24 things to do in 2024 – ideas for family days out!

January 30, 2024

In the heart of the south of England, Hampshire boasts a tapestry of landscapes, rich history, and vibrant attractions waiting to be explored. There are so many wonderful days out waiting to be enjoyed by all ages. We are thrilled to present a handpicked selection of family-friendly destinations that promise not just days out but cherished memories. From ancient farms to modern adventures, our guide is your key to unlocking the hidden gems and iconic sites that make this region a playground for families seeking joy, wonder, and connection. Keep reading to discover 24 things to do in 2024 – ideas for family days out!

1. Beaulieu

Begin your journey at the enchanting Beaulieu Estate, a haven for automobile enthusiasts and lovers of history alike. The National Motor Museum showcases a captivating collection of vintage cars, while the lush gardens invite peaceful strolls. Don’t forget to take a trip on the monorail (above) as it celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2024.

24 things to do in 2024 - ideas for family days out!
Calshot Activities Centre
2. Birdworld

Soar into the vibrant world of Birdworld, where exotic avian wonders captivate visitors of all ages. Engage with interactive exhibits, and don’t miss the daily shows that bring these feathered friends to life. Be sure to also visit the Jenny Wren Farm to see some of the fluffier residents!

3. Butser Ancient Farm

Step through the pages of history at Butser Ancient Farm, an open-air museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating ancient farming techniques. Wander among historical buildings and tangibly experience the past.

4. Calshot Activities Centre

For those seeking a blend of thrill and skill, Calshot Activities Centre is the answer. Whether it’s water sports or land-based adventures, this centre offers a plethora of exciting activities for the whole family, including an indoor velodrome, dry slope and the tallest climbing wall in the South!

5. Clarence Pier

Immerse yourself in classic seaside charm at Clarence Pier. From traditional amusement arcades to thrilling rides, the pier offers a perfect blend of nostalgia and contemporary entertainment, all against the stunning backdrop of the Solent. Plus, appease your competitive side at the indoor golf, Putt Hutt.

6. Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

Unleash your senses in the beauty of Exbury Gardens, where vibrant flora and a scenic steam railway journey create a perfect day out. Explore the meticulously manicured gardens and enjoy a leisurely ride through picturesque landscapes.

7. Fort Nelson

Dive into the military history at Royal Armouries Fort Nelson, where an impressive collection of artillery and commanding views await. Wander through the historic fortifications and gain insight into the strategic importance of this landmark.

24 things to do in 2024 - ideas for family days out!
Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway
8. Gilbert White’s House

Traverse the realms of natural history at Gilbert White’s House. The home of the pioneering naturalist invites you to explore the museum and gardens, providing a glimpse into the wonders of the 18th-century natural world.

9. Go Ape

Elevate your family day out at Go Ape, where high ropes courses and ziplines promise an adventure for the brave-hearted. Embrace your sense of thrill and conquer the treetops together.

10. Manor Farm

Transport your family to a bygone era at Manor Farm, a working farm that serves as a living history experience. From traditional crafts to interactive activities, this destination offers a delightful blend of education and fun.

11. Marwell Zoo

Experience the magic of Marwell Zoo, home to over 140 species of wildlife. Witness the majesty of giraffes, the antics of playful penguins, and the conservation efforts aimed at protecting endangered species.

12. Milestones Living History Museum

Take a stroll through time at Milestones Living History Museum, where the streets of Victorian and 1930s Hampshire come alive. Immerse yourself in the daily life of eras gone by with captivating exhibits and interactive displays. Be sure to visit the old fashioned sweet shop, a favourite for children and adults alike.

13. Mottisfont

Discover the enchanting gardens of Mottisfont, celebrated for their breathtaking rose collection and the historic charm of the Mottisfont Abbey. A perfect spot for a leisurely family picnic surrounded by natural beauty.

24 things to do in 2024 - ideas for family days out!
Mottisfont
14. New Forest Wildlife Park

Embrace the wonders of wildlife conservation at New Forest Wildlife Park. Set amidst the natural beauty of the New Forest, this park allows families to connect with native animals and learn about the importance of conservation.

15. Paultons Park

Dive into a world of family fun at Paultons Park, where Peppa Pig World and a variety of thrilling lands and rides await. This amusement park caters to all ages, promising laughter, excitement, and cherished family moments.

16. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Set sail into maritime history at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Explore iconic ships like HMS Victory and the Mary Rose, and delve into the stories of naval heroes that shaped Britain’s seafaring legacy.

17. Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Immerse yourself in the serenity of Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, home to diverse plant collections and stunning landscapes. Wander through themed gardens and discover the beauty of botanical treasures.

18. Spinnaker Tower

Elevate your family’s perspective at the iconic Spinnaker Tower. With panoramic views of Portsmouth and the surrounding area, this landmark promises an awe-inspiring experience for all. Do you dare to walk the sky walk? A glass floor that 1,100 metres above the harbour!

19. Staunton Farm

Delight in the simplicity of farm life at Staunton Farm, where friendly animals and engaging activities await. Perfect for young children, this working farm fosters a connection with nature and the joys of the countryside.

20. Thruxton Motorsport Centre
24 things to do in 2024 - ideas for family days out!
Spinnaker Tower

Feel the rush of adrenaline at Thruxton Motorsport Centre, the ultimate destination for motorsports enthusiasts. From high-speed racing events to exciting driving experiences, this center offers a thrill for every family member.

21. Watercress Line

Enjoy a nostalgic journey aboard the Watercress Line‘s steam trains, winding through picturesque landscapes. The rhythmic chug of the train provides a serene backdrop to your family’s day out.

22. Visit the island with Wightlink

Set sail for the Isle of Wight with Wightlink, a ferry service connecting you to an island of beauty and charm. Explore the diverse landscapes and family-friendly attractions that await on the other side. Plus kids travel free during all school holidays throughout 2024!

23. Winchester Science Centre

Ignite curiosity and wonder at Winchester Science Centre, where interactive exhibits and live science shows make learning a thrilling adventure for the entire family. Unleash your inner scientist and create lasting memories.

24. 878 AD

Step back in Anglo-Saxo Winchester with the immersive 878 AD experience! 878 AD is an interactive attraction complete with live performance and stunning video projection plus discover Winchester like you have never seen it before, in an augmented reality adventure!

As you plan your family adventures, days out, and even family holidays across Hampshire, be sure to visit the official tourism website, Visit Hampshire, for the latest information and inspiration on where to go, where to eat and where to stay!

As you start a year filled with family adventures, let Hampshire’s Top Attractions be your guide to creating memories that will last a lifetime. Check out our events, discover exciting things to do, and save on your adventures with exclusive vouchers. Stay up to date with the latest news by following us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok. Here’s to a year of joy, discovery, and family bonds as you explore the wonders of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in 2024!

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