Places to go... things to do
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For a quick taste of what you find read on...
Whilst visiting this area you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do and see. The excellent transport network makes travelling to a host of wonderful attractions easy. Whether your interests are heritage, educational or just pure fun, then Hayling Island and Havant are ideal for family entertainment and enjoyment. Equally many visitors just enjoy the tranquillity of the countryside, bird watching and walking.
Staunton Country Park
Middle Park Way, Havant PO9 5HB
A chance to visit a genuine Victorian ornamental farm full of friendly animals such as pot bellied pigs, pygmy goats and peacocks. The tropical glasshouses contain an exotic collection of plants, which are fascinating for the whole family. You can then explore the old library and follies within the landscaped gardens, visit the new golden jubilee maze and the sensory garden, or just walk around the lake.
10b North Street (above the Fire Station), Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 7DD
Visit this local history museum to find out about Emsworth literary connections with the novels of PG Wodehouse and the original local fishing and oyster industry, which are the roots of this village.
The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre
56 East Street, Havant, Hampshire P09 1BS
Discover the link between Havant and the Treaty of Versailles. Unearth the location of Roman remains. Track down the clues to solve the mystery of the Hayling Billy. Find out why the Borough has such an unusual name and examine the workmanship which has gone into one of the best firearms collections in this country.
Rowlands Castle, Hampshire, PO9 6DX
One of the most beautiful stately homes on the south coast, set in wonderful parkland, chapel, garden and tea shop. The outdoor prom concerts are very popular in this delightful setting.
Lifeboat Station and Museum
Bracklesham Road, Hayling Island Tel: 023 9246 5641
Open Wednesday 7-9pm (with boat launch at 7.30pm) and Sundays 10-1.00pm.
Langstone Harbour Tel: 023 9248 2868
The Hayling Ferry travels from the south west corner of the island to Portsmouth with a connection by bus into the city centre, although there is no guarantee of a connection. An interesting way to beat the queues into the city centre and avoid the car parking.
A 12th century church sited on the shore at Warblington and nestling next to the farm buildings and cows in a very interesting rural idyll. Grave watchers huts can be found in the corner of the churchyard that protected local people's relatives in the macabre Victorian era of scientific research.
St Peter's Church
Northney, Hayling Island
An 11th century church found in the rural community of Northney on Hayling Island. Its quiet beauty and historic elegance lends itself in perfect harmony with its thatched cottages and rural surroundings. A new section was added to the church in 2000 and known as The Ark because of its up turned boat roof. It is also the final resting place of a Russian princess, who found a quiet retreat here on Hayling.
Peter Ashley Activity Centre, Portsdown Hill Road, Cosham PO6 1BJ
Take in the panoramic views over the Langstone and Chichester Harbour from this 19th Century hill fort. Join a guided tour of the underground tunnels. Stop at the café for refreshment. Or pick up a handcrafted souvenir at one of the regular craft fairs.
East Street, Havant
Hidden, but not quite forgotten. Havant's secret garden can be found near the rear of the Bear Hotel.
There are a number of pleasure cruise operators in the area at various times throughout the year, operated by the Waverley and Balmoral paddle steamers. Solent Enterprises put on special cruises too, including themed night entertainment cruises and day trips up the River Hamble. There are also a number of operators giving tours of Portsmouth and Chichester Harbour.