From family days out and great places to take the kids in Southampton and surrounding areas, to activity ideas for rainy days, I’ll share my local knowledge and ideas with you all.

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February 2019

Science of Magic: February Half Term at Winchester Science Centre

February 15 - February 25
Winchester Science Centre, Telegraph Way
Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1HZ United Kingdom
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Winchester Science Centre will be hosting a range of exciting extra activities this February half term!

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Festival of Light at Westquay Southampton

February 15 - February 24
WestQuay Southampton, SO15 1QF United Kingdom + Google Map

Festival of Light returns to the Esplanade at Westquay Southampton this February.

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Hands-on Half Term at Beaulieu

February 16 - February 24
Beaulieu, New Forest Hampshire SO42 7ZN United Kingdom + Google Map

Beaulieu National Motor Museum is celebrating 50 years of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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Bricktropolis LEGO experience at Milestones Museum Basingstoke

February 16 - April 28
Milestones Museum, Churchill Way West
Basingstoke, Hampshire RG22 6PG United Kingdom
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Hampshire-based LEGO® building company, Bright Bricks, are bringing a new LEGO experience to Milestones this spring.

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Country Capers February Half Term Trail at Mottisfont

February 16 - February 24
Mottisfont, near Romsey Hampshire SO51 0LP United Kingdom + Google Map

Explore the grounds of Mottisfont on a Thelwell-themed family trail

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February Half Term at Winchester City Mill

February 16 - February 24
Winchester City Mill, Bridge Street
Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9BH United Kingdom
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Take part in a fun family trail this February half term at Winchester City Mill.

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Is Plastic Fantastic? Half Term Trail at Royal Victoria Country Park Southampton

February 16 - February 24
Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley
Southampton, Hampshire SO31 5GA United Kingdom
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There's a new self-guided trail this February half term at Royal Victoria Country Park in Southampton

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February Half Term Trail at Lepe Country Park near Southampton

February 16 - February 24
Lepe Country Park, Exbury
Southampton, Hampshire SO45 1AD United Kingdom
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Take part in Lepe's half term trail near Southampton

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Wellies and Weather half term activities at Manor Farm Southampton

February 16 - February 24
Manor Farm, Bursledon
Southampton, Hampshire SO31 1BH United Kingdom
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Join in with weather themed activities this February half term at Manor Farm Southampton.

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February Half Term Penguin Trail at Gilbert Whites House Hampshire

February 16 - February 24
Gilbert Whites House, The Wakes
Selborne, Hampshire GU34 3JH United Kingdom
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This February half term, head to Gilbert Whites House in Selborne, Hampshire, to search for the antarctic penguins hiding around the grounds.

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Stories from the City at Spinnaker Tower Portsmouth

February 16 - February 24
Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 3TT United Kingdom
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Head to Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower this February half term and follow a trail to discover fascinating stories about some of the places you can see from the tower.

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Tudors in Love at The Mary Rose Museum Portsmouth

February 16 - February 24
Mary Rose Museum, Main Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 3PY United Kingdom
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Explore the Mary Rose Museum this February half term in Portsmouth

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February Half Term Holiday Club with Bright Sparks at Winchester Science Centre

February 18 - February 22
Winchester Science Centre, Telegraph Way
Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1HZ United Kingdom
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Children aged 5-9 years can enjoy a science-themed holiday club this February half term at Winchester Science Centre!

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Insect Pest Trail at Mottisfont

February 18 - February 22
Mottisfont, near Romsey Hampshire SO51 0LP United Kingdom + Google Map

Join in with the pest trail at Mottisfont this February half term and find out which little critters enjoy munching on Mottisfont's books, curtains and carpets!

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Mystery at the Fort: February half term at Fort Nelson, Fareham

February 18 - February 22
Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road
Fareham, Hampshire PO17 6AN United Kingdom
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Join the Victorian mystery trail this February half term at Fort Nelson in Fareham.

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake in Southampton at Mayflower Theatre

February 19 - February 23
Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road
Southampton, Hampshire SO15 1GE United Kingdom
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Matthew Bourne brings Swan Lake to Southampton, with a fresh look for the 21st century.

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Climb a Tree at Hillier Gardens

February 22
Hillier Gardens, Ampfield
Romsey, Hampshire SO51 0QA United Kingdom
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Climb a tree this February half term at Hillier Gardens, near Romsey, Hampshire.

