• Both Portsmouth and Southampton have an array of cultural activities including many art galleries, museums, cinemas and theatres offering entertainment for all tastes
  • Southampton leisure/recreation and sport
  • The New Forest National Park and beaches are in close proximity and The Solent offers excellent sailing opportunities
  • Leisure World - including a 13 screen Odeon Cinema and Oceana (the south coast's largest nightclub venue)
  • The Quays - Olympic standard swimming and diving facilities plus fitness centre
  • David Lloyd Leisure Centre - indoor and outdoor tennis courts plus swimming pool, gym and other racquet sports
  • Southampton Sports Centre - providing grass and synthetic sports pitches, as well as athletics track and dry ski slope
  • The Rosebowl - home of Hampshire County Cricket Club and venue for England One Day International Cricket matches
  • A number of quality golf courses close by including  Stoneham and Romsey, plus the Southampton municipal golf course
  • Portsmouth leisure/recreation and sport
  • Gunwharf Quays - 14 screen Vue cinema, plus 30 bars & restaurants including Loch Fyne, Tiger Tiger and Raymond Blanc's Brasserie Blanc
  • Port Solent - David Lloyd Leisure Centre, cinema, restaurants and shops
  • Mountbatten Sports Centre - athletics track and sports hall chosen as training centre for 2012 Olympics
  • A number of quality golf courses close by including Waterlooville, Cams Hall and Hayling Island
  • Historic Naval dockyard and Spinnaker Tower


  • The park
  • Whiteley Village Outlet Shopping, home to 60 retailers including Frankie & Benny's and Starbucks
  • Portsmouth and Southampton
  • located between Southampton and Portsmouth and benefits from an abundance of places to eat


  • A variety of hotels in close proximity


  • Southampton shopping
  • West Quay Shopping Centre - The south coast's largest indoor shopping centre with over 90 shops and anchor stores of John Lewis and Marks & Spencer
  • Ikea (opened February 09).
  • The Mall, Bargate and East Street shopping centres
  • Portsmouth shopping
  • Gunwharf Quays - 95 designer outlet stores including; Ralph Lauren, Gap, Next, French Connection and Ted Baker
  • John Lewis and Debenhams department stores