• Autumn Half Term in and around Lymington

    Autumn Half Term in and around Lymington and the New Forest

    Leaf boat - looking for something to do in Autumn Half Term

    There are lots of exciting things happening locally over the October half term week.

    Here is a your guide of things to do with the children in and around Lymington and the New Forest. Take a look also at our Fun Days Out feature if you're looking to venture slightly further afield. For those having to juggle work with school holidays, we have information about Holiday Childcare and Activity Camps.

    To see what's on day by day, take a look at our What's On section which details events in and around Lymington. Remember, if you're organising a local event then add your event in the calendar for free! (see How to add your event).


    There are simply loads of exciting things happening in and around Lymington, the New Forest and surrounding areas this half term! Here is a roundup of things to do with the kids, family days out and of course ideas for childcare for those needing cover whilst they work...


    Things to do in and around Lymington

    • finding doryLymington Sea Water Bathshave a range of 90 minute activity sessions throughout the half term week, including 80m inflatable obstacle course, zorbing, paddle boarding, kayaking, climbing and their new hot tubs! Booking essential: 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm sessions available. Participants must be competent swimmers and aged 7+. Wetsuit hire available.
    • swallows and amazonsLymington Cinema at The Lymington Centre will be showing Swallows and Amazons on 21, 22, 25, 26 October and Finding Dory on 24, 25, 27, 28 October. Bridget Jones's Baby arrives for the 28, 29 October.
    • Why not try a Lymington Town Tour? Courts and Alleyways on Sunday 30 at 11am.
    • Lymington Tennis Club has holiday coaching sessions on during half term week - see website for full details.
    • Walhampton Golf Course has a Halloween Golf Day on 27 October.
    • Fun Time swims at Lymington Health & Leisure. Floats, toys, watering cans, woggles, the pools are packed full of fun. Children under 8yrs must be accompanied in the pool at all times by an adult (18yrs+). Normal pool admission policies apply. Monday & Friday 1.45pm - 2.45pm, Wednesday 10.30am - 11.30am
    • 4-7 year olds will adore the Frozen dance workshop at Brockenhurst Village Hall on 22 October, whilst 7-13 year olds can take part in the Thriller Live Workshop.


    Fun in the New Forest

    • NF walking festivalNew Forest Walking Festival continues throughout half term - look online to discover the vast range of guided walks planned, from history hikes to wildlife walks and family adventures.
    • Check out Awesome Autumn at Bolderwood. All week from 10.30 - 4pm, trails and crafts about autumn wildlife. Free activity, no need to book. Dogs welcome.
    • Try a Woodland Adventure Day with New Forest Activities.
    • New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst has October Half Term Family Discovery Days from 10am to 4pm, with themed trails, quizzes and craft activities for all the family on Tuesday 25 and Thursday 27 October.
    • Wood Fair at the Countryside Education Trust on Wednesday 26 October from 11am to 3pm. Robin Hood themed activities for children, story telling, woodland craft demonstrations, apple pressing, vintage tractors and forestry machinery, guess the weight of the pumpkin, fancy dress competition and much more.
    • Big Owls Nature Club is on at the Countryside Education Trust for 4-6 year olds on Friday 28 October.
    • At Lepe Country Park, Wildplay Wander, Covert Operations and Lepe in the Dark (a great alternative to Halloween!)


    elephants milk bottlesGet crafty!

    • Need a pumpkin? Pop along and choose your own at Goodall's, who will be open all half term!
    • Try out pyrography in Lymington on Saturday 22 October with Graham Turner at a special supervised workshop
    • Have a go at pumpkin lantern carving at the New Forest Centre on 28 and 29 October. £5 per session. Bookable sessions and drop in sessions available.
    • There is also a family pumpkin carving day at the Red House Museum in Christchurch. £5 per session. 
    • Make an elephant to go on display at an Enormous Elephant Art Exhibition. Bring your elephants along to Lyndhurst Community Centre on Friday 28 or Saturday 29 October, judging and prizes will take place on Sunday 30 October at 3pm.


