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Mini guide to places to visit.


Alton • Andover • Basingstoke • Farnborough Petersfield • Romsey • Stockbridge North Wessex Downs • South Downs

To London Farnborough

Basingstoke Andover

Aldershot Alton

Romsey Petersfield

New Forest

Isle of Wight

Information for people with disabilities For information regarding disabled access to visitor attractions and other establishments it is recommended you contact the establishment direct.

View from Bell Hill, Petersfield

Welcome to Hampshire’s Countryside

Shopmobility Shopmobility hires electric scooters and wheelchairs to anyone with difficulty walking. Shopmobility services are available at: Alton (T: 01420 85057), Andover (T: 01264 352000), Basingstoke (T: 01256 476066), Farnborough (T: 01252 515266) and Petersfield (T: 01730 710474).

Set against a backdrop of astonishingly beautiful scenery including the magnificent chalk hills of the South Downs and the world famous River Test, Hampshire’s Countryside is only an hour from London. From bustling market towns and traditional English villages to an array of quality visitor attractions, welcoming country inns and fun-filled events, Hampshire’s Countryside has something for everyone.

What you need to know This booklet is laid out by town, listing the attractions, eating establishments and events in and around each area. The map on pages 6 & 7 shows the location of each of the attractions listed in this booklet. Hampshire Hospitality Awards Eating establishments displaying this logo have participated in a quality assessment scheme for eateries in Hampshire and have achieved an award. Awards are given for the overall quality of the dining experience and for the use of locally grown produce in their menus.

Travel Information By Road 1 hour from London M3 and A3(M), 30 minutes from Portsmouth By Ferry Brittany Ferries – 0870 907 6103 Traveline For national and local public transport information contact: 0871 200 22 33 National Rail 08457 484950 TOURIST Information Centres Details on information centres can be found throughout this guide.

Front Cover: Fleet Pond

If you would like to stay in Hampshire’s Countryside, call 01264 324320 or visit to order a free copy of our accommodation guide. Learn more about Hampshire’s military legacy associated with The Defence of the Realm guide. Call 01271 336136 for your free copy.


A detailed map can be found on pages 6-7

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Key to Symbols for Attractions Guided tours

Gift shop

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Guide dogs only

Access for disabled

Children’s play area

Major credit cards accepted

Open all year

Parking (P&D)


Dogs allowed

Parking (Free)

60 Special rates for over 60/65s Welcome Host

Special rates for children (min age) Special rates For Groups (min size)

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Hampshire’s Countryside

Make the most of the Countryside Enjoy the fresh air while exploring Hampshire’s beautiful wide open countryside and river valleys. Walking & Cycling There are walks and cycle routes for all abilities, both on and off road. Whether you are looking for a flat and gentle stroll along the Basingstoke Canal or want an adrenalin-pumping cycle ride along the South Downs Way, Hampshire has plenty to offer.

Horse Riding Alternatively why not take a different view of the landscape and enjoy the countryside on horseback. Approved riding stables organise rides by the hour or longer and have mounts suitable for all abilities. Explore a network of bridleways or take to the saddle in one of the country parks.

Golf Relax with a game of golf in the stunning Hampshire countryside. There are a number of quality golf courses in the area that welcome day visitors.

Fishing Fish on the world famous River Test, the clear chalk stream waters of the river and tributaries are known globally for their superb Brown Trout fishing and in the lower reaches for Atlantic Salmon.


Baby changing facilities

Outdoor play area

Beer garden

Car parking

Bar meals

Access for disabled

Children’s indoor play area

Vegetarian menu

Restaurant service

For more information on these countryside pursuits visit or contact the Tourist Information Centres listed throughout this guide.

Local Food & Drink Award-winning cheeses, trout, watercress, beers and wine, quality meat, chutney and jam… Hampshire’s Countryside has an abundance of quality food and drink grown, produced and reared in the area. Hampshire Fare represents and promotes local producers of food, drink and craft based in Hampshire. Contact them for copies of their free directory and food trail leaflets for Test Valley and East Hampshire by calling 01962 845435 or visit

Hampshire Food Festival 1 – 31 July 2009 Over 100 tasty events at numerous venues across Hampshire where you can sample and buy food and drink produced in Hampshire. Contact Hampshire Fare for more information. Hampshire Farmers’ Markets Most of the towns in Hampshire’s Countryside host regular Farmers’ Markets and each location has a different atmosphere. Here you can meet the producers, taste samples and get advice on using their produce. The dates of the Farmers’ Markets are listed within each town section of this brochure. See for more information.

