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Emsworth Arts Trail

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25/04/15-26/04/15

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02/05/15-04/05/15

England v New Zealand ODI 2015 at The Ageas Bowl

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Takes place

14/06/15-14/06/15

Hampshire Food Festival

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Takes place

01/07/15-02/08/15

Winchester Hat Fair 2015

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Winchester Hat Fair

03/07/15-05/07/15

America's Cup World Series Portsmouth

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America's Cup World Series Portsmouth

23/07/15-26/07/15

Museums in Hampshire

Historic sites and museums in Hampshire have something for all ages, with plenty to keep the family entertained.

If you like aircraft, ships, outer space, local history, literature, castles, Roman villas or Iron Age forts it's all here in Hampshire.

Milestones Seacity MuseumHMS AllianceTravel back in time at Milestones, Hampshire's Living History Museum in Basingstoke, where costumed actors help bring the streets of old to life and you can peruse the shops of yesteryear.

In the stunning Peninsula Barracks in Winchester you’ll find Winchester's Military Museums. This is an outstanding collection of five of the British Army's finest regiments including the Gurkha Museum and Horse Power - the Museum of the King's Royal Hussars.

Get ready for big bangs at Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower at Gosport. In this award-winning, hands-on museum you can see the exciting big guns, torpedoes and missiles that have played such an important part in UK heritage.  

If Mr Darcy gets your pulse racing, visit Jane Austen’s House Museum at Chawton, and stand behind the small table where the famous novelist wrote her popular works.

Some of Jane Austen’s clothes and jewellery are also on display and you can walk in the garden which she found so peaceful and inspiring.

For more museums in Hampshire, try the Royal Navy Submarine Museum at Gosport.

Here you can go on board Britain’s only surviving World War II ocean-going submarine and hear submariners’ compelling stories about life beneath the waves. 

Visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and see Henry VIII’s flagship the Mary Rose, Nelson’s battleship the HMS Victory and Queen Victoria’s HMS Warrior 1860.

At the SeaCity museum in Southampton, find out how the Titanic disaster affected the lives of 500 families in the city.

Experience the sights and sounds of Southampton’s port in 1912, when it was home to 23 steamship companies such as White Star Line and Union Castle. 

If you love cars old and new, visit the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.

At Beaulieu you can find out about the history of motoring, from modern rally cars and F1 Grand Prix to Top Gear, James Bond and Del Boy’s Reliant Regal.  

The family will also enjoy Palace House, the home of the Montagu family, historic Beaulieu Abbey and numerous other attractions such as a monorail ride and mini driving circuit for children.

Beaulieu National Motor Museum  Watercress LineHospital of St Cross

Family Friendly Hampshire Museums

Once more on the literary trail, you can visit Selborne to see the historic house and garden which was home to naturalist and writer Gilbert White.

Here you’ll also find an exhibition devoted to explorer Frank Oates, otherwise known as Capt Lawrence Oates of Antarctic fame.

For a different Hampshire museums experience, why not travel by steam or heritage diesel train on the Watercress Line through the beautiful Hampshire countryside.

In Test Valley, you can visit the oldest working silk mill in Britain, Whitchurch Silk Mill, or explore the beautiful architecture of Romsey Abbey, one of the largest parish churches in England.

One of Hampshire's jewels in the crown is Winchester's 13th century Great Hall and the greatest symbol of medieval mythology, 'The Round Table of King Arthur'.

Winchester Cathedral boasts the longest nave in Europe, an ancient library and an atmospheric Norman crypt which houses the Sound II statue by Antony Gormley.

The medieval Hospital of St Cross in Winchester is a hidden gem nestling in the water meadows alongside the River Itchen, while tranquil Netley Abbey near Southampton has the extensive ruins of a 13th century Cistercian abbey.

Further Recommendations

If you would like any further tourism recommendations during your stay in Hampshire then there are a variety of different Tourist Information Centres you can visit anytime where our friendly staff will be more than happy to help you out.

Some of the things you can expect from our Tourist Information Centres include:

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  1. Milestones

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    Milestones

    Basingstoke

    The museum is suitable for all ages, with plenty to keep the whole family occupied. Younger visitors can explore the museum's specially created Post Office and explore the museum through a range of I-Spy trails.

  2. Winchester City Mill

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    Winchester City Mill & Shop

    Winchester

    A Millennium of milling history. Rebuilt in 1744 on an earlier medieval site, the working watermill spans the River Itchen. Flour making demonstrations take place on Saturdays and Sundays.

  3. Chawton House Library

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    Chawton House Library

    Chawton

    With over four hundred years of history, Chawton House is a fascinating blend of architectural styles and features.

  4. Spitbank Fort

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    Spitbank Fort

    Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth

    Spitbank Fort is an exclusive venue on the south coast, and is its own private island for hire, available for exclusive use, special events, private parties, wedding receptions, music videos and corporate hire.

  5. Re-enactors outside The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum

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    Winchester's Military Museums

    Winchester

    Five splendid military museums on an historic site with Visitor Centre, café displays and activities to interest all the family.

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    Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson

    Fareham

    Fort Nelson is a superbly restored Victorian fort overlooking Portsmouth Harbour. It is home to the Royal Armouries national artillery collection with over 350 historic guns on display.

  7. Southsea Castle & The Solent

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    Southsea Castle

    Southsea, Portsmouth

    Built in 1544, the Castle was part of a series of fortifications constructed by Henry VIII around England's coasts to protect the country from invaders. FREE ENTRY.

  8. Fort Brockhurst

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    Fort Brockhurst

    Gosport

    A 19th century fort and museum with exhibition illustrating the history of Portsmouth's defences.

  9. Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum

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    Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum

    Portsmouth

    Small terraced house of 1805 in which the famous novelist was born and lived for a short time. Restored and furnished to illustrate middle-class taste of the time.

  10. Alton

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    Alton Guided Walks

    Alton

    Guided walking tours of Alton.