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AN EXCLUSIVE VISITOR MAGA ZINE FOR GUESTS STAYING IN HAMPSHIRE Become a cultural tourist, delve into history and explore to your heartâ€™s content, Hampshire has it all.
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Welcome Welcome to the Hampshire Guest Guide, your guide to discovering what one of the most picturesque counties in England has to offer. From the vibrant colours of the lush countryside, to the fresh sea air of Hampshire’s coastline, there’s an abundance of things to do and places to visit during your stay in Hampshire.
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If you are looking for history and culture you have come to the right place. Hampshire offers the perfect short break with fascinating providing an insight into the past with fascinating museums and historic architecture along with contemporary spaces, art galleries and cultural events.
For those looking for adventure, the abundance of attractions and activities throughout Hampshire will fill your visit with excitement and memories. From zoos to high ropes courses, gin distilleries to climbing centres, there’s an experience to suit all tastes. You’ll even find one of the UK’s top theme parks; Paultons Park, home of Peppa Pig World! When it comes to exploring, Hampshire has everything from three of the souths largest cities with impressive shopping centres and outlet malls, to quaint little market towns and picturesque villages where you’ll discover independent shops and unique boutiques. After working up an appetite you are spoilt for choice when dining and eating out. Hampshire is a food lovers county with local produce and provenance featuring on menus, from independent cafes and tea rooms, traditional English pubs to fine dining at one of Hampshire’s top Michelin Star restaurants; there’s a gastronomic experience to match all tastes and budgets. So whether you are staying for just a day or visiting for longer, Hampshire has so much to offer you’ll be planning your next visit before you leave!
Hampshire’s Top Attractions
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City Art Gallery
Dancing Man Brewery
Belgium & Blues
Royal Victoria Chapel
Longdown Activity Farm
New Forest Activites
New Forest Wildlife Park
Houghton Lodge Gardens
Museum of Army Flying
Gilbert White & The Oates Collections
Winchester Science Centre
Stardust Years Vintage Fashion
Royal Armouries Fort Nelson
The Kings Theatre
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The Needles Landmark Attraction
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Discover & Explore Whether you’re visiting for a short break or enjoying a little longer, Hampshire is home to lots of great attractions, and makes the perfect gateway for reaching other top attractions in the county. From theme parks to gardens, adventurous activities to cultural exploits, there is something to suit the whole family. A day of exploration Getting to and from your day out can be just as exciting as the day out itself! Take your car across to the Isle of Wight from Portsmouth or Lymington with Wightlink ferries. Or, choose between the passenger Red Jet and car ferry service at Red Funnel leaving from Southampton. Sometimes there’s nothing better than packing up at picnic and heading to a picturesque country park, luckily Hampshire has some great ones to choose from including Staunton Country Park with 1,000 acres for you to explore. Explore the world of experimental archaeology at Butser Ancient Farm. Here you will find a timeline of ancient homes from times gone by, set in a beautiful tranquil location within the Southdowns National Park near Petersfield.
A whole lot of history You can make your day out interesting and cultural with a visit to Mottisfont with its changing exhibitions, a feast for the senses all year round. www.hampshireattractions.co.uk
Winchester Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in England and well worth a visit, with crypt and Cathedral tours available it offers a wealth of beauty, from its outstanding architecture to the deep emotions stirred by its choral music. Manor Farm is a working historic farm with lots to see and interact with. Five centuries of history are brought to life at The Vyne - a former Tudor palace turned 17th-century family home, set in 1500 acres of gardens, woodland and wetlands and offer a truly memorable day out for families. For some more history explore historic warships including Nelson’s HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Another fascinating part of our history is that of our military. You can see over 40 historic aircraft at the Museum Army of Flying. Step back in time at Chawton House as you visit Jane Austen’s ‘Great House’, owned by her brother Edward. This romantic 400-year-old manor house is a short walk from the cottage where Jane Austen lived.
In 1545, The Mary Rose sank outside Portsmouth Harbour defending England from invasion. In 1982, The Mary Rose made a spectacular return to the surface. This year, experience The Mary Rose as never before. Explore the remains of Henry VIII’s favourite ship, recovered from the seabed in one of the most challenging archaeological excavations of all time.
A full day of adventure If it’s adventure you’re after then a visit to Paultons Park is a must, with over 60 rides and attractions, it’s also home to the popular Peppa Pig World, which is perfect for those little ones. Fill the day with enjoyment at National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. It’s a great place to spend the day enjoying over 250 automobiles and motorcycles, as well as Palace House and gardens, the Secret Army Exhibition and the World of Top Gear. A great way to spend the day out in the open is at the picturesque gardens of Exbury Gardens & Steam railway and Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Romsey. Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway in the
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Paultons Park New Forest is renowned for its large collections of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias. At Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Romsey, a 180-acre garden paradise with a magnificent collection of more than 42,000 plants and boasts one of the largest Winter Gardens of its kind in Europe. For animal lovers get up-close to your favourite animals at Marwell Zoo. From ring-tailed coatis to majestic giraffes, endangered tigers to frilled lizards, curious meerkats to pygmy hippos – home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings. Overlooking the stunning South coast of the Isle of Wight, Blackgang Chine – the oldest theme park in the country and one of the most iconic attractions too – offering an enchanting experience like no other. Let your imagination run wild as you venture on a journey of discovery.
An experience to remember If you’re a bit of a monkey yourself then Go Ape (Itchen Valley Country Park, Moors Valley Country Park or Alice Holt) promises you fun and adventure in the trees, and you can dive to the depths without getting wet at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Southsea. Enjoy hands-on, interactive science and technology at the Winchester Science Centre and learn whilst having fun. For those brave enough try walking over the glass floor platform at Emirates Spinnaker Tower!
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There is so much on offer in Hampshire. If you need any help planning your visit to one of Hampshire’s Top Attractions visit www.hampshireattractions.co.uk or pick up a leaflet from reception for discount vouchers and special offers. For even more ideas on where to visit when in Hampshire visit www.visit-hampshire.co.uk or if you are exploring the Isle of Wight, please visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk
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#VisitSouthampton Southampton Centre - The area for shopping and dining! The centre of Southampton is a hub of excitement and offers a wealth of things to do. From a bustling shopping experience, to the quiet city centre parks, and an abundance of bars and restaurants to keep you well fuelled and well entertained. At the heart of the city centre you’ll find a shopaholics dream with Westquay Shopping Centre, The Marlands Shopping Centre, a high street packed with your favourite stores and East Street where independent boutiques are plentiful. Southampton Centre is also home to Southampton’s markets on a Friday and Saturday from 9am-5pm. See the city’s history standing strong with the Bargate Monument, Titanic Engineers memorial, the Cenotaph, and Old Town Walls easily identifiable as you wander through the city centre, and when you want to slow things down take a picnic and sit amongst the well-manicured flower beds of the city’s green spaces. In the evening Southampton Centre is a buzz with nightlife. Whether you choose to enjoy some of the High Street bars, dine in one of the many restaurants, or recline back and take in a film at Showcase Cinema de Lux, there’s always plenty to do.
The North Quarter – The area for lifestyle and nightlife! In the north of the city you’ll discover streets full of life with independent shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, clubs, open space and more! From the diverse lifestyle of Shirley High Street and Portswood
Road, to the popular and lively Bedford Place and London Road, and across the River Itchen to Bitterne. This area of the city is buzzing with life and offers something for all ages from students enjoying the trendy vibe, families exploring the parkland at Southampton Common, sporting enthusiasts loving the Southampton Snowsports Centre, foodies looking for the best places to dine, and party goers looking for a great night out, there really is an eclectic mix of things to do. On a glorious summer’s day, you’ll almost be guaranteed to find an ice cream van at Southampton Common. The Common includes 326 acres of woodland, parkland, rough grassland, ponds, wetlands, nature trails, a paddling pool, a children’s play area, a model yachting pond, and a fishing lake. It’s also the venue for Southampton’s Common People Festival, which will be enjoying its fourth year in May 2018.
The Maritime Quarter – The area for maritime history & dining In the southern end of the city you’ll discover a maritime quarter of fine dining, waterfront views, trendy bars, and the heart of Southampton’s maritime history. Stretching from historic Oxford Street to Ocean Village, and across Itchen Bridge to Centenary Quay, this area of town is a must for those that love to watch the boats go by, take in a part of history, and enjoy the finer things in life. Famous for its connections to the Titanic, Oxford Street is one of the most historic streets in the city. It’s also home to a range of cafes, bars, fine dining restaurants and bistro’s, including The Docks Coffee House, The Grapes, Max’s Bar & Brasserie and Simons at Oxfords.
Hampshire Guest Guide Moving on to Ocean Village Marina you’ll find a yachtsman’s dream and a host of trendy bars. The new Southampton Harbour Hotel is an impressive sight offering a 5-Star experience, and a choice of restaurants with a marina view, such as Steak Of The Art and Maritimo Lounge, make a visit well worth while at any time of day. Across the Itchen Bridge to Woolston you’ll discover the newly developed Centenary Quay. As well as stunning waterfront homes there’s a variety of shops and restaurants. Whether you’re in the mood for coffee and cake at Mettricks, wood-fired pizza at Supermarine, or mouth-watering burgers at Vospers, you can enjoy indulging whilst enjoying the spectacular views across the Solent.
