Covid-19 update on attractions in Hampshire

February 24, 2021

Lepe Beach and Country Park



Don’t forget gift vouchers are also available to give someone the gift of something to look forward to!

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 – please ensure you follow Government guidelines when visiting

The gardens at Chawton House and library is 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 local bike hire, cycle repair and sales shop.

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections gardens remain open for local exercise. They are hoping to open the cafe in April and the House on the 18th May.

Hovertravel – Services are operating on time for essential travel.

Itchen Valley Country Park – is open with gate times of 5:30am – 6:30 pm. Toilets will be open 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Lepe Country ParkOpen with parking, the Lookout is closed and the kiosk open for takeaways only.

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. Looking to open the cafe and main building when they are able to.

Osborne – Grounds remain open, looking to open cafe and main building when they are able to. You will need to book in advance in order to visit. 

Queen Elizabeth Country Park – remains open. Beechwood Kitchen and the Juniper Kiosk are open for takeaways. The shop and visitor centre is closed. Normal hours and parking fees apply.

Red Funnel Ferries – Operating as usual for essential travel.

Royal Victoria Country ParkOpen. The park’s café is open for takeaways only. Toilets are also open and normal parking hours and parking fees apply. The Chapel will be closed.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens – The Gardens are open. Tickets must be pre-booked by members and by non-members. Limited refreshments are available from the Tilia Tree Café as takeaway – contactless payments are preferred. The visitor pavilion, restaurant and gift shop are closed.

Staunton Country Park – is open, including the tea rooms (takeaway only) and toilets. The Farm, shop, reception and exhibition area are closed. Normal parking charges apply.

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.

Wightlink – For essential travel. For current services and time check here.


Attraction reopening dates:

Buckler’s Hard – The outdoor spaces and car park will open to local visitors on 29th March. The river cruise will begin on 12th April and the indoor attractions will open from 17th May.

Beaulieu – The Beaulieu attraction grounds and gardens will reopen to local visitors from Monday 29th March. This will include access to the grounds, gardens and wider parkland including Little Beaulieu, our adventure play space. Visitors will be able to purchase takeaway food and drinks from the Brabazon Restaurant & Café. The rest of the attraction including the National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear and Palace House will fully reopen from Monday 17 May.

Clarence Pier – Following the recent advice given by the government regarding the easing of lockdown restrictions, they plan to reopen the amusement park on Monday 12th April.

Exbury Gardens – Gardens open for the season 29th March and the Railway reopens 12th April. Pre-booked tickets only.

The Hawk Conservancy – Reopening on 12th April. Bookings for future dates available and a range of gift vouchers available to buy online.

Marwell Zoo – Following the latest Government announcement, Marwell are hopeful that they will be able to reopen from 12th April subject to the guidance at the time, please check their website and social media for all the latest updates. This sadly does mean they are facing another Easter – one of their busiest times – without any guests so your support is needed more than ever. 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. Marwell shop is open to buy gifts.

New Forest Activities – Reopening again to household bubbles from 29th March. Looking to open fully from 12th April.

New Forest Wildlife Park – Reopening 12th April at 10am. In the meantime, memberships, adoptions and keeper experiences can still be purchased online and gift vouchers available [email protected]uk

Paultons Park – Open from 12th April 2021. Pre-Book tickets online. Gift vouchers and online shop are available.

Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’ – opening on 12th April.

Winchester Cathedral – Subject to government guidance at the time, Winchester Cathedral will re-open for general visits on 17th May. The exhibition, Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation will also re-open to the public on the 17th of May. Please continue to check the website for the latest updates.

Winchester Science Centre – Reopening 22nd May. All tickets to be pre-booked, book tickets, or why not purchase a gift voucher for someone you know is sure to love the centre!

Whitchurch Silk Mill – Opening outdoor Riverside Café and Mill Shop from the 12th April and the Mill from the 17th May.

Looking to open as soon as they are able to:

Bursledon Brickworks

Carisbrooke Castle – any tickets pre-booked for the closed period will be cancelled and refunds automatically made as needed.

Hurst Castle

Jane Austen House

Longdown Activity Farm – Meanwhile, you can still shop online and purchase locally sourced produce from the farm shop.

Manor Farm – Future tickets must be pre-booked here.

Mayflower Theatre- Book for future shows.

Milestones Museum

New Forest Activities – Is closed until further notice. Taking bookings for future activities, gift vouchers available.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, including Mary Rose Museum

Royal Armouries Fort Nelson – Keep up-to-date through their social media channels and website.

Riverside Bowl – Closed until further notice.

SS ShieldhallTaking bookings for 2021 and also offering Gift Vouchers.

Staunton Farm – Country park remains open

Theatre Royal Winchester – Taking online bookings for all future performances and events and also some watch-at-home performances! Gift vouchers can be purchased online also.

ThruxtonGift vouchers for driving experiences available to purchase.

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

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!

Army Flying Museum – Closed until further notice. Online shop still running.

Birdworld – Currently closed. If you’d like to continue to support Birdworld the Amazon Wishlist will still be running to support the animals.

Blackgang Chine – Closed until further notice. Gift vouchers available to buy online.

Blue Reef Aquarium – Please check ahead, Tier restrictions apply in Portsmouth. Pre-book tickets here

Bombay Sapphire Distillery – Tours, shop, cafe and bar reopening Monday 17th May 2021. See here for the protocols you can expect when you arrive. If you have tickets booked for visits up to 16th May 2021, they will be in touch directly to arrange your refund or rebooking. Until then, their virtual experiences are available to book here and our online shop remains open here.

Butser Ancient Farm – Closed for the winter season. However organised school trips and winter events and workshops are still taking place.

The D-Day Story – Please check ahead, Tier restrictions apply in Portsmouth. Non-date specific online tickets available and visit the online shop. Keep up-to-date on their social media.

Dinosaur Isle – Will remain closed under Covid regulations until the restriction is lifted. Browse online shop.

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

Emirates Spinnaker Tower – Closed from 19th December due to Tier restrictions. Taking bookings for future events online! Experience gift vouchers available for high teas, and abseiling.

Exciting Escapes – Closed. Pre-book tickets here.

Go Ape – All sites currently closed. Future visits can be booked in advance and Gift vouchers available.

The Hangar @ Calshot Activities Centre – Is closed.

Hollycombe Steam in the Country – closed until further notice.

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

Robin Hill – Closed until further notice.

Portsmouth Guildhall – Venue closed following Tier restrictions. Check future show dates here. 

Sandham Gardens, Sandown Bay – Closed until further notice.

SeaCity Museum – Closed. Book future tickets here

Tapnell Farm – Closed. Gift vouchers will be available to buy here.

Tudor House & Garden – Closed until further notice.

Winchester Military Museums – Closed. Please check website for individual details.


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 anyone outside of your household bubble to indoor attractions.
  • Do not attend with more than 6 people from different bubbles to an outdoor space.
  • 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.