Perfect days out this summer

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Jul 1 2016

Summer fun

Hampshire County Council has a great variety of events across lots of locations for the whole family to enjoy this summer come rain or shine!  Here are a few dates to put in your diary…

Lepe Country Park

Summer Holiday Nature Detectives
Tuesdays until 30 August 1pm to 3pm

Come and join us for these popular children’s activities running throughout the summer where children get to experience nature hands on!

Price - £4 per child, book online

Royal Victoria Country Park

Summer Trail – Sports personalities
Daily: until 4 September 10am to 3.30pm

Follow the trail and find some famous sporting personalities. Complete the trail to win a prize. Trails available from the shop.

Price - £2 per trail

Manor Farm Country Park

Summer holiday fun until 31 August

Join the farmer on the daily rounds and help feed the animals; watch the cows being milked; meet some of the farm’s smaller residents during Meet the Animals; or try the summer trail.

The play area will also be open with pedal tractors waiting for budding young farmers to drive them.

Staunton Country Park

Summer Fun at Staunton until 4 September

Visit the Park and celebrate the summer with crafts, trails and animal encounters.

Price: Normal admission applies. Small charge applies for some craft and activities. 

All children must be supervised by an adult. 

Queen Elizabeth Country Park

Adventure Week 22 to 26 August 10.30am to 3pm

We are teaming up with the South Downs National Park to bring a fun-filled five days of activities including orienteering, shelter building, and pond dipping. As part of the activities the children will work towards their John Muir Award.  

For more information please call 02392 59504.

Cost £120 per child for the week. 8 years and over. Please book and pay in advance.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Cosmos Family Trail: Now until 2 September

Come explore the world of Cosmos flowers: white, red, yellow and orange, and so many colours in between. Pick up a trail map at the ticket desk. 

Free with normal admission to the Gardens

Pond Dipping for children: every Tuesday and Thursday during Hampshire school holidays

Drop in sessions 1pm to 4pm Price £1.50 per child

Join in pond dipping and see what is lurking in the Education Garden ponds. Can you find diving beetles, nimble pond skaters and slimy snails? All equipment is provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Normal admission applies.


Summer Reading Challenge, The Big Friendly Read: Until 18 September

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme is the Big Friendly Read in tribute to the birth of the well loved, great British author Roald Dahl 100 years ago.

There are lots of rewards up for grabs as the challenge progresses, including cards for each book read, and with a medal and certificate given to each child who finishes the challenge. 

Run by the Reading Agency, the Summer Reading Challenge invites children aged 4-11 to read six library books between 16 July to 18 September at their own pace. Signing up to the Summer Reading Challenge couldn’t be easier. Just sign up at your local library. 

Visit the Hampshire Libraries homepage for more information