Family adventures in and around Hampshire

Spend some family time with us this summer and you'll have lots of exciting adventures. Meet The Tiger Who Came to Tea at Mottisfont’s exhibition and interactive trail. At The Vyne, you can hunt for jigsaw pieces to create a 'lost' oriental tapestry, or try out the bark rubbing kit. From exotic distant lands to butter-making, Uppark’s new trail takes kids on a journey into its past, whilst at Hinton families need to solve the Hound of Hinton mystery.
Every summer adventure you have helps us care for these beautiful places, for years to come.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition banner


The Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition and activities, 7 July – 2 Sept, 11am – 5pm, normal admission charge only.
We’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of this children’s classic with lots of illustrations from Judith Kerr’s much-loved books including The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog. Kids can ‘take tea’ with a 5ft cuddly tiger, in our pop-up kitchen. There’s dressing up costumes too, plus a fantastic activity trail.

Close up photo of a Border terrier dog

Hinton Ampner 

Sherlock Holmes summer family trail, 21 July – 2 Sept, 10am–4pm, suggested donation £1 per trail.
Famous detective Sherlock Holmes needs help solving his latest case. Tackle word scrambles, puzzles and lots of other fun activities on our exciting summer trail, to unlock the mystery of….The Hound of Hinton. Our trail is aimed at all the family: smaller kids can have fun spotting hidden magnifying glasses, whilst older children can help solve the clues.

Two children looking for wildlife in fallen tree trun

The Vyne 

There's so much to get stuck into at The Vyne this summer. 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. Want to know what our tree ‘skin’ looks like? Pick up our bark-rubbing kit to find out. 10am - 5pm, free activities, normal admission charge only.

Two small children running through long grass with kites

Uppark House and Garden 

In her Shoes summer trail, 21 July - 2 September 10am -4pm, suggested donation £1 per trail.
Inspired by the centenary of votes for women, we’re inviting families to walk in the footsteps of intriguing women from Uppark’s past. From exotic foreign travel to butter churning, our imaginative summer trail takes kids on a journey into all levels of society, from dairy maids to aristocrats.

Winchester City Mill duck race, Winchester, Hampshire, National Trust

Winchester City Mill 

This working water mill is a great place for families. There are lots of activities to try, from flour-making, to experiencing the exciting Thrill of the Mill. Set out on our duck-themed summer trail, and whilst you’re visiting don’t forget to sponsor a racing duck for the Grand Duck Race (25 August). This summer highlight will see 2,000 bath tub ducks race down the famous River Itchen which roars beneath the Mill. There’ll be traditional fete games too, plus food and craft stalls.

Two children and an adult study bugs in the New Forest

New Forest 

Our New Forest commons are exciting places for summer adventures. Check out our website for ideas of places to visit, or join our organised activities at Foxbury. Forest School sessions introduce little ones to the natural world from the safety of Foxbury's base camp (19 July & 6 Sept). Pick up den building top tips, create mud pies, and tuck into marshmallows around the fire at our Wild Play days (2 & 16 Aug, 10.30am-12.30pm, adult £3, child £6, book on 01794 340757.

Croquet at A la Ronde

Mompesson House 

Traditional children’s games, 2 July – 31 August, 11am – 5pm, normal admission charge only.
Mompesson’s pretty walled garden is the place for some classic family games this summer. Try a spot of croquet, or giant dominoes, and if the weather turns sour, you can nip indoors to try the family house trail.