May half-term in and around Hampshire

May half-term is the perfect time to head outdoors and get closer to nature. The days are warmer and longer, and we've got new activities at all our places around Hampshire. There's drawing and word scramble challenges on Uppark's hare-themed trail. Learn all about hedgehogs at Hinton Ampner, and at Mottisfont we'll help you design your own garden. Every adventure you have helps us care for nature.

Here are some great places to go wild this May half-term.

Hinton Ampner 

Everyone loves hedgehogs, and at the moment they need our help. This new trail through pretty gardens and parkland introduces you to the world of Hinton's hedgehogs. There's tips on how to you can make your own garden hedgehog-friendly, plus lots of fun activities to try too. Suitable for all the family. 26 May - 3 June, 10am - 5pm, suggested donation £1. Normal admission charge applies.

Two children lying on a small bridge looking into a stream


We’re busy creating a new garden at Mottisfont. Now you can design your own, on our creative trail full of imaginative activities. What would you do if you could make any garden you wanted? Would you fill it with swings and slides, or rollercoasters and rockets? Suitable for very young to older children. 26 May - 3 June, £1 per trail. Normal admission applies.

Two hares caught in the open grassland


It's rare to spot native brown hares but we're lucky enough to have some at Uppark. Discover fascinating facts about these beautiful animals, on Uppark’s hare-themed half-term trail, complete with drawing and word scramble challenges. 27 May - 3 June, 10am - 5pm, suggested donation £1 per trail. Normal admission applies.

Child on a trail in the sunshine

The Vyne 

There's so much to get stuck into at The Vyne this May half-term. Jigsaw pieces hidden in little boxes around the grounds will help you create an oriental tapestry on our Lost Tapestries trail. Seek out Tudor animals that Henry VIII would have known, or 16th-century-themed 'treasures' on our geocaching challenge. Outdoor fun for the whole family. 27 May - 3 June, 10am - 5pm, free activities. Normal admission charge.

Several yellow plastic ducks on the Mill's water wheel

Winchester City Mill 

Kids will discover the delights of growing their own veg here at the Mill - plant up pumpkin seeds to grow on at home (29 & 31 May, 11am - 3pm). They can design their special racing duck profiles too, on the Mill's half-term duck trail (26 May - 3 June, 10am-4pm). This gives everyone a chance to prepare for summer's River Itchen duck race on 26 August. Free activities, normal admission applies.

Children and ranger sit around a woodland camp fire

New Forest 

Our Wild Play day takes you into the heart of the New Forest. There's loads of outdoor adventures to enjoy with our rangers. How about a spot of den-building or bug-hunting? We'll help you make wild art, or you can tick off some ‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’ challenges. There's toasted marshmallows and a camp fire too. Suitable for all ages. 31 May, 10.30am - 12.30pm, adults £3, children £6 (under 5s free), booking essential.