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27 Feb

From Easter chicks to wedded bliss…and let’s not forget mums!

Spring is on its way, bringing the New Forest to life with bursts of colour and the gentle hustle and bustle of a range of activities. With some early Easter egg hunts on the horizon, Mothering Sunday and wedding fairs picking up pace, March is a fantastic time for families and future brides (and grooms) to visit. The New Forest is a very popular wedding destination and there are some great venues to explore close by. Our low rates apply throughout March – £69 per night for a standard double or twin, Sunday to Thursday, subject to availability.

Egg-citing stuff at Beaulieu

There’s allsorts of fun to be had at Beaulieu this Easter holiday. If you visit on Easter weekend, 3rd – 6th April, you can enjoy an Easter egg trail as well as seeing veteran vehicles motoring through the parkland. You may even spot the larger-than-life Easter bunny hopping around the grounds!

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Easter cuties at Longdown

If you’re after a bit more animal magic this Easter why not squeeze in a visit to Longdown Activity Farm. Surrounded by chicks, lambs and bunnies, you’ll be able to join the fabulous Longdown Easter trail, which is suitable for the whole family. Search for the clutches of eggs in their special nests, which are hidden around. Children will receive a little yummy chocolate treat at the end of the trail.

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Mothers Day at Steff’s

Steff’s Kitchen at Fairweather’s Garden Centre Beaulieu is offering 2 delicious courses for £13.95 or 3 for £15.95, it’s very informal, just turn up. Combine with last minute presents of pretty pots to fill with fresh lavender plants at 2 for £12 if it takes your fancy!

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Getting hitched

If you’re planning on attending a wedding locally and need somewhere cosy to stay, you’ve found the right place. Getting hitched yourself? Why not take advantage of our low rates and explore some of the fantastic wedding venues and fairs the New Forest has to offer.

Somerley House

Although Somerley House in Ringwood remains the private home of Lord and Lady Somerton, there are opportunities to take advantage of the beautiful surroundings on a strictly exclusive basis.  The house and grounds are available to hire for private use. Somerley has a long tradition of exceptional entertaining and has unparalleled experience in hosting many different kinds of events, including weddings.

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 Sopley Mill

This beautiful 18th century watermill is surrounded on both sides by the Millstream of the river Avon closed as a restaurant in 2011.  The owners of the Mill, which has been in the same family for over 150 years, have taken this wonderful building back in hand from the tenants and it has recently been opened as a stunning wedding venue with incredible views over the Avon water-meadows.

Find out more here.

Weddings in the Wood

Hidden amongst the trees of a private woodland estate, the Carpenter’s barn is private and secluded, with a license to hold wedding ceremonies and civil partnership services or if preferred woodland wedding blessings. The barn itself can accommodate around 100 guests for a sit down meal and a semi-permanent marquee on the woodland deck extends the covered space, seating a further 125 guests.

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Parley Manor

Parley Manor near Bournemouth, is an enchanting Georgian Manor house set in 4 acres of parkland and picturesque gardens. Wedding receptions are held in an elegant marquee situated in the beautiful Italian walled garden. The marquee is fully equipped with all the latest comforts while retaining the unique and magical feel of an English country house.

Find out more here.

The New Forest Wedding Showcase 2015

On Sunday 1st March from 12.00 noon to 5.00pm over 20 venues across the New Forest will open their doors to showcase some beautiful wedding choices and help inspire your perfect wedding day.

Read more here.