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What’s On in the New Forest in 2017?

Planning on taking a New Forest break early next year? Make the most of your trip and take a look at what’s on in the New Forest in 2017 to make sure you don’t miss a trick

There is always something wonderful going on in our beautiful surroundings at The Bell Inn but 2017 is set to be a corker. If you are heading to our accommodation in the New Forest, try out some of these local and in-house events set to dazzle in the new year.


Winter Birds Walk

Enjoy a stroll along the shoreline and learn all about the winter wildfowl and waders that visit the Solent at this time of year.

19th January 2017 at Lepe Country Park

Willow Obelisk Workshop

A fun workshop for people of all abilities, create your own willow planter to take home.

28th January 2017 at Minstead Study Centre

New Forest Volunteer Fair

Find out how you can help to preserve and protect our wonderful surroundings at The Bell Inn.

29th January 2017 at Lyndhurst Community Centre


‘Let’s Cook Vegan’ Winter Warmer

Cook your own plant-based supper with Richard Barnett and Juliet Lynn who will lead you through the preparation of a three course vegan meal, offering advice along the way.

11th February 2017 at Minstead Study Centre

Fruit Pruning with Chris Bird

Chris Bird, coordinator of the College’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden provides participants with valuable plant-based skills with hands-on activities.

18th February 2017 at Minstead Study Centre

Half Term Trail

A trail and a quiz with prizes for the winners – set to be a huge hit with the little ones this February.

18th – 26th February 2017

Bird Box Bonanza

Get to grips with nature and spend some quality time with the little ones whilst learning how to make a beautiful bird box to hang in your garden this half term.

21st February 2017 at Lepe Country Park


St Patrick’s Day Party

Celebrate the patron saint of Ireland in style here at The Bell Inn where we’ll be rejoicing all things Irish, from wonderfully wild whisky and glorious Guinness to Irish jigs and more.

 17th March 2017 at The Bell Inn

Vegetable Garden Workshop

Find out how to get the best crop from your vegetable garden with Rosie. With over 20 years’ experience, Rosie teaches participants the best cropping techniques around.

18th March 2017 at Minstead Study Centre

New Forest Running Festival

Join the fight to end child abuse this March with the NSPCC’s New Forest Running Festival. Whether you’re aiming to run 75k or 10k, join us for a hearty meal to refuel after the race and a comfortable bed to rest your head.

18th March 2017 at Red Shoot Camping Park

Lepe Beach Clean

If you feel as passionately as we do about protecting the local and surrounding area, head to Lepe and join the clean-up effort this March.

25th March 2017 at Lepe Country Park

Mother’s Day Lunch

Treat the lady in your life to a New Forest dining experience to remember this Mother’s Day with our delicious Mother’s Day lunch. Sit back, relax and let us take care of lunch whilst you enjoy some quality family time.

26th March 2017 at The Bell Inn

Argentinian Wine Dinner

The new world wine region of choice for many a seasoned sommelier. Discover why this region has stolen the hearts of wine lovers around the world at our Argentinian wine dinner.

Date TBC at The Bell Inn


Designing and Planting Garden Borders

Learn the practicalities of planting with Rosie Yeomans. From garden design to planting styles, enjoy a fun and practical masterclass from one of the best in the industry.

1st April 2017 at Minstead Study Centre

If you are heading off on a New Forest Break in the New Year, then make sure you explore all that the local area has to offer.

Need somewhere comfortable and cosy to stay? View our availability at The Bell Inn.