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Things To Do & Days Out near Freshwater
West Wight Sports Centre (< 1 mile)
West Wight Sports Centre Main and learner pools with Wight's only diving boards, plus Water Survival Course, summer holiday dry side activities. In the 70s cool local parents dug this pool by hand!
Island Planetarium (2 miles)
Island Planetarium Travel through time and space from the surface of the moon to the depths of space and learn about our amazing universe at this great Planetarium. Daily shows, plus Star Gazing Evenings, and Solar System Trails!
The Needles Old Battery (2 miles)
The Needles Old Battery - overlooks the famous Needles rocks and lighthouse. Built in 1862 following the threat of a French invasion, the Old Battery has a fascinating military history. The Needles New Battery contains an exhibition about the secret rocket tests carried out there in the 1950s and 60s as part of Britainâs race...
Needles Park Sand Cliffs (2 miles)
Needles Park Sand Cliffs Visit to view these jagged chalk stacks and lighthouse, the unique multi coloured sand cliffs and enjoy the Park's facilities, including the spectacular chairlift.
Yarmouth Castle (3 miles)
Yarmouth Castle The remains of a Tudor coastal fort, and a wonderful picnic spot, with historic Yarmouth exhibition and a 16th century shipwreck. Climb the battlements for amazing views over the Solent.
Fort Victoria (3 miles)
Fort Victoria Comprising a Marine Aquarium and Sea Bed Archaeology Exhibition, a cool 360 Planetarium and a huge Model Railway, plus seashore and woodland walks, you can fill a whole day with fascinating fun right here!
Sunken Secrets (3 miles)
Sunken Secrets A centre where you can discover the wonders of Maritime history and archeology through artefact displays, videos, interactive games and cool activities.
Fort Victoria Model Railway (3 miles)
Fort Victoria Model Railway An extensive indoor model railway with two large tracks and plenty to find amongst the model scenery. One track is under construction so you can see how they are built too!
Chessell Pottery Barns (3 miles)
Chessell Pottery Barns Bring the kids along to our studio and have fun decorating your own pottery. We have a range of easy to use decorating sponges, everything from pirates and princesses, to dinosaurs and cupcakes. Before or after, visit the award winning CafÃ© onsite and enjoy browsing the beautiful Gift Barn.
West Wight Alpacas (4 miles)
West Wight Alpacas Our friendly alpacas would love you to join them for an Alpaca Trek. Walk along some of the spectacular scenic trails the Island has to offer. Alpaca Trekking is a fun, outdoor activity for you and your family to enjoy.
The New Forest Paddle Sport Company (5 miles)
The New Forest Paddle Sport Company is an Outdoor Activity for the whole family. Kayak, Paddleboard and Bodyboard Hire. New and Used equipment sales. Tuition, Group sessions and Hurst Castle Paddling Tours.
Brighstone Village Museum (5 miles)
Brighstone Village Museum Offers a local history showcase tableau and some interesting exhibition on village life in the 19th century. A picturesque setting ideal for a family stroll afterwards!
Newton Old Town Hall (6 miles)
Newton Old Town Hall A Town Hall without a town! Visit the mysterious little building that reveals the interesting and surprising historical importance of Newton. Regular art and photography exhibitions held here too. Children’s quiz and trail available.
Lymington Sea Water Baths (6 miles)
Lymington Sea Water Baths Fully life guarded, sea water baths open daily to swimmers with children's paddling pool and sandpit. Inflatable water toys for children/adults. Kayaking, paddle boarding, climbing, water zorbing and radio controlled yacht hire also available from March to November at extra cost.
Dinosaur Expeditions CIC (7 miles)
Dinosaur Expeditions CIC Fossil exhibition centre plus guided fossil hunting trips for kids, letting the small ones set the pace and keep what they find.
Arreton Down Wildlife Reserve (7 miles)
Arreton Down Wildlife Reserve Isolated and wild, visits to the deeper reserve reward the adventurous with thousands of different butterflies, quirky birds like woodpeckers and giant rooks, and according to records 30 species of wildflower per square metre! A charming and photogenic place for a family ramble.
