Area Guides

The Olympic Year – Best Places for Sports & Activities in The New Forest

Summer 2024 is centred around the Olympics, and we are thrilled to participate and embrace the spirit of sports this season. The New Forest offers a diverse range of activities, from exhilarating water sports to peaceful woodlands trails. To make the most of this summer, here are five local sporting activities to keep you active. Join us in celebrating this Olympic summer of fitness, fun, and inspiration in The New Forest.


Kayak, Canoe & Exciting Land Adventures

New Forest Activities – 5.6 miles from Careys Manor

Inspired by kayaking or canoeing? Dive into the fun with New Forest Activities! They offer exciting and safe family tours and rentals on the beautiful Beaulieu River. With a range of adventures for all ages, there’s no excuse not to jump in!

If you prefer to keep your feet dry, they’ve also got you covered with exciting land adventures too. Try your hand at Archery, conquer their battle zones, rope courses and bushcraft, or enjoy a scenic cycle ride. There’s an adventure waiting for everyone.

Careys Manor Hotel residents get 10% off bookings.


Swim, Kayak, Wakeboard & More

New Forest Water Park – 18.9 Miles from Careys Manor

Located in the lakes of Ringwood, New Forest Water Park offers a wide range of exciting water activities. Enjoy open water swimming, kayaking, wakeboarding and the UK’s largest ‘Witbit’ aqua park, ideal for friends and families.
We recommend booking in advance, as it is a popular destination for both locals and holidaymakers.

Cycle & Bike Hire

Cycle Experience – 0.7 Miles from Careys Manor 

Just a 12-minute walk from the hotel, conveniently located beside Brockenhurst train station, Cycle Experience offers an easy and accessible bike rental service. With a wide range of bikes available, it is a popular choice, so booking ahead is recommended to secure your spot during the busy summer period.

There are plenty of other bike hire locations across the forest, including Burley, Beaulieu, and Lyndhurst.

Horse Riding

Burley Villa School of Riding – 5.7 Miles from Careys Manor

Burley Villa School of Riding offers a variety of equestrian experiences, including adult group sessions, kids’ rides, and forest trails.

With both Western and English riding available, the school caters to everyone, from beginners to advanced riders, providing thorough lessons and personalised guidance. Regular adult group lessons, gentle rides, and numerous children’s riding lessons make it an ideal choice for family or adult activities.

“It was a fantastic experience. Ponies were very happy and well cared for. All people at Burley Villa were very friendly and very knowledgeable about the forest. The trail ride was amazing, it was a wonderful experience.”

– Michelle B, May 2023

(Trip Adviser Review)

Ski, Sail & Climb

Calshot Activities Centre – 14.1 Miles from Careys Manor

Calshot Activities Centre is one of Britain’s largest activity centres, offering a wide range of thrilling water and land-based activities. The Centre features an indoor velodrome, a dry ski slope, a climbing complex, and outdoor options like sailing, kayaking, and windsurfing.

Perfect for adventure seekers and families, it provides an unforgettable experience with something for all ages and skill levels. booking in advance is recommended to fully enjoy everything on offer.

Trails & Hikes in The New Forest

If you’re looking for more low-maintenance activities this summer and fancy exploring the forest, hiking is the perfect choice. There are many amazing trails to explore, offering a chance to take in the best spots nature has to offer.

One of the most popular trails is the Tall Trees Trail, located in the same village as the hotel. This 4.5-mile trail features some of the tallest trees in the area. Additionally, there are plenty of other popular routes around Lyndhurst, Fritham, Emery Down, and Brockenhurst. Along these routes, you can discover local ponds, rivers, pubs, and charming ice cream and coffee shops, turning a simple hike into a delightful day trip.

Careys Manor offers the ideal retreat for your summer break in The New Forest, providing the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure. It serves as an excellent hub for sports enthusiasts allowing you to unwind later at the chilled Neigh Bar with refreshing drinks and indulge further with dining options across our three restaurants to refuel yourself. Featuring comfy beds and a peaceful spa, Careys Manor ensures you rest your body in comfort. Your perfect weekend getaway in The New Forest begins here at Careys Manor, where you can fully immerse yourself in all the activities this wonderful area has to offer.