Things to do in Hampshire

If you're looking for an adventurous holiday or a weekend break with plenty of fun things to do, Hampshire is the perfect location. There are many activities and attractions in this beautiful part of the country to entertain both adults and kids alike!

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With great places to visit, beautiful views, incredible beaches, and great food, Hampshire is a must. Discover some of the top attractions such as:

  • King Arthur's famous Round Table
  • Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park
  • Birdworld
  • Marwell Zoo
  • The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu

Hampshire is also home to vast and stunning landscapes and its two National Parks, bringing joy to those who love nature.

Hampshire's beaches and heritage sites stand out whether you seek coastal views, castles, or historical cannons. Experience award-winning country parks, explore independent shops in charming market towns, and savour local delights in cosy pubs.

Whether it's a couples retreat or an exciting family holiday, a visit to Hampshire promises to leave you feeling refreshed and revitalised, having made life-long memories.

Are you looking for your next holiday in Hampshire? Enjoy an unforgettable getaway at Away Resorts with our holiday parks in Hampshire.

Take a look at our top picks for:

  • Fun things to do in Hampshire for all the family

  • Free, family-friendly activities

  • Explore Hampshire with toddlers and kids

  • Things to do in Hampshire for couples

  • Dog-friendly days out in Hampshire

  • Discover Hampshire's rich history and heritage

Fun things to do in Hampshire for all the family

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Marwell Zoo

Just outside Winchester, in between our Mill Rythe Coastal Village and Sandy Balls Holiday Park, Marwell Zoo spans 120 acres, featuring over 170 exotic species. You and your family can enjoy hands-on experiences like penguin encounters, which you can pre-book to secure your spot.

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Paultons Park

Along the southwest coast in the New Forest National Park, Paultons Park offers a chance to meet Peppa Pig, a favourite among young children!

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View of the Spinnaker Tower near our Mill Rythe Holiday Park, Hampshire.

Spinnaker Tower

In Portsmouth, the iconic Spinnaker Tower dominates the cityscape, standing at 170 metres. A must-see attraction when staying at our Mill Rythe holiday park. Experience breathtaking views of Portsmouth Harbour and the Isle of Wight, and stand on the glass viewing area for the brave.

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Free, family-friendly activities

Hampshire offers a range of fantastic, enjoyable, and cost-free activities:


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Royal Victoria Country Park

Embark on an outdoor adventure at Hampshire's country park, with playgrounds, nature trails, picnic spots, BBQ areas, and dog activity courses. The whole family can enjoy Hampshire's natural beauty, including your four-legged friend.

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New Forest Cycling

Spot resident ponies and cattle as you walk or cycle in the New Forest National Park. Staying at our Sandy Balls holiday park is a perfect adventure for adults and kids.

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Hampshire's Coastal Areas

Enjoy the sea air at coastal spots like Barton on Sea, Milford on Sea, and Lepe. At our Mill Rythe Coastal Village, you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Hayling Island. Explore beautiful coastal walks, including Keyhaven to Hurst Castle and Titchfield Haven. Why not experience the traditional British seaside in Southsea with a beach promenade,

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Fort Nelson, Fareham

Step back at this Victorian fort with over 19 acres of tunnels and artillery to explore and a national museum housing over 700 artillery pieces.

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A day out in Southampton

Admire fine art in Southampton's cultural quarter and explore mediaeval walls with a 1km circuit passing dungeons, watchtowers, and Tudor buildings. Explore the Cistercian monastery ruins at Netley Abbey and spot cruise ships along the Solent from Weston Shore.

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Explore Hampshire with toddlers and kids

Exciting activities are just around the corner for you and your little one, as you can embark on a learning adventure together. There are so many things to do in Hampshire with toddlers.

Here are some things to do with your little ones in Hampshire while on your toddler break at Away Resorts!


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Watercress Line

Why not treat your little ones to a delightful day at the Watercress Line, where children aged four and under ride for free? Experience a steam train ride, play in the playground, or ride the miniature railway. Enjoy the magic of locomotives and visit the footbridge where the Harry Potter film was filmed.

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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Burn off energy at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens with exciting play features like a wobbly bridge, bamboo tunnels, and swings. Admission is free for under 5s!

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Enjoy ample space at Mottisfont – perfect for running, jumping, and playing. Test your limits in Mottisfont's Wild Play area, follow seasonal trails during school holidays, and experience family-focused exhibitions every summer.

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Staunton Country Park

If you're staying at our Mill Rythe holiday park, it's handy to know that toddlers go free at Staunton Country Park, where they can meet friendly farm animals, including rabbits, goats, and geese.

