Capture the imagination of your young adventurers on an unforgettable forest camping holiday. There’s so much to see and do for tiny, and teen-aged, explorers. Spending family time together in the great outdoors is an ancient British pastime, and there’s no shortage of camping activities for kids. Here are six of the best!
1. Bike rides
Bring your own pedal power or visit the nearest cycle hire company, and set off on the ultimate cycling escapade.
What better way to explore the breathtaking beauty of Great Britain’s captivating forests as a family? Saddle up and get set for a magical tour on two wheels, experiencing awe-inspiring cycling routes featuring rushing rivers, ancient woodlands and sparkling lakes.
As camping activities for kids go, nothing beats a bike ride in the woods, making childhood memories that will last a lifetime. Find out about New Forest bike hire.
An action-packed, camping activity that gets the whole family involved, geocaching is a global phenomenon! The ultimate treasure hunt, you and the kids must work together to uncover hidden items and containers stashed with fascinating finds!
Sign up to one of many geocaching websites, like www.geocaching.com, and armed with only a few clues and your wits, you and the family must use your navigational skills to scour the forest in search of hidden surprises. Unleash your inner Indiana Jones… let the quest begin.
3. Mini master chef
Camping with the kids means getting creative with the grub! You can transform food prep into a family-fun activity, creating mouth-watering meals with a twist. Grilled, funny-face mini pizzas anyone? A few ingredients, including…
For more family-friendly, camping food ideas, check out our recipe pages – where you’ll find great grub for rumbling stomachs!
Britain’s waterways are bustling with activities the whole family can enjoy. You’re spoilt for choice with canals, rivers, reservoirs and lakes giving you the opportunity to pull on your wetsuit. Try everything… from kayaking, canoeing and paddle-boarding to white-water rafting!
Combine art and camping for a fun-filled family activity. Get creative with finger paints and paintbrushes, creating your very own camping canvas masterpiece. The forest is alive with wonder and inspiration, stimulating the imagination to create a work of art that becomes a keepsake.
For a classic camping-style painting activity, gather some forest floor foliage and create leaf paintings. Dip leaves in the paint and press onto paper for some pretty patterns.
You can create rock faces, too. Collect some rocks and paint them a face. Don’t forget to set them a place at the table for dinner afterwards, they’re part of the family now!
6. Nature Walks
Where will your feet take you? Nature walks are a camping pastime, enjoyed by generations of families exploring new sights, discovering wildlife and escaping the hustle and bustle of life.
Morning, noon and night, there’s something new to discover on a nature walk – you can make a game of it, whether kids become collectors – gathering different leaves and flowers, or spotters – on the lookout for birds and furry forest creatures – you can quite easily spend hours marvelling at mother nature.
7. Make the most of the car journey
It has been revealed that the car has overtaken the dining table as a hub for family gatherings. So, whilst on your car journeys to and from the campsite, try and get everyone involved in the conversation. I Spy, the shopping list game and 21 questions are great games to get everyone involved.
Plan your family, forest camping trip…where will you go?
Camping trips in the forest are where the best family memories are made. Come and join us, and create a new chapter in your family’s adventure story. With locations at the heart of many of Britain’s ancient woodlands, we invite you to experience an epic outdoor escapade, away from it all.
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