Days Out With Young Children

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.

Ashcroft Arts Centre – Fareham

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

Blue Reef Aquarium – Southsea

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.

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The Hawk Conservancy Trust – Weyhill

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.

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.

Manor Farm Country Park – Southampton

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.

Marwell Wildlife – Winchester

Walk with wallabies, marvel at meerkats and get up close to tigers at this fabulous zoo, with its road train, tropical rain forest, animal encounters, adventure park and more.

Whitchurch Silk Mill – Whitchurch

Children can try out weaving, collage, silkpainting, jewellery and badge making at this historic mill and museum, which produces fine silks for theatrical costumes, interior designers and historic houses. Not suitable for very young families.