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Gilbert White’s House & the Oates Museum


Gilbert White’s House & the Oates Museum is a charming 18th Century house, home of the famous naturalist, the Rev. Gilbert White, the author of ‘The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne’. Over 20 acres of garden and parkland restored to how it would have looked in Gilbert White’s day. High Street, Selborne GU34 3JH T: 01420 511275 F: 01420 511040 E: W: Open: Tues - Sun + BH Mondays (and Mondays JUN - AUG) 11:00 - 17:00 Admission: Adult £6.50, Conc £5.50 (2008) Route: B3006 (limited) 60

Signpost in Chawton


Alton & its villages A thriving country market town built around a wealthy Saxon settlement, Alton had the most valuable recorded market in the Domesday Book. Today the town centre offers a delightful mix of historic buildings jostling with modern shops and arcades near to attractive public gardens. Visitors enjoy the many markets and fairs held in the town – for information on these and other events see Saxon artefacts such as the famous Alton buckle are on display at the Curtis Museum. Guided walks explore the town’s history taking in the 11th century St Lawrence Church, scene of the civil war ‘Battle of Alton’, and tell the sad story of ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’. The Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’ runs from Alton and Jane Austen’s House and Museum is in nearby Chawton. Selborne is famous for its association with the 18th century literary naturalist Gilbert White. Gilbert White’s House & Garden can be visited throughout the year. Set in an area ecologically outstanding as a wildlife sanctuary, the villages of Whitehill and Bordon combine history with a contemporary way of life. The area was a centre of military importance from 1863 when the War Office purchased 1,600 acres of training land. The Deadwater Valley Walk is in a 50 acre area of heath and woodland rich in wildlife and easily accessible. Enjoy a full programme of theatrical and arts events at the Phoenix Arts Centre, alternatively take the children to nearby Birdworld, Go Ape or Alice Holt Woodland Park.

Information about Alton is available from 7 Cross & Pillory Lane, Alton T: 01730 268829 E: 8

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Jane Austen’s House


Home and museum about life and work of famous author and her family. Ground Floor Only Please telephone for special arrangements 01420 83262

Open: 10:30 - 16:30 (last entry 16:00), daily 1 MAR - 31 DEC (closed 25 & 26 DEC) Admission: Fee charged Route: Signed off A31/A32 junction, roundabout 2 miles South West of Alton


Alton Farmers’ Markets

T: 01420 588 671 10 January, 7 February, 7 March, 11 April, 9 May, 13 June, 11 July, 8 August, 12 September, 10 October, 7 November, 12 December

Ivor the Engine - 14 - 22 February

Chawton, Nr Alton, Hampshire GU34 1SD T: 01420 83262 E: W:


Events 2009

Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’ T: 01962 733 810

Day out with Thomas - 4 - 13 April

Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’ T: 01962 733 810

Alton Garden Festival - 9 May Alton Town Centre T: 01730 268 829

War on the Line - 13 & 14 June

Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’ T: 01962 733 810

Jane Austen Regency Festival - 20 June - 18 July

including the bicentenary of Jane’s move to Chawton Alton and Chawton T: 01730 268 829


Bordon & Whitehill Arts Festival - 20 June - 4 July Bordon and Whitehill T: 01420 472 664


Mid-Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’

Upper Froyle T: 01730 268 829

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Experience history in motion as you travel by steam or heritage diesel train through 10 miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside between Alresford & Alton. Popular events throughout the year include ‘Day out with Thomas’, Bus Rally & more! The Railway Station, Alresford SO24 9JG T: 01962 733810 F: 01962 735448 E: W: Open: JAN - OCT Weekends 10:00 - 16:00, MAY - SEP Tues - Thurs & Bank Holiday AUG Admission: Adult £12, Child (2 - 16) £6, Family (2A + 2C) £30 Route: Via M3 Junction 9/10, follow A31 Winchester to Alton Rd. Join us at Alton or Alresford Station. (15)

Alton Show - 5 July


200th Anniversary Celebration Day - 5 July

Jane Austen’s House Museum T: 01420 83262

Alton Food Festival - 11 July Alton Town Centre T: 01730 268 829

Day out with Thomas - 8 - 16 August Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’ T: 01962 733 810

Alton in the 40s - 29 August

Alton Town Centre T: 01730 268 829

Herald Classic Car Show - 26 September

Alton Town Centre T: 01730 268 829

Wordfest - 1 - 4 October Alton Town Centre T: 01730 268 820 Santa Specials - 5, 6,12,13,19 - 24 December Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’ T: 01962 733 810

