What’s on in Lymington and the New Forest over Half Term
Things to do during the school holidays in the New Forest area
There are lots of exciting things happening in Lymington, the New Forest and surrounding areas this October half term. Here's our guide of what's on locally for visitors and locals. Take a look also at our fun days out feature if you're looking to venture slightly further afield. For those having to juggle work with school holidays, we have information about holiday childcare.
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Remember, remember the 5th November...
Actually local Bonfire Night celebrations and firework displays start on the Friday of half term and continue through to the second weekend of November! Find our New Forest Firework Displays guide here.
The biggest Firework Display locally takes place on Saturday 27th at Beaulieu, this year with a Back to the Eighties theme - where you can enter the motor museum from 3pm. Find out more here and read on to find out what else is happening at Beaulieu this half term...
Things to do in and around Lymington...
Lymington's Malt Cinema at The Lymington Centre will be showing Hotel Transilvania (U) on Saturday 20th, Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th.
Forest Arts will be showing Peter Rabbit (PG) on Tuesday 23rd at 10am and 2pm, with Peter Rabbit craft activities also available to book.
Pumpkins are available all week from Friday 19th at Goodall's Farm - where the café will be open for delicious homemade cake. Lunch time food will be available from the New Forest Pizza Co and/or The Laughing Street Chef throughout the week.
Lymington Town Tours will be running walking tours around the local area on Sunday 21st and Sunday 28th.
Lily and the Albatross will be showing at Forest Arts on Thursday 25th.
- The New Forest Players will be performing No60 to the Somme at Ballard School on 25th, 26th and 27th October, a musical play honouring the 100th Anniversary of The First World War
Fun in the New Forest
- The New Forest Walking Festival continues throughout half term, with guided walks led by knowledgeable local experts to help you discover more about the history, heritage and wildlife of the Forest.
- New Forest Heritage Centre in Lyndhurst is holding Half Term Family Discovery Days on Tuesday 23rd and Thursday 25th from 10am-4pm. New Forest themed trails, quizzes and craft activities for all the family, so come along and explore your crafty side.
- At the Countryside Education Trust in Beaulieu there is a Seasonal Bushcraft Day on Wednesday 24th and a Woodland Fair on Thursday 25th.
- Lepe Country Park have a half term trail. Pick up a trail card from the park office anytime between 10am - 3pm and return with correct answers to claim your prize. Cost: £2 per child, no need to book.
- Learn about Bushcraft at Lepe Country Park on Tuesday 23rd and learn to appreciate the coast at Love Your Coast on Thursday 25th.
- Discover the Fairy Doors at Furzey Gardens. Visit the gardens and have fun making an animal mask from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th.
Great days out in the New Forest area
- Beaulieu have lots of activites for the whole family during half term, plus of course their new Chitty Chitty Bang Bang exhibition which is bound to be truly scrumptious! Link here to the Beaulieu website to book tickets (if you purchase tickets in advance there is a saving) Lymington.com tip: go at the beginning of the week and visit again for free within 6 days! On Saturday 27th it is the Beaulieu Firework Extravaganza.
- Step back in time at Buckler’s Hard this half term as Living History characters take you on a tour of the once-thriving shipbuilding village. 26th-29th May step aboard HMS Medusa, which took a starring role in the recent Dunkirk movie, and learn more about its wartime role helping to clear the way to Omaha Beach for D-Day.
Spooky things to do in the New Forest
- Are you brave enough for a Spooky Halloween River Tour (Thursday 26th) or Haunted Battlefield Live! (Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 25th) with New Forest Activities?
- New Forest Heritage Centre have Museums at Night on Friday 26th - dress up in your spookiest outfit, bring a torch and visit the museum at night!
- Lepe in the Dark: explore the park looking for nocturnal life on Monday 22nd and Wednesday 24th.
- Forest Arts have a Spooky Halloween Disco on Saturday 27th and Spooky Science on Friday 26th October.
Get active in the New Forest
Based on the bank of the Beaulieu River, New Forest Activities have a great range of activities for all the family - choose from archery, canoeing, kayaking, cycling and Battlefield Open Battles (for age 8+). Find out more and make bookings online. There's a Family Woodland Adventure Day on Wednesday 24th and Family Canoeing and Family Adventure Days every day during Half Term.
- Meanwhile, find The New Forest Paddle Sport Company in Milford on Sea, who offer paddleboard and kayak tuition and hire offer Hurst Castle Paddling Tours by SUP or kayak.
- Every Saturday at Woodside is Park Run, a great way for families to run together, from 9am. Register online before arriving to get a barcode.
- New Forest Activities hold Holiday Adventure Days for children aged 8-14 years. The day includes learning bushcraft skills such as foraging and shelter building, plus archery and the ropes course. This half term the Adventure Day is Tuesday 23rd October.
- Lymington Tennis Club hold tennis and fun sports camps every school holiday, either full days or half days are available.
- Durlston Court Prep School have half term activities from Monday 22nd to Wednesday 31st, including football, art and craft activities.