The New Forest Marque’s Spring Roadshow proved a popular event as people joined us to celebrate all things New Forest.

Hosted by Everton Nurseries, the roadshow showcased 13 Marque members who produce local food and drink, and arts and crafts. Visitors enjoyed sampling and purchasing true New Forest produce, as well as chatting to Marque members about how they make their produce and source local ingredients or materials wherever possible.

New Forest commoners Andrew and Sarah Parry-Norton of the Commoners Larder sold local meats and eggs, including large goose eggs, and had almost sold out by lunchtime. The couple also brought along three one-week-old lambs and their mums, as well as a huge tractor children could climb into.

The New Forest National Park Authority (NPA) joined us with their mobile unit, featuring displays all about nature and conservation, with NPA ranger Jim enjoying a continuous stream of people keen to learn about the local landscape.

New Forest Marque Chairman Dan Parsons said: ‘This was our best roadshow yet, buzzing with people keen to support local businesses, try New Forest produce and find unique, artisan gifts. We were busy all day, with traders enjoying good sales and visitors praising the event’s lovely atmosphere and variety of local produce. Everton Nurseries was a great venue to host our roadshow, with visitors also shopping for spring plants and stopping off for lunch in Camellias Restaurant. The roadshow was such a success that we’re already talking to Everton Nurseries about holding further Marque events there.’

Marque members showcased at the event were:

Bees and Botanicals

Ewelina’s Home Pantry

Fordingbridge Fudge

Jacquie’s Artisan Soaps

Minstead Trust

New Forest Shortbread

New Forest Spirits

New Forest Tartan

Rosie Wesley

Shaun Stevens Art

The Commoners Larder

The Noble Bee

Waterside Apiaries

Save the date!

Don’t miss out on our Autumn Roadshow, which takes place at Hoburne Bashley alongside the Woodland ‘h’ Festival on Saturday, 16 September.