Yes really – May half term has crept up on us already, how did that happen?! If you’re wondering what events and activities you can entertain the kids with, I’ve put together a big list of what’s on during May half term in Hampshire, covering the SO area; Southampton, New Forest, Romsey, Eastleigh, Winchester and nearby.
Please click through and check full details with the event organisers before you visit!
May half term events in the SO area: Southampton, New Forest, Romsey, Eastleigh, Winchester and nearby
May half term theatre shows around Southampton
Join Milkshake Monkey and friends for this fantastic May half term children’s theatre show in Southampton.
See the smash-hit production of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt on tour, at Nuffield Southampton Theatres this May half term.
Enjoy a family-friendly show at The Point in Eastleigh this May half term.
Moon On A Stick will delight young audiences with their children’s theatre show in Southampton, Land Of Nod, at Hanger Farm this May half term.
If you’re looking for half term family theatre in Southampton, The Noise Next Door return to The Berry Theatre, Hedge End, with a new show that’s fun for the whole family!
A brilliant way to entertain the entire family this May half term, Comedy Club 4 Kids will be bringing some of the best stand-ups and sketch acts to Eastleigh!
Horrible Histories returns to Winchester with a new show – Barmy Britain!
May half term fetes, fairs and family fun days around Southampton
The annual Totton Arts Festival will be taking place at Hanger Farm Park and Arts Centre on Saturday 25th May.
If you’re looking for a great day out this May Bank Holiday in Hampshire, the Longdown Vintage Farm Rally is back for 2019!
Southampton Dementia Festival 2019 takes place over the bank holiday weekend, on Saturday 25th May.
Norton Park Hotel is hosting a charity summer fete in Winchester.
Hythe Village Fete returns for another year at Ewart Recreation Ground.
New Place’s Family Fun Day in Southampton is back for 2019!
Wartime Wallop is a family fun day in Hampshire at the Army Flying Museum.
Netley Regatta and Summer Fayre is back on the 1st June 2019.
Fawley Show is an annual family fun day in the Southampton waterside area.
The Solent Garden & Craft Fayre in Eastleigh is organised by the Rotary Club of Southampton, raising funds to support local charities.
May half term creative & hands-on activities around Southampton
Family Portrait Day at Winchester Discovery Centre is a day of demonstrations, workshops, and drop-in activities, all in celebration of the BP Portrait Award exhibition in The Gallery.
Westquay Southampton is hosting a free Aladdin themed kids’ event during May half term!
Climb a tree this May half term at Hillier Gardens, near Romsey, Hampshire.
Join ParkLives Southampton at the Outdoor Sports Centre for a pirate treasure hunt this bank holiday Monday!
Children can take part in pond dipping sessions at Hillier Gardens, on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school holidays in Hampshire.
Fresh Kitchen Cookery School are running a Children’s Organic Cookery half term workshop in Winchester.
The New Forest Heritage Centre’s Discovery Days run every Tuesday and Thursday during school holidays.
This May half term in Hampshire, children can create a miniature garden at Furzey Gardens in the New Forest.
Have you ever wondered where fairies and elves come from? Join Tudor House in Southampton to find out about their history and create some magical artwork this May half term.
This May half term, children aged 8-14 can take part in a drama workshop at The Berry Theatre in Hedge End.
This May half term at Winchester City Museum, join Treehouse Theatre as they tell the exciting Saxon story of Beowulf.
This May half term at Bursledon Windmill, children can take part in some Windmill Wednesday activities in the great outdoors!
This May half term, take part in a Family Bushcraft morning at Lepe Country Park near Southampton.
Join Tudor House in Southampton this May half term for a Harry Potter-inspired workshop!
Eling Tide Mill Experience is calling all boat builders and future engineers this May half term!
Take part in family make-and-take activities at Winchester City Museum this May half term.
This May half term at BellaCrafts (within Fair Oak Garden Centre), children will be able to enter into a world of adventure and wonderland with a Mad Hatter’s Craft Party.
Kids can try their hand at den-building, mud pie-making and creating wild art this May half term in the New Forest. The Wild Play Day at Foxbury offers a morning of outdoor adventures.
Join SeaCity Museum for a Savage Saxons half term workshop in Southampton!
This May half term in Hampshire, join local author Simon Chadwick at Longdown Farm for story time, drawing, and junk modelling.
This May half term, take part in a Family Bushcraft session at Hillier Gardens.
The Rose Road Association is hosting a Spring Bee Coffee Morning and half term craft activity in Southampton.
Join Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre for a day of family fun in Southampton!
As part of The Big Lunch in Southampton, the Parklife Café at St. James’ Park are hosting a Free Family Movie Screening.
May half term trails around Southampton
Just in time for May half term, there’s a new family trail in Hampshire – Art I Spy, at Hillier Gardens.
This May half term, take part in a family trail in Winchester and find the letters the knights have hidden around The Westgate Museum.
Visit Winchester City Mill this May half term and join in with a brand new family trail, to win a prize.
The May Half Term Trail at Itchen Valley Country Park will give children the chance to learn about the butterflies that live in the park and to earn a prize.
Join Hurst Castle for a D-Day Heroes half term trail, to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Become a nature detective on Mottisfont’s May half term trail in Hampshire.
Explore the garden and parkland at Hinton Ampner with a bee-themed May half term trail in Hampshire.
Take part in Lepe’s May half term trail and return to the park office with the correct answers to claim a prize.
St Barbe Museum in Lymington is offering families the chance to take part in a self-led blindfolded sensory trail this May half term.
Families can take part in the Southampton May Half Term Challenge Trail, taking place in West Quay Retail Park.
This May half term in Winchester, families will be able to discover all the weird and wonderful animals that can be found around the Cathedral.
Now in it’s 13th year, the popular Clarendon Way Walk for Naomi House & Jacksplace is the charity’s biggest annual fundraising event.
Great family days out around Southampton
Marwell Zoo are hosting a dinosaur themed LEGO event throughout summer 2019!
The Southampton Maze will be popping up for May half term, offering 400 metres of challenging twists and turns!
Train to be a secret agent this May half term at Beaulieu!
This May half term in Southampton, discover the Horrid History of Manor Farm, exploring historical artefacts including chamber pots, privies and tin baths!
The Watercress Line is welcoming families along to some special Family Fun Days.
Along with all of Longdown Farm’s usual hands-on activities this May half term, there will also be an appearance from children’s entertainer Crazy M.
The Twyford Waterworks Open Day and Railway Gala is an opportunity to see restored machinery in operation and hear about how it all used to work.