Where are their adventures taking them this summer?

Whether your little ones want to build their own woodland hideout, set sail on a pirate adventure, search for buried treasure, follow our flower fairy trail or be a nature detective, there’s sure to be something to keep them entertained at our country parks and outdoor venues this summer with the school holidays well underway

Jul 25 2018

What's on

Here’s our top picks of what’s on from now until September

Manor Farm
Fairies and Pirates at Manor Farm
Until Sunday 2 September
Join us at the farm for a summer of fairy and pirate activities. Take part in our trail to walk the plank, hunt for buried treasure and hold a fairy tea party in our fairy caravan. Test your skills in our cannonball challenge, visit our dressing up area and hunt for fairy houses. Get your best fairy and pirate outfits on and come to the farm.
Cost: Trail £2 (includes prize) Normal farm admission charges

Hampshire Libraries
Summer Reading Challenge
Register at your local library now
Children between the ages of 4 and 11 years old can take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s challenge is called Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved iconic children’s title The Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary. Children will explore a map of Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers! Dennis, Gnasher and friends will help solve clues and collect stickers, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Flower Fairies
Until Monday 3 September
There are some new visitors making the Gardens their own this summer. We can’t wait for you to come and see them. From July to September, come along and take part in our interactive Flower Fairies trail. If you look very hard, you might even find the magical fairy grotto.
Just visit us this summer to buy your special fairy finding passport. Every trail pass purchased comes with your very own pair of fairy wings.
Inspired by Cicely Mary Barker’s classic illustrations, the trail is a must visit for fairy lovers of all ages.
Cost: £5 (excluding admission to the gardens)

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Pond Dipping
Tuesdays and Thursdays during summer holidays (Until 30 August)
Drop in between 1pm-4pm
What is lurking in our ponds? Join us for pond dipping and see what is in our 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.
Cost: £2 per child (excluding admission to the gardens)

Royal Victoria Country Park
Tuesday 21 August and Wednesday 22 August
A hands-on session of shelter building and fire lighting. Toast your marshmallows over a roaring fire! Suitable for children aged 4 years and over. Sessions are at 10am or 2pm. Booking is essential as spaces are limited.
To book, please visit the shop in the Park or phone 023 8045 5157 (10am - 4pm).
Cost: £6 per child

Lepe Country Park
Lepe: Summer Trail
Until Sunday 2 September
10am to 3pm
Pick up a trail card from the park office anytime on each day between 10am – 3pm. Return with the correct answers and claim your prize.
Cost: £2 per child (parking charges apply)

Lepe Country Park
Lepe: Nature Detectives
Tuesday 28 August
10am – 12pm
Come and join us for these popular children's activities where children get to experience nature hands on.
Book online
Cost: £4 per child (parking charges apply)

Staunton Country Park
Summer at Staunton
Until to Sunday 2 September
10am to 5pm
We've got face painting* and animal encounters. Plus, follow our three themed trails*. Choose the "Lost Words", discover fun facts about Pollinators or learn more about water!
Cost: *Small fee for some activities. Normal farm admission charges apply

Staunton County Park
Little Explorers: Out and About
Wednesday 22 August
Ready, set, GO! Come and explore our woodland through den building, trails, wood skills and marshmallow tasting! Suitable for children 2 and a half to 8 years. All children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
To book call the Visitor Centre 02392 595040

Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve
Summer Nature Trail
Until Sunday 2 September
Explore the East Reserve and see how many animals your can find along the way! Budding explorers get ready for the challenge! Come and explore our Nature Trail and see how many animals you can find along the way! Please call our visitor centre on 01329 662145 for more information.
Cost: Normal Reserve entry fees apply. Additional 1 activity trail fee. (Children under 5 years are free)

Hampshire’s outdoor centres
Take part in dry slope skiing, climb on the climbing wall or experience velodrome cycling at Calshot Activities Centre, Tile Barn Outdoor Centre or Runway’s End Outdoor Centre. Experience some of Hampshire’s history at The Great Hall in Winchester. Take a boat trip along Basingstoke Canal or use the waterways and explore the River Hamble

Activities in our outdoor centres usually need to be booked in advance.