Things To Do In Hampshire In The Winter

We love winter in our city; the days are shorter, the air a bit chillier and the beautiful open spaces are transformed into a riot of colour!

We’ve rounded up our favourite events in Winchester and a bit further afield – so whether you’re a local or just visiting, make sure you don’t miss a thing!

Winter Paddling (1 November 2017-31 March 2018)

As the weather gets chillier, wrap up warm and take to the water in Beaulieu, the New Forest on a winter paddle! Choose between single seater kayaks or 2/3 seater canoes for a full two-hour guided tour out on the water. The Beaulieu River offers up some stunning sights throughout the winter. More information here.

Winter I Spy: Family Trail at the Harold Hillier Gardens (4 January-9 February)

Spot the signs of winter in the Gardens, look out for the colourful berries and smell the scented flowers. Notice changes in the weather and what wildlife is living in the Gardens. Find out more here.

Barnstomers Comedy (from 19 January)

Now in its tenth fantastic season, Barnstormers Comedy Club returns to Winchester Discovery Centre to kick-start the weekend in the usual uproarious style. The third Friday of each month welcomes a line-up of three top acts from the London comedy circuit and beyond, many of them Comedy Store regulars, and our lovely MC remains on hand to oversee the proceedings. The perfect tonic to end the working week. Starts 8pm. www.barnstormerscomedy.com

A Family Blown Apart (24 January)

Winchester resident Danny Habel tells the harrowing story of how his family was affected by the Holocaust, with members fleeing Nazi Germany and ending up scattered across the globe. There will also be an exhibition of personal artefacts related to the Jewish faith and information from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Winchester Discovery Centre, 7.30pm.

For details visit www.visitwinchester.co.uk

The Marine Salvage Project Monthly Conservation Talks at Royal Armouries Fort Nelson, Fareham (11 February)

On the second Sunday of each month, visitors are invited to join Conservator, Matthew Hancock, behind-the-scenes for a free 30 minute talk, as he discusses one of the major conservation projects currently being carried out at Fort Nelson, The Marine Salvage Project. The 17th century project focuses on three guns recovered from the sea, including two from the wreck of the HMS London, all of which require technical conservation treatments. The gun recovered from Goodwin Sands is especially interesting as it is manufactured from four different metals. For details visit www.royalarmouries.org

Miss Saigon, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton (21 February-17 March)

Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical – a recent smash hit in the West End – is embarking on a major UK Tour. Winner of a record-breaking nine Whatsonstage Awards 2015 including Best Show, this epic love story tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with an American GI called Chris – but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For details visit www.mayflower.org.uk

Night Sky Live! (24 February)

An inspirational weekend festival celebrating the night sky. Experts will lead exciting activities, including real-time exploration of the night sky, encouraging children and families to look up and discover the amazing world around us – the Moon, stars, planets and other celestial bodies. Winchester Science Centre. For details visit www.winchestersciencecentre.org

Mid-Hants Railway ‘The Watercress Line’: A Day Out with Thomas (30 March-8 April)

Thomas & Friends return to the Watercress Line for more family fun. Shake hands with the Fat Controller, meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, take part in Thomas themed activities and ride the big steams trains all day. Free activities, bouncy slide, tea cup ride, children’ entertainer and Thomas tattoos. It’s a great value family day out, not to be missed!

More details at www.watercressline.co.uk

Mottisfont: Heath Robinson – Dreams and Machines (20 January-15 April)

Discover the quirky machinery and exquisite paintings of William Heath Robinson in Mottisfont’s latest exhibition. In the 1930s, Heath Robinson became known as “The Gadget King”, and he is still most widely remembered for his detailed drawings of eccentric, over-complicated contraptions. But he was also a talented painter. Mottisfont’s exhibition features over 60 original pieces covering the extraordinary breadth of his work, from witty cartoons to dream-like watercolour landscapes and illustrations, including scenes from Shakespeare. Alongside the gallery show, an interactive family trail introduces children to the delightful world of Heath Robinson.

Find out more here.

Winter Paddling (1 November 2017-31 March 2018)

As the weather gets chillier, wrap up warm and take to the water in Beaulieu, the New Forest on a winter paddle! Choose between single seater kayaks or 2/3 seater canoes for a full two-hour guided tour out on the water. The Beaulieu River offers up some stunning sites throughout the winter. More information here.

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