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Wild play

"Please drive slow for the ponies"


Polly Smythe


Swap screen time for wild time in the great outdoors. Wild play in the New Forest is great fun, gets you closer to nature – and it’s free. Here are some activity ideas for some wild adventures:

Things to do over the winter

Download (top right) the winter fun activities which gives you some great ideas to enjoy with the kids outdoors, including:

  • Some Forest and coastal locations you can visit with the kids
  • How to recycle oils and benefit your local wildlife
  • Ideas for rainy, icy and snowy days
  • Different ways to track the local wildlife.

Wild play day in the woods


Dates for your diaries

Next year’s wild play events are as follows:

  • Wednesday 11 April – Easter holidays at Hurst Spit, Milford-on-Sea
  • Tuesday 14 August – Summer holidays at Whitefield Moor, Brockenhurst
  • Wednesday 24 October – Autumn half term at Holmsley Campsite, Bransgore.

The Wild Play Project

The Our Past, Our Future is a £4.4million landscape partnership scheme for the New Forest supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Wild Play is one of the 21 projects and is targeted with implementing three wild play areas in and around the New Forest. Click here for more information on the project and how you can help.



'To reduce the risk of damaging wildfires, campfires are not permitted without the landowner’s permission.'

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