Covid-19 update on attractions in Hampshire

March 13, 2020

Lepe Beach and Country Park



During the current concerns over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we want to keep you as up to date as possible about Hampshire’s Top Attractions. Below you’ll find details on which attractions are business as usual and any changes to their regular operations that may affect your visit.

One thing you can be 100% confident with is that all of our attractions are putting their customers and team members first. They are being vigilant and assessing each day as it comes.

Although we will try to keep this information as updated as possible, we recommend checking with the attraction before you travel.

We do encourage you to find areas where you can follow government guidance on social distancing.

Attractions operating with changes:

Ageas Bowl – Hosting behind-closed-doors live-streamed cricket matches. eforea spa re-opens on Wednesday 26th August. Golf course re-open.

Army Flying Museum – Are set to reopen on July 13th, please pre-book your tickets online in advance of your visit.

Beaulieu – From Saturday 4th July, the doors to the Beaulieu visitor attraction will be reopened and visitors will be invited to explore their wonderful indoor and outdoor spaces. (Excluding Little Beaulieu). Visitor numbers are limited each day to ensure that the spaces never become crowded. We therefore request that you pre-book your tickets online ahead of your visit.

Birdworld – Have re-opened to it’s members on Monday 15th June and are opening to the general public on Tuesday 16th June. Tickets must be pre-booked online in advance.

Blackgang Chine – Re-open from Saturday 25th July. Book tickets online for guaranteed entry on your chosen day.

Blue Reef Aquarium – Has reopened, please book your tickets online in advance.

Bombay Sapphire Distillery – Bombay Sapphire Distillery is preparing to reopen to the public on Monday 20th July. Discovery Experiences, Cocktail Masterclasses and the Gin Shop will all be available and open. Please read their full Coronavirus policy concerning the new health and safety measures you will see when you visit.

Buckler’s Hard – Reopened 8th July initially Wednesday to Sunday until 22nd July when they’ll open 7 days a week, pre-booked online tickets are available, they currently have a pop-up cafe until their cafe fully reopens on July 22nd

Bursledon Brickworks – Open Thursdays 11.00-16.00 (last admissions 15.00)

Butser Ancient Farm – Are re-opening from July 4th with limited days and tickets that can be pre-booked online in advance.

Clarence Pier – Funfair Solent Wheel and Arcades are now open daily, to guarantee entry to the rides and avoid queues, please pre-pay online or pay on the day. Wimpy restaurant reopens daily for table service only from 11th July.

Chawton House and library – Chawton’s Gardens are re-opening on July 4th, tickets will need to be pre-booked in advance. A takeaway service from the Old Kitchen Tearoom will be offered, along with two new parkland trails, and the Plant Fairs Roadshow, taking place on July 19.

Cyclexperience – Are open for bike hire. Open for essential sales and repairs. Delivery and collection service available.

The D-Day Story – Are set to reopen on July 14th.

Eling Tide Mill Experience – is now open Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm (4pm if no bookings). Booking only with limited numbers. The Cafe will be open for a Take-Away service only (limited menu). The gift shop is open and flour and gifts can be purchased.

Emirates Spinnaker Tower – Are re-opening on Saturday July 4th, please pre-book your tickets online.

Exbury Gardens – Have reopened, tickets must be booked online in advance. There’s daily limit of 500 visitors, when you book online you’ll be given time slots. Please be patient, the tickets have been selling out quickly.

Exciting Escapes – Are re-opening on Saturday July 4th, please book online in advance. Bookings from August still open.

Fort Nelson – now open – pre-booking essential.

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections – Are re-opening their gardens on Saturday July 4th, no need to pre-book, measures in place for social distancing. Cafe operating as a village shop for essentials and takeaway meals is open. all March and April Events are postponed.

Go Ape – Are currently taking online bookings for when they re-open on July 4th.

The Hawk Conservancy – They’re opening to members on 6th July and to non-members on 8th July. Both members and non-members will need to pre-book online, booking opens on 2nd July!

Hovertravel – Services are operating on time with a revised timetable for key workers and essential freight.

Hurst Castle – Are re-opening on Saturday July 4th.

Itchen Valley Country Park – grounds open for once a day exercise. Playground, toilets and cafe closed.

Jane Austen House – Re-open. Tickets must be pre-booked online.

Lepe Country Park – Car park now open, cashless payment for parking only, toilet facilities open but the cafe and play parks remain closed. Please follow the social distancing guidelines in place.

Longdown Activity Farm – open daily to all visitors however to ensure that Covid-19 restrictions are adhered to, all visitors (including season ticket holders) are required to prebook tickets on their website. Visitors are also requested to read the Longdown Covid Code of Conduct along with other useful information and FAQs, which can be found on the Longdown Activity Farm website

Manor Farm – Are re-opening for members on 7th July and for non-members on 21st July. Tickets will need to be pre-booked online in advance by both members and non-members.

