Summer holiday activities in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

June 10, 2022

Summer holiday activities in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

Are you looking for summer holiday activities in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight? You won’t want to miss this! There’s a summer of fun lined up at the attractions, whether you are looking for family days out with young kids, something for a date day, or activities that all ages can enjoy, you are guaranteed to find something that everyone will love here! What are you waiting for? Start planning your summer adventures!

Outdoor adventures

New Forest Activities are ‘kitted up’ and ready for a summer of fun, with Canoeing & Kayaking sessions on the picturesque Beaulieu River. Bask in the sun as you spot the wildlife on your choice of boat, or take to their archery range and try your luck at a bullseye. Whatever activity you choose will sure to be a hoot! 

Peep, peep! Join Thomas & Friends for a day of family fun at The Watercress Line this August (6th – 14th) at a Day Out With Thomas. Take a train ride with Thomas, meet some of your favourite characters and join Sodor Station Sweepers Rusty & Dusty for a trainload of excitement!

Experience summer like no other at Blackgang Chine’s Summer of Fun! Every weekday, immerse yourself in the Land of Imagination, brought to life through an epic selection of entertainment! Finish the night with a bang every Monday and Wednesday with Summer Fest featuring fun and fireworks! 

Summer holiday activities in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
Go Ape Southampton

Adventure awaits right on your doorstep, Go Ape Southampton offers Tree Top Adventure, a course fit for all the family (1m+) which boasts ziplines, tricky crossings and wobbly bridges or Tree Top Challenge (10 and 1.4m), full of Tarzan swings, 25mph ziplines and skilful crossings, both of which are bound to create lasting memories and build on everyone’s confidence.

Favourite daredevil scientists, Brainiac, are back at Robin Hill for a Summer Extravaganza!  with a brand-new Remixed show every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this Summer! New for 2022, world-renowned illusionist, Sean Alexander, will amaze the crowds with an array of mind-blowing magic that defy the laws of logic every Tuesday & Thursday throughout the holidays!   

Visit Paultons Park this Summer to make memories that last forever! With 5 amazing, themed lands and an incredible variety of birds and animals to visit, there’s something for the whole family! Don’t miss out- A Magical Pirate Adventure Show will be performed every day throughout the summer holidays! 

Cyclexperience now has a new website that makes it effortless to book your Summer cycling activities. Explore The New Forest with bikes suitable for all the family and choose trails that include quaint country villages and popular local pubs.

Get close to nature

Celebrate a royally special year whilst at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, with the “celebrating summer” jubilee-themed self-guided family trail (main picture). Spot over 40 hidden crowns and other activities as you learn and play outside. Normal garden admission applies. Running until 31st August!

There’s lots happening at Itchen Valley Country Park from outdoor theatre like David Walliams Awful Auntie Family Show to Wild Wednesdays and Woodland Story sessions. There are even two free events – Mad4 Animals with their reptiles on 16th August and Liberty’s Falconry with their raptors on 23rd August!

Explore 140-acres of beautiful parkland at Marwell Zoo this summer! Spot new animal arrivals such as wallaby joeys and penguin chicks! Plus, walk in the footprints of giants… BRICKOSAURS! Evolution is a world-first collection of toy brick prehistoric creatures. Download their new app for fun animal facts and dino quiz

Summer holiday activities in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
Hawk Conservancy Trust

With over 3000 five star reviews on TripAdvisor, the Hawk Conservancy Trust is a guaranteed day of family fun this summer. Join them for a full day out, with a jam-packed summer timetable including three world-class flying displays, close encounters, talks and activities – all included in your ticket price!

Step back in time

A dino-mite adventure direct from the West End, Dinosaur World Live (26th – 28th July) – experience the dangers and delights of dinosaurs in this roarsome interactive show for all the family at Theatre Royal Winchester. Join the intrepid explorer across uncharted territories to discover a prehistoric world of astonishing (remarkably life-life) dinosaurs. Including the T-Rex, Triceratops and many more. A post-show meet and greet offers the brave a chance to make a new dino friend.

Visit the Family Fun area at Jane Austen’s House! Get creative with Regency letter writing, bonnet designing, miniature self-portraits, dressing up and more! Follow the family trail through the House then try your hand at traditional garden games! 

Running for the week from 30 July, Manor Farm is hosting a wartime week. Step back in time and learn about life during the Second World War. Try out rag rugging, experience a wartime school lesson, learn about food rationing, and have a go at Wartime code breaking.

Visit the Army Flying Museum this summer holidays for weather and work out themed craft activities every weekday (10.30 to 13.30). Genie Lab will be entertaining visitors with crazy science experiments – see website for details. Enjoy aircraft, fun trails, interactive exhibits, indoor and outdoor play areas and much more!

Summer holiday activities in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is set to be a hive of activity throughout the summer holidays, with an exciting schedule of events for the whole family to enjoy. Immerse yourself in the lives of Mary Rose’s Tudor crew members or visit the National Museum of the Royal Navy for themed activities and explore their historical ships and collections.

Get together

Get the family together and enjoy summer holiday activities in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight with these attractions…

School’s out for Summer! Are you enjoying a few precious weeks away from the office to be with your children? It’s important to make the most of your free time. Riverside Bowl provides the maximum amount of fun, all under one roof. From Bowling and Glo-Golf to Arcades and AR-Darts, the fun never stops.

 A new exhibition and activity trail at Mottisfont celebrates some of the world’s most outstanding people, featuring artworks and stories from the Little People, BIG DREAMS picture book biography series. Discover little artists, activists, sports stars and scientists in the house and grounds from Saturday 23 July – Sunday 4 September.

Wonderful Wednesdays return to the Brickworks Museum this summer as they celebrate their 125th birthday year. From craft activities to meeting a real bus, there is something for everyone. Check their socials for info and updates. 

Live entertainment
Mayflower Theatre

Mayflower Theatre has two great family shows in August. The Youth Production is The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical.  With a thrilling original rock score, this action-packed mythical adventure is a must for fans of all ages.  Bugsy Malone is another great show for whole family entertainment – with instantly recognisable songs, it’s a joyous uplifting masterclass of musical comedy.

Colourful family musical The Queen’s Knickers at New Theatre Royal Portsmouth in August celebrates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a wink to childish humour. Plus, you can find our team at Victorious Festival on 27th and 28th August for some panto-themed family fun!

Get set for an action-packed family adventure at Winchester Science Centre. Experience ‘electrifying’ experiments in brand new free live science show, Sparks. Be wowed by two spectacular Planetarium shows. Head outside for some nature discoveries. And don’t forget the immersive hands-on science fun and huge ‘don’t try this at home’ demos.   

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