22 things to do in Hampshire in 2022

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Are you currently looking at 2022 under the covers? Do not be afraid. Hampshire has something to inspire and bring some joy to the year to come, finds Natalie French


Forest baths are a wonderful way to cleanse the soul
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Swimming in the forest
Forest baths are a new way to ‘just be’ in nature, explains Sonya Dibbin of Adore your Outdoors: “It’s about activating your senses, slowing down and calming the mind. Sonya combines guided meditation, gentle nature-themed activities and group reflection.

“The sessions allow you to easily reconnect with your sense of childish pleasure, to fully embrace the wonders of nature and to take with you a feeling of peace and calm. »Adoreyourexterior.co.uk


Discover the art of the Japanese Taiko drum when Kodo comes to Basingstoke

Discover the art of the Japanese Taiko drum when Kodo comes to Basingstoke
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One Earth 2022 Kodo Tour: Tsuzumi
For four decades, Kodo has taken the Japanese art of the Taiko drum and given it an exciting theatrical side that evokes all the senses. Expect rhythm, tradition, and energy so powerful you can feel the air tremble. Having performed in 50 countries, on five continents, for their 41st anniversary season, Kodo brings this timeless art to Hampshire. Anvil Arts, Basingstoke, February 9, 7:45 p.m., £ 30.50, anvilarts.org.uk


Try journaling as a way to connect with yourself

Try journaling as a way to connect with yourself
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Art journal
“The Art Journal is a creative wellness experience where we work together to connect what you really feel, bringing all of your thoughts and feelings out of your head onto the page,” says Deborah Porter of Core Art Journaling. . Deborah encourages a range of methods: free writing, layered collage, mixed media, stamps, stencils and even finger painting. “It’s not about creating a pretty picture,” she explains. “It’s about being honest with yourself and not being afraid to connect. »Coreartjournaling.com

Wild swimming
Embrace your inner Wim Hof ​​this winter and try the nation’s newest obsession: wild swimming. We love the deep pool at Compton Lock near Twyford; Park near the church, drive through fields and meadows and you’ll find this much-loved gem – guaranteed to pump blood and release those endorphins. Compton Lock, Shawford, Twyford, Winchester, SO21 2BL, outdoorwimmingsociety.com


Take time to relax in Senspa

Take time to relax in Senspa
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Wellness day at the spa
Switch off your phone and relax at Senspa’s wellness spa in the New Forest. Bubble in the hydro-swimming pool, wake up the spirit in the ice cold shower and detoxify yourself in the crystal hammam. Add in a 30-minute treatment and a two-course Thai lunch and you will feel completely zen. senspa.fr

Explore the night sky
Passionate and experienced astronomer, Adrian West – aka VirtualAstro on Facebook and Twitter – invites you to consider the scale of the universe. Soak up the stories of the night sky as you gaze at the constellations, planets, and the deeper cosmos. Forget the heavy science – this show promises to be a spectacular theatrical experience that anyone can enjoy! Mayflower Theater, January 23, 7pm, £ 19.50 – £ 24.50, mayflower.org.uk

Put on the sneakers
Park Run is a free weekly community event of 3 miles that takes place at 9 a.m. every Saturday morning at several locations in Hampshire. You don’t have to run either, you can walk, jog, or even volunteer. findarace.com/parkruns/near-hampshire


Treat yourself to a personal styling session to start the year off right

Treat yourself to a personal styling session to start the year off right
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Makeover
It’s not just mega stars who have a stylist, the rest of us can go through a huge transformation just by wearing our best colors and dressing to suit our body shape. Personal stylist and image coach, Natasha Edge offers everything from full-day personal purchases to the inbox-me-an-outfit. appandatt.com


The New Forest is a timeless landscape

The New Forest is a timeless landscape
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Take a walk through an ancient forest
New Forest National Park is a timeless landscape that is home to ancient trees, some of which are over 400 years old. It also has the largest expanse of moors in Europe and is home to a multitude of roaming creatures: from ponies and donkeys, to cattle and pigs. You may even be lucky enough to spot our resident pine martens.


