This summer we’re experiencing classic British weather, we’ve had super-hot days, thunder storms and weeks where it just hasn’t stopped raining – We simply can’t tell what it’s going to do next! With that in mind we’ve put together our top activities for those really wet days where a picnic on the heathlands isn’t the best idea!
- New Forest Centre & Museum – The New Forest Centre is set in Lyndhurst, here you will find a fascinating museum, gift shop, library, exhibition gallery and friendly staff to answer all your questions about the national park.Throughout the summer they also hold ‘summer discovery days’ where the kids can learn about the New Forest whilst having fun. Held every Tuesday and Thursday during the school holidays, there’s no need to book, just pop in between 10am and 4pm. Museum entry is free, craft activities are £1 each.
As it’s conveniently placed in the centre of Lyndhurst, it makes for the perfect reason to pop in for lunch at one of the local cafes or pubs.
- Beaulieu National Motor Museum – Take a visit to Beaulieu in the heart of the New Forest and discover the many delights that one of the UK’s leading tourist attractions has to offer. The National Motor Museum has over 250 vehicles telling the story of motoring from World Land Speed Record Breakers to Formula 1 racers. Take a ride on ‘wheels’; a pod ride journey taking you through 100 years of motoring.Here you can also find the World of Top Gear; see the actual cars from Jeremy, Richard and James’ most ambitious challenges over the years. Plus enter the Top Gear ‘Enormodrome’ which recreates the feel of the Top Gear Studio.
Included in your visit to Beaulieu is entry into Palace House, home of the Montagu family since 1538, and Beaulieu Abbey with its exhibition and film of monastic life. See the Secret Army Exhibition, telling the story of wartime Beaulieu and the training of secret agents.
- Liberty’s Owl, Raptor & Reptile Centre – Liberty’s owl, raptor and reptile centre is named after Liberty, their Alaskan Bald Eagle, one of the many birds of prey that they have on display at the centre, which is located just outside of Ringwood.
At Liberty’s you will find a large collection of birds of prey, including owls, hawks, falcons and vultures, as well as a collection of reptiles and other creepy crawlies in their reptile house.
- Longdown Activity Farm – Enjoy a fantastic day out at the family run Longdown Dairy Farm, join in with their daily schedule of activities which run throughout the day including joining in the animal feeds; you can bottle feed the kid goats and calves, feed the ducks, meet the pigs, donkeys and alpacas. You can even have a cuddle with a bunny or a chick – They have lots of friendly animals waiting to meet you!There are also lots of brilliant farmyard buildings to explore and loads of fabulous indoor and outdoor play areas including the trampoline barn, a soft play area and The Farmer’s Straw Den. Before you leave, don’t miss the Longdown Farm Shop for a large range of delicious locally sourced produce as well as poultry and pet scales, feed, equipment and bedding in the Longdown Chicken Shack.
- Ringwood Brewery Tour – The Ringwood Brewery tour experience takes approximately one and a half hour and is also available for children over the age of 8. The tour includes a complimentary drink their Pin Room, a tour of the brewery where you can taste the malted barleys, have a sniff of the hops, and see the fermentations bubbling away in the TunRoom.They’ll also include a tasting session and the opportunity to browse their Brewery Store which is packed with gifts, goodies, and great bottled and draught beers – Enjoy a complimentary glass on departure – The perfect outing come rain or shine!
Don’t forget all of our hotels have heated indoor swimming pools perfect for having a little dip with the kids or simply relaxing pool-side with a beverage in hand.
If you haven’t booked your summer holiday yet, book today and enjoy the attractions of the New Forest.