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Family Fun

The New Forest is a great place for all of the family to visit whether you have a young family or a slightly older family; the New Forest has something in store for each one of you. With expansive heathland, dense forest, stunning coastal towns and quaint country villages, there is so much diversity to the New Forest which makes it a great place to explore with the family.


For the thrill seeking families the New Forest has lots of adrenaline pumping water sports that you can enjoy together, such as kayaking, rib rides and even parasailing. If you prefer to keep your feet dry but enjoy nature, then you can also go on a family hike or bike ride along some of the fantastic New Forest cycle routes and walking routes which will let you experience beautiful New Forest views.

If you are a family with young children, then you will be glad to know that there are lots of attractions in the New Forest that are perfectly suited for the little ones. Peppa Pig World which is inside Paultons Park is a great day out, with the children being able to meet their TV friends, enjoy the rides and even go to Peppa’s house. Longdown Activity Farm is also a big hit with the children, as they are able to get up close and personal with a number of baby farmyard animals.


Exploring the New Forest will rumble up a hearty appetite, you can take a quick break and enjoy the delicious New Forest food available from tea rooms, local produce shops, pubs and restaurants. If you are planning on staying over in the New Forest then there is plenty of accommodation available with anything from campsites, holiday parks to luxury hotels.

Remember if you come to the New Forest to bring your Brand New Forest card, the Brand New Forest card gives you special offers throughout the New Forest. You can find out more about the Brand New Forest card and how to get one online here Brand New Forest.


The New Forest is also steeped in history so if you and the family enjoy spending time experiencing the past, then the New Forest will not disappoint. With lots of maritime history, literary history and historic houses, you will be spoilt for choice on where to visit.

The New Forest also has fun and enjoyable family events throughout the year, whether it is going to an antiques fair, craft fair or even just going along to one of the local produce markets where you can purchase delicious treats for the whole family.

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