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10 Top Tips for Summer Fun with Mini Headfudgers which won’t Break the Bank

Ok. So the six week summer holidays are here. And between you and your family you need to amuse and entertain small people without going too crazy.

Here is our comprehensive Headfudge Guide to 10 fun things which you can do with them which won’t break the bank! With Headfudge being a New Forest based company we are going to concentrate on our local area first and foremost...


1. “On ya bike!”

Firstly, with the forest on our doorstep it would make sense to get out there and explore. Jump on your bikes (make sure you all wear your helmets!) and follow some of the cycle routes listed on the link below. This list, provided by our friends over at, includes routes between 2 and 8 miles, depending on how far you wish to cycle. It also includes an activity pack print off which you can take with you on your day out including items for the little ones to spot whilst out and about. There are bike hire places dotted around the forest, take a look at the link for more details.

Essentials to take –

  • Sun cream (as you’ll be on the move it will not feel as warm as it really is so make sure you slap the sun cream on as often as possible to avoid sun damage and protect you from wind burn)

  • Bottles of water

  • A puncture repair kit

  • Spare clothes (what about one of our hoody’s incase it gets a bit chilly?)

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2. Crazy Crabbing at Mudeford Quay

Hop in the car (for a mere 30 minutes!) and you’ll arrive at the beautiful Mudeford Quay! Mudeford Quay is a stone’s throw away from the beach. There is a lovely pub, a fresh fish stall, a new play park and a lovely café. Everything you need for a day with the family! There is a handy shop on the Quay which sells everything you will need for crabbing. You can pick up a crabbing line, bucket and some bait for about £5! If you run out of crabs to catch why not hop on the ferry over to Mudeford Spit and enjoy the land train up to the top of Hengistbury Head? There is a café at the top – so perhaps indulge in an ice cream and hop on the train back to the bottom.

Essentials to take –

  • Something to sit on! (if you have camping chairs, these are perfect!)

  • If you don’t like touching fish, pack some bacon to use as bait (those nippy little crabbies love it!)

  • Change for parking and money for the ferry (the land train accepts card)

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3. Row, row, row your boat

Staying local to the lovely Mudeford, head west into Christchurch and park at one of the many car parks on the quay. Wonder down to the water’s edge and you can hire a self-drive boat. The boats seat up to 8 people so plenty of space for the whole family! The boats are rented out on an hourly or half hourly basis – it isn’t cheap for the boat hire but I promise you you will not be disappointed! It costs £20 for half an hour or £30 for an hour. You can mooch up and down the river, taking in the views, fresh air and wildlife. The kids will love it as they can drive too!

Essentials to take –

  • Sun cream! (Being on the water you sometimes don’t realise how warm it is. Slather it on people!)

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4. Ahoy there! Set sail in Lymington

Have a pootle into Lymington and enjoy the shops, eateries and quay. If you’re feeling adventures why not take a trip on the Black Puffin Pirate Ship which leaves the quay at regular intervals during the day (you can purchase your tickets from the ticket office on the quay). Kids will be given a treasure map and a pirate hat to really feel like little pirates! The boat heads off out of the quay towards “Skull Island”, turns around and returns to the quay – the trip takes about 30-45 minutes in total. Children will love this trip and will be rewarded with a small treat at the end. If you’re lucky the pirate might even let them drive the ship!!

Essentials to take –

  • Don’t get caught out like we did – even though the boat is covered, we got soaked with a crazy downpour when we went out so make sure you pack a waterproof if there is even a hint of rain in the air!

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