Top Places To Visit In The South For Kids…

Top Places To Visit In The South For Kids…

We live in the central part of the south of England and we’re really lucky that we are surrounded by lots of great days out. I’ve been a parent for nearly five years and we’ve been on lots of fantastic days out that cater for children.  I thought I would share with you some of our favourite days out and there are a couple that we have planned to do this year too.

Windsor Castle – Windsor

I love a trip to castle and we’re lucky to have Windsor Castle not too far away from us. I last went there with Andy before the girls came along and they had a celebration for Prince Phillip turning ninety years old. It was the first time they had a tour of the world famous round tower and we climbed the 200 steps to the top. The views were amazing. It was a lovely day out and Windsor is a beautiful place to visit, afterwards we went down to the river and had an ice cream. I definitely want to take the girls this summer.

Marwell Zoo – Hampshire

This was the first zoo that I took Alice too, we went with my parents and niece for the day. Marwell Wildlife is set in 140 acres of beautiful Hampshire countryside. It has lots of great animals including giraffes, tigers and penguins. There is also five adventure playgrounds placed around the zoo to keep the children happy. There is a road train that you can hop on and off to make your way around the zoo. You are able to take along a picnic and there is plenty of picnic areas or you can go to one of their several cafes. Plus there is a fantastic ice cream parlour! We are planning a trip over Easter to do their Wild Egg Trail.

Millets Farm– Oxfordshire

I’ve mentioned Millets Farm a few times on my blog, it’s one of our favourite places to visit. It is a Farm Centre in Oxfordshire and has a farm shop and a lovely garden centre. The best bit is that it also has farm animals and a play area all year round, all for free. Throughout the year they have lots of events going on, they open their Pick Your Own fruit fields and the girls and I love doing this every year. Last year we went pumpkin picking too and that was lots of fun. It is also our favourite place to see Father Christmas and have been for the last two years, plus we go ice skating then too. They have such lovely events going on and we are heading there in the Easter holidays with my niece to do their Decorate An Egg session, which the girls will love.

Science Centre – Winchester

This is a great day out for children, we took the girls there when they were 3 and 1 years old. Alice at age 3 years old got more out of it than Holly, but she still had fun. All the exhibits are hands on and children can get involved with it all. There are toddler steps for them to be able to reach things. Downstairs in the centre is a small soft play area for toddlers and there is an indoor picnic area. There is a large car park, but we did the park and ride option which the girls loved. It caters for all ages and we will definitely be returning now the girls are that bit older.

Highclere Castle – Berkshire

The home of Lord and Lady Carnarvon and more famous for being where Downton Abbey was filmed. It is a beautiful castle set in the most wonderful grounds. I’ve been there several times over the years and it is a stunning place. They do tours of the castle at different times throughout the year and hold several events too. You can go for afternoon tea in the coach house, which looks really lovely and I’m adding to my list of things to do.  There will be an Easter Egg Hunt on the 16th April, which is in aid of Naomi House & Jacksplace hospices. The children will follow the clues to find their egg!

Legoland – Windsor

I took Alice to Legoland for the first time last summer the day before she started school. It was perfect timing, as everyone else had gone back to school so it was a bit quieter. There is so much to do there we didn’t manage to get round the whole place and I didn’t take Alice’s swimsuit, so we didn’t do the splash park but it looked amazing. They do great shows and we went to the pirate show and had an ice cream while watching it. They have several cafe’s and restaurants and there is something for everyone. My friend Katy wrote this great post about tips for going with under two’s.

Cotswold Wildlife Park – Oxfordshire

This is on my list to do this summer, Andy went as a child and said it was great. There is lots of animals to see and gorgeous garden to explore. They have opportunities for you to watch animals like penguins, lemur’s and tigers being fed. There is also a train that takes you around the park for a small fee. The adventure playground looks amazing, with a sky maze connecting trees houses with jungle bridges and slides. For younger ones there is a mini manor with slides, a mini zip wire and a sandpit.

Royal Victoria Country Park – Southampton

We first went here last summer and it became our new favourite place to go. There is no entrance fee, you only need to pay for parking which was reasonable. The country park is big and there is so much space for everyone. We took a picnic and laid out our picnic blankets. We brought along some games to play and the girls just ran, carefree and happy. After lunch we went over to the playground they have, which is really big with lots to do. There was also a train to ride around the park, which you had to pay for and the girls loved it. We finished off the day with an ice cream. It’s a great day out and they also have and excellent range of barbeque facilities which are perfect for social gatherings.

Milestones Museum – Hampshire

I can’t wait for my girls to be a little bit older to enjoy this museum. It’s a place that takes you back. Explore what life was like for Hampshire people in the past by wandering through Milestones’ old cobbled streets. And as you wander round you may also encounter some of our costumed characters. You can pop into the old 1940’s sweet shop to buy your sweet ration. Under 5’s can go and play in the post office. You can explore the dressing up tent and dress up like a Victorian.

Finkley Down Farm – Hampshire

I have really fond memories of going here as a child and it is a popular one for us to take our girls. They have lots of animals for you to see and you can buy a bag or bucket of food to feed them. They have opportunities to ride a donkey, hold a rabbit or a baby chick. There is a large playground area and the biggest tube slide that Alice loves. Along with a big sandpit full of buckets and spades. There is also a big indoor barn which has soft play inside. There is an under 1’s areas, toddler area and an area for larger children. This is perfect for those days where you are not sure if you there will be spots of rain. It has a lovely cafe and good options for children, with plenty of picnic tables outside and indoors if you bring your own. We’ve reviewed this previously and you can read it here.

