Catergories: Activities

Making plans for the summer holidays in Hampshire? Looking for days out with the kids in Hampshire? Or perhaps your planning a shortbreak? From days at the beach, visiting top attractions to outdoor adventure and enjoying local food, here is our guide to 50 things to do in Hampshire this summer.
 

1. Take the family for a day out at one of Hampshire’s amazing attractions.

2. Enjoy a local beer, wine or spirt in a pub garden.

3. Meet Peppa Pig at Paultons Park.

4. Visit one of Hampshire’s beaches and soak up the summer sunshine by the Solent.

Milford on Sea Beach
 

5. Visit Jane Austen’s House Museum and see where to wrote most of her novels.

6. Picnic in one of Hampshire’s country parks.

7. Go on a family bike ride and enjoy many car free trails.

8. Go on a walk in the countryside and enjoy scenic views.

9. Explore the New Forest National Park and see the resident ponies.

10. Challenge yourself to walk all or part of the South Downs Way in the South Downs National Park.

11. Go sailing in the Solent. 

12. Attend one of Hampshire’s summer festivals.

13. Camp at one of Hampshire beautiful campsites.
Camping in Hampshire

14. Go shopping at Gunwharf Quays and enjoy great discounts on designer brands.

15. Take a vineyard tour and learn about Hampshire’s award-winning sparkling wine.

16. See the life-size Lego dinosaurs at Marwell Zoo.

17. Be blasted into space at Winchester Science Centre’s Planetarium.

18. Have a go at stand-up paddle boarding and explore some of the Hampshire coastline.

19. Discover Hampshire's road cycling scene. 
Road Cycling in Hampshire

20. Enjoy afternoon tea at one of Hampshire’s hotels.

21. Attend a summer event – family activities, country shows, concerts, exhibitions and much more.

22. Explore HMS Warrior and HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

23. Travel 100 metres above sea level at the Emirates Spinnaker Tower and enjoy breath taking views.

24. Marvel at The Mary Rose and learn about it's history.

25. Visit one of Hampshire’s stately homes.

26. Explore some of Hampshire’s beautiful gardens.

27. Relax and unwind on a spa day.

28. Visit the real Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle.
Highclere Castle the Real Downton Abbey

29. Go glamping and enjoy the great outdoors with a touch of luxury.

30. Go fishing on the famous River Test.

31. Visit Winchester Cathedral and see The Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation exhibition.

32. Take to the climbing walls at Calshot Activities Centre.

33. Have a go at driving a speed boat with Saber Powersports.

34. Climb Royal Victoria Country Park's Chapel tower and enjoy views across Southampton Water.

35. Go fairy hunting at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens’ Alphabet Fairies event.

36. Take a ride on a steam train through picturesque countryside with The Watercress Line.

37. Enjoy a summer theatre show.

38. See the penguins being fed at Birdworld.
39. See some of the world’s fastest and most expensive cars at Beaulieu’s Supercar weekend.
Super Car Weekend at Beaulieu, National Motor Museum

40. Go to the Southampton Boat Show and step inside some of the UK’s most exclusive yachts and motorboats.

41. Hire a BBQ at Queen Elizabeth, Lepe or Royal Victoria Country Park and enjoy some alfresco dining.

42. Take on the New Forest Water Park’s inflatable floating obstacle course.

43. Meet the farm animals are Manor Farm and see them being fed.

44. Explore the grounds of Chawton House and find out about the house’s Jane Austen connections.

45. Visit one of Hampshire’s National Tust properties - The Vyne, Mottisfont, Winchester City Mill and Hinton Ampner.

46. Book a luxury weekend away in Hampshire and stay in some of the county's top accommodation.

47. Take your four-legged friend to one of Hampshire’s many dog friendly beaches, parks and attractions.

48. Visit Hayling Island and enjoy an ice cream whilst watching the windsurfers and kitesurfers.
Kitesurfing on Hayling Island

49. Explore the historic city of Winchester, visit the Cathedral, dine out in one of the many eateries and enjoy a walk along the water meadows.

50. Take to the water in a canoe and explore the Beaulieu River with New Forest Activities.
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