What’s on this February

January 10, 2019

February is the shortest month of the year but Hampshire’s Top Attractions have certainly squeezed a lot in! From a newly refurbished 1940’s café to 50th birthday celebrations, tropical climates to fantastic views, exhibitions, festivals, activities, and shows! We’ve got just what you need to make February fantastic!

Paultons Park has more than 70 wonderful rides and attractions included in the admission price and is open on selected dates from Sunday, 17th February. Head to the Show Street 4D cinema and watch Deepo – a new underwater adventure!

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with a fantasmagorical exhibition at Beaulieu! Visit this February to see a truly scrumptious collection of never-before-seen memorabilia including props, costumes and original artwork from this family favourite film. Make sure you meet the four-wheeled stars too!  

Step into Tudor England this February at The Mary Rose in Portsmouth, home of Henry VIII’s flagship and hundreds of the incredible objects found on-board. Discover the lives of her crew, from the officers to the ship’s dog, and discover that the 16th century wasn’t too different from today!

Army Flying Museum
Army Flying Museum

Land ahoy me hearties! Adventure through the South’s most beloved treasure, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, this February half-term. Meet their dashing Pirates as they attempt to sweep you off your feet and take you on a journey through history. Fun for the whole family, prepare to fall in love with the very heart of Portsmouth.

Visit the newly refurbished Apache Café with a 1940’s twist at The Army Flying Museum. Great coffee, homemade cakes and tasty breakfasts can be enjoyed daily from 9am. No need to purchase a ticket to visit the café, just sit back and enjoy the view overlooking the airfield opposite! Reopening from Monday 4th February. NB The museum reopens in April 2019.

There’s lots to see and do at the Watercress Line in February. Travelling the line on a heritage steam train takes approximately 25 minutes. Your ticket gives you all day unlimited travel, allowing you to hop on and off at any of the three stations

Destination Space at Winchester Science Centre is the ultimate day out for budding astronauts and space engineers! Experience a fantastic live science show all about satellites and a variety of hands-on, space-themed challenges to celebrate the UK space industry. Activities included in admission; available 2, 3, 9 & 10 February.

Escape the cold February weather and head into a warm paradise at Marwell Zoo’s Tropical House. Guests can experience face-to-face encounters with a diversity of wildlife and exotic plants in a tropical climate. With hundreds of exotic animals across 140 acres of parkland, there’s plenty to see and do.

Experience the south coast’s most spectacular view. Emirates Spinnaker Tower stands at 170 metres tall, offering breath-taking views over Portsmouth Harbour, the Solent and Isle of Wight. The iconic destination boasts a high speed lift, thrilling glass ‘Sky Walk’, informative touch screen displays, two cafés and open air ‘Sky Garden’. 

Join Butser Ancient Farm to celebrate the end of winter at their Imbolc: Celtic Spring Festival on Saturday 2nd February! Hosted by storyteller Jonathon Huet, the afternoon’s entertainment will include storytelling, poetry, singing, firelighting and a light, warming (vegan) meal – all included in your ticket price!

Mottisfont returns to the world of one of Britain’s most popular cartoonists, Norman Thelwell, with an exclusive exhibition featuring some works that have never been on show before. Featuring plump ponies, local landscapes, and social satire, the exhibition includes child-friendly labels, and a rare ‘Thelwell pony’ rocking horse.

The magnificent Winchester Cathedral is a special place to visit at any time of year. Marvel at the longest medieval Nave in Europe, admire spectacular architecture and discover 1,000 years of history as you explore this ancient building.

There are fantastic opportunities to learn something new from the Isle of Wight’s February calendar.  Try making your own totally natural perfume with Tiny Homes Holidays, have a masterclass in Vegetarian Cooking at Thompson’s Cook School, or create your very own wooden spoon from a log – no experience or tools required!

The Hawk Conservancy Trust
The Hawk Conservancy Trust

1878: The War That Never Was at Fort Nelson (8 & 9 February) is a live-action promenade performance that takes you on a time-travelling journey back to the Victorian era, to experience life under siege as the garrison struggles to repel the dreaded French invasion.

‘Meet the Burrowers’ in all new immersive aviary at the Hawk Conservancy Trust. Come face to face with their cute and curious Burrowing Owls or even book on to an extra special experience to get close to the full team of owls!

