Everything you need for an awesome August!

July 11, 2019

Whether you’re looking for a family day out or a few hours of fun, Hampshire’s Top Attractions have everything you need for an awesome August! From the British Superbike Championship at Thruxton, to climbing adventures at Go Ape, and FREE kid’s travel with Wightlink Ferries!

Let’s take a look…

Family day’s out

Free Isle of Wight travel for kids on Wightlink
Free Isle of Wight travel for kids on Wightlink

Marwell Zoo is home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species, in beautiful landscaped surroundings. Until September 1st see the world exclusive exhibition of BRICKOSAURS! which is showcasing even more stunning LEGO® brick sculptures this summer. Keep a look out for new arrivals too! 

The Isle of Wight offers endless family fun and adventures this summer.  Families travelling to and from the Isle of Wight during the school holidays can enjoy Kids Go Free with Wightlink. Take up to two children aged 5-15 for FREE with every adult foot passenger day return ticket. 

Dick & Dom present The Great Wonderfest, 1st to 4th August on the Isle of Wight. The UK’s brand-new summer festival with a fantastic music and family entertainment line-up including live headline shows from Busted and The Vamps plus performances from TV favourites Peppa Pig & George’s Summer Festival, Flawless, Rastamouse and a Robots Live Arena featuring stars of BBC Robot Wars.

Paultons Park is home to Peppa Pig World, an amazing land that let’s youngsters discover Peppa’s World and enjoy 9 fabulous themed rides! Visit this August for the chance to meet Peppa and friends!

Fasten your seatbelts for Beaulieu Supercar Weekend; the must-see family spectacular that brings some of the world’s most exclusive and desirable motors to Beaulieu. It’s a must for all supercar enthusiasts, providing an opportunity to get almost close enough to touch these impressive motors! 

Jungle Fever strikes again this summer at Robin Hill from the 23rd July – 31st August, 10am – 10pm. Their majestic life-sized African animal puppets including Annie the giraffe are all making their annual migration back to the park in time for supper as Feeding Time returns for more interactive family fun! Also, Jungle Fever After Dark at Robin Hill Saturdays 27th July – 31st August, 7pm – midnight. Just what you’ve all been waiting for – Brightsparks are back! The epic Fire Extravaganza that wowed crowds last summer returns with a show bigger and better than ever and the Two Cheeky Monkeys will be lighting up the Woodland Amphitheatre yet again…you won’t want to miss this! 

Wheels Wheels Wheel at Bursledon Brickworks,
Wheels Wheels Wheel at Bursledon Brickworks,

Wheels Wheels Wheel at Bursledon Brickworks, Sunday 18th August 11am – 4pm. The August Steam Up event is all about things with wheels. The courtyard will be full of cars, buses, bikes, motorbikes and more. There will also be an exhibition of Meccano. The museum steam engines will be steamed up, cafe running. Lots to do and see both inside and out. 

Hurst Castle is launching its very own treasure trail this summer, with national treasure trail experts, Treasure Trails. Visitors will be given a mission to find the deactivation code for a ticking bomb heard within the castle grounds. The self-guided trail is an imaginative way for visitors to explore Hurst Castle from a totally different perspective at a cost of £1. 

Discover Titanic at SeaCity Museum this summer with an interactive session for 5 to 12yr olds, Thursday 1 Aug, or explore the fascinating or horrid bits of history through kid’s activities such as Techno Romans, Pyramid and Pharaohs or Dinosaur plaster plaques. 

Calling all adventurers! Join Birdworld on Thursday 1st August for a very special pantomime of Treasure Island from Pumpkin Pantos. For one performance only, accompany the daring Jimmy on his quest full of pesky pirates, deserted islands and mischievous mermaids. This side-splitting show will guarantee to have you in stitches. During Monday 5th– Friday 9th August Birdworld are holding Bug Bonanza Week, a national initiative run by BIAZA to raise awareness of the importance of invertebrates. The activities will include all manner of slithering and crawling critters, bug-themed arts and crafts, a creepy crawly activity trail and lots more!

Marine wonders event at Lepe Country Park, 7th & 8th August from 10am-3pm, Free Event. A two-day extravaganza of marine themed fun! Including the ever popular seashore safaris, arts and crafts, storytelling and much more. With partners from the New Forest National Park, Hampshire an Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust , Natural England and more. No need to book, just come along and join in the fun!

Calling all young people! Why don’t you head down to Royal Victoria Country Park to find out what’s going on? Have a say, have a go and take part! FREE activities for 12yrs and over including campfire, doughnuts and hot chocolate, Tuesdays 30th July – 20th August.  

