Catergories: things to do

Hampshire comes alive with colour during the autumn months and it is the perfect time to explore our two National Parks and the countryside. You'll find beautiful autumnal walks, scenic bike routes, cosy country pubs, luxury places to stay, and top attractions to explore! 
As well as autumnal colours, you'll also find a jam-packed programme of events including spooky Halloween events and spectacular Bonfire and fireworks displays. 

If you're looking for things to do and places to visit this Autumn - read on to discover the ultimate guide to the top 50 things to do in Hampshire. All you have to do is decide what you're going to see first! 

1. Enjoy the autumn colours and take a walk in the New Forest National Park.

2. Go pumpkin picking at one of Hampshire’s pick your own farms.

3. Attend the Firework Party of The Ageas Bowl! It promises to be bigger and better than ever before, with a funfair, music, games, and a 20-minute firework display! 

4. Take part in the Pumpkin Spotter Challenge at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. 

5. See the new Acoustic Explorers exhibition at Winchester Discovery Centre.

6. Enjoy a local beer, sparkling wine or spirit in front of an open fire at one of Hampshire’s country pubs.

7. Explore the county and discover Hampshire’s road cycling scene.

8. Visit the real Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle.

9. Attend the brand new Bond in Motion - No Time To Die Exhibition at Beaulieu, National Motor Museum. 

10. Explore the city of Winchester on Keat's walk and find out what inspired the poet to write his ode To Autumn. 

Winchester in Autumn

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

12. Take part in the Winchester torch procession and enjoy the Winchester bonfire and fireworks display.

13. Blast into space at Winchester Science Centre’s Planetarium.

14. Enjoy several organised walks with the New Forest Walking Festival.

15. Attend a spooky Halloween event... If you dare!

16. Relax and enjoy a spa day.

17. Take a walk in the South Downs National Park and see the autumn colours.

18. Enjoy a special afternoon tea at one of Hampshire’s Hotels.

19. Visit Paultons Park and see 4000 pumpkins, ghostly scenes and see the Little Monster Ball.

20. Take your four-legged friend on an autumnal day out and visit one of Hampshire’s many dog-friendly beaches, parks and attractions.

Dog in the autumn forest

21. Book an October Half Term break to Hampshire and stay in amazing self-catering accommodation.

22. Hide from the autumn showers at one of these indoor attractions.

23. See the skies light up with colour and enjoy a spectacular Hampshire fireworks display.

24. Take a ride on the Halloween Ghost Train at Exbury Gardens. 

25. Go on the family walk and poetry writing event at Gilbert White's House and Gardens. Connect with nature and find inspiration in the natural world, followed by a guided session at the museum creating poems from the sights, sounds, smells and textures of the walk. 

26. Are you brave enough to venture out onto the Beaulieu River at dusk? Adorn your best fancy dress and head out in illuminated canoes onto the estuary at nightfall on this 90 minute, canoeing tour with New Forest Activities

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

28. Walk in Harry Potter's footsteps over the famous railway footbridge where Harry received his Hogwarts Express ticket at The Mid Hants Railway, The Watercress Line, as part of their Wizard Weekends

29. Attend the 'Owl-O-Ween' event at the Hawk Conservancy Trust to see their beautiful flying display against the backdrop of our moonlit grounds.

30. Book a luxury weekend away and stay in one of Hampshire's luxury hotels or self-catering properties.

Little Place in the Country

31. Blow away the cobwebs and take a walk along one of Hampshire’s beaches.

32. Keep the kids entertained and take them to an October Half Term event.

33. Adventure 100 meters above the city of Portsmouth and listen to scary stories and see the Spooktacular view at Spinnaker Tower.

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

35. Join Jane Austen's House for a relaxed ramble through the beautiful Hampshire countryside that Jane Austen knew and loved, a delightful discussion about everything Austen, with a particular focus on Persuasion, and an inspiring poetry workshop led by award-winning poet Ellora Sutton. 

36. Explore the world of pottery at Grayshott Pottery, one of southern England’s few remaining potteries.

37. Fly a kite at one of Hampshire Country Parks.

38. Discover Eling Tide Mill Experience, one of only a handful of working mills left in the UK.

39. Enjoy an autumn theatre show and NST City.

40. Plan your next break to Hampshire and book a beautiful holiday cottage.

New Forest Pony

41. Marvel at the Mary Rose and learn about its fascinating history.

42. Book your Christmas party or a night away at Oakley Hall Hotel.

43. Go to the Craft Beer Festival at the Swan in Farnborough 

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

45. Go on a walk in the countryside and enjoy scenic views and autumn colours.

46 Learn to cycle on a velodrome or rock climb at Calshot Activities Centre.

47. See the penguins being fed, visit the flamingos and see over 800 birds from around the world at Birdworld.

48. See the autumn colours at one of Hampshire’s National Trust properties – The VyneMottisfontWinchester City Mill and Hinton Ampner.

49. Learn the art of photography and capture some autumnal scenes with Chawton House’s Photography Workshop.

50. Take to Beaulieu River in a Candian style canoe and see the autumn colours of the New Forest National Park with New Forest Activities

Family playing in the leaves

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