If you’re planning a short break in Hampshire with your little ones, there’s no better place to start your holiday than with a trip to Peppa Pig World at Paultons Family Theme Park. And with so many fantastic additional places to visit right here on our doorstep, you’ll be truly spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where to visit next. The New Forest, Beaulieu, Moors Valley Country Park, and so much more are all just a short distance from us, so what are you waiting for? Let’s go exploring the great things to do near Peppa Pig World!
New Forest activities
The New Forest is the perfect place for families to explore and discover new adventures round every corner. Children will love exploring the forest on foot or bike along the many nature trails and tracks, and with animals such as wild ponies, deer and a variety of different types of birds, you’ll definitely need to pack your binoculars!
On land you can enjoy a range of activities such as archery and bushcraft, while on water there’s kayaking and canoeing to enjoy. With so much on offer, the New Forest is somewhere to create memories that last a lifetime. And if you’re lucky, there might even be the odd muddy puddle to jump up and down in too!
Places to spot wildlife in the New Forest
The New Forest is a vast area teeming with a diverse array of wildlife. While it’s impossible to explore everything in one visit, there are some great places to head for if you want to spot the wonderful flora and fauna that the New Forest has to offer. This includes:
- Lymington-Keyhaven Nature Reserve – six miles of fresh and saltwater lagoons, coastal grazing marshes and saltmarsh.
- Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary – famous for its beautiful herd of fallow deer.
- New Forest Wildlife park – home to 260 animals from 40 different species.
- Pondhead Inclosure – contains the biggest remaining area of hazel coppice on the Crown lands.
- Lepe Country Park – the lush wildflower meadows attract many species of insects while the nearby river and sea are home to a wide variety of birds.
- National Trust Commons – 3,300 acres of protected heathland and woodland wildlife, including birds of prey and nightjars.
New Forest Water Park
A wet and wild time awaits at New Forest Water Park, the UK’s premier outdoor floating inflatable aqua park. Navigate the 80 metre course complete with monkey bars, trampolines, slide, hurdles and so much more! With kayaking and paddle boarding also on offer there’s lots to pack in, so why not pitch your tent and have a night beneath the stars?
Longdown Activity Farm
Longdown Activity Farm is the perfect location for a fun-filled family day out! You’ll have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities like feeding baby goats and calves, and you’ll get to meet a variety of friendly animals like donkeys, alpacas, chicks and more. There’s plenty of playtime fun to be had as well, including Piglets Playbarn, outdoor play areas, trampolines, ride-on toys, go-karts and mini golf. Take a bumpy tractor ride through the farm or jump on one of our fun diggers and see who can dig the biggest hole!
Beulieu is home to the National Motor Museum where you can see over 285 vehicles, from legendary F1 cars to landspeed record breakers, and learn all about the history of motoring in Britain – perfect for petrolheads of all ages. (Daddy Pig’s hoping his car will be in there one day!). You can also explore the stunning Palace House and its beautiful grounds and gardens, and learn all about what it was like to live in Victorian times.
Close by is the 800 year old Beaulieu Abbey, founded by King John in the 13th Century before being destroyed by King Henry VIII’s soldiers. Younger visitors can let their imagination run wild in the new adventure play area Little Beaulieu where they can explore a wooden replica of Palace House, discover secret passageways, follow the treetop boardwalk and go whizzing down the zip wire.
If you love animals, you will love Marwell Zoo! You can meet lots of different animals from all over the world, such as lions, tigers, giraffes and even a snow leopard! Walk among penguins and wallabies in their immersive exhibits, and marvel at the stunning wildlife and exotic plants in Tropical House. You’ll also find out how animal poo can be turned into energy to heat the zoo’s buildings!
If your little monkeys need to let off steam, you’re never far too far away from one of the zoo’s five adventure playgrounds. Clamber up climbing nets, burrow through net tunnels and have lots of fun swinging through the trees. There’s something for children of all ages…and plenty of pit stops for grown ups to have a well deserved sit down and enjoy some refreshments.
Get ready to explore a remote castle built by King Henry VIII! A visit to Hurst Castle is a must see for visitors to the area with lots of open space for children to explore and some stunning views over the Isle of Wight. A leisurely 15 minute ferry ride from Keyhaven, this artillery fortress is a chance to step back in time and bring the past to life.
Climb the steps to the first floor of the Tudor keep where Charles I was supposed to have been imprisoned in 1648. Head down to the basement which was once used to store food, fuel, weapons and gunpowder, or wander through the East and West wings and experience what the living conditions were like for a soldier in the First and Second World Wars.
Please note Hurst Castle is closed 1st November – 31st March
Moors Valley Country Park and Forest
If you love getting out and about in nature, Moors Valley is a wonderful sprawling park set over 800 acres for families to have fun and explore. Follow the Play Trail into the woods and discover unique and quirky wooden play equipment along the way. There’s a giant ‘Hawk’ to climb inside, or wriggle through giant snakes in the ‘Snake Pit’. Creep over the ‘Crocodile Crossing’ and balance on the fallen forest of ‘Timber’.
You can also take a wobbly walk along the Tree Top Trail, take a journey around Moors Lake on the authentic steam train or have fun in the Adventure Play Area – and you may even come face to face with a Gruffalo!
Come and explore!
Just like Daddy Pig, we like to think we’re a bit of an expert when it comes to the many wonderful things to do near Peppa World. But don’t just take our word for it – come along and see for yourself!
See you soon!