A Mini-Break to Hampshire…

A Mini-Break to Hampshire…

As a family we haven’t been on many mini-breaks and this is something that I would like to change now the girls are older. There are lots of beautiful places we would love to visit. A few months ago Hampshire Top Attractions got in touch and invited us to explore Hampshire for a couple of days, which sounded perfect for us.

We planned it for when Andy was off work for two weeks and on his first day, we packed our case, made a picnic and jumped in the car. It was a bit drizzly, but it wasn’t forecast to rain and we crossed our fingers that the weatherman got it right as we headed to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.

Thankfully the rain held off and it was just a bit damp in the air. But we set off to explore the gardens and the girls couldn’t wait to find the treehouse. Thankfully there was plenty of places to have a picnic and we managed to find a hut to sit in, just in case the rain did come.

It was a typical day in England and after lunch the sun came out and the coats came off. We set off to explore the rest of the gardens, which are just beautiful.

I shared our full day out at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, if you would like to take a look, click here.

We then headed to Hamble, which is a picturesque little village by the water. It is also where Howard’s Way was filmed, for those of you that remember it!  We took a walk down to see the boats before we headed for dinner at The Bugle restaurant. Where we had a lovely meal and they did a great kids menu.

It was then time to head to our hotel for the night, The Potters Heron, which is a beautiful cottage style hotel. You can read my full review of the hotel, here.

With a little girl who just adores a certain pig, that goes by the name of Peppa. The next day we headed to Paultons Park, where we knew that Holly would just love Peppa Pig World and we were not wrong. She loved it!

We arrived and made our way to Peppa Pig World, where we were only the 2nd people on George’s Dinosaur Ride. In fact considering it was the summer holidays, the queues were all really good and the girls were brilliant at waiting patiently.

Before lunch we had managed to do a lot of the rides and whilst Holly had a nap, Alice went had fun in the splash park. Holly is not a big fan of them, so this was an ideal time for Alice to have a splash about.

Alice loves the rides in Peppa Pig World too, but she was also keen to try some other rides and Andy took her on the jeeps in Dinosaur Kingdom. She loved driving Andy and was thrilled to get her rangers licence.

With Holly awake we headed back to Peppa Pig World to do the last of the rides there and we also managed to fit in some more rides in Tiny Tots Town before we headed home.

You can read my full post on Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World here.

After two wonderful days it was time to head home, with two very tired and very happy little girls. There is no doubt that they had an amazing time and I know that we all appreciated having some family time together.

I’ve made a little video of our couple of days in Hampshire…

Disclosure: We are working with Hampshire Top Attractions and were invited to spend a couple in Hampshire with them. All views and opinions are my own.



  1. 20/09/2017 / 08:23

    Aww it sounds like you had a lovely time – my daughter would be SO excited to go to Peppa Pig World, so I think we’re going to save it for a special event 🙂

  2. 20/09/2017 / 09:50

    Oh this is lovely! We don’t go on enough mini-breaks either, I had been hoping we’d do more when we got a camper van but reading this has made me realise we shouldn’t wait. Peppa Pig world is fabulous isn’t it?? Glad you had a brilliant break.

  3. Dean of Little Steps
    20/09/2017 / 11:35

    We’ve only driven through Hampshire. Would love to stop by one of these days and see what the place has to offer and it looks lovely!

  4. 20/09/2017 / 11:47

    Peppa Pig World is my daughter’s favourite place! Hamble looks like a lovely place 🙂 x

  5. 20/09/2017 / 16:02

    This is my part of the country! Paultons Park is such a great place to visit with kids, I went with my daughter on a school trip to Hillier gardens too, it was a wet day but it was really beautiful! We found a few newts in the ponds!

  6. 20/09/2017 / 21:32

    Ahh this is gorgeous, I love your video! I’ve only been to Hampshire once, for the retreat actually, but it looks amazing and there is so much to do! We are desperate to go to peppa pig world!!

  7. 21/09/2017 / 07:59

    We live in East Dorset and a stones throw from Hampshire so are regular visitors to Peppa Pig World and some of the other attractions. My parents had a boat moored in Hamble and we used to watch Howards Way being filmed all the time – loved that program

  8. 21/09/2017 / 11:03

    Hampshire is such a beautiful place to visit. My youngest is just getting the age where a trip back to Peppa Pig World will be on the cards

  9. 21/09/2017 / 19:30

    Having just returned from Hampshire myself {for work} I am so jealous of the mini break you guys had, loves lovely and fun.

  10. 21/09/2017 / 22:12

    I think there are some really lovely places to explore in the UK. I will definitely be adding Hampshire to the list pf places to visit now

  11. 22/09/2017 / 11:21

    Looks like a lovely place to visit. It amazes me how much of my own country I’ve never seen!

  12. 24/09/2017 / 21:11

    I better not tell my foster sister or she will get jealous lol. Whenever I visit she is always watching episodes of Peppa Pig which she loves.

  13. steph
    29/09/2017 / 21:23

    Such beautiful pictures, It looks like you had a lovely mini break. x

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