Set in the shadow of South Downs National Park, Eastleigh’s chalk hills, streams and valleys draw hikers, climbers, bikers and anglers. With graceful landscapes and a thriving music scene, it’s no wonder Eastleigh has been listed as one of the best places to live in Britain.
Things to do in Eastleigh
Experience the Hampshire countryside on an Alpaca trekking tour. Learn about these friendly creatures with an informative talk before leading your alpaca through the gently rolling fields. Arrive in spring to help feed the baby alpacas and meet “Ken”, the black sheep who often joins the morning walk.
Spend an afternoon in Itchen Valley Country Park, which offers over 200 hectares of meadows, woodlands and waters, as well as a Woodland Cafe. Explore the forest canopy at the Go Ape, the park’s high ropes adventure course where you can tackle tricky tree-to-tree crossings and giant swings.
For a fun-filled day with the whole family, ride on the Eastleigh Lakeside Railway. The miniature steam train runs from Eastleigh Parkway to Monks Brook Halt, offering the opportunity to explore the lakes and children’s playground. Arrive early for breakfast at the Lakeside Cafe and to take photos with “Thomas the Tank Engine”.
See an intimate performance at The Brook, a historic music venue. The beautiful old theatre is brimming with character and has attracted a broad spectrum of artists, from Jess Glynne to Bill Wyman. See a tribute act and meet locals at the Balcony Bar.
Getting around Eastleigh
You can fly into Southampton Airport, just a seven-minute taxi or five-minute train ride away. In addition to regular cross-country coaches, Eastleigh is serviced by the South Western Main Railway Line. Eastleigh is easily explored on foot or by using buses and taxis.