Family adventures in and around Hampshire

Spend some family time with us this summer and you'll have all sorts of exciting experiences. Meet the Gruffalo and other popular storybook characters at Mottisfont. At The Vyne you'll be introduced to our amazing rooftop walkway and Tudor animals trail. There's duck-themed fun at Winchester City Mill and nature challenges for outdoor adventures at Hinton Ampner and in the 'wilds' of the New Forest. Every summer adventure you have with us helps us care for these beautiful places, for years to come.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition banner


Enjoy family adventures alongside our summer exhibition The Gruffalo and Friends: the Art of Axel Scheffler. The show, specially laid out to suit younger visitors, runs from 15 July - 3 September, accompanied by an activity-packed Gruffalo trail - look out for his den! We've got Gruffalo craft activities too, on 1 - 2 and 29 - 30 August.

Mother and child build a den out of wood in a forest clearing

Hinton Ampner 

Start your outdoor nature adventure here at Hinton Ampner. Our new summer trail will test your knowledge of wild animal tracks. The garden, parkland and woods gives families acres to roam and explore in - to climb trees and hunt for bugs in fallen wood, to fly kites and build dens. It's back to nature at Hinton, and a summer of discovery.

Children balancing on wooden stepping poles in the garden

The Vyne 

Kids will love our new 360 degree rooftop walkway at The Vyne from where they can try out the fun money drop chute and hunt for tiny Lego figures. Make your own mark on a clay tile destined for the roof, or hunt for Tudor animals on our summer trail. For adventures further afield, follow winding paths through woods, fields and wetlands.

Father and three small children blow dandelion clocks in a meadow


We've got activities to keep your little ones interested, and places to relax with your family at Uppark. Inspired by our famous dolls’ house, our summer trail challenges kids to find miniature doors hidden in the gardens. Then settle down in the wildflower meadow for a picnic, or hunt for bugs in the long grass.

Several yellow plastic ducks on the Mill's water wheel

Winchester City Mill 

This summer we’ve got some quacking adventures around the Mill as we celebrate all things duck-related. The Mill’s ducks have left challenges for you to follow on our new trail. Don’t miss the big Duck Race on 26 August on the famous River Itchen - choose your racing duck for the chance of a great prize.

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 our base camp. Pick up den building top tips, create wild art and tuck into marshmallows around the fire at our Wild Play days.

Croquet at A la Ronde

Mompesson House 

This pretty walled garden is celebrating 40 years in our care with a summer of 1970s fun such as space hoppers. Have a go at a classic family game too and try out our foam croquet set. Even if it’s rainy we’ll have games on offer - in our pop-up marquee.