The Old Town Quarter – The area for history and independent venues From the Bargate Monument to Town Quay, you’ll discover Southampton’s Old Town. Here you’ll find a history-lovers playground and a foodie’s dream! Once a medieval gatehouse Southampton’s most iconic monument the Bargate, now acts as a gateway to the Old Town. From here to Town Quay you’ll discover the old town walls that weave their way through the city and a diverse range of restaurants and bars. Enjoy a pint in a historic pub with the Duke of Wellington, Red Lion, The Titanic Pub and Juniper Berry, all homed in timber-framed buildings and offering a warm welcome. The history of this area of the city can be found in every aspect of its modern-day surroundings. Opposite the waterfront the historic old walls house The Pig in the Wall, and the old Wool House provides a quirky home to Dancing Man Brewery, which still pays homage to the buildings heritage.
THE GALLERY, BASED IN SOUTHAMPTON’S CIVIC CENTRE, OPENED IN 1939.
he art gallery attracts art-lovers, curious amateurs as well as those who simply enjoy the atmosphere of a gallery. Southampton City Art Gallery offers the opportunity to enjoy high quality exhibitions ranging from painting, sculpture and drawing, to photography and film, as well as permanent collection and displays that change regularly to ensure new experiences with each visit. Southampton City Art Gallery is internationally renowned for its permanent collection which features around 5,000 works. These span eight centuries and tell the story of western art from the Renaissance to the present day. The core of the collection is twentieth century and contemporary British art. Strong clusters within this include Post-Impressionism (notably the Camden Town Group), Surrealism, St Ives and progressive contemporary art from the mid-1970s. Free to enter and conveniently located right next to SeaCity Museum, the venue caters for families. You can enjoy gallery trails through the exhibitions, monthly art clubs and a fantastic range of activities for all ages. The gallery can be hired for weddings, civil ceremonies, drinks receptions and even more. Paintings and sculptures provide a wonderful backdrop for couples seeking somewhere unique and the gallery spaces provide a harmonious environment for an unforgettable day. Seating can be provided for up to 120 people, and our in house catering team can work with you to ensure your guests are kept happy throughout your event.
Discovering the history of this area is made easy with a guided walk with the Southampton Tour Guides Association, and the Tudor House Museum on Bugle Street opens up 800 years of history to explore. Home to Red Funnel Ferries and the Blue Funnel Hythe Ferry, Town Quay offers a gateway to the city, as well as easy access from Southampton to the Isle of Wight and Southampton’s Waterside.
Mon to Fri: 10am-3pm Sat: 10am – 5pm, Sun: Closed, Bank Holiday Mon: 10am-3pm Location: Commercial Road, Southampton SO14 7LP www.southamptoncityartgallery.com 023 8083 3007 (option 3)
Gate Discover Southampton’s most important historic building, encompassing over 800 years of history on one site. Tudor House, with its beautifully recreated Tudor knot garden, is just a few minutes walk from the city centre. The timber-framed building facing St Michael’s Square was built in the late 15th Century, with King John’s Palace, an adjacent Norman house accessible from the garden, dating back a further 300 years. Tudor House gives a unique and atmospheric insight into the lives and times of both its residents through the years, and of Southampton itself. Enjoy a vivid and exciting audio-visual show which explains the history of the house, alongside interactive screens that rotate to show how the rooms would have looked during different historic periods, in particular the Tudor, Georgian and Victorian eras. A selection of restored artefacts are on display in the museum, including archaeological finds dating back to the medieval and Tudor periods. Special events are held throughout the year, including hugely popular Halloween & Christmas activities. Tudor House is also available for weddings and corporate hire. Within this historic complex, we offer a wide range of rooms which can be laid out in different styles to suit your event – be it a meeting, conference, product launch, team building day or corporate hospitality with a difference. They may be used by themselves or in combination to enable, for example, breakout sessions and the ability to provide catering and refreshments separately from the main venue. Alternatively, it is possible to hire the entire venue for exclusive use.
LOCATION: Bugle Street, Southampton, SO14 2AD. www.tudorhouseandgarden.com 023 8083 4242
SeaCity Museum is open daily 10am – 5pm. www.seacitymuseum.co.uk for ticket prices.
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eway to the World Southampton’s must-visit attraction is SeaCity Museum, which tells the story of the people of the city through the ages, their fascinating lives and the area’s historic connection with the sea. Titanic Story The most famous ship in the world, the RMS Titanic, pulled away from White Star Dock in Southampton at the start of her maiden voyage on 10 April, 1912. In the early hours of 15 April she struck an iceberg and sank, causing great loss of life. Nowhere was the tragedy of the Titanic disaster more felt than in Southampton, where more than 500 households lost a family member. Visitors to the museum will discover how many people worked on board and the huge variety of jobs the crew carried out. The centre-piece of this gallery features a 1:25 scale, interactive model of the Titanic.
Through powerful oral testimony from survivors, the Disaster Room describes the sequence of events from the time the ship struck the iceberg to its sinking, and the rescue of passengers by the Carpathia. Also, there is a fascinating audio visual show for visitors to find out about the British Inquiry, which was held in London soon after the disaster.
Gateway to the World Gateway to the World recounts the stories of people who have departed from or arrived in the port of Southampton over the last 200,000 years with themes of invaders and settlers, traders, exiles and soldiers. This gallery introduces visitors to
people who have passed through Southampton: from Roman traders bringing new merchandise, Saxon settlers setting up homes bringing in new trades and skills to Hamwic, or Huguenot Protestants seeking refuge and Victorian industrialists with links across the British Empire. Digital touchscreens and hands-on activities invite visitors to interact and engage in exhibits and share their Southampton stories. To help put the city into context, a large interactive map reveals the development of Southampton from small Stone Age settlements into the walled medieval town and through the ages to its present size.
Location: Havelock Rd, Southampton SO14 7FY www.seacitymuseum.co.uk
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SPECIAL EXHIBITION AREA SeaCity also hosts a range of exciting temporary exhibitions in the stunning Pavilion extension. This year we have a major exhibition, We March On: Southampton Football Club, Then and Now running 29 March – 28 October 2018. Celebrating over 130 years of Southampton Football Club, this exhibition gives a unique insight into life at the club, through its supporters, ex-players and backroom staff. Featuring fascinating memorabilia, interactive exhibitions, fun facts and more. A must see for football fans!
SOUTHAMPTON’S ONLY BREW HOUSE
DANCING MAN BREWERY.
Located in the only surviving freestanding medieval warehouse in Southampton, Dancing Man Brewery is an award-winning microbrewery offering great beer, mouth-watering food and outstanding service. Built in around 1338, The Wool House was used as storehouse for wool exports to Europe, during Southampton’s time as a leading wool port it is one of several wool houses. It was later used as a prison during the Napoleonic war and then the Maritime Museum which closed following the opening of the new SeaCity Museum. The Grade I listed building, has been brought to life by two friends and business partners who have successfully restored an empty heritage building into a city brew house. Renovated beautifully to compliment the building’s character, Dancing Man Brewery’s minimalistic design mixes the old with the new. Look out for the graffiti on the walls, which remain from when it once held French prisoners from the Peninsular War. Dancing Man brewery were awarded Best design in the South by the People’s Choice Solent Design Awards.
Dancing Man brewery holds the coveted Best Bar None Award for Best Pub in Southampton and Best Overall Venue along with numerous CAMRA beer awards.
Their 120 seater restaurant caters not only for lunchtime guests but their full al a carte offers a range of delicious home cooked The ground floor bar offers a fantastic food with an extensive Vegan menu for view of their beautiful brewery where the their evening visitors. brewers can be seen crafting amazing Weddings and other events are a creations, from classic beer styles and speciality as they are located next door to New World hop bombs to experimental Southampton’s Registry Office. oddities and the downright strange. Two legged and four legged friends There is always someone available to are very welcome. Bring all the family, help you choose from their fantastic including the dog - they have a menu range by offering tasters and their for everyone. infinite knowledge about hops and the inspiration for each beer. Learn how to pair with not just their ale but beers from all around the World, partake in the sampling of ciders and fine wines. If you just want to sit and admire this incredible building, they offer a range of teas and coffees too. Visitors to the city are all invited to view this historic building as they encourage
LOCATION: Town Quay, Southampton, SO14 2AR www.dancingmanbrewery.co.uk 023 8083 6666
guests to wonder around the place to take photographs.
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SS SHIELDHALL ALIVE AND STEAMING! Don’t miss the chance to cruise on Southampton’s ‘hidden gem’! A heritage, cargo-passenger ship included in the National Historic Fleet, SS Shieldhall was launched on the Clyde in 1955, and later owned by Southern Water until her purchase for £20,000 in 1988 by the charity that still operates her. Today the Shieldhall is a unique seagoing ‘time capsule’. She provides a working example of steamship machinery both above and below deck, typical of the cargo and passenger ships that plied the oceans of the world between the 1870s and 1960s, after which they became all but extinct. Whilst other heritage ships are held permanently in dry dock, the Shieldhall is very active, with a programme that allows passengers to access the impressive steam engines at work in the engine room itself,
and the bridge, complete with traditional instruments and gleaming brasswork.
