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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July 2019

School holidays in Hampshire: Pond Dipping at Hillier Gardens

July 23 - September 5
Hillier Gardens, Ampfield
Romsey, Hampshire SO51 0QA United Kingdom
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Children can take part in pond dipping sessions at Hillier Gardens, on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school holidays in Hampshire.

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Operation Earth summer activities at Winchester Science Centre

July 23 - September 4
Winchester Science Centre, Telegraph Way
Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1HZ United Kingdom
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Explore the world of environmental science with hands-on summer activities at Winchester Science Centre.

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Peter Rabbit & Friends at Manor Farm Southampton

July 23 - September 8
Manor Farm, Bursledon
Southampton, Hampshire SO31 1BH United Kingdom
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Peter Rabbit is back for summer 2019 at Manor Farm, Southampton!

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Summer holidays at Winchester City Mill

July 24 - September 3
Winchester City Mill, Bridge Street
Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9BH United Kingdom
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During the summer holidays, Winchester City Mill will have a range of fun family activities on offer.

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Environmental Champions at Lepe Country Park

July 24 - September 3
Lepe Country Park, Exbury
Southampton, Hampshire SO45 1AD United Kingdom
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Be an Environmental Champion at Lepe Country Park this summer!

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Summer holiday activities at Southampton Central Library

July 24 - August 15
Southampton Central Library, Civic Centre
Southampton, Hampshire SO14 7LW United Kingdom
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There are lots of free summer holiday activities at Southampton Central Library during the school break! This year's summer activities are space themed to complement the Space Chase summer reading challenge.

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Family Archaeology Workshop at Hillier Gardens

July 26
Hillier Gardens, Ampfield
Romsey, Hampshire SO51 0QA United Kingdom
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Learn about the Stone Age this summer holiday at Hillier Gardens' Family Archaeology workshop.

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Southampton’s Sensory Garden at Westquay

July 26 - August 11
WestQuay Southampton, SO15 1QF United Kingdom + Google Map
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Visit Southampton's Sensory Garden this summer, on the Esplanade at Westquay.

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Netley Marsh Steam and Craft Show

July 26 - July 28
Meadowmead Farm, Netley Marsh Hampshire SO40 7GY United Kingdom + Google Map

If you’re looking for a great, fun filled day out with the family, you’ll love Netley Marsh Steam and Craft Show!

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Legacy Festival in Eastleigh

July 26 - July 28
Highbridge Farm, Highbridge Road
Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 6HN United Kingdom
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The Legacy Festival in Eastleigh is a place where families can get together for a weekend, listen to music, enjoy bouncy castles and slides and just run about safely in a field.

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Family Fun Days on The Watercress Line in Hampshire

July 27 - July 28
The Watercress Line, Alresford
Near Winchester, Hampshire SO24 9JG United Kingdom
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The Watercress Line is welcoming families along to some special Family Fun Days

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KiddieCon in Eastleigh

July 27 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Swan Centre, Eastleigh Hampshire SO50 5SF United Kingdom + Google Map

Join The Swan Centre in Eastleigh for Kiddiecon - a pint sized comic con just for kids (and big kids too)!

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King’s Somborne Fun Day

July 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Kings Somborne Village Hall & Sports Field, Stockbridge
Winchester, Hampshire SO20 6PP United Kingdom
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The annual King's Somborne Fun Day takes place on 27 July

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The New Forest and Hampshire County Show

July 30 - August 1
New Park, Brockenhurst
New Forest, Hampshire SO42 7QH United Kingdom
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The New Forest and Hampshire County Show takes place in Brockenhurst, offering 30 acres of showground for the whole family to explore.

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New Forest Heritage Centre Summer Discovery Days

July 30 - August 29
New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst
New Forest, Hampshire SO43 7NY United Kingdom
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The New Forest Heritage Centre’s Discovery Days run every Tuesday and Thursday during school holidays.

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Summer holiday activities at Southampton City Art Gallery

July 30 - August 30
Southampton City Art Gallery, Commercial Road
Southampton, Hampshire SO14 7LP United Kingdom
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There are lots of summer holiday activities at Southampton City Art Gallery during the school break. Get creative whilst being inspired by the gallery's 80th birthday exhibitions!

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Tudor House Summer Garden Party in Southampton

July 31 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tudor House and Garden, Bugle Street
Southampton, Hampshire SO14 2AD United Kingdom
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Kick off the summer holidays at Tudor House's Summer Garden Party in Southampton!

