Although sometimes I do lust after a more carefree and possibly non-UK way of life, I am surprised and also so thankful for the places we have right on our doorstep. I like to find places to take the little dude in the surrounding areas near where we live in Hampshire that are low in cost and super fun; you can read all of my other reviews of amazing places right here on the blog too! Yesterday me and amazing fellow Mama Carly Stirling took the bambinos to The New Forest on an adventure through Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary; needless to say it was incredibly fun and exploratory for the kids and actually quite relaxing for us too!
The New Forest is so vast that there are lots of different areas of it to explore and we thought Bolderwood sounded perfect for us as it had peaceful little walks that weren’t too long for kids; plus their Gruffalo trail proved to be a great little feature to keep the kids entertained… also pretty useful in luring them to the next signpost to keep the walk moving along!
My little dude is a little climber and a lightly wild child when it comes to roaming free in the belly of nature and this trail was great as there were so many fallen trees and tree stumps for him to explore along the way.
The fact that places like this exist that are free of charge (The only charge you pay is for parking… and the ice cream from the an after of course… but if you have National Trust Membership all National Trust sites will be will be free for you to park!)
He even was showing off his master climbing skills to little Harper who was trying to join in as a rookie explorer…
There was of course the actual Deer viewing platform but to be quite honest, while I think little Rebel may have had a glance, my little dude what not really showing much interest so we just continued to bask in the vast landscape and relaxing stroll through nature.
If you are the kind of Mama like me that sometimes dreads outings where you know there will be lots of judging minds and hateful rollings of the eyes…
I have written all about my disgust in the fact that people still do this in ‘‘CHILDREN SHOULD BE SEEN AND NOT HEARD’: Why are Mothers made to feel guilty for leaving their homes?’
… then paces like this are an absolutely amazing way for you to get your children out and about, as that fresh air is so invaluable, get a day of culture and play, for such little cost!
The New Forest is so vast and has many little areas that are all free of charge, there are also lots of stunning National Trust and English Heritage sites too (They both have handy apps whiner you can look up your nearest sites!)
Have a look in your local area for Country Parks as these are usually free of charge bar maybe parking and your kids will have an amazing time soaking up nature at its finest and you can have a chilled stroll with breathtaking views!
Have you visited any National Trust or English Heritage sites recently? Where are your favourite places to of for family days out?