7 of the best things to do at Whiteley for a day out
Looking for fun things to do near Fareham? Whiteley is the place to enjoy days out with your family and friends.
From big movies at Cineworld to incredible climbing walls at Rock Up and welcoming family-friendly dining at restaurants such as Jurassic Grill and Kaspa’s Desserts plus the latest store openings, free parking and excellent public transport, you can enjoy a full day full of activities and fun (see our opening times here).
Also make a note in your diaries: Whiteley is turning 10 this year and we’ll be planning some really special events for everyone to celebrate. Keep an eye on our social channels at Facebook and Instagram and the what’s on section of our website. Plus, sign up to our newsletter.
Plan your day with our helpful guide.
1.See big new movies at Cineworld
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2023 is going to be a huge year for family films on the big screen with the arrival of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3 (5th May), The Little Mermaid (26th May) and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2 June) plus Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny (30 June) and Barbie (21 July).
Cineworld offers a whole host of special discounts including unlimited films for £10.99 a month, family tickets, weekly Movies for Juniors for £2.50 a ticket, family special snacks with 30% off and dimmed-light Cinebabies screenings for parents and carers.
If you buy any products from Compare the Market, you can also enjoy Meerkat Movies for a whole year with 2-for-1 tickets every Tuesday and Wednesday.
2. The best places to eat with family menus and offers for kids
Image provided by Frankie & Benny’s.
Whiteley is home to some of the most children-friendly places to eat on the planet. Discover brilliant discounted children’s menus all year round at Frankie & Benny’s, Nando’s and wagamama.
Kaspa’s Desserts is sweet-tooth heaven with gelatos, waffles, crepes, milkshakes, smoothies and sundaes and a kids’ menu; Wildwood has kids’ monster menus with traditional pasta, pizza, desserts and drinks all for £7.25 while Dim T makes dining out really fun with bento boxes, crispy duck pancakes, dim sum, ice cream and drinks for £7.50.
During the holidays, kids can eat for free or for just £1 at leading cafes and restaurants so keep an eye on our offers page.
3. Book fun days out
With 26 fantastic climbing walls (going up to 8m), slides, swings and obstacle courses, enjoy a family climbing session at Rock Up for four years and up. There are helpful intros, toddler sessions with soft play, discounted super saver sessions, parties for kids and climbing clubs with special passes all year round.
Roarsome fun at Jurassic Grill
The prehistoric-themed Jurassic Grill is a day out in itself. Journey into a jungle filled with baby dinosaurs, order Raptor Bite Burgers and Diplodocus Dippers (veggie nuggets with chunky chips) from the kids’ menu and try the Bam Bam ice-cream with smashed cookies and Deep Fried Comets desserts. They also do brilliant kids’ parties for £15.99 per person with party bags and meet and greets.
4. Discover the best shopping with kids
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Whiteley is home to some of the best fashion, beauty, food and gifting stores making Click & Collect and everyday shopping easy. There are also plenty of clothes and shoes stores for kids including Mamas and Papas, Next, Marks & Spencer, JoJo Maman Bébé, H&M and Clarks if you need to pick things up while you’re here with the family.
Stay up to date with the latest news and offers here. Happy shopping!
5. Easy parking and the best ways to get to Whiteley
It’s super easy for families to get here. There are plenty of free car four-hour parking spaces available at Whiteley, including parent and child spaces outside Tesco (you can top up to six hours for £2). There is also Blue Badge parking in the East, Cinema A, Tesco and Market Square car parks.
We also have three very useful Pod Point electric vehicle charging bays – one is located in the East outside Harvester with a further two charging points located outside the cinema in the Cinema B car park.
6.Family-friendly essentials at Whiteley
Mamas and Papas have a fully air-conditioned feeding room on their first floor and there are toilets located in the centre with baby-changing facilities.
7.Special offers, discounts and insider tips
Image provided by Wildwood
Keep an eye on our offers page for the latest deals, menus and ways to shop and enjoy delicious food and drink all year round.
Don’t forget there are always exclusive discounts for students, Blue Light card holders and NHS workers plus there are plenty of loyalty memberships from Boots, Tesco, H&M and more to take advantage of.
Whiteley is turning 10 this year and we’ll be planning some special events for everyone to celebrate. Keep an eye on our social channels at Facebook and Instagram and the what’s on section of our website. Plus, sign up to our newsletter.
Last updated Tuesday 25 July, 2023