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Lots to do in the forest this half term
THE forest is packed with fun activities and events for all the family this half term holiday.
Find out where to go cycling at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/familycycling, where you can also win a spa break, an adventure day for four, tickets to the National Motor Museum and much more.
Or you could go on one of 20 walking routes featured on the ViewRanger smartphone app and at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/walking.
Family events throughout half term week include:
May 27: Run River Run 10.30am to noon, £3 suggested donation, Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve.
Bring your wellies for a splash in Dockens Water and discover the fish and other wildlife that live there. Nets are supplied and experts will be on hand to help you have plenty of family freshwater fun. Organised by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, booking essential, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 28: Wild Wednesdays, 10am to 4pm, car parking donation only, New Forest Reptile Centre.
Join the National Park rangers for a day of family activities at the Date with Nature project. Learn about birds of prey in the New Forest and see the action unfold on a live nest-cam. Afterwards walk round the Reptile Centre to see if you can spot natterjack toads, adders and more. This is a joint project between the New Forest National Park Authority, Hampshire County Council and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Visit newforestnpa.gov.uk/dwn.
May 28: Transport through the Ages activity day 10.30am-1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm, free entry, New Forest Centre.
See how our ancestors travelled at the Transport through the Ages exhibition. Delve into a world of boneshakers, penny farthings and charabancs every day during May from 10am to 4.30pm, or join in the family activity day on May 28 for puzzles and games. Find out more at newforestnpa.gov.uk/transportages.
May 30: Nosey nature nerds 11am to 2pm, £5 per person, National Trust Foxbury.
Put your nature detection skills to the test and see what you can discover with the National Trust rangers. Foxbury is the perfect New Forest destination for an outdoor adventure and to see the huge restoration project in progress. Organised by National Trust New Forest. Booking essential on 01794 344020.