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Glorious Gardens for Groups at Blenheim

Group visitors can enjoy a day out at Blenheim Palace and discover over 2,000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped Parkland and Formal Gardens.  Read more

Hovertravel announces HoverRewards winners

Hovertravel has announced the winners of its internal awards scheme at a prizegiving ceremony at their Ryde headquarters. Thanks to the efforts of its staff, Hovertravel’s customer service has been recognised externally through independent reviews and awards schemes.  Read more

Winchester Cathedral Market Short-Listed

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market has been short-listed as one of Europe’s top 20 Christmas Markets by European Best Destinations and is now in the running to be crowned the best Christmas Market in Europe 2020.  Read more

Hovertravel Joins Mince Pie Marathon

Hovertravel is supporting the newest Christmas charity initiative on the island; Brightbulb Design’s Mince Pie Marathon which is collecting funds for Wight Brainy Bunch. On Wednesday, December 18 the Brightbulb team will deliver mince pies to businesses which have ordered across the Isle of Wight. Hovertravel will be giving these mince pies away to their customers in return for donations.  Read more

Atrists & Educators at God House Tower

Artists and educators at God's House Tower in Southampton were thrilled to welcome 100 youngsters to the new arts and heritage venue. The year five pupils from Valentine Primary School were the first group to come for a school visit after GHT's £3.1million refurbishment, and spent the morning learning all about the 700 year old building. 
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Horn Player at God's House Tower

Stunning images have been released of a performance on top of one of the South Coast's most important scheduled ancient monuments.   Read more

Hovertravel hosts Local School Chilkdren

Hovertravel was visited today by a group of visually impaired pupils from Portsmouth-based Craneswater Junior School. Hosted by a dedicated Hovercare Ambassador, the children were treated to a flight on the hovercraft and had the opportunity to ask questions of the pilot and crew.  Read more

Hovertravel Champion for Purple Tuesday

Hovertravel joined in the Purple Tuesday campaign today, adding its weight as a recognised regional champion to this international call to action which is focused on changing the customer experience for disabled people.  Read more

Pudsey at Hovertravel

As part of Hovertravel’s preparations for fund-raising for Children In Need, Pudsey paid a visit to their headquarters in Ryde today. Thanks to Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hovertravel’s car hire partners, Pudsey was able to board the hovercraft at Southsea and fly across the Solent to meet the team at Ryde.  Read more

Hovertravel conducts autism training for all staff

Hovertravel’s Hovercare initiative has expanded to include autism training for all teams, ensuring that even employees working behind the scenes understand the spectrum of autistic disorders and how they can affect people in a variety of ways.  Read more

Broken Records & Splintered Lances

Arundel Castle in West Sussex celebrated its most successful season to date in 2019, drawing visitors from far and wide with a record-breaking 60,000 blooming tulips, a world-class jousting tournament and the ultimate who-would-win showdown!  Read more

Free travel for veterans at Hovertravel

Hovertravel is offering free travel to all veterans this Sunday (10th November) so those who served can attend Remembrance Day services on either side of the Solent.  Read more

Free travel for veterans at Hovertravel

Hovertravel is offering free travel to all veterans this Sunday (10th November) so those who served can attend Remembrance Day services on either side of the Solent.  Read more

Doggy lifejackets outsell human ones!

Doggy lifejackets outsell human ones in new chandlery pet range at Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour  Read more

New for 2020 at Blenheim Palace

2020 at Blenheim Palace sees new exhibitions, an exciting events calendar, historic restoration and conservation projects and new tours taking place at the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Woodstock, Oxfordshire.   Read more

Finalists Announced for prestigious Awards

For tourism businesses across the South East the wait is over. The finalists in the 2019/20 Beautiful South Awards have been chosen.  Read more

New group visits line-up at Beaulieu

Lord Montagu’s sister Mary Montagu-Scott will be giving guided tours of her mother’s exhibition as part of Beaulieu’s new line-up for groups in 2020, one of the leading destinations for group-friendly visits on the south coast. Mary will give family insight with a tour of her mother’s vibrant creations including painting, needlework, costumes and home furnishings in The Art of Belinda, Lady Montagu – her story in stitches exhibition, which recently opened in her ancestral family home of Palace House at the New Forest attraction.  Read more

Blenheim Palace Flower Show 2020

Dates are confirmed for the eighth annual Blenheim Palace Flower Show from Friday 26th – Sunday 28th June 2020.More than 24,000 people attended the seventh annual show, which was opened by TV presenter George Clarke who also took part in Garden Talks and Q&As during the event.  Read more

Royal Exhibition Receives a Royal Visitor

Winchester Cathedral’s new landmark exhibition, Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation, received a royal visitor last week.  Read more

Haslemere Celebrates Triple Whammy

There was a triple whammy of good news at Haslemere station on Wednesday (1 October) with the reopening of the Information Hub, unveiling of a commemorative blue plaque to mark 160 years of the station being open, and a special fibreglass cow appearing outside the station as a nod to the area’s heritage.  Read more

Visit Kent Celebrates "PROFIT" Success

Visit Kent celebrates successes of ‘PROFIT’  Read more


Playtime is coming to Beaulieu with an adventurous new feature for 2020 as Little Beaulieu brings family fun to the award-winning attraction with a £½m enchanting play area for all ages.  Read more

Buckler's Hard Yacht Harbour Redevelopment

Work to Start on £2M Redevelopment of Buckler's Hard Yacht Harbour on The Beaulieu River.  Read more

SWR - Helping Those Living with Dementia

SWR’s Community Ambassadors teamed up East Hampshire Community Rail Partnership (CRP) to help members of Dementia Friendly Petersfield rekindle old memories and improve their confidence in using rail services with a ‘Try the Train’ experience.  Read more

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