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August 2019

The Point Youth Theatre presents The Tales Of Merlin

August 1 - August 3
The Point, Leigh Road
Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 9DE United Kingdom
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The Point Youth Theatre presents The Tales Of Merlin, a newly commissioned play by local writer Matt Beames

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Summer holiday activities in Southampton: SeaCity Museum

August 1 - August 30
SeaCity, Havelock Road
Southampton, Hampshire SO14 7FY United Kingdom
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If you’re looking for summer holiday activities in Southampton, there’s loads going on to entertain the kids at SeaCity Museum this August.

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Butterfly Day at Hillier Gardens

August 2
Hillier Gardens, Ampfield
Romsey, Hampshire SO51 0QA United Kingdom
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Butterfly Day at Hillier Gardens is a fun day of butterfly themed activities run in conjunction with Butterfly Conservation.

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Day Out With Thomas on The Watercress Line in Hampshire

August 3 - August 11
The Watercress Line, Alresford
Near Winchester, Hampshire SO24 9JG United Kingdom
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Thomas the Tank Engine and friends are returning to the Watercress Line in Hampshire this summer

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Trout ‘n About Stockbridge – food & craft festival near Winchester

August 4
Stockbridge High Street, Stockbridge
Near Winchester, Hampshire SO20 6EU United Kingdom
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Trout 'n About in Stockbridge is a free food & craft festival near Winchester, celebrating local food, produce and crafts

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Exbury Gardens Devoted to Dogs Day & Family Dog Show in the New Forest

August 4
Exbury Gardens, Exbury
New Forest, Hampshire SO45 1AZ United Kingdom
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On Exbury's Devoted to Dogs Day, dog owners can get a 20% discount on gardens admission (applicable to one person per dog) and take part in a fun family dog show in the New Forest.

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Lymington Spectacular and Classic Car Show

August 4 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Woodside Park, Lymington Hampshire SO41 8AA United Kingdom + Google Map

The Lymington Spectacular and Classic Car Show is back for summer 2019 at Woodside Park, Lymington.

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Beyond the Stage Summer School Southampton

August 5 - August 9
The Berry Theatre, Hedge End
Southampton, Hampshire SO30 4EJ United Kingdom
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Children aged 11-16 can join The Berry Theatre in Hedge End, Southampton, for a 'Beyond The Stage' summer school.

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Summer holiday activities in Southampton: Tudor House

August 5 - August 29
Tudor House and Garden, Bugle Street
Southampton, Hampshire SO14 2AD United Kingdom
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If you're looking for summer holiday activities in Southampton, there's loads going on to entertain the kids at Tudor House this August. With a wizarding theme, the summer workshops explore myths, legends, magic and more.

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Summer holiday entertainment with Crazy M at Longdown Farm

August 7
Longdown Activity Farm, Ashurst
Southampton, Hampshire SO40 7EH United Kingdom
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Along with all of Longdown Farm’s usual hands-on activities this summer holiday, there will also be an appearance from children’s entertainer Crazy M on Wednesday 7 August.

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David Walliams’ Mr Stink at Nuffield Southampton Theatres

August 12 - August 14
NST City, 142 -144 Above Bar Street
Southampton, Hampshire SO14 7DU United Kingdom
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Families can see David Walliams' Mr Stink in Southampton this summer!

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The Wind In The Willows – outdoor family theatre in Hampshire

August 13 - August 17
Island House, Romsey Hampshire SO51 0HP United Kingdom + Google Map

RAODS presents The Wind In The Willows - outdoor family theatre in Hampshire this summer.

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Summer holidays in Hampshire: Rubbish Monsters at Longdown Farm

August 14 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Longdown Activity Farm, Ashurst
Southampton, Hampshire SO40 7EH United Kingdom
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During the summer holidays in Hampshire, join local author Simon Chadwick at Longdown Farm for story time, drawing, and junk modelling on 14 August.

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Winchester Cheese & Chilli Festival

August 17 - August 18
North Walls Recreation Ground, Winchester Hampshire SO23 7DD United Kingdom + Google Map

The Winchester Cheese & Chilli Festival celebrates both Cheese and Chilli within a family-friendly festival setting.

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Hampshire Pet Fair & Fun Dog Show

August 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Victoria House, Hamble Lane
Southampton, Hampshire SO31 4TS United Kingdom
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The Hampshire Pet Fair & Fun Dog Show offers a fun packed day out, with animal encounters, reptiles & amphibians, fun dog show and more.

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Big Fun Run Southampton

August 18
Southampton Common Southampton, Hampshire SO15 7NN United Kingdom + Google Map

The Big Fun Run Southampton is a 5k run, suitable for all the family. Run for fitness, run for charity, or just run for fun!

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Wheels, Wheels, Wheels at Bursledon Brickworks

August 18 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bursledon Brickworks Museum, Swanwick
Southampton, Hampshire SO31 7GW United Kingdom
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It's time for another Steam-up Sunday at Bursledon Brickworks!

