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Outdoor Things to do in Hampshire With Kids

Looking for outdoor things to do in Hampshire with kids? Whether you live within driving distance or are perhaps visiting the area whilst camping or even glamping in Hampshire, here you will find lots of current details on the following places. Including where to eat on site, toilet facilities and other useful information.

  • Exbury Gardens (Southampton)
  • Furzey Gardens (Lyndhurst, New Forest)
  • Beaulieu (New Forest)
  • Buckler’s Hard (New Forest)
  • Paultons Park

For more things to do in Hampshire with kids, see here.

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Exbury Gardens (Southampton, Hampshire)

Exbury Gardens in Southampton, Hampshire is a beautiful 200-acre woodland garden that is perfect for visiting with kids. The gardens are home to a wide variety of plants and flowers, including rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, and magnolias. There is also a steam railway that runs through the gardens, a children’s play area, and a cafe. Dogs are welcome too! 

Website: https://www.exbury.co.uk/

Opening Hours: open daily – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Where to eat: 

  • Mr Eddy’s Restaurant and Tennis Court Cafe. Note: Tennis Court cafe is outdoor seating only. Ask at the entrance for details when you arrive. 
  • Bringing your own picnic or refreshments is encouraged (Picnic benches and seating has been spaced out to avoid areas becoming overpopulated.)

Toilets: 

  • Toilets are located in the following places: Visitor Entrance, Exbury Central Station, Herbaceous Garden (close to Exbury House), Tennis Court Tea Rooms
  • Baby changing facilities are available in most of the ladies toilets, some of the mens and all of the disabled toilets. 

Accessibility: 

  • main paths are suitable for wheelchairs
  • carers are admitted free of charge
  • free limited number of non-motorized wheelchairs
  • disabled toilets are available in all toilet facilities

Other useful information:

  • Free Parking, electric car charging point available
  • Dogs are welcome (Water bowls for dogs are available at: Visitor Entrance, Railway, Mr Eddy’s Restaurant)  
  • Maps are obtainable at the Visitor Entrance 

Furzey Gardens (Lyndhurst, Hampshire)

From the website: A tranquil hidden garden nestled in the New Forest National Park. Explore the winding and meandering paths with thatched tea rooms, beautiful plants and fairy doors to discover.

Website: https://www.minsteadtrust.org.uk/furzey-gardens/

Opening Hours:

  • The gardens and tea rooms are open seven days a week, 10am – 4pm.

Where to eat: 

  • The tea rooms are open every day from 10am to 4pm .

Toilets: Are available on site.

Accessibility: 

  • Furzey Gardens is on a hill and the informal woodland paths and gradients mean that parts of that garden are not wheelchair accessible.
  • Informal garden paths are narrow, twisting. steep in places and can be slippery. There is an easier path route if you have difficulty walking or use a mobility device. However the utmost care must be taken even on this route.

Other useful information:

  • Map is available on the website.
  • There is limited parking available at Furzey Gardens
  • Only assistance dogs are allowed to come into the gardens

Beaulieu (New Forest, Hampshire)

Beaulieu, in the New Forest, is home to the National Motor Museum housing a collection of over 250 stunning vehicles from every motoring era.

Enter the ‘World of Top Gear’, featuring actual vehicles from the most ambitious challenges on the TV show over the years and experience the Top Gear ‘Enormodrome’ which aims to recreate the feel of the Top Gear studio. Visitors to Beaulieu can also explore Palace House, home of the Montagu family since 1538 and see the 13th century Beaulieu Abbey, once home to the Cistercian monks.

Website: https://www.beaulieu.co.uk/

Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm 

Where to eat: 

  • Brabazon Cafe
  • You are very welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy during your visit.

Toilets: Two sets of toilets open for visitors, one beneath the Brabazon Restaurant and the other near to the Abbey Domus.

Accessibility: 

  • We welcome visits from guests with disabilities and offer a free Personal Assistant ticket for visitors with registered accessibility requirements.
  • A limited number of manual wheelchairs and electric scooters available to hire, free of charge.
  • There are three sets of disabled toilets across the site.