    Get Spooky!

    • halloween new forest activities

      New Forest Activities’ Infected Halloween Battle.As if the games weren't intense enough the two hours are now a fun-fuelled escape from the rabid soldiers of a bad science experiment. Fancy dress welcomed and Halloween treats on arrival. 24, 26, 28 October 18:00. Age 8+ to adult.
    • New Forest Activities are holding Spooky Halloween Canoeing Tours this half term. Dress in your spookiest costume and join our canoeing trip at dusk along the Beaulieu River to Bucklers Hard and riverside walk back. With spooky tales along the way and Halloween treats on arrival. 26 and 28 October 6pm – 8pm.


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    Firework Displays

     Take a look at our guide to firework displays in Lymington and the New Forest.


    Do you know of any other interesting events or activities happening in and around Lymington this half term? Contact us so that we can add to our list!



  • Holiday childcare in and around Lymington


    Looking for childcare in Lymington over the holidays?

    School holidays are great! Except when you have to work.

    updated 6 July 2017


    girl and boy at childcareFinding things for the children to do whilst you are working can be a real chore. In a bid to try and make things slightly easier for you, here is a summary of holiday children that is usually on offer in and around Lymington.

    Do get in touch with us if you know of any other holiday childcare clubs that could help local parents juggle school holidays!


    Full day childcare

    • Freedom Childcare can help with overnight childcare, inset days, short-term, long-term, back-up, training days, shift patterns, respite care, weekends, evenings, school holidays, before and after school, nanny recruitment, supply care for preschools and nurseries and any other childcare requirements you may have.
    • Stay and Play at Lymington Junior School are open during the school holidays. Please contact Danielle on 07867 534398 or Karen on 07885 821234 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to make a booking. See also
    • Milford School Holiday Club is open school holidays, from 8.30am to 3pm. Whole days or afternoons possible. Contact 01590 644684 for further information about the club. See also
    • Sway Playscheme returns again this summer: Bookings being taken for Summer Holidays for children aged 2-7 years from 27th July to 18th August (spaces limited).  Find out more.


    Children's holiday sports and activities in and around Lymington

    • Ballard School are holding Summer Holiday Camps which are open to everyone between the ages of 5 and 15 from 19th July to 25th August. There are a range of courses on offer including  a range of sport, dance, drama, music, crafts, skills and academics.  Find out more.
    • Lymington Tennis Club are running a Summer Holiday Tennis Club every day during the holidays from 8.30 to 4pm or 8.30am to 12pm. Kids sessions involve technical coaching, fun games, competitions and more. Please supply a pack lunch and drink for your child. Find out more.
    • New Milton Rugby Football Club's Summer Camp will be running from Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd August. Participants do not need to be a member of NMRFC nor do they need to have played rugby before. Find out more.
    • New Forest Hockey Club are running a summer hockey camp on 14th, 15th and 16th August in Lymington at the astroturf. For 7-15 year olds, beginners to experienced. Find out more.
    • Lymington Cricket Club are running a summer camp on Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th August at their sports ground in Lymington.  Full days 9am-3pm or half days. Find out more.
    • There is also a summer cricket camp at Pylewell Park with Andy Harris on 1st, 2nd and 3rd August. Find out more.
    • New Forest Academy of Dance are running a summer school from 31st July to 3rd August. Find out more.
    • Rising Star Academy are running 3 days of workshops - sing and dance - from 26th-28th July. Find out more.

