevant subjects, to the B2B Expo with businesses from the whole of the New Forest showcasing their products and services, to relaxed and productive networking at the networking café and enjoying fantastic eats provided by local chefs, to activities and products to try out.

Bookings to either exhibit or attend as a visitor are now open.

To find out more or to book a stand please visit the New Forest Business Show website.

Business Show

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:

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


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.


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

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.


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