Are you looking for things to keep the family entertained whilst staying for your Easter break here at Heartland? Fear not…there is no shortage of activities here in the New Forest! This beautiful part of the country has enough to keep the kiddies entertained over the Easter break, and plenty of fun filled activities for the teenagers and big kids amongst you too! Of course, taking a walk through the countryside you will be sure to encounter some of the newborn baby animals this Springtime. Look out for the ever popular and ever so cute baby foals and calves which will be roaming the fields.
For the active type, there are a plethora of outdoor activities to choose from including adventurous water activities such kayaking, canoeing or raft building and woodland activities like archery, a high ropes course and bicycles to hire in the New Forest.
For younger children, a visit to an Activity Farm is a surefire hit. Longdown Farm in Ashurst is a popular family day outing for both fair weather and rainy days with lots of indoor and outdoor activities to choose from including animal feeding times, petting zoo, picnic areas, children’s activity areas, tractor rides and more besides. A delicious tearoom is available on site. Don’t forget to visit the farm shop for local produce and souvenirs.
The New Forest Wildlife Park is a great day out for families of all ages; young and old. Expect to see a range of animals including otters, bison, red deer, wild boar, wallabies plus a variety of owls including the popular Snowy and Barn Owl. A visit to the Park’s Butterfly House is a must and remember to look out for the regular events and craft activities planned and scheduled throughout the year. The popular Nature Quiz Trails are also regularly available for kiddies to learn about the park, whilst having some fun.
Bird Watching is a popular activity for both young and old. Due to the rich habitat, the New Forest is host to an abundance of bird species throughout the year, from kingfishers to owls to buzzards. Popular nesting spots occur in the designated nature reserves, woodlands and heathlands. Be sure to take your binoculars for an up-close look at our feathered friends!
And don’t forget!
As well as planned Easter Activities at local activity centres such as Longdown Farm and Exbury Gardens, we will be hosting our very own Easter Egg Hunt in the grounds of Heartland Foxglacier on Easter Sunday. Starts at 11 am prompt. Meet at the Pavillion. And remember, look out for the Easter Bunny!
He may just have an extra treat in store!