Yuletide Festival - 6 December

Eat & Drink

Alton Town Centre T: 01730 268 829

The Greyfriar

Pub/Wine Bar F3

Multi award-winning 17th century country inn open from 12 noon daily. Cuisine: Fresh, seasonal, homemade, traditional English & world influence. Winchester Road, Chawton, Nr Alton GU34 1SB T: 01420 83841 W:

The Selborne Arms

Pub/Wine Bar F3

Traditional village pub serving restaurant quality food. Full of atmosphere. Cuisine: Traditional & European with local produce. High Street, Selborne, Hampshire GU34 3JR T: 01420 511247 W:


The Greyfriar, Chawton

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The Fairground Craft & Design Centre


Situated on the site of the historical Weyhill Fair with its links to Thomas Hardy, the Farirground nowadays offers visitors the opportunity to browse around eleven studios and shops. The Gallery holds varied exhibitions and a licensed cafe offers excellent homemade food. The Fairground, Weyhill, Andover SP11 0QN T: 01264 773438 E: W: Open: Weds - Sun Route: On A342 west of Andover Andover Fireworks

The Hawk Conservancy Trust

Andover, Stockbridge & their villages

The Hawk Conservancy Trust, Andover, is a national award-winning family tourist attraction. Set in 22 acres of beautiful grounds, there is plenty to do for the whole family. There are three bird of prey flying displays a day, each featuring a different team of birds. Don’t miss the spectacular 2pm Valley of the Eagles, featuring Eagle Ridge our new amphitheatre where you can get a birds eye view of eagles, kites and vultures in flight, or Woodland Owls, where the birds glide between the branches in a woodland setting. Children can complete our Raptor passport trail, play on our adventure play area and visit our children’s bird hides. Visitors can hold a British Bird of Prey, and walk around our beautiful wildflower meadow. Adults can fly a Harris Hawk.

The picturesque market town of Andover, with its attractive High Street and narrow walkways dates back to Saxon times. Most of the town’s historic buildings however, date back to the prosperous 18th century when Andover was an important stop over destination for coaches travelling to London. Join a guided heritage tour or visit the Andover Museum and Museum of the Iron Age to discover its unique history. Experience many of the town’s exciting events and weekly street market every Thursday and Saturday in the High Street, or visit The Lights, the arts and entertainment venue in the Town Centre. Stockbridge lies at the heart of Test Valley, its wide picturesque High Street reflects its early role as part of a drovers’ road. Traditional groceries, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants, picture and craft galleries and famous antique shops, make for an interesting visit. You may even be lucky enough to catch glimpses of trout in the River Test which flows under the High Street. Walk or cycle along the Test Way or visit the nearby attractions of Danebury Hill Fort and Houghton Lodge Gardens.

Don’t forget to visit our education centre and Bird of Prey hospital where you can learn about our vital conservation and rehabilitation work with raptors from around the world.

There are many beautiful villages surrounding Andover and Stockbridge, which are well worth a visit. For information on these visit

Sarson Lane, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire SP11 8DY T: 01264 773850 F: 01264 773772 E: W:

Guided walking tours of Andover can be booked by telephoning 01264 350950. Tours last approximately 90 minutes, minimum cost £5 for 2 adults, accompanied children under 12 go free.

Open: FEB Half Term - OCT Everyday 10:30 - 17:30, NOV - FEB Weekends Only Admission: Adult £9.75, Child £6.25, SC £9.00, Student £8.75, Family (2A+2C) £31.00 (2008 PRICES)

Andover Tourist Information Centre, 6 Church Close, Andover T: 01264 324320 E:

Route: Signposted off A303.




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Houghton Lodge Gardens


Whitchurch Silk Mill


Extensive garden with fine trees and lawns sweeping down to River Test surround an enchanting & unique C18th ‘Cottage Ornee’. Traditional Kitchen Garden with Hydroponicum/Orchid House. Gardens - formal & informal. Water meadow walks. Meet charming alpacas. Popular TV/Film location.

Picturesque watermill making silk since 1830. The oldest working silk mill working in its original building in Britain, keeping alive silk weaving skills on Victorian machinery. There is a varied programme of exhibitions, adults and children’s activities, see the website for more information.

Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6LQ T: 01264 810502 F: 01264 810063 E:

28 Winchester Street, Whitchurch RG28 7AL T: 01256 892065 F: 01256 893882 E: W:

Open: 10:00 - 17:00 everyday, (Wednesdays by appointment) 1 MAR-31 OCT Admission: Adult £5.00, U14 FREE, Pre booked groups special rates. House open

Open: Tues - Sun & BH 10:30 - 17:00 Admission: Adult £4.00, Child £2.25. OAP/ Student £3.50, Family (2A + 3C) £9.25. Route: Between Basingstoke & Andover, Newbury & Winchester. Off A34, follow the brown signs.

by appointment. Licenced for Civil Weddings.

Route: 1.5m south of Stockbridge, signed to Houghton.

Museum of Army Flying


Unstuffy, Family Friendly & Hands On. Historic kites, gliders, aeroplanes & helicopters, dioramas & displays all celebrating over 100 years of heroic flying achievement by, “Soldiers in the Air“ plus 2 Flight Simulators, Rifle Ranges, 1940’s House, Childrens Play Area, Gift shop, Licensed Café with airfield views & plenty of parking. Middle Wallop, Stockbridge SO20 8DY T: 01264 784421 F: 01264 781694 E: W:


Thruxton Race Circuit

The Chillies

Restaurant C2

A modern Indian restaurant serving traditional food. Cuisine: Indian 10 - 12 Winchester Street, Andover, Hampshire SP10 2EA T: 01264 339288

The Clos du Marquis

Open: 10:00 - 16:30 Admission: Adult £7.00, Family £21.00. Please check website for updated details. Route: On the A343, between Andover & Salisbury, next door to a busy working airfield!


Eat & Drink

Pub/Wine Bar C3

Clos du Marquis offers quaint elegance with beamed dining rooms and log fires. Cuisine: French Leckford Hutt, London Road, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6DE T: 01264 810738 W:


Esseborne Manor Hotel B2

Motorcycle racing (including British Superbikes), trucks, single seater and saloon car races (including British F3/GT & British Touring Cars). Championship rounds held at various times of the year on the UK’s fastest circuit. Check the BARC website for the 2009 calendar.

Restaurant C2

Fine dining in a traditional country house hotel. Cuisine: Modern English. Hurstborne Tarrant, Andover, Hampshire SP11 0ER T: 01264 736444 W:

Andover, Hampshire SP11 8PN T: 01264 882200 F: 01264 882233 E: W: Open: Various. Office Hours Mon - Fri 9:00 - 17:00 Admission: Various. Child (under 15) FREE Route: Situated 5 miles west of Andover, sitting next to the A303. Hampshire’s Countryside


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Ewe and I

Café B2

All food is locally sourced together with a range of Twinings’ teas and coffees from Taylors of Harrogate. Cuisine: Homemade and traditional food. The Fairground, Weyhill, Andover SP11 0QN T: 01264 773838 W:

The Quality Hotel

Restaurant C2

Modern British flair with a hint of international cuisine. Cuisine: A la carte. Micheldever Road, Andover SP11 6LA T: 01264 369111 W:

White Horse Inn, Thruxton

Pub/Wine Bar B2

The White Horse serves a modern British menu which reflects the seasons. Cuisine: A la carte. Thruxton, Hampshire SP11 8EE T: 01264 772401 W:

Events 2009 Andover Farmers’ Markets - 18 January, 15 February, 15 March, 19 April, 17 May, 21 June, 19 July, 16 August, 20 September, 18 October, 15 November, 20 December T: 01420 588 671

Andover Children’s Festival - 16 - 20 February The Lights, Andover T: 01264 368 368

Just Jazz - 28 February

Museum of Army Flying T: 01264 784 421

Theatre of Making - 8 April

The Lights, Andover T: 01264 368 368

Military Collectors’ Fair - 12 April Museum of Army Flying T: 01264 784 421

Andover Gardeners’ Market - 10 May

Andover Town Centre

Andover Food Fayre - 20 September

Andover Town Centre

Wrapped Up Festive Fair - 29 November The Lights, Andover T: 01264 368 368

Key to symbols can be found on page 5. Please pages 6 and 7. 16 refer to the map found

Whitchurch Countryside Silk Mill Hampshire’s 2009


Basing House Ruins


The dramatic ruins of the Marquis of Winchester’s enormous palace, stormed by Cromwell in 1645 after the longest siege of the English Civil War. Site museum, recreated garden, great barn. Redbridge Lane, Old Basing, Basingstoke RG24 7HB T: 01256 467294 W: Open: 1 APR - 30 SEP Weds - Sun & Bank Holidays 14:00 - 18:00 Admission: Adult £2.00, Child/SC £1.00

Basingstoke Canal


Basingstoke & its villages Located just off the M3 motorway, Basingstoke has combined the historic ‘Top of Town’, with its old buildings, pavement cafés and bistros with one of the best shopping and leisure centres in Hampshire, Festival Place, in the town centre.

