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There are numerous reasons to visit Hampshire. The county truly offers a wealth of attractions and fun things to do for all the family. There is indeed a plethora of wonderful kids’ days out contained in this marvellous part of England, but which are the very best? Let’s take a look at the top 5 kid’s days out in Hampshire.

Marwell Zoo

When pondering on a great day for you and your kids, the zoo is an attraction that instantly comes to mind. And making the trip down to Marwell Zoo in Winchester is an absolute must for pleasing the little ones when in Hampshire.

Marwell Zoo contains within its family-friendly environment hundreds of animals. This 140-acre park really has it all; from giraffes, penguins, and tigers to hippos – all bound to leave your children in wide-eyed wonder.

Marwell also plays host to five adventure playgrounds, ensuring that even after the animals are done riveting the patrons, there is still plenty to entertain. And while the kids are busy tiring themselves out, parents can take that much-needed breather at one of the nearby coffee shops.

Marwell is suitable for children ages 4+.

Paultons Family Theme Park

If you are looking for plenty of variety on your next kids’ day out, then Paultons Family Theme Park could not be a better option.

Home of Peppa Pig World, this hive of family fun contains seven Peppa themed rides that include Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride and George’s Dinosaur Adventure Ride – along with over 60 additional rides and attractions. The Lost Kingdom Dinosaur Theme Park, penguins, and wonderful gardens are only a handful of reasons that make the park worthy of your patronage.

While Paultons’ hosts the incredibly popular Peppa Pig World, as described there is so much more available for kids of all ages. Stephen Lorton, commercial director of Paultons Park, said the following about this and what’s in store for 2017.

“Following the successful launch of Lost Kingdom, we anticipate a great 2017. We hope that children, who enjoyed the Park and the delights of Peppa Pig World when they were smaller, will come back and revel in the prehistoric fun that Lost Kingdom has to offer”.

Paultons also put on a series of daily events and seasonal shows, all designed to show your kids a truly memorable time, and bound to entertain throughout the day, making your next trip to a Hampshire cottage one the kids won’t forget anytime soon.

Paultons Family Theme Park is suitable for children 12 and under.

Go Ape Moors Valley

Situated about 10 miles from Bournemouth, this Hampshire branch of Go Ape is truly one of the county’s top kids’ days out.

Sometimes a little bit of thrill-seeking is exactly what the doctor ordered, and with this leafy adventure park one can do just that. Containing a state-of-the-art Tarzan swing, 1000m of exhilarating high rope crossings, Go Ape Moors Valley and its Tree Top Adventure really is a must. But don’t worry, there is plenty for the little ones to enjoy with a junior addition of these marvellous tree top escapades.

Go Ape also contains wonderful woodland areas and cycling trails if you fancy getting in a bit of exercise during your fun day out. With a nearby café and the fact that dogs are welcome, this is without doubt a must include addition to your Hampshire holiday itinerary.

We spoke to Go Ape Moors Valley who told us that their Moors Valley Country Park is “renowned for its adventurous woodland and cycling trails. Nestled in the forest, Go Ape Moors Valley has activities for all the family from Tree Top Adventure, to Forest Segway and Tree Top Junior”.

The spokesperson for Go Ape then commented further on Tree Top Junior, the park’s premium kids’ attraction, describing it as:

“A fun-filled hour of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for all to enjoy at Moors Valley. You’ll negotiate three loops of crossings and finish on a high with two awesome Zip Wires. The Big U is a popular crossing with our tribe and Walk the Plank is arguably our trickiest obstacle!”

Go Ape Moors Valley is suitable for children ages 4+.


Perhaps a park has never been more aptly named than Funland on Hampshire’s Hayling Island. With its variety of indoor and outdoor activities, there is plenty to entertain kids of all ages.

At Funland, kids will love the roller coasters like Wild Billy’s Runaway Mine Train and be begging for a second plunge on the Beaver Creek log ride. The outdoor fun doesn’t stop there with great activities such as dodgems, crazy golf, and the Flying Saucer.

Indoors, plenty of good times can be had with ten pin bowling and over 200 video and traditional slot machines – just make sure to bring some loose change! And don’t worry about bringing that packed lunch as Funland contains a whole host of catering options such as Wimpy, fish and chips, an ice cream parlour, donut bar, and baguettes.

Funland is suitable for children ages 4+.

Blue Reef Aquarium

We all know the weather in England can be… unreliable, and while this can be a constant source of frustration there is no need to let this spoil your trip to Hampshire. By deciding on a family day out at Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth, you can take shelter from the elements and at the same time enjoy the wonders of marine life.

The kids are bound to love gazing at majestic sharks and exotic creatures, such as the octopus, that swim through over 40 different displays. There is plenty of opportunity to learn about the fascinating residents of Blue Reef with interactive workshops and guided tours, ensuring that while your kids are wowed by these underwater beauties, they are learning something about the world too.

You can also take advantage of the Aquarium’s feed times, allowing you to plan your visit around those moments you just don’t want to miss, like the tropical ocean feed in the tunnel tank and fascinating shark talks held on weekends. Rain or shine, Blue Reef is without question one of Hampshire’s very top kid’s days out.

Blue Reef Aquarium is suitable for all ages.

Image Credit: Marwell Zoo / Paultons Family Theme Park / Go Ape Moors Valley / Funland / Blue Reef Aquarium