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Go wild this autumn half term

Go wild this autumn half term


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

Families can learn more about why the National Park is special while talking part in exciting new activities. Creating woodland instruments, taking part in water activities and navigating a woodland obstacle course are just some of the activities on the day.

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

The wild play day will run from 10am to 3pm on Wednesday 24 October at Holmsley Campsite near Burley. Booking is not required and families can drop in any time throughout the day. Free parking is available at the campsite, please follow the signs on the day.

This year’s event will also include a pit stop for your family pooch. Families can take on the Bark Ranger Challenge and learn games to play with their four legged friends in the Forest, including sniffing out a treat, hide and seek or learning a new trick.

Claire Pearce, New Forest National Park Authority Wild Play Officer, said: ‘We are excited to be able to give families new ideas on how to have fun outside during the school holidays without spending lots of money. With mental health at the forefront of our minds, it’s important that we spend time with family during 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. Thank you to Camping in the Forest for letting us host this year’s event at Holmsley Campsite.’

Spencer Pettit, Camping in the Forest Business Development Manager, said: ‘We’re delighted to be supporting the National Park Authority’s wild play day at Holmsley campsite. The New Forest is such an inspiring landscape to be in and we’re looking forward to seeing families spending more time together in the outdoors.’

To find out more about the day please visit


Notes to Photo Editor:

A child enjoying outdoor activities at a previous 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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