As doors begin to open check out what’s on this July!

June 26, 2020
Visit Isle of Wight - Appley in Ryde
Visit Isle of Wight – Appley in Ryde

July feels a little like we are coming out of forced hibernation, in fact, that’s really what it is! Restrictions are gradually being lifted and lots of our favourite attractions are able to open their doors for the first time in months.

Start planning days out with our Hampshire Bucket List

We understand this doesn’t mean we can all go rushing back to our ‘normal’ way of life, we still have to take care and be mindful, that’s why all of our attractions have been working hard to make sure they have measures in place to ensure everyone’s safety.

You may find restrictions and ticketing systems that are new to us all, but they are there to make sure we can all visit safely. As some attractions remain closed you’ll still find a great offering online, perfect for those rainy days or perhaps if you’re still preferring to stay at home.

You can find out who’s open here on our website, but for now, let’s see what exciting things are happening in Hampshire this July…

Enjoy safe days out!

Exbury Gardens is bursting with summer flower power during July, with hydrangeas starting to bloom and areas like the Herbaceous Garden displaying swathes of golden perennials. Exbury is currently offering discounted adult entry, at £10 per person, and kids can go free with a Hampshire Top Attractions voucher.

As attractions start to open up, the Isle of Wight has plenty to offer in July. Osborne House opens their gates from the 4th for visitors to explore the stunning grounds. Or join Isle of Wight Zoo’s ‘Big Cat Breakfast’, and enjoy the early morning with their resident tigers and lions! 

Butser Ancient Farm is beginning to reopen to visitors from the 4th of July. Initially only for certain dates and for limited pre-booked tickets only. Explore their timeline of ancient homes and meet the newly born baby goats and sheep in this beautiful corner of the South Downs National Park.

Take in the beautiful Hampshire countryside as you travel by steam along the heritage Watercress Line. Reopening on the 11th July, pre-book your tickets (dedicated seat throughout your visit). Relax in our south-facing picnic area and visit the footbridge used in Harry Potter films.

It’s time for great days out as Milestones Museum is re-opening from 4 July, you’ll need to pre-book your visit. There’s so much for everyone to explore in a large, safe environment, plus new outdoor area and take-away food and drink facilities.

On Friday 3rd July, Royal Victoria Country Park is hosting another of their very popular drive-in gigs. After the last month’s sold-out show, the event returns with three new acts. One ticket allows for a car of up to five people to enjoy the show.

Royal Victoria Country Park drive-in gigs
Royal Victoria Country Park drive-in gigs
With government guidelines beginning to relax, we can look to make the most of our time in the great outdoors again. That’s just what the team at New Forest Activities are doing, and with extra safety measures in place, you can join them for wonderful canoeing and kayaking tours on the Beaulieu River again! Enjoy a 90-minute Family Canoeing tour in stable canoes, exploring hidden creeks and spotting wildlife along the way, all lead by one of their friendly knowledgable guides.

The New Forest Wildlife Park is open and all necessary precautions have been taken to ensure our visitors have a safe and enjoyable visit. They are delighted to share that there have been three births during the lockdown, a bison calf and 2 Asian Shortclaw otter cubs. Throughout July there will be a “Deer Quiz” and “Footprint Fortnight Trails” – quizzes for the whole family.

Enjoy family time outside and enjoying beautiful nature this month by booking a day at the Hawk Conservancy Trust. Marvel at incredible flying displays and enjoy the peaceful and spacious grounds, home to over 130 birds of prey and owls. Pre-booking required.

Welcome back to Hurst Castle this July! Come and discover Hurst Castle, built by Henry VIII.  With lots of open space for all the family, fantastic views of the Isle of Wight and a pebbly beach. Take the ferry from Keyhaven or enjoy a leisurely walk along the spit.

Enjoy days in!

The Mary Rose
The Mary Rose

The brand new Mary Rose Museum podcast series ‘In Conversation with…’ has launched! Hear what it was like to raise the ship from an Original Diving Team Member and discover how the Mary Rose is preserved from a Materials Scientist.

Winchester Science Centre have launched [email protected], a programme of activities that will get families laughing and learning together. Take part in hands-on activities with the Curiosity Challenges, try out some DIY Science experiments and learn about some of the amazing jobs available in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).

The Brickworks Museum has been quietly sleeping – but not the ghosts. There have been live ghost hunts streamed twice during the lockdown period with lots of frisky, ghostly activity. Meanwhile, the museum team have been planning for the summer. With older volunteers, there is a need to be mindful of their safety. Ideas to date include bespoke tours and offerings with additional activities online. Sadly the big events are currently not allowed.

Theatre Royal Winchester will be streaming Platform 4’s Invisible Music on their website from Wednesday 15 July at 8pm. This unforgettable live event has been transformed into a new digital piece of work and blends film and soundscape to create an immersive and intimate meditation on hearing loss.