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The Best of Hampshire's Family Attractions
Hampshire has some of the most interesting, family attractions and children's activities in the UK. Why not take the kids out in the summer holidays. Spend a day at Milestones, wandering round the exciting Living History Museum, or sample over 50 different rides and attractions at Paultons Park. For a more sedate outing take a look at the fascinating and unique collection of animals in Marwell's 100 acre Zoological Park, or experience adventure, fun and learning for all ages at the Family Adventure Farm. The Bluereef Aquarium with its marine creatures, tropical fish and underwater viewing tunnel, is a great day out whatever the weather. Many species of birds of prey can be seen at the Hawk Conservancy and children can feed ducks, lambs, etc., and cuddle small furry animals at Finkley Down Farm. Railway enthusiasts can ride on the Watercress Line - Steam Railway and anyone keen on vintage cars can see them all at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. Have fun!!
Below is a selection of the most popular family attractions across the county.
Milestones - Hampshire's Living History Museum
Imagine an open-air museum inside a massive modern building… a network of streets with shops, a village green and even a pub... dating from Victorian times and the 1930s… it's fun... a surprise around every corner! Milestones is packed full of the things that ordinary people used in the past. The museum is an ideal family visit with lots for adults and kids to explore in a safe, warm, child-friendly environment... all under one roof. There is always something new to see with a regularly changing programme of special exhibitions suitable for all ages and interests. See all our exhibitions in What's on in Milestones on the website. Details: 0845 603 5635
Leisure Park, Churchill Way West, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG22 6PG
Paultons Family Theme Park
Paultons Family Theme Park in Hampshire, on the edge of the New Forest, offers a great family day out with over 50 different attractions and rides included in the price. The variety of things for kids of all ages to see and do includes thrilling and gentle rides, dinosaurs, museums, animated shows, play areas, exotic birds and other fun activities for all ages in garden setting. Now Open - New for 2008 is the amazing Sky Swinger ride! Also we celebrate our 25th anniversary year with a brand new entrance plaza featuring an amazing 'floating' globe! Details: (023) 8081 4442
Ower, Nr. Romsey, The New Forest, Hampshire SO51 6AL
Marwell Zoological Park
Marwell Zoological Park is owned and run by Marwell Preservation Trust, a registered charity dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and natural habitats both locally and internationally. At the centre of our charitable endeavours, the 100 acre zoological park gives children and adults alike the opportunity to view many of the planet’s most fascinating and unique animals and to learn more about some of the issues surrounding wildlife conservation. Details: 01962 777407
Colden Common, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1JH
Family Adventure Farm
We are about FAMILIES, ADVENTURE, FUN, LEARNING and FARMING! We guarantee ADVENTURE and FUN for anyone aged between 1yr to 99yrs old!
We want YOUR children to experience and explore - ANIMALS: Develop an understanding about the nature, history, care requirements and life cycle of a wide range of animals. PLAY: Develop basic skills such as balance, awareness, bonding and consideration of others through play on a wide age range of safe indoor and outdoor equipment. CURIOSITY: By allowing children to explore freely, as our animals do and ask us questions about ANYTHING many children get answers to many different curiosities that they may not be able to experience in lets say a large town or city. ADVENTURE: For older children we have paintballing and quad bikes. For all the family we have a meandering nature trail as well as a whole host of activities for your family to enjoy and take part in together. Details: 01635 269678
Newbury Road (A339), Headley, Nr. Newbury, RG19 8JY
Bluereef Aquarium - Portsmouth
Welcome to Blue Reef Aquarium in Southsea, Portsmouth, voted Visitor Attraction of the Year by Tourism South East. Situated on Clarence Esplanade, between the two piers overlooking the busy Solent, Blue Reef Aquarium is a great visit whatever the weather. Be amazed by animals ranging from local marine species to the hundreds of tropical fish in the gigantic ocean display complete with underwater tunnel. Details: (023) 9287 5222
Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO5 3PB
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