New Forest Events: Summer 2018 holiday cottages

New Forest Events: Summer 2018

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 2018. If you would like to submit your event to also be featured, email us and we’ll get them added.

April 2018

April is the start of the summer here in the New Forest and we’re seeing record temperatures throughout the area. Come and make the most of the early sun!

22nd April | Boat Jumble at Beaulieu | Beaulieu

Come and browse hundreds of stands selling boating accessories, boat parts, equipment and crafts from classics to nearly new. An unmissable event for boating enthusiasts looking for a bargain.

Bucklers Hard

14th and 15th 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. 

22nd April | 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.

May 2018

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:

5th 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.

6th-7th May | Hampshire Country Fair | Netley Marsh

This large show is the country day out, with entertainment spread across three arenas ranging from sheepdog displays to daredevil stunts. There’s also plenty of ‘Have a Go’ sessions to try and delicious local produce to sample.

12th-13th 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.


12th-13th May | QE Cyclefest | Horndean

Come and ride through the idyllic Queen Elizabeth Country Park. Suitable for cyclists of all abilities, including children. There’s also a variety of bikes to test out should you be looking for a new set of wheels.

19th-20th 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.

19th-20th 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.

20th 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.

27th-28th 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.

Highclere Castle

June 2018

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.

8th-10th 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 the Kids Got talent event.

16th-24th 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.

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.


22nd-24th 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.

July 2018

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.

4th-8th 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.

7th-8th July | 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.

24th-26th July | New Forest Show | Brockenhurst

A great family event for all ages, the New Forest Show invites you to ‘join the adventure’ with lots of family fun activities for a great day out. Read more about the 2018 event in our guide.

August 2018

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

3rd-5th 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.

4th-11th 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.

30th August-2nd 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.

September 2018

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 | Romsey Show | Romsey

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

9th 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.

14th-23rd 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.

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, 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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