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19 Things to do in Brockenhurst in Hampshire

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Brockenhurst New Forest is the perfect place to find hidden gems in Hampshire

Finding things to go in Brockenhurst with the kids can be hard, especially if you don’t know the area very well. 

Whether you’re looking for animal attractions in Brockenhurst, adventure near the New Forest or all weather sightseeing attractions, then this list of 19 things to do in Brockenhurst New Forest is for you. 

Find more things to do in Hampshire near Brockenhurst here:

A Huge Guide to Things to do in New Forest – This gives you everything there is to do in Hampshire with kids. Make sure you explore these amazing woods and bring your bikes or a picnic on a warm day. There is so much to do for everyone of all ages!

Things to do in Lymington With Kids – This is our full list of things to do in Lymington. Walk along the river, bring and picnic or explore this old town with the whole family.

Free things to do in the New Forest – These are the best free things to do in the New Forest for kids. You don’t have to spend anything with our great ideas here.

Find things to do in Hampshire

Wondering what to do today? Then our guide for ALL things Hampshire is for you!

If you are looking for things to do in Hampshire with kids then this guide is for you. We have over 200+ ideas that you can use to keep your whole family amused while exploring everything Hampshire has to offer!

This is an up to date spreadsheet, in activity order, that you can use when you have no clue what to do. We’ve included everything from country parks, to splash pools, lakes, castles, days out, playgrounds and walks.

Grab our Things to do in Hampshire guide here.

Things to Do in Brockenhurst New Forest

All these are under nine miles away from Brockenhurst and are kid friendly places to visit. 

Green space in Brockenhurst

Knightwood Oak

Go visit the oldest tree in the New Forest. The walk is very toddler friendly and the route around Knightwood Oak can be found here. 

Ober Water

Ober Water is about a mile circular trail that takes you under tress by the river. It has a good gravel path so perfect for buggy’s. 

South Taste Trail 

This is about 7 miles but takes you through the village and then off the beaten track into the heart of the forest. Take a picnic and the kids bikes and enjoy a family ride around Brockenhurst. 

Black Water 

A 1.4 mile route, Black Water has it’s own car park and different trails depending on what kind of walk you desire. You can take the casual route and stroll on firm gravel or take the harder route that the kids will love with two short slops. 

Hatchet Pond

Ok, so this in in Beaulieu but it’s a quick drive from Brockenhurst and the New Forest. 

It’s a great place to sit and enjoy the local countryside. The pond attracts a load of different animals from birds and pnies to donkeys. 

Buckler’s Hard

Voted number 4 on Trip Advisors list of things to do in Brockenhurst, Buckler’s Hard is a extremely scenic location. They have a onsite car park, historic village and a pub with a view. 

Loads of routes for a great walk through the forest too. 

Adventure close to Brockenhurst 

Brockenhurst Spy Mission Treasure Trail 

Brockenhurst may look like a typical Hampshire town but there are mysteries afoot that need solving fast! 

Get to the bottom of what’s going on in this New Forest town by walking around and unravelling clues. 

The Brockenhurst Spy Mission Treasure Trail is self guided, buggy and wheelchair friendly and fun for all ages.  

The pack can be downloaded from the Brockenhurst Spy Mission Treasure Trail website. 

Lymington Sea Water Baths 

If your family loves the water, then Lymington Sea Water Baths is for you!

This fully staffed 110m seawater pool has a 12m inflatable obstacle course plus stand up paddleboards as well as kayaks and aqua jousting.

Parking is close. Great for school kids and up! 

Lymington Treasure Hunt Trail 

Great for all ages, come and crack the Lymington Treasure Hunt Trail. 

Before you start your mission, download your printable PDF which will give you directions and clues to help you on your mission. 

It takes around 2 hours to complete and is self-guided. 

Forest Leisure Cycling 

Based in Burley, you can take a ride through the New Forest and experience it like you never have before. 

With over 300 bikes to hire, they are sure to have whatever you have in mind. 

There are over 100 miles of winding gravel track across the forest and you’ll be able to benefit from the teams experience and route options. 

