6 Of The Best Hampshire Christmas Markets For Festive Fun!

Hampshire is most definitely a county that comes alive at Christmas time. Towns flurry with special events such as markets, ice rinks, carol singers, and amazing food and drinks. Nothing screams ‘Tis the Season’ more than stepping out into the crisp cold hair being surrounded by the strong scents of roasted chestnuts, sweets and tipple with the echoing sounds of Wham circulating within the background. Hampshire Christmas markets are a great excuse for those wanting a short weekend getaway! Travelling around Hampshire with the loved ones, while getting into the Christmas spirit… is there anything better? Even more, why not make the most of your festive Christmas stay and book a serviced studio apartment? This way, you can enjoy more than one glass of mulled wine, helping you to stay warm against the chill while minimising the risk of getting caught in the snow.

If, however, you are struggling to find something to do this year, or want to stock up the Instagram feed with the perfect Christmas settings, then continue reading to discover our top 6 Hampshire Christmas markets. Keep reading to discover more…

Winchester Christmas Market

Christmas markets Hampshire

This version of the traditional wonderland is regarded as one of the best in the whole of Europe, not just Hampshire. Situated alongside the stunning architect of Winchester Cathedral, coupled with an atmosphere like no other, the Winchester Christmas market is one, not one to be missed!

The market is surrounded by stalls that supply festive visitors with local goods and true British crafts, the Winchester Wonderland promises to make a truly festive day out enjoyable for the whole family. Even better, why not don a pair of boots, taking to the ice to skate upon the Winchester Christmas markets very own ice rink, while soaking in the dazzling light decorations and larger than life Christmas tree while humming your favourite Christmas carols.

Portsmouth Dockyard

Why not take a trip to Portsmouth this Christmas and travel to the heart of the city centre where an array of beautiful wooden cabins will be erected, dishing out some of the finest, festive Christmas snacks to the markets’ visitors.

Christmas markets Hampshire

When visiting the Portsmouth Christmas market, here you can find some of the most delicious hot food around. From Oriental Asian cuisine, authentic Greek dishes and locally made, homemade sweets such as fudge and caramel. Not to mention the British traditional carvery, served with piping hot gravy, the perfect fuel for those spending a relaxing evening shopping at the many stalls on a bitterly festive cold Christmas night. Why not, perhaps enjoy scouring the shops with a few glasses of mulled wine from the selection of welcoming bars, getting perfectly into the Christmas spirit with the loved ones and friends.

This Hampshire Christmas market is not just about food or drink, however. Here the customers can purchase personalised stockings, decorations and even Christmas trees! The perfect place to buy Christmas trinkets and goodies to give as gifts.

Petersfield Festival

For one day only, Petersfield will be hosting its very own Christmas festival, on December 1st. For those visiting from the surrounding area and beyond, the Petersfield Christmas market will host an array of themed stalls selling everything from trinkets and charming little gifts for friends and family. Not to mention the beautiful carol singers, live music, and day-long children entertainment, helping to create the best day possible for the whole family.

Christmas markets Hampshire

And the best part, Santa will be there in his grotto, greeting the families that step into his magical wonderland! So, be sure to be on your best behaviour and make it onto the good list for a festive and merry Christmas.

So, why not pop along the Petersfield Christmas market in Hampshire, the perfect day-long event for the whole family. And enjoy some food, drinks, entertainment, and even some carnival rides for both young and old alike.

Southampton Christmas Market

Christmas markets Hampshire

Experience the joy of a German Christmas market at home here in Southampton and visit the Southampton Christmas market in the centre of the city. Located outside West Quays shopping centre, this market features craft stalls, festive German foods and even carol singers to keep the visitors entertained while conducting their Christmas shopping.

Taking place until the 23rd December, the Southampton Christmas market makes a welcoming introduction to those shoppers popping into the town centre to pick up some last-minute presents.

With Artisan food stalls available and handmade gifts available, the Southampton Christmas Festival is run by Wela Märkte, a German Christmas Market Company spreading goodwill and joy to shoppers across Europe.

