Local Towns near Wallops Wood

With Wallops Wood located in the heart of Hampshire, we’re lucky to have some historic and beautiful local towns. Spend a few hours strolling through historic streets, visit independent shops, pass an hour or two at a local museum. There’s something for everyone so make one of our local towns part of your holiday while staying with us.

Alresford

(16 miles)

Even though fire destroyed much of the medieval town, ‘New Alresford’ is a delightful Georgian town with a broad market street. In fact it’s an excellent place to browse the shops and take a walk beside the River Arle to see the eel house and watercress beds. Visit the regular farmers markets as well as the Watercress Festival in May. As a result of the the watercress industry, the steam railway from Alresford was named the Watercress Line. Unsurprisingly, Alresford regularly features in lists of the ‘Best Rural Towns’.

Alton

(18 miles)

A settlement has been on this site since Roman times, a ford across the River Wey on the road between Silchester and Chichester. Today, this thriving market town offers a mix of historic buildings and modern shops. Additionally you’ll find regular farmers markets and the Curtis Museum of local history. Take a trip on the Watercress line which runs from Alton to Alresford and enjoy the beautiful Hampshire scenery. And visit Jane Austin’s House Museum at Chawton and Gilbert White’s House and the Oates Collection at Selborne.

Basingstoke

(32 miles)

Visit one of Hampshire’s more contemporary local towns, with its wealth of shops and attractions. Firstly, explore stately homes Basing House and nearby Stratfield Saye House. Secondly, discover the Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery at the old Town Hall. After that, take a walk along the Basingstoke Canal or a boat trip (see Watersports). Perhaps wander along Victorian and 1930s streets at the Milestone Museum to explore the shops, houses and workplaces of yesteryear. On the other hand, for an amazing experience, try indoor sky diving at Ifly!

Bishop’s Waltham

(7 miles)

A Saxon village, given by the King to the Bishop of Winchester in 904 AD, is today a charming market town with pretty architecture. Explore the independent shops and restaurants housed in 17th and 18th century buildings. Additionally, wander around the remains of Bishop’s Waltham Palace, which is a fascinating and historic ruin. Look out for local events here, particularly in the summer months.

Chichester

(22 miles)

This cathedral city in West Sussex has been an important regional town throughout history. The Romans established the town layout and built a significant walled settlement. Today, the town is a busy hub of shopping and tourism and is host to the Chichester Festival Theatre and Novium Museum. Additionally, you can explore the Roman Palace at Fishbourne, the Weald and Downland Living Museum, Goodwood, and Chichester Harbour.

Emsworth

(21 miles)

On the shore of Chichester Harbour, popular with sailors, artists, naturalists and walkers. It has a long history connected with oyster fishing and boat building and still boasts traditional shipwrights and chandleries. Wander around the attractive town centre and enjoy the exceptional harbour views and regular farmers markets. Afterward, take sailing trips on the ‘Terror’ or the Solar Boat which can be booked in advance (see Watersports).

Guildford

(38 miles)

Guildford is located at a crossing point on the ‘Harrow Way’ between Canterbury and Winchester. Previously the town was an early site of the Royal Mint but now the cobbled high street provides excellent shopping. Explore the 11th Century Norman castle keep, and the grounds which include a bowling green and music concerts in the bandstand. After that, visit the Guildford Museum next to the castle grounds. In contrast, explore the Wey Navigation canal at Daphne Wharf run by the National Trust, where you can take a boat trip (see Watersports).

Midhurst

(22 miles)

English Heritage describes Midhurst as a hidden jewel, and this market town in the South Downs National Park is a wonderful place to visit. It is dominated by the presence of the Cowdray Estate with the distinctive yellow paintwork of the estate properties throughout the town and surrounding area. You can visit the ruins of the Tudor manor and park which was beautifully landscaped by Capability Brown. Perhaps play a few round of golf at the golf course, see the polo fields, and purchase some local produce at the farm shop.

Newbury

(40 miles)

Well worth a day trip, there is plenty around this West Berkshire town to attract visitors. And not just the famous racecourse! Visit Highclere Castle where Downton Abbey has been filmed, 14th Century Donnington Castle, Elizabethan mansion Shaw House, National Trust property Basildon Park and Greenham Common – once the site of the famous women’s peace camp. Then take a trip to explore historic Newbury on the beautiful Jubilee traditional narrowboat on the Kennet & Avon Canal (see Watersports).

