free festive things to do

Free Festive Family Activities in Hampshire

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Living in Hampshire there really is a lot on my doorstep with places to go, things to see and do. We’re lucky to be close enough to the coast for a day out and close enough to London for a trip into the city. Today I want to focus on talking about some free festive family activities and events you can do in and around Hampshire. There is a lot going on from visiting Father Christmas to wondering around Christmas Markets and you can see all the dates and places here.

  1. A country walk around the New Forest or South Downs National Park. If you want to get a bit more active you and it’s a dry day you could even have a bike ride. This is a great way to get some family time together, enjoy some fresh air and maybe spot some Deer.
  2. Visit the Christmas Markets. There are a few going on during the festive season local to me in Salisbury, Winchester and Southampton. I find these are a lovely way to get into the festive spirit and maybe get some last minute Christmas gifts. Some have an ice rink and rides too, which aren’t strictly free but will make it a really lovely day out.
  3. Visit the displays at your local garden centre. I think they always make a lot of effort with the Christmas trees and decorations.
  4. Check out some local museums, they might even have a Christmas exhibition going on.
  5. Visit the coast. I love going down to the beach in December, especially on a clear day. It’s not busy and a great place to walk along and usually a lot quieter this time of year. I’m lucky where I am and have quite a few beaches to visit.
  6. Make a festive Scrapbook with the kids and fill it with photos of Christmases gone by. Of course, you can do this wherever you are, to be honest and could make a lovely Christmas tradition for years to come.
  7. Walking up Danebury Hill, especially if it’s snowing! It’s a very big hill but has a lot of history and excellent views across the countryside.
  8. Visit the local farmers and craft markets for Christmas gift ideas and food inspiration.

festive things to do in hampshire

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