If you like Schmoozy music then tune into Martini in The Morning by clicking below. They even mention me!
martini in the morning
Click on area you wish to know about
Berkshire 
Cheshire Cornwall Devon  Dorset  Derbyshire Essex Gloucestershire Hampshire
Herefordshire  Kent Leicestershire London
Middlesex Nottinghamshire Oxfordshire Shropshire Somerset
Staffordshire Surrey Sussex Wiltshire  Worcestershire Wessex Tourist Board  Index Page The Gardens of Hampshire
Hampshire Tourist Offices Hampshire Events 
Golf Clubs in Hampshire Hampshire Blue Plaques UK Ice Skating & Skiing
Wessex By The Sea
Wessex Top Soccer Clubs
Horse Riding
in Hampshire
Wessex County Cricket & reference
Wessex Top Rugby Clubs & reference
Wessex By The Sea
Hampshire Radio Stations Cerdic's Front Page Famous Wessaxens Films Shot in Wessex Michelin starred restaurants in Wessex Check to see if your name has Wessex Roots Hampshire Tennis Clubs
Theatres in Wessex & the UK CHARD HOME PAGE
Banners for
              youThe Chesilbank
Wessexme HAMTUNSCIR
NO HCC
http://www.askdavetaylor.com/3-blog-pics/donesday-book-open.jpgTHE DOOMSDAY BOOK
Facebook is suing a company called Teachbook  , which operates a social networking site for teachers, apparently because it has "book" in its name and "competes" with Facebook. Teachbook is described as "a professional community for teachers". Sounds like a threat to Facebook's existence doesn't it?  Well we know of a book that predates Facebook and tells us all about Hampshire. Yes "The Doomsdaybook! The Domesday Book was commissioned in December 1085 by William the Conqueror, who invaded England in 1066. The first draft was completed in August 1086 and contained records for 13,418 settlements in the English counties south of the rivers Ribble and Tees (the border with Scotland at the time). Read about Hampshirein The Doomsday Book
16 High Street, Chard, Somerset TA20 1QB
website:   www.wessextouristboard.org.uk           Tel: +44(0) 1823 240170/+44(0) 207 1834978        Fax : +44(0) 845 862 1954     Click here to contact us
For Mercia click onto  www.merciatouristboard.org.uk
  Click here to leave a message for Dave or contact us
 Welcome to Wessex . Press Control+B to Bookmark this site for later reference.
Backing Britain
Wessex Flag Hampshire Flag Wessex & Hamtunscir
Places of Interest & Events
 in & around
Hamtunscir and in Wessex.  

ARMS: Per fess Gules and Or in chief a Royal Crown proper and in base a Rose Gules barbed and seeded proper.
CREST: Within a Saxon Crown a twin-towered Castle Or, Mantled Gules doubled Or.
SUPPORTERS: Standing upon a grassy Compartment Vert semy of Roses Gules barbed and seeded proper on the dexter side a Lion rampant guardant Or gorged with a Collar and pendant therefrom by a chain a pair of Swords in saltire points uppermost Azure and on the sinister side a Stag also rampant guardant Or gorged with a Naval Crown pendant therefrom by a chain an Anchor proper.

Granted 18th June 1992.

hants cc arms

The arms incorporate the rose and crown from the old county badge. According to tradition, the red rose was granted to the County by John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. Roses appear with other emblems in various arms of Hampshire authorities and the present arms of Southampton. It is worth noting that the use of the Royal Crown by anyone outside the Royal Family requires the permission of Her Majesty the Queen. Her Majesty graciously conferred this honour on Hampshire County Council by Royal Warrant. The Saxon crown denotes the county's links with Wessex, the historic kingdom of which Winchester was capital. The castle represents Hampshire's important role through the centuries in the defence of the realm; a role reflected in the county's wealth of military heritage. The golden lion derived from the Royal Arms represents Winchester's former status as the capital of England. This martial beast also signifies Hampshire's traditional connection with the Army; a connection further emphasised by the crossed swords hanging from the lion's collar. The stag represents the New Forest, the royal hunting ground created by William the Conqueror. The naval coronet and anchor around the stag's neck signify the county's historic association with the sea and the Royal Navy. The compartment consists of a field of roses, representing the fine countryside of Hampshire.

Its Showtime
For a full list of theatres in the UK. Click on to Showtime
A
C

Our facebook page

 


Click Here To get our App for your smartphone or Tablet
http://wessextouristboard.appsme.com

Click For OurFacebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/wessextouristboard

British Seaside
Wessexball
WorldSIM.com: Recieve
                international calls for free in over 150+ countries.
                Reduce bills by 95 percent.SOME OF OUR OTHER ON-LINE PUBLICATIONS
5s The British Handball Game Badminton Boxing Cricket Curling
Equestrian Football Golf Horseracing Ice Hockey
Ice Skating Lawn Tennis
Martial Arts
Motor Racing On The Beach
Rackets Real Tennis Roller Skating
Rowing Rugby
Sailing Ski-ing Squash Rackets 360 Ball
The 21st Century Game
Famous Wessaxens
Berkshire(BRK) Cheshire(CHS) Cornwall(CON)  Derbyshire(DBY) Devon(DEV)
Dorset(DOR) Essex(ESS) Gloucestershire(GLS) Hampshire(HAM) Herefordshire(HEF)
 Kent(KEN) Leicestershire(LEI) London Tourist Guide Middlesex(MDX) Nottinghamshire(NTT)
Oxfordshire(OXF) Shropshire(SAL) Somerset(SOM) Staffordshire(STS) Surrey(SRY)
Sussex(SSX) Warwickshire(WAR) Wiltshire(WIL) Worcestershire(WOR) The Big Brum
Birmingham Tourist Guide
Bridgwater Tourist Guide Bristol Tourist Guide
Chard Tourist Guide Mendip Tourist Guide Taunton Tourist Guide
Yeovil Tourist Guide Camelot City Wessex Index Check to see if your name has Wessex Roots Pubs & Restaurants
Wessex Films & TV Streakers Hall of Shame Fireworks Gardens of Wessex Kosher
Camping Theatre Hotels Guest Houses Pantomimes


Backing Britain
Sexy
                        Soccer Randy Rugby
Winter Sports
                        Official Site fireworks
Gorgous Golf
Horny Horse
Cheeky Cricket
informed investor
Rowing
Sailing
Fives Mercia Tourist Board
Pick A Theatre
Knees Up
Real Viral Traffic at vTrafficRush.com! The Gardens of Wessex
Streakers Unlimited WorldSIM.com: Recieve international
                            calls for free in over 150+ countries.
                            Reduce bills by 95 percent.
Great British Heritage Pass - Buy Online FREE entry to over 55 top London
                          attractions


Horny Horse

parta partg partl partk partk partk partk partj parti parth parth partg partb

Horse Race Tracks 2010 Racing Fixtures point
                        to point tracks Point to Point Fixtures 2010 History
                        of Racing Racing
                        Colours Equestrian Events Equine
                        Reference Horse Riding Horse

part4 part9 part8 part8 part8 part8 part7 part6 part5 part5 part4
Click on the Relevant Stable Door for your Selection
For The Events Below Click On The Pictures

The Chesilbank


Stormy FrontSTORMY FRONT suggests You Check For Traffic Problems

It has requested we do not mention the name of the traffic lady on BBC radio 2, instead we are happy to introduce our traffic lady "Stormy Front". So Find local news, sport and entertainment near you with your local BBC Where I Live website. Choose your nearest location in Wessex & Cornwall:

Berkshire Bristol Cornwall Devon
Dorset Gloucestershire Hampshire Kent
Oxford Somerset Surrey & Sussex Wiltshire

Beaches of Hamtunscir

Calshot Christchurch Bay (Barton-On-Sea) Eastney Hayling Island - West Beachlands Hayling Island - West Hayling Hayling Island - West of Eastoke
Hill Head Lee-on-Solent Lepe Milford-on-sea Old Portsmouth Beach Solent Breezes
Southsea Southsea (300m west of EC site) Stokes Bay Weston Hard Woolston

ISLE OF WIGHT BEACHES
Bembridge Colwell Bay Compton Bay Cowes Cowes-East Gurnard
Norton Ryde - Spring Vale Ryde - West Ryde-East Sandown Sandown - Yaverland
Seagrove Shanklin Shanklin - Welcome Beach St Helens Totland Bay Ventnor
Whitecliff Bay Yarmouth





 
Where The English Came From

HAMTUNSCIR/ HAMPSHIRE

 CerdicThe traditional view as recorded by the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, is that Hampshire is where Cerdic and his son Cynric landed in 495 – and, after a battle at Cerdicsford (erroneously identified as Charford), established the Kingdom of Wessex.  In reality Cerdic and Cynric were situate further West. The Saxons only established their principal see at Winchester as the Mercians forced them to move in the seventh century (c 660). Prior to that the area was inhabited in the main by Jutes from Denmark.Hampshire was one of the first Saxon shires, recorded in 755 as Hamtunscir,  but for two centuries represented the western end of Saxon England, as advances into Dorset and Somerset were fought off by the Britons. After the Saxons advanced west Hampshire became the centre of the Kingdom of Wessex, and many Saxon kings are buried at Winchester. A statue in Winchester celebrates the powerful King Alfred, who stabilised the region in the 9th century.  

HampshireClick on the Towns on the map to the left to visit their sites, We have a multitude of reference pages which were created some time ago and are now under reconstruction. So on here you will find dedicated pages to specialist activities in Wessex & Mercia. These include a list of Agricultural ,Horse Shows etc, The Wessex Hall of Fame, Michelin starred restaurants in Wessex,Seaside Resorts,Theatres in Wessex & the UK, List of Films made in Wessex, Wessex Names, Golf Clubs, Football Clubs, Rugby Clubs, and Racetracks . Campers & Caravanners have their own dedicated section too. I have even got my own page for readers letters and news snippets, mainly from my ancient capital Chard. Click here to contact us
Hamtunscir is just an hour from London and its excellent transport links make it an easy destination to reach, whether you are travelling by road, train, ferry, coach or bus. 
We are also an ideal stopover for travels further afield. There are frequent ferries to the Isle of Wight from Lymington, Southampton and Portsmouth while Southampton is home port to famous cruise liners such as Queen Mary 2. Portsmouth has ferry links with France and Spain and Southampton Airport provides easy access to Europe. Due to Hampshire's long association with pigs and boars, natives of the county have been known as Hampshire hogs.

  Basinstoke Basingstoke Andover Aldershot Alton Winchester Eastleigh Southampton Fareham Ringwood Lymington Portsmouth Fishbourne Yarmouth IOW Cowes Newport IOW Sandown IOW Petersfield

TOURIST OFFICES

Tourist
                Offices

ADDRESS

 

Tel/Fax/Email

ALDERSHOT T.I.C.
39 High Street, Aldershot ,  GU11 1BH    
Website
                  
Email Aldershot VIC
Location Map
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 320968
Fax: +44 (0) 1252 311479
ALTON T.I.C.
7 Cross and Pillory Lane , Alton,GU34 1HL  

Tel: +44 (0) 1420 - 88448
Fax: +44 (0) 1420 - 543916
ANDOVER T.I.C.
Town Mill House, Bridge Street , Andover, SP10 1BL
Email Andover TIC
Location Map
Website

Tel: +44 (0) 1264 - 324320
Fax: +44 (0) 1264 - 345650
email: click here
 BASINGSTOKE T.I.C.
Willis Museum, Old Town Hall, Market Place, Basingstoke,RG21 7QD
Tel: +44 (0) 1256 817618
Fax: +44 (0) 1256 356231
EASTLEIGH T.I.C
 
The TIC has closed but they have a web site
Website

 
tel 0906 6822 001
FAREHAM T.I.C.
Westbury Manor, West Street , Fareham,  PO16 0JJ
Email Fareham TIC
Location Map

Tel: +44 (0) 1329 - 221342
Fax: +44 (0) 1329 - 282959
FLEET T.I.C.
The Harlington Centre, 236 Fleet Road, Fleet,GU13 8BY
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 - 811151
Fax: +44 (0) 1252 - 812191
FORDINGBRIDGE T.I.C.
Kings Yard, Salisbury Street, Fordingbridge,  SP6 1AB
Location Map

Tel: +44 (0) 1425 654560
Fax: +44 (0)1425 654560
GOSPORT T.I.C.
Bus Station Complex, South Street, Gosport,   PO12 1EP
Email Gosport TIC
Location Map
Website

Tel: +44 (0) 23 9252 2944
Fax: +44 (0)23 9251 1687
HAVANT T.I.C.
1 Park Road South , Havant, PO9 1HA
Tel: +44 (0) 23 - 9248 0024
Fax: +44 (0) 23 - 9248 0024
HAYLING ISLAND T.I.C.
Beachlands, Seafront , Hayling Island,   PO11 OAG
Email Hayling Island TIC
Location Map
Website

Tel: +44 (0) 23 - 9246 7111
Fax: +44 (0) 23 - 9246 5626
LYMINGTON T.I.C.
St Barbe Museum & Visitor Centre, New Street, Lymington,   SO41 9BH
Email Lymington TIC
Location Map
Website

Tel: +44 (0) 1590 - 689000
Fax: +44 (0) 1590 - 673990
email: click here
LYNDHURST & NEW FOREST T.I.C.
New Forest Museum & Visitor Centre , Main Car Park, Lyndhurst,   SO43 7NY
Email Lyndhurst VIC
Location Map
Website

Tel: +44 (0) 23 - 8028 2269
Fax: +44 (0) 23 - 8028 4404
email: click here
PETERSFIELD T.I.C.
County Library, 27 The Square, Petersfield,  GU32 3HH
Email Petersfield TIC
Location Map
Website

Tel: +44 (0) 1730 - 268829
Fax: +44 (0) 1730 - 266679
PORTSMOUTH T.I.C.
Continental Ferry Port TIC , Terminal Building, Portsmouth, PO2 8QN
www.visitportsmouth.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 23-9283 8635
email: click here
PORTSMOUTH T.I.C.
The Hard, Portsmouth, PO1 3QJ
Email Portsmouth TIC
Location Map
Website
 
Tel: +44 (0) 23-9282 6722
Fax: +44 (0)23-9282 2693
email: click here
PORTSMOUTH (SOUTHSEA) T.I.C.
Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth,  PO5 3PB
Email Portsmouth TIC
Location Map
Website

Tel: +44 (0) 23 9282 6722
email: click here
RINGWOOD T.I.C.
The Furlong, Ringwood, BH24 1AZ
Email Ringwood VIC
Location Map
Website

Tel: +44 (0) 1425 470896
Fax: +44 (0)1425 461172
email: click here
ROMSEY T.I.C.
13 Church Street, Romsey ,  SO51 8BT
Email Romsey TIC
Location Map
Website

Tel: +44 (0) 1794 512987
Fax: +44 (0)1794 518981
email: click here
ROWNHAMS T.I.C.
M27 Services (Westbound) , Southampton, SO16 8AP
Tel: +44 (0) 23-8073 0345
SOUTHAMPTON T.I.C.
9 Civic Centre Road , Southampton, SO14 7FJ
E-mail Southampton TIC
Location Map
Website

Tel: +44 (0) 23 8083 3333
Fax: +44 (0)23 8083 3381
email: click here
SOUTHAMPTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT T.I.C


Wide Lane, Southampton SO18 2HG
 


no telephone enquiries
WESSEX TOURIST BOARD
Online Tourist Office.
website: http:// www.wessextouristboard.org.uk           Tel: +44(0) 845 868 2810          Fax : +44(0) 845 862 1954     Click here to contact us
WINCHESTER T.I.C.
Guildhall, The Broadway, Winchester, SO23 9LJ
Email Winchester TIC
Location Map
Website
Video
Tel: +44 (0) 1962 840500
Fax: +44 (0)1962 850348
email: click here

The ChesilbankBanners for you
CerdicLEGAL NOTICE. The Hogs Speak
 
The advert above does not relate to any myopic person mentioned below at the Castle, Winchester. Any similarity is unintentional and co-incidental.
This section has been a feature of this part of Wessex since it was written 4/5 years ago ( when our site was www.chardnet.co.uk). Unfortunately the Hampshire County Council has issued a NOTICE TO CEASE & DESIST IN USING AND/OR HYPERLINKING TO HAMPSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL'S TOURIST INFORMATION AND IMAGES ONTO/OR BY THIS SITE and others & tried to influence 3rd parties. They claim that unspecified parts are their "intellectual "property & must be removed. But have failed to specify which parts. It is our intention to continue to show this search engine to assist visitors and defend our right of free speech. We have, until now, published an acknowledgement to Hampshire County Council just here and referred people to their site. This it seems has created offence as have our other sites, which have been specified, which are financial, legal and commercial and have never shown anything pertaining to Hampshire County Council. Our sites have been on-line since 1999 and date back through other means of media to 1972. These thumbnails are a means of direction to the various websites and are not a copy of "War & Peace" lifted from Tolstoy! No charges have ever been levied for our information services. We shall be publishing the correspondence for readers to judge on our Shitstirrers of Wessex page and the UK Informed Investor will now be mentioning it on their Watchdog page. It shall also be brought to the notice of people of influence. We always name names. Details of our breach(es) of "Intellectual" Property "MAY BE" available from the Tony Havlin, Jeff Pattison and Andrew Smith at The Castle Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8UJ. Tel:01962 841841. Fax: 01962 840215 Email: Tony.havlin@hants.gov.uk. or leave a message with Dave. Once identified they will be replaced by this notice as requested and all their thumbnails will be removed & replaced by the NO ENTRY GIF. We apologise to the attraction owners if this means they have fewer visitors as over 76 million page visits to our sites  have been made, and over30  million in 2008 & 40 millionso far in 2009. And we apologise to Visitors that we can no longer provide hyperlinks to some of the sites in Hampshire. The domain names of www.wessex.me.uk and www.wessextouristboard.org.uk and www.wessextouristboard.co.uk have been properly registered. There is no legal definition of the words "Tourist Board" or prohibition for the use of such titles  or a law to prohibit hyper-linking from the site as they have tried to intimate. If so we note they are listed on many other search engines with hyper-links. Maybe the Government will stop the "Ministry of Sound" nightclub, Jamie Oliver's "Ministry of Food"n or the "Ministry of Cakes" in Taunton, Somerset.

 under re-costructionNO HCC
Great British Heritage Pass - Visit Britain with the Great British Heritage Pass - the best of British sightseeing and historic Britain for UK visitors. Get free entry to almost 600 British heritage tourist attractions around England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
East Hants Local Explorer Card

Get 20 per cent off admission price to some of the area's top attractions this summer with East Hampshire District Council's new discount card.

The Local Explorer Card is now available on-line or at Tourist Information Centres and will offer East Hampshire's visitors good times for less.The card, which costs just £5, is valid for six months and entitles up to five people entrance to participating attractions at a 20 per cent discount. It can be used an unlimited number of times within the six month period. Among the attractions signed up to the scheme are Birdworld, Gilbert White's House, Mid-Hants Railway Watercress Line, Butser Ancient Farm and Milestone in Basingstoke. Tim Beere, Marketing Manager for Mid Hants Railway, said: "We are delighted to be participating in East Hampshire District Council's Local Explorer Card scheme. We operate a 10 mile steam railway line between Alresford and Alton and this card offers a 20% discount on entrance fees. A normal family ticket costs £30 and using this card saves you £6 which so it pays for the cost of the card the first time you use it. The cards are available from Grayshott Pottery, Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Horndean, Forest Lodge Garden Centre, near Farnham, Petersfield Town Hall and the Tourist Information Centre, Petersfield.The Phoenix Theatre in Bordon will also be selling the cards and offering a £1 discount on theatre tickets to card holders. For up-to-date offers and information on how to get hold of the card go to: www.easthants.gov.uk/localexplorer or get in telephone 01730 234066.

Back Our Farmers

Banners for you
   Great British Heritage Pass - Buy Online
ATTRACTION & Hamtunscir
SEARCH ENGINE CLICK
 INTELLECTUAL
PROPERTY BALLS
ADDRESS & OPENING TIMES + CLICK THROUGH WEBSITE
Tel
1642 Living History Village
This interesting reconstruction of many of the facets of a village from the 17th Century is a fascinating place to visit if you are in the south coast area. The collection tries to bring to life this period of time when people lived in a very different way in England. The collection is well respected by historians and students of the period and guarantees a fun day out for all the family.
1642 Village
Little Woodham Lane, Howe Road, Rowner, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 2HH
Map
1642 VILLAGE CLICK
Phone: +44 (0)2392 522944
Abbey Gardens   

The Abbey Gardens and Mill are part of the site of St Mary’s Abbey, once one of the largest religious houses in England. In November 1539 the Abbey was surrendered to Henry VIII as part of the Dissolution of the Monasteries and most of the monastic buildings were demolished. The site was subsequently gifted to the City by Queen Mary Tudor to celebrate her marriage to Philip of Spain in the Cathedral in July 1554. The land was later divided into two, the eastern part was occupied by a fine town house and formal gardens that survive today as the Mayor of Winchester's official residence and public gardens. The western part of the site was cleared for the City's Guildhall in 1873. Remains of St Mary’s Abbey can be seen at the back of the Guildhall.

Abbey Gardens
The Broadway, Winchester,  
ABBEY GARDENS CLICK   

Abbotstone Down   

Abbotstone Down is a beautiful location to either go walking or cycling. Situated near the pretty Hampshire village of New Alresford, the Down is the site of an ancient settlement. Visitors can either follow the Wayfarer’s walk or the Ox Drove Way, both of which offer wonderful views over the Hampshire countryside past chalk hills and through woods full of bluebells. There are a few pubs along the way to stop for refreshment and a car park at Abbotstone Down itself.

Abbotstone Down
New Alresford,
Map
ABBOTSTONE DOWN CLICK  

Allen Gallery, Alton
The Allen Gallery houses one of Southern England's most outstanding ceramics collections.
Allen Gallery
Church Street
Alton,  GU34 2BW
Tue - Sat 10am - 5pm, Admission Free

ALLEN GALLERY CLICK

tel
01420
82802

Alice Holt Woodland Park
This ancient forest is famous for its oak trees which once supplied timber for building navy ships. Recently, Alice Holt oak has been used to build a replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. Today the area has been designated a Woodland Park which means that it is managed for the benefit of its visitors, its wildlife, as well as a working forest.
Cerdic Bentley near Alton,  GU10 4LS
ALICE HOLT CLICK

tel
01420 23666

 Aldershot Town Football Club
League Division 2
Aldershot Town Football Club was founded in the spring of 1992 just after the closure of debt ridden fourth division club Aldershot F.C., who had been founded in 1925 and had been league members since 1932. Like the old club, the new Aldershot football club played its home games at the Recreation Ground in Aldershot town centre.They joined the Ryman (Diadora) League Division Three for the 1992-93 season, and at the end of 1997-98 won promotion to the Premier Division of the league. Two years later they finished runners-up in the Premier Division and just missed out on a place in the Nationwide Conference, but achieved this success at Ryman Premier Division champions at the end of the 2002-03 season. In 2003-04 Aldershot Town qualified for the Conference National promotion playoffs but lost on penalties to Shrewsbury Town in the final. The following year they lost in the semi-final to Carlisle United.
Recreation Ground The Recreation Ground, High Street,
 Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 1TW

ALDERSHOT TOWN CLICK
Tel:
 01252
320211
Aldershot Military Museum
Military collections covering the growth and development of Aldershot military town from 1854 to the present. Local history collections covering the civil towns of Aldershot, Farnborough and Cove, including Britain's first powered flight.

Aldershot
                    Military Museum
Queens Avenue, Aldershot, GU11 2LG
Mon–Sun 10am–5pm

ALDERSHOT MILITARY MUSEUM CLICK
tel
 01252 314598

Alpine Snowsports   

The centre is open to the public every day (apart from Christmas day and New years day) offering a number of different Snowsports and fun activities for all ages. Alpine Snowsports is located on the outskirts of Aldershot and is within easy access of the A331 and the M3 motorway. The centre has three slopes. Our main slope is 110 metres and the two nursery slopes are both 75 metres long. All slopes are fully floodlit and have their own mist system. We also have a fully licensed bar and a ski shop on site. There is ample free parking right outside the centre.

Alpine Sports
Gallwey Road, Aldershot,
 GU11 2BN

ALPINE SNOWSPORTS CLICK  

Tel
0252 325889

Alresford Gallery   

Alresford Gallery is a small exhibition area in the pretty Georgian town of Alresford, near Winchester. The gallery specialises in contemporary figurative painting, sculpture and ceramics and has exhibited work by artists such as Tom Coates, Michael Whittlesea and Jennifer McRae.

Alresford Gallery
36 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AU
ALRESFORD GALLERIES CLICK
 

Tel
01962 735286

Alresford Goods Shed   
The fully restored Alresford Goods Shed is part of the historic station at Alresford which is home to The Watercress Line. The shed, which is really a substantial building, was restored in 2001 and now offers visitors a glimpse of steam railway past with a museum area.
Alresford
                    Goods Yard
Mid-Hants Railway, The Railway Station, Alresford,  SO24 9LG
ALRESFORD GOODS SHED CLICK  
Tel 01962 733810 
Alton Abbey
Alton Abbey is a BenedictineChurch of England, in the beautiful Hampshire village of Beech, just outside Alton. It has been described in The Times as "the best-kept secret in the Church of England" and "the place to go when you need six weeks holiday but can only spare a day."  
 Alton
                    Abbey  Alton, GU34 4AP
ALTON ABBEY CLICK
Tel
01420
562145

Andover Museum
Trace Andover's history from Saxon times to the present day. Discover a wealth of fascinating archaeological finds. Enjoy an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions in our gallery. Subjects include art, craft, photography, history and more. Take a look at our local exhibitions by local artists, special interest groups and school children
Andover Museum 6 Church Close
Andover SP10 1DP
Tue - Sat 10am - 5p

ANDOVER MUSEUM CLICK

tel
 01264 366283

The Anvil

here are some rare treats at The Anvil this Summer, from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's performance of The Queen Symphony, based on the music of Freddie Mercury and his seminal band, to a thrilling jazz version of Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue, performed by Brian Kellock, Tommy Smith and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.

Crazy comedy comes courtesy of Alan Carr, perfectly contrasted a few days later with Pam Ayres' witty poetry.Meanwhile, there's great variety across the season: the von Trapp Children, the real great-grandchildren of Captain von Trapp, make their UK debut; LA rockers Los Lobos pay us a visit; and New Orleans Nights brings classic jazz to our door, thanks to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Our Theatre Page
Anvil
                  Basingstoke  
Churchill Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7QR
ANVIL CLICK
Tel: 01256 844244
Army Medical Services Museum

The collections on display include uniforms & insignia, medical, dental and veterinary equipment, ambulances, an ambulance train ward coach, a carriage used by Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War and a large medal collection including twenty three of the 29 Victoria Crosses awarded to the Army Medical Services.