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Pancake cooking around the fire at Hillier Gardens

February 22
Hillier Gardens, Ampfield
Romsey, Hampshire SO51 0QA United Kingdom
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Join Hillier Gardens, near Romsey, Hampshire, to celebrate Pancake Day by cooking your own tasty treats over the campfire!

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Discover fossils and dinosaurs at Cumberland House Portsmouth

February 22
Cumberland House, Eastern Parade
Southsea, Hampshire PO4 9RF United Kingdom
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Families can discover fossils and dinosaurs this February half term in Portsmouth.

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Margo & Mr. Whatsit at The Berry Theatre, Hedge End

February 23
The Berry Theatre, Hedge End
Southampton, Hampshire SO30 4EJ United Kingdom
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Paddleboat Theatre bring their children's show, Margo & Mr Whatsit, to The Berry Theatre in Hedge End.

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Chinese New Year Extravaganza at Theatre Royal Winchester

February 24
Theatre Royal Winchester, Jewry Street
Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8SB United Kingdom
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Join the celebration as Chinese New Year comes to Winchester!

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March 2019

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Show in Basingstoke

March 1 - March 3
The Haymarket, Wote Street
Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7NW United Kingdom
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Based on the children’s book series by David McKee, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant show is coming to Basingstoke!

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Snow White, Rose Red, Bear Brown at Nuffield Southampton Theatres

March 2 - March 3
NST City, 142 -144 Above Bar Street
Southampton, Hampshire SO14 7DU United Kingdom
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This new show from the Woods of Widdershins, uses puppets, storytelling and original music to tell the story of Snow White and Rose Red

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Twirlywoos Live! at Theatre Royal Winchester

March 3 - March 4
Theatre Royal Winchester, Jewry Street
Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8SB United Kingdom
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The Twirlywoos are heading to Winchester with their enchanting children's theatre show.

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The Worst Witch family show in Southampton at Mayflower Theatre

March 6 - March 9
Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road
Southampton, Hampshire SO15 1GE United Kingdom
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Watch Jill Murphy’s much-loved characters come to life, in a new stage adaptation of The Worst Witch, a family theatre show in Southampton.

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In The Willows at New Theatre Royal Portsmouth

March 7 - March 9
New Theatre Royal Portsmouth, Guildhall Walk
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2DD United Kingdom
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In The Willows is a hip hop musical version of Wind In The Willows, coming to Portsmouth in 2019.

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Room on the Broom at Theatre Royal Winchester

March 8 - March 10
Theatre Royal Winchester, Jewry Street
Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8SB United Kingdom
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See Room on the Broom, live on stage in Winchester!

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If All The World Were Paper at Nuffield Southampton Theatres

March 9 - March 10
NST City, 142 -144 Above Bar Street
Southampton, Hampshire SO14 7DU United Kingdom
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If All The World Were Paper is a story about best friends who don't always see eye to eye. It's a show about friendship, and falling out, exploring loyalty and understanding in a hilarious and poignant way.

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3 Little Pig Tails at Nuffield Southampton Theatres

March 16 - March 17
NST City, 142 -144 Above Bar Street
Southampton, Hampshire SO14 7DU United Kingdom
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Garlic Theatre presents a brand new version of the classic story of the three little pigs, set in Paris.

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The Cat in the Hat at Nuffield Southampton Theatres

March 20 - March 24
NST Campus, University Road
Southampton, Hampshire SO17 1TR United Kingdom
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Based on the much-loved book by Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat stage show is coming to Nuffield Southampton Theatres (Campus site) in March 2019.

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Tom Gates at Kings Theatre Portsmouth

March 27 - March 31
Kings Theatre Portsmouth, Albert Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2QJ United Kingdom
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Prepare for Liz Pichon’s fantastic characters to come to life in this brand new story for the stage!

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Oliver! at New Theatre Royal Portsmouth

March 28 - March 30
New Theatre Royal Portsmouth, Guildhall Walk
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2DD United Kingdom
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The classic musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist, is coming to Portsmouth's New Theatre Royal in 2019.

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, live on stage in Basingstoke

March 28 - March 31
The Haymarket, Wote Street
Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7NW United Kingdom
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The smash-hit production of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, direct from the West End, is on its way to Basingstoke!