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St Francis Animal Welfare Summer Fun Day & Dog Show in Eastleigh

August 18 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Highbridge Farm, Highbridge Road
Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 6HN United Kingdom
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Pop the 18th August in your diary for the St Francis Animal Welfare Summer Fun Day & Dog Show in Eastleigh!

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Summer holiday entertainment with Crazy M at Longdown Farm

August 21
Longdown Activity Farm, Ashurst
Southampton, Hampshire SO40 7EH United Kingdom
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Along with all of Longdown Farm’s usual hands-on activities this summer holiday, there will also be an appearance from children’s entertainer Crazy M on Wednesday 21 August.

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CarFest South: Family Festival in Hampshire

August 23 - August 25
Laverstoke Park Farm, Overton Hampshire RG25 3DR United Kingdom + Google Map

CarFest South is a fantastic family festival in Hampshire, taking place over the August bank holiday weekend at Laverstoke Park Farm, near Winchester.

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Victorious Festival

August 23 - August 25
Southsea Seafront Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 3LJ United Kingdom + Google Map

Portsmouth's Victorious Festival is a family-friendly music festival on Southsea seafront, taking place over the August bank holiday weekend.

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The Burley Festival – Food, Art & Drink

August 24 - August 25
Burley Manor Park, Burley
New Forest, Hampshire BH24 4DJ United Kingdom
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The Burley Festival is a food and arts festival in the New Forest, bringing together high quality local producers for a weekend of artisan food, drinks and creations!

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Petersfield Summer Festival

August 24 - August 26
Petersfield Market Square, Petersfield Hampshire GU32 3HJ United Kingdom + Google Map

Petersfield Summer Festival is a free-to-enter summer celebration taking place during the August bank holiday weekend throughout the centre of Petersfield, Hampshire.

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Southampton Pride

August 24
Guildhall Square Southampton, Hampshire SO14 7DU United Kingdom + Google Map

Southampton Pride is back for 2019! Taking place this August bank holiday weekend, Southampton Pride is a family-friendly festival which is free to attend.

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The Greatest Showman Sing-along at Nuffield Southampton Theatres

August 28
NST City, 142 -144 Above Bar Street
Southampton, Hampshire SO14 7DU United Kingdom
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Join Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST City) this summer, for a sing-along screening of The Greatest Showman!

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Summer holiday entertainment with Crazy M at Longdown Farm

August 28
Longdown Activity Farm, Ashurst
Southampton, Hampshire SO40 7EH United Kingdom
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Along with all of Longdown Farm’s usual hands-on activities this summer holiday, there will also be an appearance from children’s entertainer Crazy M on Wednesday 28 August.

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Summer holidays in Hampshire: Rubbish Monsters at Longdown Farm

August 30 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Longdown Activity Farm, Ashurst
Southampton, Hampshire SO40 7EH United Kingdom
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During the summer holidays in Hampshire, join local author Simon Chadwick at Longdown Farm for story time, drawing, and junk modelling on 30 August.

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Family Summers End Picnic with Fireworks at Hillier Gardens

August 31
Hillier Gardens, Ampfield
Romsey, Hampshire SO51 0QA United Kingdom
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Celebrate the end of the summer with the talented 75 piece orchestra and singers, Pops Incorporated UK, at the Family Summers End Picnic with Fireworks at Hillier Gardens.

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BRICKOSAURS! Bonanza Weekend at Marwell Zoo

August 31 - September 1
Marwell Zoo, Thompsons Lane
Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1JH United Kingdom
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It's the final weekend to visit Brickosaurs at Marwell Zoo and the barriers will be coming down so you can get up close to some of the stunning sculptures for some ROARsome photo opportunities!

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Family Fun Weekend at Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway

August 31 - September 1
Eastleigh Lakeside Railway, Lakeside Country Park
Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 5PE United Kingdom
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Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway is hosting a Family Fun Weekend to mark the end of the summer holidays!

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September 2019

Romsey Food Fest

September 1 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Romsey Market Place, Romsey Hampshire SO51 8ZJ United Kingdom + Google Map

Romsey town centre will be bursting with local produce on Sunday 1 September 2019 with its annual Romsey Food Fest.

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Twyford Waterworks Open Day

September 1 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Twyford Waterworks, Twyford
Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1QA United Kingdom
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The Twyford Waterworks Open Day is an opportunity to see restored machinery in operation and hear about how it all used to work.

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Countess Mountbatten Hospice Family Fun Day in Eastleigh

September 1 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Highbridge Farm, Highbridge Road
Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 6HN United Kingdom
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With a new venue for summer 2019, the Countess Mountbatten Hospice Family Fun Day in Eastleigh promises to be even bigger and better!

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