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Marwell Zoo

(10 min)

Get closer to the wonders of the natural world at Marwell Zoo.

With plenty of outdoor space, and a whole host of animals and activities, Marwell Zoo is a great family day out in Hampshire.

  • 100s of animals – with giraffes, tigers, leopards, meerkats, penguins and more

  • 140-acre park & 5 adventure playgrounds

  • Daily talks, animal feeds, cafés & gift shop

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Pickwell Farm

(10 min)

What a great place!

Such a great choice of pick your own fruit and veg.

Strawberries are👌🏻 🍓 the best!!!

Great price and a great day out for the kids.

Everyone is so lovely and helpful 🙌🏻 Never fail to disappoint.

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Wildlife Park

(30 min)

Enjoy the amazing animals at this beautiful park, in the leafy New Forest, with its fabulous adventure playgrounds. Follow the woodland trails to see wallaby, European bison, wolves, wild boar, Scottish wildcats, lynx, foxes, pine marten, polecats, owls and ferrets. Meet the friendly deer and say hi to the playful otters, including the endangered giant otter. Feeding sessions, keeper talks and special events year round. Amazing playgrounds for under 6's and from 6yrs to 86yrs!!!

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Long Down Activity Farm

(25 min)

There's farmyard fun for the whole family at Longdown Activity Farm. Join in with a daily schedule of hands-on activities such as bottle-feeding kid goats and calves, duck feeding, and the Animal Encounter Barn where visitors can hold chicks and meet a variety of small animals - sometimes even Kunekune piglets. There are lots of larger, friendly animals to meet too. Whatever the weather, there is lots of playtime adventures to be had in the indoor and outdoor play areas which include the Straw Den and Trampoline Barn and the soft play area.

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Go Ape

(10 min)

This 440 acres of beautiful water meadows, woodland and meadows are situated beside the River Itchen and has been recognised by the award of a Green Flag for the past four years.

As Southampton’s hub for outdoor activities there’s a lot to keep the family entertained and busy. With two play areas to choose from, linked by the Play Trail which is made up of a series of animal sculptures for children to play on the whole family are sure to have a great time.

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Monkey Haven

Isle of Wight

Swing on by to Monkey Haven and visit the Island's award-winning primate rescue centre that makes animals happy - and people happy. You’ll meet all kinds of wonderful animals, including the singing Lar gibbons, cheeky meerkats and the most beautiful birds of prey. You could even get this chance to handle a snake or meet an owl during one of the many keeper talks and animal feeds throughout the day. You'll learn all about the fascinating creatures, their personalities, and how they came to be at the Haven. 

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Beaches

Hill Head Beach

SO19 9NT (15 min)

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Portsmouth

PO5 3AD (25 min)

Activities

Hayling Island

PO11 0AG (25 min)

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Ice Skating

(30 min)

Thousands of you enjoy our ice rink each year. We have regular skates aged 3 to 90 years old and cater for every standard imaginable, from first timers all the way up to seasoned pros and national champions. It’s perfect for friends, families, fitness or a day out. Skating has even been described as the closed you can get to the feeling of flying, without the leaving the ground! In short, it’s a pretty fun place to be – so come along and have a go!

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Hollywood Bowling

(20 min)

Experience the best bowling Southampton has to offer, with our state-of-the-art lanes and fantastic range of food and drink. Hollywood Bowl Southampton is a great place to take your family and friends for a Seaside event to remember.

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Paultons Park

(25 min)

Paultons Park - home of Peppa Pig World is a family theme park located in the New Forest National Park in Hampshire, with over 70 rides and attractions. Home to a world first and UK exclusive, Peppa Pig World has 9 rides & attractions including, Peppa's Big Balloon Ride, George's Dinosaur Adventure an indoor soft play zone. Other rides and attractions at Paultons include, the dinosaur theme park Lost Kingdom, the Edge and Cobra roller coasters, the Water Kingdom splash park, adventure golf, a 4D cinema, The Raging River Ride and many smaller rides for young children.

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Historic Dockyard

(30 min)

Visit HMS Victory and see Nelson’s legendary warship, dive deep onboard HMS Alliance or take a Harbour Tour and discover a working naval base from the water. Leave nothing undiscovered with an Ultimate Explorer Ticket and visit Britain’s top National Museum for naval and maritime heritage, the National Museum of the Royal Navy to discover the stories of the Georgian Navy alongside twentieth and twenty-first century sailors.

Experience traditional boatbuilding techniques at Boathouse 4 or learn the history of Royal Navy armaments at Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower. Step aboard HMS Warrior, the pride of Queen Victoria’s fleet.

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Manor Farm

(10 min)

Enjoy a great family day out at Manor Farm meeting friendly farm animals as you stroll around our traditional farmyard. There is always something new to see with baby animals and all our usual farmyard favourites. Take part in our daily meet the animals activity, explore the farmhouse and farm buildings, take part in a Victorian school lesson. Once you’ve met all our animals why not visit our indoor play barn, with climbing frames and soft play area or if the weather is fine use our outside play area.

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Play Shack Indoor

(5 min)

Babies & Toddlers love their dedicated Play Area reserved for 3 & under. They can happily climb, slide & play with other children while developing their physical and social skills.

Kids burn off steam and develop their climbing and social skills in our huge indoor Play Area.

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Steam Railway

(15 min)

Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway is a popular attraction near to Southampton, perfect for a day out with the kids. Our steam trains run from the main station at Eastleigh Parkway, with the entire trip totalling 15-20 minutes.

We believe we have the largest collection of Miniature locomotives on a commercial railway, with a total of 24 in the collection; 21 being steam powered and most of them are in steam on gala days.

