Hampshire’s country parks and outdoor venues offer the perfect autumn wonderland

Hampshire County Council’s country parks and outdoor venues are the perfect backdrop for you and your family to enjoy the autumn season

Oct 4 2016

Autumn days out

Autumn is great time of year when the low sun sees the Hampshire landscape transform into a brilliant explosion of ambers, golds and reds.

So dig out your wellies and walking boots and join us for a hot chocolate and maybe even a slice of pumpkin pie for a range of activities that the whole family can enjoy.

Staunton Country Park

Spooky Staunton

Saturday 22 October to Sunday 30 October

Have lots of magical fun at the park with creepy crafts and frightening face painting. Follow the spooky trail, visit the magical maze, listen to spine-tingling stories and see the creepy crawlies if you dare!

Cost: Normal farm admission applies. Small charge applies for some crafts and activities.

Halloween pumpkins

Manor Farm and Country Park

Halloween Half-Term Fun at Manor Farm

Monday 24 October to Sunday 30 October

Try your hand at broomstick flying and join a lesson at the School of Spells and Potions. Visit the haunted farmhouse-if you dare, try our Halloween Trail or join the craft activities and make something spooky to take home. A special welcome for all mini witches and wizards, so why not come in costume and really get into the Halloween spirit. Plus, discover all the usual fun of the farm including milking, the farmyard walk and meet the animals.

Cost: Normal farm admission charge

Royal Victoria Country Park

Butlocks Heath Walk

10.15am Sunday 16 October

Join local history expert Owen Cawte on a guided walk around Butlocks Heath and learn some of the fascinating history of this beautiful village. A 2.5 hour (approx) walk over mainly flat, easy walking, terrain. All money raised will go towards the restoration of the country park’s historic Chapel.

Cost: £4/ adult, £2/ child

To book, please call: 023 8045 5157

Halloween Trail

10am to 3.30pm Saturday 22 October to Sunday 30 October
Follow a self-guided trail to discover some ghostly goings on in the Park. There's a prize if you're brave enough to get all the way around. One prize per trail. Trails are available from the shop.

Cost: £2 per trail

To book, please call: 023 8045 5157

Queen Elizabeth Country Park

Half Term/Halloween Activities

10am Monday 24 October to Friday 28 October

Visit Queen Elizabeth Country Park for a trick or treat themed half term experience. There will be spooky arts and crafts and you can take a tractor ride to the enchanted forest, follow the toadstools through the woods to the witch's hollow and finish with a magical show. This is a two-hour activity.

Cost: £10 per child

To book, please call: 02392 595040

Secret of the Woods exhibition

Tuesday 8 to Wednesday 30 November

Queen Elizabeth Country Park has stocks of history and heritage, including an Iron Age site (800BC to AD100) clearly traceable on Butser Hill. Come and take a look at an exhibition all about the hidden archaeology of the South Downs National Park.

Lepe Country Park

Winter birds on the Solent

10am Saturday 22 October

Join one of the coastal rangers for a guided walk, learning about the birds that spend the winter on our coast. Perfect for beginners and families. Binoculars can be borrowed or bring your own. This event will last around 2 hours.

Cost: Free event, parking charges apply

To book, please call 02380 899108

Bird watching

Wildplay Wander

10am Tuesday 25 October

Take a walk on the wild play side. Try hunting for woodland mini-beasts, building dens and looking for creatures on the seashore.
This event will last approximately 2 hours.

Cost: £5.50 per child

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Autumn Scavenger Hunt

Until Friday 21 October

Spot the signs of autumn in the gardens, find acorns, berries and conkers. Enjoy taking part with this fun I-spy trail; take it home to complete the word search. Suitable for all the family.

No need to book. Just pick up a free* trail map at the Ticket Desk.
*Normal garden admission applies.

Hampshire Libraries

Royal Blood: City under Siege

Saturday 15 October to Friday 4 December

An exhibition at Winchester Discovery Centre tells the story of Winchester's defences, which have protected and defined the City for over 2,000 years, witnessing the birth of England and battles during bloody civil wars.

Find out about the double siege during 'the Anarchy', why Parliament ordered the castle to 'be made untenable' in 1649 and what role the railways played in the final demise of the defences.

For further information on other upcoming events, visit the individual home page for each venue.