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If you are looking for things to do in Fareham then this is the post for you. We’ve included everything from indoor activities like soft plays and arts and crafts centers to outdoor activities like playgrounds and country parks.
Fareham is in East Hampshire and has loads of things for the whole family to enjoy. Fareham is a market town that has loads to offer all ages. They have Whiteley Shopping Centre that is full of loads of great high street shops and restaurants and loads of attractions that help you learn about local history.
It’s within a 10-minute drive of Portsmouth City center too which is perfect if you want to explore the South Coast with the kids.
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Fun things to do in Fareham
We have over 31 things to do in Fareham that are great for the whole family. These are indoor and outdoor activities that will keep you amused whatever the weather.
Outdoor activities in Fareham
This is our complete list of things to do in Fareham that are outside.
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.
Meon Shore Beach
Meon Shore is a shingle beach with a car park at one end. If you keep walking past the chalets then there is a fab spot with shingle and pebble that’s great for fossil or shell hunting.
Hill Head Beach
Hill Head is a shingle beach with a tarmac walkway. It’s a great place to spot the boats coming in and out on the Solent. There is a cafe nearby and Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve, which is home to a vast array of birdlife.
This is a single beach that overlooks Portsmouth and the Isle of Wright. It’s a great place to watch passing boats and cruise ships and has cafes on the way which make for a great snack stop. There is plenty of parking right by the beach and on windy days its a bit sheltered.
Stokes Bay is a shingle beach with great views of the Isle of Wight. There’s a large grassy area right by the beach, with a place for barbecues or a picnic. There’s loads of parking along the beach and a cafe and toilets nearby.
Browndown Point Beach
Looking over the Solent, Browndown Point is a sandy and single beach owned by the MOD. They do use it as a training ground from time to time but the public are welcome to explore it as well. It is a bit of a walk from the main car park where the toilets are.
Portchester Castle is a great place to visit for the whole family regardless of the weather. Sat right on the South East Coast, Portchester Castle offers you views and history like no other place. The castle and fort are steeped in history and while the museum highlights everything you need to know about the castle, the Saxon Shore, and the Norman conquest, the inner walls are free to enter and explore.
Read more about how fun Portchester Castle is here.
Built in 1222, Titchfield Abbey is a beautiful church that is steeped in local history. Walk around this amazing abbey and it’s grounds to really get a feel of what it was like to live in the abbey in the 13th century. You can find Titchfield Abbey at Mill Lane, Titchfield, Hampshire, PO15 5RA.
Built by Henry VIII, Calshot Castle once protected Southampton’s water from passing ships. Make sure you visit the basement, 1st-floor barracks room, and 2nd-floor gun room to get the full history of the castle. You can bring pushchairs but any of the staircases are really narrow so it’s not recommended.
The Alver Valley Country Park
Full of lovely wildflowers 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.
Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve
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.
Warsash Local Nature Reserve
With over 500 acres of land, Warsash Local Nature Reserve is great for all ages. It’s a pretty flat walk. It is 1.5km in length and can take about an hour to complete. All the paths are flat so great for buggies and bikes. You can find Warsash Local Nature Reserve at Warsash Common SO31 9SB.
Just under 35 hectares, Swanwick Lakes is a great place to visit in the summer months. Swanwick Lakes has grazing animals all year round and has paths that are great for buggies. It does get muddy in the winter months though. You can find Swanwick Lakes at Sopwith Way, Swanwick, Hampshire, SO31 7AY.
Overlooking Portsmouth, Portsdown Hill is a great place for a family walk. It’s a high hill that needs wellies in the winter and isn’t good for buggies but is great fun to climb.
Wickham Water Meadows
This is a lovely area close to the town that Wickham that you can have a picnic and a walk around. Take the kids and enjoy a day out at these water meadows. You can find Wickham Water Meadows at Fareham Rd, Wickham, Fareham PO17 5DE.