(5 - 15)


Milestones Hampshire’s Living History Museum Leisure Park, Churchill Way West, Basingstoke RG22 6PG

Step back in time at the Willis Museum, visit the Viables Craft Centre or walk the atmospheric street scenes at Milestones, Hampshire’s Living History Museum, that brings local history to life. The area surrounding the town boasts historical treats including the ruins of Basing House, the impressive Highclere Castle and attractive National Trust property The Vyne. To the west of Basingstoke lies the attractive village of Overton and the silk mill at Whitchurch, a working museum, which produces high quality silk for costume dramas and stately homes. Odiham is one of the most attractive small towns in Hampshire and has been a settlement since Norman times, with many attractive Georgian and earlier period houses, some with timber framing. The Basingstoke Canal passes through this area providing waterside activities and local boat trips, and at Greywell you will find the remains of Odiham Castle, built in the 13th century for King John.

Aldershot Visitor Information Centre, Princes Gardens Community Building, Aldershot T: 01252 320968 E:

Inside a massive modern building, with a network of streets with shops, a village green and even a pub, all dating from Victorian times and the 1930s. Milestones is fun for all the family, with a surprise around every corner! OPENING TIMES Tues - Fri & Bank Holidays 10:00 - 17:00 Sat & Sun 11:00 - 17:00 Closed Mondays ADMISSION Adult £7.50, Concession £6.75, Child £4.50, Family (2A + 2C) £22.00 t 08456 035 635 • e 18

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Eat & Drink Cromwell’s Seafood Restaurant

Restaurant F2

Fine dining restaurant specialising in fresh fish & seafood (meat options available for non-fish lovers). Cuisine: Classic Seafood & Modern British. The George Hotel, Odiham, Hook Hampshire RG29 1LP T: 01256 702081 W:

Mayflower Chinese Restaurant

Restaurant E2

Modern and traditional Chinese cuisine in sophisticated and comfortable surroundings. Cuisine: Specialities from Szechuan, Beijing, Canton & Huaiyang. 1 May Place, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7NX T: 01256 328989 W:

Events 2009 Basingstoke Farmers’ Markets - 4 January, 1 March, 3 May, 5 July, 6 September, 1 November T: 01420 588 671

Titanic: Honour and Glory - Until 22 February Milestones Museum T: 0845 603 5635

100 Years of the Red Cross in Hampshire -

20 March - 22 September Milestones Museum T: 0845 603 5635

David Domoney & the Garden Angels (ITV’s This Morning) - 1 - 3 May

Festival Place T: 01256 360 138

Basingstoke Transport Festival - 10 May The War Memorial Park, Basingstoke T: 01256 844 844

Basingstoke Kite Festival - 6 & 7 June Down Grange Sport Complex T: 01256 844 844

Food Festival - 9 - 12 July Festival Place T: 01256 360 138 Basingstoke Live - 11 & 12 July The War Memorial Park T: 01256 844 844 Balloons over Basingstoke - 31 July - 2 August

The War Memorial Park T: 01256 844 844

‘Strictly Glamour’ Fashion Shows - 1 - 4 October Festival Place T: 01256 360 138

Key to symbols can be found on page 5. Please pages 6 and 7. 20 refer to the map found

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Army Medical Services Museum


The museum records the history of the contribution that the army has made to medicine, nursing, veterinary medicine and dentistry. There are displays of uniforms, ambulances and medical instruments. Quizzes and trails for children. Keogh Barracks, Ash Vale, Aldershot, Hampshire GU12 5RQ T: 01252 868612 F: 01252 868832 E: W: Open: Mon - Fri 10:00 - 15:30 Admission: Free Aldershot West End Centre


Farnborough, Aldershot & their villages

Set in 26 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, your admission ticket also includes entry to underwater world & Jenny Wren Farm. Children’s play areas & restaurant on site. Link path to adjoining Forest Lodge Garden Centre. Holt Pound, Farnham GU10 4LD T: 01420 22992 F: 01420 23715 E: W:

The growth of the town of Aldershot was determined by the establishment of the Aldershot Military camp. Discover the history of the ‘Home of the British Army’ at the Aldershot Military Museum. Popular arts venues in Aldershot are Princes Hall and the West End Centre. Farnborough, the birthplace of British military aviation, is well known for its International Airshow, which next takes place in 2010. Visit the Farnborough Air Sciences Museum to discover the town’s role in aviation development past, present and future. Fleet gets its name from ‘La Flete’ (meaning stream) from the stream which runs into Fleet Pond, located near the picturesque Basingstoke Canal which has been an important local waterway for over 200 years. It is a popular market town for eating out with a wide range of quality restaurants. Hartley Wintney is known as a centre for the antique trade and is the proud possessor of one of the oldest cricket greens in England. The village is also the setting for West Green House Gardens, an 18th century house now owned by the National Trust.

