Are the kids always asking you ‘what are we doing today?’ throughout the summer holidays? Get one step ahead and have a summer of fun lined up for them! Whether you are looking for things to do in Hampshire summer holidays or spending your summer holidays on the Isle of Wight, you’ll find something that the whole family will love. Our Festival of Hampshire’s Top Attractions runs throughout the summer holidays, with lots of competitions and chances to win days out, staycations and more, you won’t want to miss out! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates. Keep reading to discover all the amazing things to do in Hampshire & Isle of Wight summer holidays in 2022!
Special summer events
Get set for an action-packed family adventure at Winchester Science Centre. Experience ‘electrifying’ experiments in a brand new free live science show, Sparks. Take part in exciting activities inspired by the new Disney and Pixar movie, Lightyear. Be wowed by two spectacular Planetarium shows. Head outside for nature discoveries and enjoy immersive hands-on science fun. 21st July – 11th September.
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 defies the laws of logic every Tuesday & Thursday throughout the holidays!
Calling all superheroes, head over to Manor Farm’s activity trail to become a Super Farm Superhero from 20th July – 4th September! A great day out to add to your list of things to do in Hampshire summer holidays!
Spend summer holidays in Hampshire & Isle of Wight and head over to the island to 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!
From the Victorians to WII, discover what we have learnt from the past to create a more sustainable future. Between 23 July – 4 September learn to plant your own veg, mend your clothes and much more at our family-friendly, interactive event at Milestones Museum this summer.
Get outside and enjoy summer at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens with; Pond Dipping, a Spotter Trail “Celebrating Summer” and more. Event charges apply, normal garden admission applies, and booking is essential for events.
Discover little artists, activists, sports stars and scientists in the house and grounds from Saturday 23 July – Sunday 4 September in the Little People, BIG DREAMS picture book biography series exhibition and trail at Mottisfont.
Whitchurch Silk Mill is running their free with admission kids crafting Make & Take sessions on 29th July, 10th & 23rd August. Running alongside weaver Rezia Wahid’s exhibition at the Mill will be a family weaving workshop on 18th August, run by the artist (book in advance).
You’ll find plenty going on at The Watercress Line over the Summer Holidays, including family fun and a train load of excitement at Day Out With Thomas (6-14th August) and a nostalgic step back in time at the 50s & 60s Weekend over the August Bank Holiday weekend (27-29th August).
Explore Marwell Zoo’s 140-acre walking safari while spotting exotic animals and brick dinosaurs! Why not upgrade and enjoy your own private safari-style tent for the day? The experience includes zoo tickets, early entry, a luxury breakfast hamper and more! Plus, your own dedicated host! Find more information on Marwell’s website.
There is an action-packed summer at Beaulieu, with the chance to meet colourful characters and see remarkable vehicles from 23rd July to 4th September. With motoring parades, Chitty rides, new exhibitions, and a jammed-packed events calendar, there has never been a better time to enjoy a visit.
Action & adventure
Let your phone take you on an adventure this summer. How can this happen, you ask! With Text Quest we answer. Follow the clues, discover fascinating places and, above all, have fun together.
Looking to keep the kids entertained throughout the school holidays? why not book one of Calshot’s Action Adventure Days or Experiences? There’s a fantastic range of activities available, from climbing through the Aero Trek obstacle course suspended six meters in the air, to zooming down the ski slopes in an inflatable ring.
Take the whole family out for an adventurous day exploring the New Forest by bike. Cyclexperience will provide you with everything you may need, including helmets, toolkits and maps that mention all of the best places to eat and visit. Based in the Heart of the New Forest, Cyclexperience has the best location on offer!
Looking for great value Summer holiday fun? Riverside Bowl is the venue for you! Rain or shine, the fun never stops. Indulge in competitive activities, from 10-pin bowling to AR Darts, tasty stone-baked pizzas and refreshing beverages. Book online now using our NEW booking system.
Go Ape Southampton is known for its adventurous offerings, boasting zipwires, tricky crossings and wobbly bridges; it is the ideal place to create long-lasting memories up in the trees and new this year is the thrilling Axe Throwing sessions.
Or head to Go Ape Moors Valley where there’s a forest activity for everyone, including three high wire experiences for all skill and thrill levels. The kids will love the giant bouncy Nets Adventure full of inflatable balls, and then there are the truly unforgettable Forest Segway tours.
Plan the ultimate outdoor adventure with New Forest Activities! Try the Big Shot Archery in the woodlands or Family Canoeing on the Beaulieu River nature reserve! For those avid Fornite fans, head to their BattleZone for a head-to-head with infrared technology guns.
One for the adults – Calling all gin lovers! Join a new experience at the Bombay Sapphire Distillery this summer holiday – The Tasting Experience! Explore the full range of Bombay Gins, expertly tutored by one of their Gin Experts, as you enjoy an elevated tasting experience as well as our Discovery Tour.
Join The Brickworks Museum to celebrate a Victorian Summer in this, their 125th birthday year. There’s hands-on craft activities for children and Victorian toys and games! In addition to their two play areas, there is something for everyone at the Brickworks Museum.
For a hilarious family outing, The Queen’s Knickers at New Theatre Royal Portsmouth is sure to entertain the whole family in this jubilee-themed spectacular! Going to Victorious? Find the New Theatre Royal team for some panto-themed family fun!
Or head to Theatre Royal Winchester from 4 – 6 August to see Rare Productions Youth Theatre Group’s production of Hairspray, the family-friendly Broadway Musical musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs.
Visit Paultons Park this Summer to make memories to last a lifetime! With 5 amazing, themed lands and an incredible variety of birds and animals, there’s something for all the family! Don’t miss A Magical Pirate Adventure Show, performed every day throughout August!
Visit Chawton House and learn about the sporting heritage held on the grounds and the typical physical exercises enjoyed by women in the Regency period in their exhibition A Costume of Sport. Explore the stunning summer gardens and enjoy something tasty from the Old Kitchen Tearoom.
Spend a day at Osborne this summer. Explore the sumptuous staterooms, have ice cream at the beach and learn about the royal children at Swiss Cottage. Bring a picnic, or treat yourself to a cake or sandwich from one of our many cafés. There’s so much to do, you won’t know where to go first!
Gilbert White’s House and Gardens is a great place to go with the family particularly if you like all things’ nature! Find out about famous naturalist Gilbert White, the 18th century’s David Attenborough, exploring the beautiful house and gardens. Learn about other explorers of the natural world and try our indoor and outdoor trails!
Have you found this blog useful in planning things to do in Hampshire & Isle of Wight summer holidays in 2022? Why not check out our blogs and itineraries to help you plan even more amazing days out for the family! Stick to a budget through the summer holidays and save money on your days out with our variety of vouchers!