Having lived in Hampshire for the last seven years you could say I’ve fallen in love with the county. One of the things I really love is that it mixes elements of my home county Buckinghamshire with three cities,which adds a fun bustle to the laid-back country feel. We basically have the best of both worlds. A couple of great busy cities surrounded by little towns and villages and picturesque scenery.
Now that we have Henry we are even more aware of our surrounding area and what we can do as a family, especially in the summer as we have a summer baby on our hands.
Of course he’s a little young right now to do much of anything but it’s been fun having a think about what we will be doing in the years to come in our little county.
Visit the Bursledon Brickworks and Fairy Trail, which I only found out about very recently from my friend Natasha, and it’s literally up the road from our house.
Go for a New Forest picnic. The New Forest is a great place for little ones to blow off some steam and run around, see some nature and have some homemade lunch whilst the parents relax in the sunshine.
Harder to find,but awesome for water babies, a few of the towns just outside the city have splash pads such as in Eastleigh and Totton.
Or for the real water baby, swimming is an absolute must. The Quays and Romsey Rapids both offer great kids pools including slides and fountains. Check out an extensive list of water parks in Hampshire here.
For 2016 Marwell have put together their Zany Zebra Trail from the 16th July for 10 weeks decorated zebra statues will be dotted around the city to be discovered by little ones (and the parents, and well everyone really). We did the some of the trail on launch day (read about it here). Not only does it encourage walking about and discovering the city, the artwork is beautiful and promotes creativity.
Of course a summer is not complete without a trip to the zoo and Marwell Zoo is a great space, just the right size for little ones to wander around. We absolute adore Marwell and would highly recommend for anyone of age.
One for the future for us, but Paultons Park is a very popular Hampshire kids destination, especially with Pepper Pig World onsite as well.
For older little ones and adults too Rock Up in Whiteley is a climbing and soft play area for those rainy summer days. Perfect for your little monkeys to run around and get some energy out.
And for the sunny days, and adventure lovers, Go Ape in Southampton is the perfect tree top adventure.
One of the nicest things about the Southampton city is the sheer number of parks and green spaces. The city centre has a number of amazing parks with great play areas, and the perfect atmosphere for a picnic.
Or a little outside of the city is Royal Victoria Country Park and Weston Shore. The Country Park makes for a fab space for little ones to run around, and the BBQ areas make an interesting backdrop from your normal garden party. And although it’s not a traditional beach,Weston Shore does offer a great place for a walk and an ice cream.
So there you have it – just a small sample of the things that you can do in the summer in Hampshire with your little ones,or even without them!
Have you visited Hampshire with children? Let me know your suggestions in the comments below.