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Top 5 ways to have fun outdoors in the New Forest

Taking a break or holiday with children can be stressful. You spend endless hours researching places to visit, worry about how you will fill the time each day. At New Park Manor we want to make it a bit easier for you, we are sharing with you our top 5 things to do outdoors as a family while staying in the New Forest.

1. Build a Den in the Forest

We have walking maps at the entrance of the hotel. They will take you straight into the forest where you can start finding the perfect spot to build your den. We can also supply guidelines on how to build the perfect den! You are more than welcome to take some books with you to read together inside.

Why not pre-order a picnic and make a day of it out in forest!

We have welly boots that you can borrow if the weather is a little damp!

2. Find 3 different Animal Footprints

Are you ready to become an explorer? We challenge you to find and identify 3 different animal footprints. We have walking maps, magnifying glass and welly boots. Just ask at reception for your activity sheets. You can even take photos of prints you find. We would love to see them when you get back to the hotel!

3. Scavenger Hunt

Ask at the hotel reception for your scavenger hunt bag. Inside you will find your scavenger hunt list. Find as many items off the list as you can and bring it back to the hotel. We will present you with your very own Scavenger certificate. Walking maps can be found in the entrance of the hotel. Happy Hunting!

4. Go on an orienteering trail

If you are looking for a challenge, we have orienteering trails that you can do around the hotel grounds. Go down to The Den and find a member of team, they will give you an orienteering pack and explain how to use it. Once you are ready, it’s time to go on your orienteering adventure.

5. Play Pooh Sticks

There is a lovely little stream not far from the hotel. If you speak to the reception team at the hotel, they will direct you out to the forest. It’s a 15-minute walk along a gravel track. Why not play pooh stick across the bridge. You may also see wild ponies too. If the weather is good you can even go for a paddle!