WHAT TO DO IN AND AROUND SOUTH WARNBOROUGH
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 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 – 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 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/)
SOUTHAMPTON – This down-to business port city and gateway to the Isle of Wight has a long and eventful past thanks to its position on the Solent.
While the city was a flourishing medieval trading centre, its centre was gutted by merciless bombings in World War II and consequently there is little left of his heritage.
The city’s waterfront is also the point from which he Titanic set sail on its ill-fated journey back in 1912, and larger than life ocean liners such as QEII still dock on the waterfront. (http://www.discoversouthampton.co.uk/visit)
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)