It would be fair to say that the term ‘staycation’ has almost been reinvented over the past twelve months.
Sure, it has most certainly been on the rise over the past decade, but it has been forced to come into its own in more recent times. In other words, an increasing number of us appreciate our country and the things to do in it.
As you may have gathered from the title, we are today going to focus on Hampshire. Suffice to say, hotels in Southampton and other prominent areas in the region are significantly better value than other southern alternatives (with London being the obvious example). Bearing this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best things you can do in Hampshire once you arrive.
Head to the New Forest
The New Forest is a place rich in history and culture, with much more than meets the eye in terms of natural beauty.
To speak more specifically, the area is England’s largest protected wildlife area and a National Park. Needless to say, it is jam-packed with fantastic walks and trails, as well as plenty of watersports, including sailing, fishing and canoeing.
Visit the New Forest Museum
This museum is home to an incredible array of items that give a fascinating insight into life in the New Forest up until the late 19th century. In fact, its collection ranges from horse-drawn carriages and farm equipment to decorative garden furniture and clothing.
In addition, there are a variety of forest attractions, including Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary, Brockenhurst horse trials and The Forestry Commission woodland park.
Visit the National Trust’s West Wittering Beach
If you don’t already know, West Wittering beach is a beautiful stretch of coastline with stunning views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight.
In addition, it is a popular spot for kite surfers and windsurfers alike. Strictly speaking, it’s based in West Sussex, but if you have access to a vehicle, the one-hour drive certainly makes it worthwhile. Some sources have even suggested that it is one of the best beaches in the country.
Go to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Again, this next suggestion involves some form of transport out of Hampshire, but that perhaps adds to the charm. Let’s not forget that ferries across to the Isle of Wight are run frequently, and if you are looking for the perfect day trip opportunity, check out the Steam Railway attraction.
This award-winning attraction is home to the oldest working railway engine in the world.
In addition, it has a museum with over 50 different exhibits, as well as various events throughout the year, including steam festivals and Santa train rides.
Go to the Beaulieu National Motor Museum
This museum is home to over 300 cars, motorcycles and motorbikes. Needless to say, it also has an incredible collection of vintage vehicles, including a rare 1914 Peugeot Type 17 and a 1920 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost!