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What’s on over Half Term in Lymington and New Forest

Things to do during the February school holidays in the New Forest and surrounding areas 

Things to do half term in the New Forest

Half term is here already and if you're not heading off to sunnier or snowier climes, fear not - there are lots of things to keep you busy in the New Forest area.

Here's our guide of what's on locally for visitors and locals including information about activity camps - ideal for those having to juggle work with school holidays.

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Here are some of our favourite things to do in the New Forest this Half Term:

1. Get hands on at Beaulieu!

Beaulieu hands on half term

It's a great time of year to visit Beaulieu, which has plenty to do inside and out - perfect for those colder or changeable days! 

Take a look around the National Motor Museum, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey, the World of Top Gear, the Secret Army Exhibition and much more.

Get hands on! Try out as a footman or scullery maid or if that sounds like hard work, test your brain with curious gadgets from the 19th century - work out what strange contraptions were used for. Rummage through the collection of driving costumes and pull on coats, hats and goggles before clambering behind the wheel of the veteran 1904 Pope-Tribunefor the perfect selfie opportunity!

Lymington.com Top Tip! Get a discount when you buy your tickets online at least one day in advance. Plus visit again within 6 days free of charge - perfect if its a cold day - spread out all the things to do over several days! 

2. Holiday activity days

ballard camps during February half termIf you need to full day childcare for school-aged children, we highly recommend the following activity camps:

Ballard School Half Term Camps will be taking place every day from Monday 17 to Friday 21 February. Sports include hockey, football, rugby, gymnastics, handball, volleyball... plus creative arts, dance, drama and more! Open to all children aged 4 to 13 (school year R to year 8), not just pupils at Ballard School.

Also at Ballard School are Mad Science Days on Monday 17 and Wednesday 19 February. 

Durlston Court Prep School also have holiday activity days, with Pouncing Panthers (5-12 year olds) which includes sports, arts and crafts and other activities on Tuesday 18, Thursday 20 and Friday 21 February. For younger children there is Star Kidz (4-7 year olds) from Monday 17 to Thursday 20 February.

New Forest Activities is holding one of their fabulous Holiday Adventure Days on Thursday 20 February at their Hartwood Woods outdoor venue in Beaulieu. Lots of outdoor fun for 8-12 year olds.

3. Reduce, reuse, recyle!

working togetherOn Saturday 15 February, head to Lymington Community Centre where you'll find Lymington clothes swap and the regular Repair Café. Bring along your items that need repairing, including electricals, clothing, computers, phones... and bring your bike as Figgures Cycles are offering a free 20 point bike check and will have lots of spares if needed.

Then on Sunday 16 February visit the Indoor Boot Sale at Lawrence Boxing Club in Lymington, being held in aid of Oakhaven Hospice.

4. Head out for a welly walk!

Our Walks section has a few ideas of good local walks. 

Tell us about your favourite walk! If you're feeling creative this half term, write down your favourite walk, where to park and what there is to see. Take a few photos and send to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - we will feature in our walks section the top walk sent to us and send you a prize!

5. Try a new activity!

New Forest Activities Archery

New Forest Activities have a number of outdoor activities for families. Try Winter Paddling, exploring the stunning Beaulieu River nature reserve by boat or try your hand at Winter Archery

New Forest Adventure Golf is open throughout half term from 10am, last admission 3pm. Built with children in mind, it's also fun and challenging for adults. The beautifully landscaped course is a high spec 18 hole discovery adventure of the New Forest, including Isle of Wight ferry, Lymington and Beaulieu Rivers and New Forest towns and villages.

Park Run takes place every Saturday morning at 9am in Lymington at Woodside Park (meet by the Pavillion) and at Wilverley Inclosure. Remember to register beforehand and bring your bar code!

If the weather is kind, make use of our local facilities, including tennis courts, table tennis tables and outdoor gym at Woodside Park, plus the chess/draughts table at Bath Road Park.

Get cooking at The Kitchen Cookery School at Chewton Glen on Thursday 20 February. Junior Chefs  'Time for Tea' for children aged 6-12 and a Teen Masterclass on Fish for 12-16 year olds.

6. Arts and crafts

St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery is open throughout half term. On Tuesday 18 February there is a Wet Felting workshop for under 12s and on Thursday 20 February Wet Felting for young people (13+). On Wednesday 19 February get inspired at the current exhibition (Jeremy Gardiner: South by Southwest, Coastal Landscapes) and take part in a 3D Coastal Landscapes drop in where you can make your own 3D model to take home! 

Get building at Construction Club at Lymington Library and New Milton Library on Saturday 15 and 22 February

Learn about the New Forest and get hands on with crafts a Family Discovery Day at the New Forest Heritage Centre: Tuesday 18 and Thursday 20 Febuary.

Hop into Spring! Get crafting at New Milton Library on Monday 17 February. 

7. Films, stories and drama

spies in disguiseSpies in Disguise (PG) is showing at Lymington Community Centre's Malt Cinema on Saturday 15, Monday 17, Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 February.

On Wednesday 19 February come and hear the Master Storyteller at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery as he weaves wonderful winter stories.

Forest Forge Theatre Company in Ringwood have a storytelling and drama workshop on Thursday 20 February.

8. Discover the world around us

Learn all about shelter building at Eagle Owls (7 years +) at the Countryside Education Trust in Beaulieu on Tuesday 18 February. An excellent way to spend a half term morning - join the team in the far corner of the woods and build some first class shelters, learning a few survival skills along the way.

And on Wednesday 19 February at the Countryside Education Trust Big Owls (for 4-6 year olds) will be learning about the brilliant variety of feathered friends in the woods. Come and discover some of the ways birds live, thrive and survive.

Creature Teachers will be at Lymington Library on Tuesday 18 February, giving children the opportunity to get hands on, up close and personal to creepy crawlies, scaly reptiles, furry and feathery creatures in action. 

Learn more about local history with a visit to the New Forest Heritage Centre to see the 22 Miles of Sea exhibition that captures the moving, entertaining and often profound tales of people and places from the Waterside stretch of the New Forest. Forest Forge Theatre Company invited residents to share photographs and stories expressing the area’s fascinating and diverse history, all brought together by playwright David Lane.

9. Visit a local market

Lymington Market by William BonettVisit Lymington Market every Saturday from 8am to 4pm, come rain or shine! A traditional market, established in 1250, there are now over 100 traders who regularly attend. Stop off for a hot chocolate and cake en route - Lymington has oodles of delightful cafés, find details here

10. Keeping preschoolers busy during Half Term

toddler groupsSchool holidays can be soul-destroying for parents whose children have not yet reached school age as many clubs, drop ins and classes only happen in term time. Thankfully the following are on during half term to help you retain some structure and sanity!

At Lymington Library there will be Rhyme Time, Baby Play and Toddler Time as usual. 

At Lyndhurst Library there will be Tuesday Terrific Tales for Tiny Tots and Wednesday Tots and Tinies

At New Milton Library there will be Rhyme Time and Story Time.  

At Ringwood Library there will be Tots and Tinies and Story Time.

At Hythe Library there will be Baby Rhyme Time and Toddler Rhyme Time, plus Story Time.

And take a look at the Babies and Toddlers section in our Events Calendar to see what else is on! 

 

For more fun days out, take a look at our Things to Do section, which includes Places to Visit and Leisure Activities.

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