After a busy mid-term break, which culminated in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, you may be looking forward to a nice and relaxing weekend at home with the family. You might want to relax all weekend, have a drink of something special, and enjoy some peace and quiet.
Of course, if you’re a parent of active kids, you’ll know it’s just a dream! If you have energetic children who need to be kept busy over the weekend, there is of course plenty to keep them busy in Hampshire.
There are a number of free things you can do, including walking around the South Downs or the New Forest, visiting a local playground or even visiting one of Hampshire’s many beaches. There are also a number of indoor and outdoor attractions that cost money, but could be worth every penny.
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Hampshire is home to a number of great zoos, children’s farms and adventure parks opening this summer. From Paultons Park to Marwell Zoo, there are plenty of great places to entertain the whole family.
Today HampshireLive has listed some of our favorite places across the county that the whole family can enjoy. You may have visited a few, but if not, why not give the local economy a boost and try them out this summer!
Paultons Park has long been a family favourite. The park is best known today for being the “home of Peppa Pig World”, based on the animated television series. You may recall Prime Minister Boris Johnson referencing the region to baffled business leaders, after apparently losing his way in a speech last year.
The all-new Tornado Springs area opened in the park near Ower last year, featuring eight new rides and experiences, including a roller coaster ride, gyro ride and driving school.
The park sadly announced this week the news of the death of its oldest Rothschild giraffe, Matilda. Matilda was born at Marwell Zoo in Winchester in 1997.
However, this 140-acre zoo is home to hundreds of animals, including giraffes, tigers, leopards, and penguins. With daily talks from expert zookeepers and five adventure play areas, there’s plenty to keep the family entertained.
Go to the Ape Moors Valley
If you’re going outdoors, why not head to the treetops! The chain park allows families and friends to explore the forest canopy via a high ropes course and is perfect for older kids who love adventures.
The Moors Valley agency offers a course in the trees, segways, nets, zip lines and high ropes.
Longdown Activity Farm
Situated not far from Southampton and in the New Forest, Longdown Activity Farm offers a daily program of hands-on activities for all the family. You can encounter a range of animals, including alpacas and donkeys, and you can also bottle-feed goat kids and calves. Other activities available include mini-golf, tractor rides and go-karts.
Staunton National Park
Located in Havant, the site is in the heart of the town and is arguably the perfect place for all the family to visit. There are plenty of activities to get involved in, and the park has recently undergone a multi-million pound makeover.
With a maze and angling lakes, the site is a great place to get out and explore. Incredibly, Staunton Country Park also has a small petting zoo. Staunton Farm is home to a wide variety of animals, from pigs, sheep, goats and chickens to more unusual animals like llamas and alpacas.
4 Kingdoms Farm Adventure Park
Located just on the border between Hampshire and Berkshire, 4 Kingdoms has over 20 play areas, a petting zoo, laser tag and giant slides. Animals include lambs, ponies, llamas and donkeys. Tractor and train rides are also available, as are go-karts and pedalos.
Located between Portsmouth and Southampton in the River Hamble Country Park, Manor Farm is another Hampshire attraction with plenty to keep the family entertained. You may encounter a range of animals including cattle, sheep, rabbits and pigs. There is also a horse barn and chicken coop, as well as an indoor play barn, maze and outdoor play area.
blue reef aquarium
Another place where you can see animals in Hampshire is the Bluereef Aquarium in Portsmouth. From stingrays to clownfish, the site has hundreds of animals you can get up close and personal with.
There’s a tropical treasures area, a tunnel you can walk through, and lots of talks and feeding sessions you can listen to and watch.
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