WHAT TO DO IN AND AROUND SOUTH WARNBOROUGH

Hidden Britain Tours Ltd will take you on a mini-safari. You travel with a guide who treats you as an individual, explains the landscape, and the people who work in it.

People do not often have opportunity to appreciate the countryside. Business visits are often rushed, with little time to appreciate the country visited, or visitors are herded around the sights on a busy itinerary with scheduled stops that offer the usual tourist shopping experiences.

Birdworld

BIRDWORLD – Join us for a great, fun family day out! The 26 acre park is home to hundreds of unusual birds, and we also have a fabulous farm, (that is also home to a pair of reindeer!) an aquarium and the wonderful Forest Lodge Garden Centre so there really is a packed day out to be had for all ages!

We have a busy schedule of daily events. Brightly coloured birds, fabulous keeper talks and feeds and two amazing daily shows, the Outdoor Flying Display and the Heron Theatre Show.
To get the very best from your visit we suggest planning your day as you enter the park around the scheduled feeds and shows, then enjoy the rest of the park at your leisure. (http://birdworld.co.uk/)

Basing House

BASING HOUSE – Basing House was a major Tudor Palace and castle in the Village of Old Basing in Hampshire.
It once rivaled  Hampton Court Palace  in its size and opulence. Today only its foundations and earthworks remain. The ruins are a Grade II  listed building.

Basing House was once the country’s largest private house and home to the powerful courtier William Paulet, Marquess of Winchester. It was the scene of many royal visits, by Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and others. The earthwork banks and ditches of an earlier medieval castle still dominate the ruins.  The wealth and power of the Paulet family, their loyalty to the crown and nearness to London brought disaster to Basing in the Civil War. After long sieges and bombardments the House fell to Oliver Cromwell in person.Start your visit at the Basing Grange buildings, restored and converted to provide new visitor centre, gift shop, refreshments and toilets/baby changing facilities or enjoy a picnic in the re-created Jacobean garden. (https://hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/basing-house)

Winchester

WINCHESTER – The ancient, wistful and lovely cathedral city of Winchester is a must for all visitors to the region.   A capital of Saxon kings and power-base of bishops, the city’s rich history is reflected in heroic statues, handsome Elizabethan and Regency buildings, narrow winding streets and, above all, the wondrous cathedral that marks its centre.

The city marks the beginning of the beautiful South Downs way and thanks to its location, nestled in a valley of the river Itchen, there are also charming waterside trails to explore. (http://www.visitwinchester.co.uk/)

Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH – Portsmouth is the principal port of Britain’s Royal Navy, and its historic dockyard ranks alongside Greenwich as Britain’s most fascinating centre of maritime history.

Here you can jump aboard Lord Nelson’s glorious warship HMS Victory, which led the charge of at Trafalgar in 1805 and glimpse the remains of Henry VIII’s flagship, Mary Rose. A spectacular millennium-inspired structure, the Spinnaker Tower, opened in 2005 with views to knock the wind from it’s sails. (http://www.visitportsmouth.co.uk/)

Jane Austen House

JANE AUSTIN’S HOUSE – Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. With the publications of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816), she achieved success as a published writer. She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began another, eventually titled Sanditon, but died before its completion. She also left behind three volumes of juvenile writings in manuscript and another unfinished novel, The Watsons. Her six full-length novels have rarely been out of print, although they were published anonymously and brought her moderate success and little fame during her lifetime.

Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire, is the only house where Jane lived and wrote that is open to the public.

https://www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk/visit-us

The Museum is open 7 days a week.

New Forest

THE NEW FOREST – It’s a unique place, with an even more singular history and archaic traditions that date back almost 1000 years, but more than that it’s a joy to explore.

Wild ponies mooch around its picturesque scrubland, paying no attention to the walkers and cyclists that pants past. Deer flicker in the distance and rare birds flit among the foliage. A scattering of genteel villages dot the landscape and a web of walking and cycling trails connects them.

The park is also a hugely popular destination for campers, and Lyndhurt’s tourist office has a free brochure with plenty of useful information. (www.thenewforest.co.uk)