Hampshire is one of the UK’s most popular glamping destinations and for good reason too. Not only does this renowned location offer a harmonious mix or coast and country but it is also the perfect place to enjoy a number of exciting activities and attractions both indoors and out. If you’re heading to Hampshire for a short break, here are some suggestions of how to spend your stay:
Day 1 – AM – Jane Austen House Museum
Whether you arrived at your Hampshire glamping abode the night before or on the morning of your first day, hopefully, you will have had the chance to settle into your new home away from home. After freshening up, exploring your surroundings and having a quick bite to eat, we recommend heading out to one of Hampshire’s most renowned attractions: The Jane Austen House Museum.
Located in the quaint village of Chawton, the Jane Austen House Museum provides a fascinating insight into the personal life of this literary genius, who lived here with her mother, sister and friend for eight of her final years. During her time here, as well as enjoying many walks in the gorgeous surrounding countryside, Jane also wrote and revised several of her most famous books including Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudiceand Persuasion.
Today, not only can visitors take a tour of the house and gaze upon some of Jane’s most prized possessions including letters, notebooks and jewellery, but they will also catch a glimpse of the table where she created her finest works as well as the very first copies of some of her novels!
Day 1 – PM – The New Forest
After touring the museum and enjoying a spot of lunch, a trip to the New Forest will provide the perfect opportunity to savour some fresh air as well as enjoy the stunning views of the Hampshire countryside.
Encompassing luscious moorland, colourful heathland and enchanting woodland, the New Forest is home to a diverse range of scenery and offers something for everyone. Covering around 285 square miles in total, not only is this exquisite national park the perfect destination for walkers and cyclists with its many trails, but it is also ideal for wildlife-lovers as it is home to an array of different species. From grazing deer and wild ponies to some of Britain’s rarest birds, this natural haven is simply teeming with wildlife that you won’t want to miss!
After exploring to your heart’s content, head home for the day to enjoy a quiet night in or if you wish to prolong the day further, why not stop at one of the local eateries to sample some delicious delicacies? The Foresters Arms or The Royal Oak Inn are two local pubs that come highly recommended.
Day 2 – AM – The Isle of Wight
Time always goes quickly during a two-day break, so if you want to make the most of your second day in Hampshire, aim for a bright and breezy start accompanied by a hearty breakfast. Once you’ve had a bite to eat, got dressed and packed some essentials, head out to explore one of the UK’s most beautiful destinations…
The Isle of Wight can be easily accessed from Portsmouth or Southampton, so head down to one of these ports to catch a ferry over. Once you have arrived on the island, chose from a wide range of outdoor activities to fill your day; for those who love to be beside the seaside, a walk along one of the Isle of Wight’s many breath-taking beaches is a must, along with a cheeky ice cream, of course! Alternatively, visitors can explore Carisbrooke Castle, once of the prison of Charles I or head into the island’s main town, Newport, for a spot of shopping.
Day 2 – PM – Evening Stroll
Although your trip to ‘Little England’ as it is also known will have taken up the majority of your day, you will hopefully still have some time remaining to enjoy one last activity. Pop back to your glamping abode to freshen up or if you are happy to head straight out, an evening stroll is the perfect way to end your short but sweet stay in Hampshire. The South Downs Way National Trail and Shipwrights Way offer some stunning views of the countryside and can be joined from several locations across the region, meaning you should be able to access them both somewhere close to your accommodation. After a wander along one of these winding trails, a warming tipple at a cosy pub is sure to be welcomed; once enjoyed, head back for a good night’s rest before your journey home.
While this is just one way to spend two days in Hampshire, a longer break in the region will enable you to do so much more, so why not extend your trip further? Check out our seven days in Hampshire series to see what else you could do with your time in this beautiful county or to find the perfect accommodation for your stay, browse our Hampshire glamping abodes now!