Brownsea Island

Our family favourite day trip. Discover this National Trust island, famous for red squirrels, wildlife and Scouting.

A ferry from Sandbanks (20 minute drive) takes you to the island, to escape for quiet walks exploring the pine forest, natural playgrounds and small secluded beaches.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brownsea-island 

 


The New Forest National Park

Approximately 150 square miles, once a royal hunting ground for King William 1. Great for walking, cycling, and spotting the wild, but friendly, New Forest Ponies.

http://www.new-forest-national-park.com

Visit Beaulieu and see its Victorian-Gothic Palace, medieval Abbey and National Motor Museum (45 minute drive). 

https://www.beaulieu.co.uk/

See Exbury Gardens' spectacular 200 acre site, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs, and take a 20 minute trip aboard the 12 ¼ inch gauge Steam Railway. Children will love the adventure play area (45 minute drive, or 10 minutes from Beaulieu).

https://www.exbury.co.uk


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Moors Valley Country Park and Forest

Country Park and forest - a fantastic place to play and explore.

A huge forest play trail, treetop trails (Go Ape for kids and adults) and forest Segway. A steam railway, Gruffalo spotters trail and various play areas.

Also an 18-hole golf course, orienteering and cycle hire for adults and older kids. 20 minute drive.

http://www.moors-valley.co.uk


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Paultons Family Theme Park

A theme park and home of Peppa Pig World and the Lost Kingdom. 40 minute drive.

https://paultonspark.co.uk


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Knoll Gardens

Naturalistic style garden with county’s most extensive collections of grasses, created by acclaimed plantsman Neil Lucas. Children’s trail. Excellent plant nursery. 25mins drive.

http://www.knollgardens.co.uk