Things to Do in Bursledon

things to do in Bursledon

There are plenty of fun things to do in Bursledon for all ages. You can find out about local dance, drama and music classes for the kids; fun physical activities like roller skating and high ropes courses; or even quieter indoor pursuits like STEM clubs and art & craft groups nearby.

1. Visit Bursledon Windmill

Explore the history of Hampshire’s only working windmill – this early tower mill is of national importance. Tours of the mill are conducted by volunteer guides and take place every half hour. The site also includes the Chineham Barn, Hiltingbury Granary and a farm pond.

The windmill is operated by Hampshire Cultural Trust and launched a successful campaign in 2021 to support the costs of reinstating the stocks and sails of the mill. Cloth for the new sails is now being made and with continued support HCT hopes to complete this vital work to keep Bursledon’s heritage intact for future generations.

Pay once, visit all year; admission includes unlimited visits to the windmill. Steep ladders are used for tours so the site is not suitable for those with claustrophobia or vertigo.

2. Visit Bursledon Brickworks Museum

In its heyday, the Brickworks produced 20 million bricks each year and was one of the main producers in the area. Now the only surviving Victorian steam driven brickworks museum in the country it still has all its working machinery and buildings.

Historic England has awarded funds to help restore the roof of the huge Staffordshire type kiln that is at the heart of the museum. This will prevent further deterioration of the building and allow it to be removed from the Heritage at Risk register. This is part of a wider project to open the site more widely to visitors and provide new jobs and opportunities for local people. There are also plans to turn two historic drying sheds into start-up offices for local businesses.

3. Take a Boat Tour

When it comes to unique things to do in Bursledon, a boat trip along the River Hamble is an excellent choice. The river cruises run from the jetty near Buckler’s Hard. Guests can often see some of the majestic cruise liners docked in Southampton waters.

The boat tour also allows guests to experience the beauty of the area’s salt marshes and wildlife. The on-board commentary provides information about the various flora and fauna. Friendly dogs on leads are welcome aboard the ferry as well.

Another great thing to do is take a day trip to the vibrant city of Southampton, which is only a short drive or train ride from Bursledon. Here visitors can visit the Southampton Maritime Museum, WestQuay Shopping Centre, and Mayflower Theatre.

4. Visit Bursledon House

Located alongside the river, this pretty Hampshire village offers plenty of things to do, with scenic riverside walks and a restored Georgian windmill among its attractions. It’s also a great place to visit the nearby port cities of Southampton and Portsmouth, where you can learn about maritime history at SeaCity Museum and admire the HMS Victory and HMS Warrior at the historic dockyard.

Find joy and calm with yoga classes at Bursledon village hall on Tuesday evenings & Thursday mornings. Lessons are sold by the half term and the content varies each time but expect to be challenged, stretched and encouraged in this friendly community centered class.

Find thousands of child-friendly activities in your local area, from fun physical adventures like bowling and go karting to quieter pursuits such as STEM clubs and art & craft groups. Browse the links below or apply filters at the top to discover your perfect day out.

5. Take a Nature Walk

If you have kids in tow, you can let them loose in Lepe Country Park’s play area while you sit back with a drink at the Lookout Cafe.

For a more leisurely stroll, take the Warsash Walk to enjoy views over Southampton Water. You’ll also get to visit Hook With Warsash Nature Reserve, which is a great spot for birdwatching.

The villages have a rich history and are surrounded by natural beauty. Visitors can explore historic buildings at the Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum or visit a local vineyard. If you want to stay nearby, there are many family-friendly hotels and bed and breakfasts in the area. The lively city of Southampton is just a short drive or train ride away. It’s home to many attractions, including the Southampton Maritime Museum and WestQuay Shopping Centre.

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