    Activity days near Lymington for children

    • New Forest Activities are holding Holiday Adventure Days at Hartford Woods on 6th, 9th, 16th and 22nd August. If you cannot make these dates then New Forest Activities are willing to put on extra Holiday Adventure Days for 4 or more children (If you have a group of 4 or more give them a call, or for 1-3 children register your interest for another date via the website). Two age groups (8-12 and 12-14) are at the same site but their activities will be separate. A full day of activities from 9am to 5pm. Learn new skills, make new friends and have fun in the stunning New Forest. Day includes bushcraft skills such as foraging and shelter building, target archery and high or low ropes depending on age. All equipment will be provided. Packed lunch & drinks will be required but water top ups available all day. Find out more.
    • Calshot have a range of Activity Days for the holidays - choose from skiing, snowboarding, track cycling, canoeing, archery, climbing, skiing and windsurfing - and much more! 
    • Hengistbury Outdoor Centre have a range of multi-activity days and watersports courses available.
    • Avon Tyrrell have fun days and half-days for children aged 5+. 


    If you are running school holiday childcare and/or activity days that could help parents juggle work and holidays, and would like to be featured in this article, please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Lymington's Playgrounds: by the Experts!

    Lymington's playgrounds - by the Experts

    There are some great play spaces in Lymington and surrounding villages.

    Lymington playgrounds by the experts!Although we have the wonders of the New Forest on our doorstep, there are times when only the magic of a playground will do. Here is a guide to some of Lymington's playgrounds - by three intrepid 'experts.'

    "We think Lymington has some awesome playgrounds! This guide might be useful if you're new to the town, or want to find some new places to play with your friends."


    Woodside Gardens provides a great outdoor space in which children can play. As well as the fenced play area, there is a lot of space for running around - and in particular playing hide and seek in the rhododendron bushes! There is a short walk around the section of the gardens immediately near the playground with paths ideal for scooting (although do mind any pedestrians!). These paths take you past the Fairy Village (see if you can spot the little doors in the trees).

    Woodside is an easy walk from Lymington. There’s a small carpark (free) off Rookes Lane which is closest to the play area (SO41 8FP), alternatively a larger carpark (free) on the other side of Woodside, off Ridgeway Lane. There are public WCs near the Rookes Lane carpark.

    Dogs are permitted in Woodside on and off the lead, plenty of poo bins. The play area, tennis courts and skate park are fenced to keep dogs out.

    Woodside Gardens play area Lymington“This is really fun because there’s lots of stuff to do in all the gardens.”

    “We love running around in the trees and its easy to scoot about so that’s cool.”

    “The skate park is so awesome.”

    For younger children:

    • Swing
    • Climbing
    • Rockers

    For older children:

    • Roundabout (fast!)
    • Swings
    • Slide
    • Climbing

    Older children will also enjoy the skate park and the tennis courts. Woodside is also the home to Lymington Mariners Rugby Club, Lymington Croquet Club and other sports. The sports pavilion has recently been refurbished and sells refreshments when open. Picnics possible in the gardens.

    Bath Road

    Bath Road offers a fabulous outlook across Lymington River, with plenty of boating eye candy! Set to the side of the Bath Road green, which also houses the town bandstand and a small lake. There are paths ideal for scooting (take care near the lake - we’ve seen a few children take a dive in our time…) and the start of a lovely walk past the yacht club and sea water baths. A short, pleasant walk away is the kiosk at the Sea Water Baths, selling ice creams, hot drinks and other refreshments.

    Bath Road is an easy walk from Lymington (SO41 3SE). There’s a public carpark (pay and display or long stay clock) by the Sea Water Baths and yacht clubs which is closest to the play area, alternatively a some road parking along Bath Road. There are public WCs in the Bath Road carpark by the slipway. Picnics possible, several benches along the river front.

    Dogs are not permitted in the play area, but are allowed on the green, where there are poo bins. Check our Events Calendarto find summer music and arts events around the Bandstand on the green.

    Bath Road play area Lymington“We love this play area and also like scooting on the paths outside.”

    "This is a cool playground. When my brother was younger, he used love watching the ferry coming in and out from the top of the climbing frame."

