Summertime Family fun

Discover a whole world of fun and adventure this summer in our beautiful gardens!

From storytelling and teddy bear trails every Sunday to bug hunting, scavenger hunts and adventure trails every day, there’s plenty for children to get stuck into whilst exploring the gardens.

You can also feed the fish, hop on the train, picnic by the Beaulieu River and enjoy an ice-cream or tea and cake in Mr Eddy’s Restaurant and Café.

Under 3’s are free, and baby changing facilities, high chairs and a children’s menu are all available.


Become an Exbury Explorer and see what wildlife you can discover with our amazing bug-hunting kits that are a steal at only £2.50 each. Each kit includes the following: 

Bug-hunting kits are available every day during the summer holidays from our Visitor Entrance.

bug kit

Adventure Trails

Explore the gardens at your leisure with one of our FREE adventure trail booklets. Fill-in the crossword, answer questions and complete the activities to become the ultimate Exbury Explorer!

Adventure Trails are available every day during the summer holidays from our Visitor Entrance.

Scavenger Hunt

What can you find in the gardens? Explore high and low to collect items like leaves, twigs and petails, guided by our FREE scavenger hunt bags.

Children are encouraged to take theseitems home with them to create some wild art. Parents and guardians can then upload a photo of their creations on Instagram using the #exburywildart hashtag, so that we can share our visitor's wonderful artwork to our followers on social media!

Scavenger Hunt bags are available every day during the summer holidays from our Visitor Entrance.

‘What could be better on a trip down to the New Forest than a walk in a beautiful garden, a ride on a steam train (which my grandson adored!) and a chance to see the Beaulieu river close up? A memorable day out and a gem of a place’

Rob Gregory, Oxford

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What wildlife to spot in the gardens


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