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Hampshire School Holidays 2018: Things to do, activities and ideas

Jo Dorey

01 January 2018

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All around the country kids count down the days until the school holidays, and Hampshire is no different! There’s always something fun to look forward to and depending on what time of year, a festive event to get prepping for. With that in mind, we wanted to give you a headstart and fill you in on all the school term, bank holiday and Hampshire school holidays’ dates in 2018. You’re welcome!

A kid at The Museum of Naval Firepower.

Hampshire School Dates 2018

  • Spring term: 4th January - 29th March 2018
  • February half term: 10th - 18th February 2018
  • Easter holidays: 30th March - 15th April 2018
  • Summer term: 16th April - 23rd July 2018
  • May half term: 26th May - 3rd June 2018
  • Summer holidays: 24th July - 2nd September 2018
  • Autumn term: 3rd September - 21st December 2018
  • Autumn half term: 20th - 28th October 2018
  • Christmas holidays: 22nd December - 6th January 2018

And as a little extra, here are the bank holidays for the year in Hampshire:

  • New Year’s Day: 1st January 2018
  • Good Friday: 30th March 2018
  • Easter Monday: 2nd April 2018
  • Early May bank holiday: 7th May 2018
  • Spring bank holiday: 28th May 2018
  • Summer bank holiday: 27th August 2018
  • Christmas Day: 25th December 2018
  • Boxing Day: 26th December 2018

Any school Inset days (teacher training) will be shared by your specific school, so check ahead.

Top activities for the Hampshire school holidays

Here at Day Out With The Kids, we’re all about finding that next, fantastic day out. Whether that be scaling the ramparts of a castle or exploring the cool, blue depths of an aquarium, there’s always something new to do in Hampshire and we’re here to help you find it.

The best place to start would be on our ‘What to do in Hampshire’ page which will direct you to attractions throughout the region. From here you can use those oh so nifty filters which will help you whittle down what you want to do - in fact, here’s a few we made earlier...

  • There are a handful of lovely castles in Hampshire, from the craggy remains of Odiham Castle to the grand halls of Winchester. Take a flight of fancy by grabbing some sticks and demanding a duel with your gang or imagine dragons hanging off the arches!

Odiham Castle.

  • Who doesn’t love a ramble in nature, and what better way to get the kids away from their screens during the school holidays? Hampshire is covered in open, green spaces and plenty of farms which are great for springtime days out. Pack your wellies and a picnic blanket for a tour of the country parks in Hampshire.

  • If you thought Hampshire was just a quiet, country spot, think again. There is some great Go Karting here and more than a few tracks to fill the Hampshire school holidays with; plus add the right training and all the gear, and kids can zoom and vroom the weekend away.

A family at TeamSport Indoor Karting Farnborough.

  • Give your brain boxes a shake-up with a trip to one of the many museums in Hampshire. Between submarines and science, living museums and natural history, there’s more than enough to get your gang’s grey matter working.

  • Zoos in Hampshire are an obvious classic for the school holidays, and there are some fierce and fabulous ones to explore. Meet exotic animals at Marwell Zoo or make a few local friends with both hawk and owl centres. Plus for all things scaley, check out the New Forest Reptile Centre.

We hope those got your creative juices flowing for the school holidays; you could even slap some icing on with a look at one of our bloggers’ 15 favourite things to do in Hampshire.

Top places to visit in the Hampshire school holidays

While we’re at it, here are a few of our top attractions in Hampshire. We think they’d be a great way to start your school holidays in 2018.

The Vyne: This is a lovely National Trust property with lakes and loads of room to roam. In the Autumn you could crunch through colourful leaves while Summer is perfect for playing in ‘The Hidden Realm’.

A family in leaves at The Vyne.

Basing House: Dating way back to the Norman period, Basing House has all sorts to entertain your team, including an onsite museum, audiovisual shows and an impressive walled garden to hide in.

Go Ape Itchen Valley Southampton: The cheekiest of monkeys can prove their mettle here by swinging through the trees on several daring high ropes courses, including a dedicated junior one for tiny chimps.

A child on a zip wire at Go Ape Itchen Valley Southampton.

The Forest of Bere: Get lost amongst the greenery on a woodland walk and pay a visit to an actual 19th-century oak tree. You could take bikes or go on your own two feet; either way, it’s beautiful.

Manor Farm and Country Park: Hop back in time to the Victorian era and see what life was like with all the traditional trimmings - that even includes being ‘schooled’ and daily ‘meet the animals’ sessions with the cutest of creatures.

Children in a lesson at Manor Farm and Country Park.

You’ve got all the tools you need to make the school holidays brilliant so start planning now with a look at things to do in Hampshire. Happy holidaying!



Jo Dorey

01 January 2018

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Jo is a Copywriter at Day Out With The Kids. She’s lived all over the world in places like Pakistan, Hungary and Hong Kong - these days though she loves a good, long walk and hanging out with her cat, Fergus.

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