Team Forestipedia | Sharing all the best tips and secrets of the forest
We all enjoy an exciting family adventure, discovering new sights and fun places to visit. If you would prefer to take your little explorers off the beaten path this summer, weâ€™ve found some hidden gems that all the family will enjoy. Each one is within easy reach of a Forest Holidays location, so that you enjoy more time scouting out new territory and less time stuck in the car.
Not far from the bustling noise and traffic of London is the tranquil peace and fresh air ofÂ Blackwood Forest, the perfect base to discover Hampshireâ€™s hidden secrets.
Take a short drive to Andover and visitÂ The Museum of the Iron AgeÂ with lots of fun facts and exhibits demonstrating life in Iron Age Britain. If you have a Lego fan in the family theyâ€™ll love the detailed Lego hill fort, while everyone will find plenty to do in the activity hall. Not only is this hidden treasure a great place to visit, itâ€™s completely free.
Golden Oak Treehouse across a magical rope bridge
All explorers know how to navigate by the stars, but we are fairly sure youâ€™ll be just fine during the day, finding your way throughÂ The aMazing Hedge PuzzleÂ in the Wye Valley, close to our cabins inÂ Forest of Dean.
A fantastic example of a traditional hedge maze, thereâ€™s plenty of fun to be had playing tag and solving the puzzles. The maze is right next to the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo, giving your family plenty to fill the whole day.
Close up of the trees at Forest of Dean
By studying the clay pottery and artwork of ancient civilisations, explorers can find clues about how they lived. Decorate your own pots and create mysterious ceramic signage as a memento of your travels atÂ Paint PotsÂ in Downham Market. A beautiful and ancient Saxon market town on the edge of the River Great Ouse, Downham Market is a short distance from the greenery ofÂ Thorpe Forest.
Head north-east from your cabin in Thorpe Forest to the curiosities to be found atÂ Bewilderwood, an activity filled adventure land for the whole family. Climb treehouses, swing on jungle bridges and discover exciting creatures in this magical land.Â
Cabin nestled between the trees at Thorpe Forest in Norfolk
Before cars and aeroplanes, every great voyager travelled by way of their trusty steed. Your family adventure starts here, at theÂ Bilsdale Riding Centre, with a trek across the heather-clad moors. After a dayâ€™s riding, soothe away aching muscles in your private hot tub on the decking of your cabin atÂ CroptonÂ orÂ Keldy.
As a (slightly) more modern adventurer, perhaps you prefer the comfort of steam. Take to theÂ North Yorkshire Moors RailwayÂ and discover Goathland, a village virtually untouched by time and yet quite a famous location â€“ parents will recognise scenery from Heartbeat and All Creatures Great and Small, while children will find themselves on the Hogsmeade platform, ready to journey on to Harry Potterâ€™s school at Hogwarts. A perfect day out and ideally located near to both our Cropton and our Keldy Forest Holidays locations.
Cabins at Keldy in North Yorkshire
Teen heroes may feel they are ready to face a more daunting challenge. Leave the safety of your modern cabin inÂ Strathyre, and step back in time as you discover ghosts, murder and mystery on theÂ Ghost Walks of Stirling. As an ancient medieval town with a long history, there are plenty of tales to create a truly frightening evening. Â
Of course, every traveller needs their safe haven. Get safely home to yourÂ cabinÂ and youâ€™ll soon be recounting tales of derring-do over the evening BBQ, as you relax and unwind in the gentle evening sounds of the forest...
View of Strathyre across the loch in Scotland