 
  Army
                    Medical Services Museum

Keogh Barracks
Ash Vale, Aldershot, GU12 5RQ

ARMY MEDICAL SERVICES MUSEUM CLICK

Tel: 01252 868 612


Ashcroft Arts Centre
The Ashcroft is a thriving Theatre and Community Arts Centre providing a varied programme of professional Theatre, Music, Comedy, Film, Dance and Visual Arts earning it an excellent reputation as one of the South's leading Arts Centres. Ashcroft Arts Centre is a Hampshire County Council Arts Centre in receipt of additional support from Fareham Borough Council. It is managed by the Arts Office, part of the Recreation and Heritage department. In addition to a varied programme of professional theatre, music, comedy, film, dance and visual arts, there are many arts activities workshops available for all ages
.Our Theatre Page
Ashcroft Arts
                  Centre Fareham Osborn Road, Fareham
ASHCROFT ARTS
CENTRE CLICK

tel
 01329 310600

Ashford Chase
One of Hampshire's most beautiful woodland areas, where the poet Edward Thomas and his wife Helen lived before his death in the First World War. 323 acres of woodland and beech hanger, with magnificent views over the surrounding area.
Ashford Chase The nearest town is Petersfield, but roads to Alton and to Liss form part of the road boundary of the area, to which the name Ashford Chase is conveniently given, though in fact it is made up of a series of hills running east from Stoner to Wheatham. Footpaths cross the area from almost every direction.
 


Aspex Gallery
Aspex has a name in this area of the country for being one of the lading exhibition spaces for contemporary art. Throughout the year, the beautifully appointed gallery hosts a range of events that are differing in theme and style. There is no permanent collection, so the works that one sees displayed are different almost every time you choose to visit the centre.
 Aspex
Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth PO1 3BF
Map
Aspex Gallery Web site
Phone: +44 (0)23 9277 8080  -  Fax: +44 (0)23 9277 8080
plaque
Austen, Jane 

One of the world's most famous authors spent most of her life in the historic & beautiful county of Hampshire in the south of England. It was in Hampshire that Jane Austen found inspiration to write such classics as Pride & Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park and Sense & Sensibility. She wrote her famous works drawing on a large circle of friends, social gatherings and places around Hampshire that she visited to devise the characters and settings for her novels. Upon their arrival in Winchester, the Austen sisters resided in 8 College Street (the building still exists now as a private house). Tomalin (2002) wrote that the house was a two-storey house with two sitting rooms, a bow window and two nice bedrooms at the back.

Jane Austen

Avington Park House
First mentioned in the 10th Century as Afintun, Avington originally belonged to the Cathedral of Winchester until King Henry VIII granted the estate to Edmund Clerke, who built the banqueting hall, now the Orangery
Avington Park
Winchester, S021 1DB
The house and tea bar are opened to the public between May and September. Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays 2:30 - 5:30pm.

 AVINGTON PARK HOUSE CLICK
Tel: +44 (0) 1962 779260
Avon Valley Path
from Christchurch to Salisbury via Ringwood, Fordingbridge and Downton. A 34 mile walk through the Avon Valley, a wildlife heritage area

Cerdic The walk starts or finishes at Salisbury Cathedral and Christchurch Priory. The route is well marked with a variety of signposts, nameplates and waymarks, all in the same distinctive colours of green and beige, bearing the bridge symbol. In towns similar markings will be found on street furniture.
AVON VALLEY PATH CLICK

Balfour Museum
This museum houses an outstanding collection of artefacts that are related to the internationally recognised and well respected Red Cross organisation. The particular focus of this museum is to develop a relationship between the people of this county and those who work for the Red Cross. There are a great deal of artefacts and other interesting documents on the show that relate to the work that this organisation does both here and around the world.

Balfour Museum
Weeke, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 5JD 
Map
BALFOUR MUSEUM CLICK
 
Phone: +44 (0)1962 865174  -  Fax: +44 (0)1962 869721
Basing House
A large, fortified brick palace that was built in 1530 on the site of an early 13th century castle. The fortified house, once the largest in England, was destroyed following a 3 year siege which ended in 1645 but the remains are visible. At one time the house was being defended against an army of 19,000 men.
Basing House Basing House is close to Basingstoke and not far from the M3
.April to September
Wed to Sun 2pm - 6pm

BASING HOUSE CLICK

Basingstoke Canal Walk
The Basingstoke Canal Towpath Trail is a permissive footpath which stretches 33½ miles from Penny Bridge to its junction with the River Wey at Woodham.
Cerdic  The Towpath Trail is highly accessible. There are several railway stations near the canal giving walkers the option of walking one way and returning by train. There are excellent road connections and several car parks along the length of the canal. The canal towpath has been reinstated as far as Up Nately, 3½ miles from Basingstoke and currently the limit of the Towpath Trail. Basingstoke bus station was built on the site of the terminus of the Basingstoke canal.
BASINGSTOKE CANAL
WALK CLICK
leave a message with Dave

Basingstoke Canal Visitor Centre

The Basingstoke Canal is declared by many to be Britain's most beautiful waterway. From the rolling North Hampshire hills to the dramatic flights of locks in Surrey, the tree lined canal offers a variety of delights.  The canal can be enjoyed from the 32-mile long towpath or by boat or canoe. The best place to start your visit, or to find out more is at the Basingstoke Canal Visitor Centre . 

Basingstoke
                    Canal Centre
Mytchett Place Road
Mytchett, Surrey GU16 6DD
Easter to September:
Tuesday to Friday, 10.30am - 5.30pm
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, 11.00am - 5.30pm  October to Easter:
Tuesday to Friday, 11.00am - 4.00pm

BASINGSTOKE CANAL VISITOR CENTRE CLICK 
Tel:
 01252 370073

Basingstoke Ice Skating Rink

Basingstoke Ice Rink has a range of weekly events to help all the family enjoy ice skating including Ice Tots, Disco Sessions, Student Nights, and special Family Skating Sessions too.In addition Basingstoke Ice Rink is home to a wide range of clubs including The Basingstoke Ice Skating Club for figure skating, ice dance, synchronised skating, the Junior Hockey Club who offer special 'age separated' ice hockey training sessions for under 10s, under 12s, under 14s, under 16s and under 19s. Training session are also held weekly for the Basingstoke Lady Bears Ice Hockey Team, the Basingstoke Lady Bison Ice Hockey Team, the Basingstoke Buffalos Ice Hockey Club, the Basingstoke Hyenas Ice Hockey club and the Basingstoke Cougars Ice Hockey club. Due to the wide range of specialised sessions offered at the Ice Rink we strongly advise customers to always ring the ice arena before setting out to ensure their session is available because Ice Hockey and other events can affect the timetable, both at weekends and on weekdays.

Basingstoke BisonsBasingstoke Bisons Click
Planet Ice

Basingstoke Ice Rink
Planet Ice Arena
Leisure Park
Basingstoke
Hampshire
RG22 6PG
 
Web: http://www.planet-ice.co.uk

Telephone: 01256 355266
Beacon Hill, Burghclere
One of the best known hill forts in England. It was once the site of the most famous beacon in Hampshire, though in fact the Beacon at Burghclere was called the Berkshire Beacon. The firing of beacons kept on prominent hill tops was for many years an integral part of the defence system of this country and the last chain of beacons were lit on 2 June 1977 to commemorate the Queen's Silver Jubilee.
Cerdic The site can be reached by car along the main Winchester-Newbury road (A34).
BEACON HILL CLICK
leave a message with Dave

Bear Museum
The Museum at Petersfield in Hampshire, England, was founded by Judy Sparrow in 1984. Judy had been collecting bears for several years before that, and they'd soon spilt out of the display case she devoted to them in the corner of her antiques shop. By the mid-1980s, Judy realised that more and more people were becoming interested in bears, and she decided to devote the whole of her antiques shop to them (this was in the days when antique bears were a lot easier to buy and sell!) Since then, the Museum has grown steadily, until today it has a world-renowned collection of antique teddy bears and related items. Judy has become a well-known authority on the subject, writing regularly for various Teddy Bear and Doll magazines. 

 

Bear Museum
38, Dragon Street, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4JJ
10am to 4:30pm, Tuesday to Saturday

BEAR MUSEUM CLICK
Tel 01730 265108
Beaulieu
Formerly the 14th century Great Gatehouse of Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House is set in glorious grounds and gardens with immaculate spreading lawns and walkways overlooking the Beaulieu River. The House has been in Lord Montagu's family ownership since 1538, when Sir Thomas Wriothesley, later 1st Earl of Southampton, bought the Estate after the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
Beaulieu Abbey  Beaulieu
Brockenhurst
SO42 7ZN
10 am until 6.00 pm - May to September
10 am until 5.00 pm - October to April

BEAULIEU PALACE CLICK
Tel :
 01590 612345

Beaulieu Abbey
Beaulieu Abbey was founded in 1204 by Cistercian monks on land given to them by King John. Although much was destroyed at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII, there is still much for visitors to see today.
Beaulieu Abbey
Beaulieu
Brockenhurst
SO42 7ZN
10 am until 6.00 pm - May to September
10 am until 5.00 pm - October to April

BEAULIEU ABBEY CLICK
Tel :
 01590 612345

Beaulieu (National Motor Museum)
Few car museums in the world can match the unique collection of the world renowned National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. Managed by the National Motor Museum Trust, Beaulieu is also the home of the world famous Beaulieu International Autojumble and Automart.
National Motor Museum
Beaulieu
Brockenhurst
SO42 7ZN
10 am until 6.00 pm - May to September
10 am until 5.00 pm - October to April

BEAULIEU MOTOR MUSEUM CLICK
Tel :
 01590 612345

Beaulieu River & Bucklers Hard
Buckler's Hard is a picturesque 18th century village on the banks of the Beaulieu River in the heart of the New Forest. Historically, it is famed as the place where some of the ships of Nelson's fleet were built, but whether your interest is as a visitor - as an individual, family, group or educational party - or as a sailor wishing to moor in the River, the things to see and enjoy are as varied as the history of the area itself.
Bucklers
                    Hard
Buckler's Hard
Beaulieu
Brockenhurst
SO42 7XB
10.30 am until 5.00 pm - Easter to September
11 am until 4.00 pm - October to Easter

BUCKLERS HARD CLICK  
Tel :
 01590 612345

Bembridge Windmill
Grade I listed windmill.  One of the Isle of Wight's best known landmarks. The only surviving windmill on the Island.  Built c.1700 and still with its original machinery intact.  An inspiration for many artists including J. M. W. Turner. Glorious panoramas across unspoilt countryside to the sea
Bembridge Windmill
High Street, Bembridge, Isle of Wight PO35 5SQ
BEMBRIDGE WINDMILL CLICK
Tel : 01983 873945
Bishop's Waltham Nature Trail
A circular walk of about two miles around the countryside immediately to the east of Bishop's Waltham.

Cerdic Bishop's Waltham Nature Trail
Moors Nature Reserve and Chase Mill

Bishop's Waltham, Southampton,
BISHOP'S WALTHAM
 NATURE TRAIL CLICK
leave a message with Dave
tel
02380 456484

Bishop's Waltham Palace
The last Bishop of Winchester to reside at Bishop's Waltham left in a dung cart disguised as a farm labourer! He was escaping from Oliver Cromwell's troops after unsuccessfully defending his palace, which was torn down and never rebuilt. Bishop's Waltham was at the peak of its importance during the medieval period when it was the seat of the bishops of Winchester. Palace
Bishops
                    Waltham Palace
Bishop's Waltham, Southampton,
1st May- 30th Sept 10am-5pm


BISHOPS WALTHAM
PALACE CLICK

Tel
01489 892460


Blackwater Valley

The Blackwater Valley is maintained as an open space between the borders of the English counties of Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey. It runs for approximately 30 km, from the source, near Aldershot in the south, northwards to Swallowfield and the confluence with the rivers Whitewater and Loddon.

Blackwater
                    Valley

Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership, Ash Lock Cottage, Government Road, Aldershot, Hampshire GU11 2PS
     Follow the M3  to Junction 4 where you can take the A331 to follow the Valley south towards Aldershot or the B3272 North towards Yateley.

BLACKWATER VALLEY CLICK

Tel:
 01252 331353

Blue Reef Aquarium, Portsmouth

Voted “Visitor Attraction of the Year” by Tourism Southeast, Blue Reef brings the magic of the undersea world alive. A giant tropical ocean tank with its own underwater tunnel, the amazing otter enclosure and the awesome shark display provide an unforgettable experience. Over 30 living displays feature amazing aquatic life including octopus, seahorses, giant carp and piranhas. Regular talks and feeding displays help provide an unforgettable visit whatever the weather.

Bluereef
                    Aquarium
Clarence Esplanade
Southsea
Portsmouth

daily from 10am Last admission is 5pm (4pm November - February)
Map
BLUE REEF CLICK
Tel
023 92875222

Braxton Gardens
Braxton Gardens are located two miles north of Henry VIII's Tudor Castle at Hurst. Come and explore the walled garden and courtyard with its cooling pool and fountain, designed around the attractive red brick barns of an original Victorian farmyard. The gardens contain many beautiful roses, including the Apothecary's Rose and the Eglantine Rose.
Cerdic Braxton Gardens, Lymore Lane, Milford-on-Sea, Lymington,  SO41 0TX
BRAXTON GARDENS CLICK
leave a message with Dave
tel 01590 642008
Breamore House and Museum

The magnificent Manor House is set above the picturesque village of Breamore, overlooking the avon Valley on the edge of the New Forest just north of Fordingbridge. The House was completed in 1583 by the Dodington family, five years prior to the Spanish Armada.

Breamore
                    House
Nr. Fordingbridge
Hampshire
SP6 2DF
Opening times vary see site

BREAMORE HOUSE CLICK
Tel 01725 512468
Broad-halfpenny Down
The birthplace of the game of cricket in the village of Hambledon. Any cricket lover should make a pilgrimage to this sacred spot where the rules of cricket were born. Aussies flock here. Kiwis Fly here. Indians do not come here for take-aways. Bats are of a wooden variety.
Broad-halfpenny Down
Situated about two miles north of Hambledon village and adjacent to the Bat and Ball Inn (known originally as Broadhalfpenny Hut), this was the site of the first recorded Hambledon matches, played between 1767 and 1781.
BROAD-HALFPENNY DOWN CRICKET CLICK

Brighstone Shop and Museum
The Island's only National Trust gift shop -  Home to Brighstone Village Museum and a National Trust gift shop. Fascinating exhibition recounts the history of this old Island community
Brighstone Shop & Museum
North Street, Brighstone, Isle of Wight PO30 4AX

BRIGHSTONE SHOP CLICK
Tel : 01983 740689
Broadlands House, Romsey 
One of the finest examples of mid-Georgian architecture in England, Broadlands stands serenely in a unique place in British history. Its distinguished owners and many of its important visitors have helped to shape the course of history. Famous as the home of Lord Palmerston and Lord Louis Mountbatten, whose family now live here.
Broadlands
Romsey, SO51 9ZD
Broadlands is on the A3090 Romsey by-pass, ½ mile from Romsey town centre. The M27 motorway runs 3 miles from Broadlands providing excellent motorway and trunk road links in all directions
BROADLANDS HOUSE CLICK  
Tel 01794 505010
Brooks Experience
View life as it was in Roman and Medieval Winchester. The Brooks Experience is based on actual excavated remains and the story is told through exciting dioramas with action and drama for all the family. The work of the archaeologists of Winchester Museum Service continues with study and analysis of all the artifacts and records recovered from the site.
Cerdic The Brooks Shopping Centre, Winchester
When visiting The Brooks Experience why not shop under the cover of the Centre’s glass atrium.

BROOKS EXPERIENCE CLICK
leave a message with Dave
Tel 01962 849030

Browndown Reserve
In the fen north of Browndown Road still grow the aromatic Sweet Gale, Bush Grass, Saw Sedge, Purple Small- reed and Bog St. John's Wort
Cerdic Stokes Bay Road, Gosport ,
BROWNDOWN RESERVE CLICK
leave a message with Dave
tel
 023 9252 2944

Buckland Rings
Buckland Rings is a well preserved Iron Age hill fort located on the southern fringes of the New Forest and to the north of Lymington. Just about a half kilometer to the east lies Ampress, a smaller fort on the west bank of Lymington River at its confluence with Passford Water. The smaller fort has, in more recent times, been partly disturbed by industrial building and very little is known about it.
Cerdic Lyndhurst Road, Lymington,
BUCKLAND RINGS CLICK
leave a message with Dave
Tel 01590 672142
Bursledon Brickworks
The Centre for the Conservation of the Built Environment The Brickworks was founded in 1897 by the Ashby family to replace a works they had originally owned at Chandlers Ford. Production developed rapidly and a second works was constructed in 1903 on the site now occupied by the new Civil Aviation Authority Centre. Just before the Second World War further kilns and brick drying sheds were constructed and production peaked at about 20 million bricks per year employing about 180 men.  In 1974 the works closed and the buildings gradually fell into disrepair. In late November 1990 the Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust acquired the site and started the present restoration programme.
Cerdic Swanwick Lane, Swanwick, nr Southampton
BURSLEDON BRICKWORKS CLICK
leave a message with Dave
tel 01489 576248
Bursledon Windmill
A wind powered corn mill, lovingly restored to full working order. The first windmill was built on this site in 1766-1767 by William Fry. Some of its wooden machinery was incorporated in the present mill, which was built during 1813-14 at a cost of about £800. If the wind is blowing the windmill should be working!
Cerdic Bursledon Windmill is signposted from junction 8 on the M27.
Follow the signs from the motorway to the roundabout and take first left onto the A27. Open Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm throughout the year and anytime during the week that you see the sails turning. Also open Bank Holidays except Christmas and New Year.

BURSLEDON WINDMILL CLICK
leave a message with Dave
Tel:
023 8040499

Butser Ancient Farm

Open air museum for prehistoric and Roman Britain. Learn more about the everyday life of the Celts and Romans, experience the atmosphere of the magnificent great roundhouse and the first Roman villa to be built in Britain for 1600 years. Hands on activities and demonstrations to help you explore the past. Open to the public Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. Themed weekends on last weekend of the month April to September, and Easter 10am to 5pm. Signed from the A3 between Petersfield and Portsmouth.
Butser Farm

Chalton, nr Petersfield  4 miles south on the A3
Map
BUTSER ANCIENT
FARM CLICK


Tel
023 9259 8838

      Calshot Castle

This artillery fort, built by Henry VIII to defend the sea passage to Southampton, was recently used as a Navy and RAF base.
Calshot
                    Castle Calshot Spit, Fawley,
Southampton, Hampshire SO45 1BR


CALSHOT CASTLE CLICK
Telephone:
02380 892023; when castle is closed, please call 02380 892077

Calshot Activity Centre

Calshot Activities Centre in Hampshire is one of the largest Outdoor Adventure Centres in Britain and is run by Hampshire County Council.
 

Calshot Activities Centre, Calshot Spit, Fawley,
Southampton, Hampshire SO45 1BR

CALSHOT ACTIVITY CENTRE CLICK

Tel

023 8089 2077 


Carisbrooke Castle

A museum of Isle of Wight history in the medieval great hall of Carisbrooke Castle.
The museum is an independent charitable trust.You will find Carisbrooke Castle Museum within the old governor's residence inside Carisbrooke Castle. The local history displays occupy the great hall, a medieval building which was once the hub of castle life. King Charles I escaped to Carisbrooke in November 1647 and stayed here as a prisoner until September 1648, occupying rooms which now house the museum.


Carisbrooke Castle

Carisbrooke Castle Museum,
Newport P030 1XY

Coming from Cowes :Take the A3020 to Newport
Follow the signs to Shanklin/Sandown at the first two roundabouts . Turn right at the third roundabout (B & Q)
Carisbrooke Castle is signposted from here.
 

CARISBROOKE CASTLE CLICK
Tel
01983
523112


CENTRAL STUDIO,
The best small scale theatre and music venue in the region! We are the friendly, comfortable, arts venue on your own doorstep, ready to offer the best in relaxed entertainment. Come along and enjoy our facilities, the spacious bar and foyer, recording studio, two dance studios, as well as the comfortable seating in an air conditioned theatre
.Our Theatre Page
Bournemouth
                  International Centre CLIDDESDEN RD
. BASINGSTOKE RG21 3HF


CENTRAL STUDIO CLICK

Centre for Archaeology
English Heritage established this purpose designed facility close to Portsmouth in order to centralise a great deal of the archaeological work that they do as an organisation, both alone and alongside other academic and historic preservation societies. The centre has some interesting public displays which show just some of the exciting discoveries that have been made underground, and how the processes of excavation work.

Fort Cumberland, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO4 9LD
Map
Phone: +44 (0)23 9285 6700
Chawton Jane Austen's literary home
In a tiny village called Chawton in Hampshire Jane Austen penned the novels that are now famous for their sharp irony and complex exploration of human interaction. The seventeenth century house and museum houses the very table Austen used to write her novels on and some first editions of her works are kept on the bookcase in the museum. There is an Old Bakehouse adjacent to the house that holds a donkey carriage that Austen used and, if you are seeking refreshment, there is a tea shop just across the road.
chawton
Chawton, Alton,
GU34 1SD
Map
JANE AUSTEN'S
CHAWTON HOME CLICK


Tel
01420 83262

Charles Dickens
 Birth Place Museum

Charles Dickens is of course one of the most famous writers ever to have lived anywhere in the world. His works are still some of the best read in the English language and have been the subject of numerous film and television adaptations. This is the birthplace of the great writer who spent much of his life in Kent and London and many forget was born in Portsmouth, a fact of which the locals are very proud.

Dickens
                    Birthplace
Charles Dickens Birthplace
393 Old Commercial Road
Portsmouth
PO1 4QL Open Daily:
April to September, daily 10.00am - 5.30pm
October 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Map
CHARLES  DICKENS
 BIRTH  PLACE MUSEUM

Tel
023 9282 7261

CHARLES DICKENS
CONNECTIONS
A great site which clicks through to everything about Charles Dickens on the Web
Dickens
                    Connections
CHARLES DICKENS
CONNECTIONS CLICK

The Chesil Theatre
is housed in the old church of St Peter’s which used to stand outside the gates of the city of Winchester and was built in the 12th Century. Now the church has been cleverly adapted for use as a theatre by the Winchester Dramatic Society. The company has more than 200 members and produces six plays a year. It also runs two weekly workshops for children during term time. Previous theatre productions include She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith and The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend
Our Theatre Page

Chesil Theatre
Chesil Street,
Winchester SO23 0HU 

Map 
E-mail The Chesil Theatre 
 CHESIL THEATRE CLICK
Phone: +44 (0)1962 867086
City of Portsmouth Preserved Transport Depot
Located in the heart of the great port town of Portsmouth, this depot is a living archive of the transport industry that has served this bustling city over the last few hundred years. Within the depot are examples of trams, buses, trains and other vehicles. A transport depot of some note, it is an attraction that is worth taking the time to try and see if you have any interest in vehicles.
City of Portsmouth Preserved Transport Depot
The Depot, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO2 3RE
Map
TRANSPORT DEPOT CLICK

Clarendon Way

A 24 mile walk joining the two Wessex cities of Winchester and Salisbury, a perfect weekend walk. In contrast to the Test Way (which runs from the hills overlooking Berkshire, down the Test Valley to the coast), the Clarendon Way crosses the Test Valley between Kings Somborne and Houghton.It starts beside the waters of the Itchen in the heart of Winchester and ends near the Avon at Salisbury Cathedral. It provides a splendid variety of scenery along the way, ranging from the water meadows of the valleys with their charming villages through woodland - ancient as well as modern - to downlands with far-ranging views.

Cerdic The Clarendon Way RouteSalisbury to Clarendon Palace (3 miles) , Clarendon Palace to Broughton (8 miles), Broughton to Oliver’s Battery, Winchester (9½ miles), Oliver's Battery to Winchester City Centre (3½ miles)
CLARENDON WAY CLICK
leave a message with Dave

 Cumberland House Museum

Portsmouth is a very special place for wildlife in Britain, it has many different habitats in a very small area and at Portsmouth Natural History Museum you can explore them all. The museum tells the story of the wild things of the riverbank, marshes, woods and urban areas of Portsmouth.
Cumberland
                    House Museum

Natural History Museum
Cumberland House, Eastern Parade, Southsea
Open daily except 24 - 26 December April - October 10am-5.30pmNovember - March 10am-4pm

CUMBERLAND HOUSE MUSEUM CLICK
Tel
023928
27261

Curtis Museum

TThe Curtis Museum is named after the Quaker Curtis family. It was originally founded in I856 by Dr William Curtis (1803-8I), a cousin of the botanist William Curtis whose work is displayed there. The Museum on Crown Hill, designed by Charles E. Barry (I824-I900), was completed in I880. It went through various transformations before being transferred to the Hampshire County Council, who appointed their first curator in I950.Apart from the local history displays in the Museum and the constantly changing programme of exhibitions in the Gallery, the collections of interest are of dolls, very fine dolls' houses and furniture, as well as toys and games in the Museum
Curtis
                    Museum
High Street
Alton, Hampshire GU34 1BA
Tuesday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm - Admission Free


CURTIS MUSEUM CLICK
tel
 01420 82802

Danebury Hillfort

Danebury is an Iron Age hillfort. It is one of the most intensively studied Iron Age sites in Europe. You can discover more about it, and see some of the finds from the excavations at the Museum of the Iron Age in Andover. Danebury is a very important part of our heritage and is protected both as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. After years of excavations at Danebury we know more about this hillfort than any other.

Danebury
                    Hillfort
It is open to the public (sign posted from Nether Wallop near Stockbridge).
DANEBURY HILL FORT CLICK
tel
 01264 366283

D Day Museum, Southsea

The D-Day Museum was opened in 1984 to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of D-Day. Its centrepiece is the magnificent Overlord Embroidery commissioned by Lord Dulverton of Batsford (1915-92) as a tribute to the sacrifice and heroism of those men and women who took part in Operation Overlord. The Museum was extended in 1994 for D-Day 50. The Dulverton Wing is a multi-purpose space which is used amongst other things for lectures, exhibitions and work with schools.
The Overlord Embroidery was conceived by Lord Dulverton as a modern counterpart to the Bayeux Tapestry. Designed by artist Sandra Lawrence, the Embroidery took five years to complete.

