A Day out at the New Forest Spring Fair

New Forest Spring Fair

I had the Bank Holiday weekend all planned with us visiting the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival on Saturday, Dorset Knob Throwing Festival on the Sunday and Blandford Food Festival on Monday as we thoroughly enjoyed this weekends events last year, however, it came to my attention that the Georgian Fayre wasn’t running at Blandford as it was last year so there would be nothing to entertain the kids so I decided to look for something else to do.

I have to admit with the plethora of days out websites out there I really struggled to find anything online that was based in either Dorset or Hampshire but after an hour of typing in every search term I could think of I finally stumbled across the New Forest Spring Fair in Brockenhurst which promised a full programme of events including Heavy Horses, Ferret Racing, Dog Displays…….and lots more and all for just £5 – the kids were free.

We found New Park easily and the kids delighted in bouncing down the bumpy track to the car park, eager to explore somewhere new and exciting.  The first thing they spotted were chickens in their coups which were for sale and Isaac was badgering me to buy one, thankfully my distraction techniques succeeded and I got away with getting their faces painted instead.

New Forest Spring Fair

Their were two arena’s each hosting different events, but most of them were repeated throughout the day so if something you wanted to see clashed, you would get the chance to see them again later in the day.  First on our list was the Heavy Horse display where we got to meet Beto the Suffolk foal.

New Forest Spring Fair

In the Heavy Horse display ring they also has plaiting and harnessing demonstrations, a dog show for all the visiting dogs and a pageant, but the kids had spotted the Horse and Cart that were giving people rides around the adjacent field.  I was really impressed that the cost of this was just £1 with Sebby free and we had a good 10 minute ride along with their adorable dog Bea.

New Forest Spring Fair

Looking at our timetable we still had a bit of time to kill before the Solent Dog Display Team so we had a look at all the trade stands, stopping to admire the most beautiful wooden handmade bed, drooling over all the food stalls and finally buying some locally made fudge before being persuaded on to the roundabout by the kids.

New Forest Spring Fair

We made it to the main arena to see the Solent Dog Display team just in time and watched in awe as pet dogs performed lots of jumping, retrieving and racing with their owners.

New Forest Spring Fair

Next up was the Sheep Show which the brochure promised to be spectacular.  We sat down unsure of what to expect but the cleverly devised show was entertaining, fun and informative and we watched a sheep get sheared before seeing the sheep dance – yes, they really did dance!!

New Forest Spring Fair

Next door to the Sheep Show was the Ferret racing and the kids got to meet and stroke the surprisingly soft Ferrets before watching them have a race.  You could make a bet but we chose to just pick a colour and cheer for the ferret we wanted to win as they weaved their way through an obstacle course.

We actually expected it to be over rather quickly, but I think the ferrets had far too many cuddles before hand as they all wandered slowly through the course with some even turning back on themselves.  Finally three emerged from the end and it was neck and neck as to who would win, but finally the green one came out first.

New Forest Spring Fair

Once the race had finally finished we caught the end of a Gun Dog demonstration which showed a dog being trained to ring a bell before sitting down to watch the Dog and Duck Show which was hosted by Stuart Barnes who had done the Sheep Show earlier.

The show needed audience participation and Isaac and Eliza were keen to join in, so we popped them into the arena where they were put into position before the sheep dogs showed off their skills but herding some ducks around the course.  It was brilliant fun to watch and the kids did a great job of standing still.

New Forest Spring Fair

We stayed to watch one final display – the Vintage Car and Tractor Parade before heading back home as the weather was starting to turn and it was getting chilly.

New Forest Spring Fair

It was the first year of the New Forest Spring Fair and I hope it returns next year as it was a fun, informative and inexpensive event that we all enjoyed.

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24 thoughts on “A Day out at the New Forest Spring Fair

  1. bingo says:

    Excellent blog post. This is amazing article. Thanks for sharing.

  2. oh wow what a fun day and that face paint looks fun
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  3. This reminded me of Stoneleigh festival and also the steam rally at Hollowell – great fun for families x
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  4. Ickle Pickle says:

    Oh wow – everything I love in one place! Looks like such a fun day out. Ickle Pickle x
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  5. Looks like a great family day out! Can’t wait for our local one at the end of the month!
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  6. Globalmouse says:

    Wow that’s some impressive face paint! I love County Fairs, it’s like a step back in time and a really fun family trip out.
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  7. Oh my gosh, that bit about the ferrets cracked me up! The slowest ferret race of all time! This looks like a really nice day out, I love a country fair. Congrats on your BIBS shortlist, chuffed to be in there with you 😉
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  8. Becky says:

    oh this looks great fun!
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  9. Jen Walshaw says:

    Oh wow, it looks like you all had an ace time. I wish there was more like this near where we lived. We have to wait for the summer agricultural fairs to start!
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  10. lisa prince says:

    oh i do love a spring fair , there’s been quite a lot around the north east

  11. Jaime Oliver says:

    wow you have so many fab festivals and events near you .. i love the look of this one

    P.s that face painting is amazing! 🙂
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  12. This looks like such an amazing day! Awesome pictures too!
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  13. Coombemill says:

    A really lovely looking spring fair, plenty going on and what a bargain for £5 and kids free! the best picture for me is your two standing like soldiers so still and straight in the dog show course. they look so proud of their part in it all! Seeing all the fun here makes me excited for the Royal Cornwall show next month. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.
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  14. This looks great, so much going on! Whoever organised it needs a big cup of tea!
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  15. Wow this looks like so much fun!! A dog and duck show?! Amazing! I used to spend every summer in the New Forest and absolutely loved it, I will have to head back sometime soon! xx
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  16. It looks like a fabulous day out, my kids would absolutely love it 🙂
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  17. Louisa says:

    It looks like a great family day out. I would love to see the dogs and the dancing sheep!

  18. That looks SO much fun!! I am really looking forward to our local agricultural shows now, won’t be long!
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  19. We love a country fair and this sound like a fantastic day – educational and fun = perfect! x
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  20. Amy Squires says:

    This looks like such a great day out. Those ponies are adorable, I think I would have found it hard not to take one home!
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  21. Michelle says:

    What a lovely day out! We ended up going to a local park opening up their new play equipment 🙂 xx
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  22. Sarah Bailey says:

    What a fantastic day out – I have to admit I love the New Forest so many happy memories there. x
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  23. oh what an amazing day out! I would love to attend something like this. Something relaxing about it
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  24. Erica Price says:

    It does look a lot of fun – love the face painting. Those horses are beautiful.
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