Marwell Zoo  – Are re-opening on Monday 29th June for members and re-opening for all on Friday July 3rd. They’ll be strictly limiting numbers each day to ensure guests can keep a safe distance so all guests including members will need to book online before they arrive.

Mayflower Theatre is presenting the best of the West End and Broadway with a series of musicals and plays on a big screen in its auditorium socially distanced from Wednesday 9 to Sunday 20 September 2020, book online.

Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’ – Re-opening on Saturday 11th July, tickets must be pre-booked online in advance.

Milestones Museum – Has reopened, please pre-book your tickets in advance online.

Mottisfont – Mottisfont has reopened its gardens with social distancing measures in place. Tickets must be purchased online in advance, there will be a cap on the number of visitors each day.

New Forest Activities – Offering social distancing activities including canoe and kayak guided tours, kayak and bike hire.

New Forest Wildlife Park – Have re-opened, they have safety measures in place that include a direct one way system around the park.

The Needles – Are ready to re-open on Saturday 4th July.

Osborne – Are re-opening on July 4th. Tickets will need to be re-booked online in advance of visiting.

Paultons Park – Are planning to re-open on July 4th, tickets are available to pre-book online in advance of your visit.

Portchester Castle – is now open. You will need to book your timed tickets in advance and tickets are available to book now.

Portsmouth Guildhall – are running a range of interactive events, live-streamed performances, competitions and activities. You can also buy tickets for future shows. Check the website for further information.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard – has re-opened. The new Ultimate Explorer ticket now includes Mary Rose Museum.

Queen Elizabeth Country Park – Car park now open, cashless payment for parking only, toilet facilities open but the cafe and play parks remain closed. Please follow the social distancing guidelines in place.

Red Funnel Ferries – operating with revised timetables for Red Jet and Vehicle Ferry services. “Vehicle Deck Only” sailings for customers to remain in car. Changes to ticket office opening times.

Ringwood Brewery – Brewery shop has re-opened, opening hours Tuesday 12pm – 4pm, Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm, Closed Sunday and Monday. Online shop also open for orders.

Riverside Bowl – Open from the 15th August, visit their website for full details.

Robin Hill – Re-open from Saturday 25th July. Book tickets online for guaranteed entry on your chosen day.

Royal Victoria Country Park – Car park now open, cashless payment for parking only, toilet facilities open but the cafe and play parks remain closed. Please follow the social distancing guidelines in place.

Sandham Gardens, Sandown Bay – Large open park and beautiful gardens, with ‘lost duver’ coastal planting scheme, are open and free to enjoy. They’re set to re-open fully on Saturday 4th July.

SeaCity Museum – now open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, 11am – 4pm (Last entry 2.30pm). Tickets must be pre-booked online.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens – From Monday 22nd June the gardens are open for members and non-members who have a pre-booked online ticket.

Staunton Country Park – is open and free for you to enjoy their many walking trails. To enjoy the farm with their animals, you must buy a ticket in advance.

Tapnell Farm – Open daily for AM and PM Sessions, online tickets only.

The Hangar @ Calshot Activities Centre – re-opened. Activities pre-bookable online.

The Vyne – Garden, car park, toilets and access to countryside are open. Must be booked in advance.

Theatre Royal Winchester – Cafe Bar is now open for eat-in and takeaways.

Thruxton – Thruxton Kart Centre is now open.

Wightlink – Operating with a reduced timetable. Face coverings must be worn, as for all public transport.

Winchester Cathedral – The Cathedral is open to all visitors every day from 10am to 4pm. Watch Daily Prayers from the website.

Winchester Military Museums – Museums re-opening with changes to opening times, check their website for details.

Whitchurch Silk Mill – Are planning to re-open the Mill, shop and takeaway cafe on 7th July – Programmes and exhibitions postponed until later in the year.

Visit our Attractions page to see a full list of attractions and visit their websites directly to find out more.

Attractions currently closed:

God’s House Tower – closed until further notice. All events scheduled to take place between now and then are postponed.
Hollycombe Steam in the Country – closed until Easter 2021.
Nuffield Southampton Theatre – Closed permanently.
SS Shieldhall – All 2020 sailings cancelled. A full statement can be found at Shieldhall’s volunteers are looking to launch the ship’s 2021 programme (representing the Shieldhall’s 30th year afloat as a charity) later this summer.
Tudor House & Garden – closed until further notice.
Winchester Science Centre – The centre is reopening from Saturday 17 October.


All attractions are being vigilant and following Government, NHS England and Public Health England advice.

To help prevent further spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we ask all visitors to follow these guidelines:

  • Always carry tissues with you and cover your nose and mouth with them when you cough or sneeze. If you do not have a tissue to hand, direct the cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
  • Place the tissue in the bin at your first possible opportunity.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Try to avoid contact with people who are unwell.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
  • If you feel unwell during your visit to an attraction please contact a member of the team immediately, while maintaining a safe distance of two metres where possible.
  • If you are feeling unwell or are concerned, we advise you do not attend any of the attractions and recommend you contact the NHS 111 service for further information.