There’s lots going on at Hampshire’s Top Attractions in July, whether it’s an evening safari, outdoor shows, museum trips, family days out, a staycation to the isle of wight, a thrilling day at the theme park or summer holiday fun, there really is something for everyone to enjoy! Don’t miss out of these amazing events, keep reading and be sure to book before the tickets sell out!
As summer gets into its stride, the Isle of Wight continues to burst with great things to do. It’s time to get out and about and explore this beautiful jewel, glistening in the blue waters off the south coast of England. Head there for a day excursion or a staycation!
Sculpture at Beaulieu returns this summer, featuring the works from international and national sculptors from 19th June – 30th August. Ranging from figurative to abstract, and covering a diverse range of mediums, the exhibition provides something to suit all tastes. Plus, entry to Sculpture at Beaulieu is included in your general admission ticket to Beaulieu.
A summer of sound, science and stars awaits at Winchester Science Centre. Come on a splash-tastic sound journey beneath the surface of the world’s oceans in a brand new free live science show, Underwater Agents. Zoom through the summer night skies in the Planetarium. Explore nature in Bio:Space. And adventure through the interactive science exhibits. Weekends and school holidays, Saturday 17 July to Sunday 19 September.
What better way to keep the little and big kids of your family entertained this July than booking an adventure with New Forest Activities? They have a whole host of fun available such as paddling on the beautiful Beaulieu River or battling for victory on their action-packed BattleZone sessions.
Treat your family to a fun day out at the Watercress Line: ride on a steam train, play in the NEW playground, visit the footbridge used in Harry Potter films and explore the locomotive yard to get up close to the huge engines. Children under 5 years go FREE (non-events travel only).
This July Winchester Cathedral will be hosting an open-air theatre production of ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit & Benjamin Bunny’ in the Deanery River Garden. Brought to you by Quantum Theatre, this enchanting adaptation of the much-loved Beatrix Potter classic will take place on Friday 23 July at 2.30pm and 5pm. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
July is all-go at the Army Flying Museum! Kicking off with Wallop Wheels & Wings on 3rd July, the end of the month sees the launch of Summer Holiday fun with an out of this world ‘Flying Saucers’ craft activity. Enjoy crazy science with Genie Lab on 28th July.
Visit Marwell Zoo to get closer to nature and meet their hundreds of exotic and endangered animals while exploring 140 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Plus, let your little monkeys run wild in one of five adventure play areas! Don’t forget to keep an eye out for adorable new arrivals!
Come aboard with Captain Bruce and the Pirate Pack at Paultons Park as they embark on a journey across the Seven Seas. There’ll be huge flags, sparkling treasure, pirate jigs, and barrels of laughter all the way and discover a fabled hidden island. A Magical Pirate Adventure is a mystical journey of fantasy not to be missed, full of magic moments, catchy songs and amazing effects, and pyrotechnics that will amaze and delight. Included in all park tickets, selected dates.
Gilbert White missed his 300th birthday last year so you are invited to his 301st on the 18th July! A one time chance to see Gilbert White’s House & Gardens for free and to enjoy a mini-fair with plenty of stalls and activities.
The British Trucks Racing Championship arrives at Thruxton, Sat 3 – Sun 4 July, for more epic battles around the UK’s fastest race circuit. Come and see the spectacular sight of trucks racing at Thruxton. Plus the inaugural ‘Convoy on the Plain’ featuring shows runs, truck parade and live entertainment.
Soak up the sun at the Isle of Wight’s biggest family nights out, Summer Fest! From 28th July – 28th August, Blackgang Chine will be bringing the party vibes back, every Wednesday and Saturday with a LIVE DJ, foam cannons and lasers, all your favourite characters to boogie with AND their famous firework finale to end the night!
Houghton Lodge Gardens is the perfect place to explore this July, 14 acres of beautiful gardens that are blooming with an amazing variety of flowers and over 120 different roses growing in the garden. Stop in the tearoom for lunch, or a tasty cake and coffee! They also have accommodation The Apple Rooms, which make for the perfect staycation with your family or partner! Dogs are welcome on a short lead.
The Brickworks Museum’s popular steam-up events continue this summer with our July event on Sunday 18th. Tickets must be booked in advance! They also have children’s activities at the museum every Wednesday throughout the summer holiday starting from July 28th.
Join the Hawk Conservancy Trust on an evening safari in their new event, African Safari Sunset. You’ll see their African birds at their best, flying across the skyline at sunset. They’ll transport you to the Savannah and you will encounter a Secretary Bird, kites, vultures, an owl, and an eagle!
Hat Fair Outdoor Arts festival, Friday 2 – Sunday 4 July. The annual family-friendly festival of street performance and Outdoor arts returns to Winchester. This year the festival will be in a slightly different format with all three days taking place at North Walls Recreation Ground and the event will be ticketed.
Mr Dilly’s World of History and The D-Day Story present a fast paced, interactive, family friendly show. Discover the techniques of being a super spy during the Second World War. Learn of the courage and stories of the real life secret agents! D-Day is fast approaching, you are needed to parachute behind enemy lines, make contact with the French Resistance and double-cross the enemy. Have you got what it takes to first pass spy training? Ticket includes entry to The D-Day Story museum.
Head to Butser Ancient Farm during weekends in July to meet re-enactors, listen to storytelling, learn an ancient skill and more. The farm will also be open on weekdays from the 19th July and will be celebrating the Festival of Archaeology to kick off the summer holidays.
Coming to Manor Farm for one night only in July, The Further Adventures of Doctor Dolittle outdoor theatre show. The perfect family event this summer and is fun for all ages. Based on the story by Hugh Lofting and created by famous outdoor theatre company Illyria, the show follows Doctor Dolittle and all his animals. It’s all outdoors and you can either bring some chairs with you to enjoy the show or sit down the front and have a picnic. Food and drink will also be available.
Strap on your safety goggles because, this summer, Robin Hill is hosting the Isle of Wight’s most EXPLOSIVE outdoor show! Brainiac Live! will perform twice daily on selected dates from 29th July – 28th August. See exploding dustbins, combusting microwaves, daredevil stunts, and the experiments you’re not allowed to do at home!