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5 Family Friendly Activities in the New Forest

22nd Sep 2022

Now more than ever we are reminded of the importance of quality time together with those that are closest to us. This autumn, escape to the New Forest and embrace the great outdoors, experience new adventures and make memories together at New Forest hotel The Montagu Arms.

To help you plan your New Forest break we have put together our top five family friendly days out, all within 30-minutes of the hotel:

Furzey Gardens | The Montagu Arms Hotel

Furzey Gardens

Furzey Gardens is a public garden on the edge of the picturesque New Forest village of Minstead. This small garden but interesting garden is perfect for a calming stroll or entertaining the children with a trail of over thirty fairy houses scattered across through the gardens. Filled with wildlife, connecting walkways and a large variety of trees, flowers and shrubs it is certainly a garden to admire.


Boltons Bench | The Montagu Arms Hotel


Often considered the capital of the New Forest, the village of Lyndhurst is popular with locals and visitors alike. Just 15-minutes from the Montagu Arms, it provides an idyllic day out with a selection of shops, cafes and pubs as well direct access to the New Forest via Bolton's Bench. Located in the main car park you will also find the New Forest Heritage Centre featuring a fascinating museum, exhibition, reference library as well as a café and gift shop.


Buckler's Hard |The Montagu Arms Hotel

Buckler's Hard

Just a five-minute drive from the Montagu Arms you will find the once thriving picturesque shipbuilding village of Buckler’s Hard. Famous for building boats for Nelson’s fleet for the battle of Trafalgar the village has been preserved and is now a popular visitor attraction. There is plenty to do for both adults and children alike including a woodland trail or a visit the museum. If you are feeling energetic why not take the two-mile walk from the Montagu Arms.


Beaulieu River picnic spot

The Beaulieu River

Enjoy the beauty of the Beaulieu River with a guided Family Canoeing Session with New Forest Activities. Suitable for all the family, the guided tour provides a unique vantage point for spotting the varied wildlife of this Site of Special Scientific Interest as well as the twists and turns of the river, not visible from shore. After working up an appetite on the river why not head back to Monty’s Inn for a well-deserved lunch and rest! 


The New Forest Wildlife Park | The Montagu Arms Hotel

New Forest Wildlife Park

A must for animal lovers, the New Forest Wildlife Park is home to over twenty-five species of animals including otters, bison, wolves and lynxes. Several times through the day you can observe feeding times accompanied by educational talks by keepers, get your adrenaline going in the adventure playground or visit the gift shop. A great day out for all the family.


Perfect for families, our collection of nine new Courtyard Deluxe and Courtyard Studios are designed to embrace the tranquillity of the New Forest and with both couples and families in mind. Each room boasts a large lounge area with a sofa bed as well as a king-size bed and large bathroom complete with free-standing bath.  

To book your stay at our Hotel in the New Forest please call 01590 624467 or view our special offers.

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