October half-term: 7 free things to do in the Portsmouth area for families during the school holidays
WITH October half term now well underway, why not try out some free activities in the Portsmouth area?
There is guaranteed fun for all the family this half-term in Portsmouth.
Now that we are half way through the school holidays, you may be running out of ideas when it comes to entertaining the children.
With pay day so close yet so far, we have put together a list of fun and free things that you can do with your children before they go back to school next week.
Southsea seafront, Southsea
Southsea seafront is a great, free way to enjoy some lovely sea views this half-term.
If you bring your own picnic, you can sit and watch the waves and try and spot the hovercraft and Isle of Wight ferry.
With the flat pavement on the seafront, it is great for a scooter or bike ride and there is Southsea Common across the road if you fancy playing a quick ball game to burn off some energy.
Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery, Old Portsmouth
Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery boasts local culture with its displays on the city's past.
It is open daily from 10am and 5.30pm and entry is free.
You can find the museum and art gallery on Museum Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2LJ.
You can find out more about what the museum has to offer here.
Cumberland House Natural History Museum, Southsea
Cumberland House is a wildlife museum in Southsea.
This interactive museum is full history and fun that is sure to entertain the whole family.
You can find Cumberland House Natural History Museum on Eastern Parade, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO4 9RF.
You can find out more about the museum here.
Victoria Park, Landport
If you want your little ones to run off some steam throughout half term, Victoria Park is perfect.
There is even an aviary that has peacocks, parrots and other exotic birds alongside another section that includes rabbits and guinea pigs for your animal lovers.
The adventure play park is sure to be a hit with your children as it can provide hours of entertainment.
The park is situated just north of Portsmouth Guildhall on Stanhope Road, Portsmouth, PO1 3HQ
Southsea Rock Gardens, Southsea
If you fancy a different type of stroll around Southsea, the rock gardens are great for a scenic view.
If you are into photography and want to take some lovely pictures of your children before they go back to school, the rock gardens have the perfect backdrop with its palm trees and perfectly trimmed plants.
You can find the Southsea Rock Garden on Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 3PB
Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Horndean
The Queen Elizabeth Country Park resides in the South Downs National Park and offers a great place for a family walk, cycle or fun in the playground.
Car parking charges will apply but it is certainly worth it for the scenery.
You can find the park on Gravel Hill, Horndean, PO8 0QE.
Portchester Castle, Portchester
Portchester Castle is surrounded by sea views and a great place to spot incoming boats as they come into the Solent.
As you make your way into the castle grounds (which are free to enter), you will spot two large fields that can supply hours of fun for the children.
Your little ones can also go on the hunt for the hidden stones that are dotted around the grounds.
There are public toilets on site as well as a café.
You can find Portchester castle on Church Lane, Portchester, Fareham PO16 9QW.