We all know how hard it can be planning a day out with the kids that keeps them entertained and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, so decided it was time to get you the inside scoop on some of our favourite places.
Our first stop on the journey was Winchester, my daughter and I had a fantastic day and only spent £18, here’s how…
For a free attraction whilst in Winchester, my daughter and I explored the Westgate Museum. This was housed in one of the last remaining medieval gates into the city, which also in previous guises had once been a prison. During our visit, my daughter enjoyed doing a brass rubbing and the opportunity to do some colouring, whilst I spent time reading some of the displays that explain the history of the site. We further climbed more stone steps to the roof, to gain the great views of the city.
The Great Hall
For just £5, my daughter and I had an interesting visit to The Great Hall; the only remaining part of Winchester Castle from the 13th Century. This vast medieval hall houses the legendary ‘King Arthur’s Round table’, we did our own self-guided tour as there are many fascinating displays to read, but a guided tour could also be booked. We also explored the Queen Eleanor’s Garden and Long Gallery, although a big hit was the Gift Shop – something for all!
For our last stop we ventured further afield to Basingstoke, about 25 minutes from Winchester in the car, or just 18 minutes by train. A visit to Basing House, makes a great trip out with the kids! Located on the outskirts of Basingstoke, the original castle ditches can still be seen along with the remains of a grand house which fell during the Civil War in the 17th Century. Just £6.20 to get in and free for under 5’s! We explored the site to incorporate the Great Barn, museum and even managed to crawl through the 91 metre Tudor tunnel (open on certain days). My daughter’s favourite part was having fun with the dressing up props to become a lady of Tudor time, and a knight equipped with shield and sword! Thankfully, the sun shone for us to eat a picnic in the grounds too.
Street Vegan, lean, clean & green cuisine that goes that extra bit further than vegetarian. Hosted outside in their scenic courtyard, this lunchtime event one in a series running throughout the summer. Another bonus, the gardens are spectacular!
Gosport’s one and only Vegan cafe offering freshly made, seasonal, local and organic food is one not to be missed! Johnny V’s serves breakfast, lunch, drinks and coffee all without animal products. Even if you’re not vegan, try something different this bank holiday!
Did you know that you can rent a BBQ area in some of the most beautiful country parks in Hampshire? It’s great value starting at just £7, and the perfect way to bring family and friends together, with green open spaces and wonderful views of Hampshire, we can’t think of anything better to do with a bank holiday!
Start your day the right way with a full English at Lepe Country Park. Not only is the food spot on, views from the beach can’t be beaten! You could walk off your breakfast on the Lepe Loop if you fancy being a bit more active than us.
Billed as Hampshire’s finest food and music festival, Graze Festival boasts an exciting lineup of live music, performing arts, pop-up restaurants and excellent entertainment, complete with a dedicated kids’ area for families to enjoy the day.
This traditional Village Flower, Vegetable & Craft Show has hundreds of exhibits, a marquee, arena events, craft stalls, produce stalls, music and fun activities for children.
Don’t miss the falconry display, vintage cars, dog Show, Morris and Clog Dancing.
Hampshire Open Studios is an annual art trail where you can meet artists in their studios and galleries. In the week leading up to bank holiday Monday August, 250 studios, galleries, artists and art groups (in excess of 500 artists) open their doors to exhibit original artwork, give talks and demos. Don’t miss Number 11 showcasing up-cycled recycled repurposed, and restored lighting along with fused glass.
The Plaza Theatre in Romsey is not only a striking landmark, with its 1930’s art deco theme, it is also the home to The Romsey Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (RAODS). Having acquired the freehold to the former cinema in 1982, they began to renovate the space to what you see today, a theatre bursting with character, offering Pantomime, Musicals, Operetta, Comedy, Drama, Dance, Youth productions and Live Music.
Make sure you don’t miss their latest youth production, Return to the Forbidden Planet by Bob Carlton this week until Saturday 26 August.
Inspired by Shakepeare’s The Tempest, this jukebox musical is packed with rock ‘n’ roll classics such as Heard it Through the Grapevine, Young Girl, Good Vibrations, and Gloria.
Blast off on a routine flight and crash into the planet D’Illyria where a sci fi version of The Tempest set to rock and roll golden oldies unfolds with glee. The planet is inhabited by a sinister scientist, Dr. Prospero; his delightful daughter Miranda; Ariel, a faithful robot on roller skates; and an uncontrollable monster, the product of Prospero’s Id, whose tentacles penetrate the space craft.
There’s so much more to do on a trip to Winchester than just visit the cathedral. Try a top of the town tour. Start with the Westgate Museum, then a tour of the Great Hall, home to King Arthur’s ‘Round Table’ through the garden to the beautiful Winchester Barracks complex and its choice of military museums. Then finish your trip with a really tasty, freshly prepared lunch at Copper Joe’s – a new cafe in the barracks complex.
Win yourself a FREE lunch at Copper Joe’s, just fill in your name and email address here, to be entered into a prize draw to win lunch for two (up to the value of £20). Entries must be received by 1 September. The winner will be drawn at random and contacted after that date.
Look at their amazing scrambled eggs and avocado, grilled tomatoes and dill! We did our own market research (terrible day at the office!), and can unanimously recommend the three cheese macaroni bake.
Follow Copper Joe’s on Facebook and Instagram, but be warned, their photos are hunger inducing!
Looking for a way to get in those 10,000 steps but want to mix up your route? Try one my favourites, John Harris’ Walking in England website.
This great website gives you access to loads of great walks in Hampshire for free, and you can even download a map to take with you along the way. Covering all the best hotspots in Hampshire, you’ll find amazing views along the way too.