Kick start the new decade with these great January adventures!

December 12, 2019

It’s full steam ahead to Christmas and it’s nearly impossible to think of anything else! However, we want to avoid the Christmas comedown and escape the January blues by sharing with you some great things to do in Hampshire this January! Start the new decade with a bang…

The Watercress Line is open for just one day in January (1st)
The Watercress Line is open for just one day in January (1st)

The Watercress Line is open for just one day in January (1st). Hop on and off the steam trains all day with unlimited travel and visit the period stations along the route, adjoining the South Downs National Park. 

Discover Micro Marvels at Winchester Science Centre every weekend from 11 January – 2 February. Explore the weird and wonderful microscopic world through a fun and engaging live show and hands-on activities. Get hands-on with microscopes in the Invention Studio and take a tour of the unseen, from mesmerising minibeasts to everyday objects as you’ve never witnessed them before! Admission: £13.20 per person (with GiftAid), including live science show and Invention Studio activities. Planetarium tickets sold separately.

From Stargazing and Slow Travel experiences to inspirational Yoga retreats and Royal Wellbeing breaks, the Isle of Wight has a wealth of feel-good activities to get you ready to kick start your New Year in a positive way. Add a winter walk with a cosy pub for your walk’s end to blow away those Christmas cobwebs. 

Kick start your active January with a workout with a difference! Climb, swing and bounce through the trees at one of the Hampshire based Go Ape sites, a workout that is sure to put a smile on your face. 

Marwell Zoo

Visit Marwell Zoo this January. Enjoy a hot chocolate surrounded by hundreds of endangered and exotic species in 140 acres of beautiful parkland. Why not escape the crisp winter breeze and warm up in paradise at Tropical House where summer is eternal, and colourful birds are free to fly overhead! 

There are several great reasons to visit the Theatre Royal Winchester this January, here’s just two of them! The Railway Children (Friday 10 – Sunday 12 January), popular family favourite about three children whose lives are turned upside down after their father is accused of spying. And, Graffiti Classics: The Comedy String Quartet (Friday 31 January), classical music, funny and exhilarating for all with this all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy show. This is a classical concert, a gypsy-folk romp, an opera, a stand-up comedy set and a dance show all rolled into one.

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? 

Still looking to head out and enjoy the great outdoors this Winter? Why not go and explore the stunning Beaulieu River on a Winter Paddle with New Forest Activities? Choose from either open-top Canadian canoes or stable touring kayaks and enjoy a 2-hour guided paddle of the river’s nature reserve. You may need to layer up (and there’ll be hot chocolate on hand to keep you toasty!) but there’s nothing quite like exploring the river’s beautiful nature reserve on a crisp Winter’s day. Great for all ages, see their website for available dates and times. 

Mayflower Theatre has a brilliant ballet season coming up in January hosting one of the UK’s top classical ballet companies, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake. Not only does the show have a fantastic family offer, they also offer First Steps which is a performance specifically designed your little ones with an hour long interactive show for children aged 3+ (31 Jan) and also a special performance of Swan Lake called Dreams which is a special performance where local dancers share the stage with the professionals (2 Feb).