School holiday inspiration – step into the festive season with County Council’s outdoor events

There are a host of seasonal events on offer at Hampshire County Council’s outdoor sites in the run-up to Christmas and beyond into the New Year, including family-friendly trails at the county’s Country Parks

Dec 14 2021

Councillor Edward Heron, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Recreation, Heritage and Rural Affairs, said: “In the countdown to Christmas, a trip to one of Hampshire County Council’s outdoor seasonal events is a great way to get into the festive spirit. There are magical experiences on offer for people of all ages to enjoy, with lots to keep younger visitors entertained and enthralled. Some activities require pre-booking, so the advice is to plan ahead, especially on popular dates.”

What’s on from December to early January:

Lepe Country Park, Queen Elizabeth Country Park and Royal Victoria Country Park  

Reconnect with nature this winter with Bear’s Winter Wander, a festive family walk with a difference.  

Running from Saturday 27 November 2021 to Sunday 2 January 2022, at Lepe Country Park, Queen Elizabeth Country Park and Royal Victoria Country Park.  

Cost - £6 per child for a trail pack which includes a trail guide booklet, colouring pencils, plus a special bear to take on the walk and to take home afterwards.  

Find out more and book your tickets here

Enlightened at Staunton Farm, Havant 

This winter, for the first time ever, experience the winter wonder of Enlightened. Staunton Farm will be transformed into a magical outdoor illuminated trail for the whole family to enjoy – visitors will see thousands of lights and features including both dynamic illuminations and projections. 

Running from 03 December until 02 January.  

Tickets must be pre-booked. Click here for more information.

‘A Christmas Elfventure’ at Staunton Country Park, Havant 

Thistle and Oak need your help! Enjoy a festive walk around the beautiful parkland and help the cheeky little elves save Christmas.  

Running from 1 December to 2 January (Coach House closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so trail packs must be picked up beforehand on these days).  

£3 per trail/child.  

Click here for more information and to book your trail.  

'A Christmas Elfventure’ at Manor Farm, River Hamble Country Park 

Help Thistle and Oak save Christmas with the fun ‘Elfventure’ farmyard trail. Take part in Elf School, listen to a story read by Mother Christmas, and help her decorate the tree. Meet the Nativity animals and explore the homes of Father Christmas and his elves.  

Normal farmyard admission plus £2 per trail/child.  No pre-booking required. Available on Thursday to Sunday throughout December, plus Monday 20 & Tuesday 21 December.

Click here for more information.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey  

Enjoy Santa’s Tree Tour by exploring Sir Harold Hillier Gardens’ wonderful tree collection on this family self-guided trail. Children will receive a special guide and stickers.  

Normal admission plus £2.50 per trial (excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day).  

Click here for more information.

Savour a seasonal afternoon tea at The Garden Restaurant including warm frangipane mince pies, mulled fruit macarons and a surprise festive chocolate pot. 

Visit Sir Harold Hiller Gardens to enjoy the splendor of seasonal vistas, plants, trees, and flowers. Horticultural highlights include Europe’s largest Winter Garden, which also celebrates its 25th Anniversary since its first planting, this December. The Winter Garden has more than 650 plants grown to show a wide range of plants that are at their best from November until March. It’s a treat for the senses, showcasing the winter light, bold coloured stems, winter scent and foliage. 

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