Enjoy A Great Day Our With The Family

If you are stuck for ideas when it comes to taking the family on a great day out then check out YourSouthampton.co.uk's Days Out Guide.

We have complied a fantastic list of fun and affordable attractions in Southampton that all the family can enjoy.

Written by Katie Dancey

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Paultons Park

Paultons Park is a perfect family day out in Dorset and is quite rightly a popular family attraction. Whether you’re looking for a zoo, water park, theme park or gardens, Paultons has all that and more!

There’s something for everyone at Paultons, from the caterpillar ride and pirate ship for little ones, to terrifying rollercoasters and land of the dinosaurs for big kids. Young children will love Peppa Pig World, where they can take a ride in Peppa’s Balloons or Daddy Pig’s cars, see Peppa’s house and visit the paddling ducks.

Animal lovers won’t be disappointed when they get the chance to visit meerkats, penguins and wallabies as well as other exotic creatures. Who knew there were so many amazing animals in Southampton?

If you’ve had enough excitement and want to enjoy the beautiful English summer (fingers crossed!), you can take a stroll through one of the many gardens Paultons boasts, including Jungle Falls, where you’ll find topiary animals along the way.

If you’re looking for a family attraction in Southampton, Paultons Park has plenty to offer.

Check out the website to see full opening times and prices.

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The Rapids

If you’re looking for a swimming pool in Dorset with a difference, then head for the Romsey Rapids. This indoor water park in Romsey is a great place to take the kids in all weather. More than just a swimming pool, the Rapids will give your little ones plenty of opportunities for letting off steam.

You’ll not only find a river of fast flowing rapids, but also a flume, water cannons and bubble seats. Grown ups will love splashing around too, but if a cascade pool and pirate ship don’t do it for you, there are two cafes on offer whilst your kids exhaust themselves. For some more serious swimming there is also a fitness pool on offer.

There are plenty of other fitness and wellbeing activities available at this popular attraction in Romsey, including a modern gym, studio classes, personal training and for an indulgent treat after a hard workout, a spa, sauna and steam room. A timetable of children’s activities and a crèche mean that you can get some well earned me time whilst they enjoy making new friends.

For opening times and prices, make sure you visit the Valley Leisure website.

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Tudor House and Garden

You don’t need to venture far to enjoy some real history. This timber framed house was built in the late 15th Century and offers an insight into Southampton life hundreds of years ago. Set in the Old Town, the building faces St Michael’s Square in Southampton.

This historic building in Southampton is of particular interest to those who want to learn about history in Southampton, but is also a great day out for the whole family. You’ll be able to learn all about the history of the house from displays as well as tours, lectures and workshops held throughout the year. Young historians will enjoy the trails and discovery boxes set up throughout the house, as well as the calendar of special events for children and families.

After you’ve explored everything the house has to offer, the ornamental garden is a must see. This knot garden follows Tudor fashions and gives another fascinating insight into Tudor life in Southampton. If you really want to indulge yourself, cream teas are on offer in the Tudor House Café, where you can enjoy the gardens whilst replenishing your sugar levels.

For an educational day out and a place to take the kids, Tudor House and Garden will keep everyone happy.

To visit the Tudor House and Garden's website, click here.

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The cinema is always a winning choice with adults and children alike. Whether you’re planning a children’s birthday party, romantic date or just want to catch the latest blockbuster, Cineworld at Ocean Village has plenty on offer.

With 5 screens, disabled access and advance screenings, this cinema in Southampton has plenty to offer. You’ll find kids films, Hollywood blockbusters, Oscar winners and scary movies, so make sure you check the latest listings to see what’s showing.

A trip to the cinema wouldn’t be the same without an oversized drink, hotdog or a heated discussion about whether to have sweet or salted popcorn (how about both?); Cineworld Southampton has a well stocked concession stand to get your taste buds going.

For prices and screening times, visit the Cineworld website. Book online for cinema discounts!

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Alpine Snowsports Centre

If you fancy a piece of the Sochi action, Alpine Snowsports is the place to test your skills. This 150-acre outdoor sports centre in Southampton will get your adrenaline pumping all year round, with a 110-metre slope where you can take part in a range of winter sports. For anyone who wants to be active in Southampton, there’s plenty to challenge you at the Alpine Snowsports Centre.

Ski and snowboard sampler sessions are on offer for those who want to try something new, whilst instructor led courses are perfect for beginners and improvers who want to learn to ski in Southampton. If you’re looking for a kid’s party idea, sending them down the slopes in a ringo is sure to impress.

If you’re looking for an outdoor activity in Southampton then you’ll find plenty to get you moving at the Alpine Snowsports Centre. Take advantage of room hire, kids activities, free parking and a well-stocked equipment shop.

Book your activities or find out more on the Active Nation website.

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Solent Sky Museum

The Solent Sky Museum will interest anyone who wants to know more about the history of aviation in Southampton. For plane enthusiasts, this is the perfect day out in Southampton, whilst children will love exploring and pretending to fly the aircrafts.

The museum offers an impressive display of engines and 18 planes with the Spitfire and S6b being particularly popular amongst visitors. You’ll be able to learn all about Southampton’s role in aviation development whilst exploring the incredible exhibits and going on board several of the planes.

This hidden gem in Southampton is a great way to learn about Southampton history whilst keeping the whole family entertained.

Visit the website to see opening times and prices.

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Mottisfont Abbey

This beautiful stately home and garden is just outside Southampton in Romsey. Step into the Hampshire countryside and explore the history of what was once a medieval priory.

If you’re looking for art exhibitions in Southampton you’ll find different collections throughout the year, so one trip to Mottisfont just isn’t enough! Learn all about life at Mottisfont and how art has played a vital role.

Once you’ve explored the gallery and house, you’ll love taking a stroll around the gardens set next to the River Test. The whole family will love Mottisfont and while you enjoy the calm and serenity of the landscape, kids will love playing outdoors and looking for wildlife. There are activities for children throughout the year and a programme of events to keep everyone entertained. If you’re looking for a stately home near Southampton or gardens near Southampton, this National Trust property is sure to impress.

Visit the National Trust website to check opening times.

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