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Three Great Rainy Day Ideas Within The New Forest


The south may be the sunniest part of England but if there’s one thing any British person can be sure of, it’s that you can’t predict the weather.

Now that Autumn is approaching, it may be the case that you don’t witness any sun. Or, it could be one of those typical days where you leave the house in the morning covered in sun cream and then wish you’d brought your anorak upon arrival.

In the UK, parents are well experienced in creating a contingency plan when planning a family day out.

Luckily, the New Forest has a fantastic array of indoor activities to enjoy if the sky goes a little grey.

1. New Forest Museum

Located within the New Forest Centre, visiting the New Forest Museum in Lyndhurst is an absolute must. In fact, even if the rain begins to disappear, it is still well worth paying a visit.

There’s a plethora of activities and artefacts to discover for adults and children of all ages. There’s so many things to do! Plenty of colouring and drawing activities for the children. Why not try out your loom weaving skills (which we’re sure you have plenty of already…) and weave on a real, full sized working loom?

One of the most popular activities for children is the wonderful tree of discovery. They can use their senses to figure out which objects are hidden within the branches. That’s if they’re brave enough!

As well as being a fantastic day out for the family, it’s very affordable too as kids get in free. And even better, if you are in possession of a Brand New Forest card, your ticket will be buy one get one free.

2. Shopping

If you’re sick of the hustle and bustle of chain stores and supermarkets, then why not travel just 90 minutes away from London to the New Forest. You can enjoy quaint, individually owned stores and purchase unique gifts and food that you can’t find anywhere else.

There is a multitude of thriving produce stores, including the Farm Shop in Burley. Here, you can purchase delicious home-made, unique cider. If you’re lucky enough to have purchased a £5 Brand New Forest card, you’ll receive 10% off the fantastic cider.

Across the National Park, you’ll find a fantastic range of antiques shops, art galleries and craft shops – not to mention the sweet shops! If you have a sweet tooth, take a look at the delectable chocolate studio in Beaulieu. If you’re not in a chocolate mood (which is hard for us to believe, really) pick yourself up some fancy fudge from the Burley Fudge Shop.

3. Liberty’s Owl Raptor & Reptile Centre

If the weather isn’t as you’d quite hoped, you may have to trade the New Forest Ponies for the less native iguanas, bearded dragons and geckos.

The friendly staff, along with the wonderful gift shop could make this attraction the highlight of your visit.

A child gets in free with every adult holding the Brand New Forest card.

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