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Things to do in the New Forest Area

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LondonSuperTrooper Thu 13-Feb-14 12:45:12

I'm going to Southampton to meet a friend for the day. My DS (7yo) will be tagging along with me.

Please can you recommend things to do with my son in the New Forest / Bournemouth area? I'm happy to book a B&B if there are things that we can do. We are driving down from Kent and it's such a shame not to take advantage of the location.


AmysTiara Sat 15-Feb-14 20:42:19

Walking or cycling in the forest, visit Beaulieu, a bus tour, Bournemouth has a fairground by the beach, Brockenhurst has a river to paddle in that the ponies walk into. It's a beautiful area.

LondonSuperTrooper Sun 16-Feb-14 16:19:11

Amy, thanks for the suggestions.

fusspot66 Sun 16-Feb-14 16:21:12

National motoring museum at Beaulieu or Peppa Pig World!

Stinkyfeet Sun 16-Feb-14 16:26:56

Lots of ideas here

Stinkyfeet Sun 16-Feb-14 16:29:54

Adventure Wonderland is quite good too. My ds's love the indoor soft play!

ylloyd888 Thu 20-Feb-14 17:20:37

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VivaLeBeaver Thu 20-Feb-14 17:24:09

Marwell zoo.

The historic docks at Portsmouth are fab and would be on the way there/home.

The otter and owl sanctuary is very good.

DaddyIsHome Thu 20-Feb-14 17:42:00

Peppa pig world is great but 7 might be a bit old. There used to be loads of streams and rope swings in the forrest, spent hours there when I was younger and theyre still there!

Slainte Thu 20-Feb-14 17:43:51

PP Wotld is set within Paultons Park which is probably more suitable for a 7yo.

youbethemummylion Thu 20-Feb-14 17:44:56

Manor Farm is lovely and you can make it a full day thing with walks in the woods.

LondonSuperTrooper Thu 20-Feb-14 21:07:29

Thanks for all of your suggestions. We are going tomorrow smile

Grittzio Thu 20-Feb-14 21:16:32

Moors Valley Country Park on edge of Forest is a good day out, there is a play trail with different structures to climb, go in, play on. Adventure Play park, Go Ape, one for adults and older kids, one for younger. A steam train, picnic area and you can take your bikes. You just pay for the car park, Go ape and train but you don't have to do these to have a good day.

lessthanBeau Thu 03-Apr-14 18:47:50

awwww moors valley country park! the best day out we had in the new forest that place is brilliant! and you only pay car parking.

SignoraStronza Thu 03-Apr-14 18:53:06

I'll second Moors Valley. There is a special Go Ape! course for children your ds's age and plenty of parkland to explore.

Laska42 Thu 03-Apr-14 18:57:27

B&B recommendation in Brockenhurst (weve been there three times now the breakfast is wonderful) here]]

Just cycle the trails and enjoythe forest ! You can hire bikes in Brockenhurst , there's lost of safe cycling trails in the forest. Brockenhurst has nice places to eat suitable for grownups and kids .. especially recomment the Italian next to the station and Yenz.

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