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Exciting Things to Do in Hampshire

Publshed on: 04/07/2024

Looking for an adventurous day out in Hampshire? From adrenaline-pumping Go Ape adventures to serene natural explorations, there’s something for everyone.

If you’re intrigued by Hampshire’s rich history and culture, check out fascinating sites. And, of course, the natural beauty of Hampshire is not to be missed. Discover ancient woodlands, serene beaches and picturesque national parks.

Adventurous Things to Do in Hampshire

Go Ape Moors Valley


Located in the stunning Moors Valley Country Park, Go Ape Moors Valley is the perfect day out for families and groups alike! Go wild on five impressive Go Ape adventures, suitable for all ages.

Treetop Adventure is the perfect option for little ones over 1m tall or more cautious adventurers just starting out. Bigger and better for 2024, confident kids (over 6 years and 1.2m) can take on Treetop Adventure Plus, which is now an individual activity separate from Treetop Adventure. It’s all about climbing higher, testing your skills and longer zips!

Treetop Challenge is the original and biggest of the high ropes experience three. Featuring six new crossings for 2024, new Alpine zips (tree-to-tree) and sole use of the 120m zip wire finale, it’s perfect for adventurers over 1.4m tall.

Looking for something a little different? Children (and adults) can bounce through the dappled canopy of Nets Adventure – giant, ball-filled suspended nets.

Or if you prefer to stay on the ground, choose Forest Segways, a unique hour-long exploration through Moors Valley Country Park.

Looking for even more adventures? Check out Go Ape Alice Holt and Go Ape Southampton also in Hampshire!

Moors Valley Country Park

Moors Valley | things to do hampshire


Why not extend your day out, once you’ve completed your Go Ape adventure? There’s loads to see and do in Moors Valley Country Park, including miles of walking trail and cycle paths, a golf course, a mini railway and a family-friendly Play Trail. Plus, there is a rather excellent café!

Marwell Zoo

Giraffe at Marwell | Things to do hampshire

Home to over 140 species, including giraffes, tigers, and penguins, Marwell Zoo is the perfect day out for animal lovers. This zoo offers a unique opportunity to get up close with wildlife and is dedicated to conservation and education, both locally and internationally.

Historical and Cultural Things to Do in Hampshire

Jane Austen’s House

Jane Austen books | things to do hampshire

In the charming village of Chawton, is Jane Austen’s enchanting Hampshire cottage. This is the house where she penned some of her most famous works and spent the last eight years of her life. For over 70 years Jane Austen’s House has run learning and events programmes, which inspire a love of literature and learning.

Highclere Castle

View of Highclere Castle | things to do hampshire


The iconic filming location for the popular TV series Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle offers an awesome glimpse into aristocratic life. Wander through grand rooms, 100s acres of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) land and extensive grounds. There are also loads of seasonal events throughout the year.

Natural Places to Visit near Hampshire

The New Forest

Horses in the new forest | things to do hampshire

A haven for nature lovers, The New Forest boasts ancient woodlands, heathlands, and free-roaming ponies. Enjoy a leisurely stroll or cycle through the forest trails and spot the diverse wildlife that live in this area. Whether you’re an experienced walker or prefer a peaceful stroll, the New Forest has ample opportunities to get back to nature.

The Jurassic Coast

Jurassic Coast scene with cliff tops and the sea | things to do hampshire

Stretching over 95 miles, the Jurassic Coast is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is famed for its dramatic cliffs, hidden coves, and ancient fossils. Explore charming towns and villages along the coast or set off on a boat trip to view the coastline from a unique perspective.

The South Downs

The south downs national park | things to do hampshire

Encompassing Hampshire, Sussex, and Surrey, the South Downs National Park is filled with rolling hills, picturesque villages, and breathtaking views. The South Downs are perfect for hiking, cycling, or enjoying a picnic amidst stunning scenery.

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