Families invited for summer wild play day in the woods

A child taking part in the sail boat activity at last year s summer wild play day for web

Published Wednesday 9 August 2017

Children are invited to explore, play and be creative in the New Forest at a wild play day this summer.

Families can learn more about the National Park’s special qualities while creating forest art, taking part in water activities, listening to tales of treasure, navigating a woodland obstacle course and more. The first 50 families to sign up online will also receive a free goody bag on the day.

Organised by the New Forest National Park Authority, Forestry Commission and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, the event aims to help families enjoy nature instead of being glued to their tablets, phones and televisions.  

The wild play day will run from 10am to 3pm on 16 August at Whitefield Moor near Brockenhurst. Booking is not required and families can drop in any time throughout the day. Free parking is available at Whitefield Moor car park.

Suzi Shilling, New Forest National Park Authority Wild Play Officer, said: ‘You don’t have to spend lots of money to have fun with your family and it’s important that we take time out of our busy lives to get outside and explore our surroundings in fun ways.

‘This wild play day will give you fantastic ideas on how to keep your children busy during the holidays and how you can spend more time outdoors learning about the unique landscape you live in.’

Tracy Standish, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust Assistant Education Officer, said: ‘We are really excited to be involved in a wild play day event again. It’s a brilliant opportunity to get children really engaged with what is on their doorstep and show parents how spending time outside is good for not only their family’s health, but also their curiosity of the world around them.

‘Most of the activities on the wild play day are things you can do with your children at any time in a variety of places, including gardens, and can be really fun for the whole family.’

To sign up for your free goody bag, please visit www.summerwildplayday.eventbrite.co.uk

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A child taking part in the sail boat activity at last year's summer wild play day.

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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

Beki Mole, Communications Assistant
New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646639
Email: beki.mole@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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