Friday, May 06, 2022

7 Unmissable Family Days Out in Southampton



Southampton is well known for its rich cultural history, maritime heritage, and natural beauty. Within the city’s medieval walls, you can follow in the footsteps of the Romans and Anglo-Saxons right through to 21st-century shopping destinations. 

Families will love the variety on offer at Southampton. From family bonding moments to exploring new places together, the city has a lot to offer. With easy access from London and surrounding areas, Southampton needs to be on your radar. 
Looking for inspiration? Here are 7 unmissable family days out in Southampton:
Solent Sky Museum
Solent Sky Museum is a celebration of the city’s aviation past. Southampton and the surrounding Solent area become the most important region in the UK for aircraft experimentation and development throughout the 20th century. 
Southampton has a long history of pushing the boundaries of innovation and groundbreaking engineering, and its most famous feat in aviation is the legendary Spitfire - which you can see up close in the fantastic display at the museum. 
Kids and grown-ups alike will love climbing aboard some of the world’s greatest aircraft. Feel what it would be like to be a fighter jet pilot as you step into the Supermarine Swift and Harrier Jump Jet cockpit. Stand in awe of the golden age of aviation as you wander around the mighty Sandringham Flying Boar exhibition. 
Relive (or watch for the first time!) the drama and romance of the fastest race in history from the remarkable video stock footage. Stop off at the Schneider Trophy Exhibition and get up close to the record-breaking S6a. 
With the museum’s interactive displays, hands-on approach and range of events throughout the year, there’s plenty to discover at the Solent Sky Museum. 
Exciting Escapes
Have you ever wondered what it takes to unravel an espionage plot? Or what it would be like to be on the wrong side of the law during s 1970s British Intelligence operation? 
Exciting Escapes is Southampton’s fully immersive escape room experience. Imagine Crystal Maze meets Big Brother, and you’ve nailed the brief! With sixty minutes on the clock, you and your family team have to solve riddles and puzzles, crack codes and uncover evidence to fulfil your ultimate mission: escape the room! 
This is a bonding experience you won’t forget! With dress-up opportunities and a commemorative photo keepsake after you’ve been transported back in time, this is one of Southampton's worst kept secrets!
Tudor House and Garden
Aspiring historians and mini explorers will love wandering around one of Southampton’s most important historic buildings, the Tudor House and Garden. With insight into over 800 years of the city’s past, you get a unique glimpse into the lives of the people who lived and worked in the house throughout the centuries. 
Imaginations will run wild with the help of interactive displays and authentic artefacts passed on through the ages. With family-friendly activities thrown into the mix, you have a winning combination of delight meets education! 
Step across St Michael’s Square, and you will spot a late 15th-century timber-framed building and King John’s Palace, dating back a further 300 years. 
SeaCity Museum
SeaCity Museum is home to the enduring Titanic Story exhibition. You can walk through the story of her fated voyage and learn about the lives of the crew onboard alongside the fascinating 1:25 scale, interactive model of the infamous White Starliner. 
Step into the Gateway of the World exhibition and discover over 200,000 years of the city’s history. From the earliest settlers to the stories of people living in the town today, the whole family will glimpse some of Southampton’s unique past and how the city has grown over millennia.
More surprises can be found in the new permanent Southampton Stories exhibition. There you can explore incredible stories from Southampton’s rich and diverse maritime, archaeological and local history through a series of archived collections. 
A perfect stop for people of all ages, the SeaCity Museum is an eye-opening experience that will encourage discussions for the whole family. 
The Quays Swimming and Diving Centre
The Quays is a great place to introduce young children to a pool for the first time to teens jumping off 3m high springboards! 
Mini monkey sessions are open for children between 4 to 6 years. Children's sessions are perfect for 6 to 13-year-olds, teen sessions are available for 14 to 17-year-olds, and family sessions so that you can take to the water together. 
From the state of the art TIVO diving systems for aspiring international level competitors to casual swimming, The Quays is a great day out suitable for all ages and abilities. 
Southampton Common
For the adrenaline junkies to nature lovers, Southampton Common is the perfect place to let your hair down and reconnect with nature. Within the Common’s 326 acres, there are a wealth of terrain types that are home to various indigenous species amongst sticky wetlands, rough grassland, imposing woodland and idyllic ponds. 
Southampton Common is also home to a great adventure playground, wild nature trails and a not-to-be-missed seasonal stone paddling pool! The Common is bursting with adventure, from milling around the fishing lake to testing your own model yacht on the waters.
Marvel in the glorious wildlife and take in all the scenery as you enjoy a special time together milling by the pond. 
Curious About Southampton
If you want an exciting glimpse into what makes this impressive maritime city what it is, then you need to book in a session at Curious About Southampton. They offer two unique walks around the city that give you an insider’s look into Southampton’s remarkable past. 
Walk 1 starts at the Maritime Museum to Bargate. You get to experience stunning views across the Solent and get a close up look of one of the UK’s best-preserved historical attractions, the medieval city walls. From discovering 1,000-year-old churches to soaking up the electric atmosphere at the port, this is a great way to experience the city. 
Walk 2 can be an extension of the first or a separate activity, starting at Bargate and finishing at Andrews Park. Again, you get a comprehensive look at Southampton’s ancient past and a refreshing look at the beautiful city like never before. 
Southampton is a vibrant, innovative city that transports you back to ancient times through to modern-day all in one trip! Where will your next family day out in Southampton take you

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