Eastleigh Borough is lucky to have four wonderful country parks within its boundaries.
Itchen Valley Country Park offers families a great day out, with the recently renovated Woodland Café, Go Ape! Southampton, adventure trails for children, outdoor play equipment and more within 440 acres of beautiful water meadows. Itchen Valley is also home to Forest Schools, where young people can learn outdoor skills.
Lakeside Country Park is within walking distance of Eastleigh Town Centre and is the perfect space to escape the hustle of urban living. With 22 hectares of lakes, wet meadow and woodland, Lakeside is a calm spot to walk your dog, stop for picnic or just relax by the lakes and watch the world go by. It also features a mini steam railway for families.
In Hedge End, River Hamble Country Park is a great place to walk, run or cycle in the woods with views over the River Hamble. It also features outdoor play equipment and is home to Manor Farm, with a café and farm animals.
Royal Victoria Country Park in the South of the Borough lies along Southampton water, with great views over the water. The Royal Victoria Chapel stands as a reminder of military hospital which was once based within its grounds. Today, large open fields, a café and miniature railway make the park a great place for a family day out.
Other green spaces around the Borough include Stoke Park Woods, the old golf course at Fleming Park, Hiltingbury Lakes in Chandler’s Ford and Knowle Park in Fair Oak.
Eastleigh town centre
Eastleigh town centre offers shoppers a convenient, walkable and mostly rain-covered shopping experience. Easily accessible by train or bus, the town is home to The Point Theatre, several restaurants and cafes,
a mix of independent shops and familiar high street names, a cinema and more. The Swan Centre is home to more than 40 retailers.
Eastleigh Museum tells the story of Eastleigh’s history as an epicentre of railway development.
The Silverlake Stadium is home to Eastleigh Football Club (the Spitfires). Support your new local team and get a taste of real grassroots football in the National League on match days.
Hamble is a picturesque waterside village featuring several local cafes, pubs and restaurants. The village is a yachting hub that draws in people from around the world for races, events and celebrations. A small ferry takes visitors across the river to neighbouring Warash.
Netley Abbey is the most complete surviving Cistercian monastery in southern England, with almost all the walls of its 13th-century church still standing, along with many monastic buildings. After the Dissolution, the buildings were converted into the mansion house of Sir William Paulet.