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:

Cyclexperience – Restricted services. Open for essential sales and repairs. Delivery and collection service available.
Hovertravel – Services are operating on time with a revised timetable for key workers and essential freight.
Itchen Valley Country Park – grounds open for once a day exercise. Playground, toilets and cafe closed.
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.
Wightlink – operating with a reduced timetable, prioritising essential freight supplies and key workers. Car Ferry passengers to remain in their car.

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

Attractions now closed:

Ageas Bowl – closed until further notice. No professional cricket will be played in England and Wales until at least May 28th.
Army Flying Museum – closed until further notice.
Beaulieu – closed until further notice.
Birdworld – closed until further notice.
Blackgang Chine – closed until further notice. Blackgang Chine’s Dawn of the Dinos has been cancelled.
Blue Reef Aquarium – closed until further notice.
Bombay Sapphire Distillery – Closed until further notice, you can still visit their online shop and buy online!
Buckler’s Hard – closed until further notice.
Bursledon Brickworks – closed until further notice.
Butser Ancient Farm – closed until further notice.
Chawton House and library – closed until further notice.
Clarence Pier – closed until further notice.
Eling Tide Mill Experience – closed until further notice.
The D-Day Story – closed until further notice.
Emirates Spinnaker Tower – closed until further notice.
Exbury Gardens – closed until further notice.
Exciting Escapes – closed until 1st June.
Fort Nelson – closed until further notice.
Gilbert White & The Oates Collections – House and gardens closed. Cafe operating as a village shop for essentials and takeaway meals is open. all March and April Events are postponed.
Go Ape – All 34 sites are closed until further notice.
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 further notice.
The Hangar @ Calshot Activities Centre – closed until further notice.
The Hawk Conservancy – closed until further notice.
Hurst Castle – delayed opening until 1 May.
Jane Austen House – closed until further notice.
Longdown Activity Farm – Farm and farm shop closed until further notice.
Manor Farm – closed until further notice.
Marwell Zoo  closed until further notice.
Mary Rose Museum – closed until further notice.
Mayflower Theatre – Show cancellations. Reviewed on a week by week basis.
Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’ – closed until the end of May.
Milestones Museum – Closed until 5th April.
Mottisfont – closed until further notice.
The Needles – closed until 4th April.
New Forest Activities – closed until further notice. Offering to help assist local communities and schools with their existing resources.
New Forest Wildlife Park – closed until further notice.
Nuffield Southampton Theatre – All performances at Nuffield Southampton Theatres are suspended until 26 April 2020. Ticket sales are also suspended until further notice.
Osborne – closed until 1st May.
Paultons Park – closed until further notice.
Portchester Castle – closed until 1st May.
Portsmouth Guildhall – Show cancellations. Check the website for further information.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard – closed until further notice.
Ringwood Brewery – Tours suspended until further notice. Brewery shop also closed. Online shop open for orders.
Riverside Bowl – closed until further notice.
Robin Hill – closed until further notice. Robin Hill’s Farm Fest has been cancelled.
Sandham Gardens, Sandown Bay – closed until 4th April.
SeaCity Museum – closed until further notice.
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens – closed until further notice.
SS Shieldhall – Sailings cancelled until July.
Tapnell Farm – closed until further notice.
Theatre Royal Winchester – There will be no live performances for the foreseeable future.
Thruxton – all customer-related activities postponed until the end of April.
Tudor House & Garden – closed until further notice.
The Vyne – closed until further notice.
Whitchurch Silk Mill – closed until further notice – Programmes and exhibitions postponed until later in the year.
Winchester Cathedral – Closed. Watch Daily Prayers from the website.
Winchester Military Museums – closed until further notice.
Winchester Science Centre –  closed until further notice.

All of Hampshire’s Country Parks are open to local visitors but all car parks and onsite facilities are closed (including play parks and toilets) – This includes Lepe Country Park, Manor Farm Country Park, Royal Victoria Country Park, Queen Elizabeth Country Park and Staunton Country Park.


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.