The New Forest Kids’ Activity Book

The New Forest Heritage Centre in Lyndhurst has published a new book: a children’s souvenir guide to the New Forest.

Featuring the Centre’s children’s mascot, Piper the Pony, ‘The New Forest – Kids’ Activity Book’ is aimed at children aged between 8 and 12 and it provides entertaining facts about the animals and plants of the New Forest throughout the seasons. There are games, puzzles, jokes and pictures to guide children to discover more about what makes the New Forest such a special place.

Authored by Gill Knappett, the book aims to provide educational information about the heritage and nature of the Forest in an amusing and engaging way. Nick Gowman, who has created the unique and charming cartoons, said, “It has been an absolute honour and pleasure to illustrate this activity book for the New Forest Heritage Centre. The characters almost came to life by themselves and allowed me to have fun injecting some real personality into each one. Piper was great fun to develop, moving through various incarnations, until we had the ideal New Forest Pony, with happy and oversized features.”

The book is published in association with Pitkin Publishing, and is available to buy for £5 from the New Forest Heritage Centre. It is hoped that other local outlets will stock it, and anyone interested should contact the Centre at


Notes to Editor:

 ‘The New Forest – Kids’ Activity Book’ is available to purchase for £5 from the New Forest Heritage Centre gift shop in Lyndhurst and online through the Heritage Centre’s online shop (

 ISBN number: 978-1-84165-924-4

 More information about Nick Gowman and his illustrations can be found on his website

 For further information, please contact Clare Alderson on 023 8028 3444 or email at:


About the New Forest Heritage Centre

The New Forest Heritage Centre is a free to enter museum, reference library, art gallery and café conveniently located in Lyndhurst. The New Forest Heritage Centre aims to inspire its visitors to celebrate and conserve the New Forest. It does this by collecting, conserving and interpreting its collections and by providing educational activities and information to a broad range of audiences. In doing so, it acts in ways that are ethical, ecologically sensitive and intellectually accessible and affordable. It is owned and run by the New Forest Heritage Trust (reg. charity no: 1186656).