Summer is finally in full swing, and it's time to plan your next family adventure! We have some fantastic ideas to get you excited, from embracing the big outdoors to making plans for rainy days.
Explore the vibrant, bustling ancient city of Southampton and let your imaginations run wild. Kids and grownups alike will have an experience of a lifetime and make lasting memories in this fantastic corner of Britain.
So sit back, relax and let’s go on an adventure! Here are 7 perfect family activities to get you inspired:
Get swept up in the fascinating history of Southampton, all under one roof. SeaCity Museum is an interactive experience designed for all ages.
Journey through the remarkable Titanic exhibition and discover more about the lives of those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes. Enter the Gateway to the World exhibit and find out more about how the city’s past has shaped it into the vibrant and culturally diverse place we know and love today.
With thousands of artefacts and personal stories brought to life within the museum’s walls, you’re in for a real treat come rain or shine.
Make sure you check out the museum’s fantastic events calendar, so you don’t miss out. Coming soon: Awesome Egyptians Family Workshop, Our Amazing Ocean and Discover Titanic Family Workshop.
Are you ready for an action-packed adventure? Southampton’s favourite escape room, Exciting Escapes, will take you back through the decades as you uncover spy rings, find evidence to thwart plans to overthrow the government or travel through space to fight crime!
Suitable for ages 10+, this is the perfect bonding session for the whole family to enjoy. As you race against the clock, you will have to overcome challenges, solve puzzles and crack clues to make your escape - before it’s too late!
Live-action and fully immersive, you’ll get swept up in all the thrills and adrenaline-pumping storytelling that awaits you behind the game master’s door. Are you ready to take on the room? Book your escape today to see if you have what it takes!
Set in the luscious landscape of Itchen Valley Country Park, you’ll discover a world of tricky tree-high crossings and super speedy zip wires weaving through the beautiful woodland.
Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or simply like to challenge yourself, there is plenty for everyone to enjoy at Go Ape. On the upper levels, you can take on the Treetop Challenge and Treetop Adventure courses to really test your mettle. Or channel your inner warrior with the all-new Axe Throwing activity.
Kids will love running wild and free through the Play Trail. Made up of a series of animal sculptures, children can let their imaginations take over as they play. You’ll also find a number of trails to follow, such as the Tree Trail, Keepers Trail and Nature Detective Trail, to help you get lost in the wonder of nature.
With high thrills and a range of family-friendly activities for you to enjoy, you can’t go wrong with a day out at Go Ape.
Tudor House and Garden
Southampton’s Tudor House is arguably the city’s most important historic building. Revealing over 800 years of history, kids and grown-ups can step back to a bygone age. Marvel at the opulent and almost alien decor, soak up the atmosphere and get stuck in with the interactive activities and displays around the house.
Step into the stunning gardens and imagine life as a Tudor! Then wander over to the adjacent Norman house, which dates back a further 300 years!
With its family-friendly displays and events, this is a perfect retreat during a rainy afternoon or a scorching summer's day.
Monkey Bizness Southampton
Do your little monkeys need to blow off some steam? Well, look no further. Monkey Bizness Southampton is home to a massive indoor play frame where your kids can climb, hop, bounce and slide to their heart's content!
0-3 years olds will be enchanted by the fantastic sensory room - designed to encourage your baby or toddler to explore, learn and develop.
Older children will go wild for the three purpose-built laser arenas where they can battle their friends, chase, hide and burn off some steam.
But what about you? Parents can get stuck in or watch from the sidelines. Check out the delicious snacks and beverages on offer at Amazonian café and relax.
Solent Sky Museum
Aspiring pilots, aviation enthusiasts and the curious will love the Solent Sky Museum. It is home to the legendary Spitfire, the Supermarine S.6 seaplane and some of the most remarkable feats from the golden age of aviation.
Climb aboard the giant Short Sandringham or imagine yourself as a jet pilot in the Harrier cockpit. Best fighter jet impersonations are encouraged!
Wander through the Schneider Trophy Air Race exhibit and learn all about the fastest and most dangerous sport in history. Watch stock footage of the events and get swept up in all the drama.
Make a stop at the Hampshire Police and Fire Heritage Trust museum and discover hundreds of years worth of Southampton’s remarkable service.
Treasure Hunt Trail
In 1338 pirates left treasure hidden within the city, with plans to return and dig it up. But alas, they were foiled in their plans, and now it's up to you to find the bounty. Join world-famous historian Mags Carta and follow her map to uncover the treasure.
The Southampton Treasure Hunt Trail will take you on an adventure around the city to track down crafty clues. Start by downloading your trusty PDF, which is jam-packed with directions, codes and clues to help you navigate the city streets.
During your 1.8-mile adventure, the trail will direct you and the whole family through some of the most beautiful parts of the city. Spot the opulent fountains, quirky sculptures and tranquil rose gardens, and pick the best picnic spot for a bite to eat!
Summer in Southampton is a real treat for the whole family. Whether you want an action-packed adventure or want to soak up the city’s diverse culture and history, you’ll leave with lasting memories.