With half-term nearly here, it is the perfect opportunity for the whole family to get together for some quality time at Haldon Forest Park.
You’re practically spoilt for choice with activities when it comes to Haldon Forest Park, with lots of low-cost, fun activities guaranteed to entertain the whole family. And with the ongoing cost of living crisis still affecting us all, the good news is you don’t need to spend the earth to ensure children or grandchildren have a good time.
To make the most of the late spring weather, here is our list of low-cost, family-friendly activities and fun things to do!
-Enjoy the Zog trail – Set off on a forest adventure this half term and enjoy an activity trail based on Julia Donaldson’s much-loved book, Zog. With lots of fun activities to complete, the trail will encourage your little dragons to learn about the forests and how the forests can care for them!
-Gruffalo sculpture – Enjoy a fun family day out as you search for the character from Julia Donaldson’s classic story, The Gruffalo, in the deep dark wood.
Find a walking trail – Haldon Forest Park has three walking trails for you to explore and they are accessible to the whole family with our off-road mobility scooters. From challenging hikes for keen adventurers to gentle strolls for the younger family members, there’s a walk for every occasion.
-Become a forest rider – Cycling is an excellent way to experience the outdoors and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Ride your way to adventure this half term with Forestry England’s Forest Rider packs. The packs have been designed to challenge children to complete a series of off-road rides, build their confidence and enjoy the fantastic network of trails Haldon Forest Park and the nation’s forest have to offer.
-Plan a pilgrimage – Forestry England invites families to enjoy their own personal pilgrimage at a local forest to celebrate the release of the film, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Share your families #ForestPilgrimage photo for a chance to win a five-night campervan trip and forest membership.
-Challenge your family to some ActiviTrees! – Keep your children active and learning this half term with Forestry England’s ActiviTree challenge. Free to download, there are five activity sheets that explore the life cycle of a tree whilst keeping your family active in nature.
-Look for wildlife – Give a prize to whoever can tick off the most animals on the spotter sheet during your half term visit. Forestry England’s colourful spotter sheet is a great introduction to recording wildlife and from beautiful butterflies to roe deer, there is a lot of wildlife to spot in the forest.
Play in the forest – Get the whole family involved this half term as you scramble, slide and swing your way around the forest! From adventure play areas to natural equipment hidden around the forest, our amazing play areas are great for kids and adults alike to burn off some steam.
-Gruffalo Orienteering – Try this fun, navigational challenge in your local forest. Use a simple map to find twelve Gruffalo markers hidden in the deep, dark wood as quickly as possible. Who in your family will find them all first?
-Go Ape tree top adventure – A firm favourite with children, Go Ape provides a rewarding experience with cheek-to-cheek smiles throughout. The high ropes experience is perfect for the whole family and a thrilling way to explore the forest canopy.
With adventurous play areas, safe off-road family cycling, activity trails and beautiful picnic areas, Haldon Forest Park and the nation’s forests offer a fantastic family day out. Visit www.forestryengland.uk for further information.
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