Including school holidays activities
If you are looking for half-term activities then this is the post for you. We have included loads of family day out ideas that mean you will never get bored.
There is so much to discover in Hampshire for children and adults alike!
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Things to do in Half Term
There is so much to do throughout Hampshire. Half term is the perfect time to find things to do that you’ve never done before.
There is loads to do in North Hampshire! For more ideas on what to do have a look at:
With three water flumes, water fountains, and paddling pool, Aldershot Lido is the place to be on a hot day! Normally open from early July until early September, this pool is a great place for the whole family to enjoy.
Milestone Museum is in Basingstoke and is a great family-friendly museum. You pay once to get in for the whole year. Walk through the cobbled streets and have a look at the old vehicles that used to grace our streets.
Home to the Carnarvon family since 1679, Highclere Castle is now home to many famous shows including Downton Abbey. Walk around these famous halls and gardens to really experience what life was like for those who really lived in this castle. There is parking on-site and a cafe for the whole family. You can also explore the grounds while having a family picnic. This really is a day out for the whole family.
The Hawk Conservancy Trust is set in 22 acres of beautiful countryside that offers the whole family flying displays and amazing animal experiences. The trust has loads of places to have a picnic, a great play area for the little ones, and a wide range of animals that will keep even the older kids amused.
Over 32 miles long, Basingstoke Canal makes a great day out for the whole family. Follow the path along the river and enjoy the picturesque views and large grounds to enjoy. Bring a picnic and see how many boats you can spot or enjoy one of the many playgrounds that is along the river walk.
Winchester Science Museum
Winchester Science Museum is a great place for the whole family to visit. They have a great planetarium that you do need to pay extra for but it’s so worth it.
They host a range of free activities as well depending on what their topic is that month. This is a full day out that really gets the whole family excited by science.
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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
We love Sir Harold Hillier Gardens as it’s a great day for the whole family. Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is in Romsey just outside of the town. They have their own huge car park that is free to use. You do need to buy a ticket beforehand to enter. Once you are inside these amazing gardens you are free to wander around as you wish. These gardens are set over 180 acres of land that is ready for you to explore.
Read more about all the things that Sir Harold Hillier Gardens has to offer.
New Forest Wildlife Park
This wildlife park on the edge of the New Forest is a great place to enjoy the local wildlife and go for great walks. Make sure you visit the otters, see if you can spot the red deer and the grey wolfs are a great watch too.
They have a huge range of owls that will stop you right in your tracks. They have a great adventure playground and loads of walks that you can enjoy. The picnic area is great in the summer months and they have a cafe that sells loads of yummy treats.
Royal Victoria Country Park
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.
Being right on the coast, East Hampshire has to much to offer the whole family. For more ideas, have a look at:
Petersfield Open Air Swimming Pool
Petersfield Open Air Swimming Pool is heated and great for the whole family. They have changing cubicles, showers and toilets. There’s a café on site but they do have benches and sun loungers for hire. Prices do apply and the schedule changes daily so please check the times here.
This is one of our favourite days out! They have a huge car park which is easy to find. It’s free to enter the museum. It’s a fully interactive museum that is great for the whole family. Make sure that you visit the tunnels as they are great fun to explore on even a rainy day.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is right on the Portsmouth seafront, just along from Gunwharf Quays. It’s a full day of fun and adventure for the whole family. The dockyard features HMS Warrior, HMS Victory, the Mary Rose museum, and everything you need to know about Lord Nelson.
We’ve been lucky enough to visit when a huge Royal Navy ship was in so keep a lookout as the dock is still actively used as a naval base.
One of our personal favorites, Portchester Castle is an old fortification built by Richard II. It’s like a palace inside and gives you a real feeling of what it was like to live there.
Visiting the outside of the castle and inside the grounds are free. They have the best cafe on-site and encourage you to picnic with the family. Make sure you walk around the outside of the castle walls as the views of the Solent are eye-stopping.
Southsea Sea Front
Southsea Sea Front is a great if your family wants to go scootering or for a bike ride on a flat surface. All the paths are flat and there are so many ways you can go!
Walk along the seafront a bit more and you’ll come to the lighthouse and Henry 8th Fort that the kids can walk around. The fields on this side are hilly but they are great to stand atop to watch the incoming ships come in.
Opposite the Seafront there is a huge green field that hosts a great playground as well as a great space for picnics and games.
Wherever you park along the seafront you have to pay but they do have toilets on either end of the piers and plenty of places to sit down if the kids get tired.
The New Forest has loads to offer kids of all ages. You can canoe through the river or trek through the forest or play games on loads of the open fields. Have a look at our full guide here:
New Forest Aqua Park
This is like nothing you’ve seen before! The New Forest Aqua Park is a huge 4,000sq meters floating inflatable that has 2 trampolines, monkey bars, rollers and loads of other fun obstacles. Prices do apply so please see The New Forest Aqua Park website for more details. You do have to swim to gain access and under 11s do need adult supervision. There’s a café onsite and toilets. Parking is at the club house.
New Forest National Park
The New Forest has so many hidden gems and unusual paths to follow. You could have a canoe trip among one of its rivers or take a path less walked and find a place that is just yours. We love starting at Hatchet Pond then exploring from there. If you are looking for more things to do in the New Forest then check out our post here.
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Lymington Sea Water Baths
If your family loves the water, then Lymington Sea Water Baths is for you! This fully staffed 110m seawater pool has a 12m inflatable obstacle course plus stand up paddleboards as well as kayaks and aqua jousting. Parking is close. Great for school kids and up!
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