What makes this Hampshire Christmas market so spectacular is the flying Santa, soaring high above the streets. Sitting upon his sledge, Santa and his reindeer are the UK’s only flying Santa, promising instant Christmas cheer and exciting children of all ages.

Wickham Christmas Market

Another top Hampshire Christmas Market, but one we are sure that you have yet to hear about, the Wickham Christmas market is one not to be missed. With over 60 stallholders surrounding attending the fair, a cafe serving the most scrumptious Christmas treats and a stage hosting some festive, feet bopping Christmas acts, get down to the Wickham Christmas Market as quickly as possible.

Christmas markets Hampshire

Exciting the inner child within, at the Wickham Christmas market, you can admire the beautiful forest scenery, listening to the wind whirling and transporting the calming sounds of carols and the scents of the flavourful spiced food.

Children will love visiting the grotto and meeting Santa for themselves, while the arts and crafts area, allows kids to try something new and make a homemade festive gift for proud family members.

New Forest Christmas Fair

Surrounded by some of the most spectacular, scenic views, Hampshire’s New Forest National Park promises ultimate festivity for those wanting to dial up the Christmas cheer. Looking even more magical with a thin layer of snow and a glistening of frost, the New Forest is home to a selection of Hampshire Christmas markets that you will not want to avoid.

Christmas markets Hampshire

With wonderfully decorated stalls and Christmas lights scattered around the woodland, visiting a New Forest Christmas market is one of the best ways to get into the Christmas spirit. Wrap up in a hat, thick scarf and a set of gloves, the cold air will be the perfect partner for those enjoying roasted chestnuts and warm mulled wine.

Whether you choose to visit the Victorian Christmas event at Beaulieu to discover how Christmas was experienced by the original Montagu family, or the Bombay Sapphire Distillery Christmas Market to purchase sweet and charming gifts that we be adored by all, you are sure to have a joyful Christmas in the New Forest.

Running through November and December, when visiting the New Forest this Christmas you are sure to find a Christmas Market suited to your own individual needs, helping to spark that Christmas joy.


With so much going on in and around Hampshire this Christmas, there shouldn’t be a day where you and the family are not feeling the true Christmas spirit! With Christmas markets, shopping, ice skating rinks and enough food and tipple to help gain a few pounds, stay entertained this Christmas and visit one of our 6 recommend Christmas markets in Hampshire.

Recommend for all Christmas lovers and those wanting to stock up on unique and one of a kind Christmas presents, get out and travel around Hampshire, visiting our recommended Christmas markets.

Along with sipping a well-deserved glass of mulled wine, listening to carols, you can also see the beautiful cities and villages that make up the wonderful county of Hampshire.

Discover how each individual town or city celebrates Christmas for itself and find a new sense of appreciation for this thoughtful and giving time of year and get out and about this Christmas.

So, grab a glass of Eggnog, stop at your favourite homemade fudge shop and enjoy a carol or two at our top Hampshire Christmas markets.

If you are considering attending one of our recommended Christmas markets, take a look at our serviced studio apartments available in both Portsmouth and Southampton, helping to give the illusion of a home away from home this festive season.

What did you think or our Hampshire Christmas Market suggestions? Do you have a favourite Christmas market that you think we should have included? We would love to hear from you, so please comment below and share your favourite festive finds.

Best Locations For Forest Bathing Near Southampton

Forest bathing may first sound like that of an overpriced spa treatment.But luckily for us, it is actually not!

The art of forest bathing is based on time taken out of the long working day, to immerse yourself within nature, and soak up the relaxation between the forestry and the land. All while being completely free of charge!

Where Did Forest Bathing Originate?

The activity of forest bathing originated in Japan in the 1980’s. The idea, surprisingly, is not literally bathing in the forest, there is no water involved as such. But it is an experience in which the partaker goes into nature to appreciate the surroundings they see, feeling the textures and creating a sense of wellbeing that will ripple throughout their core.

Looking at things in a new light, Forest Bathing is ideal for those wanting to slow down, taking note of their own senses, while relaxing and breathing fully, soaking in the fresh air of the forest.

