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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.

 

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.

 

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

New Forest Tour 2016

New Forest Tour Buses

New Forest Tour 2016

Hop on board the New Forest Tour Bus to explore the wonderful New Forest and see the stunning views and wildlife from the open-top deck. The tour’s Red Route, Green Route and Blue Route will once again be running daily from 25 June to 11 September.

Each passenger on the New Forest Tour Bus will be given a temporary Brand New Forest Card to use at our participating businesses on the day of their tour when they stop-off at our Towns and Villages.

Our latest Offers Booklet will be available to passengers on board helping to promote our Brand New Forest businesses and their offers. We also hope, of course, that once the passengers have used their temporary card they will see how great and useful it is and wish to purchase their own permanent card and continue to enjoy all our amazing offers throughout the rest of the year!

Note to our Brand New Forest Businesses – to ensure this scheme runs as smoothly as possible throughout the duration of the Tour, please ensure all staff are aware that they may be presented with this temporary card in order to redeem an offer.

Book your tickets online or at the Visitor Information Centre.

For more information visit the New Forest Tour website.

New Forest Business Expo – Friday 3 June

Following last year’s highly successful inaugural New Forest Business Expo at Berthon Marina in Lymington, we’re delighted that this year’s Expo will be held at Brockenhurst College on Friday 3 June, which has great accessibility and offers fantastic  facilities.expo

The focus of this unique event is to  celebrate a dynamic variety and quality of New Forest based products and services from a diverse range of industry sectors.

It’s a superb opportunity for you as an exhibitor to showcase your business to a large number of business visitors, meet and network with other exhibitors, gain valuable business tips and make new contacts, all in one great day.

As a visitor, you can attend the Expo free and make great use of your time –  discover the wealth and diverse array of businesses which are based in and do business in the New Forest, at a  prominent venue with excellent transport links and parking facilities.

Throughout the day there will  informative and relevant sessions presented by engaging industry speakers, with time for questions and discussion.

Quality refreshments at sensible prices will be available at throughout the day.  High quality New Forest products will also be available to view, sample and buy.

For more information please visit the website: http://newforestbusinessexpo.com/

Big Spin

Big Spin

New Forest Health and Leisure need your help. big spin

Do you work for or are you an owner of a business, local or corporate?

If so, are you willing to donate a raffle prize to our Big Spin event taking place at Totton Health and Leisure Centre on 22nd May? With 222 bikes, 8 fantastic instructors and 180 minutes of indoor cycling Totton Health and Leisure is back with their Big Spin event. This year we have gone bigger and better than ever and we need you to help us raise our grand total of £10,000 for four different local charities. 

 

What’s in it for you?

 As one of our raffle prize sponsors we will promote your brand at our event, where at least 200 people will attend. Give you a shout out on our social media pages and also mention you on our website as a thank you for your generosity.

 For more information please visit http://www.newforest.gov.uk/healthandleisure/article/16819/The-Big-Raffle

 

Easter Days Out with your Brand New Forest Card

Easter Days Out with your Brand New Forest Card

Easter is a great time to spend with the family but you can make it even better with one of our Brand New Forest cards! For just £5 a card you can get discounts on nearly 300 businesses across the New Forest. We’ve come up with some ideas on how you can use your card and have some eggs-citing days out in the New Forest this Easter.

Step into Spring and take a look around the beautiful Furzey Gardens, with a stunning range of rare and enchanting plants from around the world. As well as the wonderful gardens there is also a great play area and treehouses for the kids to play on. With a great discount with a Brand New Forest card, you don’t want to miss out! Don’t forget to look out for the Furzey Fairies too!

A day out at Beaulieu National Motor Museum is always fun! With lots to do plus fun Easter events for all the family, you’re bound to have a brilliant day! Also, to remember your great day use your card as they are offering 10% discount in the visitor reception shop.

One of the most important things about Easter is all the yummy chocolate! So why not treat someone to something different this year at Easter and take a trip to Beaulieu Chocolate Studio and receive a great discount of 10% off their great choice of loose and boxed handmade chocolates (and remember to treat yourself of course).

Not a fan of chocolate? Head to Burley Fudge where you receive a free 200g bag when you spend over £10. There is also a great card discount in Caraccio’s Sugar Mice & All Things Nice.

Milford on Sea Food Week is from 28 March – 3 April, use your card to get 10% off celebrity shows!

Let your kids be adventurous and learn new things at Hoburne Bashley’s bush craft courses this Easter Holidays, with 10% off with a Brand New Forest card. Insight Activities, near Fordingbridge, offer 10% discount on their Archery, Crossbows and Axe Throwing sessions.

Or spend a day in the lovely fresh New Forest air with your family and get involved in a Guided Walk with many locations to choose from and great discounts of £1.50 off all guided walks or book for 4 people and only pay for 3!

Let’s hope the weather is nice this Easter Holidays so you can have a brilliant time with Puffin Cruises on a 1/2 hour cruise through Lymington Harbour with 10% off with a Brand New Forest card.

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 your family decide to do in the New Forest this Easter – have a great time and feel free to share your photos with us on our social media pages!

 

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