The Bombay Sapphire Distillery offers a range of experiences – why not try a Gin Cocktail Masterclass to learn how to make fantastic cocktails at home, join one of their guides for a Hosted Experience around the site or if you’re interested in the wonderful history of Laverstoke Mill, how about a Heritage Experience. If you would like to purchase an experience as a gift, the distillery offers gift cards which can be purchased from the “Gifts” page on the website.

Showcase your talent behind the lens in Lepe Country Park’s first photographic competition! Their aim is to discover Lepe through the visitors’ eyes in all its wonderous guises. The four different categories for this year’s competition are; flora, fauna, landscapes and sunsets.

Gamers, prepare to get your geek on as the ultimate retro and board gaming event returns to Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday 2nd February! Guildhall Games Fest celebrates more than 40 years of gaming from Pong and Pac Man to Mario and Minecraft with an unbeatable selection of board games and retro games consoles.

Local photographic artist Cathryn Baldock is exhibiting her New Forest themed images in ‘Reimagining the Forest’ at the New Forest Heritage Centre in Lyndhurst. Cathryn won first prize in the 2018 Open Art competition with her piece entitled ‘All the Leaves are Brown’.  Her beautiful work is inspired by the local landscape.

The sensational play of The Full Monty returns to Mayflower Theatre from 11th -16th February based on the smash hit film. The production about six out-of-work, impoverished steelworkers from Sheffield with nothing to lose, took the world by storm and has become one of Britain’s most successful shows. The show stars Gary Lucy who has made the part of Gaz his own, with an all-star cast of Andrew Dunn, Louis Emerick, Joe Gill, Kai Owen and James Redmond with songs by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.

You’ll find farmyard fun for the whole family at Longdown Activity Farm this coming half-term. Join in with their daily schedule of hands-on activities such as bottle-feeding kid goats and calves, and baby animal encounter. There’s lots of friendly farm animals to meet and plenty of indoor and outdoor play equipment too! Open daily from 10am.

Portsmouth Guildhall
Portsmouth Guildhall

The weather may be cooler, but the Beaulieu River offers up even cooler views when on a Winter Paddle with New Forest Activities. You’ll have a choice of either stable touring kayaks or safe Canadian style canoes and enjoy a glorious 2-hour tour through the river’s bustling nature reserve. Spot an array of wildlife, birds and if you’re lucky, the Beaulieu Rivers resident seal. All equipment provided, great for all ages.

If you’re looking for something a little different for February then why not head to Robin Hill on the Isle of Wight to celebrate Chinese New 

Year in colourful style? The award-winning electric woods event, Spirit of the Orient takes place between 15th – 23rdFebruary, so you can spend plenty of time wandering through 88 acres of ancient woodland and countryside, beautifully illuminated with unique light and sound shows. Why not stop by the Woodland Ponds for some traditional cuisine and experience the brand new Luminous Lion Dance show, take part in the 12m Chinese Dragon procession and of course, toast some giant marshmallows over the open fire pit? Tickets start from £15.50 with meal bundles available.

Riverside Bowl is a community focused entertainment venue ran by the charity Valley Leisure Ltd. It offers ten-pin bowling, glo-golf, snooker, pool and arcades along with an American style diner. Stylish party rooms are available within the facility for local groups, corporate events and children’s parties.

Robin Hood and the Revolting Peasants – presented by Oddsocks at Theatre Royal Winchester this February! Oddsocks bring their trademark humour, fast-paced action and live music to the legend that is Robin Hood!  Join Robin, Little John, Maid Marion and of course Friar Tuck as they take on some of their hardest challenges to date!

Full details on Steamship Shieldhall’s 2019 sailing programme out of Southampton are now available! Treat yourself to a cruise on a National Historic Ship, recognised before Christmas as one of the top 5 attractions in the country!

See the coming of spring at Gilbert White & The Oates Collection’s Snowdrop Weekend. Half Price admission all weekend, with tours of the garden throughout the day. After a brisk walk in Gilbert White’s garden, why not have a hot home made soup from White’s cafe made with produce from the garden and a nice warming drink.

Whitchurch Silk Mill is the oldest working silk mill in the UK still in its original building. Its original water wheel, Victorian machinery and looms are in use daily, visitors explore traditional silk weaving and discover how silk is made into fabulous cloth. A gem of industrial heritage in beautiful, rural North Hampshire, the Mill is a Georgian water mill that weaves silk using 19th century machinery.