Area Guides

5 Things We Love About Spring in the New Forest

It feels like the forest comes back to life in the spring time. When the clocks go forward we may lose an hour of sleep but having the extra hours of sunlight makes all the difference after months of dark evenings.

Spring time at our New Forest hotel is truly wonderful. During your visit you’ll see so much change as the forest prepares for the warmer months of summer. So what are our favourite things about this time of year?


You know spring has arrived when you spot the blanket of bluebells around the New Forest. This burst of colour makes for beautiful photos and is heavily admired by tourists and locals alike. Bluebells flower throughout April and May and we recommend visiting Pondhead Inclosure or Roydon Woods, both a short drive from the hotel, to spot these lovely flowers.

New Life

Spring also brings the highly anticipated arrival of the New Forest foals. These wobbly legged little animals are an idyllic sight and you’ll find it hard to resist taking photos as they wander the area with their mothers. The New Forest Ponies are a much admired part of this National Park so be sure to go on the lookout during your weekend breaks in the New Forest.

Exbury Gardens

A popular tourist destination in the New Forest, Exbury Gardens is a 200 acre site ‘world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. Boasting the most beautiful spring flowers including daffodils, primroses, magnificent magnolias and beautiful camellias all bursting into bloom, take a peaceful stroll through the gardens during your New Forest stay and truly get into the mood for spring.

Spring forward, fall back!

Losing an hour of sleep may jarring initially, however with the clocks springing forward, it won’t be long before you can be enjoying a G&T in the cedar garden at Careys Manor long into the evening!

With a multi-award winning Thai spa, 3 onsite restaurants and 77 bedrooms and suites, make Careys Manor & SenSpa your base to explore the New Forest this Spring. View our seasonal special offers and start planning your weekend break in the New Forest.