Cheap Family Days Out in Hampshire
On a tight budget?...No problem!
There are plenty of cheap days out in Hampshire for all the family to enjoy.
From steam trains and castles to beaches and bike rides, we've picked a variety of low-cost family days out so you can have a great time without breaking the bank.
Explore Castles & Forts
Step back in time at the Royal Armouries Fort Nelson.
Entry is free on non-event days so go along and explore underground chambers and tunnels as well as daily gun salutes, costumed interpretations and professional guided tours.
Grab a packed lunch, pack a pad of paper and pens and visit a local country park or nature reserve.
The kids will love planning a nature trail and drawing any animals they see along the way.
Hampshire has several beaches including Lepe and Hayling Island, so why not go for a stroll and try skimming stones across the waves?
Children can let off steam, while you take in the wonderful scenery, from watercress beds to picturesque villages or the local cricket pitch.
Dive Into Hampshire's History
Alternatively, for a small cost why not visit Bursledon Windmill near Southampton and see how flour used to be made.
Guided Tours are a great way to explore Hampshire's towns and villages, and they are usually free or require a small charge.
Many Tourist Information Centre's provide Blue Badge guided tours that have been approved by the Institute of Tourist Guiding so you can be sure that you'll have a great day out with a guide who is both entertaining and informative.
Find out what tours are happening in Winchester, Portsmouth and Southampton, or call a Tourist Information Centre for more details.
Ride A Steam Train
Take a ride on a steam-hauled miniature railway at Eastleigh Lakeside Railway for a small cost.
Hop on and off the train to have lunch in the picnic area, and see model boating, fishing and canoeing lakes all on the same site.
Go For A Bike Ride
All you need for this one is your family and your bikes!
There are safe cycling routes for the whole family all over Hampshire, through tranquil lanes, pretty villages, country parks, forests and towns.
Maps, guides, routes and safety tips are all available to download.
Each year Hampshire County Council celebrates the best summer cycling events across the county through their Summer of Cycling campaign.
Pack A Picnic
Why not go for a good old-fashioned picnic?
Make it a family day out from start to finish and ask the kids to help make the sandwiches and choose their favourite snacks to take along.
There are loads of open green spaces and country parks in Hampshire perfect for a family picnic, including Queen Elizabeth Country Park and Butser Hill, the highest point in Hampshire with stunning views around the Petersfield area.
Take The Dog For A Walk
Hampshire has a number of dog-friendly trails through tranquil countryside and coastline.
Take a stroll through the New Forest or take in the sights at Manor Farm Country Park on their Waggy Tail Trail.
Let your dog run wild in the exercise field, whilst you take in the beautiful scenery.
Alternatively, take your dog along to Danebury Iron Age hill fort, where you can learn about the history of this 2500 year old monument.