Millions of shoppers go to Southampton where the excellent West Quay shopping centre and bustling high streets make Southampton one of the best shopping malls in the UK.
Here you can also see the Southampton Boat Show that takes place between 12 to 21 September every year and it includes Europe’s largest purpose built marina.
You can find all the brand name stores here like John Lewis and Marks and Spencer as well as hundreds of shops and places to eat. You will get a great guaranteed shopping experience in Basingstoke.
Basingstoke offers 165 stores, 28 restaurants and many bars and cafes. At Festival Place you’ll find Debenham’s, BHS, Marks and Spencer and TK MAX as well as many other fashion and home-wear shops. Many stores are open till 8pm on weekdays and there’s a lot of free space for parking.
You’ll also find lively weekly markets, selling anything from fashionable items to fresh fruits and vegetables or antiques. For a delicious seasonal taste of Hampshire visit any farmers’ markets that are held on each weekend in town centers across the whole county. They offer top quality produce such as locally sourced watercress, pork, trots, beer and wine.
There’s always something going on in Hampshire to make your stay comfortable and exciting. Explore the city’s seagoing heritage at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and also trip across the harbour to Gosport or go to the beach in Hayling, the home of windsurfing.
You’ll find country parks close to the sea as well as pretty lakes and rivers also.
If you plan to visit just one garden then go to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens which is a must see. There is a unique collection of over 42,000 plants (12,000 different types) which now thrive in an area of 180 acres. A visitor to this garden will find something very vibrant to look at all throughout the year.
Frosty days of January with the perfume of witch hazels’ strange spidery flowers change to the flamboyant blooms of the spring flowering camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons and azaleas. These are followed by the heady scents of Summer’s flowering shrubs and herbaceous plants before the autumn season of fiery hues.
If you are an art lover - then there are many art galleries in Hampshire like the Allen Gallery, ArtSway, Flora Twort Gallery, Gosport Gallery, Hansard Gallery, Southampton City Gallery and Millais Gallery.
Come to Hamble Valley and you’ll discover one of Britain’s best kept secrets, beautiful scenery is what you see here in rural Hampshire. Here is a region where you can find England’s second oldest cathedral to awe-inspire and there is Rochester for the planters paradise of Borde Hill. Please find time to explore the timeless treasures of the region.
Ian Fleming the man who created James Bond 007, whose birthday falls on 28th of May was born Hampshire. To celebrate his life and much loved characters the South East will be organizing special events and activities throughout the year.
If you are tired of life then visit here and feel the difference and escape to this South East idyllic rural location. Not only will you find good old fashioned ‘R’ and ‘R’ but also you can improve your health and well-being and reduce some of your worldly stress.
Be sure to discover Hampshire !
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