Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have plenty to offer anyone visiting these picturesque destinations, you can even travel in style! Hampshire is the gateway to the wonderful Isle of Wight, which is jam-packed with lots of exciting days out and things to do. For family things to do in Hampshire and The Isle of Wight, take a look at the below itinerary we have put together for you…
Travel in style
If you are travelling from The New Forest or want to head straight into Yarmouth, you can hop on the Wightlink service that sails regularly from Lymington.
To get there you can enjoy crossing the solent on one of Hampshire’s great ferry services. From Southampton you can pick up the Red Funnel car ferry or, if on foot the Red Funnel Red Jet, and make your way across the water to Cowes.
Finally, for travel from Portsmouth there’s the exciting Hovertravel, where you can enjoy your journey to the Island on a hovercraft!
A unique experience
Exciting travel aside, there are many attractions in Hampshire that also offer an experience to remember. Bombay Sapphire Distillery can be found at Laverstoke Mill in Whitchurch and is where Bombay Sapphire Gin begins its journey from river to bottle.
Discover the different botanicals that give the gin its unique flavour and enjoy a cocktail making class whilst you’re there!
The Watercress Line is a preserved heritage steam railway, where you can ride the rails and experience the beauty of a steam locomotive whilst you hop on and off exploring the Georgian market town stations as you go. A fantastic experience the whole family will enjoy!
The Mary Rose was the pride of Henry VIII’s fleet for 34 years, and even after 437 years on the seabed, the ship, on display in Portsmouth alongside the thousands of objects recovered alongside her, is pretty spectacular to see!
For those that like a bit of thrill with their experience head to the impressive Emirates Spinnaker Tower. With sights across Hampshire and great views of the Isle of Wight it’s worth a trip up the tower for this alone; if you’re feeling brave though why not take a walk across the Glass Sky Walk, 100m above sea level – we dare you to look down!
Hampshire is known as Jane Austen Country and a trip to the area would be incomplete without a visit to Jane Austen’s House Museum, the house at which the author lived and wrote her much loved novels.
One of Hampshire’s most well-known sporting attractions is The Ageas Bowl. The home of Hampshire County Cricket Club you can enjoy the cricket whilst relaxing in the sun. If cricket isn’t your thing then The Ageas Bowl often has live performances such as world-famous performers including Rod Stewart!
Nothing beats a picnic on The Vyne’s north lawn with views of mansion’s grand portico on one side and a lake and rolling parkland landscape on the other. If the rain is pouring down, retreat inside the cosy Brewhouse tea-room. The gardens, woodland and parkland are great for country walks. Families can access a downloadable woodland walk from The Vyne’s website. Look out for evening open-air events in July and August.