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Passengers are encouraged to see how the ship operates, and meet the Captain and volunteer crew. Relax on board and listen to the commentary of the sites and sounds of Southampton Water, as Shieldhall passes the outgoing cruise ships. Shieldhall is considered a very stable vessel, providing an excellent viewing platform. There is plenty of covered seating on board, a Children’s Passport to follow, and a fully licensed bar and saloon serving hot snacks and refreshments. The 2018 cruising programme runs from June – September, with a variety of trips from 2hr to all-day cruises. Look out too for ‘alongside events’ taking place in dock.
LOCATION: BERTH 48, SOUTHAMPTON SO14 2QN FOR SAILING DAYS 0844 357 2329 OTHER DATES (CHECK WEBSITE FOR INFO) www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org
elgium and Blues is an independently owned Craft Beer bar and brasserie located in the heart of Southampton’s Cultural Quarter, its neighbours include the NST City Theatre & John Hansard Gallery which have just opened this spring. Set over two floors B&B offers an artisan spirits bar and brasserie on the ground floor overlooking the parks whilst the atmospheric cellar below holds the city’s best stocked beer bar.
“ A gin for every taste and the best steak in town ” The beautiful ground floor brasserie is
a must in the summer months. Over 50 gins and artisanal spirts on offer alongside freshly prepared food. You can drift off and people watch as the sun sets over
the parks. Whether you’re an aficionado or simply looking to try something new we’ve got something for you. As the name suggests we love Belgian beer and stock well over 100 beers in the cellar. Ranging from Belgian classics to craft beer from the best breweries locally and around the world and have in our first year been honoured with inclusion in CAMRA’s good bear guide. It doesn’t stop there though, we offer some of the best steaks and mussels found on the south coast and a menu of ‘food to drink to’. Whether you’re after a bite to eat at lunch time or an unforgettable evening with great drinks, sumptuous food & weekly live music & entertainment, Belgium and Blues is a must do when visiting Southampton.
“ A SUPERB ADDITION TO THE SOUTHAMPTON SCENE”
LOCATION: 184 Above Bar St, Southampton SO14 7DW 023 8022 5411 belgiumandblues.co.uk
ROYAL VICTORIA CHAPEL – UNCOVERING THE STORIES OF THE ROYAL VICTORIA MILITARY HOSPITAL
A Jewel in Hampshire’s Crown
Set in the beautiful Royal Victoria Country Park, the historic chapel is all that remains of the British Army’s first purpose built military hospital.
If you have a head for heights, the tower of the Royal Victoria Chapel offers a perfect view across the surrounding Hampshire countryside. On a good day, you can see across to the Isle of Wight, Southampton docks and can even spot the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth!
The Royal Victoria Chapel stands on the edge of Southampton Water and is an iconic local landmark, with its impressive tower rising 150ft to an elegant domed cupola. The Royal Victoria Hospital was opened by Queen Victoria in 1863 and served the British military for over a century, stretching for a quarter of a mile along the shoreline. As the British Army’s first purpose built hospital, the Royal Victoria was a unique and ambitious project which would help change the face of the medical world. An exciting £3.8m Heritage Lottery Fund project has seen the restoration of the original Victorian Chapel interior, the creation of a new exhibition, visitor facilities and outdoor information points. Visitors can now explore the unique military past of the site and walk in the footsteps of the patients, doctors and nurses of the once vast and imposing Royal Victoria Hospital
While visiting the Royal Victoria Chapel, why not explore the rest of the country park? Offering fantastic views across Southampton Water, Royal Victoria Country Park is a great place to watch the ships coming in and out of Southampton Docks and is ideal for relaxation and leisure. The park’s ancient woodlands, large open spaces, boardwalks and ponds offer something for everyone. There are a number of picnic areas throughout the site and family BBQ areas can be hired. The Café in the Park serves a wide variety of hot and cold food and children will love taking a ride on the miniature railway or burning off steam in the picturesque, fully accessible play areas. The Royal Victoria Chapel and Country Park hosts a range of exciting events throughout the year and is available to hire for weddings and parties. Visit our website to find out what’s on at this unique historic site www.hants.gov.uk/rvchapel
LOCATION: Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley Abbey, Southampton, SO31 5GA. www.hants.gov.uk/rvchapel 02380 455157
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SO MUCH TO SEE IN THE NEW FOREST The stunning New Forest National Park lies on the outskirts of Southampton in the south-west of Hampshire. This picturesque part of the county offers so much to visitors at any time of year. The New Forest is made up of open heathland and woodland that is just waiting to be explored. Head off on foot or by bike to explore the many tracks and trails that wind through the forest, filled with breathtaking views and an abundance of animals such as deer, ponies, and donkeys, all roaming free around the forest. Bordering the coastline, The New Forest also benefits from coastal walks and numerous beaches to enjoy a day at the beach, a dip in the sea, and the perfect spots to watch the ships in the Solent as they go by. The villages in the forest are all unique in their own way and ideal to explore at any time of year. The large village of Lyndhurst offers plenty of places to eat and drink, from quaint cafes to cosy country pubs. Burley Village is a chocolate box village filled with tearooms, gift shops and art galleries. The village of Beaulieu makes the perfect spot for exploration with pleasant walks by the river to the stunning setting of Bucklers Hard. Wherever you are in the forest you won’t be far from a traditional country pub with a welcoming atmosphere to warm the soul, a fabulous beer garden to enjoy on a warm summers day or a roaring fire to warm your hands during those colder months. The New Forest plays host to several events including The New Forest and Hampshire County Show from the 24th-26th July, and The Netley Marsh Steam and Craft Show form the 20th-22nd July. You’ll also find plenty of craft fairs and food and drink festivals throughout the year. During your visit, you’ll find plenty of things to do to keep you and the family entertained. Whether it’s a visit to the world-famous Beaulieu attraction, home to the National Motor Museum, making friends with the animals at Longdown Activity Farm, exploring the Beaulieu River by kayak with New Forest Activities, or finding a bit of history at Hurst Castle.
On the banks of the Beaulieu River, in the heart of the New Forest, the unspoilt picturesque haven of Buckler’s Hard remains untouched by the passage of time. Once a thriving shipbuilding village where ships for Nelson’s fleet at Trafalgar were built, now Buckler’s Hard is a tranquil haven, perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of modern life. The Maritime Museum is open all-year round, telling the story of this unique village through its characters including Master Shipbuilder Henry Adams. Learn about the famous ships which were built there during the 18th century. See historic displays in the labourers’ and shipwrights’ cottages, which show how the village would have looked in the early 1800s and hear residents from the time gossiping about local matters in the New Inn. Discover the important role played by Buckler’s Hard and the Beaulieu River in more recent times, during WWII. From Easter to October, take a River Cruise for a tranquil journey along the beautiful Beaulieu River. It is one of the few privately owned rivers in the world and the custodianship of the Montagu family over four centuries has made it the special place it is today. Listen to a fascinating commentary, while you spot the abundant wildlife nestled in its banks. Buckler’s Hard is a place for relaxation as well as exploration. The Captain’s Cabin Tea Rooms serves a range of light refreshments and drinks, including delicious cream teas, throughout the day. Advance tickets to Buckler’s Hard can be bought online. For more information see www.bucklershard.co.uk or call 01590616203. Annual passes are also available, which offer unlimited visits to the village as well as 10% discount on gift purchases from the Maritime Museum shop.
Location: New Forest, Hants,SO42 7XB www.bucklershard.co.uk 01590 616203
Farmyard FUN for Everyone!
ongdown Activity Farm is a fantastic day out for everyone. A daily schedule of hands-on activities includes kid goat and calf bottlefeeding, duck feeding, and small animal handling in the new Animal Encounter Barn where you can hold a baby chick, groom a rabbit, meet friendly guinea pigs, or maybe even a Kunekune piglet!
soft play area. Whatever the weather, thereâ€™s always something to do.
There are lots of other friendly animals to see around the farm including cows, alpacas, Pygmy goats, donkeys and ponies.
Tearoom, gift shop, picnic areas, nappy changing and quiet room, plus disabled facilities. Longdown Activity Farm is proud to offer a Changing Room facility complete with an adultsized changing bed and lifting hoist for visitors with assisted needs.
Donâ€™t miss the popular (and very bumpy!) tractor and trailer rides (ground conditions permitting). The children will also enjoy the Pitchfork and Putt crazy golf course as well as the large outdoor play area, which is ideal for a picnic too. If the weather is bad, there are some brilliant indoor play areas, which includes the new Straw Den and Trampoline Barn and a
The Longdown Farm Shop has a large range of delicious locally sourced produce, and the Chicken Shack is stocked with plenty of poultry feed and equipment. There is no charge to visit the Farm Shop, which is open to visitors and non-visitors to the Activity Farm.
Open daily from February halfterm to the end of October halfterm.
Longdown Activity Farm and Longdown Farm Shop are just off the A35 between Lyndhurst and Southampton. www.longdownfarm.co.uk 023 8029 2837
LOCATION: New Forest, Hampshire, SO42 7ZN www.Beaulieu.co.uk 01590 612345 @beaulieu_hants
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THE LUXURY OF MOTORING A stunning collection of 28 Lalique glass car mascots are on show together for the first time as the glittering centrepeice of The Luxury of Motoring, a new display which was opened early in 2018 at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.
