The Isle of Wight
Slightly further afield but worth a visit is the charming Isle of Wight. Accessible by ferry from Southampton and Lymington, the island makes for a lovely day trip.
There are hundreds of attractions and events on the island, including:
Osborne House, Queen Victoria's family home
The annual Isle of Wight Festival
The Needles Park, site of the famous Needles Rocks and Lighthouse
Cowes Week regatta