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Hampshire is a perfect mix of city, coast and country and has plenty of exciting days out for all the family. Winchester, once the capital city of Saxon England is a gorgeous place to while away some time with cobbled streets and winding alleys and a cathedral that’s Jane Austen’s final resting place. A family trail amongst the bones and relics will keep kids interested.

There are plenty of restaurants and timber clad pubs of old where you can stop off for a pick-me up before heading to the Winchester Science Museum, which has plenty of interactive elements to get young minds thinking.

One of the jewels in Hampshire’s crown is The New Forest, a glorious expanse of cute villages with thatched cottages and, of course, those wild ponies. Bike trails and a picnic in a rucksack are the perfect way to spend a day.

Head to Portsmouth and take a look at the historic dockyard or the National Museum of the Royal Navy for a fascinating insight into life on the sea or spend a day at the award-winning Portsmouth Blue Reef Aquarium.

Southampton is abuzz with the yachting brigade and there are plenty of sailing schools, which offer half days sailing tuition. Head to Tudor House and Garden for an insight into the lives of its residents through the years or spend time at the Solent Sky Museum, which has a great range of aircraft, including the iconic spitfire.

For animal lovers there’s BirdWorld in Farnham with 26 acres to explore – it even has its own small zoo while Marwell Zoo boasts over 180 animals.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens have over 180 acres for the kids to roam in and runs events throughout the year while at Manor Farm and Country Park near Burlesdon there’s the chance to meet the animals and learn about farming heritage – there’s also a playground and café.

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Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park

Themed rides and character meet-and-greets within a family-friendly themepark suitable for all ages.