The Japanese name for forest bathing is Shinrin-Yoku.‘Yoku’ meaning to shower- translated in this case to bathe. In this day and age, having the time or even motivation to have a break and absorb the nature around us is rare, but, by slowing down and taking a step back from technology and everyday stresses, you could see a significant benefit to your health and well being.

The Best Places To Forest Bathe Around Southampton

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Although it may be a city, in and around Southampton are an array of various forests perfect for those wanting to take walks, be active or get lost and try their hand at forest bathing.

Holly Hill

The perfect location to begin your forest bathing experience. Holly Hill is a peaceful park, offering numerous nature walks to unwind and explore. From 70 acres of woodlands and more than 5 acres of lakes, Holly Hill even features a beautiful waterfall that makes a soothing backdrop when forest bathing.
Round on the banks of the River Hamble, at Holly Hill Woodland Park you can find a selection of exotic trees and flowers, as well as wildlife, sparking adventure and igniting your senses.

New Forest

Just a short 20 minutes drive away from Southampton is the spectacular New Forest.

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When visiting the New Forest, whether for a day or for a weekend, you can explore the 566km” of land, making it a top place for those wanting to try forest bathing.
With an open heathland, forest trails, when visiting the New Forest you will see and meet many of the native ponies and cattle that roam the area grazing off the forest floor.

A large, calming and relaxing area, take a step back from the hustle and bustle of everyday life with a visit to the New Forest.

Allowing you to fully appreciate the beauty of the surrounding nature, with Exbury Gardens and Denny Wood a top choice for visiting meditators, there are a handful of exciting options for you to explore. For those keen forest bathers wanting to stay longer, available at the New Forest is its own forest bathing retreat. Featuring a weekend full of relaxation, nurturing and self care, all while reconnecting with the great outdoors.

Westwood Woodland Park

Another top top for those wanting to experience the joy that is forest bathing close to Southampton and that is visiting Westwood Woodland Park. Located close to the city centre, this woodland has a large greenery with ancient woodlands and stream walks.

When sitting, relaxing and soaking in the atmosphere surrounding the Westwood, you cannot escape the sound of resulting from forest critters and birds nestling in the trees above. Improving your sense of wellbeing while creating a deep state of relaxation, Westwood is only a 14 minute drive from the centre of Southampton.

What To Do After Forest Bathing?

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Whether you choose to forest bath for 10 minutes of two hours, choosing accommodation close by is key. Allowing you to get quickly to and from your woodland of choice, minimise the amount of stress you endure with a handy located accommodation.

When staying in Southampton, a serviced apartment for yourself or a group to stay in, can continue the relaxation in a home away from home. These apartments can be found all the way around the city, from marina to woodland. With everything you could possibly need, included, enjoy a well deserved rest when staying at a Serviced Apartment in Southampton.

Including, staying within the area you are rather then travelling long distances late at night, can really take away the benefits gained from the forest bathing experience. Read up on these tips as to why staying in accommodation is more beneficial then many would think. Don’t ruin your experience!


With the benefits of forest bathing apparent now more than even, when it comes to conducting this ancient meditation technique, choosing a relaxing and tranquil location is key.

For those visiting Southampton, wanting to try their hand at this ancient Japense art, look no further than the surrounding woods of the New Forest and Holly Hill.

Allowing you to unwind, turn off the mobile phone, forest bathing is the perfect treatment for those wanting to unwind and rid themselves of the stress experienced everyday .

When staying in Southampton, look no further and stay at a Serviced Apartment, allowing you to unwind in a home away from home.

forest bathing

This For The Energetic Guest

We know that when you choose to stay with us not only do you get good quality and luxury in service but the best chance to feel refreshed and relaxed. We also know there are a few of you who want to use up that energy and make the most of the outdoors. Like this:

National Cycle Route – Southampton to Portsmouth

If stunning coastline and incredible scenery is your thing then this is the route for you. Hop on a bike and follow the National Cycle route 2 between these two major Hampshire ports. The route starts on the Itchen bridge in Southampton following the Solent Way to Netley where you will find the lovely Royal Victoria Country Park overlooking Southampton Water and the historic Netley Abbey. From there you continue to Hamble-le-Rice where you can catch the ferry over the River Hamble to Warsash. The route then continues along the coast, passing the beautiful Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve, before joining the Gosport Ferry which will take you to the finish point near Portsmouth Harbour. On ya bike.

