Adventure in Hampshire this October

September 18, 2020

As the season begins to change, Hampshire promises a picturesque setting for your days out! Whether you’re looking to enjoy an autumnal walk at one of the country parks or head out for a fun day out at one of Hampshire’s many attractions, October has so much to offer!

Please note: Information is correct at the time of this post (18th September 2020). With ever-changing guidelines, please check directly with the attraction before travelling.

Great days out this October

Happy Halloween at Paultons Park returns from 15th October – 2nd November and offers guests the chance to enjoy Halloween in Peppa Pig World once again! The whole park will be festooned with thousands of pumpkins, straw hay bales and brightly decorated autumnal scenes, perfect for your family Halloween antics. Pre-booking is essential as capacities are limit.

Selborne Hanger at Gilbert White & The Oates Collections,
Selborne Hanger at Gilbert White & The Oates Collections,

See the amazing Autumn colour of the Selborne Hanger at Gilbert White & The Oates Collections, walk around the apple trees full to bursting with historic apples, have a warm drink at White’s cafe or a pint of beer made on site in Gilbert White’s Brew house.

The three-day steam-packed Autumn Steam Gala will be taking place at the Watercress Line (16th – 18th October). There will be a guest and home-fleet steam locomotives operating throughout the day with a “Pines Express” theme! Tickets are limited and should be booked in advance.

Children can play a game of sky high i-spy this October at Emirates Spinnaker Tower, whilst for grown-ups there’s a brand new Brunch High Tea to enjoyed – served with or without a bottle of something sparkly!

Mottisfont is offering different nature-inspired activities every weekend from 19 September, from leaf boats to land art. There’s also a harvest-themed trail for half term, 17 October – 1 November, encouraging you to look at nature’s patterns, dance like a falling leaf, and find inspiration in the trees.

What’s a spot of stormy weather, when we’re all aboard a warship? An Ultimate Explorer ticket from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard gives access to Lord Nelson’s and Henry VIII Flagships, and the Victorian battleship, HMS Warrior, all in one price, for a whole year.

October is a wonderful time to visit Butser Ancient Farm near Petersfield and cosy up beside a crackling roundhouse fire as you step back thousands of years into the past. The Farm is open every weekend in October and during the half term week with family activities, talks and ancient skills demonstrations.

Top Trumps Trail at Hawk Conservancy Trust
Top Trumps Trail at Hawk Conservancy Trust

Get the kids outside and enjoy the wonders of autumn at the Hawk Conservancy Trust. You can enjoy incredible flying displays and the peaceful and spacious grounds, home to over 130 birds of prey and owls. Plus, new Top Trumps activity trail for 2020! Pre-booking essential.

Adventures for all the family at Fort Nelson this October. Visit the home of the national collection of artillery and discover some of the biggest guns ever made, as well as acres of ramparts, outer fortifications and secret underground tunnels to explore. Open seven days a week. Museum admission is free. Car parking £3.

Text Quest announces their new spy mystery set in Winchester. A member of MI6 will send clues and directions to your phone so you will explore the city and unravel an enigma.

The New Forest Wildlife Park are celebrating their beautiful wolves with a Wonderful Wolves Quiz Trail from 1st October to 1st November and Wolf Awareness Week is 18th to 24th October – what is the future for wolves?

It’s autumn but adventures never stop at New Forest Activities. Come over to The New Forest, paddle along the Beaulieu River and enjoy the cool river breeze against your face. You may opt to ride a bike and explore the wildlife in the forest. There’s plenty to choose from at New Forest Activities.

Whitchurch Silk Mill’s first Open Art Exhibition is open until Sunday 22nd November, Tuesday to Sunday 10.30am to 5pm. The works on display were created by a wide range of artists from the local community. They have shared their responses to the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown experience. It is free with Mill admission.  Tickets to the Mill can be purchased online or via the shop on arrival.

There is lots going on at Itchen Valley Country Park in October with mental health walks, children’s outdoor sessions, the Halloween Howler Holiday Trail and a Spooky Story evening and don’t forget the takeaway café is open for hot and cold food and drinks!

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