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Grow up wild in the New Forest!
Playing outdoors in a natural environment, building dens, jumping in puddles, clambering over fallen logs and making mud pies is what wild play is all about and much, much more! Opportunities for free play within nature offer countless benefits to children and often are the source of standout childhood memories.
Part of the joy of wild play is its simplicity, there is no need for any complicated equipment, just you, your family and some good old wellie boots! Leave the toys and computers at home, get your imagination in gear and start exploring.
Whatever the season or weather, there is a wild play adventure waiting for you so why not put on your sun cream… or waterproofs and head outdoors. Check out our seasonal wild play download for some ideas to get you started:
The New Forest is a perfect location for wild play, with a seemingly endless list of places to explore. Here are just a few fantastic spots that you might like to visit … places for wild play
If you or someone that you know is interested in wild play then our new ‘Wild play toolkit’ is for you. Designed for parish councils, groups, organisations and individuals who are interested in developing a wild play space. It is packed with ideas for resources and activities as well as all the different things that you will need to consider in your wild play journey.
Throughout the year we run a series of wild play events across the Forest, upcoming events are:
Monday 22 October: New Forest Toddle, Blackwater car park, SO42 7QB. 10am – 12pm
Monday 22 October: Wild Play Wander, Ashurst 2pm – 4pm. Booking essential.
Wednesday 24 October: Wild Play day at Holmsley campsite, Bransgore, BH23 8EB. 10am – 3pm
Wild Play is one of 21 projects within the £4.4 million, Heritage Lottery Fund Our Past, Our Future landscape partnership scheme and is targeted with implementing three community based wild play areas within the New Forest National Park. Click here for more information on the project and how you could help.
'To reduce the risk of damaging wildfires, campfires are not permitted without the landowner’s permission.'
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