DDay Museum

D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery
Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Hants. PO5 3NT

Open daily except 24-26 December

April - October 10.00am - 5.30pm
November - March 10.00am - 5.00pm

D-DAY MUSEUM CLICK



Domus Dei, Old Portsmouth

The Domus Dei (God's House) was founded in Old Portsmouth by Peter de Rupibus, the Crusader Bishop of Winchester, in the year 1212, as a Hospice, to shelter and help Pilgrims from overseas bound for the Holy Shrines at Canterbury, Chichester and Winchester. Originally it was a long, vaulted hall, divided on either side into bays to house patients, with the Chapel at one end. In the hall the aged, sick and homeless were tended by six Brethren and six Sisters. There was a Master or Warden in charge. As the importance of Portsmouth grew as a Garrison Town, so the importance of the Domus Deigrew.
Cerdic (God's House)
Royal Garrison Church, Grand Parade, Portsmouth PO8 0DE

tel 023 9237 8291
Eastleigh Lakeside Railway

is a dual gauge10¼" / 7¼"  miniature railway running from its main station, Eastleigh Parkway, to Monks Brook Halt. The return journey of just under 1¼ miles, takes about 15 - 20 minutes.Monks Brook Halt gives an opportunity to visit the lakes, children's playground or use the picnic tables adjacent to the Halt.Monks Brook Halt also allows passengers from the Monks Brook area of Eastleigh to board or alight from trains.  We have a souvenir shop stocking the full range of Thomas wooden andTake along Thomas Die Cast models plus Hornby electric trains.Mrs Kyndley's café (She is the lady who gives cakes and tea to Thomas in the story books)is open daily 9.00am to 4.00pm
Eastleigh
                    Lakeside Railway
Lakeside Country Park,
Wide Lane, Eastleigh,  
SO50 5PE


EASTLEIGH LAKESIDE RAILWAY CLICK
Tel:
023 8061 2020

Eastleigh Museum

The museum in Eastleigh is situated close to the centre of this historic community. The centre is a popular attraction with local people and visitors, and contains a wealth of information about the history of the town. There are beautiful artefacts that have been collected from the past to help show the way that the lives of the ordinary people and the nobility and privileged classes have changed through time.
Cerdic 25 High Street, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 5LF
Tue - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 4pm
Map
EASTLEIGH MUSEUM CLICK
leave a message with Dave
tel 02380 643026
Eastney Pumping Station

The Eastney Station stands as a fascinating monument to the giants of power of a century ago and visitors to Portsmouth should not miss it, especially those who are interested in engines of the Victorian period
Cerdic Henderson Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO4 9PH
leave a message with Dave
tel 023 9282 7261
Eling Tidemill

Eling Tide Mill is a water mill that harnesses the power of the tide to grind wheat into wholemeal flour. Situated on the edge of Southampton Water beside the renowned New Forest, there has been a mill on the site for over 900 years, although it has had to be rebuilt several times, with the current building being some 230 years old.
Eling Tidemill
The Tollbridge, Totton
SOUTHAMPTON, SO40 9HF
 Eling Tide Mill is on the southern edge of the town of Totton & Eling, on the west side of the northern end of Southampton Water on the South Coast   it is approximately two miles west of Southampton  open to visitors from 10.00am to 4.00pm, Wednesday to Sunday all year

ELING TIDEMILL CLICK
Tel
023 8086 9575

Emsworth
 
Emsworth is a delightful village with narrow streets and a busy harbourside with charming pubs and restaurants and a host of small specialist shops.  It is situated on the edge of Chichester Harbour, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and is popular port of call with sailors, artists, naturalists and walkers, as well as tourists and those who live nearby. There are several picturesque short walks around the village, which is the starting point for coastal and cross country walks all over Hampshire.
Emsworth's long history has given the town distinct characteristics. It was a thriving centre for oyster fishing and boat building which continue today, though on a much smaller scale. Two tidal mill ponds to the east and west of the town centre play host to a variety of birdlife, and the mills, one on each pond, still remain though now converted to a variety of uses - gallery, sailing club, businesses and housing.   The gradual growth of the town has resulted in many attractive streets which are lined by a mixture of brick and rendered Georgian houses with tiled or slate roofs which, combined with the high walled gardens, give Emsworth a genuine feel of the past.  A former Coaching Inn still operates as a public house and there are many fine old houses along Tower Street, South Street, King Street and Queen Street most built in characteristic Hampshire brick except for former boat builder John King's house which is, unsurprisingly, timber throughout.  Emsworth is closely connected to the novelist P.G. Wodehouse - try and spot the place names in Emsworth and its locality which he used for characters in his novels - the first of which were written while he was living at a prep school in Emsworth.

Emsworth
                  Sign

Emsworth Museum
Emsworth Museum attempts to bring to life the long and interesting story of the borough with reference to a large amount of documents and artefacts that have been collected together over a period of many years. Demonstrating the earliest settlements in the area through archaeological finds, and a wealth of costumes, antiques, maps and photographs, the museum offers an insightful and action packed day for all the family.


10B North Street, Emsworth, Hampshire PO10 7DD
Map
Phone: +44 (0)1243 378091
Exbury Gardens

We are a spectacular 200-acre woodland garden, famous for the Rothschild collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias, a riot of colour in Spring. But outside of April & May there’s always something wonderful to see at Exbury Gardens. Our Daffodil Meadow & the Rock Garden are stunning in early Spring, the exotic Sundial Garden, glorious herbaceous borders and Summer Lane Garden have wonderful flowering displays in Summer. Then brilliant Autumn colour from maples and deciduous azaleas more than equal New England from mid October to early November.

Exbury
                    Gardens
The Estate Office
Exbury, Southampton, SO45 1AZ
Sat 26th February - Sunday 6 Nov, daily, 10am-5.30pm

EXBURY GARDENS CLICK

Tel

023 8089 1203


Explosion, Gosport

Explosion!, The Museum of Naval Firepower is an award winning, hands on, interactive museum telling the story of naval warfare from the days of gunpowder to modern missiles. The museum includes a nationally significant collection of guns and naval ordnance, an original 18th century gunpowder vault and social history of the people who supplied the Navy from the days of Trafalgar to the Gulf War.
Explosion
Priddy's Hard, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 4LE

EXPLOSION CLICK

Tel
023 9250 5600

Fairfields Arts Centre
Fairfields Art Centre is one of the main cultural points of exchange in this area and offers a multi purpose art facility aimed at encouraging and developing the skills of the artists in the region. The facility has a reputation for nurturing and developing the talents of young and emerging artists as well as giving a first class platform on which more established artists can excel.
Fairfields Art Centre
Council Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 3DH
Map
FAIRFIELDS CLICK
Phone: +44 (0)1256 321621  -  Fax: +44 (0)1256 357694
Fareham Town Walks

Conservation areas were instituted in 1967. Two years later Fareham's High Street was so designated and in 1977 upgraded to an Outstanding Conservation Area. Town Quay Conservation Area, designated in 1975, embraces the waterside from Upper to Lower Quay. A booklet describing two walks exploring these areas has been published by the Fareham Society to enhance visitors' appreciation by drawing attention to some less obvious or hitherto unnoticed architectural and historic features.The whole trail, visiting the two main conservation areas of central Fareham, is intended to give some insight into the growth of this small market town and to encourage interest in and awareness of the built environment. This is particularly needful as Fareham continues to expand.

Cerdic

Farley Mount Country Park
On the downs a few miles west of Winchester lies Farley Mount Country Park, a large area of open country and woods. At the highest point is the strange pyramid shaped folly, with some of the finest views in central Hampshire. The Country Park is named after the famous monument to a horse, named "Beware Chalk Pit", which carried its owner to a racing victory in 1734, a year after having fallen into a chalk pit whilst out fox-hunting The park also includes Crab Wood
Cerdic Hampshire County Council Crab Wood Depot
Sarum Road, Winchester
SO22 5QS
leave a message with Dave
tel 01962 860948
Flora Twort Gallery

Flora Twort is a name that the local people celebrate, and she was certainly one of the most famous artists to operate out of this area in the inter-war period. A great deal of the works here depict the locality at this time, bringing to life the 1920s and 1930s. This gallery and small restaurant exhibits most of the best works of the artists in a space that was once her studio.
Cerdic Church Path Studio
21 The Square
Petersfield,
Map
Tue to Sat 9.30am - 5pm
leave a message with Dave
tel 01730 260756
Flowerdown Barrows
was once part of a much larger ‘barrow cemetery’ and represents an important Bronze Age burial ground on three mounds in the Hampshire countryside, close to Winchester. The site is overseen by English Heritage who have restored much of the site and signposted the major attractions. This represents the largest disc barrow in the whole of Hampshire.

Flowerdown, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 6PL
Map
FLOWERDOWN BARROWS CLICK

Fordingbridge

 is a traditional riverside town situated on the edge of the New Forest, with the River Avon flowing under the town's graceful bridge.Fordingbridge has always been an important focal point. Often known as the "Northern Gateway to the New Forest", Fordingbridge was first mentioned in the Domesday Book. Steeped in centuries of history from Neolithic and Roman settlements, tales of smugglers, ghosts and with over 70 listed buildings, it remains an interesting place to live, work & visit. It has great architecture, independent shops, fantastic eateries & popular pubs.
FORDINGBRIDGE

Tourist Offices

Fordingbridge & Villages Community Tourism Group - 22 Salisbury Street, Fordingbridge,SP6 1AF.
or during season

Fordingbridge Visitor Information CentreKings Yard Salisbury Street

Open Easter - AutumnTtelephone / Fax #  01425 654 560


Tel. 01425 654560
Fordingbridge Show -  

Annual two-day agricultural and country show held mid-July on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire.
FORDINGBRIDGE SHOW
FORDINGBRIDGE SHOW CLICK

Winter Wonderland Ice Rink at Sandy Balls
29th November 2008-11 January 2009

Step into a woodland wonderland this Christmas with Sandy Ball's ice skating rink. Book in early and enjoy a 'skate and ate' session where you can savour a two meal course at The Bistro before heading onto the ice.Bring the children and enjoy fantastic festive fun in the natural beauty of this award winning destination and bring out the children in yourself too! Forest Ice is open daily from 10am to 10pm [Mon-Thurs} and 9am to 10pm [Fri-Sun]. Each 45 minute session starts on the hour and prices include skate hire.  Adults £7.50, Children £5.50 Hire the whole rink Monday to Thursday for one hour between 10am and 3pm for only £100 or between 5pm and 10pm for only £250 for up to 40 children.Why not book a day trip to Forest Ice - the real ice rink in the heart of the New Forest

Sandy Balls
Fordingbridge, New Forest, Hampshire
  SANDY BALLS CLICK 
Tel: 01425 651216
Forest Arts Centre
This popular arts centre specialises in theatre, dance, music and comedy and also features regular art and sculpture exhibitions, plus a programme of workshops and hands-on experiences. Situated in the heart of the New Forest, it serves both the local community and the wider audiences found in Southampton and Bournemouth. It has a fully licensed bar serving bottled beer, guest ales, wine and soft drinks, as well as confectionery and ice cream.
Our Theatre Page
Forest Arts
                  Centre
 
Old Milton Road
New Milton
Bournemouth, Hampshire
BH25 6DS
 
FOREST ARTS CLICK
Tel: +44 1425 612393
Fort Brockhurst, Gosport

Building Fort Brockhurst in the 1850's used up over thirteen million bricks, most of which were produced in Gosport and Fareham, resulting in many acres of excavated claypits.It accommodated units of the British Army from the time of completion until after the second World War, when it was handed over to the Hampshire County Council and then to English Heritage.

Fort Brockenhurst
Hampshire - PO12 4DS
Off A32, in Gunner's Way, Elson, on N side of Gosport
FORT  BROCKHURST CLICK
Tel
01424 775705

FORT CUMBERLAND
Perhaps England's most impressive piece of 18th-century defensive architecture, Fort Cumberland was reconstructed in pentagonal form by the Duke of Cumberland between 1785 and 1810, and designed to protect Langstone Harbour. Southsea beach is nearby.
Fort
                    Cumberland Portsmouth,
Hampshire PO4 9LD
Map
CUMBERLAND FORT CLICK
Phone: +44 (0)1424 775705
Fort Nelson

Fort Nelson houses the Royal Armouries collection of artillery. The 19 acre site of Fort Nelson is full of exhibits. There is the story of artillery told in exhibits with an audio guide. You can go down under the Fort in its tunnels and explore, this is a cool place to be on a hot day. There are often re-enactments and firing of the guns. Exhibits include a French field gun captured at the Battle of Waterloo (1815) plus a collection of 19th and 20th century field guns, mortars and ornate bronze guns. Firing days and other special events are held regularly throughout the summer months at weekends.Before Fort Nelson was built, Portsmouth's defence relied upon smoothbore guns positioned close to the shore. To protect Portsmouth from the stronger guns it was necessary to redesign all its fortifications. In the 1850s the Government decided to update the forts on the Isle of Wight, the mainland and the Solent, they also built four sea forts across the eastern approach. It was feared the French might try to come and attack over land so a line of forts were built along Portsdown hill one of which was Fort Nelson.
Fort Nelson
Royal Armouries Fort Nelson Portsdown Hill Road
FAREHAM , PO17 6AN
1 November to 20 March  Open daily 10.30 - 16.00
Tuesdays 11.30 - 16.00
21 March to 30 October  Open daily 10.00 - 17.00
Tuesdays 11.00 - 17.00

FORT NELSON CLICK
Tel
01329 233 734

Gales Brewery, Horndean

Welcome to George Gale and Co. Ltd. online. From the acquisition of a simple house in 1847 to this website, Gales have developed so successfully that they are now the only major, surviving independent family brewing company in Hampshire, a process no doubt assisted in this century by their production of prize-winning ales. Don't just take our word for it, visit one of our pubs now and find out for yourself.
Gales Brewery
The Hampshire Brewery, Horndean, PO8 0DA
GALES BREWERY CLICK

Tel
023 9257 1212

Gantry
This lively venue covers a wide spectrum of the arts including comedy, dance, theatre, concerts and literary readings. Both local and touring companies regularly appear and the centre also hosts international arts and puts on traditional entertainment and exhibitions. The committed and friendly staff are mostly made up of volunteers and a good selection of food and drink is served, including delicious South Indian cuisine on Friday and Saturday evenings. There is also a licensed bar.
Open Hours: 10am-6pm Tue-Fri; midday-6pm Sat; 10am-8pm performance nights
Our Theatre Page
Gantry
                  Southampton

  off Blechynden Terrace, Southampton, SO15 1GW -  
GANTRY CLICK

Tel: 023 8025 3960
Gilbert White's Home

Welcome to Gilbert White's House & The Oates Museum website. Come and enjoy a special day out at this fascinating and most original museum commemorating important individuals in the exploration of the natural world, set in an historic village in beautiful countryside. Having paid admission,our guests are free to come and go as often as they please that day. View the House and Museum, go for a walk around the delightful gardens and through the Park to see the follies, take tea in the Parlour and shop in the old billiard room. Time and energy permitting walk up the famous Gilbert White's Zigzag through the hanging beechwoods, return and tour the grounds. Or just sit and look at one of the most delightful views in the South of England.
Gilbert White's
                House Selborne, Alton,   GU34 3J GILBERT WHITE'S HOUSE CLICK
tel 01420 511275
Gosport - Holbrook Recreation Centre 
Gosport Ice Rink is situated on the A32 into Gosport, situated in a large park with children's play area, adjacent to Holbrook Recreation Centre. The Centre offers an exciting programme for beginners and well-established skaters. Ideal for coach parties, day trips or group outings. Safety is of paramount importance therefore trained skate martials supervise all public sessions. Facilities at the Gosport Ice Skating Rink include a 40 metre by 20 metre indoor ice skating rink, public and family ice skating sessions, ice skating lessons, ice hockey, ice skating parties, a cafe, bar and skate shop.
Gosport

Gosport Ice Rink
Holbrook Recreation Centre
Forest Way, Off Fareham Road
Gosport, Hants PO13 0ZX
 
Web:  www.leisure-centre.com/sites /gosport.html

Telephone: 023 9251 1217
Gosport Museum in the Discovery Centre



This is a lovely place to come and relax, Its not a normal library where you have to be quiet. Children are very welcome with a great selection of kids books.There is a museum with a small amount on the history of Gosport plus a good value coffee shop.

Gosport
                Discovery Centre High Street, Gosport
  PO12 1BT
Mon-Fri 9.30am-7pm
Sat 9am-4.30pm
GOSPORT MUSEUM CLICK
tel 023 9252 3431
Great Hall, Winchester
Queen Eleanor's Garden

The Great Hall built over 750 years ago, is owned by Hampshire County Council. It is one the largest and finest halls in which hangs the Round Table, based on the Arthurian legend. Behind it is Queen Eleanor’s Garden, a recreation of the late 13th Century ornamental herbier, opened in 1986 by the Queen Mother.
Cerdic The Great Hall, The Castle, Winchester,
Map
10am to 5pm March to October inc
10am to 4pm November to February inc

tel 01962 846476
The Guildhall Gallery
 is housed in the impressive Guildhall building which is situated in the city centre. It displays work by professional artists as well as local art groups and is extremely varied in the types of art it displays. There is really something to suit everyone here as there are examples of photography, fine art, sculptures, carvings, decorative and applied art and craft art. There is also an exhibition of oil paintings, prints and drawings of Winchester. The gallery also has a small shop where prints and cards can be purchased.
GUILDHALL
The Guildhall, The Broadway, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9LJ
 Map
Phone: +44 (0)1962 848289  -  Fax: +44 (0)1962 848299
Gunwharf Quays   

Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth’s historic harbour is an exciting waterfront development that successfully juxtaposes the old with the new. Whether you are looking for an excellent shopping experience, a tasty meal out, or some good entertainment, Gunwharf Quays has something to suit everyone. The setting is beautiful and adds to the unique atmosphere of the Quays. The sea and Portsmouth’s historic ships are literally a two minute walk from the shops and restaurants making Gunwharf Quays an interesting and fun day out

Gunwharf
Portsmouth Harbour,
Portsmouth, PO1
Map

Mon- Wed, 10am-6pm
Thurs & Fri, 10am-8pm
Sat, 9am-8pm
Sunday, 11am-5pm
Bank Holiday retail opening times are 10am-7pm
Bars, restaurants & leisure all open 7 days and nights a week.

GUNWHARF QUAYS CLICK
Tel 023 9283 6700
Gurkha Museum

The Gurkha Museum commemorates the services of the Gurkhas to the British since 1815. The story starts with a view of the Gurkha and Nepal, and his homeland, before the visitor is taken through the main chapters of Gurkha military history from 1815 to the present day.
Gurkha Museum
Peninsula Barracks, Romsey Road, Winchester, SO23 8TS
Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, 12 noon to 4pm.

GURKHA MUSEUM CLICK
Tel 01962 842832 
Hall of Aviation, Southampton

The Solent Sky depicts the history of aviation in the Solent area and Hampshire. This small geographical area was arguably the most important area in the world for aircraft experimental and development work also for civil and military aircraft operation. The Museum tells the story of 26 aircraft companies, the largest flying boat operation in the world and in particular the legendary Spitfire designed at Supermarine by R.J.Mitchell in the heart of the City of Southampton.

Hall of
                    Aviation
HALL OF AVIATION CLICK

Hamble Common

Hamble Common is 55 acres of coastal heath of special scientific interest managed by the Countryside Service of Eastleigh Borough Council. Much of this area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of its wide range of habitats. By following the way marked trail the visitor can discover heathland, woodland, meadow, salt-marsh, mudflats and a shingle beach. Along the shore are the remains of Iron-age settlements, a Tudor castle and a Napoleonic gun battery. Together with the second world-war gun, these provide clues to the fascinating history of the common, which is also a scheduled Ancient Monument.
Cerdic Hamble Common, near Southampton
tel 023 8046 6091
Hampshire CCC Hampshire County Cricket Club
One of the most forward thinking Cricket Clubs in the UK, Hampshire Cricket is proud of its 140 year history and its ambition and commitment to Cricket in the future.
Hampshire County Cricket Club


The Rose Bowl
Botley Road, West End, Southampton,  SO30 3XH
HAMPSHIRE COUNTY
CRICKET CLICK


Tel
0238047 2002

Hampshire Naval Collection
The Hampshire Naval Collection covers all aspects of naval life from the Merchant navy through to the conflicts that the Royal Navy have bee involved with. There are a great many interesting pieces on display that connect the area with the sea and its history. Highlights include a complete list of admiralty charts from 1916 and an unrivalled archive of photographs.
Cerdic High Street, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 1BT
Map
NAVAL COLLECTION CLICK
Phone: +44 (0)23 9252 3431  -  Fax: +44 (0)23 9250 1911
Hangers Way
The Hangers Way is a 21-mile long-distance walking route.It will take you from Alton Railway Station, out into the lush Hampshire countryside, along a series of steep-sided wooded hills, known as “The Hangers”. It then passes through the pretty market town of Petersfield to finish at Queen Elizabeth Country Park,
Cerdic The route stretches between Alton and Queen Elizabeth Country Park in Hampshire.
The route is well sign posted with the logo of a tree on a green arrow.

HANGERS WAY CLICK
leave a message with Dave

Harbour Cruises - Blue Funnel

Departing from Ocean Village, Southampton, our vessels Ocean Scene, Ashleigh R and Jenny R take thousands of passengers on popular cruises throughout the year, during the day and evenings. We offer public or private charter services and can cater for weddings, private parties as well as corporate events and if you've ever fancied a different kind of fancy dress party, check out our themed cruise page.

Blue Funnel
Ocean Village,
Southampton SO14 3JS

BLUE FUNNEL CLICK
tel
02380
223278

Havant Museum
The Havant Museum contains a variety of interesting exhibits which chart the history of this community and the many other areas that surround it. Amongst the brilliant collection is a noteworthy exhibition of local firearms that always attract attention. There are many other fine antiques, artefacts and documents that are well labelled and preserved in this first class environment.
Cerdic East St Havant PO9 1BS
Map
 
Tel 01705 451155
Hawk Conservancy
The Trust is currently closed to the public but will be open daily 10.30am - 5pm from the 11th February until the 29th October 2006. Flying demonstrations take place at noon, 2pm and 3.30pm. Last admission is at 4pm
Hawk
Sarson Lane, Weyhill, Andover,  SP11 8DY
 HAWK CONSERVANCY CLICK  
Tel
01264
773850

Hayling Island
 
Hayling Island is an unusual and interesting feature of the south coast. It is an inland island in effect surrounded by the waters of Langstone Harbour to the west and Chichester harbour to the east and it is reached by a road bridge from the A27.  Hayling Island is only a small island, but it has much to offer to resident or visitor alike.Hayling's combination of rural and marine environments has left us a legacy of unique natural history and a bio-diversity with walking distances of anywhere on the Island.
Hayling Island also has over 3 miles of beaches right on the doorstep of the Solent as well as the Harbours of Langstone and Chichester. With its safe open spaces, fresh air and sheltered waters, Hayling Island has much to offer those that enjoy sports of all kinds, whether on land or at sea.  The Hayling Billy Trail is a footpath which runs from Havant town centre (New Lane level crossing) southwards through Langstone and onto Hayling Island where it becomes the Hayling Billy Coastal Path. The route of the Trail mostly follows the old 'Hayling Billy' Railway which closed in 1963.The current upgrade to the Hayling Billy Trail is being carried out to provide part of the National Cycle Network being developed by Sustrans, the civil engineering charity. 

Hayling
                    Beach

Aerial View of
                    Hayling Island

Tourist Offices

Beachlands, Seafront , Hayling Island,   PO11 OAG
Email Hayling Island TIC
Location Map
Website
Tel: +44 (0) 23 - 9246 7111
Fax: +44 (0) 23 - 9246 5626
Hayling Billy Coastal Path
The Hayling Billy Trail is a footpath which runs from Havant town centre (New Lane level crossing) southwards through Langstone and onto Hayling Island where it becomes the Hayling Billy Coastal Path. The route of the Trail mostly follows the old 'Hayling Billy' Railway which closed in 1963.The current upgrade to the Hayling Billy Trail is being carried out to provide part of the National Cycle Network being developed by Sustrans, the civil engineering charity.
Cerdic
Havant Borough Council, Civic Centre Road, Havant, Hampshire PO9 2AX

tel
023 9247 4174

Haymarket Theatre
Our Theatre Page
Haymarket, Basingstoke  
Wote Street, Basingstoke, RG21 7NW 
HAYMARKET THEATRE CLICK 
Tel: 01256 323073
Hillier Gardens

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens (formerly known as the Hillier Arboretum) hold the greatest collection of hardy trees and shrubs in the world. Started by the late Sir Harold Hillier in 1953 and given in trust to Hampshire County Council in 1977, the Gardens now extend to 180 acres.Within this unique collection of more than 42,000 plants (12,500 different types), visitors will find much of interest throughout the year.
Hillier
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Jermyns Lane, Ampfield, Romsey, SO51 0QA
HILLIER GARDENS CLICK

Tel
01794 368787

Hiltingbury Lakes

Prehistoric burial mounds discovered nearby are the first evidence of settlement in the area. Parts of the Roman road from Nursling to Winchester have also been found in the vicinity. The lake was originally one of a series which may have been ancient fishponds described in the Domesday Book. The others lay to the north of Hiltingbury Road. Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century farms and cottages are the next positive evidence of people living in the area.
Cerdic Lake Road, (or Lakewood Road), Chandlers Ford,, Eastleigh
tel 023 8046 6091
Hinton Ampner Garden
Ralph Dutton is the extraordinary designer who is responsible for this, one of the great 20th Century arrangements of a garden. Across the country people flock to see what is considered a modern masterpiece of design, a fantastic collection of flowers and plants, bushes and trees, arranged with a care and attention that most would hardly notice some of the points of interest without closer inspection.
Hinton Ampner Gardens
Bramdean, nr Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0LA
Map
HINTON AMPNER CLICK
 
Phone: +44 (0)1962 771305
HMS VICTORY 

Welcome to the official website for Nelson’s flagship-HMS Victory. Best known for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar, the Victory currently has a dual role as the flagship of the Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command and as a living museum to the Georgian navy.This site will help you to learn about all aspects of this great ship. Find out about the  men who sailed in her, how she was built and her long and continuing Naval career. You will also find useful information to help you plan a visit to HMS Victory and discover more about our special events and activities.The Historic Dockyard opens at 10am everyday throughout the year, except when closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. From April to October the last tickets to the attractions are sold at 4.30pm and the Dockyard gates are closed at 6.00pm. From November to March the last tickets to the attractions are sold at 4.00pm and the Dockyard gates are closed at 5.30pm. Our Visiting pages will give you more details about Victory’s opening hours.