The new gallery showcases a selection of the most luxurious cars ever built and tells the story of their design, the people who owned them and the chauffeurs who drove them. Spanning the golden age of luxury motoring to today’s aspirational cars, perceptions of taste and class are themes that are explored through fascinating objects, films and rarely seen images.
hen don’t forget to make time for the rest of the museum’s world-famous collection of more than 250 vehicles, which tell the story of British motoring from some of the world’s most iconic Land Speed Record breakers to oddities such as a giant orange on wheels!
Visit the 13th century Beaulieu Abbey and see the exhibition about the life of its Cistercian Monk founders, leading to the serene Cloisters and Herb Garden. Upstairs in the Abbey’s Domus are impressive wall hangings depicting scenes from its past.
Meet the talking crash test dummy in Driving Change, visit The Motorcycle Story and Grand Prix Greats and Road, Race and Rally featuring F1, rallying, trials and drag racing exhibits. while Jack Tucker’s Garage recreates the sights, sounds and smells of a typical country garage from the 1930s.
Travel around the attraction in the replica 1912 open-topped London Bus and take a ride on the high-level monorail. Don’t miss the Secret Army Exhibition which tells the story of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) which trained secret agents at the Beaulieu during WWll.
Fresh exhibits are on show in the new-look World of Top Gear with the impressive Ssangyacht and longest limousine selfie opportunity ever. The newly styled Enormodrome boasts a brand new studio to reflect changes to the world’s biggest motoring show. While Barbara’s pink taxi from The League of Gentlemen is a recent addition to On Screen Cars.
Admission tickets include entrance to all of the Beaulieu attraction. Tickets can be bought in advance online. For tickets or more information see www.beaulieu.co.uk or call 01590 612345.
See the fully restored Victorian Kitchen at the Montagu ancestral home of Palace House, where Lord Montagu’s cook bakes on the range during school holidays. Step back in time and talk to costumed guides about living in a Victorian country house ‘upstairs and downstairs’. A recently opened wing gives an insight into the late Lord Montagu’s private apartment, which has also become home to the first dedicated Soviet Russian art gallery in the UK. In the stunning grounds and gardens, stroll along Mill Pond Walk on the banks of the Beaulieu River to see woodland fairy doors and mythical creature tree carvings including a legendary Green Man, many-headed serpent and tree-top griffin. Then spot Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland topiary and the Love Lock Tree sculpture in the Victorian gardens.
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Fill your visit to The New Forest with fun, whether it be paddling, pedaling or perfecting your skills, New Forest Activities offer a wide range of outdoor activities for all. Based in the heart of the stunning New Forest National Park, their activities are perfect for those seeking adventure and provide a stepping stone to the lesser known, tucked away sights of the forest.
With exclusive rights to the tidal and privately owned Beaulieu River, their Canoeing and Kayaking sessions offer up plenty of opportunity to explore. They use open top ‘Canadian style’ canoes, which will ensure you stay safe as you paddle through the hidden creeks and waterways of the stunning Beaulieu River Nature Reserve. Ensure you keep your eyes peeled for the various types of wildlife that call the river home, including Kingfishers, Moon Jellyfish and even Beaulieu’s resident seal! Why not try your hand at Archery? Perfect for those 6 years and over, you’ll be shown various Archery techniques before getting the chance to practice your aim with a bow. Once you’ve mastered the technique, it’s time for some fun scoring games and challenges. For thrill-seekers there’s Battlefield LIVE, an outdoor laser tag experience that’ll have you storming the field with your troops as you prepare to take out the opposing team. You’ll play out a variety of gaming scenarios using the latest in infra-red weaponry, which ensures a pain-free, interactive experience. And with regular open sessions, it’s perfect for kids and big kids alike! Combine both Canoeing and Cycle Hire for a full day family adventure! Family Adventure Day’s include a 90 minute guided
LOCATION: High Street, Beaulieu, SO42 7YA www.newforestactivities.co.uk 01590 612377
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tour of the Beaulieu River and a full day’s Cycle Hire. And with free cycle route maps available, you can go and explore The New Forest at your own pace. For groups, how about an adventure with a view? Take to the trees in a variety of High & Low Rope challenges. Based at their woodland activity site, the New Forest Activities ropes course offers up endless amounts of fun for groups. You’ll be in safe hands as you spend the day learning new skills, working together as a team and most importantly – having fun! Or perhaps start learning a different type of skill with a New Forest Activities Bushcraft session. You’ll be taught basic survival skills by your Bushcraft expert including foraging, shelter building and fire lighting. You’ll even get to cook your lunch over an open fire! Whatever you decide and whatever your age or abilities, New Forest Activities has an adventure for everyone! Visit their website to find out more about activities and upcoming special events.
Visitors to New Forest Wildlife Park will have the thrill of seeing some new animals in 2018. Autumn, a female red fox, has been getting on swimmingly with fellow red fox Copper after moving to the New Forest from Derbyshire. Giant otters Panambi and Meamu are also settling in well in their New Forest home. Several rescued fallow deer have joined the deer enclosure and more fallow deer from Derbyshire will soon be moving in to a new paddock near the European bison. A captive bred long-eared owl called Twill will be meeting schoolchildren and visitors in 2018 and both the hedgehogs and smooth coated otters heard the patter of tiny feet last year. Park owners Carol and Roger Heap reluctantly decided to close the Chestnut Centre in Derbyshire in 2017 due to their forthcoming semi-retirement. So the majority of their animals will be moving to the New Forest, including tame Asian-short-clawed otter Pickwick, who loves to be the centre of attention. 2018 promises to be an exciting year, with entertaining events and more animals on show to the public. Visitors can see several species of otters, owls and deer, plus bison, a lynx, red foxes, ferrets, harvest mice, polecats, pine martens, mouflon, wolves, wallabies, badgers, souslik, water voles, hedgehogs, Scottish wildcats and wild boar. With two action-packed adventure playgrounds, animal encounters, keeper talks, a gift shop and tempting café too, New Forest Wildlife Park makes for a fun-filled and fabulous day out for all the family. LOCATION: Deerleap Lane, Nr Ashurst, Southampton SO40 4UH www.newforestwildlifepark.co.uk 023 80292 408 | email@example.com @nfwildlifepark
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estling between Winchester, Salisbury and the New Forest, Test Valley occupies a tranquil corner of Hampshire boasting lush water meadows, charming chocolate box cottages, stylish village inns and Hampshire’s longest river, the famous River Test with its crystal-clear waters. The beautiful countryside is home to the market towns of Andover, Stockbridge and Romsey, each with their unique identity and all offering a warm Test Valley welcome. Test Valley is an outstandingly beautiful area and the idyllic setting for a riverside amble or picnic on the riverbank. It’s also an angler’s paradise; famous for its clear chalk streams the tranquil River Test is one of the most renowned fly fishing rivers in the world. Steeped in captivating stories of times gone by and boasting an abundance of historic architecture, it has more Iron Age forts than anywhere else in Hampshire. The earliest record of Andover’s watermills dates back to the Domesday Book. Trace the area’s rich history through the selection of works in the many art galleries found in the Test Valley.
If you have a nose for fine wine the region is ripe with vineyards. Start your journey with a wine-tasting tour at award-winning Cottonworth Vineyard or sample the award-winning sparkling and still white wine at Danebury Vineyard. If you have an appetite for locally grown, mouth-watering food, fine wines and casked ales, you’re going to enjoy a taste sensation. Enjoy a traditional country pub such as the Three Tuns in Romsey, or a taste of the test at The John O’Gaunt located between Stockbridge, Kings Somborne and Romsey. The beauty of Test Valley’s wonderful landscapes means there is no end of outdoor fun to be had. Explore by bike and cycle your way around the woodlands and winding country roads or tee off at one of the number of golf courses. There are many horse riding schools waiting to offer you horse trekking experiences through the many miles of tranquil bridleway, and there are play parks aplenty which offer something for every age. As well as history and culture, glorious gardens and stunning landscapes, amazing restaurants and local breweries, Test Valley provides a fantastic range of attractions including, Finkley Down Farm, The Hawk Conservancy Trust, and Paultons Park.
Riverside Bowl in Andover is operated by the charitable organisation Valley Leisure Ltd. With (8) Ten Pin Bowling lanes, Glo-Golf, Small Arcade with Pool Tables there’s plenty to do. Our American Diner serves a variety of food including Burgers & Sausages from Weyhill Farm Shop. Visit www.riverside-bowl.co.uk for more information.
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HOUGHTON LODGE GARDENS It is a family home that has been described by visitors as ‘a little piece of heaven’ with gardens, which provide colour and delight throughout the seasons. Houghton Lodge Gardens is situated in the heart of the Test Valley and only five minutes from the local market town of Stockbridge. Built in 1793 and probably intended as a fishing lodge, Houghton Lodge is a Grade II* listed Cottage Orné. It is idyllically set above the tranquil waters of the River Test with untouched views across the valley and water meadows with glorious gardens sheltered by beautiful trees and swathes of lawn sweeping down to the River Test. With both formal and informal gardens, including the traditional Kitchen Garden enclosed by Chalk Cob walls with espaliers, apple orchard and a wonderful Orchid House with many rare species. In early summer the fragrant peonies line the stunning rose arbor path leading to hidden corners of the garden. Explore over 15 acres of meadow walks with mown paths along the picturesque River Test and meet resident Alpacas and find the topiary snorting dragon! Enjoy the peaceful and picturesque setting of Houghton Lodge Gardens from the Honesty tearooms and orangery.