Explore the ocean with Steve Backshall

Explore the ocean with Steve Backshall
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Kiss the ocean
Steve Backshall puts the sea on stage with his brand new show: Ocean – a love letter to the most exciting environment on our planet – and a great way to learn what we need to do to save our seas. Using stunts, experiments, props, cutting-edge science and big-screen images from his two decades on television, Steve will bring Le Grand Bleu to life.
Anvil Arts, April 19, 2 p.m., £ 30.50, under 16, £ 23.55, anvilarts.org.uk


Get to know the best wine in the county

Get to know the best wine in the county
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Hampshire Fizz Fest Vineyards
This year’s Hampshire Fizz Fest will be hosted by Black Chalk; Sniff and sip your way through 18 different sparkling and still wines from Vineyards of Hampshire, sample street food, and happily join a vineyard tour. July 24, vignoblesofhampshire.co.uk


The colorful stems are put to good use in the Sir Harold Hillier Winter Garden

The colorful stems are put to good use in the Sir Harold Hillier Winter Garden
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Discover a winter garden
Harold Hillier Gardens in Romsey has one of the largest winter gardens in Europe. Covering approximately four acres, the Winter Gardens are planted with a pleasing array of bark, brightly colored stems, fragrance and foliage – not to mention over 20 different varieties of snowdrops. hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/hilliergardens

To laugh
Comedy legends Jasper Carrott and Alistair McGowan join forces to share the poster and your side with a night of stand-up and humorous impressions. The two masters put on a show of pure laughter and entertainment that should not be missed. Theater Royal Winchester, February 18-19, 7:30 p.m., £ 34, theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk

Move away
Head to Flōte in Portsmouth and close the lid on the outside world, as you climb inside an egg-shaped pod filled with 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt. Said to relieve stress and eliminate chronic pain, floating is a deeply relaxing experience. seacoastflote.com


Learn about the history of science at Winchester Cathedral

Learn about the history of science at Winchester Cathedral
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Luxe Muralis: History of science
Explore the “history of science” in the beautiful interior of Winchester Cathedral. Almost every square inch of the cathedral will be bathed in monumental projections, as part of an immersive light and sound installation. This unforgettable multisensory experience transports visitors through elements, molecules, DNA and humanity’s greatest discoveries, as we contemplate the wonders that make up the world around us. January 31 to February 5, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., winchester-cathedral.org.uk


Let yourself be seduced by owls in the moonlight

Let yourself be seduced by owls in the moonlight
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Owls in the moonlight
Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of owls with the Hawk Conservancy Trust. Watch these mystical birds twist and spin in the night sky and make sure to dodge as they silently hover over the top of your head.
Adults, £ 35, children, £ 21, hawk-conservancy.org/events/obm/

Take part in a triathlon
Have you ever wanted to do a triathlon? The Southampton Triathlon Festival brings together some of the greatest minds in sport; you will get lots of tips on training, nutrition, mindset and motivation. February 26, triathlonfestival.co.uk

Try something new
Tired of your usual workout… how about Gravity Sticks? Think about deep stretching, strength, and mobility using, you guessed it, a stick. The latter improves your stretches by introducing a component of force when you pull, push or turn around it. February 20, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., £ 45, newenergyfitness.co.uk

Retirement and reset
This winter day retreat promises calm, connection and mindful movement; a chance to let go of your responsibilities and be just you. Prepare to get rid of what no longer serves you from 2021, set positive intentions for 2022 and leave serene. January 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., £ 70, theretreatnewforest.co.uk/whats-on/retreat-reset-for-2022


Snowdrops are an encouraging sight this time of year

Snowdrops are an encouraging sight this time of year
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Spot snowdrops
Don’t miss the NGS Snowdrop Festival, which takes place in January and February. Managing Director George Plumptre says: “Snowdrops are the perfect antidote to winter blues and spending the afternoon in one of our 100 Snowdrop Festival gardens is the perfect opportunity. ideal to go out and enjoy spectacular scenes at an otherwise gloomy time of year. “ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/snowdrop-gardens


Listen to new music from Jake Bugg

Listen to new music from Jake Bugg
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Get your new music fix
English singer / songwriter Jake Bugg is back with his fifth album, Saturday Night, Sunday Morning, featuring the hit single All I Need.
O2 Guildhall Southampton, April 4th, 7pm, academymusicgroup.com/o2guildhallsouthampton


Gulls on frozen water at Titchfield Haven Hampshire

Gulls on frozen water at Titchfield Haven Hampshire
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Nature observation
The Titchfield Haven Preserve covers 369 acres of the Meon Valley. Prepare the binoculars, because each season brings new birds to spot; in winter, look for flocks of golden plovers. The reserve is also home to 500 species of plants, 20 species of butterflies, dragonflies and water voles. hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/countryparks/titchfield

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