HMS Victory
HM Naval Base
Portsmouth
PO1 3NH

The Victory main gate for Portsmouth Dockyard is in Queens Street by Portsmouth Hard. HMS Victory is open to the public 362 days a year
HMS VICTORY CLICK
Tel
 023 92839766

HMS Warrior

As you arrive at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the stunning sleek, black lines of Britain's first iron-hulled, armoured battleship, take your breath away. The pride of Queen Victoria, Warrior revolutionised warship construction. Powered by steam and sail, she was the largest and fastest ship of her day. Her most radical innovation was her citadel - an armoured box housing her guns.

HMS Warrior

HM Naval Base
PORTSMOUTH
PO1 3QX
 Warrior is open 10:00 to 17:00 Daily.
HMS WARRIOR CLICK 

Tel: 023 9277 8609
Hollycombe Steam Fairground

A Complete Edwardian Fairground with a wide variety of rides from the gentle Golden Gallopers to the exhilarating Steam Yacht and Razzle Dazzle.  There are rides for all ages and the atmosphere is completed with a number of fairground organs and a range of sidestalls. 

Hollycombe
                    Steam Fair

Iron Hill, Liphook,  GU30 7LP

Hollycombe is open to the public from 12:00 noon until 5:00pm. All rides operate from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.  Fairground at Night events are separate openings running from 7:00pm to 10:00pm on  six Saturdays
HOLLYCOMBE CLICK


Tel 01428 724900


Hook Nature Reserve
Over 500 acres at the mouth of the river Hamble, including intertidal mudflats and a shoreline almost 3 miles long. There are a variety of habitats of which some are regionally rare and declining. The foreshore and intertidal areas provide an important winter feeding ground for many species of wading birds and wildfowl including Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwits, Oystercatchers, Redshanks, Shelduck and Brent Geese.
Cerdic Access to the reserve is via a network of public footpaths. The two public car parks close to the waterfront at Warsash are an ideal starting point.
leave a message with Dave


Hurst Castle

Hurst Castle, built by Henry VIII as one of a chain of coastal fortresses, is located at the end of a shingle spit which extends 1 ½ miles from Milford-on-Sea. The end of the spit is only ¾ miles from the Isle of Wight. Access is either on foot from Keyhaven or Milford-on-Sea, or by ferry from Keyhaven (or from Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight).
HURST
                    CASTLE
Walk from sea front at Milford-On-Sea. Hurst Castle is situated at the seaward end of the shingle spit that extends 1½ miles from Milford-On-Sea. Or By boat – from Keyhaven. No way for cars
HURST CASTLE CLICK
Tel
01590 642500

Hussars Museum, Winchester

This comprehensive collection is displayed to show the history of the King's Royal Hussars and its predecessor regiments,(The 10th Royal Hussars (PWO), The 11th Hussars (PAO) and The Royal Hussars) from their foundation to the present day. A good selection of uniforms, medals, paintings and photographs, together with weapons, Guidons, silver and memorabilia. Archives are available by prior appointment.
Hussars Museum
Peninsula Barracks
Romsey Road, Winchester, SO23 8TS

HUSSAR MUSEUM CLICK
 
Tel: 01962 828541
Hyde Abbey Gate

Once this gate controlled access to Hyde Abbey. Originally it was at least two stories high. Beside the through passage was a porter’s lodge with a stair to an upper room. Next to the lodge was a room with a latrine set into the far wall, which probably provided accommodation for important guests. It now houses display panels telling the story of Hyde Abbey. Founded by Alfred the Great originally in the city centre, it was moved to Hyde in 1110 when the city became over-crowded
Hyde
                    Abbey Gate
King Alfred Place,
 Winchester


Iron Age Museum
  • Step inside the Museum of the Iron Age and discover a way of life that was destroyed by the Romans. The displays will give you a vivid impression of what life was like for our prehistoric ancestors who farmed, fought, worshipped and died in Wessex seventy generations ago. life-size models of a weaver and warrior reconstructed rampart and roundhouse miniature street scene many of the recently excavated objects 
  • replicas of tools, a plough, grave pits and much much more

  • Iron Age

    6 Church Close
    Andover SP10 1DP

    Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm
    Tel:
    01264 366 283

    Isle Of Wight  
    www.iwight.com

    The Isle of Wight is a complete tourist attraction in its own right and deserves more than a fleeting visit. The wonderfully varied and unspoilt coastline scenery is probably the Island’s finest natural asset, from glistening chalk cliffs overlooking clear waters to the tranquil estuaries which meander inland. Whatever attracts you to the seashore, whether it is beachcombing, bird watching, rock pooling, bathing or just watching the world go by, the Island’s coast will certainly provide inspiration as well as contentment. Here you will find over 25 miles of beaches, many of them are excellent for families and swimming; the unspoilt rural landscapes of the inland area; world renown sailing venues and some first class resorts and tourist attractions. Two of the main resorts are Sandown and Shanklin on the south east coast of the island. The resorts are at opposite ends of the 6 mile long Sandown Bay and both are suitable for families with good, safe beaches. Perhaps the most famous town on the island is Cowes, which is famous the world over as a major sailing venue and home of the eponymous sailing week in mid-summer. Cowes which is separated by the river Medina, -  is split into two attractive towns, named East Cowes and West Cowes. The two are linked together by a unique chain-driven floating bridge which transports car and foot passengers between the two. Cowes is famous of course from being the home of the world renowned sailing regatta, Cowes Week which is an annual event held every August. Cowes is also the home of the Royal Yacht Squadron which oversees sailing in the UK. The town of Cowes itself is very pleasant with plenty to see and do and lots of interesting places to stop for a meal. Another well known town on the island is Ryde which is one of the main entry points for visitors. This Victoria town has a pier and esplanade in the best traditions of English seaside resorts from this era.


    Cowes Week

    Freshwater Bay

    Shanklin
    www.iwight.com
    Isle of Wight - Planet Ice Arena
    Fantastic ice rink with sound and lights. Public skating 7 days a week, ladies night, after school skate, hockey skills and weekend disco sessions.
    Planet Ice

    Isle of Wight Ice Rink
    Planet Ice Arena
    Quay Road
    Esplanade
    Ryde
    Isle of Wight
    PO33 2HH
     Web: http://www.planet-ice.co.uk

    Telephone: 01983 615155
    Itchen Valley Country Park

    The River Itchen is considered to be one of the best chalk streams in the world. Visitors to Winchester can escape the bustle of the city centre and take a leisurely walk along its banks which offer excellent views of the city’s medieval defences. The river is home to many varieties of protected species such as otters. It is also extremely popular with people who enjoy fly-fishing. There are plenty of benches along the river to sit and enjoy the view before walking back into the city or further along the river away from it.
    Cerdic Winchester area
    leave a message with Dave


    InTech Interactive Technology Exhibition is a great educational and hands-on centre. InTech is truly interactive and more importantly it is fun - for both adult assistants, teachers and yes the children as well! The InTech Exhibition is designed and run by the local education authority. Its aim is an aid to assist the National Curriculum in Science and Technology for both primary and secondary school levels. What also is good about the set up is that they have their own buses so local schools don't have to hire their own transport - thus costs are per pupil is £2.50 per head, with all assistants getting in for free!

    Intech
                    Exhibition
    Hampshire Technology Centre, Romsey Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 5PJ.
    Mon - Fri: 09:30 - 16:30
    Sat: 09:30 - 16:00

    INTECH CLICK
    Tel
    01962 863 791

    King Alfred Statue   

     

    The impressive statue of King Alfred the Great has stood over Winchester since 1901 when it was erected to commemorate his death 1000 years before. The inscription on the statue reads “To the Founder of the Kingdom and Nation, Winchester and the English name”. When he was on the throne he ruled most of England and Winchester was indeed his capital. He died in Winchester and was buried there until his body was moved to Hyde Abbey.
    King
                    Alfred
    Winchester

    Kings Theatre
    This dignified and beautiful theatre - with its Italian Renaissance style of decor - is one of the best examples of the elegant Edwardian playhouses to be found in the British Isles and one of the few remaining traditional hemp houses. It is the result of the vision and business acumen of John Walter Boughton and the architectural prowess of Frank Matcham, one of the greatest of theatre architects. Although Frank Matcham is much respected and his work is becoming well documented, J W Boughton remains largely unknown outside Portsmouth .This theatre has served the citizens of Portsmouth and the surrounding area for 100 years. With the help and support of all the local community let us share the courage and vision of J W Boughton and Frank Matcham, and see that the Kings remains active and very much alive in its centenary in 2007 and onwards for the next 100 years.
    Our Theatre Page
    Watermill
                  Newbury

     , Albert Road, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 2QJ - 

    KINGS THEATRE CLICK
    Telephone: 023 9282 8282
    Kingsgate and Church of St Swithun

    Winchester was first protected by town walls in Roman times. Rebuilt and repaired, the walls served Saxon and medieval Winchester. Now there is little left of the walls, but two city gates remain. The Kingsgate is 14th Century. Either side of its Gothic archway are two 18th-century brick passages for pedestrians. A charming bowed shop front nestles inside the one on the left. Above the gate is the Church of St Swithun. The combination of church and gate would have surprised no-one in the Middle Ages, but is now very rare.
    Kingsgate
    St Swithun Street, Winchester,

    Langstone Harbour

    Langstone Harbour is the centre of three linked harbours on Hampshire's southeast coast, with Portsmouth Harbour to the west and Chichester Harbour to the east.  The harbour is important for its environmental designations, and commercial shipping, fishing and recreational boating have been supported in the harbour for many years.

    Langstone Harbour
    Harbour Office.  

    Ferry Road 

         Hayling Island,   PO11 0DG

    LANGSTONE HARBOUR CLICK  
    Tel
     023 9246 3419 

    Lepe Country Park
    Lepe occupies a narrow stretch of land with superb views of the Solent and Isle of Wight. It lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area is popular for summer relaxation, bird watching, windsurfing, sea-fishing, and bracing walks along the shoreline.

    Lepe Country Park
    Exbury, Southampton
    SO45 1AD
    From the M271 or M27, head south towards Fawley, through Holbury and Blackfield on the A326. An alternative route is to travel through the New Forest, through Beaulieu and Exbury on the B3056

    LEPE COUNTRY PARK CLICK
     tel
     02380 899108

    Light Infantry Museum, Winchester
    The story of a modern regiment, including the fall of the Berlin Wall and Gulf War.

    Light
                    Infantry Museum
    Peninsula Barracks, Romsey Road,
    SO23 8TS
    Tues - Sat & Holiday Mondays 10am - 4 pm, Closed for Lunch 

    Sun 12 noon - 4pm

    LIGHT INFANTRY MUSEUM CLICK
    Tel
    01962 828 550

    The Lights
    Opened in October 2006, The Lights, a professional arts and entertainment venue is sited alongside the River Anton in the centre of Andover, Hampshire.The Lights features a 242 seat fully raked auditorium, a large Arena Hall with outside canopied decking area, a suite of business rooms, a dance studio and function rooms, all complemented by a stylish cafe area and wine bar. Offering a full professional programme of music, theatre, comedy and dance together with an arts related education and training programme, community group performances, exhibitions and gigs, we plan to become the hub of creative activity for the Andover area.The venue offers almost 2,000 square metres of flexible space that can be used for anything from a board meeting to a ball.  The new Arena Hall is the setting for larger events, performances in the round, themed exhibitions, or when the lights are changed, it becomes a place to relax in a more intimate, cabaret style environment
    Our Theatre Page
    The
                  Lights Andover
     
      The Lights, West Street, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 1AH
     
    LIGHTS CLICK
    Box Office: 01264 368368
    Longdown Dairy Farm

    Learning about farming is fun at Longdown! There are lots of hands on activities each day including calf feeding, chick handling and goat feeding. There are indoor and outdoor play areas, plus three trampolines and two ball pools
    Longdown Farm
    Longdown, Ashurst, Southampton, SO40 7EH
    Open every day from 22nd February to 21st December.

    LONGDOWN ACTIVITY FARM CLICK
    Tel
    023 8029 3326
     
    Lymington
     
    Lymington is a small, bustling market town with an idyllic location between the New Forest to the north and the Hampshire coast to the south.  It is also important as a marina and mooring, located on the Solent which is always busy with yachts and other vessels. The town itself is a pleasant mixture of Georgian and Victorian architecture but its beginnings go back much farther, to the medieval period when it was a centre for salt production.  There are several castles in the area which formed part of Britain's coastal defences against the French and Spanish. Hurst Castle, built by Henry VIII as one of a chain of coastal fortresses, is located at the end of a shingle spit which extends 1 ½ miles from Milford-on-Sea and overlooking the Solent. The castle was completed in 1544. In 1648, Charles I was imprisoned here before being taken to London for his trial and execution. During the Napoleonic wars and again in the 1860s, the castle was modernised and enormous armoured wings were added to house huge new guns.  Nearby and well worth a visit are Beaulieu Abbey and Beaulieu Motor Museum.
    Lymington

    Calshot
                    Castle

    Tourist Offices


    St Barbe Museum & Visitor Centre, New Street, Lymington,   SO41 9BH
    www.lymington.org

    Tel:01590 689000 Fax: 01590 673990
    The Making
    The Making is a vibrant artist-led project and gallery that hopes to promote and instil a love of art into the people that visit. The gallery hosts a series of exhibitions every year, drawing on talent from a range of ethnic backgrounds, ages, abilities and styles. The result is an eclectic arts and crafts gallery that is always challenging perceptions and forwarding new and exciting principles in the artistic scene.
    The Making
    London Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 4AH
    Map
    THE MAKING CLICK
    Phone: +44 (0)1256 845 679  -  Fax: +44 (0)1256 350 080
    Manor Farm Country Park
    A working farm of a bygone age set in a scenic landscape of farmland and ancient woodland on the banks of the River Hamble.
    Manor Park
    Manor Farm Country Park, Pylands Lane, Bursledon, Nr Southampton - just off M27 junction 8.
    Tel. 01489 787055
    Maritime Museum, Southampton

    Southampton has long been a Gateway to the World and Southampton Maritime Museum tells the story of the port, the people who worked there and those who traveled to and from Southampton. Built originally as a warehouse for Southampton's wool trade, it was used to house hundreds of prisoners of war 200 years ago. More recently it was an aircraft factory. Now the Museum houses many exciting displays on all aspects of Southampton`s maritime history. Titanic Voices:Everyone knows about the 'unsinkable ship' which sank after hitting an iceberg on her maiden voyage in 1912. This exhibition tells the real story of the Titanic through the voices of some of the survivors and the people of Southampton whose lives were affected by the disaster.

    Maritine Museum
    Town Quay
    Southampton
    Tue-Fri 10am - 4pm
    Sat 10am - 1pm, 2pm - 4pm
    Sun 1pm - 4pm

     MARITINE MUSEUM SOUTHAMPTON
    Tel: 023 8022 3941
    Marwell's large outdoor ice rink
     
    Delight in the magic of Marwell during the festive season where winter is being welcomed with open arms. Pick up some tips from the penguins and manoeuvre your way around the large outdoor ice rink which is being assembled for the occasion.
    Slough Marwell Zoological Park, Nr Winchester, Hampshire

    http://www.marwell.org.uk/

    Marwell Zoological Park

    Visit Marwell Zoological Park near Winchester, Hampshire, and you will be amazed at the wonderful variety of beautiful and unusual animals. There are over 200 species of rare animals from the Amur tigers (the largest in the world) to leaf cutter ants.
    Marwell Zoo
    Colden Common, Winchester,
    Hampshire SO21 1JH

    MARWELL ZOOLOGICAL PARK CLICK
    Tel
    01962 777407
    Mary Rose and museum

    The Mary Rose is the only 16th century warship on display anywhere in the world. Built between 1509 and 1511, she was one of the first ships able to fire a broadside, and was a firm favourite of King Henry VIII. After a long and successful career, she sank accidentally during an engagement with the French fleet in 1545. Her rediscovery and raising were seminal events in the history of nautical archaeology.

    Mary Rose
      Mary Rose Museum
    HM Naval Base
    H M Naval Base
    Portsmouth
    PO1 3LX

    MARY ROSE CLICK
    Tel: 01705 750521
    Mayflower Theatre
    The largest theatre in the South offers you magical evenings with the most spectacular touring musicals - many direct from the West End - plus opera, ballet, and some of the biggest names in popular music and comedy.Built in 1928, the historic building is full of atmosphere and tradition, while the modernised facilities provide an evening of comfort and quality.We aim to offer at least one signed performance using British Sign Language as well as at least one audio described performance for the visually impaired at all productions which run for more than one week.
    Our Theatre Page
    Mayflower
                  Southampton

     , Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GE - 

    MAYFLOWER CLICK
    Telephone: 023 80 711 811
    Medieval Merchant's House
    John Fortin, a merchant who traded with Bordeaux, started building this house c. 1290. A residence and place of business, it stood on one of the busiest streets in medieval Southampton. Now restored to its mid-14th-century appearance by the removal of later additions, it is equipped with replica period furnishings. It stands near the medieval town wall, built to defend Southampton against seaborne attacks.
    Medievil Merchants House

    58 French Street, Southampton, Hampshire

    1/4 mile S of city centre, just off Castle Way(between High St and Bugle St
    MEDIEVAL MERCHANTS HOUSE CLICK

    Tel:
    02380
    221503

    MEDINA THEATRE

    The Medina Theatre is a community based theatre which plays host to a number of entertaining and varied performances. Seating an audience of 425 the theatre hosts a large number of both local and national plays, concerts, ballets and lectures throughout the year, catering for a large cross section of the community.

    Medina Movies operates two film seasons during the year, within the pleasant surroundings of the Theatre. Films are shown once a week during each season of approximately 12 films, and cover a wide variety of films from a wide background of timeless classics to the modern greats. Many regular cinema fans, as part of the cinema experience, join the film membership club, which for a small fee you can see all films at a concessionary rate, and get movie notes accompanying each film.

    Our Theatre Page
    Watermill Newbury

        Mountbatten Centre, Fairlee Road, Newport, I.O.W. - 

    MEDINA CLICK

    Tel: 01983 527020
    Megamaze
    A seven acre corn maze with 2.5 miles of puzzle paths. A great family day out with Fun Zone featuring straw mountain, giant catapults, ride-on mini tractors, giant sandpit with diggers and more puzzles. Gift shop, refreshments and toilets.

    megamaze
    40 Acre Farm, Havant Road, Bedhampton
    Open from 10th July - mid September, every day from 10am-6pm.

    MEGAMAZE CLICK
    tel 02392 472854
    Mid Hants Railway
    Formerly part of Britain's national rail network between the towns of Alton and Alresford, this preserved heritage steam railway line is now operated by dedicated volunteers for the enjoyment of all.
    mid
                    hants railway
    The Watercress Line, The Railway Station, Alresford, Hampshire, England, SO24 9JG
    MID HANTS RAILWAY  CLICK

    Tel :  01962 733810


    Milestones - Hampshire's Living History Museum
    Step back in time through three quarters of a mile of replica shops, garages, railway stations and factories at Milestones, Hampshire’s Living History Museum. The streets, laid out in scenes from the late 1880’s and 1930’s are housed in a specially constructed modern building, but with cobble stones and tramlines underfoot and historic characters stopping for a chat, the past comes alive.

    Cerdic  Leisure Park, Churchill Way West, Basingstoke, RG21 6YR
    Open throughout the year Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm. Saturday & Sunday 11am to 5pm Easter Monday, May, Whitsun and August Bank Holidays 10am to 5pm.
    Last admission 4pm
    .

    MILESTONES CLICK
    leave a message with Dave
    Te l 01256 477766
    Millais Gallery, Southampton

    one of Southampton’s three main art galleries and offering a lively and accessible programme of mainly contemporary art. The Millais Gallery is part of Southampton Solent University, in Southampton’s city centre. It is a public art gallery, committed to the exhibition of contemporary visual arts that address issues of relevance to culturally diverse communities. Its dynamic programme of exhibitions and events complements the work of Southampton Solent University's staff and students in art, design and media, theory practice and cultural histories.
    Millais
                    Gallery
    Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton SO14 OYN
    MILLAIS GALLERY CLICK
    Tel
    023 8031 9916

    Mottisfont Abbey Gardens

    13th-century former priory set in glorious landscaped grounds, Walled gardens, home to the National Collection of old-fashioned roses
    Unusual drawing room decorated by Rex Whistler
    Interesting art collection donated by painter Derek Hill. Tranquil park, woodland and riverside walks

    Mottisfont
    Mottisfont, nr Romsey,
     SO51 0LP
    MOTTISFONT ABBEY GARDENS CLICK
    Tel 01794 340757
    Mottistone Manor Garden
    20th-century 'Mediterranean' garden with views to the sea. Picturesque garden set alongside an Elizabethan manor house. Colourful herbaceous borders and peaceful setting. Organic kitchen garden. Children's flowerpot trail
    Mottistone Manor Garden
    Mottistone,
    Isle of Wight PO30 4EA
    MOTTISTONE CLICK
    Tel : 01983 741302
    Museum of Archaeology, Southampton
    Cerdic MUSEUM OF
    ARCHAEOLOGY CLICK
    leave a message with Dave

    Museum of the Royal Army Chaplains

    The Museum of the Royal Army Chaplains’ Department reopened in its new location at Amport House in September 2001, after being in storage for over five years. Previously it had been located at Bagshot Park, the home of Army Chaplains’ since 1946. The Museum of Army Chaplaincy houses the archives and historical relics of RAChD and it’s chaplains, and unlike most military museums does not include any weapons or ammunition, since the chaplains are non-combatant and their work is to sustain not destroy.
    Cerdic Amport House, Amport, near Andover,  SP11 8BG
    By appointment only - Monday to Friday
    .
    tel 01264 773144
    Museum of Army Flying

    Celebrating over one hundred years of army aviation, this award-winning museum is home to one of the country’s finest historical collections of military kites, gliders, aeroplanes and helicopters. There are over 35 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft to see at the museum including the largest collection of military gliders in Europe.
    Museum of
                    Army Flying

    Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, SO20 8DY

    The Museum is situated on the A343 between Andover and Salisbury within easy reach of the M3, M4, A34, A303 and A30. The Museum is clearly signposted from the A303. Daily 10:00am
    to 4:30pm
    Last Admissions at 4:00pm

    ARMY FLYING MUSEUM CLICK


    Tel
    01264 784421

    The Needles Old Battery and New Battery
    Victorian coastal defence and secret rocket testing site perched high above the Needles Rocks.  Built against the threat of French invasion. Spectacular cliff top location with fine views over to Dorset and Hampshire. Fascinating military history. Tunnel through the cliffs leads to a unique panorama of The Needles.  Original guns on display.  Old Look-out Tower tea-room, for the Isle of Wight's most westerly refreshments
    Needles Old Battery
    West High Down, Alum Bay, Isle of Wight PO39 0JH

    NEEDLES OLD BATTERY CLICK
    Tel : 01983 754772
    Netley Abbey

    An extensive and inspiring ruin, in a peaceful and beautiful setting. Founded in the 13th century by Peter des Roches,Bishop of Winchester, who also founded Titchfield Abbey, its fate at the Dissolution was to be converted into a private residence. This entailed the destruction of the abbey buildings, but left the walls of the church, including the fine east window. While still ivy-covered and quietly crumbling, the ruins became a source of inspiration for 18th century writers and poets, such as Horace Walpole and Thomas Gray. They came in search of the romantic and the picturesque, and were not disappointed by these fine old ruins.
    Netley
                    Abbey
    Netley, Southampton,
    NETLEY ABBEY CLICK 

    New Forest - Excursions with Jane Austen
    Hampshire is Jane Austen country. It is where she was born and where she lived most of her life; she was proud to be, in her own words, “a Hampshire born Austen”. Jane Austen used many other counties – including Somerset, Devon, Kent and Derbyshire – as backdrops for her novels, but it was Hampshire that she knew best and it was Hampshire that provided the society from which she drew her novels’ sharply funny, often poignant and always brilliantly observed characters. For fans of Jane Austen, a visit to Hampshire can bring about a new understanding of the author and her work.
    New Forest
    New Forest
    Woodland


    New Forest Museum and Visitor Centre

    Be inspired by the brand new galleries at the New Forest Museum.   They feature displays on every aspect of life in the New Forest and details of its intriguing history. Who are the verderers? What is the common of mast? Are New Forest ponies wild? Find out the answers to these questions and much much more.The 'Impressions of the New Forest' film; computer interactives; the 25' long New Forest embroidery; and free colourings and quizzes for the children all add to a fascinating family visit.
    The Museum's gift shop has a wide selection of souvenirs and gifts, as well as a wide range of local books, and you can now order our books, DVDs, videos and CDs online.

    New Forest
                    Museum
    Lyndhurst,  SO43 7NY
    NEW FOREST MUSEUM CLICK
    Tel
    023 8028 3444

    New Forest Water Park

    New Forest Water Park is a friendly family run business established in 1991. Set in 55 acres of beautiful Hampshire countryside we offer 2 lakes for watersports.Waterskiing
    Available to any age, we offer friendly guidance to any standard of skier. The training bar on the side of the boat helps beginners gain their confidence by listening to instructions from the driver as they go. Wakeboarding : The new extreme sport for all you adrenaline junkies! The fastest growing watersport, wakeboarding is a combination of waterskiing, snowboarding and surfing. Learn on the training bar and hopefully you will soon progress to tricks and jumps behind our Mastercraft X7 (NEW FOR 2005).Bananarides : Bounce along on our 6 man inflatable banana - how long will you be able to hold on? (Age 11 and over) Inflatable tyre rides : Hang on tight and experience the excitement of the inflatable tyres. (Age 11 and over)

    New Forest
                      Water Park
    Ringwood Road
    Fordingbridge
    SP6 2EY

     open from 10am until 9pm or dusk (whichever comes first).April - From Easter - Weekends and bank holidays. May - Wednesday to Sunday plus bank holidays.(Wed, Thurs, Fri - open from 12 noon June - Wednesday to Monday. Closed all day Tuesday July and August - Open 7 days a week. Until mid September - Open 7 days a week. Mid September to first weekend in November - Weekends only. We are closed from the second weekend in November until Easter. 
    NEW FOREST
    WATER PARK CLICK

    Tel :: 01425 656868


    Newtown Old Town Hall
    This fine-looking town hall building has a fascinating history that dates back to its construction in the 17th Century. At one stage, this tiny community returned two members of parliament, and the town hall was the battleground for their frequent disputes. The interior carries a series of exhibitions relating to the people and politics of the Isle of Wight.
    Newtown Old Town Hall
    Newtown, Isle of Wight PO30 4AT
    Map
    OLD TOWN HALL CLICK

    Phone: +44 (0)1983 531785
      New Theatre Royal
    To present, promote and produce wonderful work for the people of Portsmouth through the presentation of work in a restored theatre, the use of working spaces in the Back Lot for participatory and outreach activities, and the development of strategic partnerships providing a creative powerhouse at the heart of the city.
    Our Theatre Page
    New Theatre Royal Portsmouth

     ,Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2DD - Tel: 01705 649000

    NEW THEATRE ROYAL CLICK

    Tel: 01705 649000
    The Norrish Central Library
    is located in the heart of Portsmouth and is one of the most important cultural and social exchanges in the city. Carrying a large collection of books that cross a massive array of genres, the library also houses big audiovisual collection that one can borrow from. The library is used for a series of exhibitions and public lectures throughout the year.
    Cerdic Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2DX 
    Map
    NORRISH CENTRAL LIBRARY CLICK
    Phone: +44 (0)23 9281 9311  -  Fax: +44 (0)23 9283 9855
    Northington Grange
     Northington Grange is a mansion near New Alresford, Hampshire, England. It is owned by English Heritage and is open to the public.Set in a landscaped park with an ornamental lake, it is a home built originally in 1670 by architect William Samwell for Sir Robert Henley. It was remodelled in a Greek revival style by the architect William Wilkins in 1804 and 1809: this involved remodelling the 17th century house. The portico is of the Greek Doric columns, six in width and two deep, loosely based on the Parthenon. Visitors have included George IV, Lord Tennyson and Thomas Carlyle.

