When it comes to weekends, half-terms and school holidays, as parents we are faced with a lot of time to use up with our children and it can be tough to know what to do with them to break up the everyday routine or as a special treat. If you live in or are visiting the Hampshire area, I can tell you, you will not be short of options as to where to spend your time – in fact, it will be difficult to pick! I’ve had plenty of Hampshire days out with my family and I thought I’d do a collection of some of my favourites.
Marwell Zoo aims to connect people with nature and get closer to the wonders of the natural world. With a beautiful, landscaped 140-acre park to explore, they encourage their guests to think of Marwell as a walking safari! It’s a wonderful outdoor attraction filled with a host of animal stars that you’ll love to visit, making it the perfect family attraction. It is one of our favourite days out in Hampshire trips we’ve ever done and have been back more than once.
Winchester Science Centre
One huge activity area exploring the principles of life, the universe and everything! What really sets it apart is their hands on approach to learning. Children are actively encouraged to experiment and work together. Plus it’s all housed in a spectacular white pyramid!
Become a deep space explorer in the fabulous Planetarium – one of the largest in the UK. Their shows are of cinema standard quality and lead you through a range of immersive full-dome films. The regular live science shows are also an essential with loads of cool experiments to boggle little brains.
Paultons Park is home to the family favourite and award-winning Peppa Pig World! Did you know it’s the world’s largest and first Peppa Pig themed park? That makes it extra special for you and your Peppa Pig-loving kiddies! You’ll see your favourite characters on the gentle rides like Peppa Pig, Daddy Pig, Mummy Pig and George!
Outside of the pigpen, there are over 70 rip-roaring rides and attractions, all within 140 acres of beautiful parkland. Amongst these is the Lost Kingdom: with its tribe of animatronic beasts, you can experience walking with dinosaurs without the fear of being chomped! We loved heading here when Alyssa was younger for Peppa Pig World and now enjoy the rest of the park, especially the Splash Zone during Summer!
Make like royalty deep in the heart of the New Forest; Beaulieu is an award-winning day out packed with motors and a magnificent Palace House.
Get started at the National Motor Museum with its impressive 250 vehicles – from actual Land Speed Record breakers to an enormous orange on wheels (!), and some super swish luxury cars. True fanatics can even experience the ‘Enormodrome’ which recreates the feel of the famed Top Gear studio.
You can see all of the above on the high-level Monorail ride before setting out on your own two feet. The Palace House and Gardens are of course a sight to behold, but you can also discover the exciting adventure play area. Finally, escape reality altogether by tiptoeing down the Mill Pond Walk where fairies are rumoured to roam.
We’re lucky to have been to Beaulieu a number of times and would not hesitate to go back again come rain or shine.
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