Looking for fun new activities in the New Forest? Here’s 10 to try
A visit to New Forest is all about getting outdoors and enjoying the countryside, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick to walking and cycling! There are an abundance of activities you and your family can try in the area, so why not give one of our top 10 ‘try something new’ suggestions a go?
- Open Top Safari
The open-top bus tour, from New Forest Tours, offers grandstand, tree-top views of the scenery, wildlife and picturesque villages in and around New Forest National Park. The view is brought to life by an educational audio commentary that explains the history of the places and people of New Forest.The bus is run on a hop-on-hop-off basis so you are free to come and go and even switch between routes all on the same ticket. Some visitors choose to walk or cycle part of the route then jump back on the bus, which can accommodate up to four bikes for free.
More Information: http://www.thenewforesttour.info/
- The Salamander Sailing Adventure – Needles Boat Trip
The Needles Boat Trip, from Salamander’s Sailing Adventure, is a full day cruise for up to twelve guests on board the luxury Salamander yacht. The day begins with a welcome champagne breakfast, before you set sail along the western coast of the Isle of Wight.The expedition also includes a 3 course lunch at the 17th Century George Hotel in Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight and afternoon tea on-board the Salamander.
If you’re visiting Boscombe Beach why not try your hand to bouldering on the purpose built features there? Offering a variety of routes to climb and traverse each feature was formed to resemble a local landmark. Visit Coastal Activity Park’s website for full details.More Information: http://coastalactivitypark.co.uk/activities/bouldering
- Cable Wakeboarding
Thrill seekers will love cable wakeboarding at New Forest Water Park! Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced boarder the variety of set-ups at New Forest Water Park have something for you.Beginners are encouraged to stick to the 2.0 straight line cable to get the hang of the board. While more experienced wakeboarders can hit the Rixen 5 pylon main cable and shred the park’s kickers and sliders.
The park offers a variety of sessions including a kid’s morning, development courses, beginner’s courses and a ladies morning.
More Information: http://www.newforestwaterpark.co.uk/activities/cable-wakeboard/
- Battlefield Live Find your next adventure at Battlefield Live! Perfect for children’s parties, as a team building exercise or just for fun with a group of friends, the two hour, instructor-led sessions see you recreate combat missions in the heart of New Forest.More Information: http://www.newforestactivities.co.uk/activities/battlefield-live/
- Sea Kayaking
Get out on the water and learn all about sea kayaking with Liquid Logistics on the pretty Hampshire coast. You’ll spend the day paddling the shoreline while an instructor guides you through basic kayaking skills and the essential safety tips you’ll need to feel confident on the open sea. Experienced sea kayakers can also call ahead to plan a trip suited to their more-advanced ability.More Information: http://www.liquidlogistics.co.uk/sea-kayaking-courses/sea-kayaking-hampshire/
- Go Ape Segway Tours
Forget seeing the forest on two legs – how about seeing it on two wheels! Go Ape Segway Tours are a fun and quirky way to see all the forest has to offer.The hour long off-roading session includes a safety demonstration from an experienced instructor and a practice session to make sure you’ve got the hang of manoeuvring the Segway, then you’re let loose on the forest trail for your very own Segway adventure.
More Information: https://goape.co.uk/forest-segway
- Medieval Field Sports
Fancy yourself as the next Katniss Everdeen? Why not take a leaf out of the Hunger Games star’s book and try your hand at archery? At Insight Activities, the leading provider of medieval sports in Hampshire; you can practice archery clay shooting and other medieval sports including the crossbow, combat archery and axe throwing.More Information: http://insightactivities.co.uk/medieval-field-sports/
- Go Karting
Channel your inner Lewis Hamilton and take on the 420 metre go karting track at Matchams Karting. With long straights, fast corners and tight hairpin bends, speed demons and thrill seekers will love racing the 200cc karts around the winding course.More Information: http://www.matchamskarting.co.uk/
- Paddle Sports
Explore the beautiful coast of Milford-on-Sea by kayak or stand up paddle board with the New Forest Paddle Sport Company. Whether you’re experienced on the water or looking for a beginner’s lesson, you’re in safe hands with the BSUPA recognised school and the company offer well-maintained equipment to suit everyone from the age of 6 upwards.Why not make an afternoon of it and try the paddling tour of Hurst Castle? The trip includes 2 hours on the water from Keyhaven to Hurst Castle, entry to the castle, lunch or afternoon tea and a trip back on the Hurst Castle Ferry. The price for adults is £35 and for children £25