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There’s so much to do in and around the New Forest in April, we can’t possibly cover it all. But here are some highlights…    

Easter Egg-stravaganza, Friday 4th – Monday 21st April

A 35 minute drive away, there’s lots of family fun to be had at Beaulieu this Easter. Down at Palace House there will be face painting for children and the opportunity to join in with Victorian games. During the Easter holidays younger visitors can join in a Hare-Brained Easter Trail, look for the hidden hares, find the answers to the clues and collect a sweet treat at the end. Children visiting over the Easter weekend can get a treat from the Easter Bunny.

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A Date With Nature, Saturday 5th April onwards

A 20 minute drive away, from 10am to 4pm at the New Forest Reptile Centre near Lyndhurst, A Date With Nature uses the latest hi-tech gadgets to see into the tree-top nests of the New Forest’s wild birds of prey and watch their every move – from eggs hatching to food arriving and chicks leaving. You can also learn about the reptiles and amphibians of the New Forest.

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Milford on Sea Food Week, Monday 7th – Sunday 13th April

A 30 minute drive away, Milford on Sea village will be alive with cookery demonstrations and experiences, presentations, educational events, a kids treasure hunt, the chance to buy local produce at our very own food market and more. There are over 100 village events run by various local eateries, clubs and organisations, with something for everybody and every age group.

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Easy Access Forest Safari, Tuesday 8th April

A 20 minute drive away, between 10am and 2pm at The Queens House in Lyndhurst, you can discover the New Forest with fun filled forest safaris, a joint venture between the Forestry Commission and New Forest Minibus Tours. Explore a unique and internationally important landscape for conservation with Forestry Commission staff and a former Chief Forester. Learn about the wildlife, ponies, history and traditions and how it is all sustainably managed. Advance booking is essential as spaces are limited.

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Walking Picnic, Tuesday 8th and Monday 21st April

Under 20 minutes drive away near Godshill, this guided walk at 11am offers a chance to explore the beautiful New Forest as part of a small group guided by a knowledgeable leader. Most walks last 2 hours and are between 3-4 miles, stopping to look at birds, animals, plants and the glorious scenery. Once the walk is completed a home made gourmet picnic will be provided. Places need to be confirmed by 9am the day before.

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New Forest Spring Sportive Cycle Event, Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th April

Starting just a 10 minute drive away at Matcham’s Leisure Park, this cycling event is in its 6th year and voted in the UK’s top 10 Sportives. The quiet forest roads allow you to take in the breath-taking scenery while riding with 2000+ like-minded riders. The Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive has 2 route lengths (86miles and 58miles). The event is likely to sell out well in advance, so book early to avoid disappointment.

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Archery and Longbow Day, Sunday 13th April

Just a 20 minute drive away in Fordingbridge, Rockbourne Roman Villa once stood in the centre of a large farming estate, and is the largest known villa in the area. Its history spans the period from the Iron Age to the 5th century AD. Here you can try your hand at archery with professional instructors. Plus all visitors can enjoy archery and bow making demonstrations, take part in a tour of the site and hunt down our hidden hares to earn an Easter treat.

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Four Seasons Art Exhibition, Sunday 13th April – Sunday 8th June

A 45 minute drive away at Exbury Gardens, The Four Seasons Art group, headed by painter and writer Marianna Kneller, Fellow of the Society of Botanical Artists, will show paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints and etchings in Exbury’s Five Arrows Gallery. The exhibition will be open daily between 10am – 5pm. If you are visiting the Gardens primarily to visit the Exhibition, please check with the Exbury reception before you depart. The Exhibition may occasionally be closed due to the staging of private functions.

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Easter at the Farm, Friday 18th April – Monday 21st April

A 25 minute drive away at Longdown Farm, the whole family can join in the egg trail, searching for eggs in nests hidden around the Farm. In addition, ten golden eggs will be hidden at the beginning of each day with a prize given to those fortunate enough to find one. On Easter Sunday only, any child arriving in their own Easter bonnet will be charged a special concessionary rate. Running alongside the Easter fun and throughout the school holidays, will be a full schedule of activities each day including bottle-feeding the kid goats and calves and hand-feeding the ducks.

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The Forest Through a Lens, Thursday 24th April

Starting a 10 minute drive away, join this 5 mile walk, from 10am to 3pm, through some varied forest landscapes. Bring your camera to enable you to records some memorable images. Advance booking is essential as spaces are limited.

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Boat Jumble, Sunday 27th April

Beaulieu Boat Jumble has 1000 stands of boating bits, new trailerable boats, dinghies, equipment and craft from classics to nearly new. With thousands of new and used boating bargains, it makes for an unmissable event for all sailors. New for 2014: Walkabout Auction and Display Arena showcasing demonstrations, displays and interactive activities for children and adults.

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