    Northington
              Grange
    New Arlesford,
    Hampshire SO24 9TG
    Map
    NORTHINGTON GRANGE CLICK
      
    Phone: +44 (0)1424 775705
    Nuffield Theatre
    In 1964, with support from the Nuffield Foundation, the University of Southampton built a theatre on its campus for the people of Southampton.  The Theatre was built by Sir Basil Spence, OM RA, who worked closely with Sir Richard Southern as consultant for the interior design and layout of the theatre, which was officially opened by Dame Sybil Thorndike on 2 March. 

    Nearly twenty years later on 1 November 1982, The Nuffield became an independent producing theatre funded by Arts Council England, Southampton City Council, the University of Southampton and Hampshire County Council.  Over the next 25 years, The Nuffield came to be recognised as a major force in British theatre.

    Our Theatre Page

    Watermill
                  Newbury

      University Road, Southampton SO17 1TR
     

    NUFFIELD CLICK
    Box Office: 023 8067 1771
    Administration: 023 8031 5500
    Ocean liners arrivals and departures
    SPIN is the Port Community System operating in the Port of Southampton. The Community consists of all the companies and official bodies who are responsible for the orderly movement of goods through the port. Learn more about Spin
    Spin
    SPIN is the Port Community System operating in the Port of Southampton
    SPIN CLICK
    Tel
    023 8070 6300

    Old Winchester Hill
    Despite its name the hill is around 11 miles (18 km) from Winchester. It lies to the east of Corhampton on the eastern side of the Meon Valley, opposite Beacon Hill. The South Downs Way and Monarch's Way long distance footpaths cross the summit of the hill, which reaches 197 metres (650 ft)  On the summit of the hill is an Iron Age hill fort. Within the hill fort can also be found Bronze Age barrows. The barrows date from between 4,500 and 3,500 BC whilst the fort itself is believed to be Celtic in origin. More modern archaeology dates from World War II when the British Army used the hill as a mortar testing range. Some unexploded Ordnance may still remain in 'fenced-off' sections of the hill however grazing hill-sheep access all areas so danger to the casual walker is likely to be low.
    Old
                        Winchester Hill
    is located in or near Corhampton and Meonstoke.
    OLD WINCHESTER HILL CLICK

    Paultons Park

    Paultons Leisure Park in Hampshire, on the edge of the New Forest, offers a great family day out with over 50 different attractions and rides included in the price. The variety of things to see and do includes thrilling and gentle rides, dinosaurs, museums, animated shows, play areas, exotic birds and other fun activities for all ages in garden setting.

    Paultons
                    Park

    Ower, nr. Romsey
    SO51 6AL
    JUST OFF EXIT 2 OF THE M27.

    Follow the brown tourist signs on the motorway.
    PAULTONS PARK CLICK

    Tel 023 8081 4442
    Petersfield Heath

    Petersfield Heath in Hampshire, is an area of outstanding natural beauty, situated on the outskirts of the market town of Petersfield. A number of ancient burial sites can be found on the heath. There is a café, swings for the kids and rowing boats to hire on Heath Pond. The pond is surrounded by the recently constructed Millenium Trail, a trail created especially to facilitate wheelchair access to the heath.
    Petersfield Heath Heath Road, Petersfield,
    Map

    tel 01730 268829
    Petersfield Museum

    We are lucky to have a dedicated and hard working committee and other regular helpers. We try constantly to introduce new exhibits to the Museum in order to build on our success of last year, when we had up to 2,800 visitors, including 500 on the occasion of the art Trail  
    Cerdic 

    The old late 19th century Magistrates Courthouse behind the Police Station in St Peters Road has been converted into a Museum and Archive Centre for Petersfield and the surrounding villages. 
    Open (April to October)
    Wednesday 10am to 4pm  Saturday 9am to 1pm

    PETERSFIELD MUSEUM CLICK

    Tel
    01730 262601

    Petersfield Perambulations

    Discover Petersfield and its heath with a town trail leaflet .Stand in an original burgage plot -Walk along the first London to Portsmouth road - and beside the first by-pass - When is a brick, not a brick? Why is King Billy's statue in the Square? See where townsfolk defied the Lord of the Manor .Did the ghost walk through the church wall?  What are those strange badges on some buildings?  Look on the grave of England's best batsman,"A Petersfield Perambulation" (Petersfield paper no. 9), is available from the Tourist Information Centre in Petersfield Library. Also available from the Tourist Information Centre is a Petersfield Town Trails leaflet which includes three walks: "The Spain Trail", "The Lavant Trail" and "The Heath Trail".
    Petersfield Perambulations
    c/o The Tourist Information Centre, County Library, The Square, Petersfield,  GU32 3HL
    tel 01730 268829
    The Physic Garden, Petersfield
     Set in an ancient walled burgage plot behind the High Street, the garden has recently been planted in a style familiar to John Goodyer, the distinguished 17th century botanist, who lived in Petersfield. The garden which is just over a quarter of an acre was given to Hampshire Gardens Trust in 1988 by Major John Bowen. Part of the garden is laid out with beds of herbs in a formal geometric pattern typical of 17th century physic gardens.
    Physic Gardens
    16 The High Street, Petersfield,
    tel 01730 269060
    The Pilgrims’ School in Winchester is an old chorister school that was once closely associated with Winchester Cathedral. Some scholars believe that these schools were established as long ago as 676 AD. The main building was designed by Christopher Wren in the 17th century and was built on the site of a Roman villa. The school also has a medieval hall and barn. Visitors can see the attractive old school buildings when they go through Kingsgate and into the grounds of the cathedral.
    Pilgrims
                    School
    The Close, Winchester, SO23 9LT
     
     PILGRIMS SCHOOL CLICK

    Tel
    01962 854189

    The Point

    A world of theatre, music, dance and food – and some world questions…Our tenth anniversary year moves on apace with a bumper season from April to July. There are international visitors from Brazil, Australia, Spain and the United States, the debut production of our new Young People’s Theatre and a wondrous convergence of summer festivals old and new with the first Point on the Park music event, the Hampshire Food Festival and the ever popular annual JUMP! dance festival.

    Our Theatre Page
    The Point
                  Eastleigh
     
    Leigh Road, Eastleigh- 

    THE POINT CLICK

    Box Office: (023) 8065 2333.
    Portchester Castle
    Portchester Castle's commanding location has made it a major factor in the Solent's defences for hundreds of years.The most impressive and bestpreserved of the Roman 'Saxon Shore' forts, Portchester was originally built in the late 3rd century. It is the only Roman stronghold in northern Europe whose walls still mainly stand to their full height. Subsequently housing a Saxon settlement, the huge waterside fortress became a Norman castle in the 12th century, when a formidable tower-keep was built in one corner.
    Portchester was in the front line throughout the Hundred Years War, serving as a stagingpost for expeditions to France and repelling cross-Channel raids. Richard II transformed part of the castle into a palace in 1396 and Henry V used it as a departure point for the Agincourt campaign in 1415. Thereafter it saw little action, but was used to house troops in the Civil War, and prisoners of war during the Dutch and Napoleonic Wars.An exhibition in the keep interprets the history of the castle and Portchester village, and displays finds excavated on site. The inclusive audio tour explains life in the castle over the centuries, from the point of view of some of the people who worked or were incarcerated there.

    Portchester Castle Portchester, Fareham,  PO3 5LY
    PORTCHESTER CASTLE CLICK

    tel 023 9237 8291
    Portsdown Hill

    Portsdown Hill is a chalk escarpment 120 metres high with spectacular viewpoint across the harbour . It is an excellent vantage point with spectacular views across the sea to the Isle of Wight. It also has an interesting military history, as well as being an important area for wildlife II.n 1860, with the French rapidly building up a fleet of modern, steam-powered, iron clad battleships just across the English Channel in Cherbourg, England's prime minister Lord Palmerston was convinced that the emperor Napoleon III was preparing to launch an attack against Britain. To counter this he ordered fortifications to be constructed all around Portsmouth which included a line of hill forts to be built along the crest of Portsdown Hill at 2,000 to 3,000 yard intervals, specifically to repulse any attack from inland. Six hill forts were completed by 1868. From west to east they are Forts Wallington, Nelson, Southwick, Widley, Purbrook and Farlington Redoubt (now demolished).

    Portisdown
    Portsdown - locally referred to as 'The Hill' - is located to the north of Portsmouth UK. It is a chalk down which rises to 390 feet at its highest point, and runs for 7 miles from Havant in the East to Fareham in the West.
     PORTSDOWN HILL CLICK  

    Portsmouth 

    Portsmouth is the home of the Royal Navy and has been since Henry VII established the first dockyard in the town. The city occupies the Portsea Island peninsula, which overlooks a naturally defensible harbour and these advantages were not lost on the Romans, or Saxons, who both used the harbour here.
    It was Henry VIII who really established the town as the home of the Navy. During his reign he increased the size of the fleet by ten times so that at the end of his reign the fleet consisted of 60 ships.
    Many great navy ships were built here among them the Mary Rose and HMS Victory which Nelson commanded during his great battle at Trafalgar. Having served her country well, she is now one of the country’s top heritage attractions as over 350,000 people visit her in No. 2 Dry Dock, Portsmouth Naval Base.As a major naval base Portsmouth became a target during World War II and much of the town was flattened. The modern town is unremarkable and tourists usually concentrate on the waterfront area which has much to offer. The town is currently in the process of building a landmark tower that will be 170 metres high and in the shape of a sail. The £25m project will be the highest viewing platform in the UK when opened in mid-2005. Numerous ferries operate from Portsmouth to France and the Channel Islands.
    Portsmouth
                  Harbour

    Portsmouth Harbour


    Tourist Offices


    Continental Ferry Port TIC ,
    Terminal Building, Portsmouth, PO2 8QN  

     
    & The Hard, Portsmouth, PO1 3QJ

    www.portsmouth-
    guide.co.uk

    Tel: 023 9282 6722
    Fax: 023 9282 2693
    Portsmouth Cathedral

    The Cathedral is set in the heart of historic Old Portsmouth, close to the seafront and the Millennium walkway. The oldest part of the cathedral dates back to 1185. It was attacked by the French in 1337, damaged by canon fore in the civil war and it houses the original Charles II Marriage Certificate. Explore Portsmouth Cathedral where new and old embrace in a seamless portrayal of history and where faith and culture stand side by side.

    Portsmouth Cathedral
    St. Thomas’s Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO4 0PR
    Map
    PORTSMOUTH  CATHEDRAL CLICK
    Tel
    023 9282 3300 

    Pompey Portsmouth Football Club
    (Pompey)
    Here you will see Premiership Football and hear the famous Pompey Chimes. Twice champions in the 1940's they are now back in the big time
    Pompey
    Fratton Park, Frogmore Road, Portsmouth, Hants, PO4 8RA
    PORTSMOUTH FOOTBALL CLUB CLICK
    Tel
    023 9273 1204
    Portsmouth City Museum

    Portsmouth City Museum is dedicated to the long and interesting history of this city and its people, an important port for centuries. There are rooms set out in a variety of styles that represent the way people would have lived in Portsmouth form the 17th Century through to the modern day. Other highlights include the ‘Portsmouth at Play’ exhibit and the ‘Study Sherlock Holmes’ area.
    Portsmouth
                    City Museum

    Museum Road
    Portsmouth
    Hampshire
    PO1 2LJ 
    Map

    Open daily except 24-26 December.
    April-September 10.00am-5.30pm.
    October-March 10.00am-5.00pm.

    PORTSMOUTH CITY MUSEUM CLICK
    Tel
    023 9282 7261

    Portsmouth Naval Dockyard

    Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is home to three famous warships. Admiral Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory, the first iron hulled armoured battleship HMS Warrior 1860 and King Henry VIII’s favourite warship the Mary Rose which sank in 1545. Attractions include Action Stations, which provides interactive displays and simulators on the modern day Royal Navy, the Royal Navy Museum, Harbour Tours and not to forget a range of shops, cafes, restaurants and an Art Gallery! A great day out for all the family at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
    Portsmouth Dockyard
    Victory Gate, HM Navel Base, Portsmouth PO1 3LJ
    Map
    PORTSMOUTH NAVAL DOCKYARD CLICK
    Tel
    023 9283 9766 

    Portsmouth Outdoor Centre

       The Centre itself is sited on the north-western shore of Langstone Harbour - a location which offers an ideal and sheltered training area for all levels of dinghy sailing, canoeing, windsurfing and power-boating. Our excellent shoreside facilities, with an upstairs student lounge and viewing balcony, offer superb views over this unspoiled and protected natural harbour. Our three spacious classrooms are used throughout the autumn and winter to provide shore-based tuition and we run many navigation and seamanship theory courses.

    Portsmouth
                    Outdoor Centre
    Portsmouth Outdoor Centre,
    Eastern Road, Portsmouth, PO3 5LY.

    Access to the Portsmouth Outdoor Centre is from the A2030 (Eastern Road) at the junction with Anchorage Road. The A2030 is a turning off the main A27, signposted for Portsmouth East.

    PORTSMOUTH OUTDOOR CENTRE CLICK
    Tel:
    023 9266 3873

    Port Solent

    Port Solent in Portsmouth is one of the South Coast’s leading leisure attractions where you can stroll along the marina, browse amongst the individual shops on The Boardwalk, or just relax in the Mediterranean atmosphere of this picturesque site and watch as the world goes by.There's a host of individual shops to visit - from fashion to furniture, and gemstones to games and toys - you're guaranteed to find something for all the family! And if you fancy tempting your tastebuds too, there’s a whole range of Wine Bars, Pubs and Restaurants serving every kind of dish from Italian to Indian, and traditional English to Mexican. The Boardwalk also boasts a UCI six screen multiplex cinema, David Lloyd Leisure Club and if that's not enough - FREE PARKING TOO!
    Port Solent
    The Boardwalk, Port Solent, Portsmouth, PO6 4TP
    PORT SOLENT CLICK

    Tel: 02392 210606
    Princes Hall

    The Princes Hall is a multi purpose entertainment centre located in the heart of Aldershot, in the North East of Hampshire.

    Our Theatre Page

    Princes
                  Hall Aldershot
     
    Princes Way, Aldershot, Hampshire. Tel: 01252 329155
    PRINCES HALL CLICK
    Tel: 01252 329155
    Queen Eleanor's Garden

    In medieval times a garden offered pleasure, repose and refreshment to the senses as well as food and medicine. Queen Eleanor’s Garden is an accurate example of such a garden and features include turf seats, bay hedges, a fountain, camomile lawn, tunnel arbour and many beautiful herbs and flowers of the time.Situated just outside the South Door of The Great Hall is a re-creation of a medieval herbarium named after Queen Eleanor of Provence, wife of Henry III and her daughter-in-law Queen Eleanor of Castile, wife of Edward I.
    Queen Eleanor's
                    Gardens
    The Great Hall and Queen Eleandor’s Garden The Castle, Winchester,  SO23 8UJ

    Tel
    01962 846476

    Queen Elizabeth Country Park

    This is the biggest country park in Hampshire with over 20 miles of trails catering for walkers, cyclists & horse riders including specially made trails for mountain-biking - from beginners to advanced. There is a café and visitor centre where activities run throughout the year. The South Downs Way runs through the park and across the nearby Butser Hill National Nature Reserve. It is situated just off the A3, near to Petersfield.
    Cerdic  Gravel Hill, Horndean,  PO8 0QE
    Map
    QUEEN ELISABETH COUNTRY PARK CLICK
    leave a message with Dave
    Tel
    023 9259 5040

    Red Funnel ferries to Isle of Wight

    Red Funnel has the newest cross-Solent fleet and operates the largest vehicle ferries ever to serve the Isle of Wight. We sail around the clock, 364 days a year between Southampton, the gateway to the Island, and East and West Cowes, the home of world yacht racing.Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, our unmatched reputation for service and reliability makes Red Funnel the smartest choice for cross-Solent travel.

    Red Funnel
    12 Bugle Street, Southampton, SO14 2JY
    RED FUNNELCLICK
    Tel
    0870 4448898

    River Hamble

    The Hamble River is known throughout the sailing world as The Heart of British Yachting. The Rivers location makes it ideal for weekend excursions into the Solent or as a departure point for blue water yachts. It is an ideal base for cruising whether one's horizons are limited to the Solent or extend further afield. This ideal sailing base is used extensively by national and international yachtsmen as a base when competing. The facilities available both to power craft and yachts are second to none on the south coast.Hamble week, the winter series, spring series, Bursledon Regatta, national and world series of yacht races run by the yacht clubs on the river attract yachts from many clubs and individuals throughout the sailing world

    Cerdic River Hamble Harbour Office, Shore Road
    Warsash
    SO31 9FR
    RIVER HAMBLE CLICK
    Tel
    01489 576387

    Romsey Abbey
    On 20 February 1544 the King signed the deed granting the building to the townspeople and parishioners for the sum of £100. By their action this marvelous example of Norman (Romanesque) and Early English architecture, a place of worship for nearly 900 years, has been preserved intact for the enjoyment and use of subsequent generations.

    The Abbey is the largest public meeting place in Romsey, therefore, as well as being the centre for Anglican worship, it is also used for school concerts, for charity events, for Music in Romsey's full programme of concerts and for the three-yearly Romsey Arts Festival.

    Romsey
                    Abbey
    Romsey Abbey and St. Swithun's Crampmoor, Romsey,
    Romsey is a small market town on the River Test about 8 miles north of Southampton.
    ROMSEY ABBEY CLICK
    Tel
    01794 513125

    Round Tower
     The Round Tower was built between 1418 and 1426, overlooking the entrance to the harbour. The Square Tower adjoining was erected in 1494 and built up in the mid 19th century. Long Curtain and Kings Bastion defences were added in the 17th century but only a part, close by the shore, remains as the rest has been built over. The Round Tower is open all year.
    Round Tower Portsmouth
    Broad Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2RE
    Map
    ROUND TOWER CLICK
    Phone: +44 (0)23 9282 7261  -  Fax: +44 (0)23 9287 5276
    Royal Green Jackets Museum, Winchester

    The Museum houses an outstanding collection of uniforms, weapons, silver, paintings and medals, including 34 of the Regiment's 59 Victoria Crosses. Amongst nine battle models there is a magnificent diorama of Waterloo, measuring 22' x 11' with 22,000 model soldiers and horses, plus an accompanying sound and light commentary. Popular visitor attractions include the opportunity to a fire a replica of the Baker Rifle on the electronic range - the British Army's first rifle issued circa 1800.Other popular visitor attractions include the new Victoria Cross Display, 'For Valour', and the Recent History Section covering the history of the Regiment from the formation of The Royal Green Jackets in 1966 through to the year 2000. It tells the story of the Regiment's involvement in Northern Ireland, the first Gulf War and in the Balkans. It includes information on 'The Regiment Today'. Among the items on display is the Prisoner of War uniform worn by Sergeant 'Andy McNab' after his capture by the Iraqis in 1991

    Royal
                    Green Jackets Museum
    The Royal Green Jackets
    Peninsula Barracks
    Romsey Road
    Winchester
    Hants S023 8TS

    ROYAL GREEN JACKETS MUSEUM CLICK

    Tel
    01962 828528

    Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum, Winchester
    Follow the fortunes of the Regiment’s active service including the Battle of Minden, Germany in 1759 through wars in China, Afghanistan, India (the Mutiny and the North West Frontier), and South Africa to the great campaigns of the First and Second World Wars. And, from 1946 onwards, follow the operational tasks carried out by the Regiment in Palestine, Malaya, Borneo, Jamaica, British Honduras, British Guiana and Northern Ireland.
    Royal
                    Hampshire Regiment Museum

    Serle's House, Southgate Street, Winchester,SO23 9EG
    Mon - Fri 10.00am - 4.00pm
    April to October, Weekends and Public
    Holidays 12 noon to 4pm

    ROYAL HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT MUSEUM CLICK
    Tel
    01962 863 658

    Royal Logistic Corps Museum
     

    The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) Museum was first formed in 1993 and moved to the present site in 1995. The building was specially erected and was formally opened by HRH The Princess Anne in June 1995. The museum combines the collections and archives of:The Royal Logistic Corps - The Royal Army Ordnance Corps Museum - The Royal Corps of Transport Museum - The Royal Pioneer Corps - The Army Catering Corps

    Royal
                    Logistics Corps Museum

    Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut, Camberley, Surrey
    GU16 6RW

     ROYAL LOGISTICS CORPS MUSEUM CLICK


    Tel
    01252
    833371

    Royal Marines Museum

    The museum is in what was one of the most stately Officers’ Messes in England. The museum helps you to discover the story of the Royal Marines from 1664 to the present day and is brought to life through interactive and dramatic displays and the latest computer audio-visual technology. Also on display are exhibits on the Royal Marines Band Service and the museum is home to the most comprehensive medal collection in the world, with over 7,000 medals and all 10 Victoria Crosses won by the Royal Marines.
    ROYAL
                    MARINES MUSEUM
    Southsea, PO4 9PX
    ROYAL MARINES MUSEUM CLICK  
    Tel
    023 9281 9385

    Royal Naval Museum

    The history of the Royal Navy dates back over a thousand years to King Alfred's first battle at sea in 882. The Navy has defended Britain from invasion, attacked enemies and eventually established Britain as the dominant world sea power in the 19th century. Today's role involves peacekeeping, fighting piracy and the prevention of drug trafficking. The influence of the Navy can be felt at every level in our society: in our speech, literature, dress, music, character, culture and customs. The history of the Navy is to a remarkable extent the history of Britain. The Royal Naval Museum, in Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard, is one of Britain’s oldest maritime museums. The Museum’s mission is to preserve and present the history of the 'Fleet' - the ships and the men and women who manned them.
    Royal Navy
                    Museum
    HM Naval Base (PP66), Portsmouth, PO1 3NH
    Map
    Royal Naval Museum, in Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard
    ROYAL NAVY MUSEUM CLICK
    Tel
    023 9272 7562

    Sammy Miller Museum

    The museum houses the finest collection of fully restored motorcycles in Europe.Probably the world's most successful trials rider during the past 50 years, Sammy Miller is now devoted to keeping alive the memories of the golden age of British motorcycling.
    Motorbike
                    Museum
    Bashley Cross Rd
    New Milton
    BH25 5HZ


    SAMMY MILLER MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM CLICK  

    TEL:
     01425 616446

    Sandham Memorial Chapel
    Chapel containing Stanley Spencer's visionary paintings - Unique 1920s decorated chapel -  Filled with Stanley Spencer's murals inspired by the experience of First World War - Internationally recognised monument of British art -  Orchard carpeted with wild flowers, with views of Watership Down -  Stanley Spencer educational resources - Points to note    As there is no lighting in the chapel, it is best to view the paintings on a bright day.
    Sandham Memorial Chapel
    Harts Lane, Burghclere, nr Newbury, Hampshire RG20 9JT
    SANDHAM CLICK
    Tel : 01635 278394
    SEARCH
    This hands-on history and science centre has been specifically designed to appeal to young people, although there is something for all ages on offer here. There is a series of exhibitions that illustrate, in a practical and interactive way, some of the most interesting elements of the disciplines, bringing learning to life. The centre works in partnership with local education authorities to tailor exhibits to learning objectives in schools.
    Cerdic 50 Clarence Road, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 1BU
    Map
    Phone: +44 (0)23 9250 1957  -  Fax: +44 (0)23 9250 1921
    The Selborne Gallery
     is a mouth and foot painting artists gallery. All the exhibits on show have been created by people who use either their mouths or their feet to express their artistic creativity. It is the only gallery of its kind in Britain and is situated in a picturesque Hampshire village which is no stranger to fame as it was the home of the famous naturalist, Gilbert White. Prince Charles visited the gallery in 2002 to mark the tenth anniversary of its opening. Visitors will be amazed and inspired at the skill that has been used to create these works of art.
    Selbourne Gallery
    Selborne, Alton, Hampshire GU34
    Map
    Phone: +44 (0)1420 511233
    Selborne Pottery,
    established by Robert Goldsmith, make hand thrown and decorated domestic stonewear. The pottery uses cobolt blue pigments and rich copper red glazes with the occasional delicate addition of gold lustre. The pottery produces numerous items including large serving bowls, jugs, olive bowls and vases through to tea pots, mugs and expresso cups. There are several distinct designs for which Selborne Potter has become well known. The pottery is situated in a pretty cobbled courtyard in the heart of Selborne. The studio and showroom are open Mon – Fri, 10 – 6 an the showroom only is open weekends 12 – 5pm.
    Selbourne Pottery
    The Plestor, Selborne, Near Alton, Hampshire GU34 3JQ
    Map
    SELBOURNE POTTERY CLICK
    Phone: +44 (0)1420 511413  -  Fax: +44 (0)1420 511413
    The Selborne Yew
    In the churchyard of the Parish Church of St Mary in the historic village of Selborne in Hampshire is the remains of a yew that was measured by the famous naturalist Gilbert White in 1789. It was then measured as 23 feet (7 metres) in girth and became one of the most famous trees in England. It is so old that it was standing when King Henry VIII was on the throne. The yew was designated as one of Britain’s fifty great trees to commemorate the Golden Jubilee and has therefore been conserved. It now stands as a memorial to Gilbert White.
    Selborne Yew
    Parish Church of St Mary, Selborne, Alton, Hampshire GU34
    Map


