Full Steam Ahead into November in Hampshire

October 8, 2019

It’s time to start wrapping up warm when heading out on your adventures, but there’s definitely no time to hibernate! As we head full steam ahead into November in Hampshire, we are delighted that Hampshire’s Top Attractions have plenty to keep us warm and active this November.

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market Latern Parade (Photo by Harvey Mills)
Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market Lantern Parade (Photo by Harvey Mills)

Visit Paultons Park from Saturday 23rd November and celebrate Christmas in a world of twinkling illumination, seasonal music and a giant musical Christmas tree. Discover magical scenes inside Santa’s Grotto and don’t forget to head to the 4D cinema and watch all new film, The House of Magic. Peppa Pig World will also be transformed for the festive season, featuring Peppa & George in their winter outfits! Pre-booking essential.

Victorian Christmas Festival at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard29 November to 1 December. Browse over 100 stalls under the shadow of HMS Victory for the perfect hand-crafted stocking filler, sip mulled wine and tuck into traditional festive treats in this unique setting. Spread the Christmas cheer and enjoy over 100 performers in costume roaming the dockyard, with a host of beloved characters including Scrooge and Queen Victoria.

Visitors can get more at The Mary Rose this November with the introduction of the new Premium Pass! Explore Henry VIII’s warship and the objects recovered from the seabed with an exclusive guided tour, complimentary guidebook bundle and 10% off in the café and shop!

I-Spy Winter is ComingMonday 4 November – Friday 29 November. What do you know about cones and conifers? Collect a cone or two at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens on this family winter self-guided trail.

‘Fall in love’ with adventure this November at Go Ape Southampton, Alice Holt and Moors Valley. Each location is still open every weekend. Go on, step outside your comfort zone, you know you want to. 

Experience the South Coast’s most spectacular view by night, exclusively at City Lights at Emirates Spinnaker Tower.  Enjoy live music at this new sky high pop up bar serving wines, beers and locally sourced spirits. Every Sunday from 13th October to 17th November.

Butser Ancient Farm – an evening of stargazing with HantsAstro

There’s lots to see and do at the Watercress Line in November (open on the 1st, 2nd & 3rd). Your ticket gives you all day unlimited travel on the heritage steam trains, allowing you to hop on and off at any of the three stations. 

This November, escape the crisp Autumn breeze in Marwell Zoo’s toasty Tropical House. Learn about the flow of energy through life while immersing yourself in the exotic habitat of a Linné’s two-toed sloth. Marvel at the colourful birds soaring overhead and watch as mouse deer scurry along the forest floor!

Winchester Cathedral is the perfect place to visit this November, with a fabulous array of festive events for all the family. Experience the world-famous Christmas Market and Ice Rink, open from 21 November, or join the spectacular Lantern Parade on 28 November.

Butser Ancient Farm are delighted to be hosting an evening of stargazing with HantsAstro on Friday 1st November. Get an introduction to the night sky and step outside into the farms ancient world to view stars and planets millions of years old through state-of-the-art telescopes.

Enjoy ‘ABC Teddy Bear Concerts: The Harp – Beauty & Mystery’, Saturday 16th November, 11:00am at Portsmouth GuildhallThey present a programme full go variety, excitement and beauty for this wonderful instrument, ensuring you and your little ones will be completely enraptured by the sounds and wonders of the harp.Ever wondered how a cow jumped over the moon? Or why the dish ran away with the spoon? Find out on Sunday 17th November, 11:30am & 14:00am at Hey Diddle Diddle’live on stage, brilliant puppetry and lots of laughter, this new show is a wild and musical celebration about the importance of Imagination.

Winter Paddling is back at New Forest Activities
Winter Paddling is back at New Forest Activities

Winter Paddling is back at New Forest Activities this November! Enjoy a wonderful, 2-hour guided tour of the stunning Beaulieu River on a crisp Winter’s day. You can paddle in either stable ‘Canadian style’ canoes or touring kayaks and spend time exploring the river’s beautiful nature reserve. Suitable for all ages from 18+ months (kayaks only available to those aged 12+ years). All equipment provided, see their website for available dates.

Step back in time at the historic village of Buckler’s Hard this November. Explore historic cottage displays and discover the remarkable story of this shipbuilding village in the Maritime Museum before warming up with a delicious cream tea in the Captain’s Cabin Tea Rooms. 

There’s plenty to see at Theatre Royal Winchester this November. Liza Pulman sings Streisand (Sunday 3 November) sees the West-End singer playing homage to the music icon with wit, flawless vocals and compelling storytelling. Listen out for classics such as You Don’t Bring Me Flowers and The Way We Were. On the 50th anniversary of the release of The Who’s ground-breaking rock-opera, Tommy, legendary world-class rock band, The Goldhawks, perform Tommy The Album Live! (Sunday 10 November) – with amazing projection and effects. Fans of magic and mystery will love catching Britain’s Got Talent star, Ben Hart (Sunday 17 November) – who makes a rare return to his home-town in his first-ever Winchester show. Expect to be mind-blown!

Royal Armouries Fort Nelson for Myths of the macabre
Royal Armouries Fort Nelson for Myths of the macabre

On Friday 1 November join the Royal Armouries Fort Nelson for Myths of the macabre, an eerie evening, full of stories of the extraordinary and tales of terror, in the company of a sinister band of Victorian storytellers. Not for the faint-hearted! On Sunday 10 November join their Remembrance Sunday for a gun salute and silence to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts. 

Sunday 24th November, 11.00 – 4.00, The Brickworks is holding its annual Christmas Market. A chance to find interesting and unusual Christmas presents and enjoy seeing the museum in steam. Activities for children and Father Christmas has promised to drop in.

Get the children outside and immersed in nature this autumn at the Hawk Conservancy Trust. You can witness some of the most spectacular flying displays in the UK, as well as having the opportunity to meet a bird of prey. This winter you can even see a beautiful Snowy Owl and majestic Golden Eagle!

Get creative at Whitchurch Silk Mill this November. Rag Rug Making for Beginners – Tuesday 19th November 10.30am to 4pm – £60pp and Lantern Making – Saturday 30th November 10.30am to 2pm – Admission free Start your Christmas shopping with our late night openings 7th, 12th, 21st & 28th November until 8pm. 

Don’t miss out on Children’s theatre coming to Nuffield Southampton Theatres this November. Starting off with The Gruffalo, bringing mouse and friends to life. Other vibrant and engaging shows include Heart of Light and Arthur’s Dreamboat.Featuring colourful puppetry, these shows are a great introduction to theatre for the young ones.