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Top 10 Days Out in Hampshire For Young Children

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Open up a world of wonder with Hampshire's fabulous attractions for young children, from animals, steam trains and play parks to hands-on fun. 

Take a look at our top days out for young children in Hampshire:

Aldershot Military Museum - Aldershot

Aldershot Military Museum, Hampshire

There are lots of interactive activities at this fascinating museum, including puzzle cubes, a training tunnel and 'feely boxes'. Children can even take a 'ride' in a tank or be shouted at by a drill sergeant.

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Ashcroft Arts Centre - Fareham

Ashcroft Arts Centre

Children can get truly hands on and interactive at this exciting arts centre, with colour painting workshops, Christmas card making, drama activities and more.

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Blue Reef Aquarium - Southsea

Blue Reef Aquarium, Southsea, Hampshire

Giant crabs, seahorses, sharks and tropical fish will keep your children spellbound at this beautiful aquarium, which includes an underwater walkway, touch pools and feeding displays.

Find out more about Blue Reef Aquarium

Exbury Gardens Steam Railway – New Forest

Exbury Steam Railway

Choo choo! All aboard the Exbury mini steam railway, which passes through Exbury’s beautiful gardens and even encounters a Lake Moss Monster. Watch out for Ghost and Santa trains around Halloween and Christmas.

Find out more about Exbury Gardens Steam Railway

The Hawk Conservancy Trust - Weyhill

The Hawk Conservancy Trust, Hampshire

Learn about eagles, owls, kestrels and vultures at this popular park, devoted to the conservation of birds of prey. Kids will love the feeding sessions, flying displays and close up encounters.

Find out more about The Hawk Conservancy Trust

Longdown Activity Farm - Ashurst

Children can get up close and friendly with pigs, goats, ducks and calves at this family farm, which also features bottle-feeding sessions, tractor rides and play areas.

Find out more about Longdown Activity Farm

Manor Farm Country Park - Southampton

Manor Farm, Hampshire

Have a great day out with the kids in this 400-acre park. Watch the milking and meet the animals in the Victorian farm then explore miles of trails and three adventure playgrounds.

Find out more about Manor Farm Country Park

Paultons Park, Home to Peppa Pig World - Romsey

Peppa Pig World, Hampshire

Family friendly theme park ideal for families with children between the ages of 1 and 14 years old.  With rides suitable for young children such as the Cobra and Edge Rides. Meet Peppa Pig and friends in the dedicated section of the park, with fully themed and immersive experience with several rides, an indoor and outdoor playground and splashzone. 

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The Watercress Line - Alresford

Days out with Thomas, The Watercress Line, Hampshire

Enjoy the thrill of this heritage steam railway from Alresford to Alton. Look out for special events including visits by Thomas the Tank Engine and friends, Steam Illuminations at Christmas and Wizard Week around the October half term.

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Furzey Gardens – New Forest

Furzey Gardens, Hampshire

Hidden amongst these beautiful gardens are dozens of fairy doors – see if you can find them all! Children will also love visiting the gardens’ resident alpacas and playing in the natural play features.

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