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The month of two public holidays is upon us and if you are searching for things to do, places to stay and events to attend in Hampshire this May Bank Holiday this year, then look no further!  From the Gardener’s World Fair Spring at Beaulieu to the new ‘Sound Detectives’ mission at Winchester Science Centre – you’ll find plenty of things to do this May Bank Holiday.

When are the May Bank holidays in 2021? The May Public Holiday weekends takes place on the 1st,2nd and 3rd and the 29th, 30th and 31st of May.

Discover our ultimate guide to what is on in Hampshire during both May Bank Holiday’s this year below. We will keep this page up to date and we hope to keep adding to this list with the latest news of new events and ideas for you - so be sure to check back here again soon! 

Top Bank Holiday Events in Hampshire 2021  

There are number of events to keep the whole family entertained – from a day full of woodlands adventures with New Forest Activities to a day out with Thomas and friends at The Watercress line!  

For a full guide to what is going on over the May bank holiday weekends visit our what’s on guide

Bank Holiday Days Out in Hampshire  

If you are planning to visit Hampshire during the May Bank Holiday’s - you will be spoilt for choice for things to do!  

Hampshire is home to an abundance of amazing attractions for your family and friends to enjoy. Take the weekend to spend some quality time together whether you want to take a picnic to one of Hampshire’s glorious gardens or scream your heart out at our top theme parks.  

Here are a list of some of our attractions that are open over the May Bank Holiday: 

See all attractions in Hampshire 

See Family Friendly attractions in Hampshire 

Outdoor Activities in Hampshire this May Bank Holiday  

From sailing on the Solent to walking along the stunning South Downs – Hampshire offers a whole host of outdoor activities, for all ages and capabilities.  Find out more about watersports in Hampshire 

If you are looking to pack up the car and head for a peaceful picnic in a gorgeous garden or open space, here are just some of grounds and gardens that will be open: 

See all walks and hikes in Hampshire 

Find out more about cycling in Hampshire 

And if the sun decides not to make an appearance on either of the weekends – we have put together a handy guide for the top indoor attractions for you to enjoy below!  

See the top 10 rainy days out in Hampshire 

Bank Holiday Food and Drink in Hampshire  

Whether you are looking for a Bank Holiday breakfast, brunch, or burger – why not check out our guide to the top restaurants, beachside cafes, country pubs or pit stops in Hampshire!  

See guide to restaurants in Hampshire 

See guide to cafes in Hampshire 

See guide to country pubs in Hampshire 

Don’t forget to tag us in your Bank Holiday Hampshire snaps on Instagram by using #VisitHampshire. 


Paultons Theme Park Home of Peppa Pig World
Theme Park
Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park

Paultons Park voted number one theme park in the UK by Tripadvisor, is the theme park for families which has more than 70 wonderful rides and attractions included in the admission price.

BBC Gardeners' World Fair Spring at Beaulieu
Fete / Fair
BBC Gardeners' World Fair Spring at Beaulieu

Join Beaulieu in spring for a fair that will feature high-quality nurseries with displays and plants for sale, an inspirational collection of Beautiful Borders, 1-to-1 expert gardening advice and a range of gardening exhibitors to shop from.

Sound Detectives at Winchester Science CentreSound Detectives at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Do you have what it takes to join a fun and daring mission to uncover the truth about sound? 2021 is the Year of Sound and Winchester Science Centre are launching with a mystery that only an exceptional bunch of Sound Detectives will be able to solve!

Day Out With Thomas at The Watercress Line
Childrens Events
Day Out With Thomas at The Watercress Line

Peep, peep! Join Thomas & Friends for a day of family fun at The Watercress Line

Beaulieu, Home of the National Motor Museum
National Motor Museum at Bealieu

Beaulieu featuring the world famous National Motor Museum, Palace House home of the Montagu family and Abbey Ruins containing an exhibition of monastic life.

Animal Collection / Zoo
Penguins at Birdworld

Birdworld one of the largest bird parks in the country, located on the Hampshire border with surrey it is a great place to explore for a fun and informative day out. In addition to a walk around 26 acres of aviaries and beautiful landscaped gardens, visitors can admire over 800 birds and 180 species from around the world and take part in educational feeding sessions throughout the day.

Marwell Zoo
Animal Collection / Zoo
Marwell's Zebras

Marwell zoo is home to hundreds of exotic and endangered animals all within a beautiful, landscaped 140-acre park. Take a stroll around the outdoor attraction with friends and family and enjoy the fresh air while spotting their animal stars which include – Rothchild’s giraffes, white rhinos, Amur tigers, Humboldt penguins, red pandas, snow leopards and all three species of zebra (to name a few)!

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway
Countryside, Parks & Gardens
Exbury Gardens in the New Forest

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway is currently closed for winter maintenance. We look forward to welcoming you back from 1st March 2021.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

The magnificent Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is world famous for its arboretum and gardens – set over 180 acres of rolling Hampshire countryside; this garden is stunning whatever the season.

The Vyne
Castles & Stately Homes
The Vyne Tudor Mansion, National Trust

The Vyne is a warm red-bricked Tudor mansion built in the 16th century for Lord Sandys, Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain, which later passed into the hands of the Chute family, who cared for the house and estate for over 300 years. It was remodelled to its present configuration in the mid-17th century.

Mottisfont Abbey Garden, House and Estate
Historic House / Palace
Mottisfont House

Ancient trees, babbling brooks and rolling lawns frame Mottisfont's 18th-century house with a medieval priory at its heart. There’s space to run, jump and play, and always something for families to do, with activity trails in school holidays and a special family exhibition every summer.

Longstock Park Water Garden
Countryside, Parks & Gardens
Longstock Park Water Garden

Longstock Park Water Garden on the Leckford Estate opens its Water Garden during the year between April – September.

West Green House Gardens
West Green House Gardens

West Green House Gardens is an historic garden with a contemporary twist.

New Forest Activities
Sports Ground
Family Canoeing with New Forest Activities

New Forest Activities offer a variety of safe and enjoyable activities for families, couples, individuals and groups of all ages and abilities led by expert outdoor instructors. For tours with a difference, take to the water with Canoeing and Kayaking on the Beaulieu River Nature Reserve.



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