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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Go Wild at Marwell Zoo
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
- 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
Children £7, under 2’s are free
Extra charges apply for the planetarium shows.
- 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
- Spend evenings on the lake with Paddles Up Kayaking at YMCA Fairthorne Manor, Botley
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
- Get creative with Mela Masterpieces
An arty, family workshop where you create your own family flag.
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’.
- 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
- 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
- Maraca Jacks music workshop for babies and toddlers
Musical fun and games for little ones.
The Hilt, Chandlers Ford
St Luke’s Church, Hedge End
The Genesis Centre, Locks Heath
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
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
- 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
Adults – £12
Child – £6
- 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
- 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 [email protected] or leave a message on 02380 432 395
- Head to town this summer for the return of ‘Steven’s Fun Fair’
With rollercoasters, carousels and a variety of stalls, there will be something for all the family.
- 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
- 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