Houghton Lodge and Gardens is open daily from 1st March – 30th September. 11am – 5pm Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm Weekends and Bank Holidays. North Houghton, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6LQ 01264 810502 www.houghtonlodge.co.uk
Action packed day out Sitting in an enviable position, adjacent to the busy Army Air Corps airfield at Middle Wallop, the Museum of Army Flying consists of two large hangars which house exhibits that tell the powerful and exciting story of British Soldiers in the air from the pioneering days of balloons and kites in the late 1800s right through to the contemporary helicopters that can be seen flying at Middle Wallop. Visitors can get up close to over 35 fixed wing and rotary aircraft, see medals, photographs, clothing and artefacts from throughout the history of the British Army in the air. To keep themselves fuelled up visitors can treat themselves to a delicious meal or home-made cake from the Apache Café. For children there are trails, activities, dress-up stations and puzzles as well as a playpark, and ball pit for younger children. Behind the scenes the Museum continues its work on raising funds for the three phases of Project Eagle, the first of which will see the delivery of The British Army Flying Memorial in September. Visit the website to find out more at armyflying.com LOCATION: Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hants, SO20 8DY www.armyflying.com MuseumOfArmyFlying
Discover H THERE’S PLENTY ON OFFER IN NORTH HAMPSHIRE Hampshire is a large county, it will take you a few visits or a very long visit to really appreciate all there is on offer. So, if you’re tackling Hampshire one area at a time, here are some great things to do in North Hampshire. Discover where the world’s supply of Bombay Sapphire Gin begins its journey from the Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke Mill in Whitchurch. You don’t need to be a gin-lover to appreciate the interesting history and picturesque surroundings at the distillery, of course if you do appreciate gin this will be a little piece of heaven! Not far from Bombay Sapphire you’ll find the Whitchurch Silk Mill. This Georgian water mill still weaves silk using 19th century machinery. A real insight into industrial history all set next to the peaceful River Test. Undergoing some lottery funded refurbishment, the mill is due to re-open its doors in August 2018.
If you’re looking for a more fast-paced day out in North Hampshire, then you’ll want to head to Thruxton Motorsports Centre. From Porsche Cayman’s to Lamborghini Huracans, Thruxton is a sport-car-lovers dream and a fun day out! Whether you head to one of their special events like Truck Racing, or have a go yourself on one of their experience days, you’ll definitely get your thrill fix! For family days out in North Hampshire then The Hawk Conservancy Trust is a must! From tiny Pygmy Owls to the impressive Steller’s Sea Eagles, birds of prey and plenty of extra activities, there’s something to keep the whole family entertained. You’ll find plenty of Heritage and Culture in North Hampshire. From the historical ruins of the largest private house in Tudor England at Basing House, to 100 years of British Army in the air history at the Museum of Army Flying. You can even walk through the ages and explore what life was like for Hampshire people in the past at Milestones Museum of Living History.
Gilbert White & the Oates Collections tells the stories of three great explorers of the natural world. Gilbert White(1720-1793) was an eighteenth century writer and naturalist who changed our way of looking at the natural world around us. His home in Selborne is now a museum that celebrates natural world, with beautiful grounds and fascinating galleries.
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Hampshire’s hidden heritage Step back in time as you visit Jane Austen’s ‘Great House’, owned by her brother Edward. Enjoy the magical setting where she ‘dawdled away’ many happy hours, including the table where she dined with her family and the walled garden mentioned in her letters.
LOCATION: Chawton House, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SJ www.chawtonhouse.org 01420 541010 @chawtonhouse
Edward Austen inherited this charming 400 year-old manor house from childless relatives, Thomas and Catherine Knight. He offered his mother and sisters a home at the nearby bailiff’s cottage, now Jane Austen’s House Museum. The ‘Great House’ was almost as familiar to Austen as her own home. A treasure trove of Austen and Knight family heirlooms, the house is also home to a fascinating collection of early women’s writing experienced through exciting exhibitions. Find out about the varied history of the Chawton estate, from a stopping place for
royalty in medieval times, to its special role in Jane Austen’s life and legacy. Discover the inspiring stories of early women writers, from novelists and travel writers to philosophers and activists. Our collection holds over 10,000 works and includes first and early editions, original manuscripts, and paintings. The stunning grounds have been restored to their eighteenth-century appearance, returning the land from arable use to parkland, with added features such as the ‘ha-ha’: a landscape-design element that creates a barrier for grazing livestock while preserving an uninterrupted view. Relax in the gardens, including fernery, shrubbery and walled garden and explore the Wilderness on an activity trail! Enjoy lunch or treat yourself to a delicious cake in the atmospheric Old Kitchen tearoom.
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It is also the home of the Oates Collections, Frank Oates (1840-1875) was a Victorian explorer and naturalist, whose incredible story of overcoming obstacles is part of the museum’s new £3 million renovation. Frank’s nephew Captain Lawrence Oates (1880-1912), was part of the tragic Terra Nova Expedition headed by Captain Scott to the South Pole. The Antarctic
gallery takes you through one of the most extreme landscapes in world to tell Lawrence Oates’ heroic story. The museum launches its new galleries and facilities in Spring 2018. These include a new café that specialises in homemade local food, new galleries, and learning spaces.
LOCATION: The Wakes, High Street, Selborne GU34 3JH www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk GilbertWhiteAndTheOatesCollections
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Winchester is the perfect English city nestled amongst breathtakingly beautiful countryside – a destination which has something to offer everyone.
ith a world famous cathedral, top rated eateries and a lively festival scene you are sure to have an amazing experience while you are here. From the vibrancy of the city centre with its unrivalled selection of independent shops, to the tranquil nature of the South Downs, there is plenty for you to explore on your stay. Winchester is a city renowned for having a deep and expansive history and a treasure trove of English heritage. From Iron Age forts to Civil War sites, Europe’s longest medieval cathedral to a working mill on the River Itchen, the district offers a wealth of intrigue for visitors looking to uncover Britain’s past. An abundance of legendary historic figures have made an impact on Winchester including King Alfred the Great (C 849-899) who made Winchester his capital. Be sure not to miss the iconic Round Table of Arthurian legend that has hung in Winchester’s ancient Great Hall for centuries. Visit Winchester at any point during the year and you’ll find the city at it’s vibrant best, showcasing an ever-changing kaleidoscope
of colourful events that inspire, intrigue and enchant thousands of visitors every year. With Hat Fair, Cocktail Week, music festivals and Christmas to name a few, there is bound to be something up your street happening on one of ours! Why not pick up one of the trails available from the Winchester Tourist Information Centre and discover what Winchester is all about; from romantic sunset walks, a beautiful walk of the city to a trail of military history, a trail celebrating Jane Austen and for sports fans a trail exploring the history of cricket in the district. Take a trip out to one of the charming market towns in the Winchester district. Take your pick from the likes of the picturesque village of Wickham, the medieval town of Bishop’s Waltham or Alresford, a beautiful town with iconic painted Georgian houses. Why not stop off in the rural countryside and see how many beautiful villages you can find? If you want a visit that is vibrant, ancient and cultured then Winchester is the place for you. For more information please visit visitwinchester.co.uk.
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Winchester is a great location to enjoy a family day out, with plenty to do and loads to explore! A visit to family favourite Marwell Zoo is a must. From the playful penguins, to the impressive giraffe’s and tigers, and all set in 140 acres of beautiful landscape.
Winchester is perfect for a touch of romance with that special someone. You don’t even need to go anywhere; just taking in this picturesque city will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy! Take a stroll through the city centre and take in the numerous boutique shops and cafes.
For inquisitive minds you’ll definitely want to discover more about our world and our universe at the Winchester Science Centre. You’ll be having too much fun to realise you’re actually learning!
Enjoy a walk alongside the Itchen River that flows through the lower half of the city and sit back and relax in the grounds of Winchester Cathedral, with its green open spaces and park benches, the perfect spot for a picnic.
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Winchester is home to some fantastic restaurants that are perfect for a romantic lunch or dinner. Enjoy lunch at the River Cottage Canteen or a taste of the sea at Rick Stein’s own restaurant. No.5 Bridge Street is the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea & dinner.
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The Old Vine ENJOY A SOPHISTICATED CITY BREAK An iconic and must-see feature of Winchester is the Winchester Cathedral. This magnificent medieval church is one of the largest cathedrals in England, with the longest nave and greatest overall length of any Gothic cathedral in Europe. Join in one of the Winchester guided tours that start from the Tourist Information Centre at the Guildhall. These 90-minute walking tours are the perfect way to explore the city and learn about its history. Give your taste buds a treat sipping fine ales and local ciders at The Black Boy pub, enjoy a delicious Michelin Star taste sensation at The Black Rat restaurant, and fill your glass from wine vending machines The Black Bottle!
