New Forest Events: Summer 2019 holiday cottages

New Forest Events: Summer 2019

The New Forest National Park is nestled in the gorgeous south-coast county of Hampshire. Over the summer, the area becomes a hive of summertime activity; many come down to enjoy the coastlines and seaside as well as the expanse of stunning British countryside and the quaint and varied villages that scatter the area. Here are just some of the events happening in and around the New Forest area in the summer of 2019. If you would like to submit your event to also be featured, email us and we’ll get them added.

April 2019

April marks the start of summer and there's no more beautiful place to see daffodils and tulips springing into life than the pretty towns and villages of the New Forest.

Bucklers Hard boats
Bucklers Hard

13th and 14th April | Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive | Ringwood

This sportive, which takes in much of the stunning New Forest on the route, is one of the region's most popular cycling events. There are four route options on both Saturday and Sunday, ranging from an epic 81-mile jaunt to a child's bike ride. 

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May 2019

With the May bank holiday and loads of events happening, plus the summer weather, May is a great time to visit the New Forest. Find out what’s happening here:

4th May| Downton Cuckoo Fair | Downton

A friendly fair offering fun for all the family, with over 250 craft, gift and food and drink stalls. Plenty of traditional entertainment is also on offer including Morris dancing, brass bands and Punch and Judy shows.

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5th May | Southampton Half Marathon | Southampton

Runners from across the UK will come down to England’s south coast to enjoy beautiful runs passing by iconic landmarks including Bargate, the QE2 Anchor and St Mary’s Stadium.

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11th-12th May | Christchurch Food Festival | Christchurch

Spread out along the town’s High Street and Quay, this festival contains both a Festival Market and Festival Village, making it heaven for foodies. Hundreds of stalls will be selling treats to take home, while several local restaurants, pubs and cafes will also be taking part.

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Lymington in the New Forest

18th-19th May | Beaulieu Spring Autojumble | Beaulieu

Visitors to the Beaulieu Motor Museum will enjoy the great atmosphere of the Auto Jumble, featuring hundreds of stalls selling auto parts and bargains, perfect for those working on a project car.

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18th-19th May | British Touring Car Championship | Thruxton

  • Fans of autosports mark this event as one of the biggest of the year and a flagship for the championship. Held at the Thruxton Circuit.

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19th May | Alresford Watercress Festival | Alresford

A vibrant street food festival which celebrates not only watercress but the best foods of all kinds offered by local producers. Rows of stalls will be accompanied by chef demonstrations, street entertainment and more.

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26th-27th May | Highclere Country Show | Newbury

Famously known for being Downton Abbey in the ITV series, Highclere is a stunning castle which welcomes the countryside event of the season. Don’t miss out.

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Highclere Castle

June 2019

The summer’s well and truly here! BBQs in the sunshine, walks through the countryside, enjoying the sunshine on the coast, plus all of these brilliant events.

7th-9th June | Hurst Dubfest | Lymington

A family-friendly festival offering a laid-back variety of performances from local bands, musicians and much more. Little ones can even take part with Malcolm the Magician and Cheesy Music for Kids.

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18th-21st June | Stonehenge Summer Solstice | Amesbury

Around 20,000 people are expected to head to Stonehenge for the summer solstice, watching the sunrise on the longest day of the year.

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22nd-30th June | Jane Austen Regency Week | Alton

Celebrate the works of author Jane Austen with a range of events including music, talks, readings, Victorian cricket, dancing workshops and more.


21st-23rd June | Kitesurfing Armada Festival | Hayling Island

A weekend dedicated to world-class kitesurfing, with the entire beach dedicated to partying the day and night away with live music, bars, food stalls and more.

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29-30 June | British Trucks Race Meeting | Thruxton

The sight of seeing enormous trucks racing around one of the country's fastest circuit has to be seen to be believed - a fun-packed day out for all.

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July 2019

It’s festival season in the New Forest and there’s lots happening for food lovers, sports enthusiasts and anyone who likes a Ferrari, plus lots more.

3rd-7th July | New Forest Folk Festival | Romsey

Headlined by Show of Hands, this family-run festival promises a memorable folk-filled weekend. A café selling home-cooked food can also be found on site.

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30th July-1st August | New Forest Show | Brockenhurst

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August 2019

Eyes turn to the skies this month as the New Forest welcomes a range of exciting events for all the family.

2nd-4th August| British Superbike Championship | Thruxton

Watch motorcycling’s biggest stars reach speeds up to 200mph in this thrilling track race. A great weekend for all.

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10th-17th August | Cowes Week | Isle of Wight

Since 1826, Cowes Week has been a key part of the British sporting summer calendar staging around 40 daily races for around 1,000 boats. Not to be missed.

29th August-1st September | Bournemouth Air Festival | Bournemouth

A fantastic event for people of all ages to enjoy displays of aircraft. In the crowd, there’s even more entertainment to enjoy from street performances to live music.

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September 2019

See the summer out in style! Another fun-packed month here in the New Forest, great to get you out in the summer sunshine to enjoy and sights of the Forest plus a whole lot more.

8th September | New Forest Marathon | Brockenhurst

A great challenge for runners of all experience. Set your sights on this popular marathon, running through the gorgeous scenery of the New Forest, while other distances are also available.

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13th-22nd September | Southampton Boat Show | Southampton

This year the Boat Show, an unmissable event for all the family, celebrates its 50th anniversary. See the stunning boats and browse a variety of stalls selling boating paraphernalia.

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14th September | Romsey Show | Romsey

The Romsey Show is home to a range of stalls, interesting exhibits and plenty of animals. Fun for all ages.

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Where to stay

Many visitors to these events like to make a stay of it and enjoy the New Forest for a little longer. If you’re looking for a unique holiday cottage anywhere in the New Forest, have a peep at our selection of New Forest cottages or contact us and we’d be happy to help you find the best located cottage for your event and needs.

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