There is so much to in Hampshire over the weekend. Regardless of the weather, there’s loads of things to do in Hampshire this weekend.
There are so many top attractions that are perfect for the whole family. We’ve included everything from outdoor activities to indoor ideas.
Some of these are great New Forest activities that you can do treasure hunts on or that are dog friendly. Have an adventure day throughout Hampshire with these top days out ideas.
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Things going on in Hampshire this weekend
Looking for something to do this weekend in Hampshire? Then have a look at our 52 ideas here. We have everything from rainy day ideas to full blown summer days.
1. Alice Holt Forest Country Park (Farnham)
Based near Farnham, there are loads of walking and cycling trails that take you around the park. They have a great playground with loads of green areas to play.
2. Watercress Line (Alton)
Not far from Winchester, the Watercress Line’s Day Out with Thomas is a must-see for all train fans. The Watercress Line is a 10-mile track which takes around 40 mins to travel. You can do this on a range of different steam and diesel trains which stop at different stations – Alresford, Ropley, Medstead and Four Marks and Alton. These aren’t your traditional stations, instead, these are well maintained and beautifully crafted attractions in themselves.
3. Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (Farnborough)
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.
4. Brickfields Country Park (Aldershot)
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.
5. 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.
6. The Hawk Conservancy Trust (Andover)
The Hawk Conservancy is a great place to feed and see the wild birds in a woodland environment. They have a huge playground and a cafe on-site too. This really is a great family day out.
7. Basingstoke Canal (Basingstoke)
The canal is a lovely 32 mile work that starts in Hampshire and stops in Surrey. The canal passes through rolling fields and beautiful cottages.
It’s the perfect play to explore or relax with a great view of the boats that are passing by. There is a picnic area, playground and a tearoom onsite.
There’s loads of parking and it’s a great place for the whole family.
8. Milestone Museum (Basingstoke)
This is a great family-friendly museum. You pay once to get in for the whole year. Walkthrough the cobbled streets and have a look at the old vehicles that used to grace our streets.
9. 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.
10. Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum (Brockenhurst)
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.
11. Furzey Gardens (Brockenhurst)
Find the fairies while walking around this tranquil garden. It’s got everything you need from bridges to climbing frames.
12. Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum (Bursledon)
This museum is perfect for the whole family in all weathers. Explore the old working machinery and try out the old arcade games.
13. Royal Victory Country Park (Hamble)
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.
14. Lakeside Country Park (Eastleigh)
Lakeside is off of Wide Lane in Eastleigh. 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.
15. Manor Farm and Country Park (Eastleigh)
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.
16. Staunton Country Park (Emsworth)
Staunton Country Park has loads to offer the family of different ages. They have a working farm, beautiful gardens and glasshouses that are a real sight to see. Parking is close but there is a short walk to the entrance.
17. Stansted Park (Emsworth)
This amazing estate includes the Stansted Park Light Railway, huge gardens, maze, play area and stunning stately home. This is a great day out for the whole family with lots to do.
18. Emsworth Habour (Emsworth)
Walk along the habour and see how many boats you can spot. This is great on a warmer day as there are loads of benches to enjoy the view.
19. Holly Hill Woodland Park (Fareham)
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.
Depending on how long you would like to walk, you can pick a trail that takes you through the enchanted forest, over bridges and stepping stones.
Read more about Holly Hill Woodland Park here.
20. Little Woodham Living History Village (Fareham)
This lovely little village really shows you how a 17th-century family lived. All the huts are authentic and you can walk through and around the houses.
There’s plenty of space for a picnic and the staff are great when the kids want to ask questions.
It can be hard to find as it’s tucked behind a new housing estate and down a small dirt road. They have toilets and a small shop for sweet treats.
21. Lee On Solent Beach (Fareham)
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.
22. Birdworld (Farnham)
This huge park is a great day out. It has a large selection of animals and other attractions that all ages will love.
23. Rural Life Centre (Farnham)
Surrounded by woodland and barns, this is great place for kids of all ages. They have a great children’s play area, train and learning about the past through this interactive museum is so much fun.
