Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary (1 miles)
Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary
Spotting deer in the New Forest isn't always easy, but here there is a purpose built viewing platform overlooking a large meadow area where a herd of fallow deer regularly gather.
New Forest Reptile Centre (2 miles)
New Forest Reptile Centre
Discover more about reptiles and amphibians here at this unique reptile centre located in the national park. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for the best things to do in Hampshire with kids
Burley Manor Riding Stables (5 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.
The Burley Treasure Trail (5 miles)
The Burley Treasure Trail
If you are looking for something new to do with kids then why not try a self-guided, themed Treasure Trail: they offer an imaginative and fun way to explore, and learn about, the great outdoors.
The New Forest Wildlife Park (6 miles)
The New Forest Wildlife Park
Amazing animals to see, from owls and otters to wolves, bison, wild boar, red deer, muntjac deer, Scottish wildcats, lynx, wallabies, water voles, foxes, polecats, pine martens and ferrets. Children love the harvest mice scurrying around their mini home. “Go Wild” Adventure Playgrounds for tots...
Longdown Activity Farm (6 miles)
Longdown Activity Farm
A daily schedule of activities includes kid-goat and calf bottle feeding, small animal handling, duck feeding and meeting the pigs. Plus, there are lots more animals to see. There is a brilliant - and very bumpy tractor ride (ground conditions permitting). Five indoor and outdoor play areas means there's...
Paultons Family Theme Park (6 miles)
The New Forest
Paultons Family Theme Park
Now open: Peppa Pig World! A fully themed attraction with 7 fun rides and an Indoor Play Area! Plus over 60 wonderful rides and attractions to suit all ages included in one price, such as the mighty Edge ride and the awesome Cobra rollercoaster!
Bagnum Riding Stables (7 miles)
Bagnum Riding Stables
is a family run and family oriented riding centre offering Kids' Walk Outs, Pony Club and menage based lessons, Forest Hacking, Day Rides and Summer Night Rides, plus show jumping and dressage competitions are also held.
Libertys Owl Raptor and Reptile Centre (7 miles)
Libertys Owl Raptor and Reptile Centre
A privately run centre with a number of Birds of Prey, several reptiles and other creepy crawlies. Flying displays are held daily whatever the weather. Daily reptile shows are held during Summer holidays.
The Eling Experience (7 miles)
The Eling Experience
Learn about tidal powered milling, site in an air raid shelter with sound effects, pirate play ship and picnic areas, plus historical and ecological walks.
Wacky Warehouse Vine Inn (7 miles)
Wacky Warehouse Vine Inn
Large air conditioned multi level play frame with toddler zone attached to family friendly restaurant. Good disabled access, accommodation available, free WiFi provided.
Burley Villa Riding School (7 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.
Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum (8 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.
Tenpin Southampton (8 miles)
is a bowling centre located on Auckland Road. We have modern computerised lanes, American pool tables, and Amusement Arcades catered towards families and kids. Cosmic bowling and Sector 7 Quasar are also available. There is also the Beach Road Cafe Bar for some delicious meal and snack options.
Beaulieu (9 miles)
In the heart of the New Forest this great family day out has something for everyone from motoring to heritage and history to rides. 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.
New Forest Activities (9 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!
Matchams Karting (9 miles)
The 160cc Formula K Fun Karts are operated on a purpose built 100 metre track, these karts are perfect for the younger driver and reach speeds of up to 25mph. Cadets start from 7 years old.
Lymington Sea Water Baths (9 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 age 7+. Kayaking, climbing, water zorbing and radio controlled yacht hire also available from March to November at extra cost.
Mottisfont Abbey and Garden (9 miles)
Mottisfont Abbey and Garden
An abbey was built here in 1201 and you can still see some of its remains. Have a peek in the dark and atmospheric vaulted Cellarium! The house boasts an impressive art collection and the garden is home to the National Collection of Historic Roses!
Breamore House and Museum (10 miles)
Breamore House and Museum
A living museum which provides a fascinating insight into the days when a village was self sufficient, with full size replicas of period buildings and craft equipment. Plus big adventure playground which also boasts The Great British Maze!
Jungle Jeans (10 miles)
A truly magical experience awaits you at Jungle Jeans. Discover the sights and sounds of the play frame jungle while the adults sit back, relax and enjoy refreshments from the Tree Top Cafe or let them join in the fun too!
The Rapids (10 miles)
Experience a world of water, fun and adventure for all the family! Ride The Rapids, zoom the flume, explore the pirate galleon, dodge the tipping bucket or relax in the bubble seats. There's something for everyone!
The Quays Swimming and Diving Centre (10 miles)
The Quays Swimming and Diving Centre
Offering serious swimming facilities and international standard diving facilities with taster diving sessions for as young as 4 available, with a family session available too.
Go Ape Moors Valley (10 miles)
Go Ape Moors Valley
Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They’re part of an exciting course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set high above the forest floor.
Go Ape Forest Segway (10 miles)
Go Ape Forest Segway
You can enjoy our forest Segway experience in the most beautiful forests in the UK. From two legs to two wheels: for the ultimate forest experience on a rugged all-terrain Segway. It's a totally unique way to tackle the trails in the forest.