Petersfield

(11 miles)

Formerly an important coaching town on the London to Portsmouth road, the town is home to the Flora Twort Gallery, Physic Garden and Petersfield Museum. In the summer, you can enjoy a dip in the heated outdoor lido and there are regular farmers markets. Furthermore it’s also on the main London to Portsmouth train line, and with express trains reaching Waterloo in just over an hour, it is a good way to head to London for a day trip.

Petworth

(28 miles)

Visit beautiful Petworth House and picnic in the grounds of the 700-acre deer park designed by Capability Brown. Enjoy the views of the South Downs, woods and two lakes and see one of the finest National Trust art collections, including works by Van Dyck and Turner. Explore this charming town, discover the numerous antiques shops to browse, and wander the cobbled streets for an evocative experience of days gone by.

Portsmouth

(13 miles)

Discover this popular waterfront destination with over 800 years of naval history, and home to the Historic Dockyard and D-Day Museum. Additionally, you can also visit the Tudor Southsea Castle, view the port from the top of the Spinnaker Tower, or entertain the children at the Clarence Pier fair. Alternatively, enjoy some retail therapy at Gunwharf Quays or take a harbour tour. Or take a daytrip to the Isle of Wight by ferry or hovercraft!

Salisbury

(49 miles)

Visit the spectacular gothic Cathedral, home to the Magna Carta, which rises above the Wiltshire countryside. Discover Mompesson House, in the heart of Salisbury’s Cathedral Close, now managed by The National Trust. Explore beautiful Salisbury and the thriving market, buzzing arts scene and museums. Additionally, Longleat, Stourhead Gardens are nearby, and the World Heritage site of Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain is an awe-inspiring experience.

Southampton

(19 miles)

Still a busy port today, Southampton was the departure point for the Pilgrim Fathers’ passage to America on the Mayflower, and the ill-fated Titanic. Explore the city’s connections with the sea at the SeaCity Museum. Then walk the old city walls, visit Tudor House or enjoy some retail therapy at West Quay Shopping Centre. The Southampton Boat Show, one of Europe’s premier Boat Shows, is held annually in September. And you can take a day trip to Cowes on the Isle of Wight by ferry.

Stockbridge

(26 miles)

Historically, Welsh drovers moved their sheep and cattle to market through Stockbridge on their way to Portsmouth. A Welsh sign in the town reads ‘Season’s Hay, Rich Grass, Good Ale and Sound Sleep’. But today Stockbridge offers a selection of independent shops, cafes and restaurants. Explore nearby Danebury Hill Fort, Houghton Lodge Gardens and the Museum of Army Flying at Middle Wallop. Additionally, Longstock Water Gardens is worth a visit (see Arts, History & Culture).

Wickham

(8 miles)

Named after resident, William of Wykeham, who became Bishop of Winchester, twice Lord Chancellor, and founder of Winchester College and New College, Oxford. Today independent shops, restaurants and tearooms occupy the medieval and Georgian properties that line the second largest medieval square in England. Visit Chesapeake Mill, a watermill built with timbers from US frigate Chesapeake which was captured by the Royal Navy in 1812, is home to antiques rooms and a cafe. The village is at one end of the Meon Valley Trail (see Walking). And a family friendly music festival is held here each August.

Winchester

(14 miles)

Explore England’s former capital and the seat of Alfred the Great. Discover the many historic attractions including The Great Hall, Cathedral, Winchester College, City Mill and military museums. Regular farmers markets (see Dining Out) are held in the town, as well as a vibrant programme of events. Visit the Christmas Market in Cathedral Close which is certainly one of the best in Europe. Additionally, the annual Hat Fair is held in July, and not to be missed. Discover this fantastic family friendly free festival of street performances across the city, which has absolutely nothing to do with hats!

Hampshire Farmers Markets

(Various)

Weekly produce markets are regularly held on weekends at seven locations throughout the county. That is to say local towns Alton, Emsworth, Petersfield, Ringwood, Romsey, Southsea and Winchester. Showcasing the best Hampshire produce, all stallholders are small businesses and the producers based in rural areas. Hampshire Farmers Markets are accredited by the Farmers Retail & Markets Association. Accordingly, growers and makers bring fresh and seasonal products to market from a trusted source. Check the schedule on the website to find out which of the local towns is hosting the market.