NEW FOREST FAMILY FUN
What’s on this February Half-term
The first school holiday of the year is almost upon us and we can’t wait to be joined by many of you for a little family fun! Across the New Forest there’s plenty of fun to be had by little ones, teenagers and even the older ones too, here’s our guide to a February half-term the whole family can enjoy.
Beaulieu Motor Museum – Get hands-on and experience a touch of luxury at Beaulieu this February half-term. You’ll get the chance to discover what life was like for those at the top, then peek ‘below the stairs’ to see how their chauffeurs, maids and cooks lived. Don’t forget to pick up your Hands-On Half-Term Pass Book and collect a stamp from each of the activity stations.
Paultons Park – Re-opening on 15th February and a must for the whole family this February half-term is Paultons Park. With a wide variety of rides and attractions, including ‘Lost Kingdom’, an extraordinary Jurassic World, home to a selection of larger than life dinosaurs and world-class rollercoasters, as well as classic rides such as The Cobra and Cat-O-Pillar Coaster, there’s plenty for guests of all ages. For the littles ones, a visit to Peppa Pig World is the way to make their day! They’ll get the chance to meet Peppa and all of her friends too.
Longdown Activity Farm – Re-opening just in time for half-term, there’s plenty of farmyard fun for the whole family at Longdown Activity Farm. You’ll get to enjoy getting hands on with the daily activities including bottle-feeding kid goats and calves, duck feeding, and The Animal Encounter Barn where you can meet lots of friendly animals including donkeys, alpacas, cute chicks, pygmy goats, cows and more! Explore in and around the farmyard buildings and find lots of fabulous indoor and outdoor play equipment. Don’t miss the brilliant and bumpy tractor and trailer ride, which is free of charge.
Buckler’s Hard – On the banks of the Beaulieu River, in the heart of the New Forest, you will find the peaceful haven of Buckler’s Hard which remains untouched by the passage of time. Once a thriving shipbuilding village where ships for Nelson’s fleet at Trafalgar were built, now Buckler’s Hard is a tranquil haven, perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of modern life. Discover the history of the village in the Maritime Museum, take a step inside a historic shipwright’s cottage, or simply amble down the high street to watch the boats sailing by on the Beaulieu River.
Marwell Zoo – From endangered Amur tigers to majestic giraffes – Marwell’s 140-acre zoo is home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species. Take your little explorers and hop onto the road & rail trains to enjoy 4 adventure playgrounds, the tropical and daily talks with animal feeds, before heading to the cafés to re-fuel ready to continue the adventure.
Photo by Jason Brown, Marwell Zoo photographer
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