Calbourne Water Mill and Rural Museum (9 miles)
Calbourne Water Mill and Rural Museum One of the UK's oldest watermills surrounded by family fun: 18 holes of putting golf and a croquet lawn, cool new Clay Play zone, punt and pedal hire on the stream, plus museums, camping, special events and a cluster of themed rural museums. Loads!
Carisbrooke Castle (9 miles)
Carisbrooke Castle a great place for children to explore with its towering keep to climb and battlements to march, there's lots to spark the imagination.
Newport Roman Villa (10 miles)
Newport Roman Villa There are recreated scenes within the superb remains of the villa, and also outside there is a Roman herb garden as it would have been nearly 2000 years ago. A quiz booklet is available free of charge and the education room provides hands on activities including; Roman style clothes to try on, weaving and...
Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum (10 miles)
Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum This spectacular motorcycle museum houses over 350 rare and classic motorcycles, many being the only remaining examples in the World! Plus children’s playground, tearoom, gift shops and some friendly animals to meet.
JR Zone (10 miles)
JR Zone with stimulating toddler section, gigantic 3 level play zone with 4 Lane Astra slide, dual sky glides, Spooky zone, Football area and JR Laser Storm interactive laser gun arena!
Cineworld Cinema (10 miles)
Cineworld Cinema A variety of films in comfortable surroundings. Group bookings are available and a special showing for children is at 10am every Saturday.
Butterfly Paragliding School (10 miles)
Butterfly Paragliding School A paragliding school where fantastic tuition means you can enjoy both tandem and solo paragliding, take lessons, enter the Solstice Cup or camp out in a cool Tipi! A truly memorable experience.
Burley Villa Riding School (10 miles)
Burley Villa Riding School offers Horse Riding in the New Forest National Park. Riding Lessons for 4 years and over and Forest Rides for 7 years and over. Traditional and Western Saddle. Beginners Welcome. British Horse Society Approved Riding School and Stables.
Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway (10 miles)
Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway Outdoor Adventure Play Area, brand new for 2014, is a must-stop destination for younger visitors, with a basket swing, climbing apparatus and a slide, with easy access to the toilet facilities, and only a stone’s throw away from the Tea Rooms. Summer is a favourite time for families.
Blackgang Chine (10 miles)
Blackgang Chine 40 acres of Victorian cliff-top gardens with a range of fantasy activities including cowboy town, nurseryland, dinosaurland, and pirate fort. Cliffhanger roller coaster and waterforce family boat slide. Exhibitions about local rural and coastal life.
New Forest Activities (11 miles)
New Forest Activities Offers a great range of fun and exciting activities aimed at kids big and small. Families can join in with regular open sessions and parties can book special events. Activities include Canoeing, Kayaking, Archery, Cycle Hire and our new Battlefield LIVE laser tag for the digital generation!
Isle of Wight Ghost Experience (11 miles)
Isle of Wight Ghost Experience Expert guides in costumed character impart the terrifying tales of the area in a variety of locations around the island, visiting the actual locations of significantly spooky events! With sudden surprises in store, best for brave over 8s!
Beaulieu (11 miles)
Beaulieu In the heart of the New Forest this great family day out has something for everyone from motoring to heritage and history to rides. Over 250 vehicles in the motor museum, living history in Palace house and unlimited rides on the monorail and bus make a day for the whole family!
Monkey Haven (11 miles)
Monkey Haven Rescue sanctuary for primates and birds of prey, with a large variety of each to see. Daily feedings, reptile encounters, plus hand reared owls to meet. 2 play areas for kids over and under 5 years of age.
The Cowes Mystery Trail (11 miles)
The Cowes Mystery Trail An outdoor adventure for the whole family to enjoy - with clues for the kids and big kids to solve as you explore and solve the mystery!
Allendale Equestrian Centre (11 miles)
Allendale Equestrian Centre BHS approved facility offering lessons and scenic hacks off-road, on bridleways and along leafy country lanes. Plus recognised Pony Club and associated events.
Godshill Model Village (11 miles)
Godshill Model Village Be giants for the day as you tower over the one tenth scale models of Godshill and Shanklin Old Villages, plus visit the children’s photo area, and pick up a fun family quiz sheet!