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Tom Thumb at Nuffield Southampton Theatres

March 30 - March 31
NST City, 142 -144 Above Bar Street
Southampton, Hampshire SO14 7DU United Kingdom
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Join Tom Thumb on his big adventure at Nuffield Southampton Theatres.

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Mothers Day at the Mary Rose Museum Portsmouth

March 30 - March 31
Mary Rose Museum, Main Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 3PY United Kingdom
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Visit the Mary Rose Museum, this mothers day weekend in Portsmouth

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Milkshake! Live in Fareham

March 31
Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road
Fareham, Hampshire PO16 7DB United Kingdom
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Join Milkshake Monkey and friends for their new children's stage show at Fareham's Ferneham Hall.

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April 2019

Dinosaur World Live at New Theatre Royal Portsmouth

April 5 - April 6
New Theatre Royal Portsmouth, Guildhall Walk
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2DD United Kingdom
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Dinosaur World Live is a roarsome interactive show for all the family!

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Brickosaurs at Marwell Zoo

April 5 - September 1
Marwell Zoo, Thompsons Lane
Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1JH United Kingdom
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Marwell Zoo are hosting a dinosaur themed LEGO event throughout summer 2019!

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Meet the Crew: Easter at the Mary Rose Museum Portsmouth

April 6 - April 21
Mary Rose Museum, Main Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 3PY United Kingdom
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During the Easter holidays in Portsmouth, visit the Mary Rose Museum

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The Gruffalo, The Witch and The Warthog with Julia Donaldson in Basingstoke

April 7 - April 9
The Haymarket, Wote Street
Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7NW United Kingdom
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Best-selling author Julia Donaldson is coming to Basingstoke with a show featuring six of her books, including The Gruffalo, The Ugly Five and the newly-released The Cook and the King.

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Peter Pan Easter Pantomime at The Anvil Basingstoke

April 9
The Anvil, Churchill Way
Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7QR United Kingdom
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The Anvil brings you another classic family Easter pantomime in Basingstoke - Peter Pan!

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Easter Family Activities at Winchester Cathedral

April 10
Winchester Cathedral, The Close
Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9LS United Kingdom
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Follow the Easter trail around Winchester Cathedral

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The Amazing Bubble Man in Basingstoke

April 11
The Haymarket, Wote Street
Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7NW United Kingdom
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The Amazing Bubble Man comes to Basingstoke! Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences worldwide for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. Tickets £15 per adult and £13 per child.

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In the Night Garden Live show at Kings Theatre Portsmouth

April 13 - April 14
Kings Theatre Portsmouth, Albert Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2QJ United Kingdom
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The brand new In the Night Garden Live show is coming to the Kings Theatre Portsmouth in 2019!

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Morgan & West’s Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show for Kids at The Berry Theatre

April 16
The Berry Theatre, Hedge End
Southampton, Hampshire SO30 4EJ United Kingdom
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Time travelling magicians Morgan & West present a magic extravaganza at The Berry Theatre in Hedge End.

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Nick Sharratt’s Right Royal Drawalong at The Berry Theatre, Hedge End

April 20
The Berry Theatre, Hedge End
Southampton, Hampshire SO30 4EJ United Kingdom
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Join acclaimed children’s writer and illustrator Nick Sharratt and draw along with him at The Berry Theatre in Hedge End!

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Horrible Histories in Southampton at Mayflower Theatre

April 24 - April 28
Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road
Southampton, Hampshire SO15 1GE United Kingdom
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Horrible Histories is returning to Southampton in 2019 with two shows; Terrible Tudors and Awful Egyptians.

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Animalcolm in Basingstoke

April 27
The Haymarket, Wote Street
Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7NW United Kingdom
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David Baddiel’s story of Animalcolm comes to the stage in Basingstoke.

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Annie the musical in Southampton at Mayflower Theatre

April 30 - May 4
Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road
Southampton, Hampshire SO15 1GE United Kingdom
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This spring, ANNIE comes to Southampton for one week only, direct from London's West End.

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May 2019

The Magic Flute by Welsh National Opera at Mayflower Theatre Southampton

May 9 - May 11
Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road
Southampton, Hampshire SO15 1GE United Kingdom
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See the Welsh National Opera in Southampton this spring, with The Magic Flute - an opera experience for all ages.

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