May half term activities across Hampshire

Looking for ways to fill your family's May half term with fun and engaging activities? We've got a fantastic line-up of events across its attractions, arts centres, museums and galleries that promise to delight both kids and adults.

Here's a guide to help you plan an exciting week...

Marvellous moths at night (28 May)
Embark on an evening adventure to discover the UK's diverse moth species. Perfect for young naturalists, this event takes place in a secluded walled garden, offering an intimate setting for moth spotting.

Marvellous moths and minibeasts (29 May)
Continue exploring the insect world with a focus on the smaller creatures that inhabit our gardens. This daytime event is ideal for children who love bugs and nature.

Aldershot Military Museum, Aldershot

Mid-week explorer kids' history workshops (Wednesdays during school holidays)
Dive into history with engaging workshops tailored for kids.

Muddy fingers kids' gardening club (Thursdays during school holidays)
Join gardening activities that teach kids about plants and nature.

Miss Daniell's games room (31 May)
Play traditional games from the past, providing a nostalgic and fun experience for the whole family.

Andover Museum, Andover

Wednesday craft club (Wednesdays during school holidays)
Participate in weekly themed craft sessions that encourage creativity and hands-on learning.

City Museum, Winchester

Dino day (18 May)
Join the hunt for dinosaurs in Winchester City Museum. This interactive event encourages kids to engage with history through the excitement of dinosaur discovery.

Ways of the warrior (25 May - 2 June)
Meet Viking warriors and learn about their preparations for the Battle of Edington, combining historical education with hands-on activities.

878 AD, Winchester

Ways of the warrior (25 May - 2 June)

On the other side of the battle, discover the life of Anglo-Saxon warriors at 878 AD, Winchester. Engage in hands-on activities and learn about their preparations for the Battle of Edington as you come face-to-face with the townsfolk on the defensive side of the city walls.

Museum of the Iron Age, Andover

Cedric's shopping list family trail (24 May - 2 June)
Help an Iron Age warrior gather supplies in anticipation of a Roman encounter! A family trail that is both educational and entertaining.

Back to the Iron Age! (Thursdays during school holidays)
Participate in interactive workshops that bring Iron Age history to life through crafts and activities.

Milestones Museum, Basingstoke

1940s week (25 May - 2 June)
Travel back to the 1940s with themed activities and displays highlighting Hampshire’s contributions during World War II. Take part in an evacuee trail during your visit, too!

D-Day commemoration (25 May - 30 June)
Discover Hampshire’s significant role in D-Day with a special commemorative display. This is a poignant and educational event for all ages.

Red House Museum and Gardens, Christchurch

Museum make: scraptastic portraits (29 May)
Create 3D portraits using scrap materials, encouraging young minds to get creative and self-express.

Relaxed squidge and pop family bubble workshops (30 May)
Inclusive bubble-making workshops designed for families with additional needs, ensuring everyone can join in the fun.

Squidge and pop family bubble workshops (30 May)
Enjoy bubble fun with interactive workshops perfect for younger children.

Rockbourne Roman Villa, Fordingbridge

Explore Rockbourne with a Roman (see website for availability)
Step back in time and meet a Roman soldier! This historic experience provides insights into Roman life and the history of Rockbourne Villa, making it a fascinating way to introduce children to ancient history.

Rain or Shine presents The Importance of Being Earnest (6 June)
Enjoy an outdoor performance of Oscar Wilde’s classic play, a perfect cultural outing for families!

Spring flowers hunt (25 May - 2 June)
Explore the museum while spotting and learning about spring flowers - the perfect activity for budding botanists!

Capture the castle (26 May)
Attend an illustrated talk about the history and architecture of British castles, ideal for history buffs and curious minds.

Natural Basingstoke! (27 May)
Celebrate Basingstoke’s natural history with activities inspired by Karl Blossfeldt’s botanical photography exhibition.

Paper flower bouquets (29 May)
Get artsy and engage in a creative workshop to make beautiful paper flowers.

May half term | Hampshire Cultural Trust

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