May half-term in and around Hampshire

This article promoted May half-term events in Hampshire 2017. It will be updated in 2018. May half-term is a great time to take the family on some outdoor adventures in Hampshire. The days are warmer and longer and our flower-packed gardens are each hosting a new family trail. We've got some unique spring highlights too, from The Vyne's rooftop walkway and money drop chute, to Winchester City Mill's bath-tub duck mystery. Every adventure you have helps us care for these places and tell their stories.

Two young children play on a bridge at Mottisfont, Hampshire


Mottisfont's May family trail is inspired by the colourful Shell travel posters in its new exhibition. Kids can take on the role of travel journalist as they 'journey' through the gardens, creating their very own adventure story.

Several yellow plastic ducks on the Mill's water wheel

Winchester City Mill 

Hook your favourite bath-tub duck from the Mill's Island pond, ready for the big August duck race. The new May-time trail invites little ones to turn reporter as they uncover 10 ducks' exciting stories of adventure and daring-do.

Child on a trail in the sunshine

Hinton Ampner 

Hinton Ampner's pretty gardens are full of hidden dells and winding paths, perfect for little feet and outdoor adventures. Follow the garden's new spring trail, packed with seasonal clues and activities.

Medieval style line drawing of Anne Boleyn on horseback

The Vyne 

There are so many family adventures to enjoy it’s difficult to know where to begin. Experience the huge rooftop walkway, meet 16th-century characters on the Tudor trail, or draw on a tile destined for the new roof.

A family hunt for bugs at Quarry Bank


Uppark's Life in Miniature house project has inspired its May half-term trail too. Families will discover all sorts of miniature spring life as they follow the route through the gardens.