Indoor activities in Hampshire

Indoor activities in Hampshire: Perfect for rainy days!

Hampshire and The Isle of Wight are such great places to visit and there are loads of things to do! Occasionally, however, there is no hiding from the fact that it’s still in the UK and prone to the odd flurry of rain! So what should you do on a rainy day? Check out these Indoor activities in Hampshire: Perfect for rainy days!

Indoor activities in Hampshire: Perfect for rainy days!
Indoor activities at Beaulieu

Hampshire fun indoor attractions

Fill the day with fun and adventure; Beaulieu, home of the National Motor Museum is a great place to spend the day enjoying Palace House, and the World of Top Gear.

And enjoy everything from exciting live science shows to hands-on interactive exhibits to unforgettable shows in the UK’s largest digital planetarium at Winchester Science Centre.

It’s particularly hard to provide the kids with a way to burn off some energy when they can’t go outside, but these fabulously fun attractions provide the answer; A unique experience awaits them at Mid Hants Railway The Watercress Line.

And, for those brave enough the glass floor platform at Spinnaker Tower is sure to get them excited! It’s one of the most unique indoor activities in Hampshire, that’s for sure.

Riverside Bowl is an entertainment venue in Andover and the surrounding area, it’s not just a Bowling venue, it also offers Glo-Golf, Snooker, and Pool, together with an American Diner. You won’t be thinking about the rain at all at this attraction.

Clarence Pier’s three large indoor entertainment centres ensure there’s something to do no matter the weather and kids will also enjoy Pirates and Princess’s indoor adventure playground.

Get the adrenalin pumping with a trip to Calshot Activities Centre with a climbing wall, Aero Trek, indoor ski slope and ringos!

Cultural days out

Immerse yourself in culture and history with a day out exploring Hampshire’s vibrant cultural scene. Begin your journey at Winchester Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in England, where you can marvel at stunning architecture and centuries of history.

For a dose of entertainment, catch a performance at The Mayflower Theatre or MAST Mayflower Studios in Southampton, or head to the Theatre Royal Winchester or the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth for a night of drama and excitement.

For a more immersive experience, visit the Bombay Sapphire Distillery for a fully guided Discovery Experience. Explore the fascinating processes behind the scenes at the mill, including Vapour Infusion distillation, and gain insight into the art of gin-making.

And don’t miss the chance to visit Portsmouth Guildhall, a cultural hub hosting a variety of events and performances throughout the year. From concerts and comedy shows to art exhibitions and workshops, there’s always something exciting happening at this iconic venue.

Discover historic sites

Step back in time and uncover the rich history of Hampshire with our selection of fascinating historic sites. Dive into the past at Tudor House and SeaCity Museum, where you’ll gain insight into Southampton’s captivating history and maritime heritage.

For a truly immersive experience, visit the Milestones Living History Museum, where you can stroll through the streets of the past and explore the lives of bygone eras. Discover the remnants of our Victorian industrial past at The Brickworks Museum, the last steam-driven brickworks in the country, offering a unique glimpse into our industrial heritage.

Experience the pivotal events of World War II at The D-Day Story, dedicated to D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, featuring interactive displays suitable for the whole family. Step into the world of literary legend Jane Austen at Jane Austen’s House Museum, where you can explore the rooms where she lived and wrote her timeless novels, including Pride and Prejudice.

Military history enthusiasts won’t want to miss the chance to explore over 40 historic aircraft at the Army Flying Museum or delve into 1000 years of Royal Navy history at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Discover the Winchester Military Museums situated in the impressive preserved Victorian barracks next to the Great Hall. There are six museums to explore, each one with stunning collections of medals, beautiful paintings, gorgeous uniforms, fascinating archive film and poignant personal souvenirs. Together they tell the story of British soldiers in peace and in war, at home and abroad, in the last 300 years.

From a day at Whitchurch Silk Mill to an immersive fun day out at 878 AD, to the Southampton City Art Gallery and Aldershot Military Museum, there’s no shortage of historic sites to explore in Hampshire.

As you can see there is plenty to keep you entertained rain or shine! Whether you want indoor attractions in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Southampton, Portsmouth, or more, there’s plenty to do when it’s raining. To find out more, be sure to check out all of our attractions here, and discover fantastic family events, things to do, and vouchers to attractions!

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