Go Ape Tree Top Junior (10 miles)
Go Ape Tree Top Junior
A fun filled experience of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for all to enjoy. You'll take on crossings over trails and finish with one awesome zip wire.
Moors Valley Country Park (10 miles)
Moors Valley Country Park
Adventure play with loads of outdoor equipment, narrow-gauge steam railway, extensive play trails, and the picturesque lake to explore, plus independent attractions inside.
Curious About Southampton (10 miles)
Curious About Southampton
is a unique experience: two treasure hunt style walks of discovery to keep the whole family intrigued and amused. Keep the kids happy answering clues and matching pictures, whilst reading stories about this international maritime city. Buy the booklet from our website and explore in your own time.
Tudor House and Garden (10 miles)
Tudor House and Garden
Gives a unique and atmospheric insight into the lives and times of both its residents through the years, and of Southampton itself. It appeals to visitors of all ages and interests, who find the family-friendly activities, interactive technology and fascinating displays a winning combination.
SeaCity Museum (10 miles)
A traditionally historical and educational museum experience, no kids' features so best for older types but a wealth of information supporting local maritime heritage and some outdoor trails to back it up.
Frankies Fun Factory (10 miles)
Frankies Fun Factory
Offers a massive
playcentre with giant slides, ball pits, zip wire, rope bridge and tunnels spread through a multi level adventure structure.
Historic Southampton Guided Walks (10 miles)
Alpine Snowsports Centre Southampton (10 miles)
Alpine Snowsports Centre Southampton
An outdoor artificial ski slope in Southampton, we cater for all abilities and ages! Skiing, snowboarding and ringos (inflatable rubber rings that slide down the slope) its great fun for everyone! We do lessons, practice sessions, birthday parties and more!
The Pleasure Park (10 miles)
The Pleasure Park
Classic fun includes Trampolines, Roundabout, Helter Skelter, Swing Boats, Snake and Bumpy Slides plus mini train. Features for all ages.
The Outdoor Sports Centre (10 miles)
The Outdoor Sports Centre
Features include cricket pitches, multi-purpose pitches for football and hockey, tennis courts, a cyclocross and BMX track, an assault course style trim trail, an athletics track and even a crazy golf course!
Snowtrax (10 miles)
Set in an attractive alpine environment, this exciting kids' Alpine Activity Centre offers loads of fun, with a wide range of thrilling "turn up and ride" activities, there's something for everyone. Parents can join in, or relax and enjoy the beautiful views from our Alpine Bistro.
Southampton Common (10 miles)
Mixed woodland, wetland, parks, ponds and nature trails. plus adventure play area and kids' paddling pool in summer.
Solent Sky Museum (10 miles)
Solent Sky Museum
A terrific range of aircraft and related artefacts, with special focus on the Supermarine aircraft company, based in Southampton, and its most famous products, the Supermarine S.6 seaplane and the Supermarine Spitfire.
Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Rescue Centre (11 miles)
Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Rescue Centre
As well as the rescued wildlife enjoy a Go-Kart Arena, Mini Pedal Tractors, Straw Fun Barn, Wooden Play Area, Sand Pit, Children's Fair Ground Rides (in season), and Toddlers' Toy Area. New features include the zip wire and a reptiliary house!
Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre (12 miles)
Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre
is an outdoor multi-activities centre and offers many water, off ground, land activities and clubs for kids holiday activities, parties, classes, school groups and private tuition. The Centre houses both a climbing wall and a climbing tower within 17 acres of beautiful natural surroundings.
Serendipity Sams Play and Party Centre (12 miles)
Serendipity Sams Play and Party Centre
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!
Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway (12 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.
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens (12 miles)
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
A beautiful Arboretum-style garden to enjoy and explore, a site boasting a restaurant and tea rooms as well as a giant tree-house play-area for adventurers of all ages.
Bournemouth Aviation Museum (12 miles)
Bournemouth Aviation Museum
What kid wouldn't want to sit at the controls of a real aircraft! Well here we have a fab lot of military and civilian planes. Loads of other flying exhibits including a collection of model aircraft and an area for picnics close to the main runway plus new aviation trail.
Adventure Wonderland (12 miles)
If you're a would-be Pirate, an intrepid Explorer, a Mad Hatter or just a plain old fashioned Fun Lover, then you and your family have got a real treat in store at this all inclusive theme park! Indoor play open even when park is seasonally closed.
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.
Wacky Warehouse - Netley Grange (12 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Netley Grange
Their usual good standard of indoor play area with loads of slides, balls and fun features for big kids plus dedicated toddler zone with it's own activities. Attached to a family restaurant.
Kids2day Indoor Soft Play Centre (12 miles)
Jungle Mania (12 miles)
Classic multi level adventure play structure play toddler version, all in a friendly jungle theme. Parties offered too.
Royal Victoria Country Park (12 miles)
Royal Victoria Country Park
Overlooking Southampton Water, this popular park provides ideal facilities for children and peace of mind for parents to enjoy a safe environment. The relaxing and happy atmosphere is complemented by a calendar of events, exhibitions, barbeque sites and walks.
Thanks for all the great things to do in The New Forest with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Hampshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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