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Family fun in Petersfield

The nearest town to Locketts Farm is Petersfield. It's a fabulous market town in central Hampshire, both in and locally around the town there are many family-focused activities for days out.

The Heath

Only a short walk from the town centre, the Heath is a 69-acre nature conservation spot centred around a 22-acre lake with resident ducks, Egyptian geese and swans. There is a short circular walk around the lake that is suitable for bicycles, buggies and little legs! Right next to the pond, there is a children’s play area with a fenced area for younger kids, and bigger equipment for older kids to climb on. 'The Plump Duck’ a takeaway café offering teas, coffees, ice-cream and delicious cakes, open all week, from 10am-5pm – perfect for a cuppa whilst the kiddies play. In the summer months, you can also hire boats to go out onto the lake, a traditional yet charming adventure.

Butser Ancient Farm

Only a ten-minute drive from central Petersfield, Butser Ancient Farm is an open-air museum, founded in 1970 by the council of British Archaeology. Now the museum is all about immersing yourself in history, with Neolithic dwellings, an early Saxon house, Iron Age roundhouses and a Romano-British Villa. Located in the South Downs National Park, the ancient farm also boasts a wide range of wildlife and plants. Butser hosts lots of special displays and events, especially during the holidays, and has a family-based themed trail throughout the year. If all that is not enough, when visiting Butser you can pre-book workshops, where you can try out crafting with nettles, bronze casting and fleece spinning. Fun fact; Butser has also been the filming locations for Sky TV’s Britannia, the Smiths

onian Channel’s Mystic Britain and even the very popular Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans.

Petersfield Museum

Located in the centre of the town, just off the market square. Petersfield Museum has very recently reopened after a major refurbishment. It is home to a wonderful collection of artefacts reflecting the history of the town and surrounding villages. They have a strong social history collection, including an impressive collection of photographs and photographic negatives, the Flora Twort art collection and the Bedales Collection of Historic Dress. A lot of effort has been made to cater for all ages and to create an immersive experience for all the family.

They also have a lovely onsite café which is centred around a courtyard garden - the perfect place to relax in the summer months.

Queen Elizabeth Country Park

Close to Petersfield, Queen Elizabeth Country Park is a wonderful FREE family day out (just pay for parking). The park has a choice of walking routes ranging from just under 2 miles to a 5 mile walk; as well as two different marked bike trails to compliment the selection of cycling events that happen over the year.

At the top of the park there is an incredible trim-trail - designed to be used by adults, big kids and pre-teens. There is also a smaller trail for younger children and a play area with some cool adventure play houses - perfect for climbing on and burning off some energy!

Families may also enjoy the ‘dragon of Butser hill’ a short interactive story trail, that is available throughout the year. There is plenty of parking, toilets and the ‘Beechwood Kitchen’ which sells home-made locally sourced food and coffee.

Staunton Farm

When staying with us if you haven't seen enough animals at Locketts Farm, then you could visit Staunton Farm for the perfect family day out with a mix of everyday farm animals like pigs and ponies as well as llamas, alpacas and even a Poitou donkey; you can feed the animals with food available to purchase in the gift-shop.

On the farm, there is a lake, a walled garden, a glasshouse and a maze. When visiting the glasshouse, you can spot a selection of exotic flowers and plants including coconut palms, giant bamboo, bananas and the famous giant Amazon water lily.

For younger children, there is ‘George’s barn’, a soft play area, as well as a climbing frame with ropes and cargo nets. Throughout the site, there are three walking sites that range from just over a mile to 3 miles, orienteering paths and two bicycle trails that are suitable for beginners. The farm and grounds are a perfect place for a wander, and there are many picnicking spots to make a day of it.

Petersfield and the surrounding area offer a plethora of incredible family days’ out and a guaranteed memorable experience.


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