24. Frensham Great Pond (Farnham)
This huge common is perfect for a family day out. Take a picnic, ride around the pond and enjoy the small beach area. It has toilets and a cafe on-site.
25. Funland Hayling Island (Hayling Island)
This is a funfair perfect for all ages. It offers outside and indoor rides with a mix of the traditional arcade games too.
26. Sir Harold Hillier Gardens (Romsey)
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.
27. 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.
28. Mottisfont Abbey and Gardens (Romsey)
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.
29. The Eling Experience (Totton)
This versatile day out gives you everything from the history of the mill to riverside walks and local history. Is perfect for older kids who love an interactive experience.
30. 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.
31. Telegraph Woods (Southampton)
Telegraph Woods is located in Telegraph Road in West End, Southampton. Parking is on the road and is free! There’s so many ways you can walk. We started by walking along the main path through the middle of the woods.
If you turn to the right then you’ll find a hill that takes you deeper into the woods. Turning left into the tress takes you down further by the pond which, in the summer, is covered with lily pads. Keep walking further down and you’ll find the Ages Bowl peaking through the trees too.
Read more about Telegraph Woods here.
32. Tudor House and Garden (Southampton)
Built-in the 15th century, Tudor House is half-timbered and was renovated to show the world how the Tudors lived and worked.
Every room in the house is dedicated to showing what the Tudor times were like for different families. Make sure you visit the gardens too as they show a stunning side to such a dark piece of our history.
33. Southampton Common Country Park (Southampton)
This lovely common just outside of the main city is a green getaway. Parking can be found throughout the outer rim of the country park. It’s perfect for bikes, prams and those with limited mobility as the paths are all paved. The country park has a cafe and toilets near the playground plus a huge amount of space for the whole family to explore.
34. 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.
35. Porchester Castle (Portsmouth)
Porcester Castle is in Church Lane in Portchester. There are two small car parks that do get busy in the summer months so go early if you can.
The castle is surrounded by the sea and it’s a great place to spot incoming boats.
Inside the castle grounds, which are free to enter, are two huge fields. This is a great place to find hidden stones (they have a great Facebook page here) and let your kids run off some steam.
Their cafe is great and they do have public toilets on site.
36. Southsea Sea Front (Portsmouth)
Southsea Sea Front is a great if your family want to go scootering or for a bike ride on a flat surface. Opposite the Seafront there is a huge green field that hosts a great playground as well as a great space for picnics and games.
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 this side are hilly but they are great to stand atop to watch the incoming ships come in.
Wherever you park along the seafront you have to pay but they do have toilets either end of the piers and plenty of places to sit down if the kids get tired.
All the paths are flat and there are so many ways you can go!
37. Royal Armouries Fort Nelson (Portsmouth)
Open all year round, let your kids run free in this amazing 19 acres of grass ramparts, underground tunnels and views.
Home to the over 350 guns that tell our history through the ages. Live firing takes place every day and professional actors recreate history and are happy to answer any questions you may have! Free guided tours are also available.
38. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (Portsmouth)
This dockyard is a full day out for the whole family. It’s interactive and really digs deep into navel history. It features the Mary Rose, HMS Victory and The Warrior. The dockyard has three cafes and loads to do for all ages.
39. Kids Island (Portsmouth)
A great place for younger kids. This old school funfair is run on a band system. There are plenty of food stalls for all tastes and arcades for the older kids. This is right on the beach so perfect for a sunny weekend.
40. Anstey Park and Curtis Museum (Alton)
These two free activities near Alton are great to pair together for a whole day out. They mix learning about local history with a runabout. Pair these together when half the day is gloomy or a bit wet.
Anstey Park is a big green space is perfect for the whole family. It’s a great place to go for a walk, have a picnic or play garden games.
Curtis Museum is open all year, Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, the Curtis Museum houses a collection by Dr William Curtis and his associates in the local Mechanics Institute.
The museum covers 100 million years of history and displays include prehistoric tools, Roman pottery reconstruction, Saxon burials, the Battle of Alton 1643 and the notorious tale of Sweet Fanny Adams.
41. Chawton House and Jane Austen’s House (Alton)
These two days out are perfect together for older kids.
