10 fun things to do with the kids just 30 minutes from Portsmouth

From Victorian brickworks and ancient mosaics to Celtic festivals and alpaca walks, there’s so much to do as a family even just half an hour outside of Portsmouth.

Thursday, 23rd May 2019, 2:32 pm
Theres loads of Roman history to learn about, lots of special events and workshop fun for kids. The palace is a first century home and also has the largest collection of early mosaic floors in Britain.
Theres loads of Roman history to learn about, lots of special events and workshop fun for kids. The palace is a first century home and also has the largest collection of early mosaic floors in Britain.

Leave the city behind for a day and take the kids out for an adventure – we’ve already done all the legwork for you.

It displays ongoing constructions of Iron Age buildings based on real sites, crops from prehistory and rare breeds of animals. Theres loads of space for the kids to run around and the farms special events are worth checking out.
Step back in time to the 17th century. Immerse yourself in the everyday life of people who lived in a small village in the 1600s. Walk through real homes, watch weavers spinning wool or find the potter at his wheel.

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There are hundreds of animals to admire at Marwell, including giraffes, tigers, meerkats, and penguins. There are also three adventure playgrounds and a train, in case the animals arent enough to keep the little ones occupied.
A place to learn about the history of the industry. The building was saved because of its unique history when it closed in 1974 the men working there still worked in the same way as their Victorian and Edwardian forefathers.
Head over to Hinton Ampner, a country manor with a tranquil garden and breathtaking views across the South Downs. You can explore the garden, wander the estate, and discover the house, which was rebuilt following a fire in 1960.
Use a fully-functioning pinball machine to learn how we harness the potential of stem cells to repair our bodies, visit the Ancient Wisdom zone, or go on a journey of discovery through an enormous colon. Yes, you read that right.
If everyone needs a little fresh air, heres a fun way to trick the wee ones into walking. Hensting Alpacas like to take their animals out for a roam when the weather is good so the general public can come and meet them.
Home to peaceful gardens, woodland for exploring and one of the best examples of a 17th century dolls house, Uppark illustrates the difference between comfortable life upstairs and the difficult life of servants downstairs.
It is home to tropical butterflies, exotic birds, a reptile house, and miniature donkeys as well as the Rejectamenta Nostalgia Centre and the HMS Hazardous Shipwreck Display, containing artefacts from the ship which sank in 1706.