    Shieldhall

    Shieldhall was laid down in October 1954 and entered service in October 1955. Built by Lobnitz & Co., of Renfrew, she is of special interest as she was built on older classic lines with a traditional wheelhouse, of riveted and welded construction with a straight stem and a cruiser stern. Shieldhall was operated by Glasgow Corporation to transport treated sewage sludge down the river Clyde to be dumped at sea. She continued a tradition, dating back to the First World War, that Glasgow's sludge vessels carried organised parties of passengers when operating during the summer months. Thus Shieldhall was built with accommodation for 80 passengers. In 1976, after 21 years of faithful service on the Clyde, Shieldhall was laid up. Shieldhall was purchased by the Southern Water Authority in 1977 and after minor modifications, she carried sludge from Southampton to an area south of the Isle of Wight for five years from 1980. It was when she was suddenly withdrawn from service in 1985, due to rising fuel prices, that active preservation began.
    Shieldhall

    Solent Steam Packet Ltd., PO Box 1028, Southampton, SO18 1XT
    Unless stated otherwise, excursions start and finish from Berth 48, Eastern Docks, Southampton. Entrance via Dock Gate 4

    SHIELDHALL CLICK

    Tel 023 8023 0405


    Silchester
    Originally a tribal centre of the Iron Age Atrebates, Silchester became the large and important Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum. Unlike most Roman towns, it was never re-occupied or built over after its abandonment in the 5th century, so archaeological investigations give an unusually complete picture of its development. The complete circuit of its 3rd-century walls, among the best-preserved Roman town defences in England and 21⁄2 km (11⁄2 miles) long, can still be traced, although none of the buildings within them survive above ground. Outside them are the remains of a Roman amphitheatre, which provided seating for over 4,500 spectators.
    Silchester
    Silchester,RG7 2LT
    ROMAN SILCHESTER CLICK

    Solent Flight

    Solent Flight was originally formed and set up in 1986 as a one aeroplane flying school, run from a small grass airfield in southern England by a husband and wife team. The object was, and still is, to provide a high standard of flying training in a friendly atmosphere and to ensure safe and enjoyable flying. From these early beginnings, Solent Flight has gone from strength to strength and now operates from Southampton International Airport.
    Solent
                    Flight
    Building No. 2
    Southampton International Airport
    SO18   2HG

    SOLENT FLIGHT CLICK
    Tel
    02380650300

    Solent Way
    The Solent Way is a 60-mile long-distance coastal walking route from the seaside town of Milford-on-Sea past the hustle and bustle of seafronts, quiet yachting harbours, deserted marshland and saltings to finish at Emsworth Harbour.The Way has been divided into 8 sections, each providing a really good day out. Choose between deserted coastal marshes or promenades and candy-floss, seaside picnics or cosy riverside pubs, and shingle beaches with exhilarating views
    Cerdic The route is well waymarked with a Tern on a green arrow and is shown on Ordnance Survey maps Explorer OL22, 119 and 120 at 1:25 000 scale and indicated on these maps with a green diamond and the name of the route (Solent Way)
    leave a message with Dave

    South Downs Way
    The South Downs Way runs between Winchester and Eastbourne and is entirely within the two areas of outstanding natural beauty, East Hampshire and the Sussex Downs which make up the area of the South Downs. Encouragement is now being given to farmers on the Downs to return their arable land to more traditional forms of management, and the Sussex Downs are designated as areas of outstanding natural beauty. The area has been inhabited by hill forts, tumuli and cross dykes, while the Way itself was probably an important trade route in the Bronze Age.
    Cerdic Although the Way is well sign posted, it is a good idea to have the relevant Ordnance Survey Map (numbers 185, 197, 198, 199) or National Trail Guide with you if only to identify some of the features in the view.
    leave a message with Dave

    South Ham Library
    South Ham Library is located in Basingstoke and offers an extensive collection of texts on a variety of subjects crossing both non-fiction and fiction titles. There are also collections of audiovisual materials, many of which are available for loan. The library also offers a range of exhibitions in the lobby throughout the year, including art and crafts, as well as speakers from the local region.

    Paddock Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG22 6QB
    Map
    Phone: +44 (0)1256 465102
    Southampton

    Southampton is the largest city on the south coast with a population of 221,000. The city dates back to Norman times when it was an important port. The maritime aspect of the city came to the fore during the 19th century when Southampton became the major port for liners on the Atlantic route. The most famous of these great ships was the Titanic which sailed from here on her maiden voyage in 1912. The city was heavily bombed during World War 2 and the modern city is a reflection of these events. Not much remains of the old city but there are a few corners where the city's past may be glimpsed. 

    In 1936 nearly 50% of sea passengers arrived at Southampton and this aspect of the port still flourishes today, with many new luxury liners using the port as a base for trans-Atlantic voyages. The most recent new liner to be launched in Southampton was the Queen Mary 2 in January 2004.Another claim to fame for the city is with regard to flying boats which were developed and built in the city during the war years. Sadly these evocative craft are no longer seen in  the waters around the city. In 2006 Southampton is fast becoming one of the most popular leisure and cultural destinations in the south. Its appeal lies in its diverse nightlife, wide retail opportunities, excellent leisure facilities, superb heritage attractions and the charm of a bustling waterfront location.There is no doubt that Southampton is a city and the urban landscape prevails however you do not have to travel far to find open coast and good beaches. To the south east is the old ship building village of Bucklers Hard lying on the picturesque River Beaulieu. To the south west of the city is the Hamble estuary which is a major centre for sailing, with many marinas and moorings and several yacht clubs. The River Hamble area is known as the 'Home of British yachting.' Yachtie heaven!


    Southampton

    Southampton

    Tourist Offices


    9 Civic Centre Road , Southampton, SO14 7FJ
     
    &  SOUTHAMPTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ,
    Wide Lane, Southampton SO18 2HG
    Tel: 023 8083 3333 Fax: 023 8083 3381
    Saints Southampton Football Club

    In 2001 the move from the Dell to the new Friends Provident St Mary’s Stadium was something of a spiritual homecoming for Southampton Football Club. The team that play in red and white today can trace their roots back to the club formed in 1885 by members of St. Mary's Church Young Men's association who played their football on the banks of the Itchen for 13 years before moving on. Unfortunately for Harry Rednapp & the team they were relegated to the Championship in 2005.

    SouthamptonFC

     Southampton FC,
    Friends Provident St. Mary's Stadium,
    Britannia Road,
    Southampton,
    SO14 5FP

    SOUTHAMPTON FOOTBALL CLUB CLICK


    Tel
    0870-2200 000

    Southampton Guildhall Ice Rink
    The state-of-the art ice rink will join the popular German Market as a special Christmas attraction for city centre shoppers and workers. The Cafe in the Square will serve tempting refreshments.
    Southampton Southampton Guildhall,
     Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LY

    Southampton Hall of Aviation

    The Solent Sky depicts the history of aviation in the Solent area and Hampshire. This small geographical area was arguably the most important area in the world for aircraft experimental and development work also for civil and military aircraft operation. The Museum tells the story of 26 aircraft companies, the largest flying boat operation in the world and in particular the legendary Spitfire designed at Supermarine by R.J.Mitchell in the heart of the City of Southampton. 

    Hall of
                    Aviation
    Albert Road South, Southampton, SO14 3FR
    HALL OF AVIATION CLICK  

    Tel
    02380 635830

    Southsea  
     
    Southsea is the traditional seaside part of Portsmouth and has a four mile long promenade and plenty of beach space. There's fun and fascination at some of the resort's leading attractions and the chance to relax on the beaches. There are also two piers which offer even more entertainment and wonderful sea views.
    Southsea Pier

    Tourist Offices


    Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth,  PO5 3PB
    www.insouthsea.co.uk
     Tel: 023 9282 6722
    Southsea Castle

    Built in 1544, the Castle was part of a series of fortifications constructed by Henry VIII around England's coasts to protect the country from invaders. Barely was the work completed when Henry VIII's flagship, the Mary Rose, tragically sank in front of the Castle. During the English Civil War, nearly a century later, the Castle was captured for the only time in its history, by Parliamentarian forces.

    Southsea
                    Castle

    Southsea Castle
    Clarence Esplanade, Southsea Hants PO5 3PA

    Open daily
    April - October 10.00am - 5.30pm


    Southsea Marina
    A haven for yachtsmen, on the doorstep of the Solent Tucked away on the Eastney Peninsula this small and friendly marina offers a sheltered site with plenty of on site services. Access to the marina is via an automatic tidal flap gate allowing unrestricted movement in and out of the marina for three hours either side of high water.

    Southsea
                    Marina
    Fort Cumberland Road
    Portsmouth
    Hampshire
    PO4 9RJ

    SOUTHSEA MARINA CLICK.
    Tel: 023 9282 2719
    Spinners Garden
    On a slope overlooking the River Lymington valley with Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Camellias, Japanese Maples, Hydrangeas, and other rare shrubs interplanted with a wide variety of choice woodland and ground cover plants. Adjoining internationally known nursery.The garden was made between 1961 and 1981 by the owners . Rhododendrons and Azaleas are the mainstay at the top of the garden where the soil is very poor, selected to give interest for long periods by concentrating on foliage and habit and not just flowers.
    Spinners
                    Garden
    Spinners Garden, Lymington,SO41 5QE
    SPINNERS GARDEN CLICK
    tel 01590 673347
    Spitbank Fort

    Spitbank fort was designed to defend the anchorage and the inner approaches to Portsmouth Harbour from French Invaders, and act to provide a secondary line of defence against light draft vessels that had managed to pass the heavier fortified outer defensive forts. Work began at Spitbank in 1861, but was stopped in Spring of 1862 due to political wranglings as to the suitability of forts such as these to protect the harbour. The Commission, consisting of naval and military officers set to investigate the matter, submitted their report in 1863. They considered that it would be cheaper and more versatile to construct the forts, than to provide armour-plated ships, either movable or stationary, with connecting booms and chains. In spite of this positive report, the government let the matter stand for another year. In the Spring of 1864, the construction finally resumed with the first stone being lain in March 1867 at a depth of 17ft below low water, and was completed in June 1878.

    Spithead
     Spitbank Fort Ltd,
    The Solent,
    PO Box 129
    Hampshire
    PO12 2XY

    SPITBANK FORT CLICK
    Tel 0239
    2504207

    Stanstead Park House

    Set in 1750 acres of glorious park and woodland on the Hampshire/West Sussex border. Stansted House is a prime example of the Carolean revival and the lavishly decorated Chapel of St Paul was an inspiration to the poet Keats.Stansted began as a hunting lodge in the 11th century, and has seen a succession of interesting owners and many royal and distinguished visitors over the centuries. It was built on the present site in 1688 for Richard Lumley, probably to a design by William Talman.

    Stansted House

    Stansted Park

    Rowlands Castle

    PO9 6DX
    Follow the brown Heritage signs from the A3 ( Emsworth & Rowlands Castle B2149) or A27 (Havant)

    STANSTEAD PARK HOUSE CLICK
    Tel
     023 9241 2265

    Staunton Country Park
    Staunton Country Park is set in 1000 acres of parkland with huge, beautiful glasshouses, walled gardens (including the Golden Jubilee maze) and follies. This park also has the only remaining ornamental farm in England, with horses, pigs, sheep, llamas, peacocks and waterfowl. Experience this as a perfect family day out. The ornamental farm is great fun for children who can pet the animals and have fun at the play area.

    Staunton Park
    Staunton, Middle Park, Way Havant,  PO9 5HB
    :
    STAUNTON COUNTRY PARK CLICK  
    tel
     023 9245 3405

    Staunton Way
    A long-distance walking route, of 20.5 miles, through some of Hampshire’s finest and most peaceful countryside. The trail starts in the north of Hampshire, at Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Petersfield. It meanders up onto the hills of the South Downs, through the villages of Chalton and Finchdean, eventually leading you down to Staunton Country Park, close to the town of Havant. The route is waymarked and can easily be walked in stages.
    Cerdic The route stretches between Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Petersfield and Staunton Country Park, Havant in Hampshire.

    The route is well sign posted with the logo of a roe deer on a green arro
    w
    leave a message with Dave

    St Agathas Church
    St Agatha's Church is outstandingly important because of the quality of the interior decoration by Heywood Sumner and the social and religious significance of Father Robert Dolling. Landport was virtually destroyed during the war but St. Agatha's was saved and subsequently acquired by Hampshire County Council. The building has been extensively restored between 1988 and 1995. The building is currently managed by Portsmouth City Council's Museums Service. The building itself is well worth visiting to view the architecture and Heywood Sumner Scrafito. St Agatha's was built in just one year in 1895 due to the initiative of Father Dolling. He came at the instigation of Winchester College to maintain their mission church in the worst slums of Portsmouth and transformed the life of the area.
    St Agathas
                    Church
    St Agatha's Church, Portsmouth
    ST.AGATHAS CHURCH CLICK
    tel
    01329 236462

    St Barbe Museum
    St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery tells the special story of the coastal strip between the New Forest and The Solent and hosts a changing programme of high quality exhibitions. St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery is an independent, charitable organisation run by the Lymington Museum Trust. Since opening in its finished form in 1999 St. Barbe Museum has acquired a reputation as one of the finest museums and art galleries in the region and has received national recognition for its superb exhibitions.
    St
                    Barbe Museum
    New Street, Lymington,  SO41 9BH
     Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm

    St BARBE MUSEUM CLICK
    Tel:
    01590 676969

    St Cross
    Founded in 1132 by Henri du Blois, grandson of William the Conqueror, it was extended in 1446 by Cardinal Beaufort, son of John of Gaunt, Chancellor of England and William of Wykeham's successor at Winchester. It is still home to 25 Brothers, whose apartments form one side of the historic quadrangle. St Cross is set amid scenery that inspired Keats and that set Trollope on the way to writing "The Warden" and the rest of the Barchester Chronicles. Pilgrims met at this ancient place, quaffed ale and told tales on the way to Canterbury; crusaders spent their last night here and prayed in the church before sailing from Southampton.
    St Cross
                    Hospital
    St Cross Hospital, St Cross Road ,
    Winchester, SO23 9SD

    ST.CROSS HOSPITAL CLICK
    tel
     01962 878218

    St Mary's Parish Church 
    St Mary’s church is at the top of what is known as the Plestor (play area) in the pretty village of Selborne in Hampshire. It is of 12th Century origin and was probably built on the site of an older Saxon church. The village is famous for its connections with Gilbert White who was a famous naturalist. Inside the church are two stained glass windows commemorating him, and his grave is in the adjoining churchyard. In the chancel there are two 15th Century seats and a bench which White wrote about. The church also has a one-handed clock from the 17th Century which is thought to be the oldest in Hampshire.
    St Mary's Selborne
    Selborne, Alton,
    Hampshire GU34
    Map


    St Michael's Abbey
    A Mausoleam and Monastery commissioned by Princess Eugenie - wife of Napoleon III of France as a site to bury her exiled husband and son.
    St.Michaels
                    Abbey

    St Michael's Abbey
    Farnborough
    GU14 7NQ
    Open every Saturday & Bank Holiday at 3.30pm 

    ST.MICHAEL'S ABBEY CLICK

    Steventon
    The village of Steventon lies nestled in a quiet spot between two main thoroughfares from Basingstoke: George Austen, Jane Austen's father, took on the rectorship of Steventon. Like Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice, Jane was a keen walker and often walked to Popham Lane, where the family collected their letters at what is now known as the Wheatsheaf Inn. The late 17th century house, repaired in the 1760s for the Austens' occupation, had seven bedrooms. Its flat facade was broken up by evenly placed windows, and a trellised porch almost more suited to a cottage formed a centrepiece.
    Cerdic Steventon,
    Nr Basingstoke


    Submarine Museum

    Have you ever been in a W.W.II submarine?
    Pictured yourself cramped in a tiny miniature submarine about to slip under an enemy ship
    Thought about escaping from a submarine trapped many hundreds of feet below the surface of the sea? Now you can experience the reality at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum. This unique Museum offers you the chance.... to climb aboard a real submarine, to discover true tales of heroism and to relive a life under the sea through the personal effects of the crews.

    Submarine Museum

    The Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Haslar Jetty Road
    Gosport, PO12 2AS

    APRIL - OCT 10:00am - 17:30pm
    NOV - MAR 10:00am - 16:30pm

    SUBMARINE MUSEUM CLICK


    Tel: 023 9252 9217
    Talking Heads
    This small, friendly music venue puts on gigs by both established and new bands and showcases local talent, with styles ranging from salsa and reggae to dance and disco, as well as rock and indie. There are regular comedy evenings and there is live traditional Irish music every Sunday lunchtime. Alternative entertainment is also a feature, with Murder Mystery evenings on alternate Tuesdays. This charming venue can be found in the Portswood area of Southampton, close to The Brook.
    Our Theatre Page
    TALKING HEADS THEATRE SOUTHAMPTON  
    320 Portswood Road
    Portswood
    Southampton, Hampshire
    SO17 2TD
     
    TALKING HEADS CLICK
    Tel: +44 2380 555899
    Telegraph Wood
    55 acres of broad-leaved and coniferous woodland managed by the Countryside Service of Eastleigh Borough Council, under lease from Queen's College Oxford. On entering the woodland from Telegraph Road, the dense shade of the Douglas firs hides the remains of an Armada beacon marked by a perfectly circular bank. Further along the main path, the firs give way to reveal sweet chestnut coppice. Traditional coppice management continues today, providing a valuable crop of timber which regrows after each cutting. In the autumn, the trees shed their prickly seeds which carpet the ground and provide food for jays and squirrels. From places where tree cover is sparse, extensive views of the surrounding countryside can be enjoyed from the woodland's elevated position. Looking down from the remains of the Iron Age hill-fort to the valley below, you can imagine how difficult it would have been to attack.

    Cerdic Telegraph Road, Southampton,
    leave a message with Dave
    tel
    023 8046 6091

    Test Way
    A 44 mile long-distance walking route starting on the chalk downs at Inkpen.
    It follows much of the course of the River Test to Eling where it flows into Southampton Water.
    The route passes through some of the most picturesque villages in Hampshire.

    Cerdic The walk can start or finish at Inkpen in Berkshire or Eling Wharf in Hampshire.
    The route is well sign posted and waymarked, using discs and urban stickers with the logo of TW on a green arrow.
    Horse-riders and cyclists can also use some parts of the Test Way.
    leave a message with Dave

    Theatre Royal

    The Theatre presents a wide range of work, from stand-up comedy to children's theatre and including music, dance and classic plays. We are sure that you will find things that interest you.

    Since the Theatre re-opened in October 2001, after a major refurbishment, over 6,000 people a month have been through our doors. They have found the brand new box office, 3 bars and 2 meeting rooms are wonderful facilities to complement the renovation of the auditorium and the rebuilt stage. We look forward to many more joining them.

    Our Theatre Page
    Watermill Newbury

     , Jewry Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8SB - 


    THEATRE ROYAL CLICK
    Telephone: 01962 840440
    Three Downs Link

    The Three Downs Link is a new addition to the National Bridleroute Network, developed by Brenda Wickham for The British Horse Society and partner local authorities. The Three Downs Link passes through the chalk downland of Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Hampshire, joining together the two National Trails of The Ridgeway and The South Downs Way.

    3 Downs link
    A leaflet covering the route, and an accommodation list, are available from The British Horse Society in return for £2 and your donation to the Ride UK project. Cheques should be made payable to 'The British Horse Society'. Write to: Access Department (Three Downs Link)
    The British Horse Society
    Stoneligh Deer Park
    Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2XZ


    Titchfield Abbey
    The ruins of a 13th-century Premonstratensian abbey, later converted into a Tudor mansion. The church was rebuilt as a grand turreted gatehouse. New information panels tell the story of the monastery and its conversion into a mansion.
    Titchfield Abbey
    Located ½ mile N of Titchfield off A27


    Tower Arts Centre

    Built in 1898, The Tower Arts Centre was originally a Water Tower serving Winchester, until, in 1955 the Reservoir proved inadequate to the City's needs and became surplus to requirements. In 1964 the octagonal shaped Tower was purchased by Hampshire County Council for use as a place for rehearsing and performing Theatre under the control of the Department of Education .The Centre was eventually opened in 1969 as a Drama Centre with toilets, workshop space, coffee bar, changing rooms and a gallery area.As the Centre became more established it ventured into other art forms and began to provide activities for adults, bringing in professional Theatre companies on occasion to perform for drama groups and the general public. The rest of the programme continued to develop with the Centre introducing live music events, until in 1990 the Tower was transferred to the Department of Recreation, and then to the Arts, Countryside and Community Department.In April 2008 the Tower became a part of Kings' School and is committed to continuing the wide range of music, theatre, comedy, art and activities for young people. 

    Tower Arts Centre
    The Centre is situated about two miles out of Winchester, just off Romsey Road. The Centre shares the site with King's School and the Central Divisional Education Offices.
    Leave the M3 a
    t Junction 11 onto the A3090, go straight on over the first three roundabouts, and then right at the fourth. At the second set of traffic lights, turn left, and we're just at the top of Kings Road
    TOWER ARTS CENTRE CLICK
    Tel:
    01962 867986

    Turner Sims Concert Hall
    Opened in 1974 its intimate auditorium and outstanding acoustics combine to create a magical atmosphere for performers and audiences alike. For over 30 years the Turner Sims has been bringing the finest musicians in the world to Southampton and attracting ever-increasing audiences to hear them. The Turner Sims is located in the gardens of the University of Southampton's Highfield Campus, set back from University Road between the Nuffield Theatre and the John Hansard Gallery.
    Watermill Newbury   University of Southampton, University Road, SOUTHAMPTON SO17 1BJ

    TURNER SIMS CLICK

    Tel +44 (0)23 8059 5000
    Upton Grey Manor House Garden
    18 years ago this garden was nothing more than an unkempt jungle. What we didn't realise when we bought the property was that underneath this jungle were the foundations of a gem of a garden. In fact it was the garden that Gertrude Jekyll had designed in 1908 for Charles Holme, a leading figure in the Arts and Crafts movement
    Upton Grey Manor House

    The Manor House
    Upton Grey

     

    UPTON GREY MANOR HOUSE CLICK

    Victoria Park Gardens
    A traditional City Centre park dating from 1878 and originally known as "The Peoples Park". It has many mature trees, flower gardens, play area, aviary, pets corner and interesting monuments. The park is close to Victoria Swimming Centre, the Guildhall and the railway station.
    Cerdic Victoria Park, Portsmouth
    leave a message with Dave
    Tel
    023 9282 2251

    The Vyne
    This is an attractive 16th Century house and estate that forms a treasure trove of history. The house is a rare treasure in this region, having been in the hands of the same family for over three hundred and fifty years, and managed by the National Trust. Beautiful cultured gardens, parkland and lakes surround the property. The extraordinary Tudor chapel is one of the many highlights here.
    The Vyne
    Sherborne St John, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG24 9HL
    Map
    THE VYNE CLICK
    Phone: +44 (0)1256 883858  -  Mobile: +44 (0)1256 881720
    The Watercress Line
    used to be part of the national railway network during the age of the steam train and is now run by volunteers. The line, which travels between Alresford and Alton, stops at Ropley and Medstead & Four Marks along the way. Each station has been historically preserved so it is like stepping back in time. For those who want to have a go at driving a steam train there is a course available to learn how, and for real ale drinkers, there is a special Real Ale Train for you to sample Hampshire’s finest ales. There is also a dining train for something extra special.
    Watercress Line
    The Railway Station, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9JG
    Map
     WATERCRESS LINE CLICK
    Phone: +44 (0)1962 733810  -  Fax: +44 (0)1962 735448




    Wayfarers Walk

    The Wayfarers Walk extends 70 miles between the coast near Portsmouth and Inkpen Beacon just across the Berkshire border. It connects with other long distance paths at Emsworth (the Sussex Border Path), at Bedhampton (the Solent Way) and at Inkpen Beacon (the Test Way). Linking with the Wayfarers Walk are six circular walks each consisting of a network of paths of varying distances. Near the villages of Burghclere and Kingsclere the Wayfarer's Walk traverses Watership Down, the setting for Richard Adams' best-selling book of the same name about a community of rabbits.
    Cerdic Start - Inkpen Beacon - Burghclere - North Oakley - Deane - Dummer - Brown Candover - New Alresford - Cheriton - Droxford - Hambledon - Denmead - Bedhampton - Emsworth - End
    leave a message with Dave

    Wellington Country Park

    Wellington Country Park has all the ingredients for a fantastic day our with barbeque and picnic areas, nature trails, adventure playgrounds, crazy golf, miniature railway, sandpit, animal farm, fishing lake, cafe, gift and Toy shop.
    In the heart of the park, you'll find the elegant, but intimate, Stratfield Saye House, home to the Dukes of Wellington since 1817. The house and gardens offer an intriguing and informative insight into the life of the Great Duke of Wellington.
     12th – 24th March  10.00am to 4.30pm  25th March – 30th September   10.00am to 5.30pm 1st October – 6th November  10.00am to 4.30pm
    Wellington Country Park
    Odiham Road, Riseley, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 1S

    between Reading and Basingstoke.- just off the A33 on the B3349, near the village of Riseley, and   accessible from the M4 (Junction 11) and M3 (Junction 6)
    WELLINGTON COUNTRY PARK CLICK

    Tel: 0118 9326 444
    West Green House Garden
    Celebrated garden with an intriguing collection of follies -  Voted one of the UK's top 50 gardens -  Herbaceous beds with wonderful colour combinations - Superb ornamental kitchen garden - Restrictions frequently necessary for the development and protection of the garden.
    Points to note    The property is let by the NT and the house is not open to visitors. The lessee has kindly agreed to the opening of the gardens and is responsible for all arrangements and facilities. There are limited visitor facilities. Entry free to NT members on Wed & Sat only

    West Green House Garden
    West Green, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire RG27 8JB
    WEST GREEN GARDEN CLICK
    Tel : 01252 844611
    West Meon Pottery
     is based in a country workshop situated beneath the South Downs. There are a small team of dedicated craftsmen specialising in traditional techniques producing handmade architectural and garden terracotta. Products include terracotta blocks, relief tiles, decorative panels, terracotta balustrades, floor and wall tiles along with faience and terracotta for conservation projects. There is free access to the workshops and showroom.
    West Meon Pottery
    Lippen Hill, Church Lane, West Meon, Petersfield, Hampshire GU32 1JW
    Map
    West Meon Pottery Web site
    Phone: +44 (0)1730 829434  -  Fax: +44 (0)1730 829434
    Westbury Manor Museum, Fareham

    The displays at Westbury Manor Museum give an overview of the history of the Borough of Fareham. The Local Studies area provides an opportunity to find out more. It contains a wide variety of information on the history of the Borough drawn from the Museum's collection of local material.
    Westbury Manor Museum is celebrating after hearing that it has been granted an additional £100,000 to help fund plans to revitalise the museum, refresh its displays and reach out to new audiences.  
    Cerdic 84 West Street, Fareham,  PO16 0JJ
    Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 5.00pm Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm
    leave a message with Dave
    tel
     01329 824895

    Westgate Museum, Winchester

    Dominating the upper end of the High Street and located close to the Great Hall, the Westgate is one of two surviving fortified gateways in Winchester. The structure shows evidence of 12th century construction, with modifications in the 13th and late 14th centuries. n 1898, the City Corporation acquired the Westgate and began to use it as a museum and respository for the City archives. Today, displays include the famous collection of pre-Imperial weights and measures, and a fine painted ceiling from Winchester College which was made on the occasion of Queen Mary I's marriage to Philip of Spain in Winchester in 1554. There is access to the roof for extensive views along the High Street and towards the Great Hall of the castle. Access to the Museum and its roof is up steep staircases with rope handrails;
    Cerdic West Gate, High Street, Winchester
    April - October

    Monday - Saturday 10-5
    Sunday 12-5
    February & March
    Tuesday - Saturday 10-4
    Sunday 12-4

    leave a message with Dave
    01962 848269
    West End Arts Centre

    Aldershot's West End Centre is a friendly, intimate venue with something for everyone. Top class blues, folk, rock, dance and world music, cutting edge theatre, excellent comedy, stimulating art exhibitions, plus classes and workshops in pottery, art, movement, literature and crafts for adults and children, all at affordable prices. Our fully licensed bar hosts free events on some nights, and is a great place to spend some time.

