What’s to come in 2019 for Hampshire & The Isle of Wight..

November 26, 2018

As we say goodbye to another year – we cannot help but look ahead to what’s in store for us next year. Luckily, 2019 is not short of exciting, new experiences!

Go Ape Alice Holt; Nets Kingdom Adventure

Take a look below at all the NEW reasons to enjoy a #HantsDaysOut with your family!

  • Go Ape Alice Holt is getting a Nets Kingdom Adventure in time for Easter 2019. All ages are welcome, meaning that Nets Kingdom really can be a great family activity. The jumbo hammock-like netting will keep you all as safe as treehouses and absolutely no specialist equipment is required.
  • 2019 brings a whole host of exciting events to the Ageas Bowl including the England v Pakistan One-Day International game in May, the Cricket World Cup in June, and the usual Hampshire Cricket action which kicks off in April, plus a range of seasonal and family-friendly events in BEEFY’s by Sir Ian Botham Bar & Restaurant and across the venue.
  • Paultons Park has an all-new 4D film for 2019! Head over to the state-of-the-art Show Street cinema and join a new animated undersea adventure. Deepo 4Dguarantees fun for the family as you sing along with friendly sharks, sea turtles and playful dolphins!
  • Discover a whole lot of fun for your family as you experience beaches that go on forever, entertaining activities, chill time and cool places to visit – this year discover the Isle of Wight.
  • Exbury Gardens will be celebrating a centenary in 2019 with the unveiling of a new ‘secret’ garden. During 2019 visitors will get their first glimpse of a ‘secret’ centenary garden designed by RHS gold medal award-winning designer Marie-Louise Agius, great grand-daughter of Exbury Gardens founder Lionel de Rothschild. The centenary year will see some fantastic new projects unveiled plus a continued focus on work to conserve and develop the landscape at Exbury for the next 100 years.
  • Winchester Science Centre is kicking off 2019 with Pirates and Mermaids: Science at Sea! Dive to the depths of the ocean as the team explores marine life, current issues affecting our oceans and what we can do to keep them healthy. Fancy dress encouraged!
  • Mottisfont’s first exhibition of 2019 will be a welcome return to the world of Norman Thelwell, from 5 January – 22 April, featuring plump ponies, local landscapes, and social satire. Families visiting in February half term can enjoy a Country Capers activity trail inspired by Thelwell, and the exhibition includes child-friendly labels.
  • Coming soon! LEGO® at Milestones Museum, Basingstoke. Don’t miss our exciting 2019 LEGO adventure from Saturday 16 February – Monday 22 April. Featuring new LEGO buildings like you’ve never seen them before, two fun trails to complete and much more!
  • The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) will visit Thruxton Race Circuit twice in 2019 in May and August – Double the chance to see the stars of the BTCC race wheel-to-wheel around the UK’s fastest race circuit. Children 12 years old and under go free!

    The British Touring Car Championship; Thruxton Race Circuit
  • Discover a whole new view of Henry VIII’s navy with The Mary Rose’s exciting temporary exhibition this spring, which combines the latest scientific and genealogical research to show who really crewed the Mary Rose – You’ll never look at Tudor England the same way again!
  • Bing and Flop from hit CBeebies show Bing are coming to Emirates Spinnaker Tower! Meet your favourite characters at intervals on Saturday 13th and 20th April. Appearances at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm! Don’t forget your camera! Pre-booking admission advised.
  • From 5 April to 1 September, don’t miss BRICKOSAURS! A world exclusive, prehistoric LEGO® brick experience that will see 50 astonishing dinosaur sculptures inhabit Marwell Zoo, including the biggest ever move-able LEGO brick dinosaur model – a whopping 8 metre T-Rex!
  • Winchester Cathedral will be transformed in 2019 by the launch of Kings and Scribes, three spectacular new exhibitions including The Scribe’s Tale, The Birth of a Nation and Decoding the Stones. Marvel at some of the Cathedral’s most precious treasures whilst discovering over 1,000 years of history.
  • Enjoy a magical night of merrymaking following the ancient tradition of the Orchard Wassail at Chawton House. There will be a torch-lit procession to the orchard in the Walled Garden, with singing and toasting around the Bramley tree. Bring your own instrument and torch for the procession! Soup and a roll will be served in the Great Hall afterwards.
  • Meet Thomas the Tank Engine & his friends at the Watercress Line (13th – 22nd April). Ride on a real steam engine & meet The Fat Controller. Enjoy Rusty & Dusty’s entertainment show & vintage fairground rides. Visit the Imagination Station with children’s activities. There’s plenty to keep everyone entertained for the whole day!
  • Spring 2019 Children’s Theatre Highlights at Nuffield Southampton Theatre’s include Tall Stories’ magical, musical stage adaptation of the popular picture book, Room on a Broom, 19-24 February. The purrfect treat for all the family with Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat on 20-24 March and Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury’s We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is vividly and noisily brought to life on 28 May – 2 June. All at NST Campus.
  • SS Shieldhall, Southampton’s historic steamship – has announced her sailing programme for 2019. Trips vary from 2hr to all day sailings, and include excursions with a Titanic theme; music cruises and to see the Cowes Fireworks and Bournemouth Air Show. Special trips will be made on Sun 11 August to see the Cunard 3 Queens in Southampton.

    Annie; Mayflower Theatre
  • The smash-hit production of ANNIE comes to Mayflower Theatre for one week only direct from London’s West End. This ‘glorious revival’ (The Times) stars Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan! With its Tony® award-winning book and score, including the unforgettable songs It’s The Hard-Knock Life, Easy Street, I Don’t Need Anything But You and Tomorrow, you can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll love it!
  • Hat Fair, the UK’s longest running festival of outdoor arts, returns to the historic city of Winchester Friday 5th to Sunday 7th July. Taking place across the city, the weekend is great fun for every age, showcasing some of UK and Europe’s most exciting performance companies working across circus, theatre and dance.
  • Newly refurbished and now open all year in 2019 Whitchurch Silk Mill is a working museum, the only example in the UK of an historic silk mill, where visitors can watch skilled workers operating the machinery and then buy something in the shop made from silk woven on site.
  • The New Forest Heritage Centre will be hosting a talk: Hampshire – Nature in Trust on the evening of Friday 29 March.  This illustrated talk by photographer Mike Read will highlight how fabulous the county is for wildlife, from birds to butterflies and from mammals to mites.
  • 2019 brings some exciting new developments at Birdworld, including a new play area at The Jenny Wren Farm, a new shelter for the Pelicans and further development on the park’s Cockatoo Aviaries that have been created to raise awareness of the rapid decline of critically endangered Yellow-crested Cockatoos.
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