Other useful information:

  • Map is available on the website
  • Dogs are welcomed at Beaulieu and are permitted within the grounds. (Scoops are provided for disposal of mess free of charge.)

Buckler’s Hard (New Forest, Hampshire)

Bucklers Hard is a beautiful 18th century shipbuilding village on the banks of the Beaulieu River in the heart of the New Forest National Park. It is a popular destination for families, with plenty to see and do for all ages.

  • Visit the Bucklers Hard Maritime Museum: The museum tells the story of Bucklers Hard’s shipbuilding heritage and its role in Nelson’s Navy. There are interactive exhibits, a model ship workshop, and a chance to dress up as a sailor or shipwright.
  • Take a river cruise: Take a relaxing cruise on the Beaulieu River and learn about the local history and wildlife. You can see birds such as kingfishers, herons and egrets, as well as deer and other animals on the riverbank.
  • Visit the Shipwright’s Cottage: This traditional cottage was once home to a shipwright and his family. It is now a museum where you can learn about the daily life of a shipwright in the 18th century.
  • Explore the village: Take a walk around the village and admire the traditional cottages and buildings. There is also a playground for children and a cafe where you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.
  • Visit the Apple Orchard: The Apple Orchard is located just a short walk from Bucklers Hard. You can pick your own apples in the season and learn about the different varieties of apples that are grown in the orchard.

Website: https://www.bucklershard.co.uk/

Opening Hours: Daily 10am-4.30pm except Christmas Day

Where to eat: 

  • THE CAPTAIN’S TABLE – Tuck into a delicious cooked breakfast, afternoon tea or even lunch.  Also serving all-day snacks and hot drinks, the Captain’s Table is open daily from 9am.
  • THE MASTER BUILDER’S HOUSE HOTEL – with indoor and outdoor eating.
  • Picnics are welcome at Buckler’s Hard.

Toilets: There is a fully accessible toilet adjacent to the Captain’s Cabin Tea Rooms.

Accessibility: 

  • Buckler’s Hard has remained almost unchanged since the 18th century and is by its nature not easy for wheelchair access.
  • The site includes mainly gravel paths, some steep slopes and narrow doorways and stairs to historic buildings. 

Other useful information:

  • Parking does not have to be pre-booked and can be paid for on arrival via a contactless payment card.
  • Assistance dogs are welcome
  • Interactive map is available on the website
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Paultons Park is the home of Peppa Pig World

Paultons Park (The New Forest, Hampshire)

Paultons is a popular family theme park — located in Hampshire with over 70 exciting rides and attractions, set within 140 acres of beautiful parkland on the edge of the New Forest National Park. Paultons is also home of the UK’s only Peppa Pig World with 9 fun Peppa-themed rides, great for an amazing day out with the kids.

Enjoy roller coasters, thrill rides, family rides, indoor and outdoor play areas, water splash parks, entertainments and an astonishing collection of birds and animals at our amusement park.

Website: https://paultonspark.co.uk/

Opening Hours: Usually daily 10am – 5:30pm – but always check on the app first as some days the park is closed for training or special events.

Where to eat: 

  • In the Peppa Pig area there is Daddy Pig’s Cafe or in The Queen’s Kitchen in Peppa Pig World! Enjoy delicious Pizza or a selection of tempting snacks, treats and drinks. Or maybe indulge in an ice cream from Miss Rabbit’s Ice Cream Parlour! There are numerous other places to eat within Paultons Park.
  • Guests are still welcome to bring their own picnics when visiting the park

Toilets: On site with mini potty style toilets for smaller guests.

Accessibility: 

  • Wheelchair or mobility scooter dependent guests are admitted free of charge
  • A vast majority of the rides and attractions at Paultons, including Peppa Pig World, are designed to be fully accessible to disabled guests, therefore we do not offer a discounted disabled rate for guests or their carers
  • Special car parking area in main car park
  • All restaurants and shops are wheelchair accessible
  • Ample toilet facilities for guests with disabilities
  • Manual wheelchairs are available to hire from our first aid centre free of charge. 
  • The Victorian Carousel with special carriage accessible to wheelchair users
  • Changing facilities available

Other useful information:

  • Admittance allowed for fully trained assistance dogs

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