Aldershot Visitor Information Centre Princes Gardens Community Building, Aldershot T: 01252 320968 E:

Where to Shop Eversley Barn Antiques

Antique Centre F1

Antique centre with varied quality antiques in a picturesque 16th century barn. Church Lane, Eversley, Hampshire RG27 0PX T: 0118 932 8518 W:



Open: Summer 10:00 - 18:00, Winter 10:00 - 16:30 Admission: Adult £13.95, Child (3-6yrs) £10.95, (7-15yrs) £11.95, Route: 3 miles south of Farnham on the A325


Eat & Drink Gurkha Palace Nepalese Restaurant Restaurant G2 Nepalese cuisine at its best, with carefully selected menus reflecting a wide variety of regional dishes. Cuisine: Traditional Nepalese. 78 Farnborough Road, Farnborough GU14 6TH T: 01252 511550 W:

Events 2009 Odiham Farmers’ Markets - 21 March, 31 August, 21 November

T: 01420 588 671

Farm Fun Week - 26 - 29 May Birdworld T: 01420 22140 The Aldershot Army Show - 4 - 5 July

Queens Parade, Aldershot T: 01342 843373

Teddy Bears Picnic - 29 July Birdworld T: 01420 22140 PrincessesCountryside and Knights - 26 August Birdworld T: 01420 2214023 Hampshire’s 2009

Bedales Arts


A programme for lively minds. Three venues on a rural campus, just off the A3 at Petersfield. • Oak-framed 340-seat theatre. • Purpose-built gallery. • Concert venue with Steinway grand piano.

One-man shows, small theatre ensembles (Guy Masterson, Inspector Sands, Theatre O)

and challenging school productions. Termly jazz concerts with musicians such as Andy Sheppard, Harry Beckett and Gwilym Simcock. Annual youth dance platform and visiting companies including Retina and Union. Termly classical concerts featuring all the school’s ensembles with occasional recitals by visiting professionals. Poetry series including readings by Les Murray, Wendy Cope, Adrian Mitchell and Linton Kwesi Johnson. Bedales Gallery – national touring exhibitions from the Hayward Gallery (Albers, Blake, Goya, Hockney, Kollwitz, Matisse, Picasso), Paul Martin Design Company presentations featuring leading designers, varied solo and group exhibitions, the annual exhibition of pupils’ work in art, design and textiles.

Petersfield Heath Pond

Petersfield & its villages

• Modest ticket prices for visiting professional performances. • Free admission to all school performances and all exhibitions.

Set in the glorious countryside of the South Downs, this ancient market town was originally built as a Norman ‘new town’ at the end of the 11th century. The main square is home to the magnificent equestrian statue of King William III and hosts the twice weekly markets on Wednesday and Saturday.

Church Road, Steep, Petersfield, Hampshire GU32 2DG T: 01730 711510 F: 01730 711512 E: W: Gallery Open: Mon - Fri 14:00 - 17:00 Sat 10:00 - 13:00 (temporary exhibitions)

The town has a vibrant artistic and musical life. Enjoy temporary exhibitions and music at Bedales Arts in nearby Steep.

Admission: Gallery - FREE, Theatre - Variable

Visit the Physic Garden, swim at the Taro Centre or Outdoor Swimming Pool, or stroll along the South Downs or in the hanging woods of Steep.


To the east of Petersfield, the National Trust property Uppark, in its South Downs setting, is well worth a visit.

Grayshott Pottery

Near Rowlands Castle is Staunton Country Park, with its 1000 acres of parkland to explore.


The village of Grayshott, with air ‘as pure as that in the Alps’, is also famous for its literary connections. Make time to visit Grayshott Pottery and Waggoners Wells Ponds.

Grayshott Pottery nestles neatly between the village school & St Luke’s Church in Grayshott, a short drive from Haslemere & Farnham. The extensive premises offer a studio gallery, a large attractive gift shop & a flourishing café where customers can linger over lunch or a frothy cappuccino & a plate of sticky cakes!

Petersfield Tourist Information Centre, The Library, 27, The Square, Petersfield.

