Discover spring excitement in Hampshire as we step into March

February 10, 2020

The first signs of spring are upon us and the days are starting to get noticeably longer. As we edge closer to March we can’t help but feel we are stepping out of the winter haze and into the excitement of spring! The best bit? Attractions in Hampshire are getting set to re-open, they are putting on more events, and have even more great activities on offer! Let’s see what’s happening in Hampshire in March…

The Watercress Line welcomes the record-breaking Flying Scotsman (Photo credit Liam Barnes)
The Watercress Line welcomes the record-breaking Flying Scotsman (Photo credit Liam Barnes)

With spring on the way and buds beginning to bloom, head over to Marwell Zoo! Admire hundreds of exotic and endangered animals in 140 acres of beautiful landscaped surroundings. From Amur tigers and cheeky meerkats, to white rhino, lizards and snow leopards; Marwell offers you the chance to get up close to the amazing members of the animal kingdom.

Visit Paultons Park this March and enjoy endless fun with over 70 rides and attractions to enjoy, including an all new 4D film, House of Magic as well as popular themed lands Peppa Pig World, Lost Kingdom, Critter Creek and Little Africa! Advance discounted tickets!

Thruxton comes alive again in March as their driving experience season starts as well as Skid Pan, 4×4 and Karting experiences. All available for Adults and Juniors (from 8 years old). 

Butser Ancient Farm is currently open from Monday to Friday (opening seven days a week from April), and March sees the arrival of bouncing baby lambs frolicking amongst the ancient buildings! Manx Loughtan sheep are an ancient Iron Age breed that can have up to 6 horns, but don’t worry they are very friendly! 

Excitement is building at the Watercress Line as it gears up to welcome the record-breaking Flying Scotsman, the most famous steam locomotive in the world, for the first time! Final tickets just released.

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway reopens to the public on 14th March, just in time for visitors to experience early spring in their beautiful landscaped gardens. Throughout March, Exbury are also showcasing a stunning display of orchids and lachenalias, which are a brightly coloured group of flowers that hails from South Africa.

The Mary Rose conservation team will be coming out from behind the scenes to meet visitors and show them how they look after a Tudor warship, and how they are able to tell so much about the ship and her crew based on what was left behind.

Don’t miss Space Explorers – An out of this world brick adventure at Milestones Museum, Basingstoke, 15th February – 19th April 2020. Explore over 20 space-related brick models, complete two interactive mission trails, ride a flying saucer and much more! 10% off admission when you book online.

Peppa Pig at the Theatre Royal Winchester (Photo credit Dan Tsantilis)
Peppa Pig at the Theatre Royal Winchester (Photo credit Dan Tsantilis)

Spring life on the stunning Beaulieu River is definitely an experience not to be missed! Head out and explore this picturesque area of the New Forest on a guided canoe or kayaking tour with New Forest Activities.

Regular Make & Take Mondays for 2 – 4 year olds continue through March at Itchen Valley Country Park on the 9th, 16th, and 30th. A World Book Day session is on 5th March with a story in the storytelling area followed by a craft. A Mothers’ Day craft is on the 14th

The Brickworks Museum is opening the museum again! The first event is on Sunday 29th March,11.00 – 4.00, and is their popular spring Craft Market. This year they are also hosting a car rally on the same day. Something for everyone. 

Peppa Pig is excited about her best day ever – a road-trip packed with castles, caves, dragons, dinosaurs, ice creams and muddy puddles! A live show full of songs, games, laughter and lots of familiar faces. From Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th March at Theatre Royal Winchester

Jane Austen was a woman ahead of her time – visit Jane Austen’s House on 8th March, International Women’s Day, and enjoy discounted entry and a cream tea at Cassandra’s Cup. Visitors can celebrate the First Day of Spring with a guided walk through Chawton Village from 10.30 am – 12.00 pm on 20th March – learn about Jane’s love of nature, the village she lived in, and the importance of village life in shaping her writing.  

Join in a birdwatching for beginners session and take a leisurely walk around Lepe Country Park. Learn how to identify and understand the habits of the coastal birds as they prepare to leave the park after spending the winter on the Solent. 

Visit the Isle of Wight to see the amazing Long Nose Puppets perform at Quay Arts with their family-friendly show Out of the Hat, or celebrate National Science Week with a free day of scientific discovery and natural history activities at Sandown Bay,  designed to engage children in a fun, yet stimulating way.