Your round up of January attractions and events in Hampshire 2023 has landed, so you can fill your month with all the wonderful new experiences. As they say, start as you mean to go on! So, start the new year in the best way, out and about in beautiful Hampshire & the Isle of Wight!
Who says January has to be blue? Banish the blues and make sure you have exciting things to look forward to in your calendar from our what’s on in January blog.
Limited time only January attractions
Get set for Zero Degrees (main image) at Winchester Science Centre from 28th January. Enjoy a live science show and exciting extra activities including a magical Northern Lights experience in the Planetarium. For a limited time each day, the Planetarium will be opening up for free to give everyone a sneak peek of the magical experience.
Mottisfont celebrates the legacy of one of Britain’s most popular cartoonists, Norman Thelwell, with a new exhibition in his centenary year. 100 years of Norman Thelwell at The National Trust will show Thelwell’s trademark ponies and other humorous illustrations, alongside exquisitely-rendered local landscapes and early sketches. This will be from 21 January to 7 May.
Residents with PO and SO postcodes can benefit from up to £30 off Ultimate Explorer tickets at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in January, but for a limited time only! To benefit from the offer, just walk up to the Visitor Centre with proof of address. Ultimate Explorer tickets give 12 months entry to all 11 attractions on site in Portsmouth and Gosport.
Southampton University have curated Gilbert White’s House & Gardens Winter exhibition: ‘Frank Oates and King Lobengula: Encounter on the Frontier of Empire’. In addition, the Antarctic Talk Series returns in January. Included in the programme is a talk by Jan Chojecki – author of ‘The Quest Chronicle’.
January attractions for crafting, coffee and culture
Beat the January blues and visit The Lookout at Lepe Country Park for cosy crafting and coffee. Chat with like-minded crafters while you enjoy working on your current creative project. Pop into the café between 9:30-11:30 am on any Friday in January to join.
The Gurkha Museum, part of Winchester’s Military Museums, are hosting another Burns’ Night celebration following on from a successful event in January 22. Gurkhas have a long history with Scotland. This Burns Night, will celebrate this relationship and the poet Robert Burns. There are arrival drinks, a tour and a three course Scottish themed dinner with a Nepalese twist. Plus, tickets are £60.00 and include half a bottle of wine or a bottle of Kukri beer with dinner.
Get outdoors in January 2023
Amazing January attractions are a must to step away from those new devices, so why not get away from it all on The Isle of Wight? With enchanting forests, rugged coastal paths and wide sandy beaches. Leave the phones at home and enjoy quality time just being together. Only 40 minutes away from the mainland with Wightlink.
Discover the folk tradition of wassailing at Butser Ancient Farm and gather on January 20th for an evening of traditional music, morris dancing, and folk plays, warmed by a crackling fire and hot spiced cider.
January can be a tricky month for many families after the fall out of all the Christmas activities. So, Cyclexperience are making things a little easier. Get 20% off weekday New Forest bike hire throughout the whole month! Just use the code Jan20 when booking online or quote it in store.
Are you a home educator? Classes for Primary school children start from 6 January. Outdoor sessions will include hands-on activities, games, crafts, and learning with topics changing each week. Booking is essential.
Explore Wildlife Wonders
Be it wet and wild or crisp and frosty, head to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens with the family to look for winter wildlife on the Winter Garden Bird Explorer.
Join Lepe Country Park’s rangers at 9am on 27 January to spot birds at low tide as part of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. Or make brilliant bird feeders for the birds in your garden on 28 January. Pre-book for these free events on 02380 899108, as spaces are limited.
Start 2023 with a sparkle at the Hawk Conservancy Trust’s dazzling Winter Woodland Lights event! Watch in wonder at the Trust grounds transform into a dazzling display of lights and colour. Follow a new illuminated trail, pose for twinkling photo opportunities, and watch owls take flight in a fantastical finale.
What’s on this January in Hampshire
There is lots to keep you entertained at New Theatre Royal Portsmouth this January. The UK’s number 1 Dolly Parton tribute act comes to The Dolly Show, starring West End star Kelly O’Brein, is sure to delight audiences with up-tempo classics and powerful ballads.
Theatre Royal Winchester has a great lineup in January. Join Ballet Theatre UK with one of the most enchanting love stories of all time, Beauty and the Beast.
See Starchitects, a visual spectacle with dance-circus, digital projections and an easy-to-follow fun and imaginative storyline. There is an audio-described performance for visually impaired audience members.
Following its critically acclaimed West End run, the Lincoln Center Theater’s multi-award-winning production of My Fair Lady is coming to Mayflower Theatre for three weeks only (12th – 29th January). Packed with lavish sets, stunning costumes and standout performances!
Beat the January blues with Eforea Spa’s latest seasonal treatment package! Embark on a 75-minute luxury treatment including a Full Body Scrub, Full Body Massage followed by a Cleanse, Tone & Moisturise leaving you feeling bright, new and ready for 2023! Prices start from £75.00 per person, and all guests should be aware that the spa facilities are closed for refurbishment between the 9th and 31st of January, and access is not included in this seasonal offer.
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