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Nice places to eat out near Portsmouth, also good places to visit including if it's raining

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nappyaddict Sun 10-Nov-13 21:06:55

We have a 7 year old boy but are visiting our friends who have a 1 year old. From looking on Google we think we would like to visit Portchester Castle, Southsea Castle, Fort Nelson, Hayling Seaside Railway, Stansted Park, New Forest Wildlife Park, Royal Victoria Country Park, The Forest of Bere, the Local Haunts tour bus, Southsea Model Village, Little Woodham, Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower, D Day Museum. Are all these worth visiting?

Food wise are Azzurro, Las Tascas, Loch Fyne, Brasserie Blanc, The Old Customs House, Chimichanga, O Sole Mio, The Watermark and Dean's Diner any good?

574ejones Sun 17-Nov-13 17:46:07

Don't know the area too well, but when we have been: can recommend Portchester castle and Beaulieu in the New Forest with the Motor Museum which has indoor and outdoor bits and a monorail! Marwell zoo isn't too far either.

fridayfreedom Sun 17-Nov-13 18:02:02

Porchester castle is good. There is a great play area in the woods at the west walk part of Bere Forest. Just pay to park. Loos and a snack van at the weekend.
Fort Nelson is fab with all the tunnels and it's free.
Gun wharf is worth a visit but avoid weekends. Lots of shops, places to eat and boats to watch.
Marwell is great but pricey.

98percentchocolate Sun 17-Nov-13 18:50:31

Have you looked on the Portsmouth local site? Lots of good ideas there here or if you fancy going further afield then Southampton has lots to do as well. here

DulcetMoans Sun 17-Nov-13 18:55:10

Oh please go to deans diner, it's great for a treat. Old customs house is good too but more pricey.

New forest wildlife park is ok but it's mainly forest animals. If you want a broader lot if animals go to marwell which might be marginally closer from Pompey. If you do go to wildlife park wear wellies and take lunch!

Castles are nice and explosion is supposed to be better than you would expect. they do a lot of events in there. have you comsudered the historic dockyard? they may have victorian christmas markets or similar soon.

Never heard of the bus tours...

nappyaddict Sat 19-Apr-14 10:43:18

Has anyone been to Staunton Country Park or Manor Farm?

FusilliJerry Mon 21-Apr-14 15:51:26

Staunton country park is great.good little farm , free ranging peacocks too. There's the old gardens over the road too,.just the right size for that age.weald and download open air museum north of Chichester good too.

Theincidental Mon 21-Apr-14 16:00:59

Staunton is good but queen Elizabeth country park and the Iron Age village just a few miles further north near petersfield are lovely and cheaper.

Southsea common is also lovely on a nice day and there's often music and stuff at the bandstand on the seafront.

The restaurants on gun wharf are all ok for families.

nappyaddict Tue 22-Apr-14 13:03:44

Will look into Queen Elizabeth Country Park then.

What's the Iron Age Village called?

Anyone been to Butser Ancient Farm?

LIZS Tue 22-Apr-14 13:05:49

Isn't Manor farm the one where they filmed Victorian Farm ? Dockyard ? Trip over to IOW

Mignonette Tue 22-Apr-14 13:08:28

You've got a great Portsmouth Local Editor. Why not email her at for some advice or check the local site out.

nappyaddict Tue 22-Apr-14 13:37:58

Thanks I didn't know you could email the local editors. I couldn't get onto the local site when I tried, only my own local site.

FusilliJerry Thu 24-Apr-14 00:05:13

Victorian farm was filmed at weald and downland.

WhoKnowsWhereTheChocolateGoes Thu 24-Apr-14 00:08:22

Butser is the iron age farm.

LIZS Thu 24-Apr-14 07:22:42

ah was Wartime Farm, my mistake

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