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Time to plan a get-away

Cheese and Chilli Festival
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Are you looking for a change of scenery and somewhere new to explore – single households can book a staycation from 12 April 2021 in self-contained accommodation such as holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households. Book your get-away in Winchester now and discover the district right from your doorstep.

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The perfect family break

Nestled in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, in the South Downs National Park, is Wallops Wood Cottages – eight beautiful cottages with stunning views over the Meon Valley, perfect for you and your family to spend some quality time together. These cosy cottages are the perfect place to start your adventure, even if it’s just outside the door and into your hot tub.

Holiday lodge with hot tub in front

Start your morning with a breakfast cooked in your own kitchen – exactly as you like. Take a drive or cycle to one of the Winchester district’s unique market towns to browse the local, independent shops for that hidden gem you won’t find anywhere else. Enjoy the relaxing smell of lavender as you browse the great selection at LongBarn, Alresford, find your new wardrobe at Boutique Me in Bishop’s Waltham or find your perfect pamper products at Baytree Beauty in Wickham.

After all that retail therapy stop in one of Winchester’s great eateries offering outside dining. There are so many great pubs and restaurants to choose from – what do you fancy?

After your meal take a romantic stroll through the beautiful scenery of the district – why not take in a sunset on the sunset trail with views over the city centre.

Sunset Walk

A trip for the whole family

Pack up your whole household, including your four legged friend, and head to South Winchester Lodges. Set in peacefully surroundings in the heart of the South Winchester Golf Club this is a great place for a family holiday. Their fully equipped kitchens make cooking a breeze during your stay so you can still make your family’s favourite dish with local supermarkets delivering to their lodges.

South Winchester Lodges

Only three miles from the historic city centre there are so many trails to enjoy. Take you dog on walks inspired by Jane Austen or John Keats, wander along the River Alres or step back in history and walk the boundaries of a battlefield.

A family of four walking along a grassy hill with a view of the South Downs National Park behind them

Take you picnic basket with you and find one of Winchester’s great open spaces to enjoy you home prepared treats. Visit some of the districts great local delis or order a take away from our fantastic eateries to enjoy a taste of the district on your travels.

Family in Winchester ® Harvey Mills Photography 2017

® Harvey Mills Photography 2017

A family friendly adventure

Blackwood Forest is the perfect spot for a family adventure in Winchester. A tranquil woodland escape offering outdoor adventures, walks and picnic spots, this is the perfect place to get away from it all. Whether your little ones want to discover the wildlife living in the forest, visit the bug hotel or splash in puddles Blackwood Forest is the perfect place to explore together. Relax in one of the forest cabins, hidden among tall trees in secluded corners of the forest.

Cabin at Blackwood Forest

After breakfast take your family on a wild adventure to Marwell Zoo. Learn more about the residents from seeing the penguins swimming underwater to looking out over the wild explorer exhibit and the animals who call it home – this is your own walking safari. Treat everyone to an ice cream or find the perfect takeaway snack.

Amur tigers grooming each other

If you’re looking for more of a challenge travel into the city centre and take on ClueCapers new outdoor escape room. Their first big outdoor adventure this game takes you on a fascinating loop around central Winchester – can you solve the clues?

After a day of exploring way not take a taste of Winchester back to your cabin with a takeaway from the fantastic eateries in the district – discover your new favourite menu.