What’s on this June in Hampshire

May 2, 2024

Families looking for exciting ways to spend their June days in Hampshire are in for a treat! With a diverse range of events and attractions, this vibrant county offers something for everyone. From immersive indoor exhibits to thrilling outdoor adventures and relaxing wanders through enchanting gardens, Hampshire is buzzing with activities perfect for family fun. Get ready to discover new attractions, relive history, and create lasting memories, keep reading to find out What’s on this June in Hampshire!

Relaxing wanders and outdoor leisure  

Mottisfont’s walled gardens are home to the extraordinary National Plant Collection of pre-1900 shrub roses, which creates an annual spectacle in early summer. The gardens stay open until 8pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 30 May to 29 June, with live jazz and wine tastings on selected Fridays.

Until 30th June, Beaulieu’s Mill Pond Walk in the stunning grounds of Palace House becomes home to an all-new Fairies and Dragons sculpture trail! See woven willow sculptures of wonderful woodland creatures as well as magical unicorns, fairies, dragons, and even mischievous boggarts along this picturesque walk.

Owl mid-flight, landing on the handlers hand at the Hawk Conservancy Trust
Hawk Conservancy Trust

Spend a glorious evening in the Hampshire countryside watching birds of prey fly at the Hawk Conservancy Trust! At their summer event Sunset at the Trust, explore the grounds after-hours before sitting back to relax and enjoy two flying displays as the sun sets. An evening out like no other!

Between 25th May-2nd June, join Thomas & Friends for a day of family fun at The Watercress Line. Take a ride behind Thomas, meet some of your favourite characters, and join Sodor Station Sweepers Rusty & Dusty for a trainload of excitement. Enjoy children’s fairground rides, miniature railway and much more. 

Set sail for an unforgettable June aboard the historic Steamship Shieldhall! Experience the grandeur of D-Day 80th commemorations on special themed cruises, witness the thrilling spectacle of the Round the Island Yacht Race, marvel at majestic cruise ships on the Solent, and groove to the rhythm of a mesmerising sunset music concert.

Things to do this June 

NEW!! Discover Birldworld’s new indoor attraction with an enchanting walk-though experience. Learn about their remarkable breeding programmes through immersive and interactive play… your senses will come alive as you soak in the sights, sounds, and textures of the avian world! 

There is a lot happening at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway this June. There are workshops on Beginner’s Needle Felting, Lino Printing and Willow flower making, and two seasonal spotlight tours focussing on the garden’s veteran trees. On 8th June there are also Wartime Walks with author John Stanley.

Take on the new ride at Paultons Park, Splash Lagoon! This new family flume ride in the Jurassic-themed world of Lost Kingdom. With lots of dinosaurs to spot along the way, you will have a great family day out. 

This June, visit Butser Ancient Farm to discover a wealth of storytelling and music! On the 7th, venture into the Otherworld with master storyteller Bernadette Russell for fireside tales of nature and the tricksy fae. Later in the month, celebrate midsummer at Butser with a Celtic harp concert, or relaxing sound bath!

Sunday 23 June 11am – 4pm. New at The Brickworks Museum – discover mid-summer magic, myths and mysteries in our historic, atmospheric buildings. What’s around the corner? Fairies, witches, potions or pongs? Wave your wand and discover.  Get into the “spirit”; come dressed up.

As the summer sun begins to shine, Clarence Pier invites you to embark on a thrilling adventure this June! With a myriad of thrill rides and traditional attractions open every weekend, there’s no shortage of excitement by the sea. Plus check out their 3 huge arcades and The Putt Hutt indoor golf!

Active days out 

Set sail this June at Calshot Activities Centre. Calshot’s location and knowledgeable instructors make it the perfect place to learn new watersports skills. Experience the exhilaration of wingsurfing on their RYA Learn to Wingsurf course, designed for beginners, or become a pro paddler on their Kayak in a Day course.

