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6 Places to Go in Hampshire | Exploring the County

June 9, 2022

This month, we’re sharing 6 places to go in Hampshire to help you discover all that the county has to offer.

From exploring the New Forest to shopping in Southampton, we’re uncovering the best places to visit this summer:

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Places to Go in Hampshire: Discover The New Forest

A short drive from Friary Meadow, one of the most beautiful places to go in Hampshire is the New Forest, which is set in 140,000 acres of stunning ancient woodland and unspoilt grassland.

The New Forest offers a multitude of beautiful walks. Discover the wild ponies roaming freely against the beautiful backdrop of thousand-year-old trees, along with a variety of other wildlife.

Head to the forest for a day, or make a holiday of it; you won’t be short of activities and adventures for people of all ages.

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Explore Southampton

Southampton is a port city, just a 30-minute drive from Friary Meadow.

With sea views, a large shopping centre, and a rich history, Southampton is a great place to visit for all ages.

Discover the museums to learn more about the city’s rich history. In the SeaCity Museum, you’ll learn about the Titanic, and in the Solent Sky Museum, you can discover the iconic Spitfire. The city is also home to a large Tudor House & Garden, displaying 800 years of historical artefacts.

Perfect for a day trip, the city is full of independent eateries. Be sure to visit Calshot Beach; situated on the edge of the New Forest, its stunning shore is lined with brightly coloured beach huts, making it the perfect backdrop for a leisurely stroll. 

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Places to Go in Hampshire: Take a Trip to Marwell Zoo

For a relaxed day out, why not pay a visit to Marwell Zoo? The zoo is home to a variety of animals such as the pygmy hippopotamus, snow leopard, giraffe and white rhinoceros.

Less than a 30-minute drive from Friary Meadow, it’s an exciting trip for all the family.

There’s a restaurant and various kiosks to buy food. You’re also welcome to take a picnic; either way, the zoo has everything you’ll need to enjoy a fun, family day out.

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Book an Experience at Bombay Gin Distillery

A little further afield, the Bombay Gin Distillery is just over 45 minutes from our retirement village. It’s the perfect place to enjoy an adult-only afternoon.

The distillery offers a discovery experience and a cocktail experience. You can learn about the history and making of the gin, or partake in a cocktail masterclass. 

The discovery experience offers a complimentary drink, allowing you to discover the gin’s infusion of exotic botanicals. In the cocktail experience, you can create two delicious cocktails, and sample a third.

Don’t forget to visit the gin shop before you leave, where you can purchase an array of unique gifts – and stock up on gin!

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Wander Through the Lavender Fields in Selbourne

The timeframe for visiting the lavender fields is short. The field opens in late June until beginning/middle of August, with opening days dependent on the weather. So, be sure to plan ahead and ensure the field is open before you set off.

Once you’re there, you can immerse yourself in the glorious scent of lavender as you stand in a sea of vibrant purple.

The farm coffee shop, which also has its very own book swap, serves a delicious selection of cakes and teas, so do try to pop in. That being said, you’re also welcome to take a picnic along. 

Less than an hour’s drive from us here at Friary Meadow, the lavender field is a must-visit.

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Places to Go in Hampshire: Visit Jane Austen’s House Museum in Alton

If you’re an avid Jane Austen fan, then one of the best places to go in Hampshire is her house. Located in Alton, it’s within easy reach of Friary Meadow.

The famous author wrote, revised and published her six famous novels in the cottage. Inside, you’ll discover her writing desk, letters, and even first editions of her novels on display.

Dating back to 1816, the home allows you to step back in time, offering a unique experience of life over 200 years ago.

Once you’ve finished in the house, you can spend some time in her quaint garden. Don’t forget to visit the dedicated shop selling an array of books and gifts before you leave.

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Places to Go in Hampshire: Visit Titchfield Nature Reserve

Just a stone’s throw from us here at Friary Meadow is Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve. The reserve, which spans 139 acres, is home to a plethora of wildlife, wetland habitats and mature trees.

Perfect for an afternoon stroll, a family picnic or a spot of birdwatching, the nature reserve offers adventure for all ages, and makes a wonderful backdrop for an interesting day out.

As we head towards summer, see if you can discover the vibrant plants, spot the colourful dragonflies, and listen out for the many different types of birdsong.

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