Activities to suit all the family at Hampshire’s Top Attractions!

Here at Hampshire’s Top Attractions, there is an amazing variety of attractions that are waiting for you to explore, perfect for the whole family to enjoy an exciting day out! Whether you’re looking for action and adventure, thrills, walks in nature or places to picnic and explore, you will find something that you’re sure to love at Hampshire’s Top Attractions. Keep reading and build up a family adventure itinerary that is full of fun!

Whether you’re meeting Peppa Pig, braving the Storm Chaser rollercoaster, or taking on a family jeep expedition at the Dinosaur Tour Co., Paultons Park guarantees fun for the whole family with over 70 rides and attractions included in the admission price! All tickets must be pre-booked!

Treat your family to a fun day out at The Watercress Line: ride on a steam train, play in the NEW playground, visit the footbridge used in Harry Potter films and explore the locomotive yard to get up close to the huge engines. Children under 5 years go FREE (non-events travel only).

With three locations across Hampshire, a Treetop Adventure for the whole family is never far away at Go Ape! Swing through the trees and tackle challenging crossings, before taking on a zip wire finale. New for 2021- try the new Treetop Adventure Plus, for older and bolder kids! 

Head over to New Forest Activities for your family’s great outdoor adventures. Start your day with a canoeing tour along the Beaulieu River. Or why swing from the trees during a Woodland Adventure Day? Or join their fun archery sessions and test your skills with a bow and arrow. Whichever adventures you choose, give your family the coolest family day ever!

Take a trip to Winchester Cathedral to explore 1000 years of English history. Once the seat of Anglo-Saxon and Norman royal power, this historic site has played host to King’s and Queens for centuries. From the 17th of May, there will be several free children’s trails on offer which provides families with a fun and informative look at the Cathedral, introducing them to its fascinating past and the characters associated with it. 

Discover history on the hill at Fort Nelson – home to the Royal Armouries and the national museum of arms and armour. There’s a chance to explore its barracks, guardroom, tunnels, and ramparts and uncover the story of the fort in its fascinating galleries – all set in 19 acres on top of Portsdown Hill. Admission free!

The Isle of Wight has a host of fantastic fun activities for all the family – learn how to sail a boat, paddleboard, or kayak in the beautiful blue waters, try your hand at horse-riding, or explore the many cycling routes, from easy flat terrain to something a little more challenging! 

Find out how far curiosity will take your family as you embark on an exhilarating adventure through the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths)!  Explore interactive exhibits, watch awe-inspiring live science shows and demos, become immersed in nature, and experience spectacular shows in the UK’s largest standalone Planetarium at Winchester Science Centre.

Head to Birdworld and see over 1200 birds and other animals during a and fun and informative day out. From penguins to parrots and owls to emus there really is so much to see. And don’t forget the Jenny Wren Farm for lots more feathered and furry friends! 

There is farming fun for everyone at Longdown Activity Farm with a fabulous daily schedule of animal activities including bottle-feeding kid goats and calves, small animal experience, and duck feeding. There’s plenty of outdoor playtime equipment too. Don’t miss the bumpy tractor ride (ground conditions permitting).  The farm’s fully compliant with Covid-19 safety guidelines. All visitors, including season ticket holders, are required to pre-book tickets on the Longdown website.   

Step back in time at Butser Ancient Farm and explore their timeline of reconstructed ancient homes spanning the Stone Age to the Saxon periods. With hands-on activities, demonstrations, and living history displays, as well as friendly rare-breed goats and sheep, there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained. 

Join Charlie, Robin Hill’s Head Falconer, as his birds of prey perform breath-taking, contemporary aerial shows on the Isle of Wight. Experience these magnificent creatures flying right over audiences’ heads twice a day on weekdays and three times a day on weekends! 

From the massive Eurasian Bison to the tiny Harvest Mouse there is something at New Forest Wildlife Park to inspire the whole family.  Enjoy the Nature Trail winds its way through the wooded grounds to discover otters, wolves, lynx, wallabies, owls, Scottish wildcats and pine martens, and many more native and exotic animals. Playgrounds for all ages!

The Lands of Imagination at Blackgang Chine is fun for the entire family, even mum and dad! Transport yourself back in time, and channel your inner cowboy, fairy, pirate, or mermaid as you explore these magical worlds.

There are many opportunities for families with Family Conservation Tasks at a variety of sites across Eastleigh Borough, including Itchen Valley Country Park, being introduced this year. Themed trails take families for a gentle walk through the woodland and there are learning opportunities through bat evenings, butterfly walks, and other seasonal countryside gatherings. Or you could just wander and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Get your family outside and enjoying the best of nature at the Hawk Conservancy Trust. Kids can burn off steam as they complete the giant Top Trumps Activity Trail and in the playground, and the whole family will delight in the three spectacular flying displays that take place each day, a real nature adrenaline rush! 

Southampton’s heritage steamship SS Shieldhall offers an ideal way for families to explore the water, offering short 2 hr or 3 1/2 hr cruises in addition to longer trips. Children can explore all parts of the ship with a passport booklet, collecting stickers from the engineers, deck crew, and captain!

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