The Forest of Bere
This is a great loop around the beautiful countryside. The trail is about 3-miles long through the stunning forest. Look out for the wildlife that calls this forest its home. You can find The Forest of Bere at West Walk, Hundred Acres Road, Wickham, PO17 6JD.
Holly Hill Woodland Park
Holly Hill is a woodland park in Fareham near Portsmouth. There are toilets at the top of the main car park, which is on Barnes Close. You can take a picnic as there are loads of benches or places to lay a rug. Read more about Holly Hill Woodpark here.
Skate parks and playgrounds in Fareham
These are the best skate parks and playgrounds in Fareham for the whole family.
Abshot Mini Ramp
Fareham’s Park Lane Skatepark
Seafarers Play Area
Harbour View Playground
Holly Hill Leisure Center Playground
Rowledge Recreation Ground Play Area
Newman Collard Play Area
Blackbrook Play Area
Indoor activities in Fareham
These are the best indoor activities for the whole family. We’ve included museums, soft plays, and cinemas.
Royal Armouries Fort Nelson is a great place to visit for the whole family. Based in Fareham near Portsmouth in Hampshire, Fort Nelson overlooks the South Downs National park. The Royal Armouries Fort Nelson is home to an astonishing collection of artillery. This may not sound very family-friendly but it really is. The armouries museum is completely interactive and outside there are tunnels and little hidden parts of the fort that we keep discovering every time we visit.
Read more about the best things to do at Fort Nelson here.
Westbury Manor Museum
This museum is free to visit and great for the whole family. You can discover about the Manor House including the officers and prisoners. You can join in with the quizzes, workshops and all the other events. You dp have to book before you go so please check their website first.
A former part of Gosport Grammar School, this museum offer temporary exhibits to families that tie in with the national curriculum. The museum hosts a range of events and shows from local artists and hosts exhibitions from collections held by museums throughout Hampshire. Gosport Museum is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.
Little Woodham Living History Village
Little Woodham is a 17th-century village that’s surrounded by woodland. You get to meet all the villagers who you would expect to see in a 17th-century village including a seamstress, cooks, blacksmith and farmers. There is a charge to enter the village but they do take card. Parking is free and the toilets are near the car park. Take a packed lunch as they have a little tuck shop but that’s it when it comes to food and drink.
The Diving Museum
This is a great interactive museum that is fun for the whole family. If you are interested in the sea then this is the place for you. Walk around the museum and see how diving has changed over the years. There is a charge to enter this museum but it’s so worth it. You can find The Diving Museum at No. 2 Battery, Stokes Bay Road, Gosport, PO12 2QU.
The Museum of Naval Firepower
Set in 18th-century buildings, The Museum of Naval Firepower is full of weaponry that is over 200 years old. you do need a ticket to enter but its a great interactive museum for the whole family to enjoy. They have everything from small firearms and cannons to missiles and torpedoes!
Royal Navy Submarine Museum
Home to the only Second World War-era submarine, Royal Navy Submarine Museum runs through the Royal Navy history while letting you really get the feel of what being a sailor on a submarine used to be like. You do need tickets to enter but this is a full day out with loads to do.
Monkey Bizness Gosport
This is a great soft play for toddlers and primary-aged kids. They have everything you’d expect from a fun soft play from slides to tunnels. They have a cafe on-site that offers great toddler meals and hot drinks for adults.
If you are looking for more soft plays in Hampshire then read our post here.
Rock Up Whitley
We love Rock Up. There is plenty of car parking all around Whitely Shopping Center and the soft play come climbing walls are great for ages. You do need to book to visit but you get used of the soft play and climbing walls.
TeamSport Indoor go Karting
This is so much fun for older kids. Drive around a track and race each other. This is a great way to bring a smile to even the toughest teenager. You do need to book via their website.
Fareham Leisure Centre
Right by Holly Hill, Fareham Leisure Centre is a great place to enjoy a family swim. They have a playground right next to them as well and a huge green area.
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Planet Ice Gosport
Enjoy a fun skate around Planet Ice Gosport. You can rent skates and enjoy a fun day out with the whole family. They also do toddler sessions for quieter times.
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