There’s no fooling you this April in Hampshire!

March 11, 2020

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There is loads going on this April in Hampshire, and that’s no April Fools! As attractions fully open their doors you’ll find a host of new events and exciting things to do. From Easter activities to adventurous days out! Let’s see what April has in store…

Gilbert White & the Oates Collections
Gilbert White & the Oates Collections – Habitat Explorer Sessions

Explore the natural world at Gilbert White & the Oates Collections on the 8th & 15th April with their Habitat Explorer Sessions. Discover a range of habitats and find out what creatures live there. Have a go at identifying your finds and take a closer look at them through a microscope. 

During the Easter holidays, Kids can join the team of ‘Spies in the Sky’ at Portsmouth’s very own lookout tower – Emirates Spinnaker Tower!  The whole family can explore the view decks and the amazing panorama, whilst the kids carry out a fun spy mission to earn their spy certificate.

SUPERSIZED! is coming to Marwell Zoo! From April 4, your larger than life, toy brick adventure begins. The world exclusive event features astonishing models of real-life creatures magnified to an eye-popping size. From sneaky predators like the blue-ringed octopus to the aptly named assassin bug, all creatures will astound you! 

The Easter Bunny has left a trail of clues around Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. Follow the self-guided trail and receive a prize. Other fun activities include; Pond Dipping, Bushcraft and Outdoor Adventure Holiday Club.

Meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends at the Watercress Line with a Day Out With Thomas, 10-19 April. Experience a ride on a real steam engine and shake hands with The Fat Controller. Enjoy Rusty & Dusty’s entertainment show and ride the vintage fairground rides. Celebrate Thomas’ 75th anniversary! There’s plenty to keep the family entertained!

Discover just how disgusting (or should we say amazing!) our bodies really are, through an exciting live show and Invention Studio activities, Disgusting Bodies, Winchester Science Centre, 3 – 26 April. Explore the science behind the oozes, squelches and gurgles with plenty of fascinating facts and thought-provoking demos!

Become a countryside explorer at Mottisfont, 4 – 19 April. Follow the trail to discover the hidden world of nature that’s all around you, with fun activities such as spiderweb limbo and giant nest-building along the way – with a delicious Cadbury Easter egg as your reward. 

Butser Ancient Farm will be open for seven days a week from April. Celebrate the spring, meet new-born baby lambs and see the ongoing Stone Age building project in action. On selected days meet the Saxons with craft and fighting displays, fireside storytelling and music and meet the Roman legion. During the holidays there will also be an Easter trail and lots of hands on ancient skills activities to try.  

The King and I: 21 April – 2 May 2020 at The Mayflower Theatre
The King and I: 21 April – 2 May 2020 at The Mayflower Theatre

See The King and I: 21 April – 2 May 2020 at The Mayflower TheatreOne of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works that boasts a score which features such beloved classics as Getting To Know You, I Whistle a Happy Tune, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We Dance and Something Wonderful. Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and a British schoolteacher.

Don’t miss Space Explorers – An out of this world brick adventure which is on at Milestones Museum until 19 April. Explore over 20 space-related brick models, complete two interactive mission trails, ride a flying saucer and much more! 10% off admission when you book online. 

Fill your Easter Holidays with adventure, with a visit to New Forest Activities this April. From canoeing and kayaking on the beautiful Beaulieu River to enjoying archery against a stunning New Forest backdrop, experience new things, and create memories together as a family this Easter.

Join Hurst Castle on its “It’s not just Chickens who lay eggs” trail this Easter from Saturday 4th April to Friday 17th April. Crack the clues as you and your family follow the trail around the castle to discover which other animals lay eggs, besides the Easter Chick! Trail blazers who track down the other creatures will be rewarded with a chocolate treat. Trail is included in castle admission fee. Free arts and crafts will also be available in the Tudor Keep.

Based on the best-selling book by children’s author Judith Kerr, The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Friday 17 – Sunday 19 April) comes to the Theatre Royal Winchester and tells the story of Sophie and her mum, about to sit down to tea, when a giant, stripy tiger rings the bell! This delightful show is packed with magic, sing-along songs and clumsy chaos. A FREE drop-in craft workshop is available on Friday 17 April.

The Big Steam Up at The Brickworks Museum
The Big Steam Up at The Brickworks Museum

One of the big steam up events is taking place on Sunday 19th April, 11.00 – 4.00 at The Brickworks Museum. This is when all the steam engines get ready for the season ahead. There will be a courtyard full of traction engines, road rollers, fairground organs plus activities for children. 

Young people between 16 and 25 can join novelist and creative writing tutor, Rebecca Smith, for this Young People’s Workshop: Writing on Location, on 4 April at Jane Austen’s House. Participants will be using objects and aspects of Jane Austen’s work in a series of exercises to develop their writing skills. From 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 pm. Booking is essential.

April at Itchen Valley Country Park includes activities for young, old and both! There is a Bats ‘n’ Burgers evening suitable for families with children over 6, children’s craft and story sessions as well as workshops for the adults. Don’t forget their lovely café with a varied menu if you just go for a walk. 

The acclaimed live music night ‘Live at Lepe’ is back at Lepe Country Park this April. The two acts performing at the intimate venue are Demi Marriner, who achieved success in the iTunes Country charts, as well as local lad Tom Bell. Tickets available online for the show on 10 April.

Royal Victoria Country Park are hosting a feast of British choral music with chamber choir Southern Voices performing at The Chapel. They will be singing a varied selection of music by four of the most celebrated British composers from the late 19th and early 20th century. Book online for this event on Saturday 3 April.