Creepy crawlies, craft and ‘kiting kapers’ this half term!

Mini beasts, pond dipping, serpent themed crafts and ‘kiting kapers’ are just a few of the activities on offer, so it’s time to take your pick of which ones you’ll enjoy first

May 18 2017

Kite flying

Lepe Country Park

Half term trail
27 May to 3 June, between 10.00am and 3.00pm daily
There will be fun for all the family. Just pick up a trail card from the park office and return with the correct answers to claim a prize.
Price: £2 per child. No need to book.

Manor Farm Country Park

Get crafty
27 to 29 May, anytime during opening hours
Get crafty at the farm over the Bank Holiday weekend, with arts and crafts demonstrations and exhibitors. With crafty capers for both children and adults, as well as the usual daily farm activities, there will be plenty to keep visitors busy.
Price: Normal farm admission charges (small extra charge for some activities).

Queen Elizabeth Country Park

Snakes, slow worms and serpent themed craft
31 May, 10.15am to 12.15pm and 1.00pm to 3.00pm
Join the education team and rangers for this ssssssuper session. Go on a walk looking for signs and evidence of these creatures. Have a close encounter and get to ask the resident expert all your questions. Finish off with reptile craftwork to take home.
Price: £6 per child. Suitable for all. Under 8s need adult supervision. Booking is essential, telephone 02392 595040. This is an outdoor activity, so please wear suitable clothing and footwear.

Royal Victoria Country Park

‘Kiting Kapers’
30 May and 1 June, 10.00am to 12.00pm or 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Join a workshop and make your own kite, then take it outdoors for a 'test run'. Suitable for 3 to 8 year olds. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 
Price: £6 per child. Spaces are limited so please book and pay in advance.

Staunton Country Park

Mini-beast week
27 May to 4 June
Bugs and beasties everywhere! Have a go at mini beasts themed craft and have your face painted. Follow our mini beasts super power trail and meet some of our biggest bugs.
Price: Normal admission applies. Small charge applies for some crafts and activities. All children must be supervised by an adult.

Titchfield Haven and Nature Reserve

Mini beasts and craft activity
1 June, 10.30am
Discover a hidden world of amazing creatures, all with a fascinating story to tell. Equipment is provided to help you catch your own bugs and beasties. Design your own mini beast with clay and natural materials to take home. Must be booked in advance.
Price: £5 per adult; £5.50 per accompanied child (includes free entry into the Nature Reserve).

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Pond dipping
30 May and 1 June, 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Go pond dipping and see what is in the Education Garden ponds where there are diving beetles, nimble pond skaters and slimy snails to be found. All equipment is provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Additional Garden admission charges applies.
Price: £1.50 per child, no need to book.


Winchester Discovery Centre will host a special exhibition, The Mysterious Miss Austen, exploring Jane Austen’s life and work and her relationship with Hampshire. On display until 24 July will be first editions of her work, personal letters and portraits, as well as loans from national institutions and private lenders, including the National Portrait Gallery.

Farley Mount

On the downs a few miles west of Winchester, Farley Mount is a large area of beautiful downland and woodland, including Crabwood. The Park is ideal for walking and picnicking, with fine views over central Hampshire. Several car parks serve the area.

Yateley Common

With heathlands, woodlands and ponds, Yateley Common offers a variety of experiences to walkers, cyclists and horse riders across its 193 hectares of varied habitats, which are rich in wildlife.