Get the OS route here.

If off-roading is more your thing you’ll need the Queen Elizabeth Country Park. Just off the A3 and 25 minutes drive from Portsmouth this is the mecca for the thrill seeker.

Blue Trail

The Blue mountain bike trail suitable for novice riders is currently 6km (3.7 miles) long. The trail is made up mainly off forest gravel roads, with 500 metres of single-track and one pretty long steep climb.

Red Trail

The Red mountain bike trail is 7.4km (4.6 miles) long with approx 1000ft ascent/descent. The trail is mostly made up of fast flowing singletrack with some sections being steep / loose, and also feature jumps (all roller-able).

Cycle shop and cafe is situated at the start of the route.

Kayaking – New Forest

Yes, it may be home to some of the UK’s most beautiful forests but the national park is full of waterways snaking their way in between. Kids and adults will get sized up for the correct vessel they choose as well as gain expert tuition before setting off.

Bring your own or hire on the day for the chance to see some exclusive scenery like the Beaulieu river, a rare opportunity in itself!

There are plenty of kayaking spots within reach of our serviced properties including the river Hamble, Lee-On-The-Solent and the Isle Of Wight.

Horse Riding – Hampshire

Hampshire is well known for it’s 465 miles of outstanding bridleways. Not only that it is home to some of the best training schools for you to learn.

Select locations:

Manor Farm Country Park in Bursledon, which takes you along the picturesque riverside of the Hamble and through woodland areas. Contact reception for a permit on 01489 787 055.

Queen Elizabeth Country Park in East Hampshire has a six mile permissive riding trail which will take you through the forest before joining the South Downs National Park. No permit is needed.

Titchfield Haven in Fareham is a coastal park rich in wildlife which has a number of riding routes travelling through open farmland and woodland. Please contact the office for a permit on 01329 662145.

Alice Holt Forest provides an opportunity to canter through tranquil oak woodland. This is also by permit only, please ring 01420 520212.


Believe it or not this activity is far from new, so what is it? Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt that combines detective work with technology. By downloading the app (there are many to choose from) using GPS locate various ‘boxes’ or points where you can leave your name or exchange gifts left in selected boxes. With locations given off to the nearest meter you’ll get addicted to this family fun outing. And it is not just in the countryside, many cities have plenty of geocaching locations for you to explore.

For more activities click Visit Hampshire

Serviced Accommodation Means Less Stress – 5 Reasons How

From that awkward and tedious wait at reception when checking in. To finding out your hotel room has no decent view, the bed is the size of a shoe box and the bar is closed. You just don’t need it. Serviced accommodation was created to reduce the stress out of your stay.

No Queues

Our office is perfectly located in Oxford Street, Southampton, within the vicinity of our serviced properties. We are open from early until late. If you arrive past these hours we’ll leave your keys in our secure lock box attached to the office wall and email you allocation details. What’s more your welcome letter will contain all the information you need to make the most of your stay in our properties including how to claim your exclusive Discount Card to use in many leading restaurants, bars and spas in the area.

Enquire about our Portsmouth properties.

A typical duplex property

Space, Space and Space!

Space. We’ve got tonnes of it. From duplex apartments to town houses we can accommodate for your needs. Travelling on your own? No problem, with a vast selection of modern studio apartments available there is a space dedicated to you.

Each living space contains a FREEVIEW wide screen TV and comfy sofas, a work space with fast free Wifi. Our sleeping spaces contain decent storage, large double beds and luxury linen for a good nights sleep. There is a fully equipped cooking space for you to create something delicious for one or more, perfect for family stays!

