Things to do for free

Royal Armouries, Fort Nelson
Royal Armouries, Fort Nelson

We know it can become expensive to keep the little explorers entertained especially throughout the holidays and half terms with lots of free time. That’s why we’ve put together an itinerary with a variety of free attractions and free days out that you can enjoy with the kids! Keeping reading to find out all the days out you can enjoy for free at Hampshire’s Top Attractions!

Did you know that entry to the Royal Armouries Fort Nelson is free?  The home to the Royal Armouries national collection of artillery and historic cannon – the big guns – and is a great day out for all the family. Step back in time and explore a fully restored Victorian fort with its high ramparts, original fortifications, massive parade ground, and underground tunnels, plus a national museum housing over 700 pieces of artillery from across the world and spanning 600 years of history – each with their own story to tell.

Children 12 and under go free to the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) as it returns to Thruxton Circuit,  the fastest circuit in the UK for another weekend of pulsating races. Every point will be crucial in deciding who the biggest prize in UK motorsport. 

Watercress Line
Watercress Line

Visit Alresford Station and watch the trains arriving and departing from our south-facing picnic area and take a wonderful rural walk exploring the Watercress Way or Millennium Trail. Alternatively, visit the new playground, the Harry Potter footbridge, and the loco yard at Ropley heritage station, famous for its 130-year old topiary!

At Text Quest, they are all about fun, and they have a fun online free quiz page with lots of word and picture puzzles! Perfect to keep the kids entertained on those rainy days!

Buckler’s Hard was once a bustling shipbuilding village where ships for Nelson’s Navy were built, the charming village of Buckler’s Hard is now a peaceful haven where you can enjoy a relaxing family day out. Entry to the village is free, head for a peaceful stroll around the village, admire the views of the Beaulieu River, and see what wildlife you can spot! 

Did you know that Hampshire is home to a variety of beautiful country parks? They are perfect for a family day out of fun whilst saving those pennies as all you need to pay for is parking! Visit Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Royal Victoria Country Park, Itchen Valley, Staunton Country Park, River Hamble Country Park and Lepe Country Park to enjoy a day with the family in the sunshine with a picnic or have just as much fun splashing in muddy puddles with your wellies on!

Clarence Pier
Clarence Pier

Clarence Pier amusement park in Southsea is the ideal day out for families and those looking to recapture their youth, with amusement rides galore, 3 huge indoor amusement arcades situated at the gateway to Portsmouth harbour with stunning views across to the Isle of Wight and beyond, better yet entry to the amusement park is FREE! Perfect if you want to take the kids for a day out, if they decide to brave the rides, they cost 2-4 tokens per person.

|n the heart of the city centre, The Southampton City Art Gallery offers free entry. With a selection of permanent exhibitions and many ever-changing displays in sculptures, drawings, paintings, photographs and films displaying contemporary and historic art.

The Rifles Regimental Museum, The Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum and the The Adjutant General’s Corps Museum military museums in Winchester are all free and there is plenty to see and do for all the family.

Whilst you are in Winchester, head to The Royal Logistic Corps Museum as it houses a small cinema, interactive displays and hands-on activities as it tells the story of how the Corps and its predecessors have supplied, fed, transported and supported the army for over 300 years.

If you like to people watch head over to Calshot Activities Centre to watch participants brave the climbing wall or wizz down the ski slope or check out Go Ape in Southampton, Moors Valley or Alice Holt and see brave visitors sway crossings, climb shaky bridges and fly down sensational zip wires, you could even book for your own adventure for a later date!

Many attractions offer free entry for children, take a look at our cheap family day’s out blog for more information.

Please note that car parking charges may apply to some attractions.

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