This Hampshire Travel Christmas Gift Guide 2020 is here to help you find the best experiential gifts for the travel lovers in your life.
This guide will help you navigate shopping local and online this festive season because let’s face it, the majority of shopping is going to be done from home. Weirdest year ever, right?
Supporting local businesses, creators, causes, charities and institutions is particularly important this year so they are all still there, once the pandemic is under control. Supporting them will ensure our towns and cities stay diverse fun places to explore.
Here’s some of my favourite local travel experiences to inspire your gift giving this year.
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Did 2020 topple your travel plans? Me too, don’t worry, I’ve got something that will keep that wanderlust at bay and have you exploring the many wonders of the UK in no time!
Lonely Planet’s Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist is the answer to all of my travel woes of 2020 and 2021 (maybe longer, let’s not jinx it!). And, it is providing much needed inspiration in the darkness of ‘uncertain times’.
Live in the UK? Take a look at why this book might help bring some direction to your travel plans for the foreseeable future.
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Paradise Pizza in Polzeath is serving up beautiful fresh wood fired pizza on the beach. Could it beeeeeee any more perfect?
I am here for the freshly made, dough with big air bubbles, sexy toppings and all that super hot wood fired flavour.
Yeah, so if you haven’t guessed, I like pizza a lot. And, this is my go to pizza spot in Polzeath. Pizza on the beach anyone? The answer is always yes by the way!
Just off the high street you can walk a loop and discover the Winchester Water Meadows.
It’s an easy walk that follows the River Itchen and leads to some of the best hidden parts of the city. The walk takes in part of the South Downs Way, the Clarendon Way, Wolvesey Castle, the Hospital of St. Cross, the Itchen Navigation path, St. Catherine’s Hill.
The water meadows inspired Keats to write ‘To Autumn’, you know the one, imagine this in a rather loud and grandiose overly dramatic style… “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness…”
With such a beautiful landscape on display you can see why he was motivated to write such pretty verse.
Get a slice of quintessential English countryside, history and explore Winchester in a totally new way.
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Ruby’s Bar is another Rick Stein venture in Padstow. This charming and cosy bar offers a fantastic array of cocktails and curated spirits. Oh I do love a cheeky cocktail!
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A Pint of Padstow is the shop front to Padstow Brewing Company, an award winning micro-brewery in North Cornwall sharing its love for beers, ales, pilsners and cider.
I’ve had many a good time drinking and making new friends in the shop come bar that’s right in the heart of central Padstow. Hello to a cheeky afternoon cider or two!
If you’re headed to Cornwall, this charming town must be you your visit list. It’s incredibly popular thanks to places like the Padstow Brewing Company. Here’s why…
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Mi Cocina is one of the good things to have come out of the lockdown of 2020.
The new Mexican food takeaway has popped up at Bridge Street House in Winchester and I am a BIG fan. The city seriously lacks this type of cuisine. I am always in the mood for Mexican, one of my all time favourite foods. 🇲🇽
The food is simply incredible, take a look…
BUENO 🌶 BUENO 🌮 BUENO 🍹
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Here’s an A to Z of things to do in Hampshire to provide plenty of inspiration to plan your next trip…
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Pride & Prejudice. Emma. Sense & Sensibility. Literary classics written by one powerhouse woman, Jane Austen, in a beautiful cottage in Hampshire.
In fact she wrote and revised all her published works here and the house is now considered the most important Austen site in the world.
If you are a big Austen fan or know one, then a visit might be for you, here’s everything you need to know for a great day out…
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Cornwall is full of travel treasures and St. Michael’s Mount is one of them!
This tidal island is in Mount’s Bay off the coast of Marazion and has been home to the St Aubyn family since 1650 and is now managed by the National Trust.
I’ve been wanting to go to this beautiful island for many years and feel I’ve definitely ticked this off my travel bucket list.
Headed to Cornwall, put this on your visit list, here’s why…
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