Get set for fun fuelled July and a whole summer of fun with Hampshire’s Top Attractions! With so many attractions offering family days out, fun with the kids, new experiences and opportunities to make some fantastic memories, we’ve got everything you need to make this summer a GREAT one!
Plan your visit to Hampshire and the Isle of Wight with our ready made itineraries, and don’t forget to grab a bargain with our vouchers loaded with discounts and special offers for loads of Hampshire and Isle of Wight attractions!
As we hurtle towards July, we wouldn’t want you to miss the exhilarating British Truck Racing Championship at Thruxton on 29th and 30th June! British Truck Racing thunders into Thruxton for more epic battles around the UK’s fastest race circuit. Come and see the spectacular sights of truck racing and support races from: the Pickup Trucks, Classic Formula Ford 1600, Hyundai Coupe Cup, Kumho BMW’s, Mighty Mini’s and BARC Clubmans Sports Prototype Championship. Children 15 and under go free!
So what’s on throughout July?
Release your inner wild explorer with a trip to Marwell Zoo! Escape into paradise at Tropical House, spot the red pandas in their new enclosure and go on the hunt for BRICKOSAURS! This world exclusive LEGO® brick expedition will see even more stunning sculptures inhabit the park from 18th July!
Discover more than 350 spectacular sculptures in Palace House, its gardens and surrounding parkland at Sculpture at Beaulieu until 14th July. From a highly polished Spitfire that turns in the wind to a full-size bronze horse, there’s something to suit everyone. All sculptures are for sale, with prices starting at £25.
Exbury’s Teddy Bear’s Picnic is back by popular demand on 31st July! Families will be guided on a magical journey through the gardens by Exbury’s delightful actors. With songs, games and puppetry for a whole hour, little explorers will be mesmerised by the imaginative beauty of nature. Children that bring along their own teddy bears will be given free entry to the gardens.
Did you know that Exbury was a naval base during the Second World War? You can view archive photographs from Exbury’s time at war and watch video footage of first-hand accounts from Exbury veterans at this exclusive exhibition. Free with gardens admission or membership.
Head over to Butser Ancient Farm to discover more about their ancient landscape with a guided archaeology walk (7 July), learn about the recently laid Roman mosaic on an evening lecture (18 July) and celebrate the Festival of Archaeology on their life in the past day (24 July). Plus in the summer holidays there will be the ever popular Warrior Camp summer holiday activity club!
Explore Winchester Cathedral’s spectacular new exhibition Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation. This stunning exhibition space will take you on a journey through 1,000 years of history, unlocking Winchester Cathedral’s captivating stories and revealing some of the nation’s greatest treasures.
Explore Henry VIII’s flagship The Mary Rose with their Summer Holiday Shipwreck Explorers events! Henry himself will be on hand to welcome families to discover boatbuilding with the Savvy Shipwrights, experience cooking with the Tasty Tudors or plan the defence of the realm with the Gruesome Gunners!
Jump on-board a Red Funnel Ferry this July and head to the Isle of Wight for Rhythmtree Festival! A vibrant, family-friendly musical weekend known for its relaxed and magical atmosphere. Visit between 12 -14th July to see 130 acts, carnival procession, fairground and much more!
This July will be a month of celebration at Jane Austen’s House Museum, as it marks 70 years since the Museum first opened. On Saturday 27 July, the Museum is holding a special birthday party and everyone is invited! There will be Regency dancing, games, talks, live music and stalls selling cakes and ‘Jane’s Party Pimm’s’.
Celebrate Gilbert White’s birthday on the 20th July with half price entry to Gilbert White & The Oates Collections. Enjoy the day with eighteenth century games and activities and a chance to meet Gilbert and wish him a happy 299th birthday!
Enjoy exploring the stunning Beaulieu River by boat and the New Forest National Park by bike during a Family Adventure Day with New Forest Activities. Includes a 90-minute guided canoeing tour of the river and a full day’s bike hire, leaving you to explore The New Forest at your own pace. Trailers, tag-a-longs and child seats available as well as free cycle maps! Great for all ages from 18+ months, see their website for available dates.
Join one of Britain’s largest FREE bus rallies at Anstey Park in Alton. There’s a static exhibition of buses and coaches from various eras and a large display of classic cars, vans, motorcycles and emergency vehicles. Free bus services are provided to various destinations including the Watercress Line’s Medstead & Four Marks Station.
The Saxons are coming to Fort Nelson (Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July, 10am–5pm). Charge down to the Fort near Fareham for an action-packed weekend. Living history displays, costumed characters, live combat demonstrations and have-a-go activities will bring history to life for all the family. Free admission.
Join Bursledon Brickworks for their next Steam Up on Sunday 21st July 11.00 – 16.00. There’ll be all kinds of activities on site including model train layouts, miniature train rides, MG classic cars and speedway bikes, live music and activities for children.
Don’t forget if the weather’s not on your side, Riverside Bowl is a community focused entertainment venue ran by the charity Valley Leisure Ltd. It offers ten-pin bowling, glo-golf, snooker, pool and arcades along with an American style diner. Stylish party rooms are available within the facility for local groups, corporate events and children’s parties.
For theatre lovers…
July at Mayflower Theatre is packed full of events for all the family: Embark on a magical musical adventure with Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, prepare for bangs, explosions and hovercrafts at Ministry of Science Live, and raise your voices for the feel-good Sing-a-long The Greatest Showman.
The world-renowned Welsh National Opera perform a modern reworking of the classic comic opera by composer Donizetti, Don Pasquale at Winchester Theatre Royal. With a new libretto by Daisy Evans, this time theatre-goers are transported to present day Cardiff and Pasquale’s doner kebab van where two young lovers try to outwit the ageing, and romantically-deluded, bachelor.
Hat Fair – the UK’s longest running festival of Outdoor Arts – celebrates 45 years this summer! Held in Winchester, theatre, dance and circus acts perform at this free event. The weekend, which runs from 5 – 7 July, kicks off at 12 noon on Friday with the Carnival. Last year Hat Fair welcomed audiences of 70,000.