Top 10 Kids and Parents Things to do in Portsmouth and on Hayling Island2nd September 2015
Are you planning a family getaway to Mill Rythe? If you are, then you’ll need to know more about the amazing array of family activities that there are on the island and in the surrounding area. Luckily, we’ve prepared this handy guide of 10 great ideas for family days out on and around Hayling Island.
Funland (Hayling Island):
One of the island’s best-known attractions, Funland is a must-see for any family who loves a day out at a theme park. Jam-packed with rides, games and much more, Funland is one of the easiest ways to spend a day off Mill Rythe park, and to see a bit more of what Hayling Island has to offer.
Opened in 2003, after a long-standing campaign to restore some railway line to Hayling Island, due to the closure of the Billy Line. The line is open on weekends, market Wednesdays and Bank Holidays (except Christmas), and departs Beachlands for beautiful views of the island’s coastline. The company also hosts various events throughout the year, featured on their website.
Horizon Leisure Centre (Havant):
Just north of the island is the town of Havant, where you’ll find more great family fun. On the off chance that the weather isn’t on your side, you could spend the day at Havant’s brilliant Horizon Leisure Centre. The Havant centre offers a 25m main swimming pool, a diving pit and learner pool. There is also a sauna, steam room, gym, a crèche, soft play centre and a café and bar on the top floor.
Staunton Country Park (Havant):
This wonderful rural attraction is open daily until 5:00pm (4:00pm in winter) and offers interactions with cute animals, spectacular gardens, a play barn for the kids, outdoor pursuits, fishing, kids trails and many more. They even cater to birthday parties, should one of the younger ones be celebrating a special day during your visit.
Willowbrook Riding Centre (Hambrook):
Take to the saddle and ride between the stunning South Downs and the sea by heading up to this beautiful riding centre. It offers lessons for all ages and abilities, and is open from Wednesday to Sunday. Tuition is offered to anyone over the age of 2 and a half, so it’s great fun for the whole family.
Chichester Harbour (Chichester):
The Harbour area is a treasure trove of family activities, including countryside days at Eames Farm, cycling trips around the harbour, sailing trips and much more. What’s more, the whole area is part of one of England’s coveted Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty titleholders. Browse their page and plan your day out!
Blue Reef is a local favourite offering one of the best aquarium and sea life experiences on the south coast of England. Meet the graceful rays, the cheeky otters, the brilliant club and the colourful tropical fish. Learn more about their creatures and attractions at their website.
Cobnor Activity Centre (Chidham):
This brilliant attraction describes itself as “an independent charity dedicated to young people.” Here you can book your kids on fantastic individual courses (including short-term courses) in things like sailing, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking and more. The courses are great for building positive attitudes, and giving your kids great new skills that will stick with them for a lifetime.
Don’t forget that within any Top 10 of Hayling Island, Mill Rythe itself needs to feature, as we have brilliant in-house shows, visiting comedians, musicians and other artists, a fantastic family restaurant and the rest of our wonderful park attractions to make your stay memorable. Take a look at our Hayling Island holidays to see the latest accommodation deals and events at Mill Rythe.