Things to do in Hayling Island with Kids 2024

We spent May half term on Hayling Island and found it to be such a great place to visit with children. The weather was amazing – which really helped – but it was so refreshing to visit a seaside town that was fun and friendly yet affordable too.

So here are just some ideas of fun things to do in Hayling Island with kids:

Go to the Beach

Although Hayling Island only has pebble beaches, we loved spending time there. Beach shoes are a must but it’s cheap to park on Hayling Island beach and whichever stretch you visit has toilets and refreshments nearby – and maybe an arcade too!

Things to do in Hayling Island with Kids

Hayling Island Beach can get very busy, as it’s the main beach where Funland and other amusements are located. But, we spent time there are on the quieter Eastoke Beach and the children loved them both.

Things to do in Hayling Island with Kids


The Funland amusement park is one of the main attractions at Hayling Island. It has so many rides and operates on a tokens or wristbands system – so you can enter without paying and only pay for the rides you go on. This makes it really affordable, especially if just the kids are going on the rides. It can’t compare with the UK’s big theme parks but it’s great fun for a day at the seaside.

Things to do in Hayling Island with Kids

Pirates Adventure Golf

Funland is also home to Pirates Adventure Golf. They have 18 or 36 hole options and it’s a great activity to do on a sunny day that the whole family can enjoy. 

Hayling Seaside Railway

The Hayling Railway is a great way to get from Hayling Beach to Eastoke Beach – as well as being great fun too. The Hayling Light Railway has been running for 20 years and only costs £12 for a family return trip – great value too!

Things to do in Hayling Island with Kids

Hayling Island Donkey Sanctuary

Another well loved attraction at Hayling Island is the Hayling Island Donkey Sanctuary. It’s free to enter with donations welcome and although not a full day out, as it’s a pretty compact site, it’s lovely to see and has a refreshments truck onsite too. 

Things to do in Hayling Island with Kids

Station Theatre

The Station Theatre is something the Hayling Island locals love. Putting on amateur shows, there’s always something new to see and they show a few films too. 

Things to do in Hayling Island with Kids

If you’re happy to venture just outside of Hayling Island, you could enjoy the facilities at Havant Leisure Centre, Portsmouth Watersports Centre or Cobnor Activities Centre.

You could also have great family days out to Staunton Country Park, Stansted Park, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard or even Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth on a rainy day.

Things to do in Hayling Island with Kids

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Things to do in Hayling Island with Kids


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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