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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! 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 an outdoor adventure waiting for you so why not put on your sun cream…or waterproofs and head outside.

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 you could visit to give it a go.

Dates for your diary

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

  • Autumn Wild Play day – Wed 30 October drop in between 10am – 3pm at Holmsley Campsite. Find out more on our events page.
  • Spring Wild Play Day – Wed 8 April, drop in between 10am – 3pm at Hurst Spit, Milford-on-Sea.
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 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.

Wild play day in the woods



Wild play toolkit



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