Things To Do


Hampshire is home to the famous Hangers Way, a 21 mile long route from Queen Elizabeth Country Park, just south of Petersfield, to Alton Railway Station. Downlands Farm is conveniently located just 10 minutes from approximately the half-way point of this historic walk.

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Please see this Hampshire County Council link for walking in Hampshire which provides you with information of short and long distance walks in the area.

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For guests wishing to walk with children in pushchairs, please enquire upon booking and we can make an off-road pushchair available to you.


Guests are welcome to bring their horses to Downlands Farm. Horses will be accommodated in our Lodden stables and tack will be held securely in a padlocked tackroom. We have the space to store horseboxes on site. We can provide details of bridal paths accessible from our farm.

If riders wish to explore further afield, notable bridal paths in Hampshire include The South Downs Way, Meon Valley Trail and Queen Elizabeth Country Park, all within a 15 minute drive from Downlands Farm.

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Please see the link below detailing the cycle routes in the area.

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The Coast

We are lucky to have the advantage of living in the countryside yet being only half an hour's drive to the coast. A short trip down the A3 will take you to Portsmouth and surrounding areas which is home to the shingle beaches of Hayling Island and Southsea. Whilst not the most attractive (!), these beaches are such fun for children, both with small fun fairs, traditional fish and chip shops and plenty of pop-up attractions in the summer months.

Further along the coast towards Chichester, is the beautiful Blue Flag beach of West Wittering. A privately owned strip of land, the beach is immaculate and can be enjoyed throughout the year. When the tide goes out, it provides a wonderful playground for children and their buckets and spades and there are lifeguards on duty during the summer months for peace of mind. The beach has loos, ice cream kiosks and a small cafe. Horse riding is permitted on the beach during the winter months and restricted to before 9am and after 6pm from May to September.

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Great Attractions to Visit

Below is a list of attractions all within an hour’s drive from Downlands Farm. They are listed in distance from Downlands Farm, the top of the list being the closest. All are well worth a visit and details of all attractions are available in the cottage.

Jane Austen’s House, Alton Visit Website

Petersfield Heath with boating lake, ducks, playground and lovely café. Visit Website

Gilbert White’s House, Selborne Visit Website

Uppark House, Petersfield Visit Website

Hollycombe Steam Funfair Visit Website

Butser Ancient Farm Visit Website

Watercress Line, Alresford Visit Website

Stansted House, Havant Visit Website

Weald and Downland Museum, Singleton Visit Website

Goodwood House, Chichester Visit Website

Goodwood Racecourse, Chichester Visit Website

Petworth Park, Petworth Visit Website

Hinton Ampner (National Trust), Winchester Visit Website

Marwell Zoo, Winchester Visit Website

Intech Science Centre, Winchester Visit Website

Avington Park, Winchester Visit Website

Blue Reef Aquarium, Portsmouth Visit Website

Southsea Promenade, Portsmouth Visit Website

Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth Visit Website

Gunwharf Quays and the Spinaker Tower, Portsmouth Visit Website

Paultons Park with Peppa Pig World, Ower Visit Website

Arundel Castle, Arundel Visit Website

Highclere Castle ‘Downton Abbey’, Newbury Visit Website

Local Dates of Interest (2015)

Goodwood Festival of Speed, 24th - 26th June 2016 Visit Website

Goodwood Revival, 9th - 11th September 2016 Visit Website

Glorious Goodwood, 26th - 30th July 2016 Visit Website

Cowdray Polo Season, April to July 2016 Visit Website

Grange Park Opera, Winchester, various shows, Various dates from June to August 2016 Visit Website

Wickham Festival, 4th - 7th August 2016 Visit Website