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Things to do in Hampshire

Things to do in Hampshire Things to do in Hampshire

Whether you want to tick those famous attractions off your to do list or surprise the family with a more unconventional day out, plan your next adventure using our tips for things to do in Hampshire.

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1. Go windsurfing at Hayling Island

Pack your supplies and head off for a day at Hayling Island. The sport of windsurfing was invented here but it’s also a great spot for cycling, walking, volleyball and swimming. And the unspoilt, super-tidy beaches are the perfect base for barbecues, picnics and traditional seaside fun.

2. Explore the history of Jane Austen in Hampshire

One of Britain’s most famous novelists has a deep connection with Hampshire. From her birthplace in Steventon to the beautiful village of Chawton, see the real life places that inspired Jane Austen’s work and feel closer to literary history.

3. Tour the Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Looking for things to do in Hampshire when it’s raining? Adults can enjoy a tipple or two on a self-guided tour of this famous gin distillery in Whitchurch. Complete your day out with a visit to The Gin Shop to pick up one of their signature cocktail kits. And then tuck into a meal at one of the many nearby local pubs recommended by Bombay Sapphire. 

4. Sample local flavours at Hampshire’s famous farmers markets

The renowned Winchester Farmers Market is one of the largest in the country and it’s a great way to see this picturesque cathedral city at its most vibrant and authentic. Foodies will love picking up some freshly baked bread and seasonal veg while sampling tangy chutneys and local honey. Or you can grab a beer and treat yourself to hog roast, buffalo burgers and vegan delights. Just the thing if you need to stock up on a self-catering holiday. 

5. Experience snowboarding in all seasons

Whether you fancy skiing, snowboarding or ‘donutting’ Alpine Snowsports in Aldershot is a fantastic day out for all the family. Sign up for lessons, master their school holiday activity sessions or simply have fun on their three awesome slopes - open until late and with a handy cafe onsite. 

6. Escape to the South Downs National Park

If you’re looking for free things to do in Hampshire, it doesn’t get more peaceful than the South Downs National Park. Spanning hills, valleys, farmland and ancient woodland, it’s one of the most idyllic spots in the UK. Explore on bikes or on foot for the ultimate day out in nature. 

7. Visit a vineyard in the heart of the Hampshire countryside

Did you know the county’s warm climate makes it a haven for wine? From Test Valley to the New Forest National Park, discover hidden local gems and sample english wine at its finest. With tasting sessions, tours and evening events hosted at vineyards across Hampshire where you can clink glasses as the sun sets. 

8. Watch wildlife at Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary

Deep in Bolderwood's Ancient and Ornamental Woodland is a purpose-built viewing platform designed to help you get a peek at a herd of deer. Watch them be fed, take some great close-up photos for Instagram and enjoy observing these beautiful animals in their wild meadow habitat. Don’t forget to pack some lunch to enjoy in the large picnic area embedded in a glade of tall trees. 

9. See a show at The Royal Theatre Winchester

From comedy tours and classic pantomimes to family favourites such as Room on a Broom live shows, The Royal Theatre offers excellent entertainment all year round. Described as one of the most beautiful theaters in the country and nominated for Best Family Entertainment in Hampshire, it’s ideal for a glitzy night out on the town. 

10. Get your adrenaline going at Clarence Pier Amusement Park

Clarence Pier is one of the largest amusement parks on the South Coast. With thrilling rides, fun arcades, traditional seaside amusements and tasty restaurants, it offers an unbeatable day out for big groups and families. It’s open all year round too. 

Sleep under the stars in Blackwood Forest

Discover log cabins in Hampshire

Uncover your very own Hampshire hideaway in the midst of bluebell-filled beech woodland. Stay in our Hampshire log cabins for secluded UK holidays that help you reconnect with nature. Or explore what’s nearby - including major Hampshire attractions and epic days out in London, before returning to your personal outdoor hot tub, barbecue and cosy log burner.

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