    For younger children:

    • Swings
    • Climbing
    • Slide

    For older children:

    • Climbing wall
    • Swings
    • Slide
    • Roundabout tower
    • Swinging dish
    • Spinners

    Lymington Meadows

    Situated in a residential area, off Lower Buckland Road (SO41 9DH), this recently refurbished play area is a hidden gem for children in Lymington. Fenced with a gate, dogs are not permitted inside, however some space around the edge to exercise dogs (with poo bins). There are several benches inside play area.

    There is tricky parking and no public WC. However, it is a short stroll from Lymington and nearby opposite the end of Lower Buckland Road is the popular Monkey House pub.

    Lower Buckland play area Lymington“Really good because its new.”

    “Great for older and younger children.”

    For younger children:

    • Swings
    • Rocker
    • Slide

    For older children:

    • Zip wire
    • Basketball hoop
    • Climbing
    • Swings
    • Balance beam
    • Trampoline

    Barfields/Emsworth Road (by St Thomas Churchyard)

    The closest play area to the centre of Lymington and sometimes rather busy (such as after school in the summer term), this play area offers fun for children of all ages and is particularly well equipped for younger children. It’s ideal, in fact, for families with younger and older children, as there is something for everyone in the same area. It also benefits from shady trees; a blessing in the warmer months!

    Park nearby in the Barfields or Emsworth Road (SO41 9AW) town carparks (pay and display or town carpark clock), the nearest public WC is a short walk away in New Street. No refreshments in the immediate vicinity (but again, an easy walk from the High Street and all it has to offer!)

    Dogs are not permitted in the play area. The grassed area next to the play area houses the Lymington Petanque (boules) area.

    Barfields playground in Lymington“A great playground for a quick play, but sometimes busy.”

    For younger children:

    • Swings
    • Rockers
    • Slides
    • See-sawClimbing
    • Spinners
    • Road markings

    For older children:

    • High slide
    • Dish
    • Swings
    • Climbing
    • Roundabout

    Pennington Common

    Pennington Common play areaPennington Common is the setting for a traditional playground. Although in need of updating, our experts recommended it highly, mainly because there’s so much space to run around. Dogs are not permitted in the play area, however there’s plenty of space for them to be exercised beforehand on the common, which has several poo bins.

    No WC or refreshments, parking is possible to the sides of the common off Ramley Road and Wainsford Road (SO41 8HF). There's plenty of potential for a bit of off-road cycling. This play area is due to be completely refurbished this summer (2017) by the Town Council.

    “Most of the stuff here is really old, but we still enjoy it.”

    For younger children:

    • Swing
    • Rocker

    For older children:

    • High slide
    • Swings
    • Climbing fort
    • See-saw


    At the other end of Wainsford Road, Everton's recreation ground is another hidden gem. On road parking is possible in Greenmead Avenue. There is no public WC and no nearby refreshments - bring your own picnic!

    Dogs are permitted on the recreation ground and there are poo bins. There is a fitness section alongside the older children’s area and although technically for adults, the children are drawn to it!

    Everton Rec play area“Its a bit different - we love the zipwire!”

    “Separate areas could make it difficult for parents with lots of different aged kids.”

    For younger children in an enclosed area:

    • Swings/baby swings
    • Rockers
    • Dish
    • Climbing
    • Slides
    • Seated roundabout

    The fenced area is dog-free and has seating.

    For older children, a short walk from the enclosed play area and alongside the football pitch

    • Zipwire
    • Climbing


    The experts have decided to visit more local playgrounds this summer. Check back for more details soon!

    October 2016













  • What's on in and around Lymington during Half Term

    what’s on in Lymington and the New Forest

    Things to do locally over the half term week

    water fight

    For those of us not jetting off to sunnier climes, there are lots of exciting things happening in Lymington, the New Forest and surrounding areas this half term. Here is a roundup of things to do with the children in and around Lymington and the New Forest. Take a look also at our fun days out feature if you're looking to venture slightly further afield. For those having to juggle work with school holidays, we have information about holiday childcare.

