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Things to do in the New Forest

Explore the local area & attractions

Local attractions near Sandy Balls

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.

Attraction Type
Perfect for
Drivetime (mins)
Dog friendly?
Peppa Pig World at Paulton Park 2011
For discounted tickets, please visit the reception area
Peppa Pig World
25 minute drive from park
Romsey The New Forest Hampshire SO51 6AL

Part of Paulton’s Park, one of the UK’s favourite family theme parks.

Hurst Castle
2 for 1 offer available, see Guest Services
Hurst Castle
50 minute drive from park
Milford on Sea, Lymington SO41 0TP

A beautifully set fortress off the Hampshire Coast.

Wakeboarding Tattershall Lakes, Lincolnshire
New Forest Water Park
5 minute drive from park
Ringwood Rd, Fordingbridge SP6 2EY

An exciting water sports centre offering wakeboarding and inflatable play over a natural lake.

Ringwood Brewery
13 minute drive from park
138 Christchurch Rd, Ringwood BH24 3AP

A local institution, sample the collection of beers and see how each gets made.

Go Ape Moors Valley
19 minute drive from park
Moors Valley Country Park Horton Road Nr Ringwood Hampshire, Ashley Heath BH24 2ET

A high-adrenaline tree-tops assault course, with separate routes for different ages and abilities.

Furzey Gardens
19 minute drive from park
School Ln, Minstead, Lyndhurst SO43 7GL

A charming and whimsical garden that’s run by the patrons of a local autism and learning disability charity.

Moors Valley Country Park
19 minute drive from park
Ashley Heath, Ringwood BH24 2ET

A country park with gardens, cycling routes and a tree-top assault course.

Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary
21 minute drive from park
Bolderwood Arboretum Ornamental Dr, Lyndhurst SO43 7GQ

A viewing area deep in the new Forest, where these incredible creatures are known to gather.

The Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary and Wildlife
New Forest Wildlife Park
26 minute drive from park
Deerleap Ln, Southampton SO40 4UH

A small zoo that helps conserve some of Britain and Europe’s most endangered native species.

New Forest Reptile Centre
27 minute drive from park
Lyndhurst, SO43 7GR

A small animal park that’s home to every species of reptile native to the British Isles.

Bournemouth Pier and Beach
27 minute drive from park
Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 5AA

Bournemouth Pier is a must-visit attraction with incredible views and a great beach to explore.

Adventure Wonderland
Discounted tickets via Guest Services
Adventure Wonderland
30 minute drive from park
Merritown Ln, Hurn, Christchurch BH23 6BA

A small family theme park with rides and indoor play.

Oceanarium Bournemouth
30 minute drive from park
Oceanarium Pier Approach, Bournemouth BH2 5AA

An incredible aquarium where you can get up close with creatures from below – and above – the waves.

Highcliffe Castle
31 minute drive from park
Rothesay Dr, Highcliffe BH23 4LE

A centuries old estate perched above the Dorset coast.

Longdown Activity Farm
35 minute drive from park
Deerleap Ln, Ashurst, Southampton SO40 7EH

A family-friendly farmyard with animals and daily activities, such as feeding.

Exbury Gardens
39 minute drive from park
Exbury, Southampton SO45 1AZ

A beautiful maintained garden, country home and miniature railway.

40 minute drive from park
Beaulieu, Brockenhurst SO42 7ZN

Part of the famous Beaulieu Estate, explore over 280 iconic models and historically significant vehicles.

Marwell Zoo
Marwell Zoo
40 minute drive from park
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.

Colwell Bay - Away Resorts
Lepe's Beach
43 minute drive from park
Country Park Lepe, Exbury, Southampton SO45 1AD

Ine of the region’s most revered sandy stretches, with a state-of-the-art café and viewing area.

Buckler's Hard
45 minute drive from park
Buckler's Hard, New Forest, Hampshire, SO42 7XB

A charming maritime museum set on the banks of the Beaulieu River.


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.

Away Resorts