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Hampshire Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Hampshire Family-friendly activities

Portsmouth: Historic Dockyard Ultimate Explorer Ticket

1. Portsmouth: Historic Dockyard Ultimate Explorer Ticket

Pick from individual or family entry tickets to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Visit attractions including HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, The National Museum of the Royal Navy, HMS M.33, The Mary Rose Museum, Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, and The Royal Navy Submarine Museum. Marvel at the exhibitions at the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth and explore in any order you want, and at any time you want within a year. Choose between a family or an individual ticket. Step into the past as you explore historic ships, including Lord Nelson’s world-famous flagship HMS Victory, Queen Victoria’s HMS Warrior, the First World War’s HMS M.33, and the new Horrible Histories Pirates exhibition. Marvel at Henry VIII's Tudor warship, the Mary Rose and take the complimentary waterbus to Gosport to visit the Cold War submarine, HMS Alliance. Enjoy a sightseeing harbor cruise around Portsmouth Harbour and view the ships of the modern Royal Navy for a complete picture of Britain's naval history.

HMS Victory: Day Admission Ticket

2. HMS Victory: Day Admission Ticket

Visit HMS Victory, the Royal Navy’s most famous battleship. Best known for her role in the battle of Trafalgar, the Victory is now the flagship of the first sea lord and a living museum to the Georgian Navy. New for 2021, HMS Victory Under Hull Walkway. Visitors can descend into the base of the dry dock and view the ship from below. The ship stands as a memorial to Vice-Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, Britain’s greatest naval hero, and his victory at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Climb aboard HMS Victory and step back in time to the Georgian period. See the cabin where the Battle of Trafalgar was planned. Walk the once crowded decks where over 800 men lived, worked and fought. You can even stand in the spot where Nelson died. HMS Victory is currently undergoing conservation work but is still open, and visitors can experience Victory Live! to find out more about this conservation project.

From London: Peppa Pig World Entrance Ticket and Transfer

3. From London: Peppa Pig World Entrance Ticket and Transfer

Depart from London and travel by bus to Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park. Explore a variety of big rides, small rides, play areas, entertainment, and an astonishing collection of exotic birds and animals, all set within 140 acres of beautiful parkland. Enjoy 9 fabulous rides including The Queen’s Flying Coach Ride, Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club, Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter Flight, Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride, Grandpa’s Little Train, George’s Dinosaur Adventure, and a ride in a "cloud" around Windy Castle! Visit the large indoor play area, Georges Spaceship Playzone, and superb animated-themed attractions including a chance to visit Peppa and her family in their house!  See the Park’s own little corner of Africa and discover the amazing animals and birds of the savanna. See meerkats, porcupines, lizards, mongooses, and other animals of all shapes and sizes to delight and entertain. Visit The House of Magic, and see a brand new 4D Film for 2020 at the Paultons Show Street Cinema. Jump into the on-screen action while experiencing the cinema’s 4D effects including specially designed moving chairs, water sprays, blasts of air, leg ticklers, and even bubbles! Get your adrenaline fix on the breathtaking ride, EDGE. Swoop and spin through the air reaching a height of 15 metres on a giant disc that travels along a 90-metre track featuring a "camelback" hill to create an amazing floating sensation. EDGE was the first ride of its type in the UK and perfectly complements the Park’s other thrilling rides including The Cobra and Magma. Kids can enjoy the Water Kingdom with a variety of water jets, giant tipping buckets, sprays, fountains, and super soakers. This huge 8,500 foot kids’ splash park features more than 20 different ways of getting wet and has a seated patio area nearby so parents can relax whilst watching the fun. Visit Tornado Springs, a storm-ravaged, Midwest desert town. Step back in time as you explore 1950s America, covering 4 acres and featuring over 8 fun rides and attractions alongside a diner and garage-themed shop. New for 2022, grab your seat aboard Farmyard Flyer; a crazy aeroplane-themed family coaster flying into Tornado Springs at Paultons Park.

London: Downton Abbey Countryside Black Taxi VIP Tour

4. London: Downton Abbey Countryside Black Taxi VIP Tour

Begin with a pickup from your central London hotel and a drive through London and out into the Oxfordshire countryside. Your first stop will be in Oxfordshire, where you will visit the villages that became the village of Downton. Have photographs outside Matthew Crawley’s house, and see the Hospital, the village church, and the two village pubs. Discuss the filming with the locals and visit inside a village home used in the filming (owner being in of course). Have time to buy Downton souvenirs before moving on. Visit several other villages, plus a farm, which will be a secret to surprise you on the day. Leaving the villages behind you, start to head cross country to Highclere Castle. On the way to the castle, take an authentic countryside pause, stopping for lunch at an old English pub. Arrive at Highclere Castle after lunch, where your tour continues. Your expert guide will explain all there is about the castle’s history as well as the Downton locations you will see before you enter the rooms. Later in the afternoon why not have a cream tea, before returning to London.