Each property contains modern bathrooms so you can soak and unwind in a deep bath or power shower you way into the day if required. Washing machine and drying facilities in each property take the stress out of cleaning costs and we even supply the capsules on arrival.

Parking is available* at many of our properties which is secure and solely for your use.

Work Budgets

Our sole aim is to save you money and many of our global business residents have benefited from sharing. By paying per property it makes economic sense to at least book a two bedroom apartment, share the cooking, compare business notes and work out a strategy for the day. It is a great place to relax, with many serviced properties benefiting from stunning marina views and a balcony. It pays to get with a colleague!

Going The Extra Mile On Arrival

We know that your day may not be 9am-5pm. That is why if you arrive late at night we can fill up your fridge in any of our serviced properties with various choices of food packs*. From breakfast to dinner we can do the shopping for you, there is nothing better than turning up to a full fridge.

What’s more if you need us we are always on call. Our dedicated office, housekeeping and maintenance team are on call 24 hours and being local can resolve any issues quickly.

Each bathroom/en-suite contains exclusive luxury wash gels and soft towels that can be replaced whenever you require. We work hard to look after our carbon foot print and so encourage guests to reuse towels/lined when they can.

Your Space, Your Time

We work around your schedule. We won’t come banging on your door unless you want us too. We will notify you well in advance if routine maintenance is required giving you plenty of time to enjoy your serviced property.

With so much space to choose from serviced accommodation is perfect for short term housing needs, family visits or business. Whatever your needs we have the perfect place for you delivering the perfect inner or outer city space with good public transport routes and connections.

A typical double bed in our serviced properties.

Late check outs are available.

For the latest availability across Southampton, Portsmouth and to keep up to date with our blogs click HERE

*Fee applies

Content Creator: Ben Glover
Glove Box Media

Serviced Accommodation is GOOD For Your Health

 Serviced Accommodation is GOOD For Your Health

As a frequent flyer you know it can be tough, quick meals between meetings, rubbish plane food and not to mention the fast food which seems to be the cheap and easy option. But how much is this putting yourself at risk? Staying in a serviced property can help reduce the risk.

Serviced property cooking

You are surrounded by a gym – just open the door

What is the point of a treadmill or bike that just sits inside a sweaty gym? OK, great for when it rains but with so many of our serviced properties located within some stunning scenic areas sometimes all you need to do is step outside.

Whether it is a brisk walk around Ocean Village Marina, Forest Bathing in Westwood Woodland Park or a run around Southsea Common there is the perfect spot for you.

Did you know we are located near some of the best places to get some exercise and fresh air:

  • New Forest
  • Hill Head beach
  • Southampton Common (great for jogging)
  • Southsea sea front
  • Port Solent Marina
  • The Isle Of Wight (a short ferry ride away)

Get a Discount on proper food

Scheduling time to eat properly during a hectic day is something we know can be a challenge. Eating right and healthy, and we don’t need anymore reminders, can contribute to well being. With many of our partners offering generous discounts with our exclusive guest card there has never been a better time to balance your day or reward yourself with something at the end of the day.

Get Healthy – Eat indoors

Breakfast is the best meal of the day. With our breakfast packs we can make sure it is just that, starting your day the right way without the UHT milk.

If you are worried about your expanding waste line from grabbing easy and fast food during the day we offer a better option. Serviced accommodation provides everything to cook with. So whether it is knocking up a meal for one or more our fully equipped kitchens are a great place to cook, all you have to bring is you and not your kitchen sink (we have one of those).

Stress. None

Serviced properties are designed for the professional, for convenience and to relax. When you have completed your reports or letters at the office space provided it is time to chill on a deep sofa, relax on the balcony with a glass of something nice or catch up on Netflix with our fast and free WiFi.

What is more we take the hassle out of the return leg home with a washing machine and cleaning/ironing facilities in order for you to be ready of the day.

