Family Attractions within Driving Distance of Hampshire
With 2021 looking set to become another year of staycations, you might be looking for things to do with the family that are in driving distance of Hampshire.
Luckily, Hampshire has a wide range of activities and attractions for families to enjoy, from zoo’s, stunning beaches, and plenty of heritage sites to enjoy. It truly is the perfect mix between city and country, with plenty of coast thrown in for good measure.
Hampshire is easily accessible by London as well as the Birmingham and the North, so it’s the ideal place to visit for a staycation, or a day out if you’re a local.
Paultons Park Home of Peppa Pig World
Peppa Pig is a favourite among young children and now they can get up close and personal with their favourite characters at Peppa Pig World.
Located in Romsey, Hampshire, Peppa Pig World is really easy to access and can be reached via the M27, close to the edge of the New Forest National Park.
There’s a picnic area on site so it’s the ideal place to enjoy a full day of excitement with the little ones.
Location: Ower, Romsey SO51 6AL
Blue Reef Aquarium
For those of your who enjoy aquatic and marine life, Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth is the perfect place to visit. There's plenty there to keep little ones entertained and it's the perfect opportunity to see sealife from across all corners of the world.
Getting to Portsmouth is quite easy, with access from the M27/A27 from both the East and the West.
Location: Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO5 3PB
Another of Portsmouth’s popular attractions is Spinnaker Tower, a truly unique experience that is said to be Britain’s Best Viewing Tower, offering unrivalled views of the South Coast.
Location: Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3TT
Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium
Over in East Hampshire is Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium, bringing to life the space around us. There’s plenty of live shows, exhibits and interactive attractions to enjoy, bringing to live your senses.
Location: Winchester Science Centre, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ
Best cars for a local staycation
Best for short trips
Hyundai Kona Hybrid
If you will be making regular short journeys, you could consider a Hybrid vehicle such as the Hyundai Kona Hybrid, which keeps costs down by running purely from the Electric power on shorter journeys, but has the opportunity to utilise petrol reserve for anything over that range.
Suitable for families, the Kona Hybrid comes with a range of safety features as standard, a 361 litre boot space and the capability of towing with 1,300kg braked tow capacity.
On Premium models, you’ll find a 10.25” widescreen navigation and 18” alloys, whereas the Premium SE comes with ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and additional driver aids.
Best for couples
If you don’t need the space that the Kona provides, you could benefit from a small hatchback such as the Hyundai i10 that will be more economical on shorter journeys.
The Hyundai i10 is bigger than before, with a much classier design. With a 252 litre boot that can transport a pram comfortably, there is enough space for small families to enjoy weekend day trips and get you to and from your place of work during the week.
Best for small families
For those looking for just that additional bit of space, the Hyundai i20 hatchback is built for the modern world.
The i20 is incredibly well equipped, with a 10.25” digital cockpit, allowing you to see how your car is performing during your trip. Premium models include LED headlights, heated seats and a heated steering wheel, whereas the Ultimate models feature a BOSE sound system.
Best for larger families
Hyundai Santa Fe
Offering seating for up to 6 passengers, the Hyundai Santa Fe allows you to travel comfortably with the whole family on a staycation, without compromising on style, design or performance.
This seven seater SUV features 550 litres of boot space, an Electric Tailgate and rear seats that can be folded flat to create even more boot space.
The Santa Fe can also tow a caravan so it’s the ideal model to invest in if you are likely to be taking regular staycations.
If you are in the market for a car that can help get you from A to B that has plenty of technology and safety features, speak to the experts here at Everton Garage.