    West End Arts Centre
    Queens Road, Aldershot,GU11 3JD
    WEST END ARTS CENTRE CLICK
    Tel
    01252 330040

    WESTRIDGE GO KART 

    Go Karting on the Isle of Wight! Whether you want to book a stag or hen party corporate event, a team building exercise, or a children's party, Westridge Racing are able to offer you something for everyone! We are an outdoor, all weather, go karting centre in Ryde on the Isle of Wight, offering two fully floodlit tracks, a junior track for 8-11 year olds, and a 450m senior track for drivers over 12. We run a fleet of various Honda engine karts from junior karts to our senior race karts. We have available twin-seater karts for passengers of 5 years upwards so everyone can join in the fun!

    Westridge Go Karts
    Westridge Racing Ltd
    Brading Road
    Ryde
    Isle of Wight
    po33 1qs
    9am to 9pm 7 days a week, all year round

    WESTRIDGE GO KART
    TEL
    01983 565222

    West Walk

    West Walk at 350 hectares is the largest relic fragment of the former Royal Forest of Bere. It is designated a Forest Nature Reserve and is probably one of the most important woodlands, outside the New Forest, in Hampshire. Much old Oak remains, protected by a management plan for the next 200 years. Ancient records and warrants establish a close relationship between the forest and the naval dockyards. It is recorded that in 1232, during the reign of Henry III, galleys were repaired with timber from the forest; in 1522 during the reign of Henry Vlll shipwrights were sent to the forest to select timber, and in 1653, 500 trees were felled in three days to repair ships damaged in skirmishes with the Dutch.
    Cerdic West Walk, Forest of Bere, near Fareham,
    leave a message with Dave
    tel 01420 23666
    Westwood Woodland Park
    180 acres of woodland and grassland with impressive views over Southampton Water and the City. It lies between the medieval remains of Netley Abbey and Weston Shore, a Site of Special Scientific Interest for wading birds and Southampton's only beach. Westwood is managed for nature conservation and quiet informal recreation for local people. Westwood is open all year round and there is no charge to visit. It has a network of well surfaced paths which are passable in all but the wettest weather. There are two waymarked trails, many benches and a picnic site to help you enjoy your visit.
    Cerdic Weston Shore, Southampton Water The site has lots of entrance points, most of these are kissing gates
    leave a message with Dave

    Whitchurch Silk Mill
    was built on the River Test in Hampshire in 1800, during the reign of King George III. Silk has been woven here since the 1820/1830s. Now a working museum open to the public, the mill produces high quality silks to order for theatrical costume, interior designers and historic houses.Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30am to 5.00pm Last admission at 4.15 pm
    Whitchurch Silk Mill
    28 Winchester Street
    Whitchurch , RG28 7AL

    Whitchurch Silk Mill is in North Hampshire, in the centre of the small town of Whitchurch on the River Test. It is on the edge of the North Wessex Downs area   not far from Watership Down. 
    WHITCHURCH SILK MILL CLICK

    tel
    01256 892065

    Willis Museum

    Travel back in time, and experience some of the major changes that have created the Basingstoke that we know today. Contrast the present with the past, the rich with the poor. Meet Pickaxe, a 19th century farm worker forced to scrape a living from the streets of Basingstoke as a scavenger. Walk into a 1960s sitting room and kitchen and transport yourself back to the days of teddy boys and twin tubs.
    Willis Museum
    Market Place, Basingstoke, RG21 7QD
    Mon to Fri 10am to 5pm, Sat 10am to 4pm
    WILLIS MUSEUM CLICK
    tel 01256 465902
     Wightlink Isle of Wight Ferries operates a round-the-clock service between the English mainland and the Isle of Wight. We run every day of the year on three routes across the Solent and sail up to 230 times a day. We also have the fastest and most comfortable fleet on the Solent: Portsmouth to Fishbourne in 35 minutes; Lymington to Yarmouth in 30 minutes (both car ferries), and Portsmouth to Ryde in a quarter of an hour (foot passenger catamaran).
    Isle of Wight Ferry
    Wightlink Limited, PO BOX 59, Portsmouth , PO1 2XB
    ISLE OF WIGHT FERRIES CLICK  
    Tel
    0870 582 7744

    Winchester Cathedral
    Winchester Cathedral is a priceless jewel in a scarcely less precious setting. Enjoy the Cathedral and its history and the picturesque Close and Cheyney Gate. Guided tours include visits to Jane Austen’s tomb and viewing the famous Winchester Bible.
    Winchester Cathedral The Visitors Centre, Inner Close, Winchester SO23 9LS
    WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL CLICK
    Tel
    01962 857251

    Winchester Cathedral

    27 Nov 2008 - 4 Jan 2009

    Grab your hat and gloves and head to Winchester's Christmas ice rink. Set in the grounds of the beautiful Winchester Cathedral, there’s also an adjoining café offering stunning views of the cathedral, and a great Christmas market for those last-minute Christmas gifts.
    Winchester The Close
    WINCHESTER
    HANTS
    SO23 9LS
     

    WebWinchester Cathedral Ice Rink
    Tel: 01962 857 276
    Fax: 01962 857 201
    Winchester City Mill
    Working watermill in the heart of Winchester  - Situated in the centre of historic Winchester -  Join in the hand-milling of flour -  Video and exhibitions on the history, technology and wildlife of the Mill - Family activities and quiz trails -Pretty garden on an island in the River Itchen.  Inner City Otter Watch programme
    Winchester City Mill
    Bridge Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 0EJ
    WINCHESTER CITY MILL CLICK
    Tel : 01962 870057
    The Winchester Club
    Mr
                Magoo
    Probably the most famous club. Renowned for it's central role in "Minder". A venue for Arthur Daley, Terry McCann and the other shady dealers.The characters often drank at the local members-only Winchester Club, where owner and barman Dave, acted often unwillingly, as a message machine for Arthur, and turned a blind eye to his shady deals.  Minder went back into production for broadcast in 2009, although none of the original cast  appear in the new episodes. The show  focuses on Arthur's nephew Archie, who is played by Shane Richie. The new meeting place is the Winchester Arms. As we are no longer permitted to direct by hyperlink to the HampshireCC sites you may care to leave a message with Dave!
    The Winchester
              Club
    133a Portland Rd.
    London, W11
    Leave a message with Dave here

    Winchester College  

    Winchester College, founded in 1382 by Bishop William of Wykeham as the College of St Mary, is the oldest public school in England. Originally conceived as a place of education for 'poor and needy scholars', 70 places being created initially, the school now educates few but the wealthy and privileged, scholars being known as 'Wykehamists' after the founder. The cloisters are part of the original 14th century structure, but much of the medieval college buildings have been added to or altered over the intervening six centuries, the chapel being extensively restored in the 19th century. There are guided tours of the college in summer.
    Winchester College
    College Street, Winchester,  SO23 9NA
    WINCHESTER COLLEGE CLICK
    Tel
    01962 621100

    Winchester Medieval City Wall  

    Winchester’s Medieval City Wall surrounds the cathedral grounds and was the city’s main defensive wall. The wall is still intact in many places and visitors can walk alongside it next to the river and into the cathedral grounds via one of the Medieval city gates called Kingsgate
    Winchester City Wall
    Winchester

    Winchester - Jane Austen's final resting place

    Early in 1817 Jane began to write Sanditon, but she became ill and the book was never finished. She was referred by her doctor to a doctor in Winchester and she moved into lodgings in College Street in Winchester (now a private house) with Cassandra for the last few weeks of her life.She bravely kept up her spirits until dying on 18 July, her head on Cassandra's shoulder, from what is now known as Addison's Disease, at the age of 41. Jane's funeral was held in Winchester Cathedral and she was buried in the north aisle.
    Winchester Cathedral
    The Visitors Centre, Inner Close,
    Winchester SO23 9LS

    WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL CLICK
    Tel
    01962 857251
    Winton Studio Theatre
     Winton School, London Road, Andover, Hampshire. SP10 2PS - 
    Telephone: 01264 351822
    Wolvesey Old Bishop's Palace

      From 670 to the present day, the succession of the Bishops of Winchester is unbroken. In the history of England, their role has been of great significance. In medieval times, two cardinals, two papal legates, a chief justice, two keepers of the royal seal, four treasurers and ten chancellors of England were chosen from their number. Henry VIII's once trusted adviser Cardinal Wolsey is perhaps the most notorious.The bishops possessed vast estates, stretching from Taunton in the west to Southwark in the east, many donated by the Anglo-Saxon kings. Wolvesey; the old Bishop's Palace right in the middle of Winchester, Farnham Castle Keep and Bishop's Waltham Palace were also residences of the Bishops of Winchester and also acted as administrative centres. Netley Abbey and Titchfield abbey were both founded by Peter des Roches, bishop from 1204-38, and enjoyed considerable royal patronage throughout their history.
    Wolvesey
                    Old Bishops Palace
    College Street, Winchester,
    ¾ mile SE of Winchester Cathedral, next to the Bishop's Palace; access from College St

    WOLVESEY OLD BISHOPS PALACE CLICK

    tel 01962 854766
    Woolmer Forest

    One of Britain's richest nature heathland reserves, in the guardianship of the army.  Woolmer Forest is a remnant of a medieval hunting forest, situated in North East Hampshire near the village of Selborne. Some of the earliest descriptions of the Forest came from the pen of Gilbert White, a naturalist who lived in Selborne in the late 18th Century. A large area, some 300 hectares, has survived largely because it was purchased by the War Department in the 1860s and has been used since then as a rifle range.


    Cerdic Woolmer Forest, near Petersfield , Hampshire
    Longmoor Training Camp, Longmoor Liss, near Petersfield, Hampshire GU33 6EL
    leave a message with Dave!
    tel 01420 473611
    Yateley Common Country Park

    This Country Park consists of 476 acres of heathland, woods, grassland and ponds. Much of the Common is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of its importance for wildlife. Heathland supports a large number of rare and beautiful species and the site is carefully managed in order to conserve and restore this important habitat.

    Yeteley Common Country Park
    In The Blackwater Valley
    tel 01252 870425

    THE GARDENS OF HAMPSHIRE
      
     HamtunscirGardens & Opening Times
    SEARCH ENGINE CLICK
     INTELLECTUAL
    PROPERTY BALLS
    ADDRESS   + CLICK THROUGH WEBSITE
    Tel
    Abbey Gardens   

    The Abbey Gardens and Mill are part of the site of St Mary’s Abbey, once one of the largest religious houses in England. In November 1539 the Abbey was surrendered to Henry VIII as part of the Dissolution of the Monasteries and most of the monastic buildings were demolished. The site was subsequently gifted to the City by Queen Mary Tudor to celebrate her marriage to Philip of Spain in the Cathedral in July 1554. The land was later divided into two, the eastern part was occupied by a fine town house and formal gardens that survive today as the Mayor of Winchester's official residence and public gardens. The western part of the site was cleared for the City's Guildhall in 1873. Remains of St Mary’s Abbey can be seen at the back of the Guildhall.

    http://www.winchester.gov.uk/Image/Media/Photos/Images/abbey%20gardens%20-%20barbara%20lambert.350.jpg The Broadway, Winchester,  
    ABBEY GARDENS CLICK   

    Alice Holt Woodland Park
    This ancient forest is famous for its oak trees which once supplied timber for building navy ships. Recently, Alice Holt oak has been used to build a replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. Today the area has been designated a Woodland Park which means that it is managed for the benefit of its visitors, its wildlife, as well as a working forest.
    Cerdic Bentley near Alton,  GU10 4LS
    ALICE HOLT CLICK

    tel
    01420 23666

    Ashford Chase
    One of Hampshire's most beautiful woodland areas, where the poet Edward Thomas and his wife Helen lived before his death in the First World War. 323 acres of woodland and beech hanger, with magnificent views over the surrounding area.
    http://www.wessex.me.uk/Hants%20pics/ashford.jpg The nearest town is Petersfield, but roads to Alton and to Liss form part of the road boundary of the area, to which the name Ashford Chase is conveniently given, though in fact it is made up of a series of hills running east from Stoner to Wheatham. Footpaths cross the area from almost every direction.
     


    Avon Valley Path
    from Christchurch to Salisbury via Ringwood, Fordingbridge and Downton. A 34 mile walk through the Avon Valley, a wildlife heritage area

    Cerdic The walk starts or finishes at Salisbury Cathedral and Christchurch Priory. The route is well marked with a variety of signposts, nameplates and waymarks, all in the same distinctive colours of green and beige, bearing the bridge symbol. In towns similar markings will be found on street furniture.
    AVON VALLEY PATH CLICK

    Bishop's Waltham Nature Trail
    A circular walk of about two miles around the countryside immediately to the east of Bishop's Waltham.

    Cerdic Bishop's Waltham Nature Trail
    Moors Nature Reserve and Chase Mill

    Bishop's Waltham, Southampton,
    BISHOP'S WALTHAM
     NATURE TRAIL CLICK

    leave a message with Dave
    tel
    02380 456484

    Bramdean House
    Traditional 6-acre garden on chalk, famous for mirror-image herbaceous borders. Carpets of bulbs, especially snowdrops, in the spring. Very many unusual plants incl collection of old-fashioned sweet peas and hardy/tender nerines. 1-acre kitchen garden featuring prizewinning vegetables, fruit and flowers  Open: Suns 14 Feb; 14 Mar; 11 Apr; 13 June; 11 J
    Bramdean House Garden Anguskirk Bramdean,
    Alresford,
    Hampshire, 
     SO24 0JU
    4m S of Alresford.  In centre of village on A272
    Tel : 01962 771214
    Braxton Gardens
    Braxton Gardens are located two miles north of Henry VIII's Tudor Castle at Hurst. Come and explore the walled garden and courtyard with its cooling pool and fountain, designed around the attractive red brick barns of an original Victorian farmyard. The gardens contain many beautiful roses, including the Apothecary's Rose and the Eglantine Rose.
    Cerdic Braxton Gardens, Lymore Lane, Milford-on-Sea, Lymington,  SO41 0TX
    BRAXTON GARDENS CLICK
    leave a message with Dave
    tel 01590 642008
    Broadlands Gardens
    A Palladian house in a serpentine park, home to Lord Palmerston in the eighteenth century and to Lord Mountbatten in the twentieth century. The park was designed by Lancelot Brown, as were some parts of the house. Dorothy Stroud writes (p138) that 'In addition to new lawns and plantations, Brown must have have been responsible for alterations at this time to an earlier orangery'. The view of the house across the River Test to the house is an eighteenth century classic.. The House is closed 2009 -2010 for refurbishment.
    Broadlands Garden Roger Wollstadt  Romsey,
    Hampshire, 
    SO51 9ZD
    Broadlands is on the A3090 Romsey by-pass, ½ mile from Romsey town centre. The M27 motorway runs 3 miles from Broadlands providing excellent motorway and trunk road links in all directions - Central London is only 2 hours from Broadlands via the M3 and M27 motorways. Drivers should leave the M27 motorway at Junction 3 if approaching from the North and East, or Junction 2 if approaching from the West, and follow the signs to Broadlands.
    BROADLANDS CLICK

    Tel 01794 505010
    Browndown Reserve
    In the fen north of Browndown Road still grow the aromatic Sweet Gale, Bush Grass, Saw Sedge, Purple Small- reed and Bog St. John's Wort
    Cerdic Stokes Bay Road, Gosport ,
    BROWNDOWN RESERVE CLICK
    leave a message with Dave
    tel
     023 9252 2944
    Clarendon Way

    A 24 mile walk joining the two Wessex cities of Winchester and Salisbury, a perfect weekend walk. In contrast to the Test Way (which runs from the hills overlooking Berkshire, down the Test Valley to the coast), the Clarendon Way crosses the Test Valley between Kings Somborne and Houghton.It starts beside the waters of the Itchen in the heart of Winchester and ends near the Avon at Salisbury Cathedral. It provides a splendid variety of scenery along the way, ranging from the water meadows of the valleys with their charming villages through woodland - ancient as well as modern - to downlands with far-ranging views.

    Cerdic The Clarendon Way RouteSalisbury to Clarendon Palace (3 miles) , Clarendon Palace to Broughton (8 miles), Broughton to Oliver’s Battery, Winchester (9½ miles), Oliver's Battery to Winchester City Centre (3½ miles)
    CLARENDON WAY CLICK
    leave a message with Dave

    EXBURY GARDENS
    Exbury - HHA/Christies 'Garden of the year' 2001. A spectacular 200 acre woodland garden famous for the Rothschild collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias. The daffodil meadow, rock garden, rose garden, herbaceous borders, rare shrubs and exotic trees ensure year round interest. Superb autumn colour. Enjoy also the newly opened steam railway and Summer Lane Garden, planted with huge swatches of herbaceous perennials and grasses. Features include a bridge, tunnel and viaduct. Exbury Gardens are a great family day out.Sat 26th February - Sunday 6 Nov, daily, 10am-5.30pm
     Exbury Azalea Bowl The Estate Office
    Exbury, Southampton, SO45 1AZ
     

    EXBURY GARDENS CLICK

    Tel

    023 8089 1203


    Farley Mount Country Park
    On the downs a few miles west of Winchester lies Farley Mount Country Park, a large area of open country and woods. At the highest point is the strange pyramid shaped folly, with some of the finest views in central Hampshire. The Country Park is named after the famous monument to a horse, named "Beware Chalk Pit", which carried its owner to a racing victory in 1734, a year after having fallen into a chalk pit whilst out fox-hunting The park also includes Crab Wood
    Cerdic Hampshire County Council Crab Wood Depot
    Sarum Road, Winchester
    SO22 5QS
    leave a message with Dave
    tel 01962 860948
    Furzey Gardens

    A sixteenth century cottage with a twentieth century heathland and woodland garden, in the New Forest, concentrating on flowering shrubs and bulbs. It was made by Hugh Dalrymple.Set in the heart of the New Forest at Minstead these delightful Gardens were established in 1922 and are renowned for their all year round beauty. Enjoy the lake, heather garden and fernery, a host of Summer and Winter flowering shrubs and trees of botanical interest, including extensive collections of Rhododendrons and azaleas.Opening times - All year. Daily, except 25th and 26th December. Open 10am to 5pm, or dusk.
     

    Furzey Gardens, Hampshire School Lane,
    Minstead,
    Lyndhurst,
    Hampshire, 
     SO43 7GL
    Furzey Gardens are 8 miles south west of Southampton, in Minstead village. 0.5 miles north of the M27/M31 junction.

    FURZEY GARDENS CLICK
    Tel: 02380 812464 Fax: 02380 812297
    Gilbert White's Home

    Welcome to Gilbert White's House & The Oates Museum website. Come and enjoy a special day out at this fascinating and most original museum commemorating important individuals in the exploration of the natural world, set in an historic village in beautiful countryside. Having paid admission,our guests are free to come and go as often as they please that day. View the House and Museum, go for a walk around the delightful gardens and through the Park to see the follies, take tea in the Parlour and shop in the old billiard room. Time and energy permitting walk up the famous Gilbert White's Zigzag through the hanging beechwoods, return and tour the grounds. Or just sit and look at one of the most delightful views in the South of England.Opening times - All year except Christmas period. Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays. Also open Mondays June to August. Open 11am to 5pm.
    Gilbert White's House and Garden trevormulder666 Selborne,
    Alton,  
    GU34 3J
    Gilbert White's Garden is 4.5 miles south of Alton, in the village of Selbourne.

     GILBERT WHITE'S HOUSE CLICK
    tel 01420 511275
    Hamble Common

    Hamble Common is 55 acres of coastal heath of special scientific interest managed by the Countryside Service of Eastleigh Borough Council. Much of this area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of its wide range of habitats. By following the way marked trail the visitor can discover heathland, woodland, meadow, salt-marsh, mudflats and a shingle beach. Along the shore are the remains of Iron-age settlements, a Tudor castle and a Napoleonic gun battery. Together with the second world-war gun, these provide clues to the fascinating history of the common, which is also a scheduled Ancient Monument.
    Cerdic Hamble Common, near Southampton
    leave a message with Dave
    tel 023 8046 6091
    Hangers Way
    The Hangers Way is a 21-mile long-distance walking route.It will take you from Alton Railway Station, out into the lush Hampshire countryside, along a series of steep-sided wooded hills, known as “The Hangers”. It then passes through the pretty market town of Petersfield to finish at Queen Elizabeth Country Park,
    Cerdic The route stretches between Alton and Queen Elizabeth Country Park in Hampshire.
    The route is well sign posted with the logo of a tree on a green arrow.

    HANGERS WAY CLICK
    leave a message with Dave

    Hillier Gardens

    Sir Harold Hillier Gardens (formerly known as the Hillier Arboretum) hold the greatest collection of hardy trees and shrubs in the world. Started by the late Sir Harold Hillier in 1953 and given in trust to Hampshire County Council in 1977, the Gardens now extend to 180 acres.Within this unique collection of more than 42,000 plants (12,500 different types), visitors will find much of interest throughout the year.Opening times - All year daily except 25th & 26th December. Open 10am to 6pm or dusk.
    Cerdic  Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
    Jermyns Lane,
     Ampfield,
     Romsey,
     SO51 0QA
    NO HILLIER GARDENS CLICK
    leave a message with Dave
    Tel
    01794 368787
    Hiltingbury Lakes

    Prehistoric burial mounds discovered nearby are the first evidence of settlement in the area. Parts of the Roman road from Nursling to Winchester have also been found in the vicinity. The lake was originally one of a series which may have been ancient fishponds described in the Domesday Book. The others lay to the north of Hiltingbury Road. Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century farms and cottages are the next positive evidence of people living in the area.
    Cerdic Lake Road, (or Lakewood Road), Chandlers Ford,, Eastleigh
    tel 023 8046 6091
    Hinton Ampner Garden
    Ralph Dutton is the extraordinary designer who is responsible for this, one of the great 20th Century arrangements of a garden. Across the country people flock to see what is considered a modern masterpiece of design, a fantastic collection of flowers and plants, bushes and trees, arranged with a care and attention that most would hardly notice some of the points of interest without closer inspection.Opening times - Mid March to early November. Saturday to Wednesday. Open 11am to 5pm.
    Hinton Ampner House
    Bramdean,
     nr Alresford,
     Hampshire
    SO24 0LA
    Hinton Ampner garden is 1 mile west of Bramdean, 8 miles east of Winchester

    Map
    HINTON AMPNER CLICK
     
    Phone: +44 (0)1962 771305
    HOLLY HILL GARDEN
    A suburban plantswoman's garden designed by the owner that has evolved over the last 20 years. There is a large waterfall, stream, clematis, roses, hardy geraniums, ferns, hostas and many containers with foliage plants and summer bedding. It is a cottage-style garden with traditional planting inspiringly mixed with an eclectic range of foliage and grasses and unusual perennials combined with the sound of water throughout the design. The garden was the overall winner of Southampton in Bloom in 2003.Opening times - Various weekends between June and August - see website for details. Open 2pm to 6pm.
    Holly Hill Garden, Hampshire 93 Holly Hill,
    Bassett,
    Southampton,
    Hampshire, 
     SO16 7ET
    2 miles north of Southampton on the western side of Bassett Avenue.

    HOLLY HILL GARDEN CLICK

    Hook Nature Reserve
    Over 500 acres at the mouth of the river Hamble, including intertidal mudflats and a shoreline almost 3 miles long. There are a variety of habitats of which some are regionally rare and declining. The foreshore and intertidal areas provide an important winter feeding ground for many species of wading birds and wildfowl including Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwits, Oystercatchers, Redshanks, Shelduck and Brent Geese.
    Cerdic Access to the reserve is via a network of public footpaths. The two public car parks close to the waterfront at Warsash are an ideal starting point.
    leave a message with Dave


    Houghton Lodge Gardens
    An eighteenth century Cottage Ornee in parkland beside the River Test. There is a flint grotto and a modern Hydroponicum in which plants are grown without soil.  A haven of peace above the tranquil beauty of the River Test. The gardens at Houghton Lodge are listed Grade II*, and surround an enchanting and unique example of an 18th Century “Cottage Orné”. Chalk Cob walls enclose a traditional Kitchen Garden with espaliers, herbs and heated greenhouses, a hydroponicum and an orchid collection. The Gardens are both formal and informal with fine trees, a woodland walk, stunning herbaceous border and topiary peacock garden. There is a topiary puffing dragon! Houghton Lodge is a popular TV/Film location including the film “Wilde” and BBC “David Copperfield”. A further 14 acres adjoining the garden provide an experience of the natural world with meadow walks through the peaceful and unspoiled surroundings of the River Test where you will meet Tom, Dick and Harry, our new Alpacas.  Houghton Lodge has an importance quite disproportionate to its size, a building of architectural and historic importance. Built sometime before 1799 and probably intended as a fishing lodge, it is one of the earliest examples of a Cottage Orné or Rural Retreat. Whoever designed it appreciated regional buildings, especially the rounded thatched forms and plastered walls of Hampshire valley villages. Built on a hill overlooking the River Test, a more magical position would be hard to find. Both the House and the Garden are in the rare category of Grade II* listed status, one of only 12 properties in the whole of Hampshire.  Drifts of daffodills and snowdrops in the spring. Many cyclamen under the trees in the spring and autumn. Opening times - Open 1st March-31st October 10am-5pm everyday. Wednesdays and House by appointment only.