Kick the hotel into touch

Balance watching can be stressful. Tapping your bank app to check how much is left or having accounts on your back because the budget is spiralling out of control is enough in itself. It’s time to kick the hotel into touch and think about serviced accommodation. Pay per property and not per person; making the budget stretch more if there are a few of you bunking together or you are a family. This gives you more money to spend on either food, days out or just simply saving it for a rainy day.

Do Not Disturb. We won’t. Serviced accommodation is based on your space in your time. The aim is to give you a good night’s sleep and wake refreshed without any early knocks to the door or phone calls to your room

Content: Ben Glover

How To Keep A Cool Head In The Office

As the UK basks in it’s one week of sunshine for the summer sometimes it is hard to keep a cool head, especially when it comes to business. Use these for when the heat is really on.

How To Keep A Cool Head In The Office

It starts at the wardrobe. Choose wisely. By the time lunchtime comes you would probably already sweated the equivalent of three pints just walking to the photocopier. Keeping things light and airy are the way forward. For the gents don’t be afraid to rock the linen look, it’s back in for summer ’17. You can still look smart, even with a pair of shoe socks. And for the ladies a light flowing dress will certainly keep the airflow through the office. If you are having a trousers day keep the top half light with a loose blouse or top.

Avoid heavy food on the lunch breaks. Nipping to Nandos with the IT lot this lunchtime may not be the best decision ahead of the afternoon graft. Consuming carbs such as bread, pasta or potatoes gives the body a longer digestive time in the heat, especially if you are already tired, as your body is already producing some breaking it all down. Grabbing something like a salad not only lightens up the rest of the day it will be part of your five a day. Well done you.

Avoid the Coffee

Yes and this is the hard part of summer but caffeine and heat don’t marry too well. Coffee dehydrates the body and that is never a good thing. Switch your latte for a fruit cooler, packed with plenty of energy and vitamins to get you through the day. Or why not make your own at home.

Water, Water, Water

How To Keep A Cool Head In The Office

Ditch the plastic bottle with sports cap you got with your meal deal at Tesco and settle for a 2 litre monster from Amazon. Set yourself a goal by taking in a water bottle that has fluid levels on the side of it. That way your can gauge how much you drink (at least 3-4 pints a day). This could be a hard task but it doesn’t have to be. As soon as you wake up by downing a pint of water first thing not only sharpens up the senses but helps the heart get out of it’s sleep mode and hydrated. Oh and that is the first pint done; just 3 more to go. It will contribute to looking after your bladder too, with the aim for your urine to be as light in colour as possible. If it’s too yellow or dark drink more.

Audio Bliss

By listening to music this can help keep you cool, perfect for the commute in or out. Classic FM might be a bit extreme but by treating your ears to The XX or Dua Lipa will certainly keep you cool with the kids…

Ice Polls in the Freezer

How To Keep A Cool Head In The Office

Take yourself back to the age when you didn’t have a care in the world and cola iced polls tasted better when melted. Relive your ‘youff’ by bunging in a bag load into the work freezer. They are good fun to hand out during the lunch break or at the desk.

Switch Off

Monitors, desk tops and even mobile phones all bang out the heat when they are sat at the desk. Switch them off when you do not need them. This includes the light bulbs or if you are still living in 1981 turn off the spots and replace them with LEDs that give off less heat.

Breathe Deep

A yogic breathing technique can help you stay cool. Roll your tongue and breathe slowly through the mouth, to help lower body heat and ease stress. Breathe in through your rolled tongue (or, if you’re not genetically able to, purse the lips) and exhale through the nose. Breathing through the mouth should allow your saliva to cool the air you breathe before it enters your lungs. Best done out of the office for fear of making you look a right div at your desk.

Day Dream

The office day dream is often the best part of the day. By thinking of being in the snow or staying in an ice hotel or an air conditioned serviced accommodation can help reduce the temperature.

Sleep Well and Naked!

There is nothing wrong in going commando. The less clothes at bed time the better. Pull out the duvet and sleep with the sheet on top of you. That way you get the best of both worlds and a good sleep!

Ben Glover

Five Sports You Need To Do This Summer In Hampshire

Go Kayaking – River Hamble

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You are only a stones throw away from some of Hampshire’s most beautiful waterways.

