If you own a holiday home at Hoburne Bashley, Naish or Hoburne Park then you may have heard of or even been to the New Forest Show. If not, then you have no idea what you’ve been missing out on!
Taking place at the end of each July, the three-day event celebrates local culture and brings people from far and wide to Brockenhurst in the heart of the New Forest.
But why visit this much-loved county show?
Firstly, if you’re not familiar with the New Forest then you may want to be aware of some of the weird and wonderful traditions that take place at the show. For example, have you ever seen a tractor tug of war? That’s right. Visitors take the strain and test their strength against a vintage tractor… The more the crowd shouts, the more difficult it gets!
If you’ve got relatives visiting, then the family fun area is where you’ll want to be. Circus skills, face painting, sport and crafts are just a few of the activities on offer. There will also be a workshop run by Fun Kitchen where families can learn to cook up some tasty new treats – you never know, it may even get them cooking back at the caravan!
Speaking of tasty treats, you’ll be spoilt for choice of food and drink. Butchers, beekeepers and brewers will unite to bring you the best produce from the local area. There will also be over 40 stalls in the food hall offering everything from curry to cream tea. If you prefer to be prepared, pack a blanket and choose a spot in the picnic area to snack on some sandwiches in the summer sun.
During your journey, you may notice that many of the residents in the forest are of the four-legged variety. Farming is a key part of life in the forest, so you can expect to see everything from sheep to Shetland ponies in the main arena. Proud farmers will be showcasing their livestock and horse riders from up and down the country will be competing in show jumping. Longdown activity farm will also be attending with their pop-up farm so you can get hands-on with chicks, rabbits and more.
For something a bit more exuberant, be sure to see The Adams Axeman who were founded in the New Forest in 1966. The group helped introduce competitive axe racing to Britain, with the aim of keeping the old skills used by Foresters alive as a riveting new sport.
Axemen may not be your thing, but how about alliums? It wouldn’t be a county show without a gardening display! If you’ve got green fingers, then you won’t want to miss out on seeing the wonderful floral arrangements. You might even learn a trick or two at one of the many live demonstrations.
If you’re looking for that unique gift, then head to the craft tents where you’ll be able to shop till you drop. There’s always a fantastic selection of local talent to be discovered with everything from homemade jewellery to jumpers on sale.
Plus, just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, we’ll also be at the show! So, don’t be shy. Whether you’re just finding out about ownership or are an existing owner, we’d love to speak to you. Come and say hello!