Chawton House, once belonging to Jane Austen’s brother is open to the public. You can visit the house, library and gardens which are ready and waiting to be explored. Tickets are annual based and you do need to book before you go but it’s so worth it.
Just a short drive is Jane Austen’s House. This huge house and gardens are great for older kids. You get a real inside into how Jane Austen lived and worked.
42. Basingstoke Knights Realm Adventure Golf and Eastrop Park (Basingstoke)
This is a great summer day out for the whole family of all ages.
This 16-hole adventure golf is great for over 4s. There are bridges and lakes, hard and easier holes so the whole family get a chance to have a good time.
Eastrop Park is just a short walk away from Festival Place this park has everything a family could need including a huge play park, woods, flat paths and a pond for the whole family to enjoy.
43. Wills Museum and Crabtree Plantation (Basingstoke)
These are perfect for a windy or cloudy day when you all need to get out of the house.
Open all year round, Wills Museum is a local working museum with galleries on local archaeology and natural science. Learn more about Basingstoke and the history around you through the ages.
Crabtree Plantation is a great place to fly your kites while blowing off steam. This wide-open space is great for bike riding or kicking a football around with the kids.
44. Hamble Spy Mission Treasure Trail and Bursledon Windmill (Hamble)
Start in Hamble doing the Hamble Spy Mission Treasure Trail. This is a self-guided tour through Hamble. It takes about two hours to go around the whole tour which is about 2-miles.
The trail is a great way to explore Hamble as you’ve never seen it before. You can buy the booklet for the official trail website which does give you clues and ideas for things to do for as you go.
We have done this trail but have also made up our own circular route.
Start at the top of the village and explore everything Hamble has to offer you as a family. There are loads of great picnic spots as well.
In the afternoon, try Bursledon Windmill. It is a little known place but is great for the whole family. You can tour the windmill with a guided tour and walk through the surrounding wood and trail. Try your hand at grinding flour and how it gets turned into bread.
45. Museum of Farnham and Farnham Park (Farnham)
This lovely museum is free to enter and is packed full of Farnham’s local history. This is great for older kids who want to know all about their town.
Farnham Park is a huge playground with mature trees in a deer park. There’s loads of grassland, woodlands and the stream is great for pond dipping.
46. Mottisfont Abbey and Gardens (Romsey)
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.
47. Deer Leap (Southampton)
Deer Leap is just down the road from Longdown Activity Farm. It looks like a dirt trek when you drive down but then opens up to a big car park.
The ground is mostly flat with a gravel path. The ground is great for bike riding, seeing horses through the dense tress. There’s loads of space for picnics and the walk takes you right through to Lymington, which takes about an hour or so at a steady walk.
48. Winchester City Museum (Winchester)
Explore the rich history of Winchester in the three galleries that take you through time. Family friendly, there are loads of hands on activities to keep all ages amused from becoming a detective and solving the museum spotter trail to dressing up as a Roman and finding out what life was really like as a solider back then.
Open times are Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and 11am to 5pm on Sundays.
49. River Itchen (Winchester)
Running through the city of Winchester is the River Itchen. As it leaves the city it passes by St. Catherines Hill and continues onto Southampton. You can follow it via different trails and each are just as interesting as the others.
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50. Farley Mount Country Park (Winchester)
On the downs, a few miles west of Winchester lies Farley Mount Country Park. This is a large area of open countryside and woods, including chalk down grassland, Forestry Commission plantation and the Ancient woodland Nature Reserve, Crabwood.
Here you will find plenty of trails, wooden play areas hidden within the trees, den building and beautiful wildlife to take in. There are plenty of areas to park up and at and walk from so you may want to do a little research prior to visiting so you can pick the perfect spot for you and your family.
51. Winchester Science Centre (Winchester)
This interactive museum is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Let the kids touch and play with all the exhibits while learning how things really work. They have an outdoor play area, soft play inside, and a huge planetarium for those who love space.
52. Marwell Zoo (Winchester)
This zoo is great for the whole family. It takes a full day to get around the whole park which is full of animals from all over the world.
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