Why not add a new skill to your repertoire whilst a guest at The Barn. Medstead itself offers workshops in the following:-
Flowers at the Medstead Flower Shack - 01420 562682
Glass art koruarts.co.uk
Pottery painting thepotterypantry.co.uk
Historic Buildings and Gardens:
Jane Austen's House Museum, Chawton near Alton (10 minutes) . Pretty gardens with tea room opposite the house.
Avington Park, Avington, Arlesford (15 minutes) Historic house, Avington Park. Picturesque setting. Lovely walks along River Itchen. Combine with visit to Georgian market town of Alresford.
Chawton House Library, Alton (15 minutes) With over four hundred years of history, Chawton House is a fascinating blend of architectural styles and features. Among the many owners to have made their mark is Jane Austen's brother. Guided tours of the house and library can be organized and visitors can explore the gardens on a self guided tour from Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm. Chawton, Hampshire. GU34 1SJ www.chawton.org.uk
Gilbert White's House, Selborne, Alton (15 minutes) House and gardens once belonged to naturalist Gilbert White. Tea rooms. Shop. Selborne is picturesque with lovely walks eg. The Hangers. www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk
Winchester Cathedral (30 minutes) Guided tour is highly recommended to understand this great building's history.
Highclere Castle (1 hour) www.highclerecastle.co.uk Known as being film set for popular Downton Abbey. To visit the Castle, grounds, gardens and Egyptology Exhibition please check website for details.
Salisbury Cathedral (1 hour)
Wilton House near Salisbury (1 hour)
Furzey Gardens in the New Forest (1 hour)
National Trust Properties:
Hinton Ampner, Bramdean (20 minutes) National Trust property, Hinton Ampner House occasionally open to the public. Lovely gardens. Tea Room.
Winchester City Mill (25 minutes) Central Winchester.
The Vyne, Basingstoke (40 minutes) National Trust property, The Vyne.
Uppark, Petersfield (40 minutes) National Trust property, Uppark. Combine with visit to market town of Petersfield.
Polesdon Lacey, Great Bookham (45 minutes) National Trust house and gardens. Extensive and picturesque walks through the North Downs.
Mottisfont, Romsey (50 minutes) National Trust property, Mottisfont. House and gardens. well known for its Rose Garden. Combine with visit to market town of Romsey.
Exbury Gardens, New Forest (1 hour) Extensive grounds and gardens planted by the Rothschilds. Famous for its rhododendrons and azaleas. Tea rooms. Shop. Combine with visit to the New Forest.
Stonehenge, Salisbury (1 hour) World Heritage Site. Combine with visit to Salisbury Cathedral.
Historic Dockyards, Portsmouth (50 minutes) Visit Nelson's Victory and Henry V111th's flagship, the Mary Rose. Combine with visit to Blue Reef Aquarium, the Spinnaker Tower and discount shopping at Gunwharf Quays.
Windsor Castle, Windsor (55 minutes)
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (75 minutes)
RHS Gardens Wisley (50 minutes)