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Located in the heart of historic Winchester you’ll find us in a Grade II-listed building steeped in character and charm. Drop in and experience our idyllic surroundings, warm hospitality and superb food and drink (we love local produce, and we’re in the Good Beer Guide). www.oldvinewinchester.com
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Spark children’s curiosity at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium. Run by an educational charity on a mission to excite and inspire children in science, technology, engineering and maths, it promises both entertainment and learning through a hands-on fun-filled family day out. There’s extra activities running most weekends and during every school holiday. After dark, the Science Centre offers a varied programme of arts, science and space events for older children and adults to enjoy.
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Boasting two floors of interactive exhibits including a brand new space zone opening summer 2018, Explorer:Space, there’s plenty to occupy inquisitive minds. Take time to visit the Invention Studio, an area dedicated to ingenuity supervised by enthusiastic staff and volunteers. No visit would be complete without experiencing the UK’s largest standalone planetarium, where from the comfort of the reclined chairs you can sit back, relax, and take an immersive tour through the Solar System and beyond. There’s a choice of live, presenter-led shows or animated film shows, all of which last for about 20-30 minutes. The Science Centre is situated on the outskirts of Winchester within the South Downs National Park and enjoys direct access to Magdalen Hill Down Butterfly Conservation reserve. Visitors are invited to explore the countryside using a free ‘spotters guide’ and make use of the outdoor picnic and play area, making the Science Centre an ideal day out whatever the weather.
Open every day from 10am. Closing at 5pm on weekends, bank holidays and local school holidays and 4pm Monday – Friday during term time
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Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium, Telegraph Way, off Alresford Road, Winchester SO21 1HZ www.winchestersciencecentre.org @winchestersciencecentre
01962 863791 @WinSciCentre
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Winchester Cathedral Fifteen centuries of English history lie behind the magnificent Cathedral you see today. It stands at the heart of historic Winchester, once the seat of Anglo-Saxon and Norman royal power, on the site of an early Christian church. Begun in 1079, the Cathedral has been a place of worship ever since.
prolonged periods of rainfall can be seen standing in water. The Winchester Bible, the largest and finest of all surviving 12th-century English bibles, is one of the Cathedral’s greatest treasures. Its exquisitely illuminated capital letters, coloured with gold and lapis lazuli, are as intense today as they would have been 800 years ago. The Cathedral is the resting place of many influential and famous people including Saxon kings, bishops and the much-loved English novelist Jane Austen.
Today the Cathedral welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and in recent years has become well known for its annual Christmas Market and open-air ice rink, which alone attract over 400,000 visitors. A walk round the Cathedral takes you through centuries of English architecture. Particularly striking is the vast gothic nave, the longest medieval nave in Europe. Great works of art, including paintings, sculptures and carvings can be found throughout the building. Don’t miss the Crypt. This atmospheric part of the Cathedral is home to Antony Gormley’s contemplative statue ‘Sound II’ which, after
Visiting the Cathedral A guided tour provided by the Cathedral’s own volunteer guides is by far the best way to explore the building. Available on the hour from 10am – 3pm Monday to Saturday, these hour-long tours really do bring the Cathedral, its characters and history to life. It’s worth taking the time to walk through the Cathedral’s historic Inner Close where you will find beautiful buildings and hidden gardens and a gateway to a pretty area of the City known as Kingsgate Village. A perfect way to round-off your trip is a visit to The Refectory, serving homemade cakes, a seasonal lunch menu and a good range of drinks. The pretty terrace and orchard with outdoor seating enjoy good views of the Cathedral. The Cathedral Shop sells a wide range of gifts, cards, books and music. Many items have been commissioned especially for the Cathedral so can’t be found anywhere else. A selection of products are available to purchase online via the cathedral website.
Location: Winchester Cathedral Office, 9 The Close, Winchester, SO23 9LS www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk email@example.com
NEW EXHIB Explore the wonders of the natural world at Marwell Zoo, near Winchester, and play a big part in helping to save them. From ring-tailed lemurs to majestic giraffes, and curious meerkats to stunning snow leopards, the 140-acre park is home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species.
Discover a mind-blowing range of new animal species and exotic plants in Marwell’s new Tropical House – a brand new £8m exhibit! This marks the second phase of a £17m investment programme for the zoo over 10 years, creating improved habitats for animals and more immersive experiences for guests. Spanning two levels, the exhibit offers fantastic vantage points across a lush, tropical canopy and the opportunity to experience the captivating life of the forest floor. Guests will be free to share the habitat and enjoy uninterrupted, close-up views of new, colourful and charismatic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects, amongst more than 600 plants from over 60 different species! Some of the animals that will be living in the Tropical House include a two-toed sloth, crocodile monitor lizard, pygmy marmosets, Asian brown tortoises, Java chevrotain (mouse deer), a host of free flying birds and many more. Powered by Marwell’s animal waste, the new exhibit will dramatically contribute towards the zoo’s aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2020. This summer, join Marwell for fantastic floral fun and follow their topiary trail with a floral twist around the zoo. Popular presenter,
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BITS Mr Bloom from CBeebies, will be bringing his one-man stage show for weekends and bank holidays during August. His muchloved show will feature a bundle of veggie stories, gardening games and all the catchy nursery songs from the TV show for Tiddlers and parents alike. Plus, meet the crazy Botantist ‘Dr Chris Anthemum’ for their weekday show and visit ‘The Big Dig Pit’, where little green fingered gardeners can plant model plants or dig deep with an assortment of mini garden tools. Don’t forget to take a summer #selfie in the giant Marwell deckchair!
Visitors can enjoy a range of daily animal talks and feeds including gentle giraffes, marvellous meerkats and fabulous Humboldt penguins. What’s more, take part in Marwell’s popular Explorers Trail collecting stamps of your favourite animals for a free sticker! With five adventure playgrounds, a free tractor train, rail train and an indoor picnic area, there’s plenty to occupy your little ones whilst you relax and soak up the surroundings.
What’s more, spend time with Marwell’s playful primates at ‘Lemur Loop’, a new walkthrough exhibit – now open. Explore the environment of a variety of different species of lemur, joined in their home by a new species for Marwell - green peafowl. With a beautiful landscaped setting, both indoors and out, the new lemur exhibit promises a truly immersive experience. The zoo’s knowledgeable staff will be on hand to help guests learn all about these wonderful animals.
Location: Thompson’s Lane, Colden Common, WINCHESTER SO21 1JH www.marwell.org.uk 01962 777407
STARDUST YEARS VINTAGE FASHION Set back from the High Street, in a leafy mews, you’ll find Winchester’s latest vintage treasure. Opposite the Man On A Horse statue by Elizabeth Frink, Walcote Place is home of ‘Stardust Years Vintage Fashion’, recently featured on BBC TV’s ‘Money For Nothing’ Opened in July 2013, by Karen Fitzsimmons and her husband, Gary Nicholson, ‘Stardust Years’ brings to Winchester the glamour and style of past times – from the Victorian era through to the 2000s. Karen comments, “Fans of ‘Downton Abbey’ can find an original 1920s beaded dress or purse, alongside more recent pieces such as an evening gown designed by Thomas Starzewski, who designed for one of our most famous fashion icons, Diana, Princess of Wales.” It’s clear that Karen has a passion for her stock. “I grew up watching the films of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Whether it was Bette Davis striding across a room in a finely-tailored 1940s suit, or Grace Kelly, in a 50s cocktail dress, pouring
champagne for James Stewart in ‘Rear Window’, I loved it all. In the shop, we even have an Oscar-nominated costume worn by Glenda Jackson and a fur stole believed to have been worn by Vivien Leigh. All our clothing and accessories are hand-picked so we can ensure the highest quality of fabric and tailoring. Not only do we have pieces by Christian Dior, Hardy Amies, Harrods and Hermès, but we also have items from the stores of the day as well as many hand-made dresses which reflected the changes in the economic and social climate of the period. We attract a lot of ladies looking for a unique piece, whether it’s for a cruise, a Mother of the Bride or just as an alternative to the high street.” In ‘Stardust Years’ the stock is lovingly displayed according to decade, and Karen researches each label or company, including this in her detailed, and often witty, labels. Through her research, Karen has been lucky enough to make contact with
the later generations of some of the designers and manufacturers of the past. One such example is the Rayne family. “In the late 1940s, young Edward Rayne joined the family firm (founded in 1885) and soon ‘society ladies’ were drawn to Rayne Shoes as they became renowned for their style, beauty and craftsmanship. So, it was only natural that Buckingham Palace chose Rayne to design and supply the wedding shoes for Queen Elizabeth II. Today, the Rayne family have created a Rayne Shoe Archive and Stardust Years is proud to have donated a pair to this special collection.” So, is it the quality of the clothing, the comfortable dressing room, or the lovely vintage music in the background that makes this a Winchester ‘mustvisit’ shopping destination? “I hope we provide a friendly, relaxed shopping experience where you can browse, research our fashion books or share the memories stirred by our vintage treasures,” says Karen.
Location: 3 Walcote Place, Winchester, SO23 9AP www.stardustyears.com 01962 809043
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The heart of the ocean on Winchester High Street! Rick Stein is famous for his ocean delicacies, fresh seafood dishes, and catch of the day delights! Historically the only place you could sample a Rick Stein dish was in Cornwall, but now you simply need to head to Winchester High Street where you can enjoy his cuisine right in the heart of this beautiful city. © David Nash
Enjoy a welcome break from a busy day and discover the perfect place for a spot of lunch. You’ll feel in-touch with the big blue from the moment you step in the door with clever little touches to give an authentic feeling of being by the sea.
