Covid-19 update on attractions in Hampshire

November 2, 2020

Lepe Beach and Country Park


As we head into a second national lockdown, we want to keep you as up to date as possible about Hampshire’s Top Attractions. Below you’ll find details on changes to attraction operations. You’ll also find details on attractions still taking bookings for when they re-open meaning you can book something to look forward to! Gift vouchers also available for those perfect Christmas gift ideas!

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 for the latest updates.

Please follow all guidance from the Government website.

Open/Opening soon – please ensure you follow Government guidelines when visiting

Army Flying Museum – Opening on Tuesday 15th December. Open as usual for the school holidays from Wednesday 16 December to Tuesday 05 January 2021. Online shop still running.

Birdworld – Open from the 2nd December. If you’d like to continue to support Birdworld the Amazon Wishlist will still be running to support the animals.

The gardens at Chawton House and library remain open Wednesday to Sunday with the new opening times of 10.00am to 3.30pm. Pre-booking preferable. The Parkland Pantry will remain open serving a selection of hot and cold drinks, cakes and a light lunch menu. Online shop is still accepting orders. The House and library remain closed until further notice.

Cyclexperience – Open for bike hire, cycle repair and sales shop.

Exbury Gardens – Is open up until the 20th December, with two catering outlets open. Pre booked tickets only. Steam Railway has now closed for the winter.

Fort Nelson – Open from the 2nd December, including galleries, cafe and shop. Keep up-to-date through their social media channels and website.

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections is open from the 3rd December. The museum and garden will be open Tuesday-Sunday 10:30-16:30. They will close for Christmas on the 24th Dec.

Go Ape – Open from the 5th December. Future visits can be booked in advance and Gift vouchers available.

The Hangar @ Calshot Activities Centre – Slipways and car park open, café open from 10am to 4pm Saturday to Sunday (takeaways only), and toilets open from 8:30am to 4:30pm daily (access through the Hangar). All indoor recreational activities and campsite are closed.

The Hawk Conservancy– Open from the 3rd December. Bookings for future dates available and a range of gift vouchers available to buy online. Whilst we’re closed, the Feathers restaurant is going to be running a takeaway service on selected days.

Hovertravel – Services are operating on time for essential travel.

Itchen Valley Country Park – is open with gate times of 5:30am – 6:30pm. The play area are available and the café offers takeaway between the hours of 10.30am and 3.30pm. Christmas specials are now available alongside their usual hot menu and a Christmas Trail is available to purchase from Saturday 5th December. They will be closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Toilets will be open 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Lepe Country ParkOpen with parking, the Lookout kiosk cafe for takeaways only, outdoor play area and toilets.

Longdown Activity Farm – The Farm will be open from 10am to 4.30pm every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday throughout December, plus Tuesday 22nd December and Wednesday 23rd December 2020. Visit their website to plan your visit. 

Marwell Zoo  – Open from the 2nd December. Marwell are delighted to have been awarded the “We’re Good to go” mark by Visit England. This mark has been given to businesses that have adapted their day to day operations in line with government guidance. Support Marwell – join as a Marwell memberadopt an amazing animal or even start your own fundraising activity to support the wildlife park during this challenging time.

Milestones Museum – Open from the 4th December. Online bookings are available. Christmas market taking place 4-6th December!

Mottisfont – The gardens are remaining open, with one café serving a limited takeaway offer, and toilet facilities. Opening times are 10am-4pm. Advanced booking is still recommended, particularly for weekends and school holidays. The house, gallery, shops and other indoor areas (such as café seating areas) are closed.

New Forest Activities – Open from the 3rd December, and taking bookings for Christmas and future activities, gift vouchers available.

Osborne – Osborne is open to local visitors and English Heritage Members within government guidelines. All the interior spaces will be closed, but the grounds remain open. You will need to book in advance in order to visit, and we ask everyone to please bear in mind the government’s latest advice on essential journeys before you plan your visit.

Paultons Park – Open on selected dates from the 5th December. Book tickets from online. Gift vouchers and online shop are available.

Portchester Castle – The grounds at Portchester Castle are open to local visitors and English Heritage Members within government guidelines. We ask everyone to please bear in mind the government’s latest advice on essential journeys before you visit. The Castle Keep and Courtyard are currently closed. Booking remains open for visits to these areas from 3 December when we hope normal winter opening hours will be resumed.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard – Open from the 2nd December. The new Ultimate Explorer ticket now includes Mary Rose Museum.

Queen Elizabeth Country Park – Open with, parking, café for takeaways only, outdoor play areas, assault course and wayfaring course, dog activity course and toilets.

Red Funnel Ferries – Operating as usual for essential travel.

Riverside Bowl – Open from the 3rd December. Bookings can now be made here

Robin Hill – Open on select dates throughout December as planned for POLAR – book tickets online! Gift vouchers will be available to buy online.

Royal Victoria Country ParkOpen with parking, the cafe for takeaways only, outdoor play areas, toilets and dog wash.

