Fancy a fun filled Easter wild play?


Published Thursday 6 April 2017

Families looking for things to do this Easter are invited to a day of wild play activities such as crabbing and seashore scavenging in the New Forest.

The play day will run from 10am to 3pm on 20 April at Hurst Spit near Milford-on-Sea. No booking is required, but there are charges for parking at the Hurst Road East car park in Milford-on-Sea and a suggested £1 donation per child.

Last year’s event saw more than 300 people taking part in activities at the beach. This year will consist of a number of ‘wild play missions’ along the shoreline to include birdwatching, a seashore safari and traditional Pooh stick racing.

The event is organised by the New Forest National Park Authority, Hampshire County Council, Milford Conservation Volunteers and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and aims to help families enjoy nature at its best.

Helen Robinson, Education Officer at the National Park Authority, said: ‘The most memorable experiences for families are usually the simplest activities like gathering shells or peculiar pebbles. ‘If you’re looking for ways to entertain your children and enjoy yourselves too, come along to our wild play day for some great ideas.’

The New Forest offers a wealth of opportunities for free wild play, but often families do not know how to spend their time here. These days help families get outside and enjoy their local landscape instead of being glued to technology indoors and gives them ideas for unstructured play to use in their own time

The benefits of wild play are huge, helping children build their confidence, improving their communication, gross and fine motor skills and enhance coordination, flexibility and general muscle tone. This type of play also expands their imagination, attention span and encourages empathy and social awareness.

In addition, being outdoors all day boosts appetite and improves sleep quality which in turn reduces stress and anxiety through physical stimulation. So many benefits in joining us on the beach, for a fun filled day!

For details on the wild play day visit


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Wild play fun at Hurst Beach

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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.

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