With the New Forest National Park waiting to be explored, the beaches of the South Coast a short drive away as well as an abundance of of local attractions, you’ll be spoilt for choice for things to see and do during your stay at Long Meadow. With such a wide variety of attractions to choose from, we have chosen a few to highlight below. For more information about activities, events and attractions in the New Forest and beyond please visit: thenewforest.co.uk
Take a look at some of the local attractions close to Long Meadow.
To find out about the events taking place across the New Forest, visit thenewforest.co.uk
30th March – 15th April
Enjoy a day out at Mottisfont this Easter with a Cadbury East Egg Hunt throughout the school holidays. Become a ‘mini ranger’ for the day and find out how our countryside team look after our beautiful estate.
30th March – 15th April
Pick up your magnifying glass and put your detective skills to the test this Easter! Were inviting all our visitors to become nature detectives and explore the wonders of the natural world on our bird-themed Easter trail. Pick up your trail bag and explore our beautiful gardens to collect all the items and complete the activities. If you get stuck the Nature Detective will be on hand to give you some clues!find out more
Take an open-top safari through magical landscapes with the New Forest Tour! Enjoy grandstand views of the New Forest National Park – wandering ponies, pretty villages and magical landscapes on our full open-top audio-guided bus tour. Hop on and off our three routes as often as you like with all-day and multi-day tickets available for adults, children, groups and concessions.
One day tickets: £16 adult; £9 child; £13 concession; £38 group of up to five
The exciting Maritime Museum and Buckler’s Hard Story gives an insight into the history of this 18th century shipbuilding village focusing on its vessels including those built for Nelson’s Navy.
Photo: Bucklers Hard
Longdown Activity Farm offers visitors a hands-on farmyard experience. Join in with daily activities such as bottle feeding the kid goats and calves, petting rabbits and chick handling.
Taking Place on 24th, 25th & 26th July 2018, the New Forest and Hampshire County Show is an annual three day event offering lots of agricultural fun and entertainment for all the family.
Unfortunately we currently cannot take bookings for breaks between 21st & 27th July 2018.
Marwell Zoo has 140 acres for visitors to explore with hundreds of endangered and charismatic animals to discover.
Located just over 20 miles from Long Meadow, Marwell Zoo is easy to reach from the M3.
Photo: Marwell Wildlife
With exclusive rights to the tidal and privately owned Beaulieu River, Canoeing and Kayaking sessions with New Forest Activities offer up plenty of opportunity to explore. They use open top ‘Canadian style’ canoes, which will ensure you stay safe as you paddle through the hidden creeks and waterways of the stunning Beaulieu River Nature Reserve. Various sessions and dates available throughout the year.
Family Canoeing: £25 Adult, £19 Child, £76 Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children) – 90 mins
Why not try your hand at Archery with New Forest Activities? Perfect for those 6 years and over, you’ll be shown various Archery techniques before getting the chance to practice your aim with a bow. Once you’ve mastered the technique, it’s time for some fun scoring games and challenges. Various sessions and dates available throughout the year.
Family Archery: £22 Adult, £17 Child, £68 Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children) – 90 mins
Combine both Canoeing and Cycle Hire for a full day family adventure! A New Forest Activities Family Adventure Day includes a 90 minute guided tour of the Beaulieu River and a full day’s Cycle Hire. And with free cycle route maps available, you can go and explore The New Forest at your own pace. Various sessions and dates available throughout the year.
Family Adventure Day: £30 Adult, £25 Child, £99 Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children) – Full dayfind out more
Breamore House is a magnificent Manor House completed in 1583, is set abover the historic village of Breamore overlooking the Avon Valley on the edge of the New Forest
Photo: Breamore House
Fairy Trail – Sun 20th May
Time: 10:00-12:00 | 11:00-13:00 | 12:00-14:00 | 13:00-15:00
Price: £5pp (Parents FOC)
Avon Tyrrell is a magical place that is home to some truly spectacular creatures. Do you believe in Fairies? Because we do, and if you follow some clues, you might just believe too! Enjoy some crafts, outdoor art and bushcraft elements as part of this magical adventure. This activity has been designed with younger children in mind- ideal for those aged 5-8.
Go Adventure Activities – Every weekend and during school holidays
Availability: Can be found on our portal
Our Go Adventure Activities are the perfect experience for the young and the young at heart. From High Ropes to Archery and Climbing to Bushcraft- there is something for everyone!
Fundays – During the school holidays (Easter, Half Term, Summer and October)
Availability: Can be found on our portal
5-8 years: Half Day (08:30-13:00 / 13:30-18:00) – £12.50pp
8-12 years: Full Day (08:30-18:00) – £25pp
Get your kids outdoors where they can experience a morning/afternoon/whole day of exciting outdoor challenges and environmental discovery. They will enjoy a combination of activities from Climbing, Archery, Pioneering and Mountain Biking to Bushcraft, Shelter Building and more…find out more
• Adult: £11.50*
• Child (3-15yrs): £4.40*
• Child (under 3yrs): FREE
• Family (2Ad + 3ch): £27.40*
*including a voluntary gift aid donation
Exbury Gardens is open daily from 11th March – 4th November, 10am – 5:30pm (last admission 4:30pm)
Exbury’s beautiful woodland garden covers 200 acres and is a jewel in the heart of the New Forest National Park. Created by Lionel de Rothschild in 1919, Exbury’s spectacular gardens offer natural beauty and horticultural variety on the edge of the Beaulieu River, which can be explored either on foot, by chauffeur-driven buggy, or on the steam railway. Children will love the play area and looking out for wildlife, and dogs are welcome in the gardens on a lead. With excellent car parking, disabled access and amenities on site, it is the perfect destination for a wonderful day out!
• Four Season Art Exhibition, Sun 8th April – Sun 10th June.
Four Season Art is a group of professional artists, set-up by Marianna Kneller, Fellow and Founder Member of the Society of Botanical Artists. The 2018 exhibition offers oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel, drawing, printmaking and wood turning. Entry to the exhibition is included with standard admission into the gardens.
• Devoted to Dogs Day. Sun 22nd April and Sun 27th May.
Spoil your pet pal at Exbury Gardens’ Devoted to Dogs Days on Sun 22nd April and Sun 27th May, with a 20%* discount on admission to the gardens for all visitors with their four-legged friends! There are over 22 miles of pathways with a variety of walking surfaces and different habitats to explore. *Discount applicable to one person per dog.
• Model Railway Expo. Sat 16th –Sun 17th June
Across the weekend of the 16th–17th June, Exbury Gardens will be hosting a Model Railway Expo in our Engine Shed -just in time for Father’s Day! The models on display will be both modern image and from the steam era, including a selection of mainline 00 and end to end 00 gauges, and there will be a variety of track layouts on display. Whilst on your visit you can also enjoy a ride on our 12 1/4″ gauge railway!