Hampshire’s best child-friendly businesses and activities honored with awards

Hampshire businesses that offer the best services and activities for families have been rewarded.

Little Ankle Biters, a Hampshire-based website that provides reviews of the best local kids’ activities, has announced the winners of its community-voted Business and Community Awards

This is the second year Little Ankle Biters have won the awards for Hampshire.

This year, nominations and votes reached thousands within the first few hours of going live on their website.

Little Ankle Biters Hampshire editor Louise Panton called the response “phenomenal”.

She said: “The response we’ve had to this year’s awards, our second in Hampshire, has been phenomenal – voting for the winners was in the thousands within the first few hours of going live! We have some amazing businesses in Hampshire and it’s great to be able to celebrate their success in this way.”

Louise continued, “We would like to once again congratulate all of our amazing winners as well as each of the finalists. We’ve discovered some amazing local businesses through the prizes and can’t wait to try them all! Many thanks also to our sponsors of the Little Ankle Biters’ Awards in Hampshire, Embley Hampshire – Embley is an independent school and boarding school for children aged 2-18.”

To learn more, visit hants.ankle-biters.co.uk.

Below are the winners:

Best Charity or Non-Profit Organization

WINNER: Marvels and Meltdowns ADHD & Autism Family Centre, Portsmouth

RUNNER UP: Southampton Hospitals Charity

Best Children’s Activity Class (Music, Dance, Drama, Sensory, etc.)

WINNER: Baby Sensory Chichester, Havant and Petersfield

MENTIONED: Street Beatz Dance Academy, Southampton

Best kids party entertainer

WINNER: Silly Scott, Portsmouth

MENTIONED: Little Learners, Basingstoke

Best kids party venue

WINNER: Little Big Village, Southampton

MENTIONED: Play Shack, Southampton

Best kids sports club

WINNER: Jessie Leigh Dance & Cheer, Gosport

MENTIONED: Planet Education, Hampshire

Best Family Attraction

WINNER: Marwell Wildlife, Winchester

MENTIONED: Finkley Down Farm, Andover


Best place to eat with family (pub, cafe or restaurant)

WINNER: Sweet Peas Play Cafe, Fareham

MENTIONED: The Parlor Tea Rooms, Basingstoke

Ideal for adults (spas, gyms, restaurants, salons, etc.)

WINNER: The Alchemist, Gunwharf Quays

MENTIONED: The Tea Party, Lee-on-the-Solent

Best local event

WINNER: Victorious Festival, Portsmouth

MENTIONED: Watercress Line – Steam Illuminations, Alresford

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Best Local Independent Business

WINNER: Little Big Village, Southampton

MENTIONED: Little Leaf Play Cafe, Petersfield

Best museum

WINNER: Portsmouth Historic Dock Yard

MENTIONED: Milestones, Basingstoke

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Best New Business (Family Business Started in Last 24 Months)

WINNER: Wild Wonderland, Gosport

MENTIONED: Sparkle and Dream Tipis, Basingstoke

Best Parent-Run Company

WINNER: Pop Up Play Village, Portsmouth

MENTIONED: Bloom, Basingstoke

Best Party Supplier

WINNER: The Teepover Club, Southampton

MENTIONED: Partycloud, Hampshire

Best Pregnancy Company or Service

WINNER: Sarah Lewis Pregnancy and Postnatal Services

MENTIONED: Heavenly Hypnobirthing, Southampton

Best Soft Game

WINNER: Play Shack, Southampton

MENTIONED: Wild Wonderland, Gosport

Best Theater

WINNER: The Mayflower, Southampton

MENTIONED: Kings Theatre, Portsmouth

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