New Forest Activities

Published on: 19/07/23

Heading into the height of the summer holidays, when we’re asked for the best destination, with something for everyone, the New Forest has to be hard to beat. Families, couples, friends or solo adventurer, no matter how many people are heading out and about, with 140,000 acres to explore, you’ll never feel hemmed in. Miles of safe, accessible walking and cycle routes, lots of wild life, opportunities to head off the beaten track, explore, get close to nature, swim, camp; it’s also dotted with interesting attractions, villages, great pubs and cafes- all this, and wild ponies on top!

Your Introduction to Adventure

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With so much choice, how do you find the best place to go for adventures? Check out Let’s Go Out! Our hottest tip is New Forest Activities: providing awesome adventures since 2003, they’re now the biggest provider of outdoor activities in the New Forest National Park, while retaining the personal touch every step, leap and splash of the way.

Based near the beautiful forest village of Beaulieu, the team use their 20 years of experience to share the very best of their stunning natural surroundings. Explore into the heart of the forest with sports, activities and bushcraft adventure days. Or take to the water along the peaceful Beaulieu River, canoeing and kayaking serenely as secretive nature reveals itself.



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Relax and enjoy a guided canoeing tour along the Beaulieu River Nature Reserve. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, explore hidden creeks and spot the variety of wildlife that calls the river home, including birds, moon jellyfish and even Beaulieu's resident seal. Choose from family tours, sunset tours, or the longer explorer day- you can even paddle to the pub!


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From taster and instruction sessions to adventure trails, you’ll benefit from the most secure, stable kayaks and an experienced guide beside you all the way. Enjoy a leisurely two-hour family paddle, go women-only, chase the sunset, or follow the tide and head out for a day exploring the hidden places of the meandering river. For those wanting to paddle their own path, kayak hire is also available.


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Ready to take aim? Archery is a centuries-old New Forest tradition, for hunting and practice for battle. Using a range of the best modern archery equipment, suitable for all shapes and sizes, you’ll have fun learning new skills and feeling the satisfaction of going for gold. Tucked amongst beautiful New Forest surroundings, join a session, book your own private archer group session or party; fully mobile, the team will even come to you!

BattleZone Laser Tag

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Even the loveliest Let’s Go Out staffer has sometimes had to squash down the urge to get our own back on loved ones, friends, or colleagues- so at New Forest Activities, we’re thrilled to have discovered the guilt-free way to let off steam (and get in a few sneaky shots). BattleZone’s infrared, wireless, light-weight technology takes outdoor laser tag to a whole new level. This a multi-scenario team activity for children and adults and an ultra-modern, bruise and mess-free step up from paintball. Totally thrilling and absorbing, let the freedom of the experience take over, among incredible surroundings. You don’t even need to worry about running out of ammo!

High Ropes

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How low- or high- do you want to go? Climb out of your comfort zone on the thrilling high ropes course, letting industrial ropes, tree-based structures and steel cables take the strain. With lots of challenges on offer, there’s no pressure; take it as steady- or far- as you want. The low ropes course is immersive, challenge-solving group fun, incorporating obstacles and mini games such as transporting tennis balls and water.


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A fabulous introduction learning fundamental bushcraft skills and practices in the heart of the team’s woodland base. Includes well supervised fire lighting, shelter building, foraging, species identification, knife work and outdoor kitchen. This incredible day will equip you with the knowledge and appetite to continue to practice and grow your skills.

Woodland Adventure Days

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With so much on offer, finding it hard to choose? The brilliant Woodland Adventure Days combine the best of all worlds, with activities including foraging, den building and fire lighting, archery and treetop playground, all in one thrill-packed day. All equipment provided, just bring your best sense of adventure!

New Forest Bike Hire

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Going by bike is definitely the best way to travel in the New Forest. Exclusively for adults, if you’re looking to explore The New Forest on two wheels instead of four, you’ll avoid the queues of the busy hire centres packed with families and children. Kitted up with free maps included, you’ll soon be discovering the wonderful scenery and hidden sights of the Forest (including the best pubs to refuel at, of course!).

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