20 ways to keep the kids busy this Summer!

If you are wondering what to do with the kids this summer, fear not – here at Eastleigh News we have put together a list of 20 fantastic events and activities in the local area to ensure your days are jam-packed with family fun for all.

  1. Be a Record Breaker with this summer’s reading challenge

Head to your local library this summer, read six books over the holidays and collect stickers and rewards along the way.

Libraries across Eastleigh and Winchester

11 July – 5 September


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  1. Splash around 

  There are water parks galore to choose from this summer, so you can cool down on those hot, simmering days:

Fleming Park Paddling Pool

Located on Passfield Avenue, it is open throughout the summer.


Hedge End Paddling Pool

Open everyday until September, 10.30am – 5pm.


Lymington Seawater Baths

On Bath Road, this pool is fully staffed with loads of water toys for older children. For the little ones there is a paddling pool and a sandpit. Open 10am – 6pm during the summer.

From £1.50 per person

  1. See Charlie and Lola at Mottisfont Abbey

‘The Art of Lauren Child: Adventures with Charlie and Lola and Friends’ is on at Mottisfont, and includes a sneak preview of the illustrations for Lauren’s new book. Plus adventurers young and old can explore the house and gardens on the family fun trail created with Lauren.

18 July – 6 Sept

Normal admission charges apply

  1. Go Wild at Marwell Zoo
Amur Tiger

Image of Amur Tiger  © Marwell Wildlife 2015

Wild Explorers, Marwell’s biggest ever exhibit, is open from 23 July. With new ‘spy in the grass’ cameras, you’ll get fantastic sights of the animals. Plus if you want to know what it takes to track animals in the wild, here’s your chance with daily Wildlife Ranger talks.

Throughout the summer

Normal admission charges apply

  1. Get starry-eyed at a Science Museum

There are loads of special events going on at the Winchester Science Centre, from hands-on activities and planetarium shows, to daily live science presentations about Earth Science, The Human Body or Marine Biology.

23 July – 31 Aug, 10am to 5pm

Adults £10

Children £7, under 2’s are free

Extra charges apply for the planetarium shows.

  1. Jig away with Baby Bounce at Eastleigh Library

Take your under-fives down to the library this summer for songs and action rhymes.

3, 10, 17 and 24 Aug, 10.30am


7. Unlock their imagination with Storytime

Eastleigh Library is holding Storytime for the under 5’s every Tuesday during the holidays.

4, 11, 18 and 25 Aug, 10am – 10.30am

8.Rock On with Music Mondays at the Court House, Eastleigh

Every Monday from 20 July, kids can tap those beats, with workshops running all day:

11am – 12.30pm: Rock Club

1pm – 2.30pm: Song Writing

2.45pm – 3.45pm: AfroBeat

4pm – 5.30pm: Music Production

6pm – 7pm: Samba Drumming

£3 per session, or £10 for the whole day

See here for more info

  1. Spend evenings on the lake with Paddles Up Kayaking at YMCA Fairthorne Manor, Botley

    Pic:Kayak fishing at Okmulgee Lake by FreeWineBY CC, cropped from original


A great way to learn or perfect your kayaking skills with family and friends, alongside fully trained staff.

YMCA Fairthorne Manor

30 July, 6pm – 7.30pm

4, 11, 18 and 25 Aug, 6pm – 7.30pm

£7 per person

Call 01489 785228 to book your place

  1. Get creative with Mela Masterpieces

An arty, family workshop where you create your own family flag.

Eastleigh Museum

30 July, drop-in anytime

£2 per child, adults are free

.Become part of living history with TWO Road to Agincourt celebrations

Road to Agincourt is a two-year programme marking the 600th commemorations of the Battle of Agincourt – the famous victory when Henry V’s ‘band of brothers’ defeated the French army. The build up to that campaign and its aftermath had long reaching effects on the history of Hampshire.   As part of the programme, Southampton is hosting two family events over the holidays: ‘In Henry’s Footsteps’ and ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the way to Agincourt’.

Find out about Road to Agincourt celebrations here

  1. Step into the past at the Medieval Merchant’s House, Southampton, with ‘In Henry’s Footsteps’

Discover the past in this weekend of family fun and revelry. Meet characters from the time, take part in medieval singing and dancing, and listen to live music from period instruments.

1 Aug – 2 Aug, 11am – 5pm


  1. Sarah Siddons Fan Club presents

‘A Funny Thing Happened to the way to Agincourt’

Join the Wives of Hamtun on a walk round the old town, as they bring to life Southampton’s past with a plot against the king, an invasion of France, plus find out why the archer needs a handbag, what’s disturbing the friars and why the town gunner is out collecting dung!

2 – 4 Aug, 7.30pm (starts at the Medieval Merchant’s House, Southampton)

£5 per person

Please pre-book tickets here

  1. Maraca Jacks music workshop for babies and toddlers

Musical fun and games for little ones.

6 Aug

The Hilt, Chandlers Ford

10 Aug

St Luke’s Church, Hedge End

17 Aug

The Genesis Centre, Locks Heath

25 Aug

The Aviary Children’s Centre, Eastleigh

9.30am and 11.30am – Toddlers, 10.30am – Babies

Babies (under 18 months) £3, toddlers £4.

To book, call 01489 781122  

  1. Get wacky with Eastleigh’s Funday Fridays

With face painting, an animal farm, craft activities, rides, stalls and magic shows, you can’t go wrong with this free event.

Leigh Road Precint, Eastleigh

7, 14, 21 and 28 Aug, 11am – 3pm


  1. Be wowed at the Extreme Stunt Show

While teams battle it out in the air with gravity-defying moves, the monster beasts in the arena will power their way to a car-crushing climax.

Hoglands Park, Southampton

12 and 26 Aug, 7.30pm – 9pm

Advance tickets:

Adults – £12

Child – £6

Book here

  1. Snoop around with the Time Detectives at Eastleigh Museum

For all the mini-Sherlocks’ out there, this event explores Eastleigh’s past through puzzles, dressing up and art.

20 Aug, just turn up between 10.30am and 1.30pm

Children £2, adults free

  1. Go Batty with a Bat Walk

Image of a flying bat, by Duncan PJ

(Insert image Flying Bat, flickr, CC 2.0 Generic)

Find bats at the Millers’ Pond. For all ages, dogs are welcome. Booking essential.

Sholing Valleys Study Centre

26 Aug, 7.30pm – 9.30pm


To book please email sholingvalleys1@btinternet.com or leave a message on 02380 432 395

  1. Head to town this summer for the return of ‘Steven’s Fun Fair’  
Steven's fun fair

Steven’s fun fair

With rollercoasters, carousels and a variety of stalls, there will be something for all the family.

3 Aug

  1. Camp out at the YMCA Family Festival

An all-inclusive camping weekend, with outdoor activities, campfires and the chance to explore the 111-acre site. Tent hire is available.

YMCA Fairthorne Manor

28 – 31 Aug

From £18

Please see here for more information and to book

  1. Want to go exploring without the car? Discover Station Walks

This new guidebook has great walks, from half a mile to eight miles, from local train stations in the three rivers area. With 38 walks to try, it will keep you and your little ones busy throughout the summer.

Station Walks book


To order a copy contact info@threeriversrail.com or see here for more information