School Road, Grayshott GU26 6LR T: 01428 604404 E: W:

T: 01730 268829 E:


Open: Shop & Gallery Mon - Sat 9:00 - 17:30, Sun & BH 10:00 - 16:00 Café Bistro Mon - Sat 9:30 - 16:30, Sun & BH 10:30 - 15:30 Admission: FREE

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Butser Ancient Farm


Butser Ancient Farm is the world-renowned open-air museum for life in the Iron Age and Roman periods. All of the buildings are based on excavated archaeological evidence found in different parts of the country. It provides an unforgettable experience for the whole family with hands-on activities, demonstrations such as Roman cooking, flint knapping, bronze smelting, spinning, thatching, practical archaeology and much more. Spend a little time in our roundhouses and see how an Iron Age family may have lived or tour our Roman villa which is the first to be built in Britain for 2000 years. The Iron Age village has the largest roundhouse in the country and three smaller houses one of which is furnished with the type of daily living needs of a family living over 2000 years ago. Was the Great Roundhouse a family home or a meeting place? Special Themed Events Weekends are held last weekend of the month APR - SEPT.

Eat & Drink Frederick’s Restaurant

Restaurant F4

2 AA rosettes for fine dining. Excellent English food with French influence. Cuisine: English with a French influence. Langrish House, Langrish, Petersfield GU32 1RN T: 01730 266941 W:

JSW Restaurant and B&B

Restaurant F4

Set in a beautifully restored coaching inn, JSW offers Michelin star food in elegant surroundings. Lunch from £19.50, dinner from £25 (for 2 courses). Cuisine: Modern English 20 Dragon Street, Petersfield, Hants GU31 4JJ T: 01730 262030

Open Weekdays.

Events 2009

Chalton Lane, Chalton, Waterlooville Hampshire PO8 0BG

Petersfield Farmers’ Markets - 4 January, 1 February, 1 March,

5 April, 3 May, 7 June, 5 July, 2 August, 6 September, 4 October, 1 November, 6 December

T: 023 9259 8838 F: 023 9259 8838 E: W:

T: 01420 588 671

Jake & Dinos Chapman: My Giant Colouring Book -

Open: Daily Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:30, Special event weekends 10:00 - 17:00, Closed 24 DEC - 5 JAN 2009

Bedales Gallery T: 01730 711 510

Admission: Adult £6.00, Child (5-16) £3.00, Family (2A+2C) £15.00, SC £5.00

Bedales Gallery T: 01730 711 510

10 January - 7 February

Route: 5 miles south of Petersfield off A3. Nearest train station is Petersfield.

Quentin Blake: prints - 25 February - 13 March

Youth Dance Platform - 1 March Bedales Olivier Theatre T: 1730 711 510 Petersfield Musical Festival - 13 - 21 March


Festival Hall, Petersfield T: 01730 268 829


Easter Event and Chick Hunt - 11 - 13 April

Butser Ancient Farm T: 02392 598 838

Uppark House & Garden


A late C 17th house, set high on the South Downs with views to the sea & a grand tour collection including an 18th century dolls’ house. The servants’ quarters are shown as they were when H.G. Wells’ mother was housekeeper. South Harting, Nr Petersfield GU31 5QR T: 01730 825415 E: W: Open: 29 MAR - 29 OCT Sun-Thurs, Grounds/Shop/Restaurant 11:30 - 17:00, House 12:30 - 16:30 (last admission 16:00) Admission: House & Garden Adult £8.20*, Child £4.10*, Family £20.50*

Astronomy Event - 25 - 26 April

Butser Ancient Farm T: 02392 598 838

Beltain - 2 May Butser Ancient Farm T: 02392 598 838

Eckersley Lecture: Sir John Meurig Thomas - 5 May

Bedales Olivier Theatre T: 01730 711 510

Local Food Festival - 6 - 7 June Petersfield Town Centre T: 01730 268 829

*includes a voluntary donation of 10% or more, visitors can, however, choose to pay the standard admission prices which are displayed at the property and on the web.

Route: B2146 between Petersfield & Chichester

Key to symbols can be found on page 5. 26

Please refer to the map Hampshire’s Countryside 2009 found on pages 6 and 7.


King John’s House & Heritage Centre


The Centre combines the attractions of three adjacent historic buildings, full of fascinating displays, with the delights of a friendly tea room and a series of period gardens that lead down to an ancient mill stream. 13 Church Street, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 8BT T: 01794 512200 E: W: Route: Close to Romsey Abbey and Post Office.



