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If you had one day in the New Forest...

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Applesforjam Mon 15-May-17 12:44:25

Hello,
We are staying in Southampton this weekend and want to visit the new forest for the first time with our 2 and 4 year old for one of the days. Where would you go if you had a day to explore?
Thanks!

TeenAndTween Mon 15-May-17 22:03:34

Longdown Dairy Farm.
and/or
New Forest Wildlife Park

Or drive around until you see some ponies on the road.

LIZS Mon 15-May-17 22:08:43

Lyndhurst. There is a visitor's centre and you could drive into the forest to Burley to see ponies etc

CrystalTits Mon 15-May-17 22:11:27

Then head up the road to Lyndhurst for a run up to Bolton's Bench and a wander on the forest. Finish with an ice cream or a trip to the sweetie shop in the high street.

CrystalTits Mon 15-May-17 22:13:47

Sadly the visitor centre has closed down, LIZS, but the museum and gift shop is still open.

HaPPy8 Mon 15-May-17 22:17:14

Moors Valley country park

ChippyMinton Mon 15-May-17 22:22:28

Blackwater car park for the huge trees and the arboretum. Take a picnic or disposable BBQ (there are tables with metal stands) and buy icecream.

Flowersinyourhair Mon 15-May-17 22:25:10

Furzey Gardens to go fairy spotting with little ones. You can see the ponies too

Applesforjam Mon 15-May-17 23:39:51

Thank you so much for the suggestions mumsnetters! Wishing we had longer now. I will definitely look into them all! (smile)

Mair1234 Tue 16-May-17 10:13:54

Beaulieu is beautiful and there are normally a few donkeys and cows knocking around, having a snooze in the middle of the road! If it's sunny there's also a really nice little spot on the way to Brockenhurst, near the Balmer Lawn Hotel (not the nicest of places but fine) where you can park up and kids can splosh around in the brook. It's really shallow and a great way to cool them down!

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