When you are looking for holidays, why go abroad when there is so much to do in the UK? All you have to do is look around you and treat the country like a tourist would. This post is about Hampshire and some of the things that you can do for a staycation.
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Hampshire is one of those places that has a massive range of activities to choose from. The south of England is home to some of the most beautiful countryside and beaches that are just a stone’s throw from the beaches in the north of Europe. This is the perfect place for birdwatchers and nature lovers. Even dog walkers can enjoy the beaches as certain ones are dog-friendly, but not all. Certain beaches don’t allow our four-legged friends as part of the Blue Flag scheme. There are plenty of cycling trails that you can explore including a 22-mile circular route around the South Downs. But if biking isn’t your thing, then you can take a walking tour around the different towns and villages.
Theme parks and fun
For a day out, is there anything better than a theme park? What about a theme park that has Peppa Pig? Okay, I heard the eye rolls of a million parents there, but such a place exists. Paultons Theme Park is the home of Peppa Pig and was voted the number one theme park in the UK by Trip Advisor. But if you want a bit of history with your fun (yes, I went there) then check out the theme park at Hollycombe. This park gives you the chance to experience how Edwardians and Victorians used steam engines for fun, and they have the worlds oldest haunted house. If you want the best of both worlds, outdoor activities within a park, then check out one of the outdoor adventure parks where you can tackle tree-tops or try out some skiing.
Myths, legends and actual history
We all know that I love my history, I have even written a history book (which you can buy here) so I love when a place has a rich heritage to explore. Hampshire has a lot of connections with Jane Austen and has plenty of attractions that you can visit, including the Jane Austen House Museum and her gravesite. But this isn’t the only museum, there are so many different places to explore, including the place that is home to King Arthurs Round Table. The range of different museums is amazing, there is something for everyone. If you like more military history than myths, you can pick up a copy of my book, I mean, explore the museum of naval power. Or if fashion is more your thing, check out one of the oldest working silk mills in Britain.
One of the benefits of being at the south of England is the amount of award-winning restaurants that seem to appear here. Hampshire dating must be a breeze with all of these places from celebrity chefs such as Rick Stein, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, and Angela Hartnett. One thing that you can do that is definitely for adults is take a tour of the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery. Or you can take the ale train. Yep, you can pop on the Watercress Line and enjoy some ale in a restored train carriage that is pulled by a steam locomotive. If your tipple of choice is wine, then you can take a vineyard tour and try out some of the award-winning wines that come from the area.
Like these ideas? Then check out some of the other places that you can visit as part of your staycation-