Make memories this May in Hampshire

April 12, 2019

This May discover all things marvellous and magical at Hampshire’s Top Attractions. From dinosaurs to hedgehogs, sculptures to lego, hit shows to great events! You’ll find plenty to keep the whole family entertained and to help you make memories this May…

Myths and Monsters at Winchester Science Centre
Myths and Monsters at Winchester Science Centre

Discover Myths and Monsters at Winchester Science Centre every weekend from 27 April – 19 May. Fun and thought-provoking activities and live shows featuring myth-busting science and facts vs fiction. Book the live planetarium show and hear the stories behind the constellations. Admission: £13.20 per person (with donation). Planetarium tickets sold separately.

Travel back in time onboard a Victorian Warship at HMS WarriorSail back to yesteryear in 1863 and hear about the Victorian’s greatest warship and explore her depths. Can you find the surgeon’s room? Or visit the incredible engines down below and see how this jewel of the Empire was manoeuvred by steam. Encounter the pride of Queen Victoria’s fleet and hear her story.

A sculpture exhibition featuring the works of more than 350 international and national sculptors will be showcased in Palace House, its gardens and surrounding parkland from 25th May – 14th July. New to Beaulieu for summer 2019, this unique collection features works by over 60 renowned sculptors ranging from the figurative to abstract.

Marwell Zoo welcomes the world exclusive exhibition of BRICKOSAURS! Highlights include the largest touring LEGO® brick dinosaur model ever made – a whopping eight-metre T. rex. Grab the perfect photo opportunity inside the 3D Meglosaurus; create a masterpiece in the ‘brick pits’; and track all the sculptures with the BRICKOSAURS! trail!

Experience the south coast’s most spectacular view this summer. Spinnaker Tower offers breath-taking views over Portsmouth Harbour, the Solent and Isle of Wight, high speed lift, thrilling glass ‘Sky Walk’, informative touch screen displays, two cafés and open air ‘Sky Garden’. Test out new Adrenalin experiences too!

The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) will make two visits to Thruxton Race Circuit in 2019. Drivers will battle it our around the UK’s fastest circuit in from 18/19 May and 17/18 August. Children 12 and under go free!

Sunday 19 May – A great day out for the whole family, come along to find out all about bees and what makes them so special. See the Chawton House beehives and find out how honey is made. The Meon Valley Beekeepers will be in the Walled Garden doing demonstrations and giving talks. There will be bee face painting and bee games on the lawns. You can also enjoy a day of creativity within the Hampshire Countryside at a Photography Workshops, Thursday 23 May, 10.00am – 2.30pm based at the beautiful setting of Chawton House. 

Canoeing with New Forest Activities
Canoeing with New Forest Activities

May madness has arrived in The New Forest, so head out on an adventure in the great outdoors with New Forest Activities! With canoeing and kayaking tours on the Beaulieu River, archery in the woodland and the ever exciting outdoor laser tag experience Battlefield LIVE, there’s plenty to keep the whole gang entertained throughout May with New Forest Activities.

The smash-hit production of ANNIE comes to Mayflower Theatre Southampton for one week only on the 30 April – 4 May direct from London’s West End. This ‘glorious revival’ (The Times) stars Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan!

From the 7th May at Gilbert White & The Oates Collections come and learn about nonsense writer Edward Lear’s link to Gilbert White and Selborne in their new exhibition. There will be a footprint trail included for families.

The Brickworks Museum is open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11.00 – 4.00. Their next big event is on Sunday 26th May and has a Steampunk theme.

Uncover the secrets of the crew of the Mary Rose this May as they unveil The Many Faces of Tudor England, a new exhibition for 2019. Using the latest scientific research, visitors can discover if the crew were all local men, or came from further afield!

Story time at Fort Nelson
Story time at Fort Nelson

Storytime at the Fort – 15 May. Special Storytime sessions for under 5s take place in the museum’s galleries and have a different theme each month. 40 minutes of engaging and interactive storytelling where children can listen, play and have fun with props. These free sessions start at 11am and no need to book, just go along and join in the fun.

From May 6th to 12th, the New Forest Wildlife Park is hosting its Hedgehog Awareness week. There will be a quiz running all week, with extra animal encounters and crafts running at the weekend. Go along to find out more about all things hedgehog.

Marking the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, join SUP Theatre Company for this performance For the Fallen at Royal Victoria Country Park, weaving together letters, readings, songs and monologues to bring back to life the wartime voices of soldiers and their families at home. For the Fallen is a one-act production lasting approximately 50 minutes and is suitable for a family audience.

Join Southampton Concert Wind Band to celebrate their 25th year of music making in this Jubilee concert at the beautifully restored Royal Victoria Chapel. Firm favourites guaranteed and a World Première performance of a new, contemporary, piece which will be recorded by BBC Radio 3. Tickets available from the Royal Victoria Chapel or 

Nuffield Southampton Theatres City are showing Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) from 2-4 May. Based on the Beggar’s Opera, this classic musical satire, is busting with wit, wonder and weirdness. Plus at NST Campus, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt will delight families from 28 May-2 June.

Bring your young explorers and budding palaeontologists to discover more about dinosaurs and their links with raptors in the Hawk Conservancy Trust’s NEW Dinosaur Activity Trail. All those that give it a go will earn themselves a challenge badge!