6 of the Best Family Days Out in the New Forest

Family Days Out In the New Forest, Hampshire

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The New Forest remains one of our top destinations for family staycations. Whether parents are looking for a relaxing weekend by the sea or an idyllic country retreat, this popular part of Hampshire has it all!

Aside from the beaches, bustling towns, pretty villages, and varied countryside, there are some great destinations for fun-filled family days out. We thought we’d round up our top six picks for what to do with kids in the New Forest. Scroll now to explore:

1. Peppa Pig World at Paultons Family Theme Park, Ower

Peppa Pig World, Paultons Park. Family Days Out New Forest

With a chorus of ‘Oink!’ ringing out in households across the country, it’s easy to see why this dedicated, Peppa Pig theme park proves so popular! Pre-schoolers relish the chance of meeting their pink hero while the range of family-friendly rides, play areas, new monorail and boats at Grampy Rabbit’s sailing club ensure a fun-filled family day out in the New Forest!  Whilst Peppa Pig World itself is best suited to children under 4 the other areas of Paultons Park will appeal to older children.

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 2. National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

National Motor Museum, Family Days out New Forest

Far more than just a motor museum, this country house park has a range of fun activities for children, from the motor museum itself, an array of classic ‘film star’ cars, a Victorian house, country gardens, a medieval abbey, fabulous children’s play area, and fun monorail ride. It’s a great family destination as it offers enough interest to keep little ones entertained but also has something for grown-ups too. The ‘Little Beaulieu’ adventure play area is particularly popular with little ones as it has everything from a sandpit for younger children, to a climbing wall and wooden palace play fort for older kids.

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3. Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, Exbury

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway, Family Days Out in the New Forest

These beautiful country gardens are spread over 200 acres of woodland and are filled with beautiful flowers, ancient trees and it even has its very own steam railway! Departing from Exbury Central, a replica Victorian station on the estate, families can board the train for a meandering journey round through the grounds. It’s a great adventure for little ones and sure to prove a memorable part of any trip or family day out in the New Forest.

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4. New Forest Wildlife Park, near Ashurst

New Forest Wildlife Park, Fun Family Days Out New Forest, Hampshire

The New Forest is abundant in wildlife from wild ponies which roam the beautiful countryside to the Fallow and Sika deer present in the woodland. For little one’s keen on exploring nature and discovering some more impressive animals, the New Forest Wildlife Park is a real treat! They’ve got all sorts from Wallabies to Otters, Deer to Bison and the friendly keepers are happy to talk all about the animals during feeding times. There’s also a great adventure playground and handy Forest Kitchen restaurant onsite, perfect for making a day of it!

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5.Marwell Zoo, Winchester

Another great choice for animal lovers, Marwell Zoo! Set across 140 acres of parkland, this beautiful country zoo is home to an amazing range of exotic and endangered species including Giraffes, snow leopards, tigers, rhinos, and hippos. Little ones always particularly love the penguin enclosure, and the new Tropical House exhibition lets visitors get up close and personal with an array of wildlife and exotic plants. Children will get to spot a Sloth hanging from a tree, listen to the calls of the yellow-throated frogs from a cascading waterfall, and watch out for a crocodile monitor lizard on the forest floor. It’s the perfect place for curious children looking to find out more about the animal kingdom!

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6. Forest Leisure Cycling, Burley

One for the active, nature loving families! Forest Leisure Cycling enables families to explore the New Forest by bike with a range of routes right on the doorstep and an excellent bike rental shop that provides everything from adult mountain bikes to children’s bikes and toddler trailers. It’s a fabulous way to explore the surrounding countryside and a great way to burn off some toddler steam!

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We hope you enjoyed our round-up of the best family days out in the New Forest. If you have visited the region yourself, please do comment and let us know the best places you’ve visited and your top picks for places to stay with children.

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