Friday, April 13

Things to see and do on a Hampshire holiday

Staycations - a holiday spent at home - are the big thing right now. With 2012 being such a tremendous year for Great Britain in terms of the Olympics, the Diamond Jubilee and many other events taking place, who would want to leave the country?

Our green and pleasant land boasts so much variety. There are dramatic cliffs, undulating moors, white sandy beaches and lush forests on offer, so deciding to holiday at home could pose a few problems.

Which county will you pick? If you can't decide, perhaps this might help make up your mind about booking Hampshire holidays.

Hampshire is probably most well known for the New Forest and its links with Jane Austen. So too is it inextricably linked with the sea and and naval history. Encompassing the Isle of Wight and many attractions, Hampshire is the ideal location for visitors of all ages.

In April, Southampton in particular with commemorates the 200th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic; which sailed from its dock in 1812, never to return. The appeal of the tragic super liner endures and can be explored further at the brand new Maritime Museum in Southampton town centre. It showcases a new collection of artefacts and personal items belonging to passengers/crew members. Grab a map before taking your own Titanic tour; seeing the site of the White Star Line offices and the memorial to the musicians.

Those that love literature might like to visit Jane Austen's home and the comprehensive museum in Chawton. See the very desk at which Jane scribbled her tiny pages, creating timeless favourites 'Persuasion', 'Sense & Sensibility' and 'Pride & Prejudice'. 

This year is a great one for Hampshire, with the Olympic Torch Relay passing through in mid-July. On 15th, the torch will pass through Fareham, Gosport and Portsmouth, cumulating in a huge evening celebration at Southsea Common - why not join in?

Nature lovers will adore the New Forest, through which there are many paths to follow; as well as plenty a good pub to stop and have a break. Look out for the eponymous ponies along the way. If you'd like to see more animals, the New Forest Wildlife Park boasts a huge array of animals, including new additions in the form of three young male bison.

Stop by the Historic Naval Dockyard in Portsmouth to see impressive ships HMS Warrior, HMS Victory and the remains of the Mary Rose. Marvel at what the sailors had to eat and learn about the many voyages that helped make Britain a force to be reckoned with.
A short hop across the Solent via ferry will take you to the popular Isle of Wight, a classic and much-loved holiday destination.

Blackgang Chine, Robin Hill and The Needles are all attractions that the kids will love. Osbourne House, Queen Victoria's former home, should keep the more cultured in the group sated!

The above is hardly exhaustive of the attractions that Hampshire can offer, so why not book a holiday and discover the county for yourself?

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