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Winter activities 'are popular in Hampshire'

Posted by Linda Davidson

Keen tourists and those who own a Truma caravan water heater may like to pay a visit to Hampshire this winter where there will be plenty to see and do.

According to a spokesperson from Hampshire County Council, there are many free exhibitions and activities that would suit families looking for indoor days out.

Andrew Bateman, tourism manager at the local authority, said the Charles Dickens festival, which began in December, is a fun day out and celebrates the 200th anniversary since the famous author's birth.

"During February, there's a special photography exhibition featuring some of the county's top Olympic sailors such as Ben Ainslie and Pippa Wilson at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington," he commented.

Mr Bateman also mentioned that the open gardens at Chawton House Library are a pleasant alternative to indoor activities.

Laura Smith, destination public relations manager for VisitEngland, the national tourist board, recently suggested that the upcoming London Olympics and the queen's Golden Jubilee will make 2012 a great year for holidays in England.