25 May - 2 June: we’ve got loads of May half-term adventures for families, in and around Hampshire. Discover bees, butterflies and moths on Hinton Ampner's and Uppark's activity trails. Mottisfont is turning little ones into nature detectives, and at The Vyne there's a whole assortment of indoor and outdoor fun.
A beautiful palette of spring colour litters our Hampshire gardens. Mottisfont's rose garden is brimming with pretty pink and purple bedding plants. At Hinton Ampner delicate cherry blossom is unfurling, and thousands of tulips will soon be in bloom. In late spring The Vyne's orchard fills with wildflowers.
Listen to the skylarks as you climb to the top of Stockbridge Down. Or explore The Vyne's bluebell woods, and Mottisfont's wildlife-rich ancient farmland. Our downloadable trails will introduce you to some memorable sights and sounds across Hampshire this spring.
9 March - 3 November: Standing by my darling’s side - a Victorian’s experience of life, love and loss. Mompesson House shares the moving love story of Jinny Townsend and Willie Hammick, who, against the odds, enjoyed several blissful years of married life at Mompesson. This intimate exhibition was inspired by the wedding day entry in Jinny’s diary from June 1879.
An eighteenth-century school boy’s doodle of a Cyclops is just one of the tiny observations being painstakingly catalogued by The Vyne. It’s part of an eight month project being carried out in front of visitors, to restore the house’s entire historic library collection to its shelves. Pop in to see the latest 'find' and chat with our library's archive team as they work.
4 May - 7 July: you’ll find two new exhibitions at Mottisfont from early May. Plants Portrayed displays beautiful botanical illustrations from the archives at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Alongside is For the Time Being, which showcases ceramics, prints and sketches from Mottisfont residency artists Eileen White and Suna Imre.
Help your local National Trust places in Hampshire like Mottisfont, The Vyne or Winchester City Mill by joining your local supporter group. Some are more volunteering focused, and others enjoy social outings together like trips and tours, or lectures.