Enjoy an ice cream or cream tea while you’re out as many routes take you past local refreshments. Forest Leisure Cycling is open all week 9am to 530pm. 

Burley Manor Riding Stables 

Located in Burley near Brockenhurst, Barley Manor Riding Stables helps kids over 4 learn to ride in a peaceful environment. 

All riding levels are welcome but you do need to book in advance to secure your place. The staff are very friendly and supportive so it’s an excellent starting point for absolute beginners.

Animal attractions by Brockenhurst 

New Forest Reptile Centre 

Close to Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst, the New Forest Reptile Centre is great for young and older kids. 

There’s nothing fluffy, so if you like your animals to be slithery then the New Forest Reptile Centre is for you. 

It has a great selection of snakes, frogs and lizards and holds two of Britain’s most rarest species. 

Longdown Activity Farm

7 miles away from Brockenhurst, Longdown Activity Farm is a great place to get down and dirty with the animals. 

You can feed, pet and met most the animals throughout the day while letting the kids loose on the trampolines and soft play area.

They have a onsite restaurant, plenty of toilets and benches to eat a picnic. 

It’s mostly buggy and wheelchair friendly, but there is a steep hill by the park. You can walk around and use the path by the donkeys if needed. 

Bolderwood Deer Sancturay 

Deer viewing at Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary isn’t always guaranteed. Visiting between April and September, when the deer are fed by the local New Forest keeper and you’ll be in for a treat. 

It’s completely free and an easy walk for little ones. There’s a wooden viewing area just a short walk from the car park. 

New Forest Wildlife Park 

New Forest Wildlife park is set in 25 acres of the New Forest. The range of animals are enchanting, from fun spirted Asian short-clawed otters to the royal Red Deer. 

For big kids, there are sandpits, diggers, slides, climbing frames and swings in the ‘Go Wild’ and ‘Mini Go Wild’ adventure playgrounds.   

New Forest Wildlife park is open all year round and has onsite parking, restaurant and picnic benches. 

Museums near Brockenhurst

 St Barbe Museum and Gallery 

Stepped in local history, St Barbe Museum and Gallery is a great place to learn about our coastal region through interactive displays. 

Experts help guide you around with speakers, headphones and all sorts of technology making this a great place for all ages. 

This free day out is a great way for the whole family to learn about our history. The kids can dress up while learning about being a shepard or what it was like being a Victorian sailor. 

Open Monday to Sunday 10am-4pm, St Barbe Museum and Gallery has a onsite restaurant, parking and is pushchair and wheelchair friendly. 


Based near the New Forest, Beaulieu is packed full of cars that are steeped in history. 

With over 250 vehicles, a high-level monorail and The Palace House and gardens, this is a full day out for the whole family. 

The ticket covers all the attractions including the Mini Motor play area and Mill Pond Walk.  

They have onsite restaurant, parking and picnic benches. Great for all ages. 

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Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum 

There are many great machines on display at the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum .  See the V8 Moto Guzzi, Velocette, AJS Excelsiors, and 100s more in the Racing Hall, which has one of the most exotic collection of racing bikes in the world! 

Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum also has a tearoom, and children’s play area with sturdy outdoor equipment best suited to 3 through 10 years. 

The kids can also meet a variety of friendly animals, such as alpacas, sheep, rabbits, donkeys, goats, chickens, and countless other birds, including 2 American turkeys charmingly called Salt and Pepper!

Laura x 

If you enjoyed this post and would like some more ideas on things to do in Hampshire then head over to the Things To Do section here on Things To Do In Hampshire With Kids where you’ll find over 50 day out ideas in Hampshire that the whole family will enjoy. You could also pop over and follow our Facebook page here or our Hampshire days out Pinterest boards for lots more ideas on what you can do as a family in Hampshire; Days Out For The Kids in Hampshire and Cheap and Free Days Out in Hampshire.

These are the best things to do in Brockenhurst for the whole family. We have included everything from country parks to museums by Laura at Things to do in Hampshire with kids

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