What's on in Hampshire this weeeknd?

Whether you’re local to the area or up north and thinking of heading south, it’s worth your while to throw an overnight bag in the car and head for Hampshire this mid-July weekend. It’s a county which boasts some of the UK’s most picturesque historic towns such as Winchester and Salisbury, as well as maritime harbours such as Portsmouth and Southampton.

If you’re a lover of boats and ships, why not try a Tall Ship sailing experience for a day? Go along to Gunwharf Quays Marine in Portsmouth on the 16th and 17th and you can meet the crew, look around the ship and spend a fantastic day at sea climbing the rigging, taking turn at the helm or just chilling out and sunbathing. It’s 'all on board' at 8.30am when you will set out into the Solent, but not before a hearty breakfast of bacon rolls, Danish pastries and fresh fruit. Refreshments and food are free flowing during the day and there are organised activities if you wish to participate. Go to www.visitportsmouth.co.uk for more details.

Alternatively, if you’re a bit of a bookworm, the Jane Austen Literature festival will be held on the 17th of July this year at Jane Austen’s House and Museum in Alton, with a day of literature related talks and activities. There will be store holders selling second hand books and a 'Little Book Making' family activity if you want to take the kids. There’s no extra charge for the festival, you just pay the Museum entry fee which allows you to see the book treasures of the Jane Austen House Museum collection. Visit www.visit-hampshire.co.uk for more details.

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