February Half Term may be in the middle of winter, but don’t let that stop you having loads of fun in the New Forest!

Take a peek at our mega list of things to do and places to stay  – and you’ll realise that in the New Forest, February is always fantastic.

Fans of Peppa Pig can take a Peppa Pig World break at Paulton’s Park which is open throughout February half term from February 17-25.  There will be lots of rides open including The Queen’s Flying Coach Ride and Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club as well as Miss Rabbit's Helicopter Flight and Peppa's Big Balloon Ride. 

Half term at National Motor Museum in Beaulieu is just as much fun. To celebrate their Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50th Anniversary your little one can become an inventor for the day, just like Caractacus Potts, and create their own contraption at the Motor Museum.

This and many other activities are included in the admission price for the museum during February half term.

Don’t forget to pop along to the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum at New Milton, which re-opens on Monday February 18 with new bikes, as well as the cute animal farm and tearooms.

There are even more farm animals waiting to say hello at Longdown Activity Farm near Ashurst, which re-opens with some new additions (if Mother Nature decides!) on Saturday February 16. And their indoor softplay barn and trampoline barns are the perfect way for excited young ones to work off some excess energy, too.

Wild Thing indoor play is open throughout the half term at Adventure Wonderland, just along the A331 near Bournemouth, and don’t forget to check out dates and timings for the Tree Top Adventure - and the other amazing things to do - at Go Ape! high ropes and zipwire adventure experience at Moors Valley.

The Children's Wildlife Photography Trail takes place at Lymington’s St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery from February 16 to February 22. Play theWildlife Find and Match’ game – build nature puzzles inspired by their wildlife exhibition and use their phone to take a selfie with their special guests, popping straight out from the exhibition!

Don’t forget, too, that there will be plenty of fun things to do at the New Forest Heritage Centre in Lyndhurst, so keep checking back with them for the latest announcements.

But don’t forget our Great Outdoors, either. February can be cold enough for snow - or the perfect weather for a winter picnic or barbecue.

Buy some sausages at one of our local New Forest butchers and pop some soup in a flask. Then take your food to one of our fixed barbecue sites, at Lepe Country Park, perhaps, or Anderwood near Lyndhurst, and dine al fresco.

Winter half-term is the perfect occasion to take your tinies out on their first bike ride – the roads are quieter and we have over 100 miles of car-free, approved cycle trails to get around on, plus handy itineraries for you to download from our website.

Start off by cycling the two easy miles from Beaulieu to Buckler’s Hard, or combine pedal-power with tree-spotting on the Brockenhurst to Rhinefield run, which takes in the majestic Douglas firs and redwoods of the famous Ornamental Drive.

You can hire all manner of bikes – including adaptive ones for people with disabilities - and trailers, for the kids or your doggie, from Cyclexperience in Brockenhurst, The Woods Cyclery in Lyndhurst or Forest Leisure Cycling in Burley.

Go pony-spotting on our heathlands and, if you’re lucky, you may see some deer, too.

February is also the ideal time to try something new so why not book one of New Forest Activities’ canoe or kayak sessions? For a bargainous £20 per adult and £15 per child you get all equipment hire, supervision, and the chance to paddle up the beautiful Beaulieu River. They also offer Winter Archery, for those who prefer dry land.

Or why not explore the stunning Keyhaven River atop a Stand Up Paddle Board? The New Forest Paddle Sport Company holds one hour taster sessions on an almost daily basis for £15, which includes all equipment. Contact them for further details.

And if you just fancy getting away from it all with all your family and even your dog, we have over 80 dog friendly hotels, B&Bs, self catering cottages, holiday parks & campsites – don’t forget to check out the offers from our accommodation providers in the forest. From campsites to luxury 5* hotels, from hot-tub lodges to boutique hotels we’ve got a huge variety of places to stay, which welcome children and offer some juicy half-term offers.

Bookmark our accommodation pages and you won’t miss out.

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