The River Hamble begins at it’s mouth with Southampton water and continues down towards Botley. Why not launch from the Public Slipway of Swanwick marina and head towards Curbridge.

Banking off to the right takes you to the Horse & Jockey pub, a land mark for those who wish to pick up a bite to eat with a pint. Or steer left and head towards the YMCA Activities centre with plenty of fun to be had for all the family.

Play it right and you’ll pick up at least two pubs along the way…

Portsmouth Water Sports Centre

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Portsmouth Watersports Centre is based in the stunning Langstone Harbour with views of the South Down on the eastern side of the island. The Unique facilities host a wide range of land and water based activities such as Sailing, Windsurfing, Stand up Paddle boarding, Powerboating, Climbing, Archery, High ropes and much more. The Harbour offers an amazing variety of wildlife from rare birds to a large friendly colony of local seals.

There is a 20 station Expression gym on site available to use with stunning views looking out over the harbour while you workout too.

Kite Surfing, Hayling Island

Kite surf

Hayling Island traditionally has been a mecca for beaching it in the summer. It has since been the popular destination for kite surfing. So popular in fact the annual Kite Surfing championships take place with a little help from Sir Richard Branson, a regular visitor.

Get some info and lessons HERE

Saber Power boating

Saber Powersports offer a unique range of Powerboat Experiences in which (on most boats) you get to drive. The 450HP Jet Viper is a unique powerboat thrill ride featuring a Hamilton Jet Drive that can out maneuver any other craft on the water.

The Honda Powerboat Taster session gives you the chance of driving a genuine offshore powerboat. Or drive the Thunderbolt a high performance inflatable catamaran built in South Africa for surf rescue.Or we do a mix of two boats, the 007 Experience and Superboat Challenge. Or all three boats-The Ultimate Day.

Southampton Water Sports Centre


At Southampton Water Activities Centre (or SWAC as we like to call it) they are passionate about water sports…from sailing and rowing, to power boating and the latest craze stand up paddle boarding.

So whether you’ve never been in a boat before and can’t tell the pointy end from the flappy bit, or if you’re a seasoned sailor looking to improve, they guarantee  a course, experience or package that will be perfect for you.

With over 25 years of experience in operation, a talented team of instructors, and a hugely impressive array of boats and equipment, Southampton Water Activities Centre is the perfect place to indulge your passion for life on the water. Our expert team are in place to help you Discover, Explore or Excel all that there is to love about sailing and power boating. In fact it is so good you spot one or two of the Town Or Country staff on the water too, especially our company director.

Content: Ben Glover

Transport & Travel Apps For Your Stay


We’ve all been there, you;ve waited and circled like an airliner to get a space only to realise you’ve not got any change and the contactless on the parking machine is not working. Ring Go covers most areas surrounding our Portsmouth and Southampton serviced accommodation, with easy payments.

Plus once registered, your details of vehicle and payment methods are remembered for easy use next time round. You can set reminders too.



The Train Line app is a bt like having a PA for your travel needs. Book in advance, get live train details and have a virtual ticket on your smartphone. The platform of your train is pretty acurate although we have been caught out at some major London terminals. Handy tip, if you book on the day of travel then you won’t have to pay a fee.



Wightlink ferries offer fast cat and car transport to/from the Isle of Wight. Book and check timetable information and track your vessel before boarding. Digital ticketing is a good option and you’ll be saving the paper race.





Moovit is the #1 local transport app in the world trusted by +300 million users across +2700 cities in 44 languages. With the most robust and precise information of any public transport app, Moovit adds a new city every 15 hours. Combining all your transport options together in a single app, Moovit gives you total control over your travels so you can finally enjoy peace of mind when traveling on public transport.




The Hovertravel App, is your perfect companion for planning, buying and tracking your hovercraft trip across the Solent between Portsmouth/Southsea and Ryde, Isle of Wight – now including in-app ticket purchasing and journey-planning tools.

