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11 Fun Things to do in Eastleigh for the Whole Family

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Here are 11 fun things to do in Eastleigh that are great for the whole family. Visit one of the many country parks or one of the days out ideas by Laura at Things to do in Hampshire With Kids

A duck family in a field

There’s loads of things to do in Eastleigh and Hedge End regardless of the weather.

If you and your family are looking for things to do in Eastleigh including outdoor activities, family fun experiences and top attractions that are perfect for all ages.

If you are looking for big days out in Hampshire then have a look at our days out in Hampshire guide here.


Don’t worry about the weather as we also have ideas on what you can do if it’s raining or on a sunny day. Have a look at:

14 Free Museums in Hampshire For Families – This runs through all the museums that are free in Hampshire that are perfect for the whole family.

A Huge Guide to the Best Beaches in Hampshire – Visit one of Hampshire great beaches. Everything is covered from sandy to stoney.

The Ultimate List of Walks in Hampshire That Are Child Friendly – Looking for a child-friendly walk? Then have a look at our huge list here.

79 Playgrounds Near Me in Hampshire – Here’s a huge list of playgrounds in Hampshire. They are divided by location.

51 Free Days Out in Hampshire For Families – These are free days out throughout Hampshire that are perfect for the whole family.

The Full List of Country Parks in Hampshire – These country parks are great for the whole family. They have everything you need for a great day out.


If you don’t mind driving then you may be able to pair some of the activities below with these:

The Biggest List of Things to do in Basingstoke With Kids – This goes through everything you can do as a family in Basingstoke.

The Ultimate Guide to Things to do in Southampton With Kids – Looking for something to do in Southampton? This post runs through everything you can do including days out inside and outside.


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There’s loads to do in Eastleigh for children. We’ve included things to do in Romsey too as they are just a short drive from each other.

Country Parks in Eastleigh

Green field with a lake

Lakeside Country Park

Lakeside is off of Wide Lane, which is a short walk from Eastleigh town centre. There is plenty of free parking and it was a cafe and toilets. They also have a small train that runs around the country park (charges do apply.)

There’s two or three ways you could walk but we normally go to the left through the second gate. This takes you through a small forest of trees that are on the outer ring of the country park.

This path also takes you to the small play park at the back of the country park to your right or to the huge lake which would be on your left.

There are loads of places to have a picnic and it’s great if your kids love to spot wildlife. The paths are stony but are ok for pushchairs and bikes.


Itchen Valley Country Park

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 and Country Park

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.


The best playgrounds are:

Collins Close play park

Chilworth Ring

Hocombe Mead

Hatch Grange

Dowd’s Park Playground

Sayers Road playground


Eastleigh Museums

Eastleigh Museum

A local museum made for families, Eastleigh Museum takes you back into the past and lets you meet Mr and Mrs Brown, a local locomotive engine driver and his wife.

The displays and exhibitions change regularly with workshops and events always going on. Open all year round, Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 430pm.


Eastleigh skateparks

Chandlers Ford Mini Ramp

Chandlers Ford Mini Ramp is great for beginner skaters or bike riders. The tarmac base is flat, perfect for the long run ups you’ll need to practice.

There’s a great play area for younger kids and a huge field to play on.

Chandlers Ford Mini Ramp is on Greenways, postcode SO53 2LE.


Eastleigh skatepark

Skate park in grey

Eastleigh skatepark is in in industrial estate just before Asda roundabout. It has free parking and is great for bikes and skateboards.

Eastleigh skatepark has a concrete bowl, metal ramps, quarter pipes and funbox. You can find the skatepark in Stoney Croft Rise, postcode SO53 3YU.


Days out in Eastleigh and Romsey

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Sir Harold Hillier’s Gardens is like no other gardens. it’s great for the whole family to explore. It is a bit hilly but all the paths are flat. It takes more than a day to walk around the whole park but why would you want too when you can stop off at their wooden playground or visit the treehouse slide.

Parking is on-site but is a small walk away from the entrance.


Romsey Mystery Treasure Trail

This is a trail that takes you through this old city. You can do this at your own pace and really have some family fun. If you decide to buy the trail map off the website then it comes as a Murder Mystery. It’s perfect for kids six-years-old and up and takes about 2-hours to complete.


Paultons Park

Swing ride at Paultons Park

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.


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Mottisfont Abbey and Gardens

Enjoy this huge abbey and gardens as a family. This is perfect for ages as the kids can run about the huge garden while exploring the abbey’s many floors.


Romsey War Memorial Park

This park is right in the middle of Romsey. It has a river flowing through the side with a big field, play park and bandstand.

Laura x

If you enjoyed this post and would like some more ideas on things to do in Hampshire then head over to the Things To Do section here on Things To Do In Hampshire With Kids where you’ll find over 50 day out ideas in Hampshire that the whole family will enjoy. You could also pop over and follow our Facebook page here or our Hampshire days out Pinterest boards for lots more ideas on what you can do as a family in Hampshire; Days Out For The Kids in Hampshire and Cheap and Free Days Out in Hampshire.

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