Things to do in Hampshire this Spring

Things to do in Hampshire this Spring


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There is no better time to step into of the joys of Spring with a trip to Hampshire. With the promise of brighter days and warmer weather, Spring the perfect time to explore all what Hampshire has to offer – from glorious gardens and stately homes to famous farmer markets and walks worthy of a pub lunch!  

Take a look through our guide to spending a day trip or a short break in Hampshire in Spring. 

  • Easter Events in Hampshire  
  • Spring walks in Hampshire 
  • Top attractions to visit in Hampshire in Spring 
  • Outdoor Adventures and Activity Centres
  • Short Spring breaks in Hampshire   
  • Farmers Markets and Events  
  • Top Gardens to visit in Hampshire  
  • Dog-friendly pubs, parks, and places to visit  
  • Places to dine this Spring  
  • Spring Photography Competition  

Easter Events in Hampshire  

Looking for Easter events and activities in Hampshire for all the family? Our What’s On calendar is looking full of new events and exhibitions for all ages to enjoy this Spring. From egg-citing Easter egg hunts to days out at top family attractions, we are sure you will find plenty of things to do in Hampshire for all ages during the Easter holidays. 

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Spring Walks in Hampshire  

Walking in Hampshire is one of the best ways to see the county. Did you know Hampshire is home to over 3,000 miles of footpaths, bridleways, and byways across two National Parks, beautiful countryside, a coastline offering views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight and through villages, towns, and cities.  

The county offers challenging hikes, short distance walks or a Sunday pub lunch strolls with your four-legged friend. So, don your walking shoes and get out and explore what Hampshire has to offer by foot this Spring.  

Find out more about Walking and Hiking in Hampshire  

Family walks in Hampshire 

Top Attractions to visit in Spring  

Hampshire is home to over a hundred great attractions including amazing animal attractions, history, and heritage, military and museums and stately homes and gardens – you'll never run out of things to do in Hampshire!  

The weather in spring can be unpredictable. Why not take a look at our ideas and inspiration page to see our guide to the top ideas for day out in Hampshire – including the top 10 ideas for a sunny day outtop 10 days out for rainy days and top days out for free in Hampshire.  

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Visitors can enjoy a selection of top-quality museums, historic houses, gardens, and landmarks unique to the county. From the beauty of Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway in the New Forest, to a fascinating journey of discovery at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 

We have put together a selection of itinerary ideas for all ages visiting Hampshire. These are aimed at providing some inspiration for those who might be considering a visit to our beautiful county. 

See all Itinerary Ideas here  

Outdoor Adventures and Activity Centres

Hampshire is full of out outdoor activity centres for all ages and abilities from mountain biking and horse riding to watersports and adventure parks.  

Calshot Activities Centre, based on the shores of the Solent near Southampton, is one of the largest outdoor adventure centres in Britain. Its magnificent setting gives immediate access to the country's most popular watersports from sup-boarding to power boating and even outrigger canoeing.  
The Go Ape adventure parks in and around Hampshire at Moors Valley, Alice Holt Forest, and Itchen Valley. Go Ape is the UK's number 1 forest adventure with something for everyone, including our Tree Top Adventure, Tree Top Junior, and Forest Segway's! 
New Forest Activities offer a variety of safe and enjoyable activities for families, couples, individuals and groups of all ages and abilities led by expert outdoor instructors. For tours with a difference, take to the water with Canoeing and Kayaking on the Beaulieu River Nature Reserve. These guided tours are perfect for exploring this area of the New Forest and are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. 

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Spring breaks in Hampshire  

Hampshire is a great destination for a short break. Whether you are looking for a vibrant city break, see beautiful countryside on rural escape, whisk away your partner on a romantic break or wanting to relax and unwind on a spa break - Hampshire has it all! 

Find out more about breaks in Hampshire  

Hampshire is easily accessible from London by both road and rail. You could arrive in the north of the county in around an hour and if you decided to head a little further south to our coastline or New Forest it will take around 1 hour 45 to start your escape from the big smoke - less time travelling means, more time having fun and relaxing!  