    To see what's on day by day, take a look at our What's On section which details events in and around Lymington. Remember, if you're organising a local event then add your event to the calendar for free!



    Things to do in and around Lymington...

    • On Bank Holiday Monday, 29th May, New Park Manor are celebrating National BBQ Week with a Family BBQ also supporting Naomi House from 12-4pm. Bring your swimming things and have fun in the outside pool at this luxurious, family friendly hotel. Find out more...
    • Lymington Sea Water Baths is open throughout half term from 10am until 6pm. Inflatibles, kayaks, SUPs, zorbs - and check out the newly refurbished changing rooms! Fun times whatever the weather - just pop on a wetsuit if its chilly!

    • lego batman movie showing at the malt Cinema LymingtonLymington's Malt Cinema at The Lymington Centre will be showing Lego Batman Movie (certificate U) on Tues 30th, Thurs 1st, Friday 2nd and Sat 3rd June at 2:30pm, plus Weds 31st May at 7:15pm

    • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (certificate 12A) is showing at 2pm on Wednesday 31 May at Forest Arts.

    • Also at Forest Arts on Saturday 27th May is Messy Makes from 10.30am.

    • Pick your own strawberries at Goodall's Farm
    • Crazy Crafts at Lymington Library on Thursday 1st June for children aged 3+ and their parent/carer.
    • Learn about Lymington on a Town Tours walk: Sunday 28th May at 11am is the Walls Walk which includes the famous Crinkle Crankle walls, Wednesday 31st May at 7pm is the Story of Lymington walk, Sunday 4th June is the Pens and Personalities walk.
    • Lymington Charter Market is every Saturday 8am to 4pm on Lymington High Street - come and explore the wealth of different stalls! Find out more about Lymington's famous market...
    • Explore the bargains at the New Forest Car Boot Sale on Sunday 28th May and Sunday 4th June from 6.30am to 1pm. A great way to find some different pre-loved toys to play with!
    • Sunday 4th June is Artisans on the River at Bath Road Park. A fun family day for FREE! Free playground, entertainment and music. 
    • Discover Lymington's playgrounds! Find out more about where to play from some intrepid experts...


    Fun in the New Forest!

    • hands-on activities for half term at BeaulieuNew Forest Centre in Lyndhurst is holding Half Term Family Discovery Days on Tuesday 30th May and Thursday 1st June from 10am-4pm. New Forest themed trails, quizzes and craft activities for all the family, so come along and explore your crafty side. Suitable for all ages, small charge for materials. Standard Museum entry (accompanied under 16s go free), no booking required.
    • Visit the New Forest Reptile Centre on Wild Wednesday. 10.30am to 4pm. Come and see the ‘live’ video of birds on their nests as well as the reptiles and amphibians.
    • Hunt the Gruffalo at Bolderwood throughout half term. Downloadable app and also trail available from Bolderwood carpark.
    • Plant a sunflower at Furzey Gardens from Tuesday 30th May to Friday 2nd June. Visit the gardens and have fun in the Bug Barn!
    • The Tree Trail at Blackwater is a self-guided trail leading you around the stunning Blackwater trees, whilst testing your tree identification skills. From Sunday 28th May to Saturday 3rd June
    • Those with dogs will love the Walkies Workshop on Saturday 27th May at Deerleap.
    • Lepe Country Park have a half term trail. Pick up a trail card from the park office anytime between 10am - 3pm and return with correct answers to claim your prize. Cost: £2 per child, no need to book.
    • Also at Lepe Country Park, Lepe Into Action on Wednesday 31 May.
    • Garden Bug Hunt with Big Owls at the Countryside Education Trust on Friday 2nd June.
    • Try pond dipping at Moors Valley Country Park on Tuesday 30th May from 10am to 12pm. No need to book.
    • Wild about Ponies on Thursday 1st June 1-2pm at Bolderwood. Discover more about the New Forest ponies and why they are important.


