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Families invited for summer wild play day in the woods

Families invited for summer wild play day in the woods


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 why the National Park is special while creating forest art, taking part in water activities, navigating a woodland obstacle course and more.

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 14 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.

Claire Pearce, New Forest National Park Authority Wild Play Officer, said: ‘You don’t have to spend lots of money to have fun with your family during the school holidays 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 and how you can spend more time outdoors together learning about the unique landscape you live in.’

Tracy Standish, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust Assistant Education Officer, said: ‘We’re delighted to again be supporting the National Park Authority’s wild play day with our “what’s brown and sticky” activity, encouraging families to embrace messy play and use clay along with natural items found on the Forest floor to sculpt people and animals. We’re looking forward to some wonderfully imaginative creations!’

To find out more about the day please visit


Notes to Photo Editor:

A family creating sail boats at a previous summer wild play day.

Notes to Editor:

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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