Journey out on a two-wheeled adventure through the New Forest this June! Cyclexperience offers 19 cycle-friendly routes, guiding you through scenic trails amidst wild roaming ponies and charming countryside villages. Book now and prepare to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the forest with family and friends. 

Man and woman participating in archery at New Forest Activities.
New Forest Activities

Make a splash into the start of summer with exciting outdoor activities at New Forest Activities! Perfect for families, couples, and friends. Embark on adventure with Archery, Family Paddling, or BattleZone Laser Tag and create unforgettable memories in The Heart of The New Forest. 

Just in case our weather doesn’t live up to be a glorious June, visit Southampton City Art Gallery. Entry is free and there are a variety of exhibitions from the nationally important artworks shown in ‘Renaissance to the Present Day’ to the thought-provoking art in the Foyer by Kirk James Wadmore, a Southampton-based artist, who uses art to question and challenge the stigma surrounding mental health.

Book a weekend away in one of Tile Barn Outdoor Centre’s Poppy Pods in Brockenhurst. Or sleep under the stars in a yurt or camping pod at Runway’s End Outdoor Centre in Aldershot. Both centres are the perfect place for a cosy countryside stay in the heart of Hampshire.

D-Day 80th Anniversary

June is the 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings.

Visit The D-Day Story in Portsmouth and experience the personal stories behind this epic moment in history.  Step onboard the last surviving Landing Craft Tank from D-Day whilst families can experience the new family audio guide recently launched!

A new exhibition D-Day: A Portsmouth Story can be seen at Fort Nelson, complemented by a D-Day museum trail and the D-Day tribute of nine life-sized silhouettes of local figures with remarkable stories!

The RLC Museum near Winchester are remembering the event with the launch of a brand-new extension holding a Second World War amphibious DUKW vehicle. Entrance to the Museum is free. 

Lepe Country Park, played a crucial role in D-Day history as the launch site for the Mulberry Harbours and visitors can still witness the launch site remnants. Head there for the D-Day Exhibition between 3rd – 9th June. A D-Day Family Day will be held on the clifftop on June 8th. The occasion will feature military vehicles, live music, local stalls, crafts, games, and representatives from The Royal British Legion, D-Day heritage group, and the Cadets Forces. Hampshire County Council and the Drummond Family of Cadland Estate have planned a special beacon lighting ceremony and international commemoration tribute commemorating the 80th Anniversary of D-Day on 6th June. The event will be followed by a fish and chip supper – honouring Fish and Chip Day and recognising the dish’s importance as one of the few food items not rationed during the war.

Meanwhile, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will commemorate D-Day 80 with special events and exhibits highlighting D-Day stories and related attractions. The Dockyard’s No. 6 Cinema will also feature D-Day films and talks.

Seacity Museum have organised a D-Day 80 Civic Centre and D-Day Guided Tour on 6thJune. Commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day with historian Andy Skinner on an exclusive guided tour of Southampton’s Civic Centre, delving into its captivating role in the preparations, execution, and aftermath of the historic operation. Sections of Southampton Civic Centre were transformed into a base for the American military, resulting in the creation of the extraordinary D-Day Embroidery.

Discover Hampshire’s pivotal role in D-Day with the commemorative display at Milestone Museum between 25th May – 30th June. Uncover the bravery and innovation that shaped history, with rare photographs and insights into the prototype Terrapin tank by Thornycroft. Don’t miss this chance to witness firsthand Hampshire’s extraordinary contributions that altered the course of war. On 6th June Veterans of any conflict are invited to have tea and biscuits in the tea tent together, commemorating D Day in the presence of other veterans.

Visit the Army Flying Museum on the 80th anniversary of D-Day on Thursday 6th June, to hear Tony Bray tell the tale of the glider assault on the bridges over the Caen Canal and the River Orne, described as the greatest feat of flying in the Second World War.

