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Christmas Retreat Staycation Ideas

You’ll find our New Forest hotel nestled within the beautiful Hampshire landscape. We think it’s the perfect spot to spend Christmas – and if you think so too, here are some of our Christmas staycation ideas you can be inspired by.

Aside from the obvious no dishes and no stress, opting to take a Christmas staycation instead of celebrating at home (or abroad!) is the ideal balance for those wishing to make new memories and not break the bank. You can relax and recharge, spending time with the people you love most – all you need to remember is to bring your presents! Join us in the New Forest this Christmas and you can:

Go to a Christmas Fair

On the 1st and 2nd of December Exbury Gardens is hosting the annual New Forest Christmas Fair. There will be plenty to eat, see, do and buy making this a perfect event for the whole family. If you are looking to get into the festive spirit you can sample local produce and take in a truly inviting atmosphere. Entrance fees are well worth the cost at £2.50 per adult with free parking, free entry for children and dogs are more than welcome! The fair takes place between 10am and 4pm.

Escape on a Wintry Walk

Picture this; you leave the warmth of an inviting log fire, family in tow as you head out into the great white beyond. As snow crunches underfoot, the crisp air greets your face like a cool splash of water. There’s nothing better than heading out for a brisk stroll during winter, the sights, smells and relaxing quality are unrivalled. From Whitefield Moor to Matley Walk, a wintry adventure is waiting for you and your family this December. Just be sure to wrap up warm and take a look at our New Forest in Winter blog before you head out.

Board Games & Fun

Relax in our charming lounge or take a seat by the inviting roaring fire – the bar is within reach so set up a table with your family and enjoy a round or two of board games. A perfect festive pastime, you can see if new records can be broken, if a new champion will reign and it helps to get into the festive fun.

Beaulieu Illuminated Trail

Are you longing for the sights and sounds of Christmas? On selected dates between 23rd November – 30th December Beaulieu will transform into a beautiful illuminated trail. Boasting a scented fire garden, a tunnel of light, an icicle walk and much more, this is a magical experience that the whole family can enjoy. Lasting one mile, you won’t tire out and you won’t want to forget your camera! Admission prices apply.

Our New Forest accommodation can help you make memories this festive season that will last a lifetime. You can find out more about our entire festive offering here, or if you have been tempted by the idea of spending Christmas in our beautiful corner of the New Forest, you can book our Christmas Retreat here.

You are more than welcome to spend Christmas and New Year at ourNew Forest Hotel. To find out more, contact a member of the team today.