Family days out this winter in and around Hampshire

OK, so it’s winter, but don’t let the weather hold you back. At National Trust places around Hampshire we’ve got everything in place for a terrific family day out, whatever the forecast. There are puddles to splash in, outdoor activity trails, and cosy cafes. So bring waterproofs and wellies, and embrace winter at some of the most beautiful places to play, near you. You can bring the dog too.

Close up of small child in wellies splashing in mud and puddles

Mottisfont 

There’s loads of space to run, jump and play outdoors at Mottisfont this winter. The Wild Play map introduces kids to exciting spots like the Climbing Bog, and Pump Pool and Paddle area. Wooden bridges and a rushing river are perfect for Pooh Stick games, whilst nearby Spearywell Woods is the place for den building. There are two roomy cafes with lots of family facilities, all accessible along wide gravel paths.

Little child in winter coat and boots walking along muddy woodland path

The Vyne 

The Vyne’s gardens, fields and woods are great for exploring right now. Help Victorian children find their toys on the woodland geocache, or experience the garden’s Hidden Realm play space. Wide gravel paths make garden access easy - allow for muddy bits on the circular trail to the wetland’s bird hide. The café has kids’ lunches, colouring activities and changing facilities. We've got baby slings in the house.

Close up of the servants' rooms in the dolls' house at Uppark

Uppark

Set high on the South Downs, Uppark’s gardens are the perfect place for a spot of kite-flying on a blustery winter’s day. Explore the small woods and make a cosy den – there are hard paths all around the grounds. Close by, the café serves children’s portions, plus pick ‘n’ mix lunch boxes. In the house kids can find out how servants lived in Victorian times - discover spooky servants’ tunnels, and a huge dolls’ house too.

Children in coats and boots running across the lawn at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Hinton Ampner 

Hinton’s spacious parkland is a great place to run off steam in winter. The Tree Trail introduces you to amazing facts about our ancient trees. Some of them can even be crawled inside. Further afield lies magnificent woodlands but bring your wellies as the walk can get muddy. Back in the cafe you’ll find a kids’ menu plus packed lunches and colouring activities. The nearby shop stocks pocket money toys and sweet treats.

Winchester City Mill Hand Milling

Winchester City Mill 

If you fancy an indoor visit come to this working watermill, which is packed with family activities. Children can grind flour at the hand-milling station, and use pulley rope games and mini-millstones to find out how it's made. At weekends our millers are at work, and beneath the building you’ll experience the exciting Thrill of the Mill as the powerful river Itchen roars through. The little shop delicious sweet treats.