These activities are also free of charge - or of minimal cost for families this summer!


Southampton Parks 










Nature Reserves, woodlands and open spaces without parks but perfect for nature eye spy, den building and picnics








A group day rider is £8 on a first bus and £6.70 on a Bluestar. Try hopping on and off all day and seeing how many parks we can fit in!

Southampton Libraries are running a reading contest with a heroes certificate for participants.

Follow Southampton City Libraries because you can pick up the Summer Reading Challenge pack free: collectors folder and smelly stickers from all libraries and if you can read 6 or share 6 books with your child you can pick up the 2nd celebration pack which includes a certificate, a gold medal and pencil .

Woolston, Bitterne and Central libraries will also have free craft packs available each week - just ask in the library!

Sign up in the library or online here;

SeaCity Museum is £27 for a family ticket. Book online in advance.

Southampton City Art Gallery is free entry book ticket ahead here;

The art gallery is also running various family workshops throughout summer. They can all be found on the website and are not expensive. This particular one is free!

Solent Sky Museum is £20 for a family ticket and does not need booking in advance.

Tudor House and Garden is history rich and interactive. The gardens are beautiful and you can easily spend a few hours here. A family ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 children is £17.

God's House Tower showcases art and has an abundance of history within its walls. A family ticket will cost you £8 and is available to buy in advance on their website

Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre is subject to opening again. The opening hours are weekdays 11-3 and Sunday 12-4.

Eling Tide Mill Experience is running a groupon offer for £13.50 for a family ticket. It’s a good place to go in any weather and has great walks nearby.

ODEON Cinemas do movies for juniors at £3.25 a ticket.

We love the Hamble - Warsash Ferry the staff are the friendliest people you’ll ever meet! Hamble is a great place to explore. You can catch the ferry over to Warsash where there is a great nature reserves. From Southampton you’ll need the number 6 first bus.

HYTHE FERRY has just reopened after months of trying to save it! Show your support and ride the worlds oldest pier train at the same time! Hythe is lovely for crabbing and has a great park too!

Speaking of crabbing, Woolston, Vicky park, Woodmill are great for that. And it’s free!

The Reptile Shop in Merryoak is amazing for a quick visit. The guys are really friendly, informative and if you are lucky you’ll get to see some animals being handled. Remember they are a small business so even if you don’t have a pet buy yourself a drink there or something!

St Marks and Peartree Church run various messy church events which are always fun with loads of activities. This is a free event but bring yourself a picnic. The next one is 27th of July and a space can be booked by emailing Pat Hawkins  Speaking of Peartree, have you heard the story of Richard Parker? I won’t spoil it but his grave is here, and he was the inspiration for The Life Of Pi. If it’s a hot day then pop over the road to Peartree Green, you can spend ages building dens there and you can look for lizards! 

Southampton City Farm based in Millbrook is only £2 entry for adults and £1 for children! Book online at Eventbrite

West End Community Games on the 18th of august, 11-3 Cutbush Lane.

Youth Options will be at Freemantle Lake Park on Mondays from 1pm - 5pm throughout the school holidays running various free sport activities for kids

Youth Options will be at Frogs Copse Thursdays from 10:30-12:30 for a different themed nature hunt each week. Search youth options on Facebook.

Southampton Children's Play Association run play schemes throughout the summer hols. Play sessions are 10-12 and 1-3. Dress for mess!  This is for age 5-12. They welcome volunteers age 13 and up so is accessible for all...of course babies welcome.

Week beginning 2/8/21 - Moorlands Community Centre / The Venny

9/8/21 - YMCA Millbrook/Moorlands

16/08/21 - Scout hut Ridding Close/Woodlands Community College

23/08/21 - Woodlands Community College/ St Christopher’s Church

They also do an amazing play day every year. This years event is 30/07/21 10-2 at Hoglands Park - more info about the play schemes and the play day on their Facebook page

WestQuay Shopping Centre is holding an Enchanted Labyrinth event, again free!

SO card is free for Southampton residents and gets you discounts in shops, restaurants and experiences such as escape rooms

Investing in a family and friends rail card always helps us, we get about 40% off of train ticket prices. As an example one adult and 3 kids from Woolston to Southsea in advance costs me around £13. It’s great for when you do want to go further afield on a budget. Winchester, Netley and Brockenhurst are other favourites that are always cheap to purchase!

The Children’s Society are offering the following for families of Forces Children during the holiday : A Free Activity Day at Woodmill Activity Centre Southampton on August 11th.


Also an online training event for those who may come into contact with Young Carers living in Armed Forces Families 28th July 10am-12 noon. 

For more details please contact tel 07710395832

Archery Rec

Freshfield Park

Green Park

Hinkler Green

Houndwell Park

Lawn Road play area

Mansel Park

Mayfield Park

Mayflower Park

Merryoak Veracity Ground.

Millbrook Rec

Riverside Park

The Common

Mount Pleasant Park

Octavia Road Park

Peartree Park

Portswood Rec

Redbridge Wharf

Riverside Park

St James Park

Sullivan Road Park

Thornhill Park Road play area

Weston Rec

Weston Shore


Butts Road play area

Cedar Lodge play area

Deep Dene play area

Freemantle Common

Mansbridge open space

Millers Pond

Monks Brook Greenway

Rollesbrook Greenway

Royal Victoria Country Park

Shirley Pond

Sholing Valley

Shorburs Greenway


Bassett Wood Greenway

Chessel Bat Nature Reserve

Donkey Common

Frogs Copse

Hum Hole

Jurds Lake

Lordshill Rec

Lordswood Greenway

Lordsdale Greenway

Public Park