And that’s it, as you can see there is so much to do in the South of England and I probably could have added another ten places to the list!

I’ve joined up with some of my favourite bloggers and they are sharing their top places to visit where they live. If you live or are visiting any of these areas, you should take a look.

Just click on each of the badges and you will go straight to their post…


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  1. 29/03/2017 / 06:41

    Love this – I spent many days at Millets farm as a child and although I’ve moved away from the Shire now, my family are still there and we look forward to going back to visit and taking Josh there! It’s fab and has just improved as time’s gone on xx #bloggerclubuk

  2. 29/03/2017 / 07:50

    Great ideas for days out. We love royal Victoria country park, especially the little train! We have seen Santa there the last couple of years xx

  3. 29/03/2017 / 08:36

    Unsurprisingly I haven’t been to any of these places, although they all look fab!! I’m desperate to visit legoland, I keep saying we will go but we just never get round to it. Maybe over the summer….! Xx

  4. 29/03/2017 / 09:18

    Simply stunning places and a lot I haven’t heard of before (despite living in the south east! Hahaha!)
    I really want to visit Highclere Castle!! Love Downton…
    Thanks for being our guiding oracle and bringing this blog hop together!

  5. 29/03/2017 / 09:49

    We have always lived in the South so I’m ashamed we haven’t done more of these! We are attempting to try out new places so this can be the start of our bucket list 🙂

  6. 29/03/2017 / 10:34

    So many favourites on this list! But lots that I’ve not visited, or not for a long time anyway! I remember Finkley Down Farm from when I was little and we did Marwell for Max’s 2nd birthday which he loved – I think we need a return visit.

  7. 29/03/2017 / 11:24

    This is a useful list, thanks. I think we would like a family trip to Legoland sometime soon. #BloggerClubUK

  8. 29/03/2017 / 16:52

    We’ve visited all those places too! You must live near us:) Paulton’s Park and Bird World are fantastic places too! #BloggerClubUK

  9. 29/03/2017 / 20:22

    So excited to try some of these places out when we move back in July! I have already promised them a trip to Legoland – they are so excited about that. x

  10. 29/03/2017 / 21:29

    I have never been to any of these places but I know my girls would adore Lego land and the science cantre. The UK is full of amazing places to visit I definitely need to try and explore our beautiful country more.

  11. 30/03/2017 / 07:56

    I’ve just had a read of Laura Dove’s and Katy’s. We live in Surrey – but close to Kent border and Sussex border and only 10 miles from central London. I feel so happy to have lots of beautiful places to visit that are all easy to get to. Sarah #SharingTheBlogLove

  12. 30/03/2017 / 22:13

    We love Millets too, and Cotswold Wildlife Park – the play area was improved before our most recent visit and it’s fab now.. I’m originally from Windsor but haven’t been properly round the castle

  13. 03/04/2017 / 11:31

    We live in West Sussex, around here I would recommend Gaston Farm (at this time of year) they do an amazing lambing event and Highdown Hill is great for a free day out, you can take dogs up on the hill and climb trees or run around and go for a walk around the gardens (no dogs allowed). My other favourite place is the New Forest! We often go over for breakfast and spend the day wandering around their villages and the open grassland areas. #kcacols

  14. 03/04/2017 / 12:22

    What a fantastic guide! There are so many fabulous places to visit. Legoland is on our list of things to do. Thank you for sharing with us at #BloggerClubUK x

  15. 03/04/2017 / 15:01

    aw I want to book mark all those places now! we are near Bristol but often get to the Cotswolds. I cant wait to take b to Lego Land too! Highclere is somewhere I wanted to go before we got preggers hehe! #KCACOLS

  16. 03/04/2017 / 21:38

    Oohh some fab places to visit. All are far away from us but i would love to find a local pumpkin patch this year. We went to Legoland last year it was fab but i need 2 days there as we missed out the splashpad as ran out of time #kcacols xx

  17. 04/04/2017 / 20:46

    These all look great a couple we have been too although I would love to take the boys to Windsor Castle everytime I drive past I look at it and think it would be great to explore! We have never been to Marwell I really should put that on the list too! Thank you for the inspiration and well done on being our featured post this week xx #BloggerClubUK

  18. 06/04/2017 / 15:02

    Great list Laura. We went to Marwell Zoo a couple of years ago, great place x #KCACOLS

  19. 07/04/2017 / 14:53

    Lots of great places. A bit far away for us but we did go to Legoland a few years ago and it was fantastic. We drove past Windsor castle on our way home and I’ve wanted to go back and visit it ever since.
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday x

  20. 11/04/2017 / 08:36

    Some great suggestions here and loads I haven’t been to. Thanks. Pen x #KCACOLS

  21. 11/04/2017 / 21:12

    I love Marwell Zoo. It is so lovely, the kids love it there too.

  22. 12/04/2017 / 20:13

    I can’t wait until my kid is big enough to go to LegoLand. I went when it first opened when I was a kid and I’ve not had a chance to go back yet/ #kcacols