    Daffodils, Houghton Lodge Garden Houghton Lodge,
    Stockbridge,
    Hampshire, 
    SO20 6LQ
    Houghton Lodge garden is 1.5 miles south of Stockbridge (A30) on minor road to Houghton village.


    HOUGHTON LODGE GARDENS CLICK
    Tel 01264 810502
    Itchen Valley Country Park

    The River Itchen is considered to be one of the best chalk streams in the world. Visitors to Winchester can escape the bustle of the city centre and take a leisurely walk along its banks which offer excellent views of the city’s medieval defences. The river is home to many varieties of protected species such as otters. It is also extremely popular with people who enjoy fly-fishing. There are plenty of benches along the river to sit and enjoy the view before walking back into the city or further along the river away from it.
    Cerdic Winchester area
    leave a message with Dave

    Longstock Park Water Gardens
    A woodland garden and water garden with small islands linked by bridges. The water is supplied, generously, by the River Test. The planting is lush and varied.Opening times - April to September, 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, Open 2pm to 5pm
    Longstock Park, 2009 Longstock,
    nr Stockbridge,
    Hampshire, 
    SO20 6JF
    Longstock Park Gardens are 2 miles north of Stockbridge, from A30 turn north onto A3057

    LONGSTOCK PARK
    WATER GARDENS CLICK

    Mottisfont Abbey Gardens
     A former Augustinian priory beside the River Test with a park and garden. The park has ancient trees and an eighteenth century summer house. The Lime Walk was designed by Geoffrey Jellicoe in 1936. The Rose Garden, planted by Graham Stuart Thomas with pre-1900 shrub roses, is in the old kitchen garden. He wrote: 'I like to think that.. The rose's pomp will be displayed far into the future at Mottisfont where my work of some thirty years collecting these varieties together from France, Germany and the United States, and numerous gardens and nurseries in the British Isles, will not be set at naught'.Opening times - Check Mottisfont Abbey Garden website for dates. Open 11am to 5pm (4pm in November & December
    Mottisfont Abbey Garden 
    Mottisfont, nr Romsey,
     SO51 0LP
    Mottisfont Abbey Garden is 4.5 miles north west of Romsey and 0.5 miles west of A3057.
    MOTTISFONT ABBEY
    GARDENS CLICK

    Tel 01794 340757
    Mottistone Manor Garden
    This magical garden at Mottistone Manor is planted to allow for climate change with colourful borders, shrub-filled banks and grassy terraces, is set in a sheltered valley with views to the sea and surrounds an Elizabethan manor house (tenanted).  There are delightful walks on the surrounding downs.

    N.T.Mottistone Manor 2010 -
    From 14 March - see  website for days and times, Free entry for National Trust Members. Tea Garden. Partial disabled access.
    Mottistone Manor Garden
    Mottistone,
    Isle of Wight
    PO30 4EA
    MOTTISTONE CLICK
    Tel : 01983 741302
    Moundsmere Manor Garden
    A twentieth century house and garden designed, in 1908, by Sir Reginald Blomfield. There are yew hedges, a canal, a terrace and views of the surrounding landscape.
    Moundsmere Manor Garden Stewart R Smith Preston Candover,
    nr Basingstoke,
     Hampshire,


    Northington Grange
     Northington Grange is a mansion near New Alresford, Hampshire, England. It is owned by English Heritage and is open to the public.Set in a landscaped park with an ornamental lake, it is a home built originally in 1670 by architect William Samwell for Sir Robert Henley. It was remodelled in a Greek revival style by the architect William Wilkins in 1804 and 1809: this involved remodelling the 17th century house. The portico is of the Greek Doric columns, six in width and two deep, loosely based on the Parthenon. Visitors have included George IV, Lord Tennyson and Thomas Carlyle.

    Northington
                Grange
    New Arlesford,
    Hampshire SO24 9TG
    Map
    NORTHINGTON GRANGE CLICK
      
    Phone: +44 (0)1424 775705
    Osborne House
    After her marriage to Prince Albert in 1840, Queen Victoria felt the need for a family residence in the country. To use her own words, ‘a place of one’s own – quiet and retired’. Osborne House was acquired to fulfil this role. In keeping with the house, the terrace gardens were designed in formal Italianate style by Cubitt and Prince Albert himself. The walled garden has been restored as part of the Contemporary Heritage Gardens scheme run by English Heritage. The grounds at Osborne House are a delight with the Victorian spirit of the garden recaptured for modern visitors.Open most of year - English Heritage See website for details. Shop, refreshments, partial disabled access. Guided tours at other times by appointment.
    Osborne
                House by Paul Leitch Osborne House,
    East Cowes,
    Isle of Wight
    PO32 6JY

    OSBORNE HOUSE CLICK
    Tel 01983 200022
    The Physic Garden, Petersfield
     Set in an ancient walled burgage plot behind the High Street, the garden has recently been planted in a style familiar to John Goodyer, the distinguished 17th century botanist, who lived in Petersfield. The garden which is just over a quarter of an acre was given to Hampshire Gardens Trust in 1988 by Major John Bowen. Part of the garden is laid out with beds of herbs in a formal geometric pattern typical of 17th century physic gardens.
    http://www.visitsussex.org/imageresizer/?image=%2Fdmsimgs%2FPhysic+garden+dms.jpg&action=HeaderThumb 16 The High Street, Petersfield,
    tel 01730 269060
    Queen Eleanor's Garden

    In medieval times a garden offered pleasure, repose and refreshment to the senses as well as food and medicine. Queen Eleanor’s Garden is an accurate example of such a garden and features include turf seats, bay hedges, a fountain, camomile lawn, tunnel arbour and many beautiful herbs and flowers of the time.Situated just outside the South Door of The Great Hall is a re-creation of a medieval herbarium named after Queen Eleanor of Provence, wife of Henry III and her daughter-in-law Queen Eleanor of Castile, wife of Edward I.
    Cerdic  The Great Hall and Queen Eleandor’s Garden The Castle, Winchester,  SO23 8UJ

    Tel
    01962 846476

    Queen Elizabeth Country Park

    This is the biggest country park in Hampshire with over 20 miles of trails catering for walkers, cyclists & horse riders including specially made trails for mountain-biking - from beginners to advanced. There is a café and visitor centre where activities run throughout the year. The South Downs Way runs through the park and across the nearby Butser Hill National Nature Reserve. It is situated just off the A3, near to Petersfield.
    Cerdic  Gravel Hill, Horndean,  PO8 0QE
    Map
    QUEEN ELISABETH COUNTRY PARK CLICK
    leave a message with Dave
    Tel
    023 9259 5040
    Spinners Garden
    On a slope overlooking the River Lymington valley with Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Camellias, Japanese Maples, Hydrangeas, and other rare shrubs interplanted with a wide variety of choice woodland and ground cover plants. Adjoining internationally known nursery.The garden was made between 1961 and 1981 by the owners . Rhododendrons and Azaleas are the mainstay at the top of the garden where the soil is very poor, selected to give interest for long periods by concentrating on foliage and habit and not just flowers.Opening times - Mid April to mid September. Tuesday to Saturday. Open 10am to 5pm.
    Spinners Garden, Boldre, Hampshire - General view
                from the house Spinners Garden,
    Lymington,
    SO41 5QE
    Spinners garden is 1.5 miles north of Lymington.

    SPINNERS GARDEN CLICK
    tel 01590 673347
    Stanstead Park House
    Set in 1750 acres of glorious park and woodland on the Hampshire/West Sussex border. Stansted House is a prime example of the Carolean revival and the lavishly decorated Chapel of St Paul was an inspiration to the poet Keats.Stansted began as a hunting lodge in the 11th century, and has seen a succession of interesting owners and many royal and distinguished visitors over the centuries. It was built on the present site in 1688 for Richard Lumley, probably to a design by William Talman. The Stansted Park estate began in the 11th century as a hunting lodge in a forest. A great house was built in 1688. After several owners and a disastrous fire in 1900, the present mansion was rebuilt on the 'footprint' of the old house became the home of the Earls of Bessborough in 1924. Today there are 1750 acres of deer park and woodland. There is an arboretum and a Victorian walled garden which has been planted with roses and herbaceous plants. Lord Bessborough wrote a book The Enchanted Forest on the history of Stansted Park. The estate was given to the public in 1983.Arboretum in a stunning setting on the edge of an ancient forest. Walled gardens currently undergoing restoration. Garden centre open all year round. In front of the house is the cricket lawn dating back to the 1740s. The longest beech avenue in England, laid out in the 18th century, leads from the house through the forest Opening times - Grounds & Arboretum open all year. Daily 9-5pm Free parking, large Garden Centre & Tea room.
    Cricket, Stansted Park

    Stansted Park

    Rowlands Castle

    PO9 6DX
    Follow the brown Heritage signs from the A3 ( Emsworth & Rowlands Castle B2149) or A27 (Havant)

    STANSTEAD
    PARK HOUSE CLICK

    Tel
     023 9241 2265

    Staunton Country Park
    Staunton Country Park is set in 1000 acres of parkland with huge, beautiful glasshouses, walled gardens (including the Golden Jubilee maze) and follies. This park also has the only remaining ornamental farm in England, with horses, pigs, sheep, llamas, peacocks and waterfowl. Experience this as a perfect family day out. The ornamental farm is great fun for children who can pet the animals and have fun at the play area. The Victorian house has gone but much of Sir Geoerge Staunton's garden survives. Staunton was a horticulturalist and an orientalist. There is a terrace, a shell house, lakes, a Chinese bridge, a crinkle crankle wall, ornamental farm, maze and a very large nineteenth century greenhouse. The Oval Garden displays plants typical of the Regency period in teardrop shaped beds. The Sensory Garden was created in 2002 with aromatic herbs, grasses, tactile plants and wind chimes. Opening times - All year. Daily except Christmas. Open 10am to 5pm summer, 10am to 4pm winter.

    Staunton Country Park Helena Pugsley Staunton,
    Middle Park,
     Way
     Havant, 
    PO9 5HB
    Staunton Park is north west of Havant.
    : STAUNTON COUNTRY PARK CLICK  
    tel
     023 9245 3405

    Staunton Way
    A long-distance walking route, of 20.5 miles, through some of Hampshire’s finest and most peaceful countryside. The trail starts in the north of Hampshire, at Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Petersfield. It meanders up onto the hills of the South Downs, through the villages of Chalton and Finchdean, eventually leading you down to Staunton Country Park, close to the town of Havant. The route is waymarked and can easily be walked in stages.
    Cerdic The route stretches between Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Petersfield and Staunton Country Park, Havant in Hampshire.

    The route is well sign posted with the logo of a roe deer on a green arro
    w
    leave a message with Dave

    Telegraph Wood
    55 acres of broad-leaved and coniferous woodland managed by the Countryside Service of Eastleigh Borough Council, under lease from Queen's College Oxford. On entering the woodland from Telegraph Road, the dense shade of the Douglas firs hides the remains of an Armada beacon marked by a perfectly circular bank. Further along the main path, the firs give way to reveal sweet chestnut coppice. Traditional coppice management continues today, providing a valuable crop of timber which regrows after each cutting. In the autumn, the trees shed their prickly seeds which carpet the ground and provide food for jays and squirrels. From places where tree cover is sparse, extensive views of the surrounding countryside can be enjoyed from the woodland's elevated position. Looking down from the remains of the Iron Age hill-fort to the valley below, you can imagine how difficult it would have been to attack.

    Cerdic Telegraph Road, Southampton,
    leave a message with Dave
    tel
    023 8046 6091
    Test Way
    A 44 mile long-distance walking route starting on the chalk downs at Inkpen.
    It follows much of the course of the River Test to Eling where it flows into Southampton Water.
    The route passes through some of the most picturesque villages in Hampshire.

    Cerdic The walk can start or finish at Inkpen in Berkshire or Eling Wharf in Hampshire.
    The route is well sign posted and waymarked, using discs and urban stickers with the logo of TW on a green arrow.
    Horse-riders and cyclists can also use some parts of the Test Way.
    leave a message with Dave

    The Tudor House Museum and Garden
    A fifteenth century house with a re-created Tudor Garden. It was designed by Dr Sylvia Landsberg who, in her book on Medieval Gardens, is careful to distinguish between reconstruction, restoration and re-creation. This is a re-creation, for there are no old plans or other remains. It has a knot garden, period plants, heraldic beasts, a rose arbour, a tunnel of vines and hives for honey bees.Opening times - Gardens open by appointment - call 023 8063 5904. House closed for refurbishment.
    Tudor House Museum and Garden The Tudor House Museum,
    Bugle Street,
     Southampton,
    Hampshire, 
    SO14 2AD
    In Bugle Street, Southampton.


    THE TUDOR HOUSE CLICK
    Tel : 023 8063 5904
    Upton Grey Manor House Garden
    The 15th century Manor House was altered by Ernest Newton in 1903-1905 for Charles Holme, founder of the leading Arts and Crafts magazine The Studio. The garden was designed and planted in 1908 and 1909 by Gertrude Jekyll. This is the most accurately and fully restored of her gardens. The garden consists of a Wild garden where grass paths run amongst rambling roses, shrubs and trees to a planted pond. The Formal garden holds herbaceous borders with colours running from cool colours at either end to hot in the centre, a rose lawn, planted drystone walls, bowing and tennis lawns. This is surrounded by a nuttery, kitchen garden, and orchard with pergolas and arbours. The garden was awarded a Gold Star in Channel Five's television programme 'I own Britain's Best Home and Garden' (broadcast October 25th 2008. The garden was selected amongst the late Geoff Hamilton's Paradise Gardens and appears in his television series of that name. It is a very fine garden and is visited by gardeners from around the world. In 2005 the garden featured solo in a half hour television programme that appeared on three Japanese TV channels. Opening times - May to July. Weekdays except bank holidays 9-4pm by appointment only 
    Upton Grey, July Upton Grey,
    nr Basingstoke,
    Hampshire, 
     RG25 2RD

    In Upton Grey, on the hill above and beside the church.

    UPTON GREY MANOR HOUSE CLICK
    Tel: 01256 862827
    Victoria Park Gardens
    A traditional City Centre park dating from 1878 and originally known as "The Peoples Park". It has many mature trees, flower gardens, play area, aviary, pets corner and interesting monuments. The park is close to Victoria Swimming Centre, the Guildhall and the railway station.
    Cerdic Victoria Park, Portsmouth
    leave a message with Dave
    Tel
    023 9282 2251

    The Vyne
    This is an attractive 16th Century house and estate that forms a treasure trove of history. The house is a rare treasure in this region, having been in the hands of the same family for over three hundred and fifty years, and managed by the National Trust. The park was designed by John Chute between 1755 and 1776. There are lawns, lakes, woodland walks and a wild garden.  The extraordinary Tudor chapel is one of the many highlights here.Opening times - April to October. Daily except Thursday and Friday. Also weekends in February and March. Open 11am to 5pm.
    The Vyne
    Sherborne St John,
     Basingstoke,
     Hampshire
    RG24 9HL
    The Vyne garden is 4 miles north of Basingstoke, between Bramley and Sherborne St John.

    Map
    THE VYNE CLICK
    Phone: +44 (0)1256 883858  -  Mobile: +44 (0)1256 881720
    Wayfarers Walk

    The Wayfarers Walk extends 70 miles between the coast near Portsmouth and Inkpen Beacon just across the Berkshire border. It connects with other long distance paths at Emsworth (the Sussex Border Path), at Bedhampton (the Solent Way) and at Inkpen Beacon (the Test Way). Linking with the Wayfarers Walk are six circular walks each consisting of a network of paths of varying distances. Near the villages of Burghclere and Kingsclere the Wayfarer's Walk traverses Watership Down, the setting for Richard Adams' best-selling book of the same name about a community of rabbits.
    Cerdic Start - Inkpen Beacon - Burghclere - North Oakley - Deane - Dummer - Brown Candover - New Alresford - Cheriton - Droxford - Hambledon - Denmead - Bedhampton - Emsworth - End
    leave a message with Dave

    Wellington Country Park Stratfield Saye Gardens
    The estate was a gift to the Duke of Wellington's from a grateful nation. It has a Victorian garden with a collection of trees, an American garden, a summerhouse, a camellia house, a herbaceous border and a rose garden. Loudon, in 1833, remarked that 'we expected the surface of the grounds to be flat, but were agreeably surprised to find a gentle hollow running through them in the direction of the length of the park [which is] as well wooded as could be desired'. He also saw 'the charger which the duke rode at waterloo [for] 15 hours, without once dismounting, and it has never been ridden since that day'. Wellington Country Park has all the ingredients for a fantastic day our with barbeque and picnic areas, nature trails, adventure playgrounds, crazy golf, miniature railway, sandpit, animal farm, fishing lake, cafe, gift and Toy shop.
    In the heart of the park, you'll find the elegant, but intimate, Stratfield Saye House, home to the Dukes of Wellington since 1817. The house and gardens offer an intriguing and informative insight into the life of the Great Duke of Wellington.Opening times - See garden website for opening information.
     
    Stratfield Saye Garden, Hampshire Stratfield Saye,
     Basingstoke,
    Hampshire,  
    RG7 2BZ

    between Reading and Basingstoke.- just off the A33 on the B3349, near the village of Riseley, and   accessible from the M4 (Junction 11) and M3 (Junction 6)
    WELLINGTON COUNTRY PARK CLICK

    Tel: 0118 9326 444
    West Green House Garden
    Celebrated garden with an intriguing collection of follies -  Voted one of the UK's top 50 gardens -  Herbaceous beds with wonderful colour combinations - Superb ornamental kitchen garden. An eighteenth century house with old walled gardens which were re-designed in the late twentieth century. The use of plants and colour themes is imaginative. Most of the planting is in the Arts and Crafts style but there is also an Islamic garden loosely based on the chahar bagh idea. The gardens have been restored by Marylyn Abbott.- Restrictions frequently necessary for the development and protection of the garden.     Opening times - Open to the public from 12noon until 5.00pm on on Easter Sunday 12th April. Sunday 26th April Sunday 3rd May June midsummer concert date tba July summer concert - date tba Sunday 27th September
    West Green House Garden
    West Green,
    Hartley Wintney,
    Hampshire
    RG27 8JB
    1 mile west of Hartley Witney village.

    WEST GREEN GARDEN CLICK
    Tel : 01252 844611
    West Walk

    West Walk at 350 hectares is the largest relic fragment of the former Royal Forest of Bere. It is designated a Forest Nature Reserve and is probably one of the most important woodlands, outside the New Forest, in Hampshire. Much old Oak remains, protected by a management plan for the next 200 years. Ancient records and warrants establish a close relationship between the forest and the naval dockyards. It is recorded that in 1232, during the reign of Henry III, galleys were repaired with timber from the forest; in 1522 during the reign of Henry Vlll shipwrights were sent to the forest to select timber, and in 1653, 500 trees were felled in three days to repair ships damaged in skirmishes with the Dutch.
    Cerdic West Walk, Forest of Bere, near Fareham,
    leave a message with Dave
    tel 01420 23666
    Westwood Woodland Park
    180 acres of woodland and grassland with impressive views over Southampton Water and the City. It lies between the medieval remains of Netley Abbey and Weston Shore, a Site of Special Scientific Interest for wading birds and Southampton's only beach. Westwood is managed for nature conservation and quiet informal recreation for local people. Westwood is open all year round and there is no charge to visit. It has a network of well surfaced paths which are passable in all but the wettest weather. There are two waymarked trails, many benches and a picnic site to help you enjoy your visit.
    Cerdic Weston Shore, Southampton Water The site has lots of entrance points, most of these are kissing gates
    leave a message with Dave

    Woolmer Forest

    One of Britain's richest nature heathland reserves, in the guardianship of the army.  Woolmer Forest is a remnant of a medieval hunting forest, situated in North East Hampshire near the village of Selborne. Some of the earliest descriptions of the Forest came from the pen of Gilbert White, a naturalist who lived in Selborne in the late 18th Century. A large area, some 300 hectares, has survived largely because it was purchased by the War Department in the 1860s and has been used since then as a rifle range.


    Cerdic Woolmer Forest, near Petersfield , Hampshire
    Longmoor Training Camp, Longmoor Liss, near Petersfield, Hampshire GU33 6EL
    leave a message with Dave!
    tel 01420 473611
    Yateley Common Country Park

    This Country Park consists of 476 acres of heathland, woods, grassland and ponds. Much of the Common is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of its importance for wildlife. Heathland supports a large number of rare and beautiful species and the site is carefully managed in order to conserve and restore this important habitat.

    http://www.touristnetuk.com/SO/hants-n/images/editpics/Yateley_Common_Country_Park_Hants-n_David_Eddington.jpg In The Blackwater Valley
    Yateley Common Country Park
    tel 01252 870425
    Hampshire Blue Plaques

    Blue Plaque The extension of the blue plaques scheme on a national basis began in 1998; between that year and 2004 pilot projects were undertaken, which resulted in the erection of plaques in Liverpool and Merseyside, Birmingham, Portsmouth and Southampton. In 2004, the scheme was launched in the East of England region, followed by the East Midlands region in 2005. The national and London schemes operate in exactly the same way  . However, when considering residences in small towns and villages, it is especially important to remember that buildings marked with plaques must be visible from the public highway. The Blue Plaques Panel includes the same core members, although – where relevant, and at the discretion of English Heritage – regional experts may be invited to attend certain meetings. This was a limited scheme and the following blue plaques were unveiled in Southampton and Portsmouth

    SOUTHAMPTON
    July 2004   
    ROY CHADWICK   
    1893-1947  
    38 Chessel Avenue
    Bitterne,

     Southampton
    Designer of the Lancaster     
    And Vulcan bomber aircraft
    lived here
    1922-1929
    July 2004 
      HERBERT COLLINS  
    1885-1975   
    38 Brookvale Road

    Highfield,
     
    Southampton
    Architect of suburbia    
    lived here
    1930-1973
    July 2004   
    EMILY DAVIES 
     
    1830-1921   
    6 Carlton Crescent
    Southampton

    Campaigner for
     Women’s     
    Education
    was born here
    July 2004   
    SIR HENRY JAMES 

    1803-1877 
     
    The Director General’s  House
      Rockstone Place,
    Southampton
        Director General of the     
        Ordnance Survey     
        lived here     
        1854-1875
    July 2004  
     JOHN JELLICOE,
    1st EARL
    JELLICOE  
    1859-1935
     1 Cranbury Place
        Southampton
        Admiral of the Fleet
        was born here
    September 2005  
     R.J. MITCHELL 
    1895-1937     
    2 Russell Place
    Portswood,
    Southampton
    Designer of the    
    Supermarine Spitfire
    lived here
    1927-1937


     PORTSMOUTH
    July 2004   
    LIEUTENANT NORMAN 

    HOLBROOK VC

      1888-1976  
      Warleigh House
             18 Grove Road
        Southsea
    Portsmouth
    Submariner and hero
    of the Dardanelles
    grew up here
    July 2004   
    FRED T. JANE
    1865-1916   
    17 Elphinstone Road
      Southsea

    Portsmouth

        Naval Author, Artist and
        Propagandist
        lived here
    July 2004   
    RUDYARD KIPLING
    1865-1936
    Lorne Lodge,
    Campbell Road
     
    Southsea
    Portsmouth
        Writer and Nobel Laureate     
        lived here as a boy     
        1871-1877
    July 2004  
     THOMAS ELLIS OWEN  
    1805-1862  
     Dovercourt
     36 Kent Road
    Southsea
    Portsmouth
        Architect and Developer     
        of Southsea    
        lived here
        from 1849
    July 2004   
    PETER SELLERS
    1925-1980  
    96 Castle Road
        Southsea
    Portsmouth
        Actor and Comedian    
        was born here
    July 2004   
    COMMANDER EDWARD

    UNWIN VC

    1864-1950
    12 Helena Road
        Southsea
     Portsmouth
        Hero of Gallipoli
        lived here
    July 2004  
     DAME FRANCES
     A. YATES 
     
    1899-1981
     ‘Fairfax’
        49 Victoria Road
    North
    Portsmouth
    Renaissance Historian     
        was born here 



    Stations
    DORSET, HAMPSHIRE, BOURNEMOUTH,  POOLE,
    PORTSMOUTH,  & SOUTHAMPTON RADIO STATIONS
    Angel Community Radio
    community radio for the over-60 age group.  fm  101.1 (Havant, Hampshire)
    BBC Radio Solent
    talk; news and sport; contemporary and oldies.  fm  96.1 (Bournemouth and Isle of Wight),  fm  103.8 (Poole and Dorset),  am  999 (Fareham, Hampshire),  am  1359 (Bournemouth)
     DAB  also available on local DAB digital radio, in the Bournemouth, Portsmouth,
       Southampton and South Hampshire areas.    listen now to BBC Radio Solent news on our audio pages

    Capital Disney
    recent chart music; stories and entertainment for a younger audience.  DAB  available on local DAB digital radio, in the Portsmouth, Southampton and South Hampshire areas
       broadcasting part-time 12:00 - 06:00 Mon to Thurs & 12:00 Fri - 06:00 Mon    listen live on our audio pages

    Classic Gold 828
    oldies and easy listening.  am  828 (Bournemouth, Poole, Hampshire and Dorset)
    DAB  also available on local DAB digital radio, in the Bournemouth area.    listen live on our audio pages

    1170 & 1557AM Capital Gold
    oldies; sport .  am  1170 (Portsmouth),  am  1557 (Southampton) .    listen live on our audio pages.  DAB  also available on local DAB digital radio, in the Portsmouth, Southampton    and South Hampshire areas    address & telephone number.       
      DAB Guide  
    Electronic Programme Guide for some services on the South Hants multiplex  DAB  this is a data service channel on DAB digital radio in South Hants
       Own a Wavefinder? You can download software to view the EPG

    Delta FM
    contemporary.  fm  101.6 (Fourmarks),  fm  101.8 (Petersfield),  fm  102.0 (Alton, Hampshire).    address & telephone number
    107.6FM The Fire
       contemporary dance music .  fm  107.6 (Bournemouth)
    Kiss
    contemporary dance and classic dance anthems.  DAB  available on local DAB digital radio, in the Bournemouth area.    listen live on