These are the best amusement parks in Hampshire
If your family loves thrill rides and theme parks then this is the post for you! We have a full list of funfairs and theme parks in Hampshire that are sure to get your blood pumping.
They are all family-friendly from small local funfairs that are perfect for smaller kids right up to massive theme parks that are day out events.
Take a picnic and enjoy time with your family at one of these amazing theme parks in Hampshire.
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Funfairs and theme parks in Hampshire
These are the best family theme parks in Hampshire that are perfect for the whole family. They are located throughout Hampshire, many with amazing views of the countryside or the coast.
Paulton’s Park home of Peppa Pig World, and is a family theme park based in Romsey in Hampshire and is close to the New Forest National Park. Paultons Park has over 70 fun rides and attractions that are perfect for the whole family right down to babies right up to adults. Even older children will love this amusement park.
Paultons Park has different kingdoms depending on what your family are looking for.
You have Boulder Dash, trampolines, and bouncy castle for the smaller kids while you have the Velociraptor, The Flight of the Pterosaur, Cobra, and The Edge for the bigger kids. Go around the corner towards the exit of the Velociraptor and you’ll find Dino Chase which is a great small rollercoaster for toddlers and early primary school kids and the Little Explorers play park which also has a sandpit.
Back towards the splash park, you have The Dinosaur Tour Co ride which is a sit-in car ride that takes you around to explore dinosaurs, and the Temple Heights ride which takes you slowly up and down and around.
You can enjoy the fast Cat-O-Pillar Coaster and the slow Professor Blast’s Expedition Express Train. You can also walk through the hidden Beastie Burrow, which houses all the fascinating creatures like insects, fish, and lizards. Just before you hit Tornado Springs make sure you ride on the Tea Cups, the Viking Boats, The Victorian Carousel, and Kontiki.
Tornado Springs is new for 2021 and boasts six new rides for this amazing theme park. The rides include Storm Chaser which is a thrill ride for one-meter and up. It spins and twirls around a huge rollercoaster track.
Cyclonator swings you up to 25 meters in height. It’s great for older kids who love a thrill. Al’s Auto Academy is a family ride for kids over eighty centimeters.
Learn to drive around the track and pick up your driving license too. (At an extra charge.) Windmill Towers is a family ride for kids over ninety centimeters. These drop you from a height while splashing you!
Trekking Tractors is always a family favourite. A group of four can ride around and explore what’s growing on the Paultons Park farm that day. Rio Grande Train Ride takes you around this side of the theme park. It’s great for all ages and really gives you a taste of what the park has to offer the family.
Peppa Pig World
All the rides in this park of the theme park are perfect for babies upwards. You can either put your baby in a sling or carry them on. Whatever works for your family. Once you walk under the banner you’ll hear the Peppa Pig theme tune and know that you are in Peppa land.
The first stop has to be Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter Flight which is a soft carousel ride. The queue for this ride does get big so if you want to ride this then head there first. Going clockwise from Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter Flight in the Penguins.
They get fed at 3pm daily and it is well worth a stop. Their home is huge and watching them swim around is like nothing you’ve seen before. Next is Daddy Pig’s Car Ride that takes you around a track and features all your favourite Peppa Pig characters from the TV show.
George’s Dinosaur Ride can get busy at peak times but is worth the queue. Sit on Mr Dinosaur’s back and enjoy a slow ride around the grounds. In the middle sites Grandpa Pig’s Boat Trip and Grandpa Pig’s Little Train. Both go around in a small circle but are great for preschoolers! The two newest rides in Peppa Pig World are Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club and The Queen’s Flying Coach Ride. Both are slow rides that are great for the whole family.
Children’s Pleasure Park
Based at Southampton Sports Center, The Pleasure Park is a retro funfair that is great for younger kids. Parking is free at the top of the hill then you do need to walk, scooter, or cycle toward the theme park which is the other side of the Sports Center, by the Ski Center.
They only take cash which you can exchange for tokens. You use one token per child per ride.
This is a dog-friendly funfair that has:
Chair ‘o’ planes
They are open 7-days a week from Easter through to the end of October, 1030am to 5pm. After October, they only open up on weekends.
You can find the Children’s Pleasure Park at The Sports Centre, Bassett, Southampton, Hampshire SO16 7AY
Clarence Pier is one of the largest amusement parks on the coast. The pier has everything from amusements, rides, and activities to keep the whole family amused. They also have an indoor adventure playground that is open all year round.
If you are looking for food, then they have a load of takeaway options or a restaurant that offers fast food.
The pier runs on tokens. You buy as many as you want and normally they come in bundles. There are so many great rides including the Big Wheel, Log Flume, and roller coaster.
Just behind the pier is the crazy golf which is great fun for the whole family. There’s a great family pub next to the pier as well but we love buying off the small food stands that sell traditional fish and chips and donuts.
There are loads of benches and of course the beach where you can sit and eat.
You can find Clarence Pier at Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 3AA.
Hollbycomb – Steam in the Country
Walk in the footsteps of the Victorians and Edwardians at Hollbycomb – Steam in the Country. They show you how the population used to live, work and play which include fairground rides from the period.
These rides include the Razzle Dazzle which is a thrill ride that is known to be the oldest mechanically-operated ride in the World. They have a Haunted House, Big Wheel, miniature railway, traction engines and steam rollers.
This is a fun family day out for the whole family to enjoy.
You can find Hollbycomb at Iron Hill, Liphook, West Sussex, GU30 7LP.
Funland Park Hayling Island
For a family fun day out, you don’t need anymore than Funland Park. They are a dog-friendly park that works on a token or wristband policy. They do have some special offers if you plan to go on a lot of rides so please do ask them.
They have toilets on-site, loads of family-friendly places to eat. Parking is right next door but there is a cash charge when you enter. Remember to bring coins.
Right on the coast, Funland has a range of different rides, these include:
Runaway Mine Train
Beaver Creek Log Ride
Ride on bikes
They also have Pirates Adventure Golf which is great for all ages, and a range of arcade games.
You can find Funland Park Hayling Island at Sea Front, Hayling Island, Hampshire, PO11 0AG.
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South Parade Pier – Kidz Island
The pier is home to Kidz Island. This is perfect for younger kids who love fairground rides. The funfair is based on a band system and means that you can ride as many times as you like.
They have everything a young family needs including:
Drop ‘n’ twist
They also have a classic amusement arcades, pier fishing, and loads of family-friendly places to eat.
You can find South Parade Pier at Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO4 0SW.
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