Days Out

On A Fairy Hunt At Furzey Gardens

  • May 4, 2016

This bank holiday weekend the rain (and snow!) stopped and the sun came out briefly, so we made the most of it and headed for Furzey Gardens in the New Forest, a place we’ve been meaning to visit for a while.

Furzey Gardens

Furzey Gardens is a beautiful and peaceful setting, a great place for exploring and letting the kids run free and get some fresh air. There’s lots to find here, fantastic play areas, tree houses and hidden fairy doors – it was the fairy doors we mainly came to see as Little H is a real girly girl and loves anything to do with princesses and fairies. So dressed up in fairy wings, tutu and clutching her wand off we went!

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When you first enter the gardens you come to Furzey Cottage, a pretty 16th century thatched cottage that you can go inside and look around. Little H loved this little house and enjoyed learning about life in the “old days” – she couldn’t believe they all slept in one room and didn’t have a sofa!

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In the cottage’s little vegetable garden are some brilliant scarecrows which really made Little H laugh.

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There are pathways in all directions to follow, and you don’t know what you’re going to come across next, Little H said it was like a ‘secret garden’. We let her lead the way, smelling the flowers as she went and calling out “Wow look at this!” every time she found something new.

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There are various little tree houses, huts and play areas dotted around, with ladders, bridges and tunnels to investigate and hide in. Little H had great fun exploring and waving to us out of the windows of her fairy houses. There are also plenty of benches for mum & dad to have a rest while the kids play.

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The fairy doors are hidden far and wide and we had great fun searching for them. Each door is different, there’s even a fairy school and ferry boat to find. You can get a map from the gift shop which shows you where the doors are, or you can just have fun trying to find them yourselves. Some are quite well hidden and as they’re all so natural looking it’s easy to miss some, but it’s a great activity to keep little ones occupied.

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Little H was so excited every time she found one, crouching down to knock on the doors and see the little trails of glitter that the fairies had left behind. It’s always nice to see them light up and really believe in the magic – it doesn’t last long after all.

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Furzey Gardens are open all year round but I would highly recommend going in the spring or summer to see the flowers and blossoms in full bloom, the colours are just amazing as are the views.

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Entrance prices to the gardens vary depending on the time of year. When we visited it cost £20 for a family of 3 which we initially thought was quote a lot, but after seeing the amount of work that goes into taking care of the gardens it’s definitely justified. Furzey Gardens also work closely with adults with learning disabilities who work within the gardens, so definitely a worthwhile cause.

Furzey Gardens is definitely a must visit whether you have children or not. I’d love to hear from you if you go, especially if you come down to the Bournemouth area in the holidays.

Sarah

 

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16 Comments

  • Helena

    Loving that there’s plenty for little imaginations at work and that your daughter dressed up too.#whatevertheweather

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  • dearmummyblog

    Furzey Gardens looks fab and near us too! So might pop down and visit! Thanks for sharing. Looks like you had a great time X #Whatevertheweather

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  • Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum

    Oh wow, this looks like a wonderful family day out. I love the added bonus of Fairy hunting, lovely for the little ones imaginations 🙂 #Whatevertheweather x

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  • Coombe Mill

    It does look beautiful there and I can see why you recommend visiting in spring with all the flowers at their best and the rhododendrons coming out. It sounds like you had your £20 with with a good look round and how wonderful to have the excitement of fairies to look for too. I keep meaning to add fairy doors to our fairy gardens, this post is a timely reminder. Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

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  • Jane - Our Little Escapades

    What a lovely activity, we love being able to go out and hunt for things as my son can understand this activity. I really hope my little lady is a girly girl, I have a feeling that she wont be but that won’t stop my buying princess things ;0) #CountryKids

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  • Sarah Stockley (@kipperscurtains)

    I have never been to the New Forest before – Furzey looks gorgeous, I love any places like this. Sarah #whatevertheweather

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  • entertainingelliot

    I’ve heard of Furzey Gardens but never been there which is a shame because your pics are lovely! Will have to add it to my list, we’re always looking for new local places to visit 🙂 #countrykids

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  • domesstique

    Wow! That is definitely a “must go” place especially with little ones, sure there will be lots of magical imaginations. xx
    #countrykids

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  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    What a fabulous place to explore – love all the different scarecrows and hunting for fairy doors sounds magical 🙂

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  • chloelifeunexpected

    It looks so magical here. I love that she’s wearing wings as well. Your photos are gorgeous. It looks like a beautiful place to explore and look for fairies. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatevertheweather xxx

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  • Jenny

    The gardens are gorgeous and I love those scarecrows, no wonder they amuse the little ones! The fairy doors are very sweet too, it’s nice that they can have something to discover in the way round, it’s so magical. Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

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  • tinboxtraveller

    What a cute outside and totally fitting for the setting. We’ve not been to Furzy despite living in the area for a number of years. Tin Box Tot loves trails so I think she’d have a great time searching for fairy doors. One for the Hampshire bucket list! #myfavouritetrip

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  • Mrs Lighty

    Wow this looks lovely! Definitely on my list to visit now, thanks for sharing with #myfabouritetrip 🙂

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  • katy@untoldmorsels

    My fairy obsessed daughter would love this – what a great find. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Our Seaside Baby

    The gardens look amazing, would love venturing around here with my boy. Looks like you had a great time! The fairy doors are a wonderful idea, they do look truly magical. Thanks for joining in with #MyFavouriteTrip Polly x

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