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Whatever the time of year and whatever the weather, there’s always plenty to do in Hampshire and The Isle of Wight.
Beaulieu Chocolate Studio
Beaulieu Chocolate Studio are creators of scrumptious, contemporary chocolates as well as traditional local specialties, all hand-made using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, you can even see them being made!
Bembridge Windmill is the only surviving windmill on the Isle of Wight, the Grade I listed building is one of the island’s most iconic images. Built around 1700, it last operated in 1913 but still has most of its original machinery intact.
Filled with an eclectic mix of attractions, magical theme worlds and exciting rides, you’ll find adventures around every corner and something for all the family. Let your imagination run wild as you venture on a journey of discovery…
Blue Reef Aquarium
Enjoy close encounters with graceful sharks and rays. Stroll among the colourful inhabitants of a coral reef in a spectacular underwater tunnel. Meet its family of adorable otters in their riverside home.
Butterfly & Fountain World
Visit Butterfly & Fountain World to see hundreds of butterflies flying freely in a natural environment. Visitors also have the unique opportunity to study the egg-caterpillar-chrysalis-imago life cycle first hand.
Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum
The Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum is the perfect place to start exploring the work of one of England’s most famous writers. There are three furnished rooms: the parlour, the dining room and the bedroom where Charles was born.
Cumberland Natural History Museum
There’s a buzz around Cumberland House Natural History Museum as visitors flock to see the observational beehive. Up to 9,000 European Honey Bees live in a colony in the hive, producing honey combs and raising their young.
Portsmouth’s D-Day Museum is Britain’s only museum dedicated solely to covering all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944 – a historic turning point in the Second World War.
Dimbola Museum & Gallery
Home of the celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. It is now a Museum and Gallery dedicated to her life and work, which also showcases contemporary exhibitions from photographers around the globe.
Go Ape Tree Top Adventure at Itchen Valley Country Park is tucked away in 440 acres of beautiful woodland. You fly down, zip-wires, leap off the Tarzan Swing and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying some breathtaking scenery.
Hawk Conservancy Trust
From pygmy owls to stellar eagles, the centre’s impressive 150 species are set in 22 acres of wildflowers and woodland. Daily flying demonstrations wow the crowds as the impressive birds take to the skies.
Hayling Seaside Railway
The Hayling Seaside Railway runs along the very popular beach for one mile beween Beachlands Fun Fair and Eastoke Corner. Passengers travelling on the railway have wonderful views of the Isle of Wight and the Solent.
Hidden Britain Tours
With Hidden Britain Tours you can discover Jane Austen’s countryside, discover the author herself. Explore the picturesque villages that Jane Austen knew, the site of her birthplace and her father’s church at Steventon.
This elegant country manor and tranquil garden sit so harmoniously within the landscape that one cannot exist without the other. Enjoy the beautifully manicured lawns that lead the eye down avenues of sculptured topiary.
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary
The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary was first established in 1987 to provide any donkey in distress or otherwise in need of care and attention, a safe and permanent home. Everyone is welcome to visit the lovely donkeys.
Isle of Wight Zoo
The Isle of Wight Zoo is a family-run zoo with a special interest in tigers and lemurs. The zoo was built within the ruins of a Victorian Fort built to guard Sandown’s coast, meaning it facse one of the Isle of Wight’s nicest beaches.
At Liberty’s you will find a large collection of birds of prey, including owls, hawks, falcons and vultures, as well as a collection of reptiles and other creepy crawlies in the reptile house. The Centre is named after its Alaskan Bald Eagle.
Longdown Activity Farm
Enjoy a fantastic family day at Longdown Activity Farm. You can bottle-feed the kid goats and the calves, feed the ducks, meet the pigs, donkeys and ponies, and cuddle the baby rabbits, chicks or maybe even a piglet!
Manor Farm Country Park
Covering an area of 400 acres, Manor Farm Country Park is a delightful mix of woodland and riverside. Visit the Manor Farm to step back in time and discover 100 years of farming as you stroll around the hands-on farmyard.
