Families invited for ‘wild play’ in the New Forest this Easter

Hampshire and isle of wight wildlife trust s wild beach club cropped

Published Wednesday 1 April 2015

Families can enjoy crabbing and seashore scavenging at a free day of activities in the New Forest this Easter.

Children, parents and grandparents are invited to Wild Play Day at the Beach to discover fun ways to explore, play and be creative in the great outdoors.

The free event organised by the New Forest National Park Authority and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust aims to help families enjoy nature instead of being glued to their tablets and televisions.  

The play day will run from 10am to 2pm on 9 April at Hurst Spit near Keyhaven. No booking is required, but there are charges for parking at the Hurst Road East car park in Milford-on-Sea. 

Helen Robinson, education officer at the National Park Authority, said: ‘The most memorable experiences for families are usually the simplest activities like seashore scavenging or making beach art. 

‘So if you’re looking for ideas to keep your children busy, just come along to our wild play day for some great activities.’ 

Dawn Morgan, from the Wildlife Trust, said: ‘One of our key aims is to engage people of all ages with nature. Spending time outdoors with your children or grandchildren is not only good for health and fitness but also may spark a passion in them for the outdoors and conservation. 

‘Playing outdoors does not need to cost a lot, most of the activities on the Wild Play Day are things you can do with your children at any time and can be really be fun for the whole family.’

For details on the Wild Play Day visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/wildplayday

Families can also enjoy similar activities at the Wildlife Trust’s Wild Beach Club at Hurst Spit every Thursday from 4pm to 6pm starting from April 23. For details about the Wild Beach Club call Dawn Morgan on 01489 774413 or email wildlifewatch@hiwwt.org.uk


Notes to Photo Editor: Please find attached a photo of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust's Wild Beach Club.  

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 Contacts:
Sion Donovan, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646639
Email: sion.donovan@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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