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If you are looking for family days out in Hampshire for all ages then this is for you. It covers family attractions throughout Hampshire. There’s no need to be bored when you have these top attractions to visit.
We have listed a mix of outdoor activities and indoor places to visit. Some are free and some are paid for activities.
Enjoy the warm weather and really explore what Hampshire has to offer with kids.
Family days out in Hampshire
These family days out are perfect for the whole family regardless of your children’s ages. There’s a huge mix of museums, theme parks and zoos.
Ranging from Winchester right up to Farnborough, these family days out ideas are perfect for toddlers right up to teenagers.
1. Winchester Science Centre (Winchester)
Winchester Science Centre is a great attraction for the whole family. It’s an interactive indoor museum that teaches the kids all things science. Nothing is off bounds and they can touch everything. For younger kids, there is a small soft play area and for older kids, they offer creative workshops and the planetarium.
They also have a playground outside with benches if you’d prefer to bring your own picnic.
2. Marwell Zoo (Winchester)
Marwell Zoo is a huge zoo for the whole family. Make sure you have your walking shoes on as this huge area takes you through different continents through animals. They have playgrounds scattered throughout the park and plenty of benches for picnics.
3. Brickfields Country Park (Farnborough)
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.
4. Hawk Conservancy Trust (Andover)
Set within 22-acres, Hawk Conservancy Trust is a family attraction for all ages. Really get up and close to the birds of prey and watch their amazing flying displays.
They offer loads of other activities throughout the day and have playgrounds and a restaurant if you’d prefer not to take a picnic.
5. Odiham Castle and Basingstoke Canal (Basingstoke)
Also known as “King John’s Castle”, this is located right by the Basingstoke canal.
It’s a great place steeped in local history that the whole family can enjoy together. It’s free to visit too! Make sure you visit the canal afterward for an amazing walk and boat watching.
6. Alice Holt Forest Country Park (Basingstoke)
This is a family favorite of ours. There are different walking trails depending on the terrain. You can bring your bikes and dogs on leads.
There’s a great playground and why not see how many of the Gruffalo sculptures you can spot too?
7. Eastrop Park (Basingstoke)
Just a short walk away from Festival Place, this park has everything a family could need including a huge play park, woods, splash park, flat paths, and a pond for the whole family to enjoy.
8. Finkley Down Farm Park (Andover)
This farm is like none you’ve been to before. You can feed the farm animals while enjoying the huge playground and indoor soft play.
9. Farnborough Air Sciences Trust
The Farnborough Air Sciences Trust museum is a great indoor place for all ages. It has a collection of aircraft, satellites, simulators and wind tunnels that show how aircrafts work.
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All these are within 20 minutes of Southampton city centre. They range from theme parks to country parks that are perfect for a full and fun family day out.
10. 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.
11. Paultons Park (Romsey)
This amusement park is great for toddlers upwards. The park is home to Peppa Pig World for the small kids and huge rollercoasters for the bigger kids. They have play parks, splash parks and loads of places for a picnic too.
12. The Outdoor Sports Centre (Southampton)
Based near Bassett in Southampton, this huge outdoor space has big fields and small hills that are perfect for running around.
Parking is at the top of the hill but it’s free to use. All the paths are paved as via the huge hill at the start, the rest is flat and perfect for bikes and scooters or anyone with mobility issues.
There’s toilets by the tennis courts, plenty of space for a picnic or games and if your kids are older, have a look at the Active Nation website as they offer a range of sports during the summer months including dry skiing.
Keep walking to the back of the park and you’ll come across The Pleasure Park, which hosts small kids rides for very low prices. Our favorite is the huge wavy slide.
There’s a playground by The Pleasure Park too which is gated.
13. Manor Farm and Country Park (Hedge End)
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.
14. Longdown Activity Farm (Southampton)
This farm is great for all ages. It has all the farm animals you’d expect from a working farm that you can feed and help look after.
They have great indoor activities as well for raining days like a soft play and smaller handheld animals.
15. New Forest Wildlife Park (Southampton)
Just down the road from Longdown is New Forest Wildlife Park. It offers loads of parks and animals right in middle of the New Forest.
See how many otters you can spot, howl with the wolves and try and find the lynx.
There’s plenty of places for a picnic and the car park is huge. It’s great for a family day out for all ages.
16. Deerleep (Southampton)
Just down the road from Longdown and right opposite New Forest Wildlife Park is Deerleep.