Use this App to check up-to-date timetables, view the current positions of Hovertravel’s vessels and the connecting Hoverbus (both with live tracking and minute-by-minute updates), buy single or return tickets, go paperless with in-phone boarding passes, plan point-to-point journey times that include Isle of Wight buses and mainland trains, view the current flight status of Hovertravel services, check fares, see the latest special offers, and find out more about the bus and rail connections available from Ryde, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth/Southsea

Vegan Friendly Tea Rooms in Hampshire

Check out our top 5 vegan friendly tea rooms in Hampshire. Perfect to enjoy with any friends, family members or colleagues while staying near by. All tea rooms are located close to our serviced accommodation, so you won’t have far to travel!

Kettle & Cake, Hedge End

Cream teas, afternoon teas and bespoke homemade cakes. The Kettle & Cake can be found with a vast selection of vegan free foods all within a warm and spacious setting.

Betty, the tea van, makes an appearance in the summer just for that extra special quaintness…




Gracie-Ann’s, Port Solent

Guests of our Port Solent town house will have no doubt visited this room with a marina view. Not only specialising in delicious food but their own unique blend of tea.

Oh, and the milkshakes…wow!









The Wine Garden, Titchfield

This little gem is literally just that. Located just behind Hallmark Jewellers, Titchfield, this cosy and cute little shop offers not just a tasty home made menu but you’ll find a selection of gins for a cheeky afternoon tipple.






The Vintage Tea Room, Fareham

If quaint is what you are after, this vintage tea room is perfect for you. Vegan and veggie friendly there is a vast selection from breakfast to afternoon tea.

Cosy armchairs, home made food and crockery that you’ll just want to sip from whist holding out your little pinkie!





The Docks Coffee, Southampton

Oxford street, Southampton has always been home to a bustle of food and drink. Docks Coffee roast their coffee and source their food locally with a vast selection of vegan options.

And what is more, guests will get money off with our exclusive Discount card!



More to follow!

Ben Glover

FIVE things to do in February

There’s always something to do in Hampshire, from ghost walks to career talks, you’ll be sure to find something to enjoy. Whether you are staying in one of our serviced apartments in Southampton or a corporate let in Portsmouth, all events won’t take more than 30 minutes to travel to!

Festival Of Light

On The Esplanade, Westquay South


Festival of Light is back.

Interactive, illuminating and back on the Esplanade. Be prepared to #letlightinWQ

Visit brand new light displays between February 15th and 24th.

Website Address: https://www.west-quay.co.uk/events/festival-of-light1  

Women’s Mind and Body Conference


O2 Guildhall Southampton

10:00am Sunday 17 Feb 2019

Take a day out to think about yourself, your looks, your career and your future. Be exposed to great presentations from gurus in the field of women’s development, plus mini workshops from a range of top consultants and therapists who can help you with hair, beauty, styling, confidence, weight loss, fitness, mental wellbeing and career changes. We will be having a high value Raffle with prizes from all of our consultants and therapists plus an Auction to bid for a week for 2 at the new Body Camp in Majorca, a day with a Film Producer (for your wedding or special event), and many other great prizes.

Cost: £15


A Stroll Around Southampton Common

From 1100

There is more to Southampton Common than just a beautiful walk. Once home to gig such as the legendary Power In The Park to other history unearthed, this guided tour is a must for a sunny Sunday!


Hampshire Farmers Market


The Hampshire Farmers Market Winchester will produce some exceptionally good tasting free range pork. Rare breed pigs are born, reared and spend their entire lives with us, growing naturally and slowly. Ambrose Farm products include an array of handmade, traditional & specialty sausages, each created by us using our own freshly blended seasonings.


Southampton Ghost Tour

February 28th

It is a ghost tour, in February. You will discover the ghosts of historic buildings including The Bargate, The Merchants Hall, West Gate, Tudor House, Inside some of the city’s vaults and many more! Our Ghost Walks are unique because we have experienced some of the ghosts for ourselves!


Our Ghost Tours are entertaining, thrilling, educational and most of all….it will include a few scares along the way!



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