Romantic things to do in the New Forest for Couples

The New Forest is among the most romantic destinations for couples in the UK. Nestled in Hampshire, its ancient woodlands, intriguing wildlife, and picturesque villages make it the perfect place to share magical memories. With so many things to do in the New Forest, romance is just a trip away.


You and your loved one can spend time amongst the enchanting animals at New Forest Wildlife Park or explore the history and tranquillity of Beaulieu Abbey. For more adventurous things to do in the New Forest for couples, you can visit Burley-Villa School of Riding for a unique and fun experience. Needless to say, your options are endless.

Also, if you stay at Sandy Balls Holiday Park, all of these fantastic options are within a 45-minute drive.

So, here are our top recommendations for romantic things to do in the New Forest for couples:

Explore nature in the New Forest:

One of the best ways to connect as a couple is to spend time appreciating the beauty of nature together. The New Forest has this in abundance, with natural wonders just waiting to be discovered!

A photo of a body of water situated within densly-packed woodland near our holiday park of Sandy Balls, Hampshire.

Exbury Gardens

Stroll along the stunning Exbury Gardens pathways for a romantic day out. These gardens are home to a spectacular collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, and rare trees. The vibrant colours and fragrances of the gardens, especially in spring and early summer, are incredibly romantic.Stop to grab a drink or light bite at Mr Eddy's Restaurant.

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New Forest Wildlife Park

Seeing incredible creatures together is a great experience for couples, especially when you see how partnerships and bonds are formed within the animal kingdom. Why not meet the mesmerising Tora and Inga, the two Northern Lynx sisters who have been part of the park since November 2019? There are also owls, otters, wolves, and many more animals to see.

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Furzey Gardens

With a mix of formal and woodland gardens, Furzey Gardens is perfect for leisurely walks with your loved one. The beautiful gardens are blooming with seasonal flowers and vegetables, and the floral displays will make you feel like you're walking through an enchanting maze together—the perfect romantic setting. See the plant sales section to take home some high-quality flora.

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Walking trails

The New Forest has over 150 miles of walking trails, taking you through ancient woodlands, heather-covered moors, and picturesque village. Some routes to take advantage of include Blackwater Trails, which takes you amongst tall trees and woodland areas, and Boldre Village, which takes you through peaceful country lanes and farmland.

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Indulge in the culture of the New Forest

Along with natural forest beauty, the New Forest is steeped in history and culture, offering many date ideas for couples to enjoy together. Here are our favourite choices for cultural things to do in the New Forest for couples:

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Hurst Castle

Explore the historic Hurst Castle, situated at the seaward end of the New Forest. This activity perfectly blends a romantic day out and a cultural dive into the New Forest's history. Henry VIII built this castle and has seen plenty of action during its time. Walk along the battlements together, learning about its fascinating history of defending the south coast.

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Beaulieu National Motor Museum

See the home to over 250 vehicles that tell the history of motoring in Britain. Learn about the inner workings and craftmanship involved in some of Britain's most iconic cars - from legendary F1 vehicles to motors that pioneered designs . If you want to combine your love of cars and sci-fi, the museum has recently opened an exhibition marking the 60th anniversary Doctor Who.

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Beaulieu Abbey

This Cistercian monastery dates back to 1204. Take in the peaceful surroundings and imagining the sheer magnitude of what once stood in this place before King Henry VIII brought it down in 1538. Don't miss the exhibition in the surviving Domus building that tells the story of the monks who gave their lives for the church and the protection of the New Forest.

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Palace House

Following your abbey visit, you can explore the grandeur of the Palace House. Walking through the historic rooms and admiring the architecture, furniture, and artwork is a delightful activity for a couple. Visit the restored Victorian kitchen to gain first-hand experience of living, cooking, and eating in times past. Who knows? You may even pick up a few cooking tips.

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Find unique activities in the New Forest

There are also so many unique, fun experiences for couples in the New Forest. These activities can make for some of the most memorable moments on your romantic getaway. Here are our favourite unique things to do in the New Forest for couples:

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Insight Activities New Forest

Get ready for a fun-filled experience with Insight Activities, where you can try various thrilling experiences to make your couple's trip unforgettable. You can try woodland archery to perfect your aim, crossbow shooting, or axe throwing to up the ante. Better yet, why not combine all these into one experience with the New Forest Medieval Trio session.

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Artisan Bread Making New Forest

Enjoy hands-on culinary fun at the Artisan Bread Making New Forest experience near Lyndhurst. Learn from expert bakers how to make artisan loaves and focaccia and even how to mill your flour so every creation you make is genuinely personalized! Then, of course, enjoy eating the fresh warm bread you and your loved one made together - a unique and tasty couples' activity!

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The Regal Cinema

Snuggle up together watching a movie at The Regal Cinema, the gorgeous art deco cinema in Fordingbridge. The deluxe 30-seater auditorium is the ideal place to enjoy your chosen film. In the spirit of a romantic getaway, why not try a new romantic comedy? But then again, a horror can be fun, too. Check what's on in the cinema to find your favourite film.

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Burley-Villa School of Riding

No experience is necessary, so if you're both beginners, you can rest assured that you'll be expertly guided through the tranquil woodland trails by professionals. Along the way, stop for a romantic picnic. Riding side by side is a fun shared experience. You can book a one-hour session that covers a riding lesson, pony care and grooming, saddling up, and aftercare.

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Things to do in the New Forest for couples: FAQs

If you're considering a romantic trip to the New Forest, here are answers to some common questions you might have about things to do in the New Forest for couples:

Where can adults go in the New Forest?

The New Forest is perfect for adults who want a romantic escape, with many places to go, including historic houses, gardens, walking trails, museums, nature reserves, and excellent dining options. Highlights include:

  • Exbury Gardens
  • New Forest Wildlife Park
  • Hurst Castle
  • Palace House

How do you spend a romantic day in the New Forest?

Plenty of ways to spend a romantic day in the New Forest exist. Some ideas for a romantic day out include:

  • Exploring a historic house like Palace House, then a picnic in the grounds
  • Going horse riding through ancient woodland
  • Enjoying a couple's day out at The Regal Cinema
  • Take a sunset walk through the many beautiful trails

What's the New Forest famous for?

The New Forest is famous for its beautiful countryside, ancient woodlands, wild ponies, and historic coastal towns. You'll find many outdoor activities, from cycling and horse riding to archery. The open moors are stunning in spring and summer, and you're sure to find a variety of enchanting wildlife that call the New Forest home.

Are you ready for your romantic escape to the New Forest?

A getaway to the New Forest is the perfect romantic break for couples at any time of year. Whether you want to get active in the countryside, soak up history and culture, or relax and spend quality time together, the New Forest has it all.

With quaint villages, cosy cafes, excellent restaurants, and gorgeous surroundings, it's an idyllic destination for romance, relaxation, and making lasting memories.

If you want to stay in the heart of all these amazing activities, why not book your stay at Sandy Balls Holiday Park?

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