Including things to do in Hampshire with kids
If you are looking for things to do in Hampshire for the kids then have a look at our full country parks list below. Going to a country park is a great way to get the whole family out of the house and enjoying the local wildlife.
Most the country parks on our list are perfect for everyone, including those with mobility issues or those with prams. Grab the bikes or scooters, make a picnic and enjoy as many of these country parks as you can.
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Country Parks in North Hampshire
North Hampshire is full of country parks that offer a rich heritage and fun for everyone. Make sure you explore the play areas while enjoying the history of these wonderful parks.
Brickfields Country Park (Aldershot)
This small 8 acres country park is pretty unknown unless you know where to look. Just off Boxalls Lane, this pretty area has pathways throughout the country park that are perfect for visitors with limited mobility and prams. Bring the kids bikes for a ride, have a picnic in the fields and enjoy this little known park.
Farley Mount Country Park (Winchester)
With loads of places to park, little in-lays really, this country park is great if you love to explore. There’s plently of places for a picnic and a bike ride, plus the views from the actual mount are stunning.
Wellington Country Park (Riseley)
Wellington Country Park is a 350 acres site that you can enjoy. There is an outdoor center that is chargeable but the rest of the country park is free to explore and have fun around.
Yateley Common Country Park (Yateley)
Mostly flat, Yateley Common Country Park is the perfect place to fish with the kids or bird watch while enjoying a family picnic.
Bring the bikes as the ground is mostly flat. They have free parking within easy walk of the park.
Bassetts Mead Country Park (Hook)
Bassetts Mead Country Park offers free parking and is a great circular walk. It takes you along the riverfront which is great for spotting fish and other water creatures.
Explore the fields and long grass for the local wildlife too.
Old Down Woodland Park (Basingstoke)
This is a huge green space that can see found on foot from Firecrest Road. It has a small car park next to the community building with a small playground.
Walk one of the smaller paths to enjoy the local wildlife. Bring the buggy or bikes as the route is mostly flat.
Alice Holt Country Park (Farnham)
Based near Farnham, there are loads of walking and cycling trails that take you around the park. They have a great playground with loads of green areas to play.
Country Parks in South Hampshire
If you are looking for a seafront day out then a trip to one of the South Hampshire country parks should be on your list. Dip your feet in the water or enjoy a walk throughout the forests that surround these country parks.
River Hamble Country Park (Southampton)
Bring the fishing nets and enjoy the huge river that spans the country park. This is a great place to play, have a picnic and explore the surrounding forest. There’s a great playground, cafe and toilets on-site too.
Southampton Common (Southampton)
This lovely common just outside of the main city is a green getaway. Parking can be found throughout the outer rim of the country park. It’s perfect for bikes, prams and those with limited mobility as the paths are all paved. The country park has a cafe and toilets near the playground plus a huge amount of space for the whole family to explore.
Royal Victoria Country Park (Southampton)
Right on Netley seafront, this country park has everything you need for a fun day trip out for the whole family. Enjoy the seaside views from the stony beach or play on one of the three massive green fields. It has a huge adventure playground, a steam train and a great little cafe with toilets on site.
Lepe Country Park (Beaulieu)
This country park has a huge car park right by the seafront. It is a stony beach at the start but if you keep walking then it starts to become sand. If you catch the tide right then you can walk out a long way into the sea. They have a great cafe as well as toilets on site.
Titchfield Haven Country Park (Titchfield)
This is a huge country park that is a home for birds and other wildlife. See what you can spot on the many trails throughout the high grass. Check out their website for ideas on walks as is a great one near the canal and other over-looking the sea.
Itchen Valley Country Park (Eastleigh)
A start drive from the center of town, Itchen Valley Country Park has everything you need for a great day out. Bring a picnic and park in one of the five car parks (parking charges apply.)
Walk-in one direction and enjoy the huge field that also hosts a playground and woods that are waiting to be explored.
The other way hosts a smaller park with a cafe and toilets.
Manor Farm Country Park (Southampton)
Based on the other side of Southampton, Manor Farm isn’t just a country park but a working farm as well. This is a great rural family day out that shows the inner workings a Victorian farm.
There is a charge to visit the farm but you get to learn how the farm is run including how the Victorians lived by visiting the on-site school, cottage and forge.
The country park surrounding the farm is just as fun too. Park up and walk one of the many paths and see how much wildlife we really do have in Southampton.
Lakeside Country Park (Eastleigh)
Based off of a busy main road, this amazing country park is packed full of things to do. Make sure you ride on the little train while enjoying the whole fishing lake. Take a picnic to enjoy the park while seeing how much wildlife you can spot through the woodland. There’s loads of parking on-site with a cafe, shop and toilets.
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Country Parks in East Hampshire
Regardless of what you are looking for, from wildlife to paths un-walked, make sure you visit these country parks that offer the whole family a day out they will never forget.
Titchfield Haven Country Park (Fareham)
This little country park is has parking on-site with a small cafe and toilets. Enjoy the long grass, the lake and the tall trees that are great to spot wildlife.
The Alver Valley Country Park (Gosport)
Full of lovely wild flowers and sweeping trees, this country park has a great playground. Take a walk and see how much of the local wildlife you can see. It is a bit stony but great for walks with the whole family.
Staunton Country Park (Havant)
Staunton Country Park has loads to offer the family of different ages. They have a working farm, beautiful gardens and glasshouses that are a real sight to see. Parking is close but there is a short walk to the entrance.
Queen Elizabeth Country Park (Petersfield)
This country park lies within the South Downs National Park. It offers loads of family fun into loads of walks, cycle paths and playgrounds. Car parking charges do apply but it’s a great day out for the whole family.
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Country Parks in West Hampshire
Surrounded by the New Forest, spot off in one of the little car parks to explore these amazing country park without the crowds. You may be lucky enough to see the wild donkeys roaming the flat land or the cows walking through the dense bushes. Whatever time of year you visit, we are sure you an your family will have an amazing time.
New Forest National Park
A lot of the landscape is flat and is great for long cycle rides and walks with the whole family. Many of the walks are signposted too.
Pick a spot and see how many ponies you can spot or donkey’s that roam free.
Our favorite places to stop are The Cricket Ground which is a huge area that can get busy in the summer but is great for kids to ride their bikes as the grass is kept low.
Boulderwood is another great place with parking and toilets. If you are really lucky then you may spot some deer wandering in the woods.
The best places in the New Forest though are those that you find off the beaten road. Take a drive and find your own little bit of treasure.
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