Hours of fun

Go Ape
Go Ape

Crawl, climb, swing and zip your way from feeling on edge to the edge of awesome at Go Ape! Check out the adventures at their 3 Hampshire Locations, Southampton, Moors Valley and Alice Holt and find your 50 Feet Tall moment’. 

Explore Henry VIII’s flagship The Mary Rose with their Summer Holiday Shipwreck Explorers events! Henry himself will be on hand to welcome families to discover boatbuilding with the Savvy Shipwrights, experience cooking with the Tasty Tudors or defend the realm with the Gruesome Gunners! 

Head and see the famous Enigma code breaking machine, on Tuesday 13 August 11am-3pm, that helped the Allies win the war, a special visitor to the museum from Bletchley Park. Take part in lots of fun, family friendly activities from the Museum of Army Flying and explore how science and engineering made the D-Day Landings a success. Drop in no need to book, included in the entrance fee.

British Superbike Championship at ThruxtonFriday 2nd – Sunday 4th August. The Bennetts British Superbike Championship has to be seen to be believed. It looks fast on TV but with your own eyes, it’s incredible. Watch the star riders swap places at close to 200mph. Three days of action pack, high-speed, two-wheel racing on the fastest Race Circuit in the UK – Thruxton. Children 12 and under go free.

To celebrate the summer holidays, from Thursday 1st to Saturday 31st August, Chawton House will be running a special offer in which all children aged 6 to 16 will be admitted for just £1. Everyone has a story to tell! This informal Creative Writing Workshop at Chawton House will engage your powers of observation and imagination, stimulating ideas and thought-provoking discussion. All levels welcome. Saturday 10 August, 10.00am to 2.30pm, £45 (includes light lunch and morning coffee). There will be up to 30 stalls inside and outside Chawton House Antiques Fair Sunday 25 August, offering a plethora of interesting and unusual items for purchase. As well as a variety of stalls available for visitors to browse, tea and homemade cakes will be served in the Grade II listed Dyers barn on the Chawton estate.

Exbury’s Teddy Bear’s Picnic is back by popular demand Fridays 9th, 23rd and 30th Aug! Families will be guided on a magical journey through the gardens by Exbury’s delightful actors. With songs, games and puppetry for a whole hour, little explorers will be mesmerised by the imaginative beauty of nature. Children that bring along their own teddy bears will be given free entry to the gardens.

Family Canoeing with New Forest Activities
Family Canoeing with New Forest Activities

Enjoy a relaxing 90-minute guided paddle on the stunning Beaulieu River on a Family Canoeing tour with New Forest Activities. After being taught the correct paddling techniques, you’ll explore the hidden creeks and waterways of the river’s beautiful nature reserve. All equipment provided, great for those aged 18 months and upwards.

Following on from the huge sell-out success of last year’s showing of The Lion King, the Ageas Bowl Outdoor Cinema is back for 2019 with not one but two fantastic films – Disney Pixar’s Finding Nemo and the recent world-wide smash hit Bohemian Rhapsody – with both to be screened on Saturday 3rd August 2019.

Southampton’s heritage steamship SS Shieldhall welcomes tribute band RU40 on board for a music cruise on Sat 17 August between 4pm – 8pm, sailing down Southampton and passing three departing cruise ships! Visit the ship’s Engine and Boiler Room and Bridge too!

From Monday 29 July – Saturday 3 August, budding young performers, aged 8 – 16 years – who think they’re as mad as a Hatter or mysterious as The Cheshire Cat – can take part in the Summer Youth Theatre Musical at Theatre Royal Winchester. Rehearsing across the week, they will learn new skills to prepare them for their very own production of Alice in Wonderland, which they will perform to friends and family on Theatre Royal Winchester’s stage on the Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, 12 – 18 year olds, interested in what goes on behind-the-scenes – including theatre lighting, sound or stage management – can spend a week with the theatre’s technical team, as young technicians, to learn how to rig, use a lighting desk and create a set for the show.

Head to Tudor House Summer Garden Party, Wednesday 31 July, 10am-3pm. Explore the museum for only £1.95, free access to the garden and King John’s Palace. Fantastic outdoor activities – archery, face painting, crafts and more. BBQ lunch available 12-2pm. (Small charges apply for these)

Celebrating 50 years since the first Moon landing at Portsmouth Guildhall, the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain are attempting their own mission: To transport you through time and space with a little help from the most iconic celestial-inspired repertoire on the 17th August. 

Join Nuffield Southampton Theatres this summer holiday for family fun with CBBC legends Sam & Mark as they are off on a road tour and will be coming to Southampton! Also make sure you don’t miss David Walliam’s Mr Stink from 12-14 Aug – summer fun at NST.