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You’ll be well looked after by the attentive staff and can sit back and relax as the chefs in the open kitchen add a touch of flair to the atmosphere with the sizzle of fresh fish on the grill. The restaurant offers both a la carte and set lunch menu options, which include a good selection of non-fish based delights, a vegetarian menu and gluten free options. Rick Stein’s emphasis on simple cooking ensures the quality of the produce is the hero of the dish. Each course is simply cooked to perfection, with a nod to its coastal heritage. The wine menu boast a selection of wines picked by Rick Stein himself and complement the dishes perfectly. A crisp white wine goes down a treat with tender fish that falls off the bone.
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At Rick Stein’s in Winchester it’s not just about the food, it’s about the experience, and from the moment you step in the door a great experience is what you’ll have.
To book call 01962 35 35 35 LOCATION: 7 High St, Winchester SO23 9JX www.rickstein.com
FIND DIVERSITY IN THE PORT CITY OF PORTSMOUTH #VisitSouthsea Seaside fun for all the family The UK’s only island city boasts a magnificent promenade running from Eastney to Old Portsmouth. Along the length of the beach are a plethora of attractions for all ages – many evoke memories of traditional seaside holidays of the past with swan-shaped pedalos on Canoe Lake and the nearby pitch and putt. The Tenth Hole, a popular café, sitting alongside the course, is well known for its eye-poppingly large cakes and is a great place for breakfast too. Southsea Castle is the place where Henry VIII watched the Mary Rose sink. Now it’s a great place to visit and the kids will have hours of fun exploring the passages below ground. Pack a picnic and enjoy great music at the Band Stand weekly throughout the summer, a party atmosphere and one of the best backdrops in the world. There is a fascinating walk from Clarence Pier to Old Portsmouth. You can follow the route along the raised section with the harbour to one side and the old town to the other.
Shop until you drop There’s no doubting the attraction of Gunwharf Quays when it comes to shopping. Once the former home of HMS Vernon, the Royal Navy’s Torpedo Branch, the site now boasts 90 designer outlets at this great location with easy parking – and after you’ve finished with the shops, there are wonderful bars and restaurants to revive you. Nearby is Commercial Road which houses all the major high street names and the Cascades Shopping Centre. While in Southsea you will find Knight and Lee (John Lewis) in the Palmerston Road precinct along with a large Debenhams
department store. If you prefer to shop in independent boutiques, head for Marmion Road and Albert Road where you will find everything from antiques, artworks and artisan chocolates. Take the time to wander and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere. At the end of a shopping spree, make your way to the Belle Isle in Osborne Road for great food, a buzzing atmosphere and a pitcher of Sangria.
Discover the creative side of Portsmouth With its long association with great authors Portsmouth’s literary heritage is well known and you will find blue and brown plaques around the city. Charles Dickens was born in the city in 1812 and his birthplace, a small house on Old Commercial Road, is now a museum, which celebrates the author’s life and his many novels. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle worked in Portsmouth as a doctor and it was at No. 1 Bush Villas on Elm Grove that he wrote the first two Sherlock Holmes novels. Rudyard Kipling also lived for a time in the city and you will find his house in Campbell Road which bears a blue plaque to mark his time in the city from 1871-77. Portsmouth is still a creative city, with a thriving contemporary art scene. Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry studied for a BA in fine art at Portsmouth Polytechnic and it is home now to a thriving creative scene. There are always exhibitions of fine and decorative art at the free Portsmouth Museum, contemporary art and upcoming artists at Aspex Gallery in Gunwharf Quays, and regular exhibitions at Art Space’s Gasp Gallery.
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Victorious Festival- the UK’s biggest metropolitan festivalwill return to Southsea Seafront on the 24th-27th AugustBank Holiday weekend. Having been shortlisted for ‘Best Major Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards for several years running and with it’s best line up to date brimming with incredible artists including The Libertines, Kaiser Chiefs, Paul Weller, Paloma Faith, Brian Wilson, The Prodigy, Years & Years, Friendly Fires and loads more, the festival continues to grow bigger than ever making it an unmissable event. Victorious isn’t just about the music! Held in the picturesque seaside location of Southsea, overlooking The Solent, Victorious Festival is the ultimate family friendly experience. Family is at the heart of the festival with its own dedicated 30,000 square metre Kids Arena where all activities and attractions are FREE. Here you’ll find the fantastic Kids Arena Stage with it’s own line up of kids book and tv favourites. Plus there’s tonnes of free activities to keep young ones entertained from taster sports sessions, face painting, arts & crafts and much more! The festival also plays host to a Champagne Bar in Henry III’s Castle, a Victorian Bandstand, views of the Spinnaker tower, a Real Ale Arena, market stalls aplenty, and food from all over the world. Secure yourself an August Bank Holiday weekend to remember now! Tickets start from £30 a day. To find out more please visit www.victoriousfestival.co.uk Location: Southsea seafront www.victoriousfestival.co.uk Hashtag #victoriousfestival
HOME OF THE BIG GUNS
Britain’s national collection of arms and armour, the Royal Armouries, has sites in Leeds, The White Tower (Tower of London) and Fort Nelson just outside Portsmouth. This world-renowned collection contains over 75,000 objects, including arms, armour and artillery from the early medieval period to the present day, from Europe, Asia and the Americas. Fort Nelson houses the Royal Armouries’ collection of artillery and historic cannon – the Big Guns – with over 350 on display, tracing the development of artillery from pre-gunpowder siege machines to the modern day. This vast Victorian fortification, high on the chalk ridge of Portsdown Hill, was built in the 1860s as part of a defensive chain around Portsmouth and its vital Royal Dockyard. It is probably the best surviving example of a Victorian fortress and has been restored to its original 19th-century state, together with parts of its Second World War history. Visitors can explore the vast 19-acre site to discover secret tunnels and underground chambers, and some of the best panoramic views of Portsmouth Harbour, the Meon Valley and South Downs National Park from the ramparts.
The magnificent Voice of the Guns gallery, showcases 14 of the most iconic weapons from the national collection, key pieces include sections of the infamous Iraqi Super Gun, antiaircraft guns used to defend the South Coast and the city of Portsmouth during the Second World War, and a medieval wall-smasher, the Great Turkish Bombard, dating to 1464. The newly configured Artillery Hall displays an extensive range of 20th-century guns. The largest on display being the enormous 200-tonne First World War Railway Howitzer. Fort Nelson is one of a few places where you can experience live black-powder firings of historic artillery pieces. One of the big guns is fired every day at 1pm and there are special gunfiring events throughout the year. Cafe 1871 is open daily, serving a wide selection of delicious cakes, snacks and light meals. Relax and enjoy the views from the terrace with a pot of freshly brewed tea or a barista-made coffee. Enjoy Fort Nelson whatever the weather – there’s stuff to do, things to see, inside, outside and entry’s free.
Location: Portsdown Hill Rd, Fareham, PO17 6AN www.royalarmouries.org 01329 848 532 Open daily, 10am-5pm (Apr-Oct) 10am-4pm (Nov-Mar) Closed 24, 25 & 26 Dec.
Take a guided tour to unearth the intriguing history of Fort Nelson and imagine the tough life of the Victorian garrison soldiers in the refurbished barracks, kitchen and hospital.
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THE KINGS THEATRE The Kings Theatre is an Edwardian Playhouse that has been a focal entertainment venue of the South Coast since 1907. Offering a wide variety of shows it is a hidden gem in Portsmouth. Designed by the legendary theatre architect Frank Matcham. You enter this fabulous theatre from Albert Road into a beautiful foyer and follow the staircase up to the excitement and splendour of a “theatre of national importance” with elegant bars and a beautiful auditorium.
The Kings Theatre always offers a very varied programme and 2018/19 is no different it includes the musical giant MAMMA MIA! heading to the South Coast for 20 performances of ABBATASTIC madness. Evita is also coming presenting the fabulous musical in all its glory. With magic shows & circus shows to delight and entertain all the family as well as a brand new stage adaptation from DreamWorks film - Madagascar a Musical Adventure! Straight out of the zoo and onto the Kings Theatre stage! It’s a fun packed Summer ahead. The season is completed with The Play that Goes Wrong and the Comedy about a Bank Robbery. The Kings Theatre is famous for it’s Christmas pantomime with visitors travelling from far and wide to hear “oh no you didn’t” and the infamous toilet roll-throwing in the 12 days of Christmas.
There is something for everyone at the Kings Theatre - Always Entertaining.
Location: 20-24 Albert Road, Southsea, PO5 2QJ www.kingsportsmouth.co.uk Box Office 023 9282 8282
THE ISLE OF WIGHT
The Isle of Wight has long been a popular holiday destination. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert chose it for their holiday hideaway and built Osborne for their family to enjoy. Now open to all, you can visit the palace, grounds and even step inside Queen Victoria’s private bathing machine. Today the Isle of Wight is still recognised as a fantastic place to get away to – small enough to get around and large enough to provide respite from the hustle and bustle of mainland life. The natural beauty of the Island along with its quirky, characterfilled pubs, seaside resorts, picturesque villages, bustling towns and diverse range of attractions make it a fabulous destination any time of the year.
ightlink has got the Island covered from east to west, so wherever you’re planning to go, whenever you’re planning to travel, there’s a Wightlink ferry going your way. www.wightlink.co.uk
Lymington to Yarmouth This is the shortest and fastest car ferry journey between the mainland and the Isle of Wight. It’s super scenic; so sit back, relax and enjoy the 40 minute crossing.
