Ringwood Town Council

Information Service and Visitor Information

Ringwood Gateway

Ringwood Gateway

Ringwood Gateway, the Furlong, is the building that Ringwood Town Council share with New Forest District Council and Hampshire County Council. The Town Council manages the building and the information service at the Reception desk. Visitors may obtain advice on Council services, help with general enquiries and purchase parking clocks for the Furlong car park.

The postal address is :- Ringwood Gateway, The Furlong, Ringwood, Hampshire. BH24 1AT

Ringwood Gateway is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9am - 4pm (Closed on Tuesdays).

Christmas 2022:- Open as normal until 4pm on Friday 23rd December. Closed Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th. Open Thursday 29th and Friday 30th. Closed Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd January 2023. Normal hours resume Wednesday 4th January 2023.


Visitor Information Centre

Visitor Information Centre

Ringwood Town Council provides a Visitor Information Service at Ringwood Gateway.
This service will be returning Summer 2022 and will operate most Saturdays 10am - 4pm from April to September.

Opening dates are confirmed as follows:-
April -16th and 30th, May - 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th, June - 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th,
July - 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th, August - 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th, September 3rd and 17th.

Visitor Information staff will be available to help with tourism enquiries for the area and the 'cash' sale of parking clocks for the New Forest. They will be unable to help or accept payments for any other Council services. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.

Visitor Information on the New Forest can be found by visiting the following websites:-
New Forest Official Visitor Website | Where to Stay | Attractions                New Forest National Park Authority



Car Parking

Car Parking

Car Parks are owned and operated by New Forest District Council

Blynkbonnie Car Park BH24 1DN:- situated between Christchurch Road and Bickerley Road (access via Christchurch Road), charges apply from 8am to 6pm daily. 74 long stay spaces, 40 short stay spaces, 6 disabled spaces, 1 motorcycle space, no toilets.

Furlong Car Park BH24 1AT:- charges apply from 8am to 6pm daily. 347 long stay spaces (stay limited to 20hours), 342 short stay spaces (stay limited to 3 hours), 18 disabled spaces, 1 motorcycle space, toilets available, height barrier at entrance, 4 electric vehicle charging points.

Parking Clocks may be used in these car parks and are available from NFDC Customer Services on 023 8028 5000 or visit the New Forest District Council website for more details about Parking Clocks.

A lorry and coach park (usually available in the evenings) is situated between the A31 and The Furlong


Healthy Walk - Hampshire County Council

Walking & Cycling

Walking is a good form of exercise and there are many benefits of regular brisk walking. to encourage people to take regular exercies, four short circular walks close to residential areas have been identified, which are easy to walk and follow. 


Healthy Walks leaflets

Ringwood Walk 1               Ringwood Walk 2

Ringwood Walk 3               Ringwood Walk 4

All of the routes are waymarked with a white arrow and red heart. 

Other useful links

Exploring Ringwood local walking routes              Castleman Trailway - Dorset Council

https://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/todo/walking/              Walking in Hampshire

The Avon Valley Path | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)


Registrars Service

Registrars Service

Hampshire County Council Service:

Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages (by appointment only) is based at Ringwood Gateway, which can be booked for ceremonies.

For further information:

Tel: 0300 555 1392
Email: cercosouthhants@hants.gov.uk
Website: www.hants.gov.uk Register Office


Pont Audemer Shield


Ringwood & District Twinning Association

Our Twin Town in France is Pont Audemer  in Normandy. It has a population of approximately 9,000.  Like Ringwood with the river Avon, a distinctive feature of the town is its river, the Risle. The town has a medieval core of half-timbered houses adjacent to a small network of canals which is a charming and interesting backdrop to the more modern parts of the town.

For further information 

Call Ringwood Town Council On 01425 473883

or visit our offices at Ringwood Gateway

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Ringwood Town Council News

Christmas Window Competition



Christmas Window Competition

Voting is now open in the Christmas Window Competition. Use our Wanderland Map to enjoy a fabulously festive walk around the Town Centre and surrounding area and then vote for your favourite three.

Ringwood bouncing back for Christmas



Ringwood bouncing back for Christmas

The wonderful market town of Ringwood has so much to offer and, now that the roadworks on the A31 have finished, is well and truly open for business. Come and support all the lovely shops, cafes and restaurants, #shoplocal and #loveRingwoodagain

Free Parking in NFDC Car Parks



Free Parking in NFDC Car Parks

There will be free parking in New Forest District Council car parks in Ringwood on: Sunday 27th November

Saturday 3rd December

Saturday 17th December

Sunday 18th December