Discover your National Park with free family activities

National Park Explorer

Published Friday 9 August 2013

A family day of fun and excitement exploring the New Forest National Park is being held next week.

The free event on Thursday (August 15) from 10am-4pm at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst will be bursting with children’s activities, guided walks to the Open Forest, tours of the historic Verderers’ Court which has been in place since the 13th Century, and an opportunity to visit and picnic in the gardens of the historic Queen’s House.

Visitors will be able to find out all about New Forest ponies and make their own New Forest hobby pony to take home.

Gillie Hayball, lead ranger at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: 'This is a great day for everyone to come along to. It offers a taster of what the New Forest has to offer and gives people an insight into the Forest’s ancient traditions and unique way of life.'

To mark the event the New Forest Tour is offering free travel to children from five to 15 years old on 15 August for one day only - a saving of £6 per child. The Tour has a handy stop just outside the New Forest Centre.

Gillie added: ‘The free travel for children on the New Forest Tour for that day allows visitors to the New Forest Centre to explore even further afield, experience unparalleled views of the New Forest, and the chance to leave their car at home. ’

Hilary Marshall, New Forest Centre Manager, said: ‘We are pleased to be working in partnership with the New Forest National Park Authority to offer such a great day of activities. The New Forest Centre is the perfect place to start your visit to the New Forest.’

For more information about the event visit our events page and for New Forest Tour timetables go to .


Picture caption: National Park Ranger Claire Sherwood with the National Park Explorer which will be at the New Forest Centre for Discover your National Park Day.

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect

Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

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Media Contacts:

Sion Donovan, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646639


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