Winchester For Kids

The Holiday Inn Winchester has a fantastic range of family suites and with plenty of tourist attractions and children’s activities to choose from, there really is something for all the family.

Plus! The Holiday Inn Winchester offers great family packages to make your stay a truly wonderful experience at the best possible value.

Peppa Pig World 

 Peppa Pig World is located at Paultons Family Theme Park in Hampshire, on  the edge of the New Forest.

With over 50 different attractions and rides included in the price, you won’t be disappointed at Paultons Park. The things to see and do include thrilling and gentle rides, dinosaurs, museums, animated shows, play areas, exotic birds and other fun activities for all ages.

If you are a fan of Peppa then Peppa Pig World is a must! The famous pink pig has now her very own park with 7 fun rides and attractions like George’s Dinosaur Adventure, Daddy Pig's Car Ride or Grandpa Pig's Boat Trip.

The theme park also includes numerous buildings to visit and playing areas where children will be able to release some energy! If you are hungry, stop by Daddy Pig's Big Tummy Café or Miss Rabbit's Ice Cream Parlour and enjoy tempting snacks, delicious treats and drinks!

 


Finkley Down Farm 

Finkley is packed with so many activities and things to do!

At this amazing farm you can meet baby rabbits, lambs, chicks and calves. It is a great time to visit! Shetland pony rides take place every weekend and every day during the school holidays. There is a timetable of "hands on activities" all day long and lots of fun to be had in the new indoor play area which includes fowl play, tube slides, astra slide, spiral slide and a large drop slide!

Also at Finkley they have Finkley Fire Station, the Construction Zone, Den Building and Tug of War. Not forgetting all the old favourites - pedal go karts, mini ride on tractors, Zip Wire, Rocket Slide, trampolines, Little Tikes Play Area, sand pit and the Finkley Combine Harvester.

Finkley Down Farm always has a host of animals to see and specially organised activities where children can touch, learn and interact. They understand that children enjoy seeing baby animals so they operate a specially controlled bredding programme that ensures there are always young animals such as chicks, rabbits, guinea pigs, goats and calves to been seen throought the season. For more information please visit the website.


Go Ape! 

Go Ape is the Uk's number one forest adventure. An exciting day out living life a little more adventurously and getting in touch with your inner Tarzan!

Itchen Valley Country Park, awarded Silver in the 'Beautiful South' small visitor atttraction of the year, is a 25 minute drive from Winchester. Tucked away in 440 acres of beautiful woodland and meadows, situated close to the River Itchen. Go Ape Itchen Valley Country Park is the perfect family day out.

The classic and original Go Ape experience is a 2-3 hour tree top adventure. A smattering of tree top high wire, tricky crossings using ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels made of wood, rope and super-strong wire and unforgettable zip wires. Before you begin the tree top adventure you will be briefed for safety before you fly down zip-wires, leap off the Tarzan swing and tackle the crossings whilst enjoying some of the most breathtaking scenery.

At most of the Go Ape sites doors will be closed during December and January due to the weather and maintenance. To book for this amazing experience and to check dates please visit the website.

It's the forest adventure that everyone is talking about!


Marwell Zoo 

A fantastic day out for the family, Marwell Zoo is home to over 200 species from red pandas and meerkats to Rhinos and snow leopards.

A visit to Marwell Zoo is a chance to get close to the wonders of the natural world – and play a big part in helping to save them. From ring-tailed coatis to majestic giraffes, laughing kookaburra to frilled lizards, curious meerkats to bat-eared foxes – The 140-acre park is home to over 170 exotic and endangered species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings.

Marwell opens every day (except Christmas and Boxing Day) at 10am. Last entry is 90 mins before closing time. Note: closing time in winter is subject to weather conditions. Please allow approximately four to five hours for your visit. Children aged 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Marwell also plays host to a variety of special events throughout the year.


New Forest Wildlife Park 

Interact with the animals at the New Forest Wildlife Park...

The New Forest Wildlife Park was designated a National Park in 2005. Set in 25 acres of scenic woodland the park is the perfect place to see a wonderful range of wildlife in natural surroundings.There are plenty of animals to see including 4 species of otters, 12 species of owls, wolves, foxes and deer. The other mammals to be seen are polecates, pine martens and highly endangered scottish wildcat, linx, wallaby and wild boar. At the far end of the park the enormous european Bison and Red deer graze in the paddock.

There are keepers talks, feeding times and animals encouters throughout the day giving you the chance to see the animals close up. Also at the park you will find a large play area for children with an aray of natural wood log jumbles, climbing nets and rope swings. Picnic tables are placed throughout the park for you to relax with your picnic.


Winchester Science Centre

The South of England's hands-on interactive science and technology centre. Plus the UK's largest capacity digital Planetarium! Formally known as Intech.

Winchester Science Centre features 100 interactive exhibits, which demonstrate the science and technology of the world around us in an engaging and exciting way. It's 'hands-on', not 'hands-off'!

With exhibits that allow you to explore how to bend light, create your own tornado and vortex, create electronic music, see your body through a heat sensitive camera and many other activities.

The Science Centre's aim is to bring to life the worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathmatics through hands-on interaction.


Winchester Discovery Centre 

Visit the Winchester Discovery Centre for a fantastic variety of National exhibitions and events to suit all tastes.

From comedy to literature and family fun days the Winchester Discovery centre is the perfect place to drop by whilst exploring Winchester City Centre.

Click here for more information.


Yew Hill Farm Butterfly Reserve

Yew Hill is Butterfly Conservation's small reserve on the south-western edge of Winchester. Part of it is five acres of open downland crossed by deep gullies, said to be the old roads into Winchester. 

This chalk hill-top has stunning views and is a popular walking spot. It is easily accessible from Winchester, and has great populations of downland wildflowers and butterflies.