Hampshire’s Milestones Museum brings the Victorian era to life. Offering visitors the opportunity to explore its myriad of cobbled streets, vintage shops, authentic village green and meet colourful characters of the period.
Mottistone Gardens is set in a sheltered valley this magical garden is full of surprises, with shrub-filled banks, hidden pathways and colourful herbaceous borders. It surrounds an attractive Elizabethan manor house.
Museum of Army Flying
The Museum of Army Flying holds an extensive collection charting over 100 years of the British Army in the air. With over 35 fixed wing and rotary aircraft on display, it’s the perfect place to explore the history of army aviation.
New Forest Minibus Tours
New Forest Minibus Tours provides a service which provides informative and tailor made tours to suit the needs of both visitors and locals to this wonderful New Forest. The tours are fully licensed and insured.
Paultons Theme Park
Paultons Theme Park has over 60 exhilarating rides and entry to Peppa Pig World is included in the entry ticket price. The rides are guaranteed to keep all the family entertained and the adrenaline flowing throughout the day.
Peppa Pig World
Paultons Park is home to Peppa Pig World, which boasts fun rides, an indoor playzone, various features which youngsters will recognise from the cartoon and a muddy puddles splash park – great for younger kids.
Portsmouth Museum explores different facets of Portsmouth’s history – from the everyday to moments when the city has played its role in national and international events. The city’s art and design collections are also showcased here.
Robin Hill Adventure Park
With some incredible day and night time experiences to be found throughout the year, Robin Hill Adventure Park and the ‘electric woods’ really is a destination for visitors of all ages looking for outdoor fun and adventure.
Rock Up offers the perfect activity for the whole family, the 26 multi-coloured climbing walls tower 25ft into the air and provide over 70 challenges that will test everyone. There is also a huge soft play area for under 5s.
Rosemary Vineyard is one of the largest producers of English wine, covering 30 acres. It is ideally placed to make the most of the mild Isle of Wight climate and has free admission, so take a stroll around the vines.
Royal Naval Museum
The Royal Naval Museum is one of Britain’s oldest maritime museums, it tells the stories of the ships of the Royal Navy and the men and women who have sailed, and still sail, in them. Their events programme is wide and varied.
Royal Navy Submarine Museum
The Royal Navy Submarine Museum attracts 50,000 visitors a year. The main attraction is HMS Alliance, the UK’s only surviving walk through WW2 era submarine. The museum tells the story of the lives of every British submariner.
Enjoy the unique tranquillity of Shanklin Chine, the Isle of Wight’s oldest tourist attraction, which first opened in 1817. The winding woodland, with its steep sides is a magical place for rare plants, wildlife and enchanting waterfalls.
Southsea Castle is open as a historical attraction free of charge between March and October each year. Visitors can explore the keep, enjoy amazing views across the Solent from the castle ramparts or enjoy a bite to eat in the cafe.
Staunton Country Park
Staunton Country Park is a listed Regency landscaped parkland and forest encompassing approximately 1,000 acres in Hampshire. An ornamental farm, ornamental lake, follies, maze and glasshouses can be found within it.
The Ventnor Fringe
The Ventnor Fringe is a unique celebration of the arts, showcasing emerging and established talent across every creative discipline. The Fringe has gradually grown into one of the Isle of Wight’s most exciting new festivals.
Whitchurch Silk Mill
Whitchurch Silk Mill (the oldest of its kind in the UK) offers more insights into Victorian Britain. The water mill still weaves silk today using traditional 19th century machinery and provides fascinating insights into a bygone era.
Winchester’s Military Museums
Winchester’s Military Museums is a grouping of five military museums situated within yards of each other. A visit to Winchester’s Military Museums provides an opportunity to visit all of them and enjoy an interesting day out.
A magnificent picnic spot, with views over the Solent for a family day. Step inside and discover the atmospheric recreation of how the rooms were used in the 16th century, and see the exhibition about the many shipwrecks.