    Days out in the New Forest!

    • Monday 29th May is the 999 Show at Beaulieu to celebrate Mary Montagu-Scott's appointment as the 'High Sherriff of Hampshire'. Learn about the fantastic work of the emergency services with police, fire & rescue, ambulance, judiciary, coastguard, National Health Service (NHS), prison and probation services giving demonstrations and displays. Your ticket includes entry to the Beaulieu attraction, including the National Motor Museum, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and World of Top Gear.half term fun at Beaulieu Motor Museum
    • Beaulieu have a focus on Time Travellers throughout half term, with interactive activities for the whole family. Find out more and link to the Beaulieu website to book tickets (if you purchase tickets in advance there is a saving) tip: go at the beginning of the week and visit again for free within 6 days!
    • Step back in time at Buckler’s Hard this half term as Living History characters take you on a tour of the once-thriving shipbuilding village.
    • Take a trip to Yarmouth between 2nd to 4th June for the Old Gaffers Festival


    Get active in the New Forest!

    • winter paddle with New Forest ActivitiesBased on the bank of the Beaulieu River, New Forest Activities have a great range of activities for all the family - choose from archery, canoeing, kayaking, cycling and Battlefield Open Battles (for age 8+). Find out more and make bookings online.
    • Throughout half term, New Forest Activities are running their Family Adventure Days - explore the Beaulieu River by kayak and the New Forest by bike! Find out more...
    • Meanwhile, find The New Forest Paddle Sport Company in Milford on Sea, who offer paddleboard and kayak tuition and hire. Find out more and book a session.
    • Every Saturday at Woodside is Park Run, a great way for families to run together, from 9am. Register online before arriving to get a barcode.
    • Have a go at archery at Moors Valley on Sunday 28th and Monday 29th May and Friday 2nd June.


    If you hear of any other exciting things to do locally this half term, do This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with us and let us know! 













  • What's on in and around Lymington over the summer holidays

    What’s on in Lymington and the New Forest over the summer holidays.

    Ideas of things to do for children and families, whether local or visiting Lymington and the New Forest.

    updated 17 July 2017

    Family things to do over the summer holidaysLast week we published our Summer Events in Lymington and the New Forest, with details of all the main events happening in July and August. There are lots of other exciting things happening in Lymington, the New Forest and surrounding areas over the school summer holidays, for visitors and locals.

    Here is a roundup of 'things to do' for families and children in and around Lymington and the New Forest. Take a look also at our fun days out feature if you're looking to venture slightly further afield. And for those having to juggle work with school holidays, we have information about holiday childcare.

    To see what's on day by day, take a look at our What's On section which details events in and around Lymington. Remember, if you're organising a local event then add your event to the calendar for free! We will be updating this page throughout the summer, so do keep checking back for ideas!


    Things to do on the water...

    • The Lymington Sea Water Baths are open throughout the school holidays from 10am to 6pm each day, whatever the weather. Inflatables, zorbs and SUPs are waiting... great fun, whatever the weather - and let's face it, once you're wetsuited up and in the water the rain doesn't matter! Snacks available
    • lymington sea water baths is now open for the summer season!Elmers Court also has an outside pool, open daily for non members as well as members and guests at the hotel from 10am to 8pm. Cold drinks and snacks are available to purchase either from the snack shack near the poolside or the Scottish Steak Club which is a short walk away.
    • Kayak or paddle board with the New Forest Paddle Sport Company at Keyhaven near Milford on Sea. A great family activity - SUP taster sessions and kayak taster sessions, as well as tours to Hurst Castle along the beautiful Keyhaven coastline. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
    • New Forest Activities offers kayaking and canoeing on the Beaulieu River and throughout the summer combine kayaking with cycling in the New Forest for Family Adventure Days.
    • Learn to sail! Find out more about learning to sail in Lymington.
    • Stay on a boat! Beds on Board have boats available in Lymington as well as all over the world! Find out more.

