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Half-Term Family Activities In the New Forest


Breeze into Autumn

Enjoy the beautiful autumn colours the New Forest has to offer with many fun and challenging activities suitable for the whole family.

£3 per booklet

Saturday, October 22 – Sunday, October 30

11am – 4pm

Bolderwood Car Park, the New Forest

Exbury Ghost Train

Dare you ride the Exbury Ghost Train for a 30 minute journey of fun, jokes and spooky happenings through Exbury Gardens? It’s a Halloween Phantomime featuring skeletons, scarecrows and other ghoulish characters.

Exbury Gardens is renowned for its beautiful autumn colours so enjoy the sights and the children can discover lots of spooky trees in the Gardens on a special trail, including the Domesday Yew, the Chinese Coffin Tree, Ghost Tree and Devil’s Walking Stick.

Families are also welcome to visit Mr Eddy’s Restaurant for Witches Toad-in the Hole or Pumpkin Pie!

Come in fancy dress to receive a free Goody Bag.

Booking is highly recommended. Call 023 8024 5750 to book. Exbury Season Ticket holders for the railway are entitled to one free Ghost Train ride per person, but are requested to book their tickets in advance.

Saturday, 22 October – Sunday, 30 October

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

Ghosts & Ghouls Half-term Hauntings

Come to Beaulieu this half-term to join in on the spooky activities including:

Phantom tours in the Motor Museum

Spooky stories in Palace House

Talk to real ghost hunters in the haunted Abbey

Frightening face painting

Lessons in witchcraft

Ride the Moan-a-rail

Halloween quiz trail and lucky dip

General admission prices apply. Come in fancy dress for half price entry fee: This applies to full admission prices between the 22nd and 30th October, excluding Saturday 29th October after 3pm.

Saturday, 22 October – Sunday, 30 October

10am – 5pm


Ramble with a Ranger 12

Join a volunteer ranger to discover more about the New Forest’s amazing history and wildlife. Each walk offers something different depending on the location, time of year and walk leader. This is a moderate 7 mile walk comprising of steep slopes, ditches, stream crossing and large sections of wet ground.

£5 per person. Booking is essential. Call 023 8028 6840 to book.

Saturday, 22 October, 10am–2.30pm.

Eyeworth Pond Car Park, Fritham

Autumn Wildlife Wonder

Join our volunteer ranger and local naturalist for an autumnal wander through a Forest of changing colours. Look for autumn fruits and fungi, signs of wildlife, and maybe observe some deer.

£10 Adult £5 Child

Booking is essential, call 023 8028 6840 (Mon-Fri 8.30am-4pm) for your tickets.

Sunday, 23 October

8am – 11am

Brockhill Car Park, the New Forest

New Forest Producers Market at Sandy Balls

Come and buy the best fresh and seasonal local produce direct from the farmers and small holders of the New Forest.

Every market is a unique experience offering a range of products such as honey, bread, cakes, eggs, wool, beef, local game, pork and bacon, cheese, vegetables and specialist plants and much more. They are a great opportunity to meet producers and find out about your local food.

Sunday, 23 October

10am – 2pm

Sandy Balls Holiday Centre, Godshill, Fordingbridge

Autumn Talk 4

Topics include Gardening for Wildlife, National Parks of Wales, Oral History Project, Celebration of the New Forest pony.

Ages 16+

Admission from £4
Booking is essential. Call 023 80283444 to book.

Monday, 24 October

7pm – 8.30pm

New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst

Family Fungi Forays

Join a New Forest Ranger to learn all about the world of fungi and join in our fungi themed games.

£10 per family of 4 or £3 per person

Booking is essential. Please phone 023 8028 6840 (Mon-Fri 8.30am-4pm) for your tickets.

Monday, 24 October – Friday, 28 October

10am – 12pm

Bolderwood Car Park, the New Forest.

Seed Gathering at Bolderwood

Be part of creating the next generation of trees in the New Forest. Learn about forest management and collect a seed to take home and grow.

£2 per person

Wednesday 26 October

10am – 12pm

Bolderwood Car Park, the New Forest

Cider and Sausage Festival

Halloween Weekend Cider and Sausage Festival with prizes to be won for best costume and best carved pumpkin.

There will be games and entertainment throughout the weekend with live music on Friday night.

Friday, 28 October – Sunday, 30 October


Crown and Stirrup, 12 Clay Hill, Lyndhurst, SO43 7DE

Pumpkin Carving

Make your own Halloween lantern out of a New Forest pumpkin!

£5 per child (per pumpkin)

Booking Essential. Call 023 8028 3444 to book.

Friday, 28 October

10am – 11am

12.30pm – 1.30pm

3pm – 4pm

New Forest Centre
High Street, Lyndhurst, the New Forest.

Twilight Zone Fireworks

Be wowed by the explosive and dynamic fireworks display, set to a Twilight Zone theme. Admission, from 3pm, includes entry into the National Motor Museum and the James Bond Exhibition.

Have fun on the Beaulieu Rides & Drives and Old-Time Fairground entertainments including a Big Wheel, Gallopers and Swing Boats. Hot food and drinks are available both inside and out as well as roast chestnuts and candyfloss.

Everyone is invited to come in fancy dress, with prizes going to the best costume.

3pm: National Motor Museum, Palace House and Gardens, Abbey and James Bond Exhibition will be open. World of Top Gear will close. Ride the Monorail, Wheels pod ride and have fun on the Old-Time Fairground rides (extra charges will apply to all rides after 3pm).

5pm: Palace House and Abbey will close.

6.30pm: Wave 105 stage opens. Children’s fancy dress competition will take place (Fancy dress competition entrants must arrive by 6pm).

7.30pm Twilight Zone Fireworks!

9.30 pm Twilight Zone ends. * National Motor Museum and rides remain open until 9.30 pm.

Admission Prices:

Advance: Adult £9.50, Child £6.50, Family £25.50

On the day: Adult: £11.50, Child £7.00, Family: £31.50

Normal admission rates apply before 3pm and visitors can stay on to watch the Fireworks.


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One thought on “Half-Term Family Activities In the New Forest

  1. Cool list! Living in the New Forest I appreciate this a lot!
    Exbury Ghost train is just round the corner from us and it’s AWESOME!

    Handy list – thanking you ! x

    Posted by Mammasaurus | October 17, 2011, 2:51 pm

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