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10 Outdoor Family Fun Days Out in Hampshire

Take to the water, run, walk and cycle in some of Hampshire’s best outdoor spaces, perfect for children to let off steam and play in the fresh air.

In addition to these top ten ideas for outdoor family fun, see our things to do page for further ideas of days out in Hampshire.

Manor Farm Country ParkManor Farm Country Park - Southampton

Have a great day out with the kids in this 400-acre park near Southampton which was home to BBC’s Wartime Farm series. Watch the milking and meet the animals in the Victorian farm before exploring well signposted woodland trails and strolling along the banks of the River Hamble.

Go Ape! Alice HoltGo Ape! at Alice Holt - Hampshire

Find your inner Tarzan while having fun with your tribe in the treetops of Alice Holt Country Park near Farnham on the Hampshire/Surrey border. On the Tree Top Junior course, over 10s can negotiate crossings and finish on a high with a thrilling zip wire back to solid ground.

Paultons ParkPaultons Park - Romsey

Young visitors will love Paultons Park in the New Forest, home to Peppa Pig World with seven fun rides and attractions including George’s Dinosaur Adventure. It’s exclusive to the UK and a world first! Paultons Park is a full day out with birds, animals, gardens and Water Kingdom, perfect for warm days under the sprinklers. 

Portsmouth Harbour TourPortsmouth Harbour - Portsmouth

Find your sea legs with a harbour tour from the Historic Dockyard, home of the new £35m Mary Rose museum, or take a short ferry ride over to Gosport where you can go onboard HMS Alliance, a newly renovated WWII era submarine. You can also hop on a ferry for a day trip to the Isle of Wight across the Solent and go dinosaur hunting.

Marwell ZooMarwell Zoo - Winchester

Marwell Zoo near Winchester is set in 140 acres of beautiful Hampshire countryside, home to tigers, meerkats and snow leopards. Take a break and jump on the road train for a free 35 minute trip around the park. There are several drop off and pick up points along the way and a rear trailer for pushchairs.

Queen Elizabeth Country ParkQueen Elizabeth Country Park - Petersfield

Head to Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Petersfield and climb up Butser Hill, the highest point in the South Downs National Park. You’ll be rewarded with fabulous views of the surrounding countryside and it’s the perfect spot to fly a kite! Head back to the café for tea and cake, enjoy the adventure trail or hire a BBQ.

Beaulieu CanoeingCanoeing On Beaulieu River - New Forest

New Forest Activities offer the perfect way to get your young children out on the water. Try a 90 minute guided family canoe trip to hone your skills and spot the wildlife, or try a family adventure day combining a bike trail with a guided canoeing tour.

Hayling IslandHayling Island - Chichester

Hayling Island near Chichester is a traditional family beach resort with a Blue Flag beach, amusement park, seafront train and plenty of ice cream for hungry tummies. Discover the Hayling Billy trail by bike, an easy off road 5 mile round trip along the disused Hayling Billy railway track, ideal for families. 

Staunton Country ParkStaunton Country Park - Havant

This hidden gem near Havant is a playground for young families with 1,000 acres of free landscaped parkland to explore. Let the kids loose around the ornamental farm where you can feed the animals or take part in the popular daily animal encounters. Don’t miss the all weather play barn!

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens Tree HouseSir Harold Hillier Gardens - Romsey

It’s hands-on fun at these fabulous gardens near Romsey. Children will love the low level tree house, they can spot the giant fish, cross the wobbly bridge and hide in the giant bamboo. There are seasonal self-guided activity trails and the childrens' education garden is a fun way to discover nature.