SeaCity Museum – Open from the 2nd December.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens – The Gardens will remain open, the Pavilion Restaurant and Tilia Tree Café will continue to operate a takeaway service and they ask you, where possible, to use contactless payments. All visitors are still required to pre-book a ticket via their website or by calling 01794 368787.

Staunton Country Park – Open with parking, café for takeaways only, outdoor play area and toilets.

Text Quest – is an outdoor activity and will remain open for quests. Looking to buy a future quest? These can be purchased online along with gift vouchers.

Theatre Royal Winchester – Cafe Bar and Box Office counter open from Tuesday 8 December. First performance scheduled to take place at the theatre is Four Dames in Search of a Panto on Saturday 5 December. Online bookings for all events scheduled to take place in December and beyond Gift vouchers can be purchased online also.

Thruxton – Kart Centre, Skid Pan Driving Experiences and 4×4 Off-Road Driving Experiences from the 4th December. Gift vouchers for driving experiences available to purchase.

The Vyne – House, cafe and shop open from the 2nd December. The gardens and kiosk at the Vyne are open. Please book in advance.

Whitchurch Silk Mill – Open from the 2nd December.

Wightlink – Reducing the Lymington-Yarmouth car ferry route to a two-hourly service, (using one ferry) from Monday, 9 November 2020. Face coverings must be worn, as for all public transport.

Winchester Cathedral – From 5th November, the cathedral building will be closed for touring, but there will be lots you can get involved with online. Individual prayer or quiet reflection in the cathedral nave building available from 11am-3pm . Face coverings must be worn. Live services can be viewed.

Winchester Science Centre – The Science Centre will be opening for weekends 5/6 and 12/13 Dec, and daily 18 Dec – 4 Jan (closing at 2.30pm on Christmas Eve, Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day). Pre-booked tickets only.

Currently Closed – online sales for Gift Vouchers and future bookings available at many attractions!

Ageas Bowl – Closed until further notice. Afternoon Tea available to order online!

Beaulieu – Closed for the duration of the National Lockdown. Gift Vouchers can be purchased here.

Blackgang Chine – Closed until 2021. Gift vouchers will be available to buy online from 27th November.

Blue Reef Aquarium – Closed until further notice.

Bombay Sapphire Distillery – While production of Bombay Sapphire gin continues as normal, until 22nd December 2020 inclusive, the Bombay Sapphire Visitor Centre will be cancelling all tours and events as well as closing the shop, bar and café due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 situation. All tickets purchased for visits up to 22nd December 2020 will be refunded back to the original purchase method or rebooked. The online shop remains open – Future bookings can be made online. Gift vouchers available online.

Buckler’s Hard – Closed for the duration of the national lockdown

Bursledon Brickworks – Closed for the season. Look out for their Christmas event on the 13th December!

Butser Ancient Farm – Closed until further notice.

Clarence Pier – The rides are now currently closed for the winter season and will reopen for February half term 2021. The amusement arcades and pirates and princess indoor play areas are closed until 3rd December. Pirate and princesses will re-open in December for private party bookings only up to a maximum of 6 people, please check the website to book and more updates.

The D-Day Story – Closed but hoping to re-open on the 2nd December. Non-date specific online tickets available and visit the online shop. Keep up-to-date on their social media.

Eling Tide Mill Experience – Attraction currently closed but flour sales still available.

Emirates Spinnaker Tower – Closing until 3rd December. Waterfront Cafe will also be closed with no takeaway options. Taking bookings for Christmas and future events online! Experience gift vouchers available for high teas, and abseiling.

Exciting Escapes – Closed. Looking to reopen on 3rd December.

Hollycombe Steam in the Country – closed until Easter 2021.

Hurst Castle – Closed for the season.

Jane Austen House – closed until 3rd December.

Manor Farm – closed until further notice

Mayflower Theatre – Currently closed but hoping to open for the first panto performance on 19th December.

Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’ – Closed but planning to reopen on the 4th December for Steam Illuminations and Father Christmas at the Watercress Line which can be booked online.

New Forest Wildlife Park – Closed until January. In the meantime, memberships, adoptions and keeper experiences can still be purchased online and gift vouchers available [email protected]uk

Portsmouth Guildhall – Shows are cancelled for November and the beginning of December with the first performance expected to be on 13th December.

Ringwood Brewery – Tours postponed for a while. Online shop still open for orders.

Sandham Gardens, Sandown Bay – Closed until further notice.

SS Shieldhall – Closed until 2021. Taking bookings now for 2021 and also offering Gift Vouchers.

Tapnell Farm –  Closed from 5 November – 2 December. Tickets can be purchased online for the Christmas at Tapnell’ experience! Gift vouchers will be available to buy online shortly.

Tudor House & Garden – closed until further notice.

Winchester Military Museums – Closed but hoping to reopen on 3rd December.

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


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:

  • Wear face coverings inside and where required.
  • Keep a 2 metre distance where you can.
  • Do not attend with more than 6 people from different bubbles to an outdoor space.
  • Keep to your household bubble for
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and use hand sanitiser.
  • 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.