The clocks may be about to go back and Easter is zooming towards us but don’t worry, you’ve still got time to book a cheeky seasonal break, something fun to do with the kids, or that celebration lunch in the magical New Forest!

A date your young ones will be desperate not to miss is Take Off! on April 17, when PJ Masks’ Catboy and Luna Girl will be dropping in to Adventure Wonderland.

Along with the crimefighting superheroes, children will be able to enjoy all the thrilling outside rides and attractions. There’ll also be a brand new show in the Happydrome Theatre as well as egg and spoon races and Easter egg hunts in Adventure Wonderland’s giant hedge maze every day over the bank holiday weekend.

If it’s a traditional Easter you’re after, complete with bunnies and newly-hatched chicks, then head off to Longdown Activity Farm near Ashurst.

New for 2019, Longdown is opening its very own Easter Barn. You’ll enter a charming, spring-themed space where children can decorate and plant their own Easter Flower Pots to take home and watch their flower burst into bloom.

As well as Easter Flower Pots, there are plenty of other eggs-cellent activities for everyone to get involved with at Longdown, between 13 & 22 April, including ‘Count your Chickens’, their Golden Egg Hunt and entertainment by Crazy M on 10 April.

Children and adults can collect real eggs, newly laid by the farm chickens and, of course, hold fluffy yellow chicks and cuddle baby bunnies in the Animal Encounter Barn. There are lots more friendly farm animals to see, too.

For eco-friendly activities, and the chance to get your youngsters into gardening, visit Patrick’s Patch at Fairweather’s Garden Centre, near Beaulieu, where they have the Potting Shed Club for children aged 4-11. 

On Saturday April 20 the children will have a fun morning session using re-cycled materials and making their own dingly-dangly scarecrow to take home.  They’ll also be making paper pots, sowing sunflowers and sowing radish as part of a special trial.

If your kids are the free-range variety then sign them up for one of the best holiday clubs around. New Forest Activities’ Holiday Adventure Days are rammed with exciting things to do and skills to learn, including bushcraft, archery and high ropes. See their website for available dates throughout the Easter holidays.

For more adventure, this time on the water, book up with The New Forest Paddle Sport Company’s one-hour taster sessions for paddleboarding or kayaking which run throughout the Easter holidays and, at £20pp per hour are perfect for the whole family. You can hire a wetsuit for £5 and all U18’s must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-booking is essential.

Prefer dry land? Fuzzacker Guided Walks are running an Easter Ramble on Saturday 20 April which is suitable for all the family, especially as under 12’s go free.

Starting from Lyndhurst (the war memorial at Bolton’s Bench) at 10am, the walk will meander through different New Forest landscapes, revealing some of the history and important traditions of this beautiful area.

Walks are taken at a leisurely pace by the friendly & knowledgeable Fuzzacker guides. All you need is good walking shoes or boots and suitable clothing for the weather. The maximum distance will be 5 miles and takes around 3 hours. The special Easter price is £10 per person and you can book by emailing or by text to 07754 842731, or just turn up on the day!

If your children are the indoor type, then sign them up for one of St Barbe Museum’s Easter activities. From 6 to 22 April they are running their Easter Naughty Bunny Hunt around the museum.  From 10am-4pm each day, young ones will be able to follow the chocolately paw prints around the museum’s gallery and the trail is free with museum admission.

They also have their ‘Waiting for the Easter Bunny’ event on 9 and 16 April where young visitors will learn how to make Easter decorations and help prepare the museum’s window display. And if you’re around on April 18, why not join them for World Heritage Day? Where your child will learn about their local – and not so local - heritage. Both events are £3 per child.

If heritage is your thing, you can find out a lot more about it in this area in the most fun way possible at the New Forest Heritage Centre in Lyndhurst.

With exciting craft activities, quizzes and museum trails, their Family Discovery Days help you learn about the New Forest whilst having fun.  Museum entry is free (craft activities by donation).  No need to book – just drop in! The fun takes place on 9, 11 and 16 April.

If you’re looking to extend your time in the New Forest (and who wouldn't?) why not have a look at some of our eggs-cellent Easter accommodation that’s still available?

Back of Beyond Touring Park at St Leonards have been making a lot of changes over the winter months, not only to welcome visitors, with new shower blocks, an additional shower room and 2 amazing shepherds huts!

They’ve also been planting more than 2,000 native hedge whips - to create privacy between pitches but also to support the eco-system as each native hedge supports up to 4,000 species of insects and wildlife.

Forester’s and Keeper’s Cottages have some great Easter offers, too.

Go on a 3-night Weekend Breaks on 12 April at either Forester's Cottage for £375 or Keeper's Cottage at £390. 4-night short breaks are available from 15 April at Forester's Cottage for £480.

There is also an Easter Weekend 3-nighter available at Forester's Cottage for £450 from 19 April and a 4-night short break from 22 April for £500 at Forester's Cottage and £560 at Keeper's Cottage. (Priced for 4 guests staying, with a further £10 per night discount offered to a couple).

Families, especially those with tiny babies or toddlers should check out the

Easter Celebration Break at New Park Manor Hotel near Brockenhurst.

Join them for a very eggs-citing Easter break, where they’ll be offering a wide variety of seasonal themed activities in the crèche and during their family fun sessions each day. Easter Sunday sees their third annual Easter Egg hunt in the beautiful hotel grounds and is open to both residents and non-residents for a small fee per child. (Prices are from £214 per night based on 2 adults and 1 child sharing a Classic Room, including dinner for 2 adults).

Check out even more amazing accommodation in the New Forest here and book your last-minute break now!

You can find out about even more eggstra-ordinary Easter events and special offers in our other Easter Blog. Make sure you add all the dates of events into your diaries.

Check out our Easter Food & Drink page for some inspiration of where to enjoy your Easter Lunch this year.




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