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Hands-on with nature in The New Forest

The Woodland Centre at Hoburne Bashley is a very special place that introduces the beauty and magic of the New Forest to visitors of all ages.

In a series of guided walks, workshops, classes and talks, you can learn all about the history and traditions of this ancient woodland and try your hand at centuries old crafts like coppicing and woodcarving with the help of experts who keep them alive today.

There are stories to enjoy from Jack O’ The Green, our resident storyteller, who’ll bring the myths and legends of the forest back to life before your eyes. And there’s the Tree Spirit Trail, taking in ten hidden tree spirit carvings that take you on a journey of mystery and adventure through the woods.

Whatever you get up to, The Woodland Centre is a great way to understand more about the history of the New Forest and the nature that’s all around you.

Learn more about Hoburne Bashley

Call 01425 612340


Things to do at the Woodland Centre

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Guided Walks

Guided walks to Wilverly Inclosure, Hinchlesea Woods and Holm Hill. Learn about woodland flowers, plants and trees, wildlife, agriculture and the working forest.

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Stories and Entertainments

Thrill to ancient tales of the forest with our resident storyteller and woodland theatre productions.

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Adult Classes

Adult classes in woodcarving, basket weaving and woodland management. Get hands on with traditional tools and crafts and take what you make away with you.

Meet the team

Simon Hemsley - Assistant Woodland Manager

Simon has 20 years’ experience and training in outdoor education, behaviour management, risk assessment and working with special needs.

His knowledge of the woodland at Hoburne Bashley and the surrounding New Forest is unrivalled and makes him the perfect tour guide - be sure to pop in and say 'hello' if you are planning on venturing into the forest, he knows all the best walks! 

He also knows how to tell a fantastic story, so don't miss him as Jack o’ the Green where he brings tales about the ancient woodland to life. 

Where to Find Us

Hoburne Bashley, Bashley, Sway Road, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 5QR
Sat Nav: BH25 5QS

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