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Best Family Activities: Half Term Holidays & Beyond

4th Sep 2023

Looking to treat your little ones to the ultimate family getaway?

Make this October half term one to remember, or simply take time off together this autumn and enjoy a visit to the New Forest and Hampshire. With so much to see and discover, it makes a fantastic destination for all ages, and our family friendly hotel is the perfect base to wind down after a busy day of activities.


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An Adventure with New Forest Activities

This October, New Forest Activities have a whole host of exciting hands-on activities for families to take part in. Fully embrace the spooky season with a Spooky River Tour, where you will paddle along the moonlit waters of the Beaulieu River listening to tales of river ghosts. Or, take aim at Halloween ghosts and ghouls with their Halloween Archery or BattleZone: Apocalypse sessions. There are even devilishly delicious treats to be found on their Halloween Treasure Hunt! We highly recommend getting dressed up for your day of adventure to really make the most of the frightening family fun. Plus, quote your booking at the Montagu Arms Hotel to receive a special discount.


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An Exhibition at The National Motor Museum

Don’t miss this year’s headlining exhibition at The National Motor Museum: Motopia? Past Future Visions. Motor enthusiasts of all ages can experience an immersive journey through 130 years of future thinking about automobility and the Beaulieu museum, which is just a short walk from our Hampshire hotel. From transport ideas that never quite made it into daily life, to the fuel of the future, the nostalgia and innovation is sure to impress.


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A Relaxing Stay at The Montagu Arms

Are you looking for a stress-free getaway for the whole family? Bed & Breakfast at luxury child and dog friendly hotel, the Montagu Arms, is a fabulous choice. Enjoy the serenity of our English gardens, where outdoor games like Giant Jenga are ready to be played when the weather is on your side; indulge in a traditional Afternoon Tea – with half portions available for children; get some rest in one of our beautifully decorated rooms, where the beds are oh so cosy and the baths are waiting for bubbles. If you do decide to extend your stay for lunch and dinner, the Terrace Restaurant offers fresh, seasonal dishes and Monty’s Inn is the perfect pub lunch. Based in the heart of the New Forest, there are so many trails to explore right on the doorstep too.


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An Exciting Ride at Paultons Park

A family trip to Hampshire wouldn’t quite be complete without a visit to the home of Peppa Pig World – Paultons Park! The park is packed with a variety of children’s rides, family rides and thrill rides to keep the whole family enjoying the excitement of the day. Over the half term break, they will be hosting their Halloween Spooktacular event – see Peppa Pig World with its Halloween makeover, catch The Legend of Paultons Manor all-singing, all-dancing show and wander through The Fairy Garden – a majestic secret garden decorated with webs and pumpkins.


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A Wholesome Day at the Farm

Sunnyfields Farm

This family-run farm is worth a visit any time of year, but Pumpkin Time is particularly popular for your seasonal photo opportunities, wow-factor displays and, of course, the pumpkin patch! The farm itself will be covered in thousands of pumpkins ready for the picking. They have even announced there will be more zones to discover this year, so get your plaid shirts and wellies ready and embrace all that autumn has to offer at Sunnyfields this half term.

Longdown Farm

This half term, Longdown Farm promises to be frightfully fun for the whole family. From Saturday 21st October to Sunday 29th October, you visit to the Haunted Barn could include encounters with real-life barn owls and creepy creatures with the Creature Teachers, which is running on Sunday 29th. The fun doesn’t stop there either – with a Pumpkin Quest and a whole host of less spooky farm activities on offer, you’re guaranteed a full schedule for your visit.




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