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Five Things to Inspire Your Future Forest Foodie

There’s nothing more depressing than the sight of a child glued to an iPad or a games console. Especially if it’s sunny outside. But how to capture their imagination and get them thinking about the wild world around them?

As we gear up for the New Forest Food and Drink Festival – which has the Future Forest Foodie as one of its 15 themes – we’ve come up with a few fab things which will tickle their taste buds and get them on the move!

1.     Pick your own – where better to spend the lazy, hazy days than in a field, picking English strawberries for tea or to make into the most divine jam and spread? There are a number of PYO places through the Forest. And remember, just one serving of strawberries will provide more than 100 per cent of your daily vitamin C intake

2.     Take a hike – on one of our celebrated Food Trails. There are four to choose from, including one taking in our beautiful coast, and plenty of foodie stops on the way to keep their interest up.

3.     Go fish – Whether you want to cast your line into the sea off one of our beaches or try crabbing from Mudeford quay, or you fancy a little coarse fishing we’ve got the lot. We have fishing available at Hatchet Pond, near Beaulieu, with Roach, Bream, Tench, Carp, Pike, Pearch, Eels and Rudd and also at Avon Tyrrell near Bransgore. Both lakes sell day passes.

4.     Visit a little museum – Sometimes you don’t want to make a day of it. The St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery in Lymington has a programme of summer activities for young forest visitors. Learn more about the New Forest’s coastine, where salt-makers farmers and fishermen made their trade throughout the ages.

5.     Forage for food – Leave the mushrooms and toadstools to the experts, there are much nicer things around to pick, like juicy blackberries and cob nuts. It’ll get you nicely in the mood for our New Forest Forager theme in the upcoming New forest Food and Drink Festival in November 2016.

Don’t miss our Headline Future Foodies event on Saturday 5th November.

We invite you to ‘tumble down the rabbit hole’ and enjoy the wonderful world of tea with the Forest’s future foodies. For the most magical make-believe party, children will be entertained by characters from the famous well-loved children’s story whilst indulging in an electric and colourful selection of cakes and pastries, drink me potions and all things Alice in Wonderland. A fantastical feast of sweets include strawberries and cream, homemade marshmallow mushrooms, a ‘Tick Tock’ traditional Victoria sponge clock and a trip to jelly wonderland. Come along in fancy dress and join the fun and games!