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July in the New Forest boasts a busy calendar of events, with the majority showcasing the beauty of the National Park, and all the delights that this time of year brings. From open-air theatre, to celebrating all that the countryside has to offer, those choosing to rent cottages in Hampshire will be spoilt for choice when searching for things to do.

Shakespeare at Beaulieu

Beaulieu Abbey offers some of the most beautiful surroundings in the New Forest, which can be enjoyed during two special performances of Shakespeare’s famous play The Comedy of Errors. Set in the ancient grounds, you are invited to bring along rugs and picnic chairs, for an open-air experience, as presented by the Castle Theatre Company. What’s more, there’s even a backup option in case of bad weather, meaning that you’ll get to watch the play regardless.

The Secret Garden Exhibition

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway is a stunning attraction to visit during the summer months, but in July will have an added charm, as local artist Jill Fry is exhibiting her works in the Five Arrows Gallery. A painter who favours acrylics, Jill’s works also include collages, textiles and watercolours too, with her imagery focusing on nature and gardens. Some of her inspiration has been found while in the Exbury Gardens itself, where she can often be seen in a quiet clearing with her sketchbook in hand.

New Forest & Hampshire County Show

At the end of the month, the New Forest & Hampshire County Show will be returning for its annual instalment of agricultural events. Previous years have attracted almost 100,000 visitors, and the 2015 show promises to entertain just as many, if not more. With crafts, produce, livestock and entertainment, it provides a great day out for all ages, where visitors will find plenty to see and do. From equestrian classes and competitions, to show jumping and country pursuits, there won’t be a dull moment during each of the three days.