Top 10 Rainy Day Ideas!

With 2012 being the second wettest year since records began you can still have fun and all under one roof. We give you the Top 10 attractions around Hampshire for a rainy day…without you getting wet!

Indoor climbing at Calshot Activities CentreClimbing at Calshot Activities Centre

Scale the heights on Calshot’s magnificent rock climbing walls, among the biggest and best in the country. With routes for beginners and challenging overhangs for the experienced, there’s something for everyone.

Curtis Museum, AltonThe Curtis Museum

Children will love the Gallery of Childhood, with toys, books, jigsaw puzzles and doll’s houses dating back to the 18th century. The museum also houses the Anglo-Saxon Alton Buckle and Roman Selborne Cup, both found in Hampshire.

Explosion! Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower

There are big bangs galore and plenty of hands-on activities at Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower, which tells the story of naval warfare from the days of gunpowder to modern missiles.

The Fairground Craft and Design Centre

This community-run crafts and design centre is home to artists producing jewellery, metalwork, woodwork, paintings, textiles and stained glass. Exhibitions, workshops and special events make it an enjoyable day out for the family.

The Planetarium at INTECHIntech Science Centre and Planetarium

Explore black holes, experience a ride through the solar system and play with over 100 ‘hands-on’ exhibits at this fun and educational science and technology centre and planetarium.

Milestones at BasingstokeMilestones, Hampshire’s Living History Museum

Take a trip back in time at Milestones, with its Victorian and 1930s streets, including a pub and sweet shop. Kids can chat to historic characters, dress up in costumes and enjoy interactive games.

Royal Navy Submarine MuseumRoyal Navy Submarine Museum

Photographs, artifacts and plenty of submarines are on display at this fascinating museum, where you can take a tour of HMS Alliance and listen to talks from real submariners.

Southampton City Art GallerySouthampton City Art Gallery

Southampton’s internationally renowned art collection contains hidden treasures. It spans six centuries of European art history and is housed in a beautiful 1930s municipal building in the city centre.

West Quay, SouthamptonWest Quay Shopping Centre

Window shop or spend at Southampton’s famous West Quay shopping centre, with its 100 specialist and big name stores and good selection of cafés and restaurants.

Peninsula Barracks, WinchesterWinchester Military Museums

The story of the Gurkhas, the Waterloo diorama and the Charge of the Light Brigade are some of the highlights at these exellent military museums near the medieval Great Hall.

(Source: visit Hampshire)

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