20 Best Things To Do In Portsmouth Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Portsmouth

Fascinated by the sea? Explore dozens of fun things to do in Portsmouth, from popular landmarks to quirky family attractions perfect for marine lovers of all ages. We’ve got all the ideas you need for a great family day out! 

Portsmouth is a coastal city with stunning views to offer and the best way to see them is going to the top of the Spinnaker Tower. With an eagle-eye view stretching out for up to 23 miles and a glass Sky Walk under your feet, this is an exciting experience both for locals and visitors alike. 

 

When we said there were lots of great things to do in Portsmouth for marine lovers we weren’t exaggerating and here’s why. Portsmouth is home to HMS Victory, as well as The Mary Rose Museum - an immersive experience which will make you and your little explorers feel as if you’re on board the sunken ship. You can even meet the crew!

 

Another one of our favourite family attractions in Portsmouth is Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, it features an action-packed pirate exhibition. What more do you need to get the kids excited? Plus, it was ranked amongst the best things to do in Hampshire by our trusted explorer Kara, mum of six.

 

If water is your element, dive into the fun at The Pyramids Centre - a splash-tacular indoor water play heaven. Don’t want to get wet but still be surrounded by water? Meet the wonderful underwater creatures at Blue Reef Aquarium. A tip from us - they've got great events too! 

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Kids outdoor play area at Active Tots in Reading

Active Tots

  • Reading
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Active Tots, located within a converted barn set in wonderful rural surroundings, is a warm and friendly haven for pre-school children and their pare...

ODEON Cinema room

ODEON Guildford

  • Guildford
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Rainy days don’t have to be a downer - cast a little sunshine over proceedings with a trip to the pictures at ODEON Guildford. With 9 screens of mult...

Girls in swimming pool at Splashdown in Poole

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  • Poole
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Water Parks

All kids love a good waterpark! And at Splashdown, you don’t need to wait for good weather to make the most of the rides! This all action waterpark h...

Hollywood Bowl Poole Tower Park

Hollywood Bowl Poole Tower Park

  • Poole
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Take your gang for a spin down the lanes at Hollywood Bowl Poole Tower Park. Tenpin bowling comes served with arcade games, yummy burgers and a certa...

Families play mini golf at Sandbanks Crazy Golf in Poole

Sandbanks Crazy Golf

  • Poole
  • Outdoor
  • Crazy Golf

At Sandbanks Crazy Golf there are 18 very challenging holes to either frustrate or satisfy you and your family, with many opportunities to fall out w...

Cineworld Poole

Cineworld Poole

  • Poole
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Treat yourself to a cinematic adventure; thrills, action, romance, or laughs - it's all in store at Cineworld Poole. Share the magic of the big scree...

Boy in ball pit at Lemur Landings in Poole

Lemur Landings

  • Poole
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Lemur Landings Soft Play Centre (formerly Monkey Bizness) a leaping, learning adventureland for your little lemurs! Giant soft play centre suitable f...

Outside view of Horsham Museum and Art Gallery

Horsham Museum and Art Gallery

  • Horsham
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Horsham Museum and Art Gallery offers lots of fun things for kids to do and is housed in a medieval timber framed building. They have over 26 galleri...

Field at Chesworth Farm in Horsham

Chesworth Farm

  • Horsham
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Chesworth Farm is a secret paradise where you can see colourful wildflower displays; have a family walk or cycle ride well away from any roads; where...

Kids playing golf at Mr Mulligans Pirate Golf in Milton Keynes

Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf Woking

  • Woking
  • Outdoor
  • Crazy Golf

Ahoy, Me Hearties! Time to conquer the seven seas on a mad pirate adventure at Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf Woking. Play 18 holes of mini golf with your...

Girls playing above foam pit at Airhop Trampoline in Guildford

Airhop Trampoline Park

  • Guildford
  • Indoor
  • Trampoline Parks

With over 50 interconnected trampolines forming the basis of this cool arena, you're going to run out of bounce before they do! You can play dodgebal...

Canal boats at Dapdune Wharf in Guildford

Dapdune Wharf

  • Guildford
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

The award-winning visitor centre at Dapdune Wharf in Guildford tells the story of the navigations and the people who lived and worked on this 360 yea...

Miniature passanger train at Frimley Lodge Park and Miniature Railway in Camberley

Frimley Lodge Park and Miniature Railway

  • Camberley
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Frimley and Ascot Locomotive Club was given permission to build a miniature railway within the 59 acre Frimley Lodge Park in 1988. By 1990 the one ki...

Entrance to Ceramic Shack Pottery Painting Studio in Horsham

Ceramic Shack Pottery Painting Studio

  • Horsham
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Ceramic Shack Pottery Painting Studio Ceramic shack is a family orientated Pottery Painting studion where you can pop in for a warm welcome and a fri...

Go karts and race track at Wessex Raceway Indoor Karting in Salisbury

Wessex Raceway Indoor Karting

  • Salisbury
  • Indoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

Wessex Raceway Indoor Karting in Wiltshire is one of the best go karting tracks to visit if your kid wants to be a professional racer. The raceway is...

Kids at Virtual Warfare Laser Combat in Salisbury

Virtual Warfare Laser Combat

  • Salisbury
  • Indoor
  • Laser Tag

Can’t get the kids to get off their Playstation or XBox? We’ve got something that will get gamers of all ages excited! Virtual Warfare Laser Combat i...

Entrance to Horsham Superbowl

The Rec

  • Horsham
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

The Rec offers a fun-packed family day out for the whole family with bowling and LaserQuest. Tenpin bowling is a classic all weather family activity...

Kids looking for clues on Treasure Trail

Horsham Spy Mission Treasure Trail

  • Horsham
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Calling all super sleuths! The Horsham Spy Mission Treasure Trail needs your skills to solve a series of dastardly clues and get to the bottom of who...

Families playing at Horsham Park

Horsham Park

  • Horsham
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Horsham Park is a haven of green space with a lake and several age range specific play areas including various slides, climbing frames, sand pit and...

Outside view of Prevail Statehouse in Poole

Prevail Skatehouse

  • Poole
  • Indoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

Prevail Skatehouse welcomes quad and inline skaters, BMXers and boarders to enjoy the weatherproof facilities and develop their cool skills in a supp...

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