Find out more about short breaks from London here.  

Accommodation Inspiration  

Why not make your visit to Hampshire during Spring extra special by extending your stay for a few days! That way you can be sure to make the most of all the wonderful experiences and attractions that Hampshire has to offer.  

Hampshire is home to a whole host of hotelsB&Bscottages and self catering accommodation to suit all budgets – you find out more information and take a look at the accommodation in Hampshire here.  

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Farmers Markets in Hampshire  

Treat yourself and the family to an enjoyable day out at one of Hampshire’s lively Farmers’ Markets. With their vibrant and friendly atmosphere, the Hampshire Farmers' Markets in Winchester, Alton, Emsworth, Petersfield, Ringwood, Romsey and Lymington will delight the senses with appealing sights, smells and sounds. 

Here you’ll find a fantastic choice of top quality, seasonal, excellent value food, all grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, or processed within Hampshire or ten miles of the border. From the heavenly aroma of freshly baked bread or sweet, seasonal strawberries to delicious jams, chutneys, chocolates and meats, there's plenty to tempt the taste buds. 

Find out more about Hampshire’s Farmer’s Markets here  

Top Gardens to visit in Hampshire  

What a perfect way to welcome the signs of spring than a visit to one of Hampshire’s top Gardens and stately homes. The county’s gardens are associated with some of the great names in gardening history, from the Rothschilds' azaleas, rhododendrons, and camellias at Exbury Gardens to the prized collections of the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens near Romsey. 

You’ll find a fantastic selection of stately homes and castles with a rich and fascinating heritage in Hampshire including Mottisfont National Trust site in the Test Valley. In the north of the county there’s the Vyne National Trust site and West Green House Garden, whilst in east Hampshire there is Hinton Ampner National Trust site too.  

Find out more about Gardens in Hampshire  

Find out more about Statley Homes and Castle in Hampshire  

Dog-friendly pubs, parks, and places to visit in Hampshire  

A trip to Hampshire in Spring wouldn’t be the same without your four-legged friend! Hampshire is home to several dog friendly attractions, accommodation, and places to eat. Man’s best friend will love the open space of the two National Parks and dog-friendly beaches!  

Find out more about dog friendly places in Hampshire 

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Drinks and Dining  

Hampshire is a county well known for its excellent selection of local produce, fine-dining restaurants, friendly cafes, and pretty country pubs for you to experience this springtime.  

Find out more about Food and Drink in Hampshire  

See our guide to the best places to Eat and Drink Outdoors 

Spring Photography Competition 

Our Spring Photography Competition will be return for 2022 – be sure to check back in the coming weeks to find out how to enter and to be in with a chance of winning a £100 voucher!  

Why not take a look at our past photography competitions here. 

Getting to and travelling around Hampshire in Springtime  

Hampshire is very accessible, below are a sample average journey times by car:

Travel times by car to Hampshire

Getting Around Hampshire

By Road 
Hampshire is the perfect place for an autumn break, plus its easy to get here by road with quick access to the M3, M27 and A3. 

New Forest: 1hr 45 from London 
South Downs: 1hr from London 

By Rail 
With an extensive rail network across Hampshire getting here by train couldn't be easier.  

Best trains stations for New Forest 
Brockenhurst: 1hr 30 from London Waterloo 
New Milton: 1hr 40 from London Waterloo 
Beaulieu Road: 1hr 40 from London Waterloo 

Best train stations for South Downs 
Winchester: 1hr from London Waterloo 
Alton: 1hr 10 from London Waterloo 
Petersfield: 1 hr from London 

Hampshire has an excellent road network linking our villages, towns, cities, attractions and places to stay. Why not upgrade your driving experience and choose to hire a car with Sixt. Sixt car hire offers premium and luxury rentals to suit all requirements and budgets. Click here to find out more and how you can save up to 15% on your booking.

Map of Hampshire showing key roads, towns and cities

Below is an example of journey times by car betweet our cities and towns. 

Table showing travel times in the county

For more information on getting to and travelling around Hampshire please see our travel information page.  

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