Covid-19 update on attractions in Hampshire

February 24, 2021

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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


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

Beaulieu – The Beaulieu attraction grounds and gardens are open to local visitors, includes 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.

Buckler’s Hard – The outdoor spaces and car park are open, and the Captain’s Cabin Tea Rooms are now open for take-away. The indoor attractions and river cruise will reopen from 17th May, subject to government guidance.

Butser Ancient Farm – Open for selected dates and times and pre-book tickets only with tickets going on sale at the start of April from the website.

Clarence Pier – Open!

Carisbrooke Castle – Open! Takeaway catering available, all indoor attractions remain closed. Any tickets must be pre-booked!

Chawton House- The gardens are 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 for up to 6 people if you live within 25 miles of Brockenhurst, cycle repair, and sales shop.

Exbury Gardens – Gardens and steam railway are open. Pre-booked tickets only.

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections – The gardens are open and the house will open 18th May. White’s remains open for local supplies and takeaways. For opening times click here.

Go Ape –  Open! Future visits can be booked in advance and Gift vouchers available.

Hovertravel – Services are operating on time for essential travel.

Itchen Valley Country Park – is open with gate times of 5:30am – 6:30 pm. Our cafe hatch opening times have changed – 10.30am to 4.30pm (toilets 9-5).

Longdown Activity Farm – Open!

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

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

Marwell Zoo – Open! 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.

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.

Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’ – Open!

New Forest Wildlife Park – Open! Memberships, adoptions and keeper experiences can still be purchased online and gift vouchers available [email protected]uk

New Forest Activities – Open!

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. 

Paultons Park – Open! Pre-Book tickets online. Gift vouchers and online shop are available.

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. Book smaller BBQ sites available now!

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. Book smaller BBQ sites available now!

Royal Armouries Fort Nelson – Open!

Sandham Gardens, Sandown Bay – Open! Enjoy a game of Dino Golf, Sandham Karts, Skynets: The Big Bouncetuck and tuck into a delicious Ice Cream, and enjoy the stunning sights and garden areas! It’ll be a great day out for quality time with friends and loved ones in a Covid safe environment.

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 Farm – Country park remains open.

Staunton Country Park – is open, including the tea rooms (takeaway only) and toilets. The Farm and shop are open for collections 7 days a week! Reception and exhibition area are closed. Normal parking charges apply.

Tapnell Farm – Open!

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.

The Hangar @ Calshot Activities Centre – The Hanger is open, subject to the latest government guidelines.  For the most up-to-date information visit their official website.

The Hawk Conservancy – Open! Bookings for future dates available and a range of gift vouchers available to buy online.

The Needles Landmark Attraction – The chairlift, children’s world rides, sand shop, Gift shop, Glass shop, sweet shop, and outside catering units are open!

Thruxton – Driving experiences start from Friday 16 April, with plenty of dates available throughout the year. The events have been announced for the year head over to their website for dates. Gift vouchers for driving experiences available to purchase.

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

Whitchurch Silk Mill – Outdoor Riverside Café and Mill Shop open and the Mill from the 17th May.


Attraction reopening dates:


Army Flying Museum – Reopening 17th May!

Blackgang Chine – reopening on 19th May. Gift vouchers available to buy online.

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.

Bursledon Brickworks – Reopening Wednesday, 19th of May. From then on, all being well, they are going to be open Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Dinosaur Isle – Hoping to reopen 17th May, please keep an eye on their website for updates. Browse online shop.

Eling Tide Mill Experience –  Reopening 19th May. Flour sales still available.

Exciting Escapes – Reopening 17th May! Pre-book tickets here.

Mayflower Theatre- Hoping to reopen in June, please keep an eye on their social media for updates! Book for future shows now!

Riverside BowlRiverside Bowl is planning to re-open from Thursday 20th May 2021 – Advanced bookings can be made here.

Robin Hill – reopening on 19th May. Gift vouchers available to buy online.

SS ShieldhallTaking bookings for 2021 and also offering Gift Vouchers. Their first sailing will now take place on Saturday 26 June, with sailings continuing on most weekends and other selected dates until September 12th.

SeaCity Museum – Reopening 17th May. Book future tickets here!

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

Tudor House & Garden – Plans to reopen in June! Official opening dates will be dependent on the easing of national lockdown restrictions and any potential local restriction determined by the government.

Winchester Military Museums – Reopening from 17/18th May. Please head over to their website to find out which museum will be opening on which date.

Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral is open for services, private prayer and reflection. From the 17th of May, visitors will be warmly welcomed back following Government guidance that indoor visitor attractions can re-open from this date. Tours and exhibitions including the famous Tower Tour and the Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation exhibition will also be available to the public once again. The Cathedral Café is open for takeaway, including hot and cold drinks, scones, cakes and pastries which can be enjoyed in the outdoor seating that is available in the garden and open-air terrace. The Cathedral gift shop is also open, selling a wide range of unique gifts and souvenirs.

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!

Looking to open as soon as they are able to – online sales for Gift Vouchers and future bookings available at many attractions!

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

The D-Day Story – Plans to reopen when they can. Non-date specific online tickets available and visit the online shop. Keep up-to-date on their social media.

Emirates Spinnaker Tower – Closed. Taking bookings for future events online! Experience gift vouchers available for high teas, and abseiling.

Jane Austen House- closed.

Milestones Museum- closed until further notice.

Portsmouth Guildhall – Venue currently closed. Check future show dates here. 

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, including Mary Rose Museum

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

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 2 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.