Welcome to the second Things to do in Hampshire This Weekend 8 January 2021 post!
Last week I turned my regular Friday Instagram Stories recommendations into a blog post for the new year.
Every Friday I’ll be sharing five things across Hampshire for you to do. My suggestions cover everything from events and places to explore to places to eat and drink at normally. But, in a National Lockdown it shares useful places to walk and pick up essentials.
Take a look at this week’s suggestions…
Things to do in Hampshire 8 January 2021
This week I’m focusing on great places to walk and grab an excellent takeaway drink or snack while we’re still in Tier 4. Wait, hold up, I wrote this when we were in a Tier 4 and then old Borris Johnson put us in a National Lockdown.
SO, I’ve had to make a few quick edits. I’ve spoken to every place on this list to confirm they are in fact open during the National Lockdown for essentials.
Please do not to travel far to these places or hang about, just pick up what you need and crack on with your daily exercise walk. Stick to the Governments latest advice.
1. Walk the Winchester Water Meadows and Visit Flat Whites
Market Street, Winchester, SO23 9LE
Read more about the WINCHESTER WATER MEADOWS WALK
While you’re in Winchester after you’ve walked the water meadows pop by the Flat Whites’ van for an incredible hot chocolate. Different versions are available each week, the coffee is awesome and there are snacks and essentials to takeaway too.
I’ve spoken to Flat White’s directly and they are able to be open this weekend – hooray! It’s all outside and very easy to socially distance.
2. Visit One of Hampshire’s Zero Waste Shops
Pick up the essentials from one of Hampshire’s Zero Waste Shops. Lots of these places are in nice locations and you can easily add your daily exercise walk in before visiting.
These shops are providing essential goods and are allow to stay open – a second hooray! But, please do check the store online in advance to make sure they’re not making any adjustments to their opening hours.
Find out where your nearest shop is with my post 10 ZERO WASTE SHOPS IN HAMPSHIRE
3. Walk the Basingstoke Canals & Visit The Street Bakeshop in Old Basing
The Street Bakeshop, The Street, Basingstoke RG24 7BW
The Basingstoke Canals around Basingstoke House is a lovely walk and are very close to The Street Bakeshop too.
Perfect for daily bread, cake and other essential supplies to have at home so make sure you’ve got a bag with you! I’d pick up a loaf to put in the freezer too for good measure.
I’ve spoken to The Street Bakeshop directly and they are able to be open this weekend – a third hooray!
Find out more about THE STREET BAKESHOP, OLD BASING
4. Visit the Parkland Pantry near Chawton House
Chawton, Alton GU34 1SJ
I spoke with the team at Chawton House and they have confirmed that The Parkland Pantry is open 10-3.30pm Wednesday to Sunday.
Unfortunately Chawton House Gardens have had to close because of the National Lockdown. But, the Parkland is public land and therefore the Parkland Pantry pop up will still be opening to offer you hot drinks, snacks and essentials to takeaway. It’s the bit of land by the main drive.
And, don’t forget, Chawton is within walking distance of Alton. So if you’re in the area, this is a great way to stretch your legs!
5. Visit The Yard at Chilton Candover and go for a walk
Chilton Candover, Alresford SO24 9TX
Mega coffee, epic toasties and essentials to take home and the friendliest team. It’s one’s of my favourite places in the county.
Plus, nip round the corner for some freshly roasted coffee beans from Moon Roast Coffee. I’m getting my next lot of beans delivered!
Thankfully The Yard has found a way to stay open offering takeaway to the local area by creating a pre-booking system. Pre-booking is essential and of course all Government restrictions are in place – household groups only, 2m distancing, masks essential etc
Find out more about THE YARD AT CHILTON CANDOVER, ALRESFORD
Things to do in Hampshire This Weekend
Wow! I can’t believe we’re on the second week of this already. Working within the challenges of a National Lockdown makes finding suggestions quite challenging and I had to do a lot of changes very quickly but, I hope you like these.
Anything that brings a new discovery or a little bit of joy into your life at the moment is exactly what’s needed. I am so thankful that we can still go for a walk, it’s definitely helping me stay sane through the restricted start to the year.
If you’re looking for a local walk, check out my latest post FIVE WINTER WALKS IN HAMPSHIRE.
Let me know if you’ve enjoyed any of these suggestions above in the comments below.
For guidelines and what to expect from this blog post every week, read the first in the series…