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Top Ten Family Fun Things to Do in the New Forest

When glamping in the New Forest you are surrounded by an abundance of amazing things to do with the family for fun. From excellent museums to top visitor attractions, a stunning coast line, and around 193,000 acres of forest to explore. But where to begin?

We thought it may be helpful to handpick our top ten family friendly fun things to try during your stay. So here we go, let us find out more on what the New Forest has to offer during your stay…

  1. Paultons Park, Home of Peppa Pig World

Paultons Park is a theme park for families, with more than 60 wonderful rides and attractions included in the admission price. Paultons is of course home to the world’s first and UK exclusive Peppa Pig World. This amazing land lets youngsters discover Peppa’s World in nearly 3 acres of fully themed fun.

There is an amazing variety of things to see and do at Paultons including; big rides, small rides, play areas, entertainments and an astonishing collection of exotic birds and animals, all set within 140 acres of beautiful parkland.

  1. Beaulieu National Motor Museum

Beaulieu is in the heart of the New Forest and homes one of the UK’s leading Tourist Attractions.

The National Motor Museum has over 250 vehicles telling the story of motoring from World Land Speed Record Breakers to Formula 1 racers. Take a ride on ‘Wheels’; a pod ride journey taking you through 100 years of motoring, and visit Jack Tucker’s Garage, which recreates the sights, sounds and smells of a typical country garage from the 1930s. As well as this, take a ride around the attraction on the high-level Monorail or see the sights from the replica 1912 open-topped London Bus.

Alongside the above enjoy outside areas perfect for children such as a wonderful play park, a large picnic area and a family friendly restaurant area.

  1. Bucklers Hard

Step back in time on the banks of the Beaulieu River at the peaceful haven of Buckler’s Hard. Discover what it was like to live and work in an 18th century shipbuilding village; home to the ships built for Nelson’s fleet at Trafalgar.

Learn about the Beaulieu River’s important role during WWll; where sections of the ‘Mulberry Harbour’ were made and where hundreds of craft sailed from in the D-Day landings. Stroll along the pathways beside, or join the River Cruise which transports you on a tranquil journey along the River, revealing the abundant wildlife that inhabits its riverbanks.

Buckler’s Hard is a place for relaxation as well as exploration. Refreshments are to hand at the Captain’s Cabin Café and The Master Builder’s House Hotel, overlooking the River.

  1. New Forest Centre

The New Forest Centre is an essential part of your visit to the Forest. Set in the heart of the National Park in Lyndhurst, you’ll find a fascinating Museum, Gift Shop, Library, Exhibition Gallery and friendly staff to answer all your questions about the New Forest and how to best enjoy it. The Museum is packed full of information and fun activities.

  1. Go Ape

Go Ape is the UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure, it’ll be a day out you’ll never forget and located in the heart of Moors Valley Country Park.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure is the classic and original Go Ape experience. Involving zip wires and leaps of faith tackling obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breath-taking scenery. Enjoy a Forest Segway experience in the most beautiful forests in the UK. Get off-road and explore the great outdoors on the latest all-terrain Segways.

Tree Top Junior is a fun filled experience of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for all to enjoy. You’ll take on crossings over trails and finish with one awesome zip wire.

  1. Cyclexperiece

Experience the countryside as it should be, away from the hustle and bustle of busy life, gliding through the tranquillity of some of England’s most unspoilt countryside.
They have a selection of bikes and routes for all abilities to ensure you get the most form your day in the countryside. Trust us, if you spend one day in the outdoors this year, make sure it’s following one of these trail rides on one of their bikes.

  1. Longdown Activity Farm

Longdown Activity Farm is a fantastic day out for everyone. A daily schedule of hands-on activities includes kid goat and calf bottle-feeding, duck feeding, and small animal handling; cuddle a baby rabbit, chick or maybe even a piglet! Plus, there are lots more animals to see.

Pony rides, which are suitable for under 8s, tractor and trailer rides. Children will enjoy the large outdoor play area, which is ideal for a picnic too. Longdown Activity Farm has three brilliant indoor play areas which include a ball pool, trampoline barn, and a huge straw bale den for the children to run off all their energy. Whatever the weather, there’s always something to do!

  1. New Forest Paddle Sport company

Based in the beautiful village of Milford on Sea in the New Forest, The New Forest Paddle Sport Company offers you the chance to explore the scenic coast line of the New Forest and beautiful salt marshes with views over to the Isle of Wight off Keyhaven by Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board.

Highly recommend a family SUP up the river.

  1. Hurst Castle

Hurst Castle is situated at the seaward end of the shingle spit that extends 1.5 miles from Milford On Sea. The end of the spit, only three-quarters of a mile from the Isle of Wight, and the views from the top of the centre keep are spectacular.

Since the castle has been opened to the public many more exhibits and exhibitions have been installed. These include the Garrison Theatre, the Trinity House lighthouse exhibition and the Association of Lighthouse Keepers’ display room.

There is also a small café in the castle grounds for refreshments we recommend good walking shoes for the way there and taking the short ferry ride back so you get to see the castle from the water.

  1. Whitefield Moor

Whitefield Moor is situated in the heart of the New Forest along the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive, just outside of Brockenhurst. Parking is free of charge (although there is a donation box).

Whitefield Moor is a great sunny location perfect for picnicking, sporting games, minnowing or even to just let the kids run off some steam. There is also a lovely way marked walk called the Ober Water Trail which is also suitable for wheelchair and pushchair users.

Why not enjoy a delicious New Forest ice-cream from the onsite ice-cream van! A perfect way to finish a walk around the Forest.


For more information on what there is to do in the New Forest or about how to pick the perfect campsite for your glamping experience please do contact us. The South Coast Glamping team look forward to hearing from you.

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