With such a vast array of stunningly beautiful picnic spots on our doorstep both across the New Forest and by the sea - here are our top 5 for 2023.
We met up with the Visit The New Forest team at Rhinefield - check out their interview of our founder, Flora here: https://youtu.be/o5y-OfCyH28
1) Rhinefield (Brockenhurst)
- Easily accessible by car, foot, bike or pony.
- Loos, picnic benches, ice cream truck.
- Oldest trees in the New Forest and a gorgeous river with rope swings.
2) Newtown Creek (Isle of Wight by boat)
- Stunningly beautiful National Trust inlet - totally sheltered.
- Great for seal spotting.
- Magical spot to take a boat charter to.
3) Hurst Castle (Milford On Sea walk, paddle board or hop on the small ferry)
- Heaps of history, great museum with a castle which was built by Henry VIII.
- Watch the round the island race.
- Paddle board, walk or take a little ferry to from Keyhaven.
4) Bucklers Hard (Beaulieu - carpark, walk from Beaulieu or go by boat)
- Part of the 9000 Beaulieu estate.
- Maritime museum.
- Stunning lawns overlooking the river for a picnic.
- Also has a pub (The Master Builders) for cold beers.
5) Mill Lawn (Burley)
- Beautiful flat open heathland with a little stream meandering through for miles.
- Spot ponies and cows galore here (just keep your distance and never feed them!)
- Very quiet and easily accessible from a small car park.
So there you have it - out top spots, why we love them and some piccies. If you need a picnic - you know where to find us!
Flora | Founder at The Forest Foodie, Lymington