Fantastic half term adventures in Hampshire

Hampshire is the best place for all ages to be this half term. The county offers an amazing variety of coastal, rural and urban locations to enjoy a range of fun, indoor and outdoor activities

Oct 18 2018

half term

Have a look at what you can enjoy this October:

Basingstoke Canal

Autumn boat trip, Mytchett, 22 to 26 October

Choose from a 55 minute or 90 minute boat trip to enjoy the autumn colours along the Basingstoke Canal. The 55 minute return trip goes to Greatbottom Flash aboard the 12 seater 'Rosebud' whilst the 90 minute goes down Deepcut to the Lock Cottage.

Book and pay in advance on 01252 370073 or on the day at the Canal Centre. Spaces allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Great Hall, open daily

A place of myth and legend

Visit the iconic Round Table of Arthurian legend taking pride of place in Winchester's ancient Great Hall. Discover the history and uncover the battles, secrets and trials witnessed.

Hampshire Libraries

Community poppy art

Paint, knit, fold or sew your own poppy and bring it into your local library before the anniversary on Sunday 11 November. The poppies will be incorporated in library poppy displays.

Hampshire Outdoor Centres

Action Adventure Days

Multi-activity adventure days offer a taste of fantastic activities on offer.  Each day presents a different programme of fun, action packed activities, which can include climbing, archery, ringos, skiing, snowboarding, caving and canoeing

  • Calshot, 22 October, 4-7 years (half day) £26.00
  • Calshot, 24 October, 7-11 years (full day) £46.00
  • Calshot, 26 October,  7-11 years (half day) £26.00
  • Runway’s End, 23 and 25 October, 8-14 years, first child £45.00, siblings £22.50

Lepe Country Park

Bushcraft at Lepe, 23 October

Explore Lepe looking for tracks and signs of animals, investigating wild food, building a shelter, making natural rope and starting a fire. 2 hour event, meet your Ranger at the Park reception in The Lookout.

Manor Farm Country Park

Potions and Broomsticks, 20 to 28 October

Become a pupil at the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at Manor Farm. Test your broomstick flying skills, join a potion making class, and make your own wand. Visit the activity barn for some ghoulish games, and visit the witch and wizards wardrobe. Little witches and wizards welcome, so go in your best Halloween costumes and join in the fun. Normal farm admission charges apply.

Queen Elizabeth Country Park

Magical Mayhem, 22 to 26 October

Meet the Grand High Witch and get crafty in her workshop. Take the tractor trailer through the woods and make a wish over the magic cauldron. Finish the day with a wickedly wonderful wizard, showing you all the tricks he has up his sleeve! All children must be supervised.  £11.50 per child.

Royal Victoria Country Park

Bird Migration Trail

Drop in to the Country park anytime during October half term to have a go at the popular Bird Aware Migration Trail. This is a self-guided trail and there is no need to book, just turn up and buy your trail sheet in the shop (10am - 4pm). £2 per trail.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Halloween Family Trail, 15 October to 4 November

Head to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens for creepy fun in the gardens on this spooky self-guided trail. Survive our tricks and receive a small chocolate treat! Garden admission fees apply. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Collect a trail map from the Ticket Desk. Price: £2.50 per trail.

Staunton Country Park

Staunton’s Frightful Farm, 24 to 26 October

Children and their families will be led to different activities around the farm including animal encounters, a story, make a spooky craft to take home and learn how to be a monster!

Slots available at 5.30pm, 5.45pm, 6.00pm or 6.15pm.  £8.95 per child, which includes one free accompanying adult. All additional adults pay entry unless they have a valid membership.

Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve

Hide with a guide, 27 and 28 October

Join an experienced birdwatcher in a hide and find out more about the birds visiting the Nature Reserve at this time of the year. This event is designed to help people gain more from their visit to the reserve. Times: 10.30am to 12pm & 2pm to 3.30pm. Cost: The event is free, however normal admission rates to the Reserve apply.