Summer activities and holiday clubs in Hampshire

June 21, 2023

School is nearly out for summer! Whether you’re a local resident or visiting this charming county for the first time, we’ve got you covered with an array of summer activities and holiday clubs that will keep everyone entertained. Let your children’s creativity soar at art and craft workshops and ignite their passion for nature through outdoor adventures. Let the adventure begin, keep reading to discover summer activities and holiday clubs in Hampshire!

Workshops and Courses

Head to Southampton City Art Gallery for all things arty. Lots of activities such as Mini Monets: Art Club for Children under 7yrs, August art school for Suitable for 11 – 16-year-olds, or create sun catchers and tie-dye tote bags to name a few!

Nature Explorer Days will be running at Gilbert White’s House & Gardens, from 7th-10th August between 10.30am-3pm. The days are filled with wild activities from bug hunting, bird watching, art, craft, games, and challenges. These sessions can count towards the ‘Discover’ and ‘Explore’ elements of the John Muir Discovery Award.

SeaCity Museum will keep kids and families entertained this Summer holiday with a series of culture clubs and workshops, such as the Titanic family workshop.

Tudor House Museum and Gardens have a Miniature Magic workshop, WW2 Super Science workshop, Fairy Door workshop and other family activities this Summer holiday.

To find out what workshops, courses and activities are available in Southampton at all three venues click here.


Summer is the perfect time to discover Anglo-Saxon Winchester! Enjoy live performances, and view fascinating historic artefacts before embarking on a fun Anglo-Saxon adventure tour of the city with the mobile app, 878 AD: Winchester Revealed! Collect items, play games and learn about the historic city! 

Catch New Theatre Royal Portsmouth in the Kids Arena of Victorious this summer for crafting, colouring, and the chance to win tickets to their Christmas pantomime!

From 22 July, a family-friendly exhibition at Mottisfont explores the classic children’s books created by Allan and Janet Ahlberg, featuring original artwork from The Jolly Postman, Happy Families, and more. Adventure around the gardens with an activity trail of games and challenges inspired by the Ahlbergs’ imagination.

During the school holidays, enjoy living history at Milestones Museum, Basingstoke – discover real history and real people! Play retro and vintage games on the seaside pier, stroll immersive streets, and more. Enjoy a new domestic living exhibition for summer 2023, plus a new living history trail. Pay once, and visit all year. 

The Brickworks Museum is having a totally prehistoric summer this year! Follow their interactive trail around the Museum to find out about fossils found in the brickmaker’s clay. With hands-on activities and two play areas, the Museum makes a great day out.

Fun in the forest and woodlands

Take the summer holidays to the next level with a Go Ape forest adventure. Outdoors amongst nature, confidence-building fun is to be found on Treetop Adventure, an obstacle course through the canopy with a thrilling zip-wire finale. Alternatively, bounce the day away with a Nets Adventure at Go Ape Moors Valley. 

Summer activities and holiday clubs in Hampshire
New Forest Activities

Looking for a perfect family adventure this summer? Look no further than New Forest Activities Family Kayaking sessions. Explore the picturesque Beaulieu River Nature Reserve with your family. Soak in the beauty of the natural world and create unforgettable memories. Don’t just make waves this summer, make waves of laughter and joy. 

Gather your squad and go to battle to win loot boxes with special upgrades to enhance your Laser Squad gaming experience – will you get extra health, perhaps an ammo upgrade? This Summer Holidays, get outside, bring some friends and enjoy the ultimate woodland gaming adventure at Laser Squad Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

Visiting Cyclexperience and cycling in the New Forest is the perfect family activity, catering to all abilities. With its gentle terrain and well-maintained trails, even the youngest riders can join in. The picturesque surroundings create a serene atmosphere along with the excitement of spotting all of the New Forest wildlife. 

If you’ve enjoyed reading about the Summer activities and holiday clubs in Hampshire this summer, head over to our blogs and events page to find out more. Don’t forget to download our amazing vouchers to receive money off your days out.

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