Winchester Treasure Hunt Mystery: The Bishops Golden Tankard

5. Winchester Treasure Hunt Mystery: The Bishops Golden Tankard

The legendary Winchester mystery.. .. unsolved for 500 years.. Until now. Begin your adventure at the site of Winchester's famous medieval round table, and embark on a quest to unravel the unsolved mystery of The Bishop's Golden Tankard! According to legend, a magical golden tankard hidden in the vaults of Winchester Cathedral, had the power to give riches to all who held it.. .. but when Henry VIII arrived and cracked its old case open, the tankard was gone! Was it stolen for money? Or was it an act of revenge? Nobody knew.. But the villain left a trail of clues.. … and this is where you come in. The pages of your Mystery Guide™ take you on an exciting puzzle adventure through the heart of historic Winchester, as you follow the maps, unlock the clues, and unravel the epic tale. Your challenge is to track down hidden objects, decode symbols, and uncover hidden messages, as you eliminate suspects and gradually unpick the crime. And an exciting twist awaits… Make it to the end and you'll be struck by an amazing ‘wow’ moment when the case is solved and the villain is revealed before your eyes! Simply grab your Mystery Guide™, head to the start, and set off at a time that suits you. Don’t let the villain get away... Your time to start is now!

London: Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park by Private Car

6. London: Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park by Private Car

Travel in style with a private car and driver to Paultons Park, home to Peppa Pig World. Enjoy a day of fun and excitement with rides, shows, and animal exhibits for the whole family. Paultons Park is home to the UK-exclusive Peppa Pig World with over 5 acres of themed family fun, suitable for young children and perfect for toddlers, There are 9 fabulous rides including The Queen’s Flying Coach Ride, Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club, Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter Flight, Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride, Grandpa’s Little Train, and George’s Dinosaur Adventure. You can even ride in a ‘cloud’ around Windy Castle. Peppa Pig World is also home to Daddy Pig’s Big Tummy café and Peppa’s Toy Shop, the only dedicated Peppa Pig shop in the world. In addition to Peppa Pig World, there is a great variety of things to see and do at Paultons including rides, play areas, live entertainment, and an astonishing collection of exotic birds and animals, all set within 140 acres of beautiful parkland. Explore Little Africa to see the Park’s own little corner of Africa and discover the amazing animals and birds of the savanna. From meerkats to porcupines, lizards to mongooses there are animals of all shapes and sizes to delight and entertain. At Critter Creek you enter a world of strange mixed-up creatures known as the ‘Curious Critters’. Meet the Fly-ger or say hello to the Horned Swamp Donkey. Take a ride on the Cat-o-pillar rollercoaster and discover enormous colorful plants the likes of which have never been seen before. Critter Creek is also home to Professor Blast’s Discovery Express Train, a delightful journey for little ones, and Beastie Burrow, a real-life bug emporium complete with fascinating and unusual insects, fish, and lizards! Lost Kingdom is an amazing Dinosaur Theme Park World that features world-class rollercoasters, life-like animatronic dinosaurs, Jurassic-themed family rides, a Prehistoric adventure play park, and the opportunity to come face-to-face with life-like walking dinosaurs. Soar through the sky on Pterosaur, a prehistoric adventure ride, and feel the speed of the Velociraptor as it sweeps around tight bends at speeds of up to 64 kph. Visit Tornado Springs’ a storm-ravaged, Midwest desert resort town, and step back to the American heyday of the 1950s. Covering four acres, and featuring eight different fun rides and attractions, Tornado Springs is a highway stopover like no other.

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What people are saying about Hampshire

What a fantastic day out . Good value for money and all our questions answered by very informative guides. After buying an annual ticket, we will be going back in the Spring.

Fab value for money. Very informative exhibits and staff. Spent about 6 hours in docklands and other paŕs still to enjoy.

Brilliant such a good day! My son enjoyed his birthday here and is so looking forward to taking his dad there!

this is a must to visit and have a good look around the ships

All exhibits excellent it doesn’t come any better,