Be sure to check out some of the local activities and places of interest in your campervan – Fun for all the family!
Moors Valley, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood, BH24 2ET
Whether you want to enjoy a peaceful walk or cycle ride through the Forest, experience a ride on an authentic narrow-gauge steam train or even go on a high wire adventure swinging through the tree tops with Go Ape! Moors Valley Country park has something for everyone. They also have Fishing, Cycle hire and a gift shop and restaurant. A really good family day out!
New Forest Reptile Centre, Near Lyndhurst SO43 7NY
The New Forest Reptile Centre is a unique place to visit to see close-up all the snakes and lizards found in Britain. Specially created outdoor pens provide a natural home to the rare sand lizard, smooth snake and the poisonous adder, which can be diffuclt to see in the wild as they are so secretive or rare. There is no admission charge but standard “pay and display” car parking charges apply.
Nr. AShurst, Southampton, SO40 4UH
Beautiful family-run wildlife park, set in 25 acres of unspoilt woodland in the New Forest. There are many amazing animals to see from several species of owls and otters to wolves, bison, wild boar, red deer, Muntjac deer, Scottish wildcats, lynx, wallabies, water voles, adders, foxes, polecats, pine martins and ferrets. Children will love the harvest mice scurrying around their mini home. New “Go Wild” Adventure playground is now open.
Deerleap Lane, Ashurst, Southampton SO40 7EH
Perfect for a family day out - there really is something for everyone. As always, the emphasis is on "hands-on activities" for all ages, and the daily timetable includes bottle-feeding goat kids and calves, meeting the pigs and of course plenty of opportunity to handle small animals such as baby rabbits and guinea pigs.
Ower, Romsey, The New Forest, Hampshire SO51 6AL
Paultons Family Theme Park Home to Peppa Pig World has over 70 wonderful rides and attractions included in the price. Paultons has been voted as the number 1 UK theme park for families by readers of Netmums, Which?, Mumsnet and by reviewers on Trip Advisor. The Park is set within 140 acres of beautiful parkland on the edge of the New Forest National Park.
Nr. Fordinbridge, Hampshire, SP6 2DF
Built in 1583 for the dodington family this Elizabethan manor in Hampshire is simply stunning. Sir Edward Hulse purchased the house in the 18th century and still remains home to the family 9 generations later. Visitors can enjoy seeing a wide variety of paintings as well as tapestries, porcelain, 17th Century needlework and a rare James 1 carpet. There are also fine examples of period furniture in the house. Set in its own beautiful parkland amid surrounding farms and fields, the grandeur and magnificence of the house has changed little over the past 400 years. It also has a Countryside Museum on site boasting full size replicas of trades and crafts how they would have been when the village was self-sufficient, including a blacksmith, school and village shop. As well as, steam powered machines, tractors and lots more!!
Bolderwood Arboretum Ornamental Drive
Deer viewing at Boldrewood isn't guaranteed but the herd of fallow deer are fed daily by the local New Forest keeper between the months of April and September, so the deer are more than happy to remain in the main meadow and are very accustomed to human presence. Several of the animals are white, which is quite an uncommon colour for fallow deer. The platform provides an excellent photo opportunity although a zoom or telephoto lens is a very good idea, if you want close-up shots.
Take an open-top safari with grandstand views of the scenery, animals and villages of the New Forest National Park. They run 3 different routes seeing all different parts of the forest and coast. You'll enjoy tree-top views of the National Park, with roaming animals, wide open heaths and ancient forest, with special audio commentaries telling the stories of the people and places of the New Forest. You can hop-on and hop-off wherever you like and catch another bus later on - or switch between Tour routes - all on the same ticket.
Crow Lane, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 3EA
Liberty's Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre is named after Liberty, its Alaskan Bald Eagle, one of the many birds of prey that are on display at the Centre, which is located just outside Ringwood.