Don’t let the cold weather dim the joy of family adventures. Wrap up, and venture into the enchanting landscapes of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight for unforgettable outdoor experiences. Discover the magic of winter as we guide you through family-friendly attractions, scenic walks, and exciting activities that thrive in the crisp air. So, grab your winter gear, join us, and let the outdoors be your canvas for creating cherished family memories this season. Keep reading to discover Outdoor Family Days Out in Hampshire & the Isle of Wight.
Explore History and take in the views
Beat the winter blues and transport yourself through time over 500 years of maritime history. Walk through Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and feel the crisp sea air as you board HMS Warrior or ascend the gangway aboard HMS Victory. Then warm yourself up with a delicious coffee at the Mary Rose Museum.
Enjoy a unique tour of Winchester city centre as you discover historic attractions of yesteryear with 878 AD: Winchester Revealed, a fascinating, self-led mobile app tour of the city. With augmented reality buildings, interactive games such as AR archery, riddles, puzzles, and more, there’s so much to see, do, and discover as part of 878 AD’s Anglo-Saxon experience.
Visit Portchester Castle overlooking Portsmouth Harbour. It has been a Roman fortress, a Norman stronghold, and a prisoner of war camp. See the breathtaking views over the Solent if you climb the 30-meter keep
Sitting high and proud at the heart of the Isle of Wight, Carisbrooke Castle has been an artillery fortress, king’s prison, and a royal summer residence. Experience far-reaching panoramic views from high castle walls, or wander the moat to discover King Charles I’s bowling green.
Let your phone help you explore the great cities of Southampton, Portsmouth, and Winchester with TextQuest, enjoy the great outdoors and see the city in the winter as you’ve never seen it before!
Active days out for all ages
Enjoy the great outdoors… from a height! Go Ape is set within three local forest locations. Swing through the trees, rope bridges and fly down zip wires or bounce on nets adventure – see the great outdoors from a different perspective!
The Isle of Wight is perfect if you want to spend more time outdoors exploring new places. If you feel like a challenge, try Wightlink’s Wild Wight Winter Walk – a 45-mile hike that can be done over two days making for an exciting weekend walking adventure.
Birthdays are one of the most popular reasons to visit, but whether it’s a birthday, anniversary or just a chance for some outdoor fun, Laser Squad will get your adrenaline running, teammates talking and everyone working towards a common goal – winning. Private hire options and public, ticketed events all year round.
Swap the ordinary stroll for a crisp wintery bike ride in the New Forest. Visit plenty of hidden gems and try delicious foods at quality pubs in just one day! Focus on self-care with Cyclexperience this winter and pedal for that full-body workout and boosted mood.
New Forest Activities have a fantastic winter offer across these chillier months! Beat the winter blues with 20% off winter activities! Embrace the beauty of winter and see some fantastic wildlife (with a courtesy hot chocolate to keep you warm) on their Winter Paddling and Winter Archery sessions. Use code WINTER20 when booking to get the discount!
Gardens to visit for families
Planning a family walk this winter? Blow away the January blues and get your steps up with a peaceful stroll around Beaulieu’s grounds and gardens while you visit. It’s all included in your general admission ticket!
Step into Mottisfont’s gardens to discover the quiet beauty of the season. The specially-planted winter garden glows with colour from bright bark, berries, and flowering perennials. Snowdrops and the first, early spring bulbs bloom beside the waterways and beneath ancient trees.
Explore the secret woodland garden and dozens of fairy doors with a winter woodland walk at Furzey Gardens. By visiting you are supporting local charity Minstead Trust who provide training and work experience in where people with learning disabilities can learn new skills in horticulture and hospitality.
Take a stroll and admire one of the largest Winter Gardens in Europe. Catch a glimpse of the early signs of spring as dwarf daffodils start flowering, along with colourful crocus, cyclamen and stunning snowdrop displays at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.
Animals Days Out
Enjoy the tranquil setting of ancient woodlands of the New Forest whilst you spot wildlife at New Forest Wildlife Park. Walk with the wallabies, hear chatty otters and witness the majestic lynx. This attraction with wildlife conservation at its heart also has two big play areas for unlimited ages to enjoy!
Being one of the largest bird parks in the country; with 26 acres of landscaped park and gardens, home to over 1000 birds and 180 species from around the world! You are sure to enjoy a winter day out at Birdworld.
Wrap up warm and see how many of the hundreds of animals you can see at Marwell Zoo, with five adventure playgrounds, including their bespoke okapi playground has accessible equipment, making it a safe place for all children to play. Plus if you buy a zoo ticket online in January or February 2024, you will get 30 days free entry to the zoo! Offer valid for all tickets bought online until 23rd February 2024.
Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of birds at the Hawk Conservancy Trust! Come for a full day of family fun, with world-class flying displays, talks, activities, and trails included in your ticket. No winter day at the Trust is complete without watching their Snowy Owl, Sweeney Todd, glide overhead.
Looking for more outdoor day-out inspiration? Discover our Hampshire & the Isle of Wight walking guide: The best and most unique walks, glorious gardens & country parks for days out in Hampshire, or explore more outdoor attractions! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, TikTok, Instagram and Twitter to be the first to hear about the top family days out, events, and more.