What’s on in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight this February

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Want to know what’s on in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight this February at Hampshire’s Top Attractions? An abundance of exciting things to do, see, explore and experience!

From winter wanders with the family and thrilling days out to spending time with the farm animals and experiencing science in new exciting ways, you won’t be short of options!

Have a browse of what you fancy getting up to at Hampshire’s Top Attractions! And don’t forget to wrap up warm for the last of the winter sun this February. Spring is on the horizon! 

What’s on in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

From the tiniest tots to the fussiest teens, the whole family will be spoiled for choice on the Isle of Wight this February Half-Term. History fans will love a day at Carisbrooke Castle, once an artillery fortress, king’s prison and a royal summer residence.

Adventure fans will love meeting life-sized dinosaurs at Dinosaur Isle, and meeting farmyard friends at Tapnell Farm Park. No matter what you do, the entire family will leave the Island with warm hearts and treasured memories. 

Under 5s always travel free with Wightlink but when the schools break up, you can take up to two children aged 5-15 for free with every adult or senior foot passenger day return ticket. Just travel between 11 – 19 February 2023 to claim the offer.

Fit more into half term when you set sail with Red Funnel and discover a whole host of award-winning accommodation and attractions on offer on the Isle of Wight. Bring the car, the dog, and up to 7 passengers from £28.00 each way. Don’t forget to save 10% with the exclusive HTA discount voucher!

Travel by an unforgettable experience, by hovercraft! Start your trip of adventure in style and arrive at the island in 10 minutes, giving you plenty of time to explore what the island offers. Don’t miss out on 20% off Hovertravel with the HTA voucher

Adventure and fun for the thrill seekers

What's on in Hampshire this February includes all the fun over at Paultons Park. People have their hands up on a rollercoaster just before it twists to the side around a bend.
Paultons Park

Coming to Clarence Pier in Southsea is the latest attraction opening soon! Introducing… the upside down House! 

Paultons Park is open for half term from 11th February! Book now for the BEST.DAY.EVER! Explore their 5 incredible themed lands including Tornado Springs and Peppa Pig World, as well as play areas, beautiful gardens and an amazing variety of animals including penguins and meerkats!

Looking for a unique and exciting activity to keep the whole family entertained during the school holidays? Look no further than Special Ops Laser Tag at Laser Squad! This themed event combines the high-energy fun of laser tag with the thrill of a secret mission, hosted at Laser Squad Queen Elizabeth Country Park. 

Wrap the kids up warm and join New Forest Activities for a winter paddle on the Beaulieu River this Feb Half Term. Enjoy the views as the trees change colour along the riverbanks, or take a deep breath of that fresh winter air as you glide atop the river’s glassy waters. Their instructors will be on hand throughout to keep you safe and dry, and there’ll be hot chocolate on the water to keep you toasty too! See their website for available dates throughout February. 

Wanting 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 metres in the air, to zooming down the ski slopes in an inflatable ring.

Glorious Gardens

On the 15th February at Gilbert White’s House & Gardens (picture above), children can delve into the exhibition on Frank Oates, a naturalist who explored Southern Africa, by attending the storytelling session, getting creative with African bead making and discovering the artefacts that Frank brought back in the object handling session. 

Be an archaeologist in the purpose-built trench at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, find hidden treasures from ages past and learn about Saxon life.  And why not spend half term enjoying time in our woodland and around the fire at Family Bushcraft Cooking: Breads and Batters, cooking tasty treats with Family Bushcraft?

Enjoy a Thelwell-themed family trail at Mottisfont in February half term, inspired by the centenary exhibition in the art gallery. Trot around the gardens taking part in energetic and creative activities. Plus, create your own cartoon character and take part in country capers such as hobby horse hurdles.

Delve into history

Explore ancient astronomy this February half term at Butser Ancient Farm! As part of the South Downs Dark Skies Festival, discover the secrets of the stars with a free children’s trail and hands-on activities, plus see how our ancestors might have made Stonehenge! A stellar time-travelling day out for all the family.

Children can delve into the exhibition on Frank Oates, a naturalist who explored Southern Africa, by attending the storytelling session, getting creative with African bead making and discovering the artefacts that Frank brought back in the object handling session. All events February 15th at Gilbert White’s House. 

Fort Nelson

Military activities and events

Calling all junior detectives to Fort Nelson to solve the Victorian mystery of the missing money between February 11 and 19 – free activity. Young visitors will be given a worksheet, a list of main suspects and will need to solve the clues to find the culprit. Book your free ticket in advance as places are limited.

What’s on in Hampshire and its stunning seaside town, Portsmouth? Well, exploring the seas at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is an absolute must! With family fun events, amazing attractions, and incredible sights it’ll be smooth sailing for the whole family this February half term. Discover Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose, explore conservation in action at HMS Victory, or take a trip to Gosport to experience life as a submariner on HMS Alliance.  

Your Mission: visit the Army Flying Museum between Monday 13th and Friday 17th February (10.30am to 1.30pm) for Operation CODE CRACKER family family activities with a focus on secret agents, code breaking and great escapes. Plus, there will be a fun trail available all week to test your investigative skills. 

a collage of four photos from Winchester's Military Museums with their red logo in the centre. The bottom left corner is a black and white photo of soldiers marching in a line down the road. Next to it is a picture of one of the museums. In the top right corner is a pair of colourful decoration hearts and to the left is a sign that reads Waterloo above green countryside.
Winchester’s Military Museums

Winchester’s Military Museums have a range of exciting activities going on this half term! From trails to colouring in, arts and crafts such as sword making and creating your own foil tin hearts or garland of tiny hearts sewn onto sari fabric. The site is home to The Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum, The Gurkha Museum, The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum, Horse Power The Museum of the King’s Royal Hussars, The Rifles Museum and The Adjutant General’s Corps Museum. FREE entry for children to all the museums!

Animals antics

Entertain the animal lovers in your life this February at Staunton Farm. Home to a wide variety of farmyard favourites from pigs and sheep to llamas and alpacas, enjoy a date with a difference or a half term treat as you feed your new furry friends! 

Come along to Manor Farm this February half term for a week dedicated to the wonderful wildlife you can encourage into your garden!

Join our bird box making sessions to make a bird box (£10 cost per box), help feed the birds by making a pinecone fat ball feeder and learn lots of little ways to help wildlife near you. 

Indoor activities in Hampshire

Things are heating up at Zero Degrees at Winchester Science Centre. Experience all the usual Science Centre fun plus even more – all included with admission! For a limited time each day, the Planetarium will be showing a free Northern Lights display. Explore the Bio:Space weather station. And create your own cloud in a bottle in Science Live! 

There’s non-stop family fun this February at New Theatre Royal Portsmouth. The kids will love Morgan & West: Unbelievable Science in half term as well as The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Starchitects. For the Bake Off fans, treat yourself to An Evening with Prue Leith.

What’s on in Hampshire is sure to brighten up your month, come rain or shine, for a fabulously fun February! If you’re planning your whole year, you’ll want to have a read of our blog, 2023 events in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight! And be sure to not miss anything by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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