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The New Forest, Isle of Wight and surrounding areas are positively teeming with things to do.  However, as you may be swamped with possibilities, we have chosen our top 10 family outings.  We have asked the children to focus on things to do with little people (under 12s) on the assumption that keen hikers/cyclists can follow guide books for all day treks and groups of adults can likewise organize their own itineraries.  Most of the destinations have cafés but we have recommended picnics where the queues will be long.  In high summer it is worth going early, booking where you can and avoiding the A337 into Lyndhurst from any direction, as you are in a very popular holiday destination.

New Forest ponies graze in the unenclosed pastureland.

Where to Go

Top outings



The Red Lion is at the bottom of the hill on the same side of the road so perfect for the night you arrive. But to eat you should book.  Tel. 01590 673177 and ask for Amanda, Alan or Presh.


Alternatively drive to Wilverly car park and walk northwards to Burley using the A35 underpass. Eat at the White Buck.


The Lymington Yacht Haven is a central focus of the town

Theme Park

Paultons Park

(02380 814442)

Just north of the M27.  Go early as it gets very full and take an extra layer of clothing as it is often cooler there than here on the coast. There are two cafés but picnics will save queuing.  As well as rides there are entertainers, a Romney caravan museum and a dinosaur walk.




Beaulieu Motor Museum

(01590 612345)

There is plenty to do for the non-car buff including the largest collection of James Bond cars under one roof, Top Gear, Palace House, the Domus, the monorail and various rides.



Beaulieu River Walk to Buckler’s Hard

Park in Beaulieu car park or behind the Montagu Arms Hotel and follow the signs to Buckler’s Hard using the riverside trail (this has planked sections where the ground gets wet) go through the Agamemnon boat yard and into Buckler’s Hard for a pub lunch at the Master Builders or an ice-cream. You can cut 20 minutes off the return journey by using the gravel cycle path.




Bluebells bloom under a pear tree at Hinton Admiral


Exbury Gardens

Picnic recommended. From April-June this is a fabulous outing.  The young can make garlands from the fallen blossoms and you can picnic by one of the carp-filled lakes dropping the odd crust into the water and watching the huge fish feed.  Once you have run the children to exhaustion there is a lovely train ride on a model steam train.


Highcliffe Beach

Park by the Castle, don’t forget to pay, and wind down onto the beach.  Sadly beaches here are mainly shingle but there are patches of sand at low tide. The café is good for those who prefer their sandwiches without grit!  There are bigger car parks in Highcliffe itself and all along to Mudeford. The beaches from Highcliffe Castle down to Bournemouth are sandy.


Hurst Castle

(01590 642344)

Park in Keyhaven and take the little open ferry (01590 642500) to Hurst. Explore the castle and have a picnic or use the café. Alternatively eat at The Gun on your return where you might be lucky enough to meet the macaw. For the sturdy it is possible to walk from Keyhaven east to the base of Hurst Spit and walk out to the Castle but this is 2km of rough walking on shingle.


A deer grazes in the woods near Beaulieu Road


Take the ferry as foot passengers (very expensive by car) and


Explore picturesque Yarmouth.  Fine dining at The George and numerous other restaurants and cafés. Excellent local ice-cream sold in the main square.


Take a bus to Alum Bay for swimming, the chair lift, coloured sands and a view of the Needles.


The arboretum at Rhinefield makes a nice walk with ice cream available in the car park during the summer


Park on the quay and walk back towards the town along the river walk which takes you round the Priory.  Take bread to feed the swans. There are also boat trips round the harbour or up the river and numerous places to eat from river bank cafés to full lunches at the Boat House or fine dining at the Captain’s Club.



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