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Spaces for wild play in the New Forest

The New Forest is a fantastic place for wild play, with lots of different places to explore. To help you get started, our Wild Play Project Officer Claire has selected three spaces in the Forest to start your wild play adventure. If you need some extra inspiration of what to do when you are there, why not read our blog post ‘10 family fun activities to do in the New Forest this autumn.’


You will find Blackwater between Brockenhurst and the A35, along Rhinefield Ornamental Drive. But did you know that it’s home to the tallest and oldest Douglas fir trees in Britain? There are two different trails you can follow, with the first taking you past some of the tallest trees at Blackwater, whilst the second is a sensory trail within the Arboretum. Both trails are perfect for children’s imaginations and a great place to take part in wild play.

Car parking is free and there are toilets and picnic benches available for use. Find out more online.


Set in the heart of the New Forest, Bolderwood can be found along Ornamental Drive. Not only is it one of the best places in the Forest to spot deer, it also has some of the tallest trees in the Forest too. Bolderwood has a variety of buggy-friendly walks, picnic benches and a large grassy area that’s perfect for running around and playing games.  

Car parking is free and there are toilet facilities in the car park. Find out more about Bolderwood car park.

Lepe Country Park

Situated in the south east of the New Forest, Lepe Country Park is just a few miles outside of Beaulieu. Set right on the coast, with views over the Isle of Wight, Lepe Country Park has beach, woodland, wildflower meadows and grassy areas waiting to be explored. So why not take your wild play to the next level and try some woodland and seashore activities all in one day?

Entry into the park is free, although pay and display car parking charges apply. There’s a café and toilets on site, as well as a traditional, adventure play area for children. Visit Lepe Country Park's website.

This entry was posted by Communications on Wednesday 05/10/2016


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