The entrance is a dirt road and isn’t signposted and as you drive down it feels like you are on someone’s property but you really aren’t. The short stone road leads to a car park and a green flat landscape as far as you can see.
There’s a small cluster of trees by the car park for a shade which the local ponies love to hide in and a stone path that leads all the way to Lyndhurst (it is quite a walk thought!)
Take the bikes as the ground is quite flat and great for fun garden games too.
There’s so much to do in East Hampshire that ranges from free to paid day out trips for the whole family.
17. Spinnaker Tower (Portsmouth)
The Spinnaker Tower is a huge tower in Gunwalf that overlooks the sea. While you are there, make sure you walk around Gunwalf and the old city as it has loads of offer older kids.
18. Portsmouth Historic Museum (Portsmouth)
This dockyard is a full day out for the whole family. It’s interactive and really digs deep into navel history. You can walk on The Victory, explore the Mary Rose and all it’s history.
19. Beachlands (Hayling Island)
This pebble beach is eight kilometers long on the western end of the seafront. With everything Hayling Island has to offer, Beachlands also includes a fairground and amusement arcades close by.
During the summer months dogs are restricted so please see the council website for updates.
There’s always loads on at Lee-On-Solent. This is a shingle beach with a grassy area great for games and picnics. There’s a tarmac walkway right by the beach, perfect for bikes and scooters.
When the tide is out you can go crabbing among the many rock pools.
If it’s raining, have a look at the Hovercraft Museum which is open to the public on Saturdays.
Food-wise; the beach is only a small road away from the town centre so there’s plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or get an ice cream.
21. Blue Reef Aquarium (Portsmouth)
Take a deep dive into our oceans and enjoy what they have to offer. See the sharks swimming over your head, see the rays and enjoy their stunning view of the seafront. Take a picnic to eat outside then walk the huge length of the seafront as you can get back into the aquarium as many times as you like that day.
22. Queen Elizabeth Country Park (Portsmouth)
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.
23. Fort Nelson (Porstmouth)
Fort Nelson is a huge navel museum not far from Porchester Castle. It’s free to enter but they do ask for donations.
The museum is full of navel history and tunnels that the whole family can enjoy. This is the perfect place for all ages as there’s loads of history while places to run around for the little ones.
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With the New Forest pretty much on all our doorsteps, West Hampshire has everything you need for your whole family. Take a picnic and explore everything the forest has to offer or try one of their many museums on a wet or cold day.
24. Beaulieu National Motor Museum (Brockenhurst)
Whatever age your kids are, the Beaulieu National Motor Museum is a perfect place for a day out. It’s interactive and has a stunning garden to run around too.
25. Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary (New Forest)
Bolderwood Arboretum is on Ornamental Drive that leads from the A35. It’s got a huge car park and toilets close by.
If you go through the gate and follow the path it leads you down to a viewing around were you should be able to see some wild deer roaming throughout the forest.
Keep walking down and you come across a light stream and a few small ponds.
The path is a bit hilly and if it’s been raining you may need wellies. Saying that though, it’s fine for pushchairs and bikes.
26. Furzey Gardens (New Forest)
Find the fairies while walking around this tranquil garden. It’s got everything you need from bridges to climbing frames. It’s surrounded by beautiful woods and loads of different walks. There’s plenty of places to have a picnic and really explore the surrounding wildlife.
27. Hatchet Pond (New Forest)
Hatchet Pond is in the New Forest and is perfect if the kids need to let off some steam. There’s plenty of parking and it’s a great place to put your wellies on and really explore. The ground is mostly flat so great for bike riding.
28. Hurst Spit Beach (New Forest)
With lovely views of the Isle of Wright, this beach is lovely to watch the world go by. The cafe is limited so bringing lunch is a good idea. Parking is hard to come by too so visit early to make sure you get a spot.
29. Knightwood Oak (New Forest)
Knightwood Oak is along the Ornamental Drive. It has a gravel track which is great for bikes. It’s covered by large trees so if it’s raining it’s still a great place to visit.
30. Blackwater (New Forest)
Park at Blackwater car park and walk this mile route with the whole family. It’s through huge trees that takes you around the heart of this area of the New Forest. You are walking through tree’s so this isn’t very buggy friendly.
31. Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum (New Forest)
This museum is packed full of racing bikes over the years. This is a really interactive museum where the kids can touch and feel as they go through.
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