Top Instagrammable Autumn Activities

21st Oct 2019

#NewForest has been used over 600,000 times on Instagram ranking the national park in the top 5 most Instagramed destinations in the UK. The New Forest in Autumn is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places to visit in the UK, so lace up your walking boots and make sure your Iphone is charged; here are our top Instagramable Autumn Activities.

Pannage Season

Explore the endless miles of heathland and spot the New Forest pannage pigs snuffling for acorns. Autumn marks the start of Pannage, which is a beautiful and quite mesmerising sight. Pigs are let out onto the forest in late September to gobble up acorns which are poisonous to the native ponies. Be sure to take your camera to snap sows and their piglets trotting through Brockenhurst village or out in the forest. Warning: never touch any New Forest animal for your own safety please.

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Pumpkin Picking

Halloween is almost upon us and that means trick or treating, fancy dress and, most importantly, pumpkins! Pumpkin picking is a fantastic day out, and the fun continues all the way home when you get to carve it too! So what are you waiting for? Here are the best pumpkin patches in Hampshire.

New Forest Walking Festival

As the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness rolls across the ancient moorlands of the New Forest, the landscape becomes a riot of colour creating a thrilling adventure for ramblers and photographers alike. The popular New Forest Walking Festival provides a great opportunity to explore the forest like a local with more than 80 guided walks to choose from. All walks are expert-led by the New Forest National Park Authority, helping you to learn more about the National Park and capture those Insta-worthy moments.


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Firework Displays

Bonfire night is our favourite thing about autumn… Snuggling up by the bonfire, warm tasty food and spectacular firework displays. What’s not to love? Across the region there will be firework displays of varying scales, allowing you to be captivated by explosions of colour against the dark, autumn skies. 

Exbury Gardens

Whether you're an avid horticulturalist or not, Exbury Gardens are a spectacular 200 acre site, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, rare trees and shrubs. During Autumn, the intense greenery of the garden turns to amber and gold, whilst ornamental treas begin to bear rich red fruits and maples turn a striking russet. You can also explore the garden via a 20 minute Steam Railway trip for you to continue snapping away with the weight of your feet. Why not pop in to the view a stunning collection of sparkling Nerine sarniensis 'Jewel Lilies' during your autumn getaway.

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