During Coronavirus you can still explore but you’ll want to find lovely quiet spots… here are some ideas from keeping kids busy in the garden, to the best Easter Egg hunts and long walks to get lost on purpose and just enjoy the lack of human noise. Bring on the bird song…

Ideas for staying at home

Firstly plan ahead, bring some things that the kids can do in the garden. Binoculars, magnifying glass, jam jars, head torches…

Look for caterpillars and bugs, make tiny homes and nests for the garden wildlife, make a wild crown, star gaze, listen for owls, bird watch, draw what you see and hear, hide and seek. If you’re getting stuck then refer to Google. Get them up early and listen to the dawn chorus. Can’t bear the timings, then how about the dusk chorus, it’s still pretty amazing. Get the head torches on and go for a walk after dusk, the owls and roosting birds in the New Forest are lovely.

How about a ‘crafternoon’? We like using the recycling that you’ll create when you stay. Challenging kids to make their fantasy country home, a robot bird, a badgers den…. Link ideas to fairy tales and nature books, do a garden picnic, set them a treasure hunt, certainly an easter egg hunt – but make it really hard and it’ll last for hours!

If you have time before your stay, order some potters clay, it’s great for outdoor play and kids will sit for hours making and doing….

If you are coming because you can ‘home school’ or ‘virtual school’ our houses do have WIFI. Many have DVD players and a range of DVD’s supplied.

If you can’t eat out, then consider phoning the restaurant and ask them to pack your order for take-away. Many will do this.

Consider picnics somewhere away from anyone else. We have a well researched blog to help you.

Garden at Pig Shed at Ploughmans, East End, near Lymington

Garden at Pig Shed at Ploughmans, East End, near Lymington

Toasting marshmallows at Ploughmans Cottage

Toasting marshmallows at Ploughmans Cottage

Big skies and silence at Gins Barn

Big skies and silence at Gins Barn

 

Lovely places for you to walk in peace:

Plan your Easter egg hunt here. Go a little further than we suggest in the blogs and find your own spot to relax and play.
https://www.newforestescapes.com/blog-posts/10-top-spots-for-your-new-forest-easter-egg-hunt/

Walk the beaches. Here’s our guide.
https://www.newforestescapes.com/blog-posts/kids/the-new-forest-beaches/

Head off for a picnic here. Find someone else there? Then head on a bit further.
https://www.newforestescapes.com/blog-posts/activities/top-10-picnic-spots-in-the-new-forest/

Get Lost and Enjoy It – getting off the beaten track is a joy. Take a pocket picnic and travel light. Stop where the mood takes you.
https://www.newforestescapes.com/blog-posts/activities/our-guide-to-getting-lost/

Go find some rope swings – worried about the virus on the swing – then take gloves for the kids. https://www.newforestescapes.com/blog-posts/the-rope-swingers-secret-guide-to-the-new-forest/

Dog walks – more walking options
https://www.newforestescapes.com/blog-posts/dog-walks-and-dog-days-in-the-new-forest/

The Forest in the Fall – it’s not autumn but this guide will get you out to remote places.
https://www.newforestescapes.com/blog-posts/the-forest-in-the-fall/

Winter Walks Guide – it’s not winter either – but these places are usually quiet.
https://www.newforestescapes.com/blog-posts/new-forest-winter-walks/

Henry Szwinto, photographer, will take you on a walking safari to learn how to use your iphone to capture nature. Read more about him here. https://www.newforestescapes.com/interviews/henry-szwinto-photographer-and-nature-lover/

Deer in the New Forest, by Henry Szwinto

Deer in the New Forest, by Henry Szwinto

Go hunting bugs in the forest

Go hunting bugs in the forest

Milford on Sea beach

Milford on Sea beach