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Barbecues in the New Forest

The New Forest is a popular place to have a barbecue.

Family barbecuing at Bolderwood. New ForestIn order to protect this special landscape from the risk of fire we request that if you are planning a barbecue you read the information below.

The forest is a special place and we ask that you help to keep it that way by:

  • Making sure that all rubbish, including BBQ coals, are taken away with you.
  • Please also ensure water is available to extinguish your BBQ.
  •  The Collection of wood from the forest is not permitted.
  •  BBQ’s which are in breach of the code or not considered safe will be extinguished

If you have any questions about having a barbecue please do not hesitate to contact us on 0300 067 4601 (Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm) or e-mail   

When fire risk is ‘extreme’ the use of Barbecues, anywhere in the New Forest is prohibited – look for posters, call us, or check our  Fire Rating page if you are unsure. Static BBQ’s at designated sites will still be allowed.

For further information please view the Safer Barbecue Code

Which type of barbecue can I use?

Family Groups (under 20 people) can use;

Disposable barbecues

Disposable barbecues are welcome in the picnic areas at Bolderwood, Blackwater and Wilverley – please place them on the barbecue stands provided, either on, or beside the picnic tables. These barbecues pose a particular fire risk, please ensure water is available – do not use them anywhere else in the forest.

Appropriate fire precautions should to be taken and we request that the used barbecue and all litter is taken home with you.

Non-Disposable, Raised and gas barbecues 

Raised non-disposable BBQs are permitted on the hard standing of the Forestry Commissions car parks providing that water is available and they are fully extinguished after use.

Barbecue Code

  • Make sure you place your barbecue well away from any dry leaves, vegetation or wood.

  • Always have water available.

  • Ensure barbecue is out cold after use and take it home with you. This includes barbecue coals, ash and litter.

  • Barbecue hearths are available for hire at Anderwood and Wilverley. If you are planning a barbecue for over 20 people you will need to book one of these sites in advance. To check availability of these sites please call us on: 0300 067 4601 or e-mail us at

More than 20 people in your group?

If you group is more than 20 people we recommend that one of our static barbecue sites is hired.


There are 2 sites for hire in the New Forest at Anderwood and Wilverley.


Both these barbecues will cater for up to 50 people and are a great place for a family get together, group social or corporate events.

We provide the barbecue hearth and the gorgeous scenery and all you need to bring is food, drinks, charcoal and of course good company.

The charge for using the site are: £70.00 Monday - Friday and £80.00 for a Saturday or Sunday.

We only take one booking per day, so once hired, the site is yours from 10am – midnight.  


For more information on the barbecue sites or to make a booking please contact the Recreation Section on 0300 067 4601 or e-mail

Advance booking is advised as the sites book up very early in the year for the summer months.   

Please note that in order to process the paperwork at least 2 weeks notice is required to hire either site.

Barbecues on campsites

 If you are planning on using a barbecue on one of the Forest Holidays campsites please check with the site warden direct as the use of barbecues on the campsites it up to the wardens discression.

Last updated: 16th March 2018

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