    For all sports holiday camps and clubs, see our Holiday Childcare article... 


    lymington pennington town council charter market shrubsThings to do in Lymington...

    • Pick your own strawberries at Goodall's Farm! And whilst you're there, try out the New Adventure Golf next door!
    • At Lymington Library, Rhyme Time continues throughout the holidays every Tuesday 2-2.30pm and every Wednesday 11-11.30am for children aged 0-4 with their parents/carers. The Construction Club also continues through the holidays 2.30-4pm every Saturday. All these events are free of charge.


    new forest pony eating grassFamily fun in the New Forest...

    • The New Forest & Hampshire County Show will be taking place on 25th, 26th and 27th July at New Park in Brockenhurst. There is 15% off tickets purchased online before 18th July and 5% off tickets purchased online thereafter. Frequent direct shuttle buses will be running between Brockenhurst Station direct to the heart of the Show (free for advanced ticket holders, otherwise £3 for adult return/£2 for child return).
    • The New Forest Tour buses are back in operation until 11th September, with three routes again this year. Two of the routes stop in Lymington: the green route (Lymington, Beaulieu, Exbury, Hythe, Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst) and the blue route (Lymington, Brockenhurst, Burley, New Milton, Barton on Sea, Milford on Sea).
    • It's Wild Wednesday at the New Forest Reptile Centre every Wednesday in August, with fun activities for the whole family. Quiz trail and ‘making’ activities for children. Come and see the ‘live’ bird on the nest and the reptiles and amphibians. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Booking is not required.
    • New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst is holding Family Discovery Days on various dates throughout the school holiday (check link for dates). New Forest themed trails, quizzes and craft activities for all the family. Suitable for all ages, small charge for materials. Standard Museum entry (accompanied under 16s go free), no booking required.
    • At Bolderwood from 29th July to 3th September, be a Gruffalo Spotter! £3 per pack, dogs welcome on leads. There is also a downloadable app. Whilst you're there, cross over the road and see if any deer can be spotted in the Deer Sanctury. A lovely walk on forest paths.
    • Also at Bolderwood on 1st, 15th and 29th August, Rock up and explore the New Forest with a volunteer ranger. Rock up and explore at Blackwater on 8th and 22nd August.
    • If you're wild about ponies, find out more at Bolderwood on 3rd and 24th August at Bolderwood and on 17th August at Hatchet Pond.
    • Big Owls, for 4-6 year olds will be taking place on 28th July at Home Farm: a morning of plant themed fun and games at the Farm. 
    • At Lepe Country Park there is a summer holiday trail available every day throughout the holidays. Plus Marine Wonders on 8th and 9th August, Seashore discovery trail on 3rd August, Nature Detectives on 1st and 17th August, Bat Walks on 23rd and 24th August. There is also a beach clean up day at Lepe on 3rd September.


    summer fun living history palace house BeaulieuLiving history

    • Head to Beaulieu for a fun-filled family day out this summer, as a fascinating programme of living history brings Beaulieu to life with the sights and sounds of the past this Summer from 22nd July to 3rd September. Transport yourself back to the middle ages and meet Brother Peter in the Beaulieu Abbey! Falconry demonstrations, discover what life was like in the 1800s and enjoy Victorian music in Palace House. See veteran and vintage cars driving around with occupants in period costumes. All included in the general admission ticket which includes the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House and World of Top Gear. top tip!Save money by buying your tickets for Beaulieu online in advance. You can visit again for free within 6 days (there's so much to do, you'll have great fun twice!)

    • Just down the road from Beaulieu is Bucklers Hard. Discover the Maritime Museum and Bucklers Hard story, brought to life by living history characters.

    Take a look at our Fun Days Out article for more ideas on places to visit locally...


    If you hear of any other exciting things to do locally over the summer, do get in touch with us and let us know!

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