Hampshire’s Top Attractions invites you to embrace the new year with a sense of wonder and excitement. January may be the heart of winter, but it’s far from a quiet month in our vibrant county. In this edition of our blog, “What’s on in January in Hampshire,” we’ve put together a delightful collection of indoor and outdoor adventures, as well as captivating theatre shows that will brighten even the coldest winter days. Let the adventures begin!
Do you live in a PO or SO postcode? Come down to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard this January and get a 30% discount on an annual pass. Pay once and have access to 9 attractions and 500 years of maritime history for an entire year. Only available until 11 February.
From 20 January – 14 April, Mottisfont’s art gallery will host a ‘Heath Robinson at War’ exhibition. Over 50 humorous drawings demonstrate the artist’s ability to counter the horrors of both world wars with gentle satire and absurdity.
Looking to fulfil a New Year’s resolution in 2024? Join the volunteer team at Milestones Museum – a fascinating living history museum in Basingstoke! From patrolling the streets as a Victorian or WWII policeman to teaching key skills to the next generation as a Make Do and Mend leader, become a part of the museum’s living history!
Make your mark on history at 878 AD leave a legacy and mint your own anglo-axon coin! Explore our Anglo-Saxon forge as you witness the traditional process of crafting currency. Imprint your very own coin and seize the opportunity to take home a tangible piece of history!
Experience the excitement of a World War II-inspired assault course, explore tanks and military vehicles and learn driving basics at Aldershot Military Museum. Enjoy family activities, picnics and a café with a variety of refreshments. Browse our museum shop for military-themed books, toys, and souvenirs. A historic adventure awaits!
The great outdoors
Come for a winter stomp and a bird watch, look for winter wildlife at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens on this self-guided family fun. No need to book, normal admission fees apply. Tickets are priced at just £1.00!
Gilbert White’s House & Garden’s is open Tuesday to Sunday throughout January. Giving you the perfect opportunity to blow away the cobwebs with a winter walk, and start your 2024 by being inspired by nature.
Steam Illuminations is still on at The Watercress Line in January. Experience an incredible light show on and in a steam train, consisting of thousands of coloured lights and LED wristbands, creating a kaleidoscope of different colours and flashing patterns. New this season, ‘Canopy of Lights’ a sound-to-light show inside every carriage.
Blow away the Christmas cobwebs with an invigorating break on the Isle of Wight. Take time to disconnect from devices and reconnect with each other, enjoying scenic walks and fresh sea air – an ideal way to reset from the indulgence of the festive season. Sail over for less with Red Funnel using this exclusive 10% voucher.
Head off on an astro adventure at Night Sky Live on 11th January. Find out how to identify what’s above us in a totally unique Planetarium experience. Then head out into the South Downs National Park with your stargazing host to marvel at the real stars, constellations and planets at Winchester Science Centre!
Begin the year stylishly with a new ride from Cyclexperience, featuring up to 30% off a diverse range of bikes. Alternatively, opt for an outdoor adventure by renting bikes from our centre and explore the tranquil New Forest this January, embracing the beauty of nature in a serene and quiet setting.
Start 2024 with a sparkle at the Hawk Conservancy Trust’s popular Winter Woodland Lights! Discover a brand new self-led illuminated trail, bringing the grounds to life like never before, before watching their beautiful owls take flight against a colourful, dazzling woodland.
Spring into action at Queen Elizabeth Country Park. Why not start January off with Canicross Couch to 5km and improve your fitness while spending some quality time with your dog, or focus on your well-being and breathing at an introductory yoga class? Book now so you don’t miss out.
Catch a show
At MAST Mayflower Studios shows are abundant this January such as Oh No! Shark in the Snow! (13 – 14 Jan), The Importance of Being…Earnest? (18 – 20 Jan), SOS Presents: SPAMALOT on (24 – 27 Jan) and Oh What A Lovely War (29 – 31 Jan). A fusion of live music, movement, songs and sketches bringing to life the folly, farce and tragedy of the First World War.
Head to Theatre Royal Winchester on 20th January to see Pete Firman the UK’s top comedy magician. Expect jaw-dropping magic and laugh-out-loud comedy in TrikTok, and Winchester’s own Outdoor Arts festival returns to the stage with Hat Fair Cabaret on Sun 21 Jan, packed with circus tricksters, magnificent magicians, live music and crazy comedy that all will enjoy.
Over at Mayflower Theatre, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie performs on 9 – 14 Jan. From 16th to 21st enjoy The Wizard of Oz direct from The London Palladium, family tickets are available! And 23rd – 27th I Should Be So Lucky is a feel-good musical!
The Gruffalo’s Child at New Theatre Royal Portsmouth is the perfect post-Christmas treat for the family. Adapted from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved picture book, this family-friendly show will help your imagination run wild with songs, laughs and scary fun for everyone aged 3 to 103. Showing 15 – 17 January.
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