Local Area & Attractions

Hayling Island is a unique area of the English South Coast. Joined by a bridge to the mainland visitors often comment on ‘that holiday feeling’ as soon as they cross the bridge. Due to it’s location it also benefits from slightly better weather than the mainland and is known as “Hampshire’s Sunshine Island” for good reason.

Hayling Island Beaches

The island boasts over 3 miles of blue flag beach. The beaches are primarily shingle above the high tide mark, with long stretches of sand below this line. At low tide the waters are shallow making it excellent for swimming and sunbathers alike, especially at West Beach which is considered one of the best on the island. Bathing beaches are marked by the swimming symbols on the map and there is even a special dog walking beach, also shown on the map. Windsurfing was invented on the island; due to it being sheltered by the Isle of Wight it is an excellent location for all water sports and an international venue for sailing.

Attractions and Activities on Hayling Island

Hayling Seaside Railway – This is a quaint light railway that runs from Beachlands, along the seafront, to Eastoke. Providing not only a useful form of transport but also enjoyable entertainment for all the family. The railway is marked on the map by RED 1. The railway runs Saturdays,Sundays and Wednesdays throughout the year and daily during all school & public holidays. Fares range from £1.50 to £3.50 and a family ticket is offered for £7.

Hayling Billy Trail – An historical trail that runs the full length along the west coast of the island and used to be the original route of the “Hayling Billy” train line. Marked on map. The route is used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The verges and hedgerows are managed to promote their wildlife value, and the path provides excellent views over the Langstone Harbour SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and the wealth of birdlife it supports. In summer, the surface may be acceptable for some wheelchairs.

Nature Walks & Cycle Trails – There are many beautiful walks and trails around the island due it being in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The mild maritime climate allows many different species of wild flowers and wildlife to flourish, some unique to coastal landscapes.

Funland Amusement Park – Situated along the ‘Blue Flag’ beach resort of Hayling Island, Funland offers a variety of attractions indoors and out, so whatever the weather, rain or shine, there is always plenty to do. ORANGE 1 on the map.

The Station Theatre – The Hayling Island Station Theatre is run by HIADS (Hayling Island Amateur Dramatic Society). The Station Theatre puts on HIADS productions (plays and pantomimes) and also has productions by outside groups and performers as well as showing blockbuster films every month. ORANGE 2 on the map.

Shops and Facilities on Hayling Island

On the island there are a number of local markets and car boot sales to explore. The Island’s biggest car boot sale is held every Wednesday close to the funfair at beachlands (YELLOW 4). The Terracotta Pot Shop (YELLOW 1) specialises in unusual handmade pots and planters from Greece and around the world. The local corner shop, McCalls (YELLOW 2) is near the park and offers everyday essentials. Mengham, the local town, offers a variety of facilities; supermarkets, banks, Post Office etc (YELLOW 3).

Pubs & Restaurants on Hayling Island

There are many great pubs on Hayling Island offering good traditional English food and due to their location many boast spectacular sea views. They are marked on the map by the green numbers.

West Town offers a couple of good restaurants; Niyom Thai Restaurant BLUE 1 and Jaspers BLUE 2.

There is also a selection of great local cafes; Chives Cafe PINK 1, Elliots Coastguard Cafe, which does great traditional Fish & Chips in the perfect setting PINK 2 and Cafe Delias PINK 3.

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Adventure & Sports on Hayling Island

The sheltered waters off the island provide perfect conditions for those who enjoy sailing, windsurfing, power boating, jet skiing, kitesurfing (PURPLE 2) and other water sports. These ideal conditions resulted in windsurfing being invented on Hayling Island and the Island has since become an international venue for sailing. Hayling also caters well for those who enjoy their sports a little drier. Visitors can enjoy a range of sports from Bowls to Skateboarding. Hayling Island’s Seacourt is the only club in the country offering all five racket sports.

In 2010 Hayling Island’s first Outdoor Gym was built (PURPLE 1). As well weights and cardio-vascular equipment, the gym features a climbing wall and an open area for aerobics, dance and gymnastics. There is also an area for tennis, football and basketball.

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On the western point of the island a small passenger ferry takes visitors to Portsmouth in 10 minutes giving the chance to explore the attractions of this historic port such as Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays and the Historic Dockyard.

New Forest & South Downs

Only a 30 minute drive North of Hayling Island brings you to the spectacular South Downs. Covering an area over 1600 square kilometres, the South Downs National Park offers an area of protected countryside that everyone can visit and enjoy. The famous South Downs Way, loved by walkers, cyclists and horse riders, stretches the entire 160 km length of the Park from Winchester in Hampshire to the white chalk cliffs of Beachy Head, near Eastbourne.

The New Forest is only an hours drive from Hayling Island and there is a wealth of places to visit and explore; from award winning gardens, museums, leisure and wildlife parks to seeing one of our remaining native breeds of pony in its natural habitat.