For Children Fairy Doors Hunting for the tiny fairy doors hidden around the gardens is why many children love to visit Furzey Gardens time and time again. Come and join in the fun, creep around at the base of trees and you might discover twisted in gnarled old oak or nestled under bushes, a tiny door no more than a foot high. Furzey gives up its secrets slowly though and you will need to look hard. There are reputed to be over 40 of these secret fairy doors, designed and carved by master thatcher Simon Sinkinson. Although it is fun to leave letters and gifts for the Fairies, please encourage your children to post their letters in the Fairy Post Box and not leave items and glitter around the fairy doors, as they are not bio-degradable and could harm wildlife. Use the special letter packs available to purchase from the Gallery to write to the Fairy Queen - and she will write back. Play Area Children will love playing hide and seek in the round houses and having adventures in “Mrs Tiggy Winkle” our boat on dry land. There are picnic benches nearby. on a "bamboozalom" and "boardwalk" to add even more to the play area. Mini Maze Keep to the path and find your way round. Getting up amongst the trees The Look Out Tower is great fun to scramble up and see out acrss the treetops, while the Board walk gets you up close to the rhododendrons. Bug Barn Over the years Furzey Gardens has always given high priority to the conservations of insect life. We even have fun I spy stories that children can follow, whose central characters are species that have been found to live in the gardens. When the weather isn't great, take shelter in the Barn and get creative. Paper and crayons are provided for our younger visitors; display your creations in the Barn. Learn about bugs and insects from information boards; and images taken of Furzey wildlife by New Forest entomologist are displayed on the walls.