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Manor Farm

Toddlers under 3 also go free at Manor Farm, where they can meet adorable animals like rabbits ducklings, and feed the chickens. The farm provides ample space for little ones to explore.

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Longdown Activity Farm

For those enjoying a break at our Sandy Balls holiday park, you can also explore Longdown Activity Farm, which has free admission for toddlers under 3. Introduce your little ones to a world of friendly farm animals through hands-on activities.

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Things to do in Hampshire for couples

If you're looking for a romantic escape or some time away as a couple, there's much to discover and plenty of things to do for adults in Hampshire.

These are just a few examples of the wonderful and fun things to do in Hampshire for adults – you'll be spoilt for choice on your next couple's holiday with Away Resorts.

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Beaulieu National Motor Museum

Car enthusiasts can visit the Beaulieu National Motor Museum, and history lovers can step back in time at Buckler's Hard - an 18th-century shipbuilding village untouched by the passage of time.

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Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Visiting Hampshire's Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke Mill is an ideal day out. Explore the impressive facilities through a guided or self-guided tour, delving into the history of this iconic brand. Conclude your tour with a complimentary cocktail at the Mill Bar. This day out in Hampshire is exclusively tailored for adults.

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Winchester Cathedral

For adults seeking an ideal destination, Winchester Cathedral awaits. Uncover the rich history of this ancient Cathedral spanning over 1,000 years. The Cathedral Close provides a tranquil retreat, while the Refectory is a sophisticated spot for indulging in an afternoon tea experience.

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Exbury Gardens

Immerse yourself in the enchanting allure of Exbury Gardens. Wander through 200 acres of captivating gardens, housing the renowned collection of Rothschild rhododendrons, azaleas, and camellias, offering picturesque views every season. In the summer, relish delightful riverside strolls and savour a picnic by the ponds, where lively carp and gracefu

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Dog-friendly days out in Hampshire

At Away Resorts, we know it's just as important for your beloved pet to enjoy their holiday as much as you – they're part of the family, after all! So, if you're looking for dog-friendly activities and things to do in Hampshire with a dog, we've got you covered.

From the New Forest to beaches and beautiful gardens, Hampshire is a haven for dog walkers. There's much to explore with your four-legged friend, including walks and visits to museums, castles, and farms.

Check out some of our top dog-friendly attractions for a family-friendly experience:

  • Butser Ancient Farm
  • Chawton House
  • Brickworks Museum
  • Gilbert White & The Oates Collections
  • New Forest Activities
  • God's House Tower
  • Watercress Line
  • Exbury Gardens
  • Itchen Valley Country Park
  • Beaulieu National Motor Museum

Discover Hampshire's rich history and heritage

Hampshire is adorned with historic buildings and museums to explore to your heart's content – just many exciting things you can do as a family or a couple on your next Hampshire holiday.

Travel to Winchester, the former capital of England, to uncover Hampshire's rich history. You'll find attractions like the Cathedral and The Great Hall, housing King Arthur's Round Table here.

For book lovers, you can draw on Jane Austen's extensive ties to Hampshire by taking a tour of her house in Chawton or visiting her final resting place at Winchester Cathedral.

Hampshire boasts five superb military museums in Winchester and a vibrant naval city, Portsmouth, with attractions like the HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose Museum. The Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport adds to the nautical history, or venture to Southampton and explore the Titanic story at the SeaCity Museum.

Things to do in Hampshire - FAQs

What is Hampshire best known for?

Hampshire is best known for its rich history, picturesque countryside, and vibrant cities, which provide a diverse range of things to do in Hampshire. The New Forest National Park, historic sites such as Winchester Cathedral, and the maritime heritage in Portsmouth are among the notable attractions.

What is the main town in Hampshire?

The main town in Hampshire is Southampton. It is a major port city and the largest settlement in the county.

What things are there to do in Hampshire when it's raining?

When it's raining in Hampshire, various indoor activities and attractions exist. Some of the best things to do in Hampshire during gloomy weather include visiting museums like the SeaCity Museum in Southampton. Exploring indoor attractions like the Winchester Science Centre or enjoying a leisurely day at the shopping centres are popular choices. Additionally, there are cosy cafes and restaurants where you can experience the local cuisine while taking shelter from the rain.


Our Hampshire Away Resorts holiday parks also have plenty of on-site facilities. Mill Rythe is home to an indoor pool, and The Retreat at Sandy Balls offers a fantastic range of treatments. Ideal activities, whatever the weather!

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