There is plenty to see and do in the Hamble Valley for all the family, from days out discovering to blowing away the cobwebs at one of the many country parks and there are lots of free things to do! Here is a few ideas on how to spend your day!
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A Quest for Heritage!
Begin at Eastleigh Museum on a Saturday morning and learn about the Railway town. Stop for refreshments and browse the gift shop.
Fully refreshed visit West End Museum and discover more local history with interesting displays on genealogy, property and some famous names including links with the Titanic and the story of Captain Rostron and the Carpathia.
Visit the great Chapel Hall at Royal Victoria Country Park and learn about life as a soldier at Netley, discover Royal Victoria’s influence on modern medicine, and find out what Florence Nightingale thought of Britain’s largest military hospital.
Take a Sunday visit to Bursledon Windmill and then on to one of Bursledon Brickworks family Open Days for a day of heritage fun before heading to the Jolly Sailor on the River Hamble for a bite to eat.
Action & Activity
Whilst not free, there are plenty of indoor and outdoor activty centres and attractions that provide hours of fun for young (and old) providing great value for money.
Monkey Bizness in the Swan Centre, Eastleigh, provides exciting and challenging adventure play equipment for creativity and play.
Marwell Activity Centre offers indoor and outdoor fun with a range of adventure activities for children from archery, paintballing to climbing and clay pigeon shooting.
Go Ape at Itchen Valley is a thrilling high wire, tree top adventure for anyone over the age of 10 years old.
Food for thought
For sticky finger treats visit Pickwell Farm for delicious Pick Your Own strawberries, raspberries and gooseberries … remember the wet wipes for sticky fingers!
Take the children crabbing on Hamble Quay for a great afternoon and see how many crabs you can catch compared to everyone else! Bring some bait, crabbing lines and a bucket.
Snappy Happy! Get the children into photography by arranging flowers, twigs, leaves or visit the same location throughtout the year to capture the seasons, spotting the changes.
Collect memories from days out in the Hamble Valley and create a scrapbook – Visit Bella Crafts in Fair Oak for all your scrapbooking material.
Take pen, paper and some paints to Hamble Quay to paint the yachts on the River, stopping in at the Blue Star kiosk for refreshments. Don’t forget to tidy up once the little artists have finished!
Visit Swanwick Lakes or Itchen Valley Country Park during the Easter and half-term holidays and join in the hunts and trails around the country park. During those April Showers, there is still fun to be had. Put on your wellies and waterproofs and head to Manor Farm Country Park for puddle jumping – remember to check the depth of the puddle with a stick first!
Enjoy a walk trhough the Hamble Valley on one of the many walks. Accept a mission or embark on a treasure hunt with Treasure Trails Hampshire who offer fun family treausre trails around the vilages of Hamble and Eastleigh. Visit www.treasuretrails.co.uk/hampshire for details.