Discovering Hampshire: Unique Experiences and Hidden Gems

  • What makes Hildon so unique is its location. Nestled in the Test Valley in the heart of Hampshire, the chalk soil filters the water to produce a crisp, perfectly balanced taste. Hampshire offers a wealth of extraordinary experiences that reflect the natural beauty and cultural richness of the area. We spoke to Roger Walker from Experience Hampshire, who has spent decades in the travel industry and enjoying all that Hampshire has to offer, about his top five natural Hampshire experiences. Here’s a glimpse into some enchanting, extraordinary experiences that reflect the natural beauty and cultural richness of the area, to inspire you to explore Hampshire. Read on and discover how you can enter our free prize draw.

    1. Twilight Wildlife Cruise on the Beaulieu River Embark on a magical two-hour twilight wildlife cruise from Buckler's Hard with a local naturalist. This serene waterway is home to an array of wildlife, including Common and Grey Seals, deer, and numerous bird species. If you're lucky, you might even spot a White-Tailed Eagle. There is so much of nature to see and enjoy in Hampshire.
    1. Foraging Workshop Join an expert forager to learn how to identify edible plants and fungi in Hampshire's woodlands, fields, and hedgerows. Discover sustainable sourcing of natural ingredients to enhance your home cooking.


    1. Microlighting Adventure Soar high above the Hampshire countryside in a two-seater microlight. With an experienced pilot as your guide, enjoy breathtaking bird’s-eye views of the beautiful landscape. No prior experience is required for this thrilling adventure.
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    1. Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting Visit one of Hampshire’s thriving vineyards for a guided tour and wine tasting. Learn about local vine production and enjoy sampling some of the region’s finest wines, with the option to purchase bottles to take home. More proof that the unique landscape here in Hampshire provides great terroir for both water and wine!


    1. Wood-Fired Sauna and Cold-Water Swimming Revitalize your mind and body by stepping from a wood-fired sauna into the refreshing waters of the sea or a river-fed lake. Experience the invigorating benefits of cold-water swimming and understand why it’s so highly recommended.


    Hampshire has so many unique and enriching experiences to offer, providing opportunities to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and cultural heritage of this remarkable county. We’re excited to offer two prizes from Experience Hampshire: a pairs of tickets for an Autumn Foraging Workshop in the Hampshire countryside and a pair of tickets to the Hampshire Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting. To be in with a chance of winning just email and title the email 'Experience Hampshire Prize Draw'.


    Experience Hampshire runs another 220 workshops, tours, and experiences. For more details, please visit or email for friendly, expert advice. Experience Hampshire offers a wealth of opportunities to explore the unique and enriching experiences that Hampshire has to offer. whether you’re looking for something romantic, creative, or adventurous, there’s a perfect present for that difficult-to-impress or hard-to-buy-for person – or just for your own pleasure.

    Good luck entering our prize draw and the chance to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and cultural heritage of this remarkable county. And remember, there’s a taste of Hampshire in every glass of pure Hildon natural mineral water.

  • Cheers to Roger from Experience Hampshire for sharing his knowledge and providing the prizes. 
  • Rules of Free Draw\Eligibility
    • Entry is open to individuals aged 18 or older.
    • No purchase is necessary to enter the prize draw.
    • Only one entry per person is allowed.

    Entry Period:

    • The prize draw is open from 9th July 2024 to 2nd August 2024.

    How to Enter:

    • Enter online by subscribing to the Hildon newsletter or by emailing (entitled 'Experience Hampshire Prize Draw')
    • Prizes:
    • There are two prizes:
      • A pair of tickets to the Autumn Hampshire Foraging Workshop.
      • A pair of tickets to the Hampshire Wine Tour.
    • Both prizes are provided by Experience Hampshire and are detailed on their website.
    • Winners are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the workshop or tour locations.

    Winner Selection and Notification:

    • Two winners will be selected at random from all eligible entries received.
    • Winners will be announced online and notified by email by 2nd August 2024.
    • Two attempts will be made to notify each winner. If a winner does not respond within 48 hours of the second notification attempt, a new winner will be drawn.

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    • Participants will have the option to join the Hildon and Experience Hampshire mailing lists. Subscription to these lists is not mandatory to enter the prize draw.
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    General Terms:

    • By entering, participants agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
    • The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the prize draw and these terms and conditions without notice.
    • The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any participant by any third party