Great Days Out in Hampshire

Hampshire is full of fun things to do with the family, so you’ll never be bored. From animal parks to play centres to museums, here are our favourites.

·       Jane Austen’s House Museum, Alton
For any literature buffs out there, this is the place for you, and it’s great for sharing your interest with your kids too. Austen’s old home is now a museum telling the story of her life and writings, as well as offering exhibitions, education packs, and writing competitions.

·       The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey
The Gardens are run as a conservation and horticulture centre, and consists of a number of gardens, valleys, and beautiful features. It holds 14 National Plant Collections, as well as a Tree Collection, and has a large variety of butterfly visitors! There’s also a play area for young children.

·       Hollycombe Steam in the Country, Liphook
This working steam museum boasts a number of fun activities, all run on steam! Attractions include: railways, fairground rides, machinery, farming, and some beautiful woodland gardens to take a walk through.

·       TeamSport Go-Karting, Gosport
This multi-level go-karting track offers both adults’ and kids’ karts, as well as the ability to challenge and race each other. The track is 450m long, with nine corners and a fly-over.

·       Southsea Beach, Southsea
Southsea Beach is more than just the seaside; there’s a beautiful promenade, as well as beach huts and play areas. The area has plenty to do, including lots of great places to eat.

·       Forest Leisure Cycling, New Forest
Forest Leisure offers bicycle hire for the entire family, including electric bikes and tandems. There are over 100 miles of routes through the forest, leading to campsites and inns and back!

·       Go Ape! at Moors Valley Country Park, Ringwood
With zipwires, segways, and 1000 metres of high ropes, this is an adventure and a half! With three different adventures to choose from, including something for juniors, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

·       Blue Reef Aquarium, Southsea
This underwater adventure is home to sharks, rays, otters, jellyfish, reptiles, amphibians, and much more. Its informative talks, amazing underwater tunnel, and feeding demonstrations make it a place of endless fascination. The website provides times for feeding sessions and talks so that you can make sure you’re in the right place at the right time.

·       Gosport Discovery Centre, Gosport
Gosport Discovery Centre plays host to numerous events, exhibitions and workshops, for varying different ages. Check out what’s on for fun and educational days out with the kids.

·       Netley Abbey, Southampton
Netley Abbey is the most complete Cistercian monastery ruin in the south of England. You’ll see the beautiful old church, the cloister, the refectory, the chapter house and more. With plenty of information to keep your minds occupied, and lots of space for the little ones to explore, this is a historical site not to be missed. It is free to enter but only open on weekends.

·       The Pleasure Park, Southampton
This super-sized playpark consists of swings, slides, trampolines, motorbikes, roundabouts, and more. And with a pay-per-token policy, the day can cost as much or as little as you choose.

·       Frankie’s Fun Factory, Romsey
Ball pits, slides, a zip wire, a rope bridge and more make up this soft play centre. There’s a diner too so you won’t go hungry. Membership and party packages are available.

Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway , Eastleigh This railway makes the perfect day out. The trains run from Eastleigh Parkway to Monks Brook Halt, where the family can visit the lakes and play on the playground. And don’t forget to visit the souvenir shop!

·       Marwell Zoological Park, Winchester
Marwell Zoo is home to creatures such as hippos, rhinos, tigers, meerkats, and many more. Also on site are three adventure playgrounds, gardens to walk in, and an Explorer’s Trail.