Local Area

The Watercress Line

Let off steam and travel by one of the lovingly restored Steam trains through ten miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside. It’s the perfect way to unwind and witness the sights, sounds, smells and magic of steam travel from a bygone age.

New Alresford

The historic market town of New Alresford offers picturesque streets to explore, lined with delightful rural pubs, cafes and restaurants, along with boutique shops. There are many walks to explore, including the nearby River Itchen, with cultural events throughout the year including the Watercress Festival.

Jane Austen’s House Museum

Jane Austen is one of the most popular and important novelists that England has ever produced. The house at Chawton is where she spent the last eight years of her life. It is of international importance as the place where she did the majority of her mature writing, but at the same time retains the charm of a village home. A 17th century house, it tells the story of Jane Austen and her family.

Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral is a Church of England Cathedral in Winchester, Hampshire. It is one of the largest Cathedrals in England, with the longest nave and greatest overall length of any Gothic cathedral in Europe.

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

The South of England’s hands-on interactive science and technology centre. Plus the UK’s largest capacity digital Planetarium! A family day out and school visit destination near Winchester, Hampshire.

The Grange

Set like a lakeside temple in a landscaped park, The Grange at Northington is the foremost example of the Greek Revival style in England. It provides a stunning backdrop for opera evenings.

Marwell Wildlife Park

A visit to Marwell Zoo is a chance to get close to the wonders of the natural world – and play a big part in helping to save them. From ring-tailed coatis to majestic giraffes, to laughing kookaburra the 140-acre park is home to over 170 exotic and endangered species.

Bird World

The 26 acres park is also home to the Jenny Wren Farm and aquarium Underwater World and is attached to the fabulous Forest Lodge Garden Centre so there really is a packed day out to be had for all ages!

Portsmouth Dockyard

Featuring the ships HMS Victory and HMS Warrior (1860) and the chance to learn about the Mary Rose ahead of launching a brand new museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is a great day out for all the family.