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What Is Life Like In Havant?
Tucked away on the south-east corner of Hampshire, Havant lies along the coast near to the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the city of Portsmouth. With a population of almost 46,000, Havant is the perfect location for commuters and families who appreciate the quiet beauty of an English seaside town but want easy access to city amenities.
History Of Havant
Havant has strong ties to the Roman settlers who left behind traces of homes and the hypocausts used to heat their villas. The hamlet of Havehunte was later established in time to be recorded by the 1086 Domesday Book which surveyed thousands of English and Welsh villages. At the time, the town was recorded to have 2 mills, 10 swine and a population of 20 households.
It was the Homewell Spring that saw the settlement prosper; the spring is said to have never frozen, and until 1970, it had never run dry. Business in Havant relied on this fresh source of water for the treatment of animal skin and the production of other items including parchment.
Most of Havant town centre is now a conservation area, as the ancient thoroughfares of Roman travellers were developed to form the town’s thriving shopping area. You can expect Georgian architecture aplenty throughout the town’s market and shopping districts.
Days Out In Havant
Havant is close to Portsmouth, meaning there is an almost endless number of opportunities for daytime activities and exciting evenings around the town.
The town itself is relatively quiet, ideal for those who appreciate the countryside and coastline for which Hampshire is well-known. There are extensive cycling and walking routes along the South coast, as well as many different water sports.
The Spring, Havant’s independent art centre and museum run by passionate volunteers, brings live performances to South Hampshire. With a range of contemporary and period films on offer, you can expect film screenings as well. Staunton Country Park offers visitors a chance to explore beautiful, expansive grounds and the Victorian ornamental farm, complete with pygmy goats, pot-bellied pigs and peacocks. You can also enjoy a walk around the golden jubilee maze, the exotic plant collection or the lake.
Things To Do In Havant
There is no shortage of things to do in and around Havant. Although the town’s nightlife is relatively quiet, Portsmouth city centre is just 12 minutes away via the direct train line. Here you can find lively bars and clubs populated by the city’s student population, along with museums, restaurants and galleries.
If you prefer a quiet night out, Havant has a number of traditional historic inns and pubs. The Old House at Home is a 16th century Inn that boasts a bear post, reportedly having tethered the last dancing bear in England. For fine dining, Havant has a varied selection of dining options. Have a traditional British meal at Langbrook Farm Pub or The Wheelwright’s Arms, or enjoy delicious Chinese cooking at Aroma.
Schools In Havant
Havant has several excellent education facilities within easy reach.
Pre-schools and nurseries include:
- Barn Owls Community Pre-School
- Bedhampton Methodist Playgroup
- Bidbury Pre-school
- Corner House Nursery
Primary Schools include:
- Barncroft Infant School
- Bidbury Infant School
- Bosmere Junior School
- Front Lawn Junior School
Secondary Schools include:
- Park Community School
- Staunton Park Community School
- Havant College
Transport In Havant
Havant is well connected to nearby Portsmouth, and has direct transport links to London.
Havant’s train station is connected to the South coast, as well as Northern services to London. Perfect for commuters, Waterloo and Victoria train stations can be within an 80 minute direct journey from Havant.
Bus And Coaches
Buses are run by Stagecoach from Portsmouth to Havant, and from Havant bus station to surrounding villages.
Southampton Airport is the closest international airport to Havant and is easily accessible by train. London Gatwick is 40 miles away, and Heathrow is 48 mile away.
London can be reached from Havant via the A3, taking between 60 - 90 minutes by car. The A27 allows access to most of the South coast, meaning Chichester is only 10 minutes away.