Portsmouth to Fishbourne Wightlink’s car ferry crossing here takes around 45 minutes to Fishbourne – which is on the doorstep of East and Central Wight.
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The FastCat passenger service is operated by modern catamarans with a journey time from just 22 minutes – taking you to the end of Ryde Pier; a stunning way to arrive on the Island.
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YOUR LINK TO NEW ADVENTURES
e love that the Isle of Wight gives you the feeling of getting away from it all, without actually having to go that far. It’s a place where you can be as active as you want or do as little as you like. And, although it feels a million miles away, Wightlink can get you there in no time. With ferry crossing times from just 22 minutes, you can easily make the most of everything the Island has to offer – great beaches, award-winning restaurants and a packed calendar of festivals and events.
Make plans or plan to do nothing, it’s entirely up to you. If there’s one thing the Isle of Wight isn’t short of, it’s beaches. From long sandy ones to secluded coves, discovering your favourite spot is all part of the charm.
to explore the Island’s craggy coastlines or spend the afternoon discovering the thrill of tree climbing. If it’s mouth-watering moments you’re after, the Isle of Wight is sure to please. The Island’s food scene has exploded in recent years - you’re rarely ten minutes from somewhere selling fabulous food. From fine dining amongst breath-taking scenery, to enjoying fish and chips on the beach; your next tasty moment is closer than you think. For pure relaxation there are plenty of indulgent spa hotels, grown-up hideaways and wellness retreats to help you reconnect with your mind, body and spirit. There’s a whole Island waiting to be discovered when you’re ready. Wightlink is ready to take you there from one of our three ports in Hampshire.
Love being active? The Island’s epic spaces are yours for the taking. From easy-to-navigate cycle routes to off-roading; if the hills don’t take your breath away, the views definitely will. Try a spot of kayaking www.wightlink.co.uk 0333 999 7333
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Discover our latest retail experience ‘Taste of The Wight’ which offers IW produce, from authentic and locally produced food and drink to arts and crafts from accross the Island. If retail is one of your delights in life why not visit our Pier Head Shopping Emporium, a charmingly atmospheric reminder of the Victorian age, offering a wide range of quality gifts, souvenirs and memorabilia to take home with you.
xperience our spectacular chairlift ride to the beach and catch a bird’s eye view of the multi-coloured sand cliffs of Alum Bay and the stunning turquoise waters beyond. Take things easy on the beach or delight in one of the UK’s most picturesque open top bus rides. For a dramatic trip around The Needles rocks and lighthouse, take the pleasure boat or fast rib from the jetty with panoramic views of the Alum Bay sand cliffs and iconic chairlift.
With a selection of handmade snacks, refreshments and delicious meals, grab a bite to eat in one of our many family friendly catering outlets or at various kiosks throughout the site. Our Marconi’s Bar and Restaurant are great locations for cold beers and alcoholic beverages and also offer plentiful outdoor patio seating, you can dine al fresco and enjoy the atmosphere of Festival Street.
Queen Victoria was mesmerised by the 21 sandstone shades of Alum Bays cliffs during a royal visit more than 180 years ago. Now you can follow in her footsteps by filling a glass or plastic shape in our very own ‘Sand Shop’. You’ll also find the world-famous Marconi Monument here at The Needles, which marks the precise location where Guglielmo Marconi, Italian inventor and electrical engineer, undertook his pioneering work at the end of the 19th century, which led to the very first radio transmission and all telecommunications as we know it today.
Discover our latest edition for 2018, our new ‘Sega Active Zone’ as well as our newly refurbished Jurassic Adventure Golf Course. Return to the Lost World is our latest dramatic Jurassic adventure showing on our 4D cinema. As if that wasn’t enough to entertain the children we also have our Vintage Cars, Traditional Italian Carousel, Tea Cup Ride and Water Walkerz.
Celebrating more than 40 years of heritage at Alum Bay Glass, you can now buy a piece of this great value handmade glassware from our retail outlet and also watch the craftsmanship during one of our many daily demonstrations.
The Needles Landmark Attraction also offers special free events. Every Thursday throughout August we are open late for our Music & Magic in the Skies Special Free Events. Non-stop party of games, live music and street entertainment, with a spectacular pyrotechnic firework finale* lighting up the skies above The Needles.
Watch in awe and wonder as our creative confectioners make sweets in front of your very eyes that you’ll find nowhere else during our daily demonstrations at our Sweet Manufactory and then get to sample the results with over 30 flavours to choose from!
*Weather permitting and for further information please visit the website.
LOCATION: Alum Bay New Road, Alum Bay, PO39 0JD www.theneedles.co.uk 01983 752 401
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THE SOUTHAMPTON GUIDE: Discover the Reasons to #VisitSouthampton at www.visit-southampton. com with itineraries, reviews, news and events. Plus download a copy of The Southampton Pocket Guide, the official guide to the city with attractions to visit, places to eat and drink, discount vouchers, visitor map and events.
WINCHESTER VISITOR GUIDE: The Winchester Visitor Guide 2018 is packed full of all of the information you’ll need to help plan your time in Winchester, whether that’s a day or a week. With maps, places to eat, accommodation options, things to do and special events, there is plenty happening in the Winchester District and the Winchester Visitor Guide can tell you all.
WINCHESTER VISITOR MAP: Ideas on places to visit, walking trails and places to eat in and around Winchester including a city map, area map and special offers. Pick up your copy from the Winchester Tourist Information Centre. For more details visit www.visitwinchester.co.uk
HAMPSHIRE MILITARY ATTRACTIONS: A guide to the historic sites and museums of the region with a map and money saving vouchers. www.hampshiremilitaryattractions.co.uk
HAMPSHIRE GARDENS GUIDE: Hampshire offers some of the most picturesque gardens you could ever hope to find. Radiating beauty throughout the year there is always something to see whichever season you’re visiting in. A guide to the gardens of hampshire when they are at their seasonal best and calendar of events. www.gardensinhampshire.co.uk
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N S O UT
he stunning Isle of Wight is the perfect choice for a day out or short break. Located just a few miles off the UK’s South Coast, the Island is easily accessed via Red Funnel’s 55-60 minute award-winning ferry crossing from Southampton
At just 23 miles long and 13 miles wide, it’s easy to get around the Island and you’ll be amazed at just how much there is to see and do in a small space. What’s more, the Island is one of the sunniest places in the UK, with over 50% of the Island designated as an “area of outstanding natural beauty.” Packed with endless attractions, the Island is a family friendly haven for fun and adventure. Discover a dinosaur museum, a fun-packed theme park, exotic wildlife attractions or a historic steam railway. Embark on a fossil hunting expedition, hit one of the many breath-taking beaches, have a race around a karting track, go surfing, hire a kayak, or explore one of the many cycling and walking trails – the list goes on and on. There really is something for all ages and interests. Medieval Carisbrooke Castle and Queen Victoria’s much loved Osborne House are the crown jewels in the list of historic attractions and are not to be missed. With so many incredible adventures waiting to be discovered the hardest part will be deciding what to do first. Admission tickets are available in advance from Red Funnel, with up to 25% off selected attractions. Red Funnel is the Isle of Wight specialist with over 156 years of experience and, as well as ferry travel and attraction tickets, also offers event tickets, plus accommodation via Red
Funnel Holidays. Red Funnel’s fleet of vehicle ferries are the largest to serve the Solent, and their high-speed Red Jet fleet can take you to the Island in 25 min. Vehicle ferry day return fares start from £46 for a car and up to 7 people, whilst foot passenger returns start from £10. A trip on the vehicle ferry service offers superb views across Southampton Water and out to the Solent. When you’ve finished enjoying the view, sample a specialty coffee, choose from the tempting hot and cold food, or use the free Wi-Fi. Enjoy modern on board facilities including pet friendly lounges and sun deck. You can also upgrade to the Signature Lounge to really start your trip in style. The Isle of Wight is also renowned for events and boasts a massive calendar packed with everything from Cowes Week, the oldest and largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world to the world famous Isle of Wight Festival, which has featured headliners including Jimmy Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and Coldplay to name just a few. Foodies will love the Garlic Festival in August, and outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the beautiful countryside during CycleFest in September. You’ll also find a Walking Festival, Literary Festival, Comic Con event, Pride weekend, Running Festival and many more. No matter what your interests may be there is bound to be an event with your name on it. So what are you waiting for? Head across the water, leave your troubles behind, and discover your very own pure Island happiness with Red Funnel.
LOCATION: Dock Gate 7 off Town Quay Road, Southampton, SO14 2AR www.redfunnel.co.uk 02380 019 192
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Watching the sunset over the Needles Pure Island Happiness - endless ways to find it. One way to get there.
The Isle of Wight offers everything from stunning scenery and iconic landmarks, to top attractions, rich heritage and delicious local produce. Perfect for a day trip from Hampshire, or for a longer escape. So leave the mainland behind and head to happiness with Red Funnel Ferries.
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