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

Paultons Park & Peppa Pig World

Voted the UK’s No.1 Theme Park in 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 with more than 70 different rides and attractions.

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Longdown Farm

There’s farmyard fun for the whole family at Longdown Activity Farm. Join in with a daily schedule of hands-on activities such as bottle-feeding kid goats and calves, and The Animal Encounter Barn. Lots of friendly farm animals to meet and plenty of indoor and outdoor play equipment too! Visit our Farm Shop for a large range of delicious local produce.

Longdown Activity Farm and Farm Produce Shop
Deerleap Lane
SO40 7EH
Tel: 023 8029 2837

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New Forest Tour

New Forest Tour

The New Forest Tour runs during the summer months. Costs vary dependent on type of person but range from £9 to £76.

Take an open-top safari through magical landscapes… Enjoy grandstand views of the New Forest National Park – wandering ponies, pretty villages and magical landscapes. Hop on and off wherever you like and catch the next Tour, or switch between routes, all on the same ticket! Hear the stories of the people, places and animals of the New Forest on our audio commentary – with characters, sounds and music, bringing the view to life.

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New Forest and Hampshire County Show

Taking Place on 26th, 27th & 28th July 2022, 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 Sunday 26th July – Saturday 1st August 2020.

New Forest Activties

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: £27 Adult, £15 Child – 90 minutes

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: £24 Adult, £13 Child – 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: £25 Adult, £25 Child – Full day

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Lepe Country Park

Fun and adventure for all the family

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A romantic National Trust House and Gallery set in beautiful riverside gardens.

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Marwell Zoo

Marwell’s 140-acre park is home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings. Wander into the bush in the company of wallabies; step into Africa for an encounter with giraffes; come face to face with Rica the Linne’s two-toed sloth in the incredible Tropical House; and listen for the roar of a tiger… you can experience a whole world of wildlife. You can even immerse yourself in Lemur Loop, a walkthrough exhibit where you can get up close to several species of lemur.
Visitors can enjoy a range of daily animal talks and feeds including gentle giraffes, marvelous meerkats and amazing Humboldt penguins. With five adventure playgrounds, rail train, free tractor train, and an indoor picnic area, there’s plenty to occupy your little ones whilst you relax and soak up the surroundings.
Keep an eye out for new arrivals around the zoo throughout the year! Marwell zoo is open from 10am 363 days a year, closing times and admission prices vary throughout the seasons. Please check the Marwell website for full ticket prices, opening times and other details.

Standard prices (including optional donation):
Adult: £21.00
Child (3-16years): £17.00
Infant (2 & under): Free
Family (2adults+2children): £72.00
Concession: £18.50
Carer for paying guest: Free

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Hurst Castle

Come and discover this artillery fortress built by Henry VIII at the seaward end of a coastal spit. Commanding the entrance t the Solent, it offers one of the best views in England.

It played a part in the imprisonment of Charles I in the 17th century and defended England from invasion threats in the 19th and 20th centuries.

With fantatsic views from the top of the Tudor keep and plenty of open spaces for children to explore, it’s a great day out for the whole family.


Adult: £5.50
Concession: £5.00
Child: £3.50
Family: £17.00 (2 adults and 3 children)

Opening Times:

1 April – 30 September, daily: 10.30am – 5.30pm
1 October – 1 November, daily: 10.30am – 4pm
2 November – 31 March 2020: winter weekend opening, weather dependent

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