Remember when February used to be the dullest half-term holiday?

Not anymore it isn’t!

Take a peek at our mega list of things to do and places to stay in the New Forest – there are so many we reckon that one week just isn’t long enough to enjoy them all!

Treat your little ones to time out at Adventure Wonderland near Hurn, where Titch the T-Rex and his dinosaur friends will be taking up 'roar'sidence from Tues 19 – Thurs 21 February.

Titch will be on his best behaviour wandering around the park, so there'll be plenty of photo opportunities for the extra brave. When he's not on the prowl he'll be behind a fence so the more cautious can get a closer look and small children will be able to sit on Gretel, an animatronic Triceratops or pose with a dinosaur egg or leg bone.  

Other attractions include the maze and play area, Caterpillar ride, Charlie Cool's Cars, the Jabberwocky double-helix slide and Cuddles Corner.  Inside visitors can enjoy the weather-beating giant indoor Aztec soft play centre, Wild Thing!,  Dance with the Stars, and story time. Make sure you don’t miss out by booking on their website.

Don’t forget that Fans of Peppa Pig can take a Peppa Pig World break at Paulton’s Park which is open throughout half term from February 11.

Paulton’s breaks in partner hotels for 2019 are offered at 2018 prices. Because who would want to missThe 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? Many other rides in the park will also be open, too.

Over in New Milton, Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum has a teddy bear hunt and a children’s biker trail to enjoy during half-term, as well as its world-class collection of speed machines plus a cute animal farm and tearooms, from February 18.

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.

Check out the daily timetable that’s packed with activities which run throughout the day. There’s even more opportunity to get hands-on in the Animal Encounter Barn where visitors can hold chicks, meet rabbits and guinea pigs, kid goats and maybe a piglet or two!    

There are plenty of undercover play areas for the children to let off steam - a fabulous soft play area, a brilliant straw bale and trampoline barn, and a quieter infant play area complete with sand pit. There’s also an outdoor play park and ‘Pitchfork and Putt’ - the crazy golf course. Longdown also provides a Changing Places facility with adult-sized equipment for individuals with assisted needs, which means that no one needs to miss out.

Don’t forget to drop in to the New Forest Heritage Centre in Lyndhurst on Tuesday 19 or Thursday 21 for some free February fun.  With exciting craft activities, quizzes and museum trails, their family-friendly Discovery Days help you learn about the New Forest in the most entertaining ways possible. Museum entry is free with craft activities by donation.  No need to book - just turn up between 10am and 3pm.

If your little one is a fan of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang then a visit to the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu is a must. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the famous flying car they’re inviting visitors to follow in the footsteps of Chitty's on-screen creator, Caractacus Potts, and dream up their own magical inventions.

Remember to make sure the kids pick up their Hands-On Half Term Travel Log to create memories from their visit and complete the activities inside. And make sure they collect their stamp as they visit each area of the attraction.

If you fancy exploring a little further afield for a day – then a journey to Marwell Zoo near Winchester could be just the thing. Many of Marwell’s animals feel the cold too, which is why so many live in toasty bliss, especially in the Tropical House. Experience face-to-face encounters with a diversity of wildlife and exotic plants in a tropical climate as you learn about their fascinating lives.

With daily talks and feeds, five adventure playgrounds, a tractor train and hundreds of exotic and endangered animals across 140 acres of parkland, there’s plenty to occupy your little ones whilst you relax and soak up the surroundings.

From the 16 to 24 February, there will be craft activities and extra talks at New Forest Wildlife Park at Ashurst. A Valentine’s themed quiz, “love to laugh” will also be running and this joke based quiz will have you leaving in fits of laughter!

With the longer and (we hope) slightly warmer days, it could be the time to get back outside and luckily we’ve got some great activities to tempt you.

Head over to New Forest Activities for some awesome family days out. Hop into a canoe on a Winter Paddle, learn a new skill during a Winter Archery session or spend the day exploring The New Forest by boat and bike on a Family Adventure Day.

We’ve got plenty of family-friendly half-term breaks, too, including Family Fun Food and a Film at the historic Bell Inn, near Bramshaw in the northern part of the forest. Kids eat free on locally-sourced food while parents are staying and after you’ve enjoyed your favourite meal, snuggle up and watch a classic family movie with the kids in the Bell’s New Forest Lounge  - they’ll even provide your little ones with cookies and milk.

Many of our hotels offer cycle hire or can arrange activities such as horse riding and guided walks. Look out for those with indoor pools such as the Balmer Lawn HotelForest Lodge Hotel and  Bartley Lodge Hotel, ideal for splashing about in after a busy day’s exploring. Or how about staying in your own luxury treehouse at Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa or in your own secluded lodge at The Pig Hotel?

New Park Manor Hotel and Spa, in Brockenhurst classes itself as a luxury family hotel. It offers facilities which include a creche, a cinema room, cots, table football and teenagers’ spa sessions. The hotel also has child-friendly menus and meal times plus hire of video baby monitors so adults can dine in the restaurant without worrying.

Book a B&B, a fun-filled Holiday Park or a self-catering cottage  - you’ll find plenty of inspiration here on our website. We even have a whole list of just child friendly accommodation here. Bring your bikes too– half term is the ideal occasion to take your tinies out on their first Official 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 view on our website.

*For more inspiration, places to stay and news of everything that’s going on, head over to our website.




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