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Wild play

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:

Winter wild play download

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 places for wild play.

Wild play toolkit now available

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.

Download your copy of the Wild play toolkit here.

Dates for your diary

Throughout the year we run a series of wild play events across the Forest, upcoming events are:

Tuesday 16 April: Wild Play day, Hurst Spit, 10am – 3pm
Tuesday 20 August: Wild Play day, Whitefield Moor, 10am – 3pm
Wednesday 30 October: Wild Play day, Holmsley Campsite, 10am – 3pm

The Wild Play project

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.

Wild play day in the woods



Wild play toolkit



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