From 1st – 9th June, Friends of New Forest Airfields (FONFA) has partnered with Ballard School to showcase an art exhibition at Exbury Gardens marking the anniversary of D-Day. On 8th June, join John Stanley, author of The Exbury Junkers: a World War II Mystery, on a guided walk through Exbury Gardens. John will retell the curious tale of the solitary Junkers Ju188 aircraft that flew into the heart of the allied invasion preparations on the Solent just weeks before D-Day and was shot down, crashing at Exbury. On 14th & 15th June there’s special Veteran Trees Seasonal Spotlight Tour.

Join Steamship Shieldhall for two D-Day 80th themed cruises. On 8th June Shieldhall will pass down Southampton Water and journey to Lepe, with a commentary recalling the events of June 1940. On 9th June the Steamship Shieldhall will cruise to Portsmouth Harbour, home to the Royal Navy which poses an exciting opportunity to view Britain’s naval vessels.

Join the Aldershot Pegasus Warlords wargames club at Aldershot Military Museum on 9th June for a special event commemorating the 80th anniversary of D-Day! Witness a massive display game recreating the Canadian 1st Army’s heroic actions on Juno Beach, honouring the 330,000 Canadians who passed through Aldershot during WWII. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn Bolt Action, a popular fast-paced, unpredictable, and easy-to-learn WWII miniatures game.

Reminiscence in the Park at Royal Victoria Country Park on 15th June will see a family fun day featuring WW2 and other historic vehicles, US Army WW2 medical tents and equipment, exhibitions, Dementia bus, music & drama, funfair and stalls! On 16th June there will be exhibitions and free talks in the Royal Victoria Chapel, sponsored walks on behalf of the Burseldon, Hound & Hound Dementia Action Group and a 1940s style tea dance.

Indoor family days out

Join Milestones Living History Museum for the Wash Day exhibition before it ends in June and explore Victorian laundry methods and products. Commemorate D-Day with our Remember Together event, honouring veterans with tea and biscuits. Conclude 1940s week with special trails and model war re-enactments. Don’t miss our Armed Forces Weekend for family fun! 

Take part in coin minting this June at 878 AD, print your own coin and take home a piece of history! Participate in the special side quest, ‘Just Hear Me Out’, where you’ll solve puzzles to engage with 878 AD in a whole new way! 

Spark your curiosity at Winchester Science Centre! Discover two floors of interactive exhibits. Watch science come alive through shows and demos. Experience an outdoor nature adventure. And fly through the stars in the Planetarium. Plus, on Saturday 23rd June, a British Sign Language interpreter will be signing in the Science Theatre and Planetarium.

Hampshire Theatre & Shows

Visit Staunton Country Park on 22 June 2:30pm to 4:30pm for an open-air performance of the beloved tale of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Based on the original novel by L. Frank Baum, children and adults alike will love this magical story reimagined for the stage.

At Theatre Royal Winchester, The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary (04 – 05 June) tells of a bored housewife who discovers life is more fun in novels; Embley School presents the popular musical, Grease (20 – 21 June); Blue Apple Theatre’s Wind in the Willows (26 – 27 June) tells of friendships and feuds – with a difference; and explore how AI and the arts work together at the free AI Arts Festival (02 Jun).

At MAST Mayflower Studios, Based on the bestselling story by Rachel Bright & Jim Field, the brand-new adaptation for stage is bound to make little one’s roar, The Lion Inside perform their final show at MAST, before continuing their tour around the UK (1 June). Flaubert’s complex novel, The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary is given a refreshing shake up in this irreverent, irrepressible, and irresistible play (6 June). There is lots of fun and activities suitable for all ages including face painting, crafts, workshops and scratch performances on Family Fun Day! (1 June)

Whether you’re seeking action-packed adventures or a more relaxed pace, Hampshire has something to capture everyone’s imagination this June. From fascinating museums and historical landmarks to enchanting gardens and outdoor leisure adventures, the possibilities are endless. So, go ahead and plan those family outings – unforgettable experiences await you in the heart of Hampshire! If you have enjoyed reading about ‘What’s on this June in Hampshire’, check out our events and vouchers for your days out! Find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok for planning your days out!

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