Things to do for free

Royal Armouries, Fort Nelson, Farnham, Hants, UK.

We know it can become expensive to keep the little explorers entertained especially throughout the summer holidays 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.

Thruxton Race Circuit gets a second helping of tin-top thrills as the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) returns to the fastest circuit in the UK for another weekend of pulsating races. Go and see the stars on the BTCC as they enter the business end of the season. Every point will be crucial in deciding who the biggest prize in UK motorsport. Advance tickets are on sale now, children 12 and under go free.

Go and 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! 

The Royal Army Physical Training Corps (RAPTC) Museum is a great family day out! It tells the story of the birth and development of Army physical training from 1860 to the present day. The collection is packed with RAPTC uniforms, medals, training and sports equipment which show how Army training has progressed from the early days of basic exercise to modern ideas of fitness. You will be sure to enjoy a day of exploring there!

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, and Lepe Country Park to enjoy a day with the family in the sunshine, why not take a picnic?

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.

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