It’s not always easy finding things to do for teenagers, as they get older it can be hard to find new and exciting ways of entertaining them. Here in Hampshire you’ll find some great ideas to keep them active and happy! There are plenty of family days out in Hampshire to enjoy.
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Take them to get hands-on with more than 100 exhibits at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium. Warp their perceptions with the #LittleBigRoom and the Beuchet chair, both underpinned by cutting edge University of Southampton research into psychology and how we look at the world. And don’t forget to catch a show in the largest standalone digital planetarium.
Every day at Fort Nelson there are things to do, things to see, indoors and outdoors. There are ramparts and tunnels to explore, and over 350 items of artillery in the galleries from many countries spanning 600 years.
Visit Lepe Country Park, with over a mile of beach is a great day out for all. Whether spending the day searching for seashore crabs and building sandcastles or enjoying the play area or a stroll around the coast to the D-Day remains or through the local nature reserve, there’s lots to do. Finish your visit at The Lookout, Lepe’s restaurant with panoramic views over the Solent – a destination for visitors whatever the weather!
Whitchurch Silk Mill a demonstration loom in the weaving shed foyer is available for all visitors to try their hand at weaving – could they master a twill weave? If it’s hands on they enjoy then Bursledon Brickworks have a wide range of activities throughout the museum that are interactive, with holiday activities that are usually suitable for all ages 3 – 93!
Get away from the screens and technology and get your teenagers stuck in with nature. Immersive flying displays, keepers talks and opportunities to meet birds of prey will entertain all members of the family – even teenagers! Visit the Hawk Conservancy Trust for an inspiring family day out.
With exhibitions, trails and workshops there are things to entertain the whole family whatever the season at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. They could even practice their photography in the Gardens, and get inspired with the art and craft exhibitions.
Grab your camera phone and strike a pose on one of Beaulieu’s many motoring-themed photo opportunities. Or why not test your driving skills on the World of Top Gear Test Track Challenge? (a small extra charge applies).
Something To Tell Their Friends
Teenagers from 12 years old can learn to drive at Thruxton Circuit. They’ll learn the essential skills needs to drive car. Kids from 8 years old can head to the Kart Centre and race wheel-to-wheel on the Kart Circuit. Definitely a day out they’ll remember for a long time to come!
Ditch the wifi and enjoy a better connection with Tree Top Adventure at Go Ape. Perfect for kids 10+, teens and adults, they’ll enjoy two to three hours in the trees taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings, Rope Ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings.
Enjoy travelling on heritage steam trains at the Watercress Line, visit the footbridge used in Harry Potter films, relax in two picnic sites and explore the locomotive yard. This heritage site is Instagram heaven!
They can enjoy fun with friends or family at New Forest Activities, where they can take to the water on a guided Canoe or Kayak tour, burn off some energy with Battlefield LIVE, or test their aim with Archery.
Emirates Spinnaker Tower’s abseil experience is now open to children 14 years plus so you can enjoy the ultimate viewing experience with your teen. For a slightly less extreme thrill, venture across the glass Sky Walk or just sit back and relax in The Clouds café!
Enjoy a day out with friends
Download the Marwell Zoo app to make the most of your day with added sound effects, stats and imagery of the animals. Bring your camera to capture some stunning shots. Top Tip: Contact the team to book unforgettable animal experiences before your visit.
Paultons Park has some great rides for all the thrill seekers out there! Ride the Cobra, the parks largest and fastest rollercoaster with a crazy mix of drops and spirals. Rise from the smoke of Magma as the popular drop tower takes off into a stomach churching adventure. Take to the EDGE for an amazing floating sensation as you swoop and spin through the air on a giant disc! Lost Kingdom also features two world class coasters, Flight of the Pterosaur and Velociraptor!
For teenagers wanting to hang out with friends outdoors there is plenty to explore at Manor Farm, Staunton Country Park and Queen Elizabeth Country Park. There is a café at Manor Farm and kiosks in the park, a café in the pay zone at Staunton, and a café and kiosks at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, where young people can meet, relax and buy snacks and drinks.