Butterfly and Fountain World (12 miles)
Butterfly and Fountain World Comprising a series of stunning walk through under cover gardens themed around butterflies, fountains, small world fairytale grotto, Italian and Japanese gardens, and feeding talks at the Koi ponds.
Arreton Craft Barns (12 miles)
Arreton Craft Barns Loads of traditional craft shops with demonstrations on offer, plus special events from Morris Dancing to Dog Shows, Craft Fayres to Ghost Walks! You are also welcome to visit the ancient church and carp pond.
Shipwreck and Maritime Museum (12 miles)
Shipwreck and Maritime Museum Shipwreck centre and mariitime experience, including audiovisual room showing action films of local lifeboat rescues. "Wreck and Rescue" Lifeboat Museum, featuring vintage lifeboats and RNLI archive material, Smuggling and Fishing displays. Activities for kids including Pirate Trail worksheets.
The Classic Boat Museum (12 miles)
The Classic Boat Museum A fascinating museum that covers over a century of maritime history with lots of real power boats, sailing boats, rowing boats and canoes as well as some great displays. A good all weather attraction for the kids!
Robin Hill Country Adventure Park (12 miles)
Robin Hill Country Adventure Park The Island's biggest rides, absolutely loads of children's play features, and loads of space to run free. There is also an educational woodland centre, woodland gardens with sculpture trail, squirrel safaris, and regular special events. Loads!
Osborne House (12 miles)
Osborne House Built by Queen Victoria as a family holiday home, this stunning Italianate palace offers a glimpse into the private life of the royal family. Take a peek into the royal nursery, see the bedroom in which Queen Victoria died and marvel at the exotic Indian-inspired Durbar Room.
Hengistbury Head Beach and Reserve (12 miles)
Hengistbury Head Beach and Reserve Sand and pebble beach with safe swimming and windsurfing away from the cliffs, part of a huge nature reserve great for exploring and wildlife spotting. Area served by land train.
The Clay Studio (12 miles)
The Clay Studio We are a contemporary pottery painting studio offering inspiration fun for all the family. We help to bring out the artist in you through help and encouragement.
Owl and Falconry Centre (13 miles)
Owl and Falconry Centre A dazzling collection of some of the world's most beautiful and elegant birds awaits you, from eagles, hawks and falcons, to kestrels and sleepy owls, the centre is full of fascinating sights and flights.
Amazon World (13 miles)
Amazon World An all weather family attraction! The Islands largest collection of rare and exotic animals! A great day out whatever your age!
Monkey Madness (13 miles)
Monkey Madness Featuring a main frame with huge 4 lane astra slide into a ball pit, a spiral tube slide, aerial runway, tunnels, obstacles and more, plus a dedicated and enclosed under 4s area with more of the same standard, only smaller!
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary (13 miles)
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary Come and visit the rescued donkeys in their comfortable new home and learn about the necessity of caring for animals properly. Loads of family events with additional activities, a Donkey Adoption scheme and they welcome the family dog along for the trip if it promises to behave!
Isle of Wight Steam Railway (13 miles)
Isle of Wight Steam Railway Naturally the star of the show here is the Steam Train Ride, but the supporting acts are strong too with huge Train Discovery Centre and Museum, Adventure Playground, Woodland Trail and live performances in the woods!
Ventnor Botanic Gardens (13 miles)
Ventnor Botanic Gardens is a botanic garden with over 23 acres to roam free and explore. Families can enjoy discovering rare and subtropical plants and trees, an outdoor Children’s Playground and even a complimentary Children’s Trail Activity Pack.
Calshot Activities Centre (14 miles)
Calshot Activities Centre Offers an enormous range of exciting water and landbased activities. Includes a state of the art climbing complex, the only indoor velodrome in Southern England, a dry ski slope, and novelty dinghy sailing with Laser Funboats and pedal Picos! Awesome!
Forest Leisure Cycling (14 miles)
Forest Leisure Cycling - is a New Forest Cycle Hire Centre, based in the unspoilt Village of Burley, close to the New Forest cycle trails, with rides and bikes for all ages and abilities. Open all year round with free parking nearby.
Burley Manor Riding Stables (14 miles)
Burley Manor Riding Stables Welcoming kids over 4 years old for 1 or 2 hour rides plus special events! Mounts and packages are tailored specifically to your group.