Anyone dreaming of a life by the sea will love Hayling Island. It is surrounded more than three miles of award-winning beaches and boasts a rich maritime culture.
The island’s abundance of unspoilt coastline and countryside are the perfect hideaway for anyone seeking peace and tranquility – but there are plenty of local amenities to be found too.
For shoppers there is a mix of independent outlets and well-known convenience stores as well as small supermarkets.
Mengham is the most popular of the island’s shopping areas – with two main streets offering a mix of butchers, greengrocers, bakers and a post office. And there are plenty of places to eat and drink too.
Wealth of entertainment
Hayling Island is home to an array of sporting and leisure facilities – where residents and visitors can walk, cycle or simply relax. One of the area’s most popular outdoor pursuits is windsurfing – which was reportedly invented here. There are numerous events held throughout the year for this and other water-based activities – including sailing.
Spending time at the seaside – whether for picnics, BBQs, walks or sports – is a popular pastime for residents and visitors to the area. And Hayling Island boasts a European Blue Flag award for the quality of its beaches.
The island’s history is dominated by its fishing and farming industries, as well as its strong military connections. The World War Two Heritage Trail is particularly popular among those wishing to visit historical landmarks here.
Despite the serious nature of its past, Hayling Island is now known by many for its Funland amusement park, and its many resort attractions. The area is a big draw among holidaymakers, whilst keeping its close-knit community feel.
Great for commuters
Commuters living on Hayling Island enjoy excellent transport links to surrounding towns and cities – including Portsmouth and Chichester. There is a regular bus service to nearby Havant, that runs seven days a week.
And international travel is easily accessible – with Portsmouth’s international ferry port and Southampton Airport, both nearby.
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Hayling Island Sailing Club – founded in 1921, the club offers recreational and sporting sailing for all ages.
Seaside railway – a traditional day out at the English seaside, this narrow gauge light railway runs for two miles.
Seaview Fish & Chips – Traditional seaside food from this family-run outlet is located on the sea front and offers satisfying food cooked to order.