Autumn family holidays in the New Forest

Let Harry guide your family on a mini bus tour and see the secret New Forest this Autumn half term holiday

Take a family friendly tour of the New Forest with our local expert Harry Oram whilst staying with us at the Cottage Lodge Hotel. Make your stay even more enjoyable and book a half or full day trip to see the secret world of the New Forest that other visitors don’t get to see. Harry is the man in the know and he’s sure to entertain you with fascinating forest history and stories and find you those magical moments to enhance your families stay.

Why visit this autumn?

Autumn is an amazing time of year to visit the New Forest and when it’s at it’s most colourful. Autumn leaves bathe the forest in a wash of glorious reds, oranges and yellows. The animals are abundant and you may have the opportunity to see cows, deer, ponies, donkeys and pigs. There are many reasons to visit, but one of the most interesting things to see has to be the ancient tradition of pannage. This annual event truly makes a visit to the New Forest something to remember.  Pannage is the practice of releasing domestic pigs into a forest and goes all the way back to the time of William the Conqueror, who founded The New Forest in 1079. In olden times 1000’s of pigs used to be released, nowadays up to 600 pigs and piglets will work their way through the forest eating the acorns and nuts from the forest floor.


Visit the New Forest with an expert guide…

Harry Oram lives in the middle of the Forest. He has over 40 years of experience as a Forester working for the Forestry Commission in several forests around Britain including the forests of Dean, Delamere, Snowdonia, Thetford and Bere.

For the last 20 years of his career he was Chief Forester at the New Forest this brought Harry into regular contact with staff from the Verderers, English Nature, The New Forest National Park and other Agencies with responsibilities on the Forest. Harry worked closely with them on many aspects especially heathland management and the safety measures taken to provide safety for the Commoners’ stock, the ponies, donkeys and cattle which range freely and graze the Forest.

Harry’s expertize are often called upon to provide talks and tours for visiting parties from overseas. On retirement these talks provided the inspiration for Harry to set up the New Forest Minibus Tours https://www.newforestminibustours.co.uk to enable him to share his knowledge and experiences of this unique area.

Visit the New Forest by yourself…

This month the pigs have been released and it is now the opportunity to view them foraging amongst the trees. The deer are starting their courtships or rut and the herds are amassing as the bucks display for the attention of the females. The conkers are falling and there is an abundance of autumnal adventures just waiting to be explored. Go for a wonderful walk amongst the fallen leaves!

Booking your autumn stay at the Cottage Lodge

  • To obtain this exclusive double offer of a stay and tour discount please contact the hotel directly for room bookings and tour availability
  • Book with us at Cottage Lodge and receive 15% off a booking with New Forest minibus tours
  • Availability throughout the Autumn half term 26th October – 3rd November 2020
  • No minimum stay to obtain the offer

So book now and take your family out on a “New Forest safari”. Look out for ponies & foals, cows & calves, deer, long horn cattle, donkeys, pigs and piglets.

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