Romsey & its villages Situated on the banks of the River Test, the prosperous market town of Romsey provides a gateway to the New Forest National Park. Take time to wander the pretty medieval streets surrounding the magnificent Norman Abbey, where every Tuesday and Friday in the Corn Market you will find a traditional street market. Visit the Heritage and Visitor Centre which combines the history of King John’s House and Tudor cottage with the heritage of the area. Nearby is the Palladian house of Broadlands now the home of Lord Romsey, grandson of the late Lord Louis Mountbatten. Throughout the year Broadlands plays host to a range of craft shows, concerts and events. Alternatively splash about in the swirling leisure pools of Romsey Rapids. The small village of Mottisfont to the north of Romsey draws visitors from far afield because of its National Trust owned Abbey, which houses the National Collection of old-fashioned roses. East Wellow is also on the tourist trail, as in its churchyard Florence Nightingale lies buried. For more information on surrounding villages please visit Guided walking tours of Romsey can be booked by telephoning 01794 524028. Tours last 75-90 minutes, minimum cost £3, accompanied children under 12 go free.

Romsey Tourist Information Centre, 13 Church Street, Romsey

Eat & Drink Chilworth Manor Hotel

Restaurant C5

Chilworth manor provides an excellent setting for a relaxing evening in our fine dining restaurant. Cuisine: Fine dining. Chilworth, Southampton SO16 7PT T: 023 8076 7333 W:

The White Horse Silks Hotels

Restaurant C4

Modern British cuisine all day everyday. Cuisine: British. Th Market Place, Romsey SP51 8ZJ T: 01794 512431 W:

The Star at Tytherley

Pub/Wine Bar E4

A country inn set in the countryside which welcomes walkers, children and dogs. Cuisine: Traditional pub food. East Tytherley, Lockerley, Nr Romsey SO51 0LW T: 01794 340225 W:

Suan Thai

Restaurant C4

A wide selection of dishes prepared by our chef & served with traditional Thai hospitality. Cuisine: Thai. Tee Court, Bell Street, Romsey SO51 8GY T: 01764 511115 W:

T: 01794 512987 E:


Hampshire’s Countryside 2009


Events 2009


per person

Romsey Farmers’ Markets - 1 February, 5 April, 7 June, 2 August,

4 October, 6 December

T: 014720 588 671

Valid Mon-Fri (excl. Bank Holidays). Pre-booking essential. Book online quoting ‘AHJ001’ or call 08456 439 237. Valid at Alice Holt only.

Romsey In Style Fashion Event - 3 - 4 April Romsey Town Centre T: 01794 512 987

Beaulieu Boatjumble - 26 April The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu T: 01590 612 345

The Hawk Conservancy Trust

Beaulieu MotorMart Autojumble - 16 - 17 May Romsey Show - 12 September

Offer ends 31/12/09 HC


The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu T: 01590 612 345

When accompanied by a full paying adult. Cannot be used with a family ticket.

Broadlands T: 01794 517 521

International Autojumble - 12 - 13 September The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu T: 01590 612 345

Fright Night Fireworks - 31 October

The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu T: 01590 612 345


Offer ends 31/12/09 HC

Milestones Hampshire’s Living History Museum ONE CHILD FREE

New Forest Tourist Information Centre, Main Car Park, Lyndhurst T: 023 8028 2269 E:

Valid with full paying adult. Not valid for special events.

Beaulieu offers fun for everyone, combining the celebrated National Motor Museum with the charm of an ancient abbey and the grace of a classical stately home, all of which are included in the excitement of a modern visitor attraction. Beaulieu, Brockenhurst SO42 7ZN T: 01590 612345 F: 01590 612624 E: W: Open: From 10:00 everyday (Closed Christmas Day) Admission: Please call or visit website Route: Exit M27 J2, follow brown tourist signs towards Beaulieu. 60




With every full paying adult.

2 FOR 1

Offer ends 31/12/09 HC


Valid until end October 2009. Not valid with any other offer.

Hampshire’s Countryside 2009

Offer ends 31/12/09 HC

Winchester Tourist Information Centre, The Guildhall, Broadway T: 01962 840500 E:

Offer ends 31/12/09 HC

Museum of Army Flying

Surrounding Areas

The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

Offer ends 31/12/09 HC

Special Offers


Hampshire’s Countryside is a tourism partnership between Test Valley Borough Council, East Hampshire District Council and North Hampshire Tourism. Every effort has been made to ensure all the details are correct. As changes can occur throughout the year, we recommend that you telephone in advance to check details.

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