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Things to do in the New Forest

The New Forest National Park is undoubtedly one of the UK’s most beautiful and unique regions. It’s an area celebrated for its biodiversity and untouched landscapes, making it the perfect place to visit if you love the great outdoors.

Alongside the natural scenery, there’s a whole host of places to visit in the New Forest, with New Forest attractions including everything from theme parks to zoos and beaches.

 

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Peppa Pig World
Romsey The New Forest Hampshire SO51 6AL

Just a stone’s throw from the heart of the New Forest lies a very special attraction for excitable young minds. At Paultons Park, tots of all ages are invited to join Peppa Pig and pals on this latest adventure, as all their favourite characters step off the small screen and come to life.

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Hurst Castle
Milford on Sea, Lymington SO41 0TP

Built by Henry VIII in the 16th Century, Hurst Castle is an artillery fortress that boasts beautiful views over The Solent to the Isle of Wight. Take a journey back in time and explore a Tudor fort, follow the footsteps of royals by taking a stroll through the grounds, or take in a panoramic view from a lighthouse on the spit. Hurst Castle is a fun and fascinating day out for the whole family.

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Ringwood Brewery
138 Christchurch Rd, Ringwood BH24 3AP

For hundreds of years, since man first mixed water from the River Avon with malted barley from the surrounding fields, beer has been brewed in Ringwood. In the following centuries, Ringwood became a thriving market town, famous for its refreshing brew served in its many inns and taverns.

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Beaulieu
Beaulieu, Brockenhurst SO42 7ZN

Hidden away in the beautiful New Forest, Beaulieu’s National Motor Museum draws classic car fans from all over the UK. Home to more than 280 vehicles, including everything from F1 classics to record breakers and the very earliest models, there’s something that’ll fascinate any and every guest.

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New Forest Wildlife Park
Deerleap Ln, Southampton SO40 4UH

At the heart of rural Hampshire, this Wildlife Park brings to the fore all the reasons why this small corner of the world is so special. With a rare opportunity to see some of Britain’s most fascinating animals in their natural habitats, it’s an experience quite unlike any other. Built on the former premises of the New Forest Butterfly Farm, today the park is home to an incredible array of birds and mammals.

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New Forest Water Park
Ringwood Rd, Fordingbridge SP6 2EY

To the western reaches of the breathtaking New Forest lies a unique aquatic adventure. Set across 50 acres of the wet stuff, this family-run attraction has been serving up water sport thrills for more than 29 years.

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New Forest Reptile Centre
Lyndhurst, SO43 7GR

The spectacular New Forest is home to many incredible creatures, not least one of the most diverse reptile populations of anywhere in the British Isles. While the team go about their conservation work, you’re welcome to call by and spot these fascinating species in their specially designed and spacious enclosures.

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Marwell Zoo
Thompson's Ln, Colden Common, Winchester SO21 1JH

Set across 140 acres of beautiful South Downs countryside, Marwell Zoo is your gateway to the wonders of the animal kingdom. Home to exotic species from just about every corner of the globe, from lemurs to leopards and gibbons to giraffes, it’s an experience that will wow children and adults alike.

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Longdown Activity Farm
Deerleap Ln, Ashurst, Southampton SO40 7EH

Looking for a fun day out for the whole family? Longdown Activity Farm is jam-packed full of activities for kids and adults alike, including bottle-feeding baby animals, tractor and trailer rides, competitions and loads more. Meet all your favourite barnyard animals (including pigs, cows, and donkeys) as well as some more unusual species.

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Go Ape Moors Valley
Moors Valley Country Park Horton Road Nr Ringwood Hampshire, Ashley Heath BH24 2ET

Are you ready for a real adventure? Go Ape Moors Valley offers four spine-tingling woodland trails in one and is an exhilarating way for the whole family to experience the great outdoors. Take to the trees and get your heart pumping with a range of sky-high canopies, narrow rope bridges, and suspended walkways, designed to give you the thrill of your life, all against the stunning backdrop of the New Forest.

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Where to stay in the New Forest

After your incredible New Forest days out, you’ll want an equally exciting and beautifully-set base to unwind in. Sandy Balls Holiday Village sits among the woodland pines and offers even more activities to enhance your holiday, such as swimming and cycling. When night comes, you can all cosy up in one of our cabin-style lodges and caravans, with only the sound of the forest to soothe you to sleep.

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