Free Family Fun - The Directory Group

Free family fun!

Limited budget? No problem.

There are plenty of fun, free, family activities to enjoy in Hampshire this summer. Here are just a few of our favourites…

Let’s go to the seaside

Beachlands on Hayling Island has been recommended by the MCS Good Beach Guide, so it’s perfect for a day out by the seaside and great if you fancy a paddle or a swim.

Historic Hurst Castle, behind Keyhaven River, has dramatic views over the Solent and is an ideal place for picnics and walks.

And Fort Nelson, with its massive guns overlooking Portsmouth Harbour, and Portchester Castle, with its well-preserved walls, offers a fascinating insight into the nation’s military heritage and can be combined with coastal trips.

Escape to the country

Lovely walks along the Hamble Valley take in woodland, salt marsh and river views and you may see birds such as oystercatchers, cormorants and kingfishers.

Meanwhile, a host of country parks offer plenty of potential for free, family fun. Let the kids explore downland, woodland and play trails at Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Clanfield and Staunton Country Park near Havant.

Walk, cycle, play or have a picnic in Alice Holt Forest near Farnham, where there are masses of opportunities for playing in the woods - trees, logs, small streams, open spaces and playgrounds. Visit the 3D maze, the playwood and the habitat trail.

History and heritage

The county’s diverse history and culture can be explored at museums across the county, many of which are free to enter.

At Portsmouth City Museum, explore the life and works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of world renowned character Sherlock Holmes. Learn about life in Portsmouth and at the seaside, both past and present, through their exhibitions and reconstructions.

Meanwhile, at the Natural History Museum, Cumberland House, Portsmouth, learn about British wildlife and its many habitats. Between May and September, you can also take an exciting walk through their butterfly house - see how many species you can spot as they fly around your head.

Children can also go free to the Petersfield Museum and Flora Twort Gallery, which this summer focuses on the history of Petersfield, old local crafts and industries.

For more ideas for events and activities to enjoy with the family this summer, check out our online What’s On guide, updated weekly at

The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, and Meon Valley