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:

Beaulieu – From Saturday 6th June, the doors to the Beaulieu visitor attraction will be reopened and visitors will be invited to explore the grounds and gardens including, for a limited time only, areas of Lord Montagu‘s private gardens surrounding Palace House. Since July 4th their indoor museum has reopened for you to enjoy.

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.

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

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 and arcades set to re-open on Saturday July 4th tickets must be pre-booked online in advance. Wimpy restaurant on Southsea seafront open for takeaway and deliveries with Deliveroo.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

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.
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.
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens – From Monday 22nd June the gardens are open for members and non-members who have a pre-booked online ticket.
The Vyne – Garden, car park, toilets and access to countryside are open. Must be booked in advance.
Wightlink – operating with a reduced timetable, prioritising essential freight supplies and key workers. Car Ferry passengers to remain in their car.

Winchester Cathedral – Is open daily between 10am and 3pm along with their gift shop. Watch Daily Prayers from the website.

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 now closed:

Ageas Bowl – closed until further notice.
Army Flying Museum – closed until further notice.
Blackgang Chine – closed until further notice. Blackgang Chine’s Dawn of the Dinos has been cancelled.
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.
Eling Tide Mill Experience – closed until further notice.
The D-Day Story – closed until further notice.
Fort Nelson – 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.
Jane Austen House – closed until further notice.
Longdown Activity Farm – Farm and farm shop closed until further notice.

Mary Rose Museum – closed until further notice.
Mayflower Theatre – Show cancellations. Reviewed on a week by week basis.
Nuffield Southampton Theatre – Closed permanently.
Portchester CastleClosed until further notice.
Portsmouth Guildhall – Show cancellations. Check the website for further information.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard – closed until further notice.
Riverside Bowl – closed until further notice.
Robin Hill – closed until further notice. Robin Hill’s Farm Fest has been cancelled.
SeaCity Museum – closed until further notice.
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.
Staunton Country Park – closed until further notice
Tapnell Farm – closed until further notice.
Theatre Royal Winchester – All live performances and activities are suspended until 31 August.
Thruxton – closed until further notice.
Tudor House & Garden – closed until further notice.
Winchester Military Museums – closed until further notice.
Winchester Science Centre –  closed until further notice.


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.