The New Forest is a top attraction itself. A true natural wonder with its acres of woodlands and heathlands, it has been enhanced with some great places to go for day trips. Whether you’re a historian or into sports, or have a bunch of children in tow, the New Forest has something for you.
Peppa Pig World – Paulton’s Theme Park
For young families, Paulton’s Theme Park and Peppa Pig World is bound to be the highlight of the week. Anyone under 5 years old is a Peppa Pig expert, so to see the world’s most famous family of pigs up close and personal will make junior pulses race. Peppa Pig World features themed rides, like a ride in a car with Daddy Pig, fly in the clouds to Windy Castle or whiz around in Miss Rabbit’s helicopter. Elsewhere, the kids can meet the real Peppa Pig and her family, whilst playing in her house and other scenes made famous by her wonderful books and TV show.
Besides Peppa Pig World there is a whole host of rides and games for all the family throughout Paulton’s park at large. See a live Justin Fletcher show, or check out Paulton’s newest spectacle, The Lost Kingdom Dinosaur Theme Park. It houses two large rollercoasters, animatronic Dinosaurs, prehistoric-style family rides and a Jurassic period-inspired adventure playground. If Peppa Pig is key to your family holiday, why not take a look at our cottages located close to Peppa Pig World.
Bucklers Hard Museum
Buckler’s Hard Maritime Museum is the best preserved example of an 18th century shipbuilding village in the world. Located on the banks of the Beaulieu River, it’s a grand day out for anyone with an interest in Maritime history. Buckler’s Hard is regarded as the birthplace of the British naval vessel. Many of Admiral Nelson’s Trafalgar fleet was built from oak trees felled in the New Forest. Catch a boat down river to birdwatch at the neighbouring North Solent National Nature Reserve too, if you have time. A guaranteed, excellent educational day for the whole family.
Beaulieu – National Motor Museum & Estate
Beaulieu – National Motor Museum & Estate is home to one of the best and largest collections of automobiles in the world and that alone makes it one of the best family days out in the New Forest. Besides its vast collection of motor vehicles, the museum is located in gorgeous, landscaped gardens. You can also visit Palace House and the ruins of the local abbey. The estate has a monorail and a vintage double decker bus to ferry you about the large estate if you don’t fancy walking. There are some great paths meandering in and out of the woodlands and walled gardens. Be sure to include a trip out to Beaulieu – a great destination for gardeners, kids and petrol heads alike.
New Forest Waterpark
Looking for something active for the whole family? The New Forest Water Park is the best place in the region to get involved in a bunch of watersports. These include, wakeboarding, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, inflatable floating obstacle courses and more. It makes for a great all-weather day out. Close to Ringwood and Fordingbridge, it’s within an hour’s drive from anywhere in the New Forest National Park area.
is a beautiful spot to spend a couple of hours, wandering among colourful blooms and getting lost along its 20 miles of pathways. Close to the Beaulieu River, the gardens are home to the Rothschild collection of plants and flowers. There are no less than three separate woods to explore and a collection of ponds with carp and pretty water insects too. Ride the 12-gauge steam train along Exbury’s park railway. The tea rooms at Mr Eddy’s are worth writing a visit too, so make sure you put Exbury on your list, if drifting around palatial gardens is your thing!
Located just outside of the New Forest, Marwell Zoo, near Winchester, is a fun-packed family zoo with plenty of fantastic wildlife to see. Spread across 140 acres, there are hundreds of different animals to meet, including rhinos, penguins, meerkats, snow leopards, cheetahs, hippos and tigers. The zoo will also soon be opening a new exhibit, the Lemur Loop, where you can get up close to four different kinds of lemurs. There's also plenty of other things to do, from strolling through the gardens to a scenic train ride and letting the kids run free in the five adventure playgrounds.
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