A day for play in the New Forest

wild play

Published Friday 1 August 2014

Families can discover fun ways to explore and play in the New Forest, while learning about its special qualities, at a wild play day.

With activities including den building, minibeast hunting and mud modelling, this free event has plenty of activities to get kids away from the television and out playing in the great outdoors this summer.  

This event is organised by the New Forest National Park Authority, with support from the Forestry Commission and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

Families can drop in to Anderwood car park anytime from 10am until 4pm on Tuesday 19 August to take part.

Children will be given their own map, which shows them where the various supervised play stations are, and what they can do at each location. This could be searching for minibeasts in stump city, cooking up a storm in a mud kitchen, or creating their very own forest guardian.

Helen Robinson, New Forest National Park Authority Education Officer, said: ‘The most memorable experiences for families who visit the New Forest are usually the simplest activities like pooh sticks or finding tracks and signs left by deer.

‘So if you’re looking for ideas to keep children busy this summer, remember that wild time in the Forest doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Just come along to our wild play day to pick up plenty of great activity ideas while playing with your children in the great outdoors.

For more information visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/wildplayday.

For directions just search the internet for ‘Anderwood barbecue site’. No refreshments will be provided, so please bring a packed lunch and a drink.

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Bryn Mitchell bug hunting at Bolderwood.

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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.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.

Media Contact:

Matt Stroud, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: matt.stroud@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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