Exciting things to come in Hampshire in 2020

December 19, 2019

Here at Hampshire’s Top Attractions we are looking ahead to 2020 and can’t wait for the year ahead! From new attraction features, exciting new events, shows, anniversaries, and more, you and the family best get set for an amazingly fun year ahead! Let’s take a look at the exciting things to come in Hampshire in 2020…

Little Beaulieu
Little Beaulieu

Beaulieu gets playful in 2020 when it opens the doors to magical new adventure play area Little Beaulieu. Playtime continues with a new exhibition  ‘Motoring in Miniature – the Toys of Your Childhood’. Plus, there will be a buzz of excitement for two new events, Simply Electric and Blue Light Day.

Tornado Springs blows in to Paultons Park in May 2020! This brand new 1950’s Americana themed land will feature 6 exciting new rides Storm Chaser, an exhilarating spinning rollercoaster, the amazing Cyclonator – a huge Gyro Swing ride and Al’s Auto Academy, an all-new driving school! 

The Watercress Line re-opens it’s Alton station after a year with a ‘steam-packed’ line-up of events: Flying Scotsman will be visiting (Feb-Mar), Day Out With Thomas (Easter & Aug), War On The Line, Autumn Steam Gala, Wizard Weekend, Santa Specials, Christmas Leave and two new events ‘VE Day 75th Anniversary’ (May) and ’50’s Weekend’ (Jul)!

In 2020 Butser Ancient Farm will see exciting new changes with the redevelopment of their Stone Age area sharing all about prehistoric life in the local area. Exciting events such as the annual Beltain Festival, Vikings attack, Roman week and Stargazing will bring the atmospheric site to life. 

2020 is officially the year of wild at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, which means wild-themed events for families, wildlife walks for adults, nature trails for all to enjoy plus the all-new Dragonfly Pond, opening to the public in 2020 for the first time! 

From April 2020, Marwell Zoo welcomes the exciting world exclusive event: SUPERSIZED! The larger than life brick adventure features astonishing models of real-life creatures magnified to an eye-popping size. From sneaky predators like the venomous blue-ringed octopus, to the aptly named assassin bug, all creatures are sure to astound you!

15 Feb – 19 April 2020 at Milestones Museum, Space Explorers – An out of this world brick adventure! From Neil Armstrong to the Mars rocket, discover all about Earth’s space history with more than 20 amazing models built from toy bricks, completing two interactive quests as you go. 

Chase from the ever-popular Nick Jr show, PAW Patrol is coming to Emirates Spinnaker Tower! Meet your favourite police pup at intervals on Saturday 11th & 18th April. Appearances at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm!* Don’t forget your camera! Pre-booking admission advised. *Meet & greet spaces are included in the general admissions and can be reserved online. A limited number of spaces will also be available on the day on a first come, first served basis.

Launching in January 2020, the Tasting Experience at the Bombay Sapphire Distillery is your opportunity to explore the full range of Bombay Gins. Available on Fridays, why not discover the possibilities within and become a gin expert in your own right? 

The King and I at Mayflower Theatre
The King and I at Mayflower Theatre

There’s plenty of exciting live performances coming your way from Mayflower Theatre, here’s just a few highlights for families; The King and I: 21 April – 2 May; WNO Family Concert: 12 July; Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever: 17 – 19 July; The Lion King: 3 September – 10 October; Panto 2020: 11 December – 3 January. See full listings of what’s in store for you and your family in 2020 on their website. 

2020 is an exciting year for charity Play to the Crowd – responsible for Theatre Royal Winchester, Hat Fair and Playmakers. In March Peppa Pig returns; TV stars appear in By The Waters of Liverpool in April; Strictly Come Dancing performers arrive in the summer, and the Christmas pantomime is Aladdin! Plus, Hat Fair is back – with circus, theatre and dance acts once again taking over Winchester.

The spectacular Hollycombe Steam Festival is back in 2020 with its many steam engines, vintage tractors, stationary engines and classic vehicles. Held from 20-21 June, the special event will run alongside Hollycombe’s Edwardian fairground and popular steam railway’s, to make an unmissable weekend. 

Opening on 2 March 2020, Man Up! At Chawton House. this entertaining and illuminating exhibition highlights the lives of individuals who dared to step outside of traditional female roles. These women, who lived in the long 18th century, risked physical perils as well as public outrage in disguising themselves as men. Free with admission.

A visit to the Isle of Wight promises plenty of great days out in 2020. Following the long-term success of Robin Hill’s Electric Woods’ Festival of Light, a new Day of the Dead event has been announced by the park for 2020. Also building on the success of 2019, sister park Blackgang Chine will be introducing terrifying new event to the Isle of Wight calendar in autumn 2020. ‘Terror Island – Part 2’ at the Chine will open in October. Visitors are invited to go Under The Pier, on the Isle of Wight. Under The Pier is a free event organised by Isle of Wight environmental businesses Arc and Artecology, which uncovers the coastal wildlife under Ryde Pier.