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The Needles

Isle of Wight

As soon as you think of the Isle of Wight the iconic image of the world famous chairlift taking you to see the needles rocks and coloured sands spring to mind.  The Islands most famous landmark attraction has so much more to enjoy than the stunning views, it is a destination not to be missed.

The range of attractions includes the spectacular chairlift ride, taking you on a journey past the coloured sands cliffs to the beach. Soak up the breathtaking views from the beach and enjoy a paddle in the sea. Or get closer to the Needles by taking a pleasure cruise. 

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The Planetarium

(30 min)

The Planetarium is epic. A massive screen is all around you to make you feel like you're flying through space. Look over there – there's stars and planets and action everywhere!

This is where you can see a fantastic fulldome film show or an out-of-this-world live show. Watch fun characters head off on exciting adventures in a subtitled film show. Woosh! Or in a live show, you can listen to our space hero Inspirers telling amazing stories about the Solar System. Whatever you pick, you'll find out fantastic space facts. Learn all about the planets up above us. If you want to ask a question, call it out. If you can't believe your eyes, tell us. Our shows change throughout the year so check out what's on when you visit.

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Ancient Farm

(30 min)

Butser Ancient Farm is a unique experimental archaeology site nestled into the rolling countryside of the South Downs National Park; we welcome visitors and education groups to the site throughout the year.

The Farm features archaeological reconstructions of ancient buildings from the Stone Age, Iron Age, Roman Britain and the Anglo-Saxon period. Our buildings are internationally famous and appear frequently in documentaries and feature films.

Butser Ancient Farm has recently launched Butser Plus, watch behind the scenes at the farm as we explore and investigate how things may have been done in the ancient past.

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Westquay Shopping Centre

(20 min)

Westquay is the glamorous heart of Southampton and home to one of the country’s most popular shopping destinations.

Discover over 100 of the most imaginative and desirable shops, catering for all your fashion and lifestyle needs – including John Lewis & Partners, Marks and Spencer and Apple – all right here, in the centre of town.

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The Brickworks Museum

(10 min)

Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum is all set to become one of the key visitor attractions in the South. The only remaining steam driven brickworks in the country we show how brick making made the leap from small scale production to 20 million bricks a year. The fully restored and working machinery helped us to win the coveted Institute of Mechanical Engineering Heritage Award in 2011 and on Open Days we can show it all running as it was when it ceased producing bricks. On site you can see the patented method adopted to dry the bricks and the huge kiln block that was used to fire them ready for collection.

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Beaulieu Motor Museum

(40 min)

In the heart of the glorious New Forest, Beaulieu is one of the South's top visitor attractions. Here you will find the National Motor Museum, home to over 250 vehicles telling the history of motoring. You can also visit Palace House and Gardens, home of the Montagu family since 1538, the remains of Beaulieu Abbey and World of Top Gear where you can see some of the vehicles from Jeremy, James and Richard's most ambitious challenges. Ride on the high level Monorail or climb aboard the replica 1912 open top London bus for a fun way to see Beaulieu's sights.

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Alpine Snowsports

(20 min)

The Alpine Snowsports Centre in Southampton is a great venue for new and experienced snowsports fans. Its artificial surface is ideal for Skiing, Snowboarding and a bit of fun with Donutting (or ringo’s and tubing as some people call them). It’s a guaranteed fun day out!

We’ve got a really enthusiastic and passionate instructor team who can help you get started if you’ve never been on the slopes before, or push your practice skills on a little bit further if you’re looking for a helping hand to improve. Whatever your ski or snowboard experience level, we’d love you to come and get involved.

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Go Karting

(15 min)

A dream come true for any karter, our Southampton course packs so much in to 375m that you won't believe it. If you're looking for a real test of your abilities then look no further: with hairpin bends, double apex corners, a flyover and plenty of lengthy straights to open up on the throttle, TeamSport Southampton is as fast and furious as they come.

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Children Pleasure Park

(20 min)

Entertaining the children during the holidays and weekends can prove an expensive business, often involving travelling out of town to theme parks which promise the earth and deliver a substantial hole in the pocket!
 

The solution lies right on your doorstep, at Bassett’s Sports Centre.  

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Quad Biking

(10 min)

First time and experienced quad bikers alike are guaranteed to love their quad biking experience courtesy of Quad Nation.

At our venues we boast the best facilities and friendliest staff, which is guaranteed to make your experience even more memorable. With the latest all terrain quads to tackle our challenging countryside tracks on you're in for the ride of your life, but you'll quickly find out nothing can stop a quad bike!

So, what are you waiting for? With plenty of glowing customer reviews to our name you're guaranteed the best quad biking experience in the UK. Don't forget to bring your wellies though because things are going to get muddy!

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Winchester Mill

(30 min)

A rare surviving example of an urban working corn mill and the gateway to the South Downs National Park.

Winchester City Mill has stood at the heart of Winchester since at least Saxon times. With a history of over 1000 years, Winchester City Mill is probably the oldest working watermill in the UK.

With hands-on activities and audio-visual displays about milling and the rich wildlife in the area, as well as regular flour milling and baking demonstrations, the City Mill is a lively and informative place for all ages.

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Solent Boat Charter

(20 min)

Experience a luxury day out aboard our 42ft Italian motor yacht. Skippered and hosted. Offering entertaining and memorable cruising for parties up to 8 people.

 

Enjoy a full day at sea, sit back, and relax while you explore the Solent. A great choice is to head over to the Isle of Wight for a spot of lunch.

Bring your swimming gear if you fancy stopping off for a swim in a lovely anchorage.

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Designer Outlet Village

(25 min)

 

Gunwharf Quays is the South coasts leading designer shopping outlet and home to over 90 famous brands with up to 60% off all day, every day.