Family Fun in Hampshire This Summer

July 8, 2020

If you’ve had the children at home for the past few months, the summer holidays may not feel all that special! However, you can all take a break from homeschooling and noticeably make more time for fun! With many attractions now opening and taking measures to run their events safely, you can start to let your hair down and enjoy the summer ahead…

The Mary Rose Museum has a range of fun crafts and activities for the summer holidays. Science experiments, papercraft templates, LEGO model instructions and knitting patterns are available now on the Mary Rose Museum website. There is something for everyone, just search to get involved!

Just three miles, yet a whole world away from the mainland, the Isle of Wight offers the ultimate family escape. Over seas, yet quarantine-free, your escape begins the minute you step on a Wightlink ferry. Being an island means it’s beach heaven; get on the water with kayaks, hunt for fossils and dinosaur footprints; or peer into rockpools.

Wide expansive beaches, rocky coves, rolling hills, valley plains, forests, woodland, harbours and rivers combine within 150 square miles to make the Isle of Wight an explorer’s dream destination. Here are some great ideas for things to do outdoors on a day trip on the Island.

The Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight

Visit Butser Ancient Farm to explore how ancient people lived as you explore their timeline of homes from the Stone Age, Iron Age, Roman and Saxon periods. You can also meet their rare breed animals including lambs and new-born kids! Tickets must be pre-booked.

This school holidays why not visit Milestones Museum and do their new Well-Being trail? Within their large building, there’s lots to of space to safely explore, plus new areas outdoor take away refreshments. Pre-book your visit!

Treat your family to a fun day out at the Watercress Line: ride on a steam train, picnic in the south-facing picnic area, visit the footbridge used in Harry Potter films and pick up a FREE activity sheet. Children under 5 years go FREE (standard travel only).

The Watercress Line
The Watercress Line
Whether it be canoeing and kayaking on the wonderful Beaulieu River, or enjoying archery in the beautiful New Forest woodland, join the gang at New Forest Activities for some fun in the great outdoors this Summer! Plus, they’ve implemented extra safety precautions to keep you safe during your visit, including social distancing, limited numbers and increased cleaning of all of their kit, so that you can take part with confidence.

The New Forest Wildlife Park has 3 Nature Trail Quizzes starting July 20th “Footprint Fortnight”, August 3rd Who’s Who” Owl Quiz and 17th August “Wildlife Warriors” along with all the animals and birds friendly keepers who will always stop for a chat to share their knowledge – it’s a safe, fun day out for the family.

NEW Top Trumps activity trail this summer at the Hawk Conservancy Trust – book your next family day out to enjoy spectacular flying displays as well as peaceful meadow and woodland grounds, home to over 130 birds of prey and owls. Pre-booking required.

Enjoy a day out over the summer holidays with a trip to Hurst Castle.  Take a leisurely ferry ride from Keyhaven to discover this artillery fortress built by Henry VIII.  With plenty of open spaces for children to explore it’s a great day out for the whole family.

Help Playmakers fill Winchester with Knitted King Alfs! Whether you’re a knitting enthusiast or a beginner, local or overseas, anyone can get involved and create a Knitted King Alf. The Playmakers team will then hide your knitted creations around Winchester city centre at an event later on this year. The pattern can be downloaded here.