Top 10 attractions for the under 10s!

May 4, 2017

There are plenty of great days out in Hampshire for children of all ages, but especially for those that are under 10! It can be hard work choosing your days out so we have put together a top 10 list just for you to help you on your adventures around Hampshire and The Isle of Wight!

  1. Fire their imagination at Fort Nelson; learn about heroes of the past and how artillery has shaped history in the fun family trails that guide you around the fort. Explore 19 acres of ramparts, secret underground tunnels, and ammunition bunkers at this fully restored Victorian fort. Fort Nelson sits on top of Portsdown Hill, near Fareham in Hampshire.
  2. Take to the trees with Go Ape, Southampton. Enjoy a fun filled hour of canopy exploring and obstacles (and some of their highest platforms!) You’ll also finSouthampton 3ish the Southampton course with one awesome zip wire! Go Ape can be found tucked away in 440 acres of beautiful woodland at Itchen Valley Country Park.
  3. Climbing is one of the world’s newest Olympic Sports – why not give it a go at Golden Gecko Climbing in Romsey? They have 10 auto belays offering climbing to almost anyone (ages 5+) – a tower with 13 roped lines (with a variety of varied grades of climbing) and also an extensive bouldering wall to tackle.
  4. Thruxton Kart Centre at Thruxton Circuit, is one of the very best outdoor kart circuits in the country and you could be on it! Just turn up, kit up, and drive, they’re perfect for children just getting started with karting and sessions only start from £20 for 15 minutes.
  5. Fly through the air and experience the ultimate playground at Southampton’s favourite trampoline park – Oxygen Freejumping. With 150 interconnected trampolines, a mega airbag, performance trampolines, dodgeball courts, foam pit and more, you will be sure be ready for a snooze after your energised filled hour!
  6. Explore Marwell Zoo and get closer to the wonders of the natural world. From endangered Amur tigers to majestic giraffes – the 140-acre zoo is home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species. Head over to Wild Explorer and experience the African wilderness – with unrestricted views and ‘spy in the grass’ cameras, you’ll have a cracking view of the animals, both near and far!
  7. Ever wondered how to tie a bowline? Head down to the historic shipbuilding village of Buckler’s Hard and have a go! You can even have a go at traditional ‘caulking’, which is the process of making the seams in a ship watertight.
  8. You can enjoy following in some famous footsteps by crossing the newly opened Kings Cross footbridge that featured in the Harry PotterTM films at the Watercress Line. You can explore the new viewing galleries in the engineering workshops at Ropley station and get a unique view of the current restoration projects. Your ticket gives you all day travel, so you can take as many journeys as you wish and break your journey to explore the stations and board another train later on.
  9. Let them get hands on and discover fascinating stories in the view from 100 metres up at the Emirates Spinnaker Tower. Discover the stories behind the view with the i-VIEW interpretation touch screens and get hands on with a RIB ride simulator and get ship spotting with their Shipfinder tool.
  10. Get hands-on with more than 100 exhibits at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium. Spread over two floors of exhibition space – it’s hands-on, not hands-off! Create a tornado, test your body’s agility or shoot parachutes into the air. Are you curious to know what happens to food after it’s swallowed? Visit the Colon Café to discover how your diet affects your digestion!