13 ways to keep warm and stay active this Winter!

October 23, 2018

Discover exciting ways to keep warm and stay active this winter with Hampshire’s Top Attractions. With invigorating retreats, festive activities, and adrenaline fuelled adventures, you are sure to stay toasty from your head to your toes!

Take a look at 13 ways to keep warm this Winter in Hampshire and The Isle of Wight…

  1. Little ones will have to blow off some steam in Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park no matter if it’s rain or shine! George’s Indoor Spaceship Playzone features climbing structures, slides, tubes, Peppa’s Recycling Centre, George’s Spaceship Rocket Slide & The Picnic Junior Play Area.
  2. Warm up your winter on a yoga and meditation retreat at Northcourt Manor, The Isle of Wight – with access to beautiful walks, wonderful home-cooked vegan food and log fires, a festive Murder Mystery event with a three-course dinner and overnight stay at a cliff-top location, or a Squirrel Spotting guided walk with mince pies to follow.
  3. Escape the cold and immerse yourself in a living rainforest at Marwell Zoo’s Tropical House. Discover an array of species in the warm climate, including the Linne’s two-toed sloth, pygmy marmosets, tropical free flying birds, butterflies and more!  Plus, pop into their cosy coffee shop to enjoy a hot drink.

    Thruxton Race Circuit
  4. Be prepared this winter and learn to control a sliding car at Thruxton. The Skid Pan Experience puts you in the driving seat of front and rear-wheel drive cars on a low grip surface. We’ll teach you to control the car with safety systems on and then off, relaying on pure driver skill. You can also head to the 4×4 Off-Road Centre and get muddy as you push a Land Rover to the limits.
  5. Emirates Spinnaker Tower is a year-round indoor experience with three sky-high viewing decks and a ground floor habourside café. Up at the top of the tower, the ‘Sky Garden’ is home to a wooden cabin which during the colder months serves hot drinks to enjoy whilst admiring the breath-taking view.
  6. Shake off the cobwebs and get out in nature this autumn and winter. Visit the Hawk Conservancy Trust for a guaranteed nature adrenaline rush with flying displays and activities to suit the whole family throughout the day – enough to keep everyone active and occupied. And if you do need to warm up, then pop into Feathers Restaurant for a hot chocolate or steaming bowl of soup!
  7. Escape from the cold and visit Winchester Cathedral where you can explore over 1,000 years of history, admire stunning architecture and discover priceless treasures. Complete your day with a visit to the Refectory and enjoy a hot drink with a delicious slice of homemade cake.
  8. Fort Nelson, set high on Portsdown Hill, is a great place to blow away the cobwebs. Come and walk the ramparts and enjoy panoramic views of the Solent and Meon Valley, then warm up with hot drinks and delicious treats in our cosy cafe.

    The Watercress Line
  9. Still looking to head out and enjoy the great outdoors this Winter? Why not go and explore the stunning Beaulieu River on a Winter Paddle with New Forest Activities? Choose from either open-top Canadian canoes or stable touring kayaks and enjoy a 2 hour guided paddle of the river’s nature reserve. You may need to layer up (and pack yourself a flask of hot chocolate of course!) but there’s nothing quite like exploring the river’s beautiful nature reserve on a crisp Winter’s day.
  10. Opera Engage: Rhondda Rips it Up! On Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November, The Theatre Royal Winchester are allowing young people aged 10-18, to develop new skills in composing, singing and acting at a bespoke workshop weekend this Autumn. Welsh National Opera’s creative team will work with participants to devise an original piece of music theatre inspired by the company’s rip-roaring production Rhondda Rips it Up!
  11. Join the annual sponsored Walk The Line along the railway track of the Watercress Line. There are 3 walks (3, 6 or 10 miles) and a free vintage bus service to get you back to the right place afterwards. No booking required, just turn up. Starts between 10-11am.
  12. Keep warm with Christmas activities at the New Forest Heritage Centre! On Saturday 8 December pop into the museum and make a festive badge from 10am-3pm.  Entry is free, badges by donation.  On Friday 14 December there is fun and trails with a Christmas theme from 5pm-7pm at ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas in the Museum!
  13. Come and see the intrepid adventure, Butterflies at NST City on 11 Nov! Three brave friends cross new seas to uncharted lands, explore deep caves and climb to the sky on a journey to chase their butterflies away! Perfect for ages 4-7.
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