Hampshire is one of England’s most beautiful and interesting counties to visit. It’s little wonder why so many people choose to visit or even stay here for long periods. Based in the Meon Valley in North Boarhunt, Fareham, Wickham Court is a gated community and residential park brimming with facilities and amenities available to enjoy all year round.
Park homes at Wickham Court are available to owners over the age of 45 and are available as part of an extensive, eleven-acre resort. Residents can enjoy easy access to swimming pools (indoor and outdoor), a bar, clubhouse, coffee lounge and even a steam room. Set on the doorstep of Fareham, Wickham Court remains one of the better-linked parks for access to Hampshire towns and attractions.
This residential park is in a prime location not only for those who may wish to explore Fareham and any surrounding towns and villages, but also the coastline and the surrounding countryside. Wickham Court is nestled in the very heart of Hampshire, which of course means that you are free to explore the wider area at your leisure at any time.
As the nearest town in proximity with Wickham Court, Fareham is often the first port of call for many residents here who enjoy venturing out. While rural Hampshire and the coast are wonderful to traverse on fine days, you may also wish to explore the nearby town and village areas which have considerable history to them.
Fareham is a traditional town centre with a shopping precinct and plenty of quaint English sights. It may not have the hustle and bustle of bigger cities nearby such as Southampton or Portsmouth, but it does still draw a loyal crowd, many of whom travel to sample the markets and who stop en route while enjoying the coast.
Fareham is a market town which is often surprisingly busy! There are over 300 different shops and amenities for you to explore here, including local restaurants, cafés, bars and pubs. Fareham is a town which is proud of its heritage, and as it has a focus on markets, you will always likely find some good, local produce to take home with you from one of its many stalls.
The Farmers’ Markets in Fareham have been operating for over 20 years. They can be found in the precinct on West Street on the first Saturday morning of each month. Providing you arrive after 9am and before 2pm, you’ll be able to sample some wonderful home-grown and home-reared goods from around 40 different farms from the local area.
There are also occasional Gardeners’ Markets, which operate twice a year on the second Saturday of May and June. These markets, much like the Farmers’, offer you the chance to take some genuine home-grown Fareham produce back with you. Only this produce, of course, you are generally advised not to eat! If you love plants and gardening, these markets will be well worth a visit year after year. What’s more, they are always easy to access from Wickham Court.
There are, of course, also traditional markets in place in downtown Fareham. These number around 50 and run on West Street each Monday from between 9am and 3pm.
Fareham is also a town which hosts a number of events and festivals each year, traditionally in and around their market zones. The main Fareham Town website hosts a calendar of ongoing events and occasions which are well worth taking note of.
Regular events in Fareham may include arts and craft fair, car boot sales, music events, outdoor plays and family fun days. There are normally two or three big events happening in any week during the warmer months, which means you should really head to Fareham from spring onwards to sample the best of what the town has to offer.
Attractions and Sites of Interest
Beyond Fareham and Wickham, there are of course the two major cities, Portsmouth and Southampton. Wickham Court is well-connected to main roads which means you can easily travel out to the city zones without having to go too far or having to spend too much on fuel. However, there are also plenty of other attractions and sites of interest which you may wish to take a look at around the general area.
The Mary Rose
Portsmouth Harbour is, of course, where King Henry VIII’s ship, the Mary Rose, sank during an invasion in the 16th century. Having officially sunk around 1545, the vessel has long since been recovered and is now die open to visitors from all over the region and all over the UK.
The Mary Rose is an absolutely breath-taking vessel, and visitors can now explore what remains along with learning more about the time period. The Mary Rose is based at the Portsmouth Maritime Museum, at the HM Naval Base, making it very difficult to miss if you are in the local area.
The Meon Valley Trail
Wickham Court is situated in the heart of the Meon Valley, and the Valley itself is well-known for its incredible walks and cycle trail. It's officially graded as an ‘easy' route for most cyclists and stretches all the way from West Meon all the way to Knowle. All in all, it is a 10-mile cycle route, though it is also often enjoyed by walkers, joggers and even horse riders.
It is a wonderful walk that you can take at your own pace. You don’t have to complete the whole trail in one walk or one cycle! It is a great way to take in the beautiful, breath-taking surroundings of the Meon Valley, and conveniently, it really isn’t too far from Wickham Court itself.
Holly Hill Woodland Park
This stunning expanse of woodland, owned by Fareham Borough Council, offers more than 70 acres of absolutely beautiful natural land and thickets for you to explore and traverse at your leisure. It is based alongside the River Hamble, which can make for some stunning photo opportunities along the way.
Holly Hill isn't your traditional English woodland. There are scores of exotic plants, flowers and even rare fauna living here! It is completely accessible to the less able-bodied. With lakes stretching out to over 5 acres in size, it also makes for a lovely, peaceful stroll or picnic spot. The Council is also aiming to continue preserving the land for future generations to enjoy. Where better to come out and enjoy your retirement?
Ashcroft Arts Centre
Like a bit of local entertainment? Enjoy taking a closer look at community artwork and projects? Fareham’s extensive Ashcroft Arts Centre should be one of the first stops you wish to make while exploring the area.
This centre is perhaps bigger than it sounds! There is an art studio, a bar and café, and even a full theatre which seats up to 150 people. There are often regular plays and events put on here throughout the year. It’s also a great place to explore local festivals and to try out a few new skills for yourself.
The Ashcroft Arts Centre, only a short trip from Wickham Court, celebrates local creativity and is open to people of all ages from all walks of life. It's never too late to show off your painting, musical or even acting skills!
Fort Nelson Royal Armouries
One of Fareham’s most famous attractions is the incredible Royal Armouries collection, which is hosted at Fort Nelson. Over 600 years of artillery and weaponry collected in a collection surpassing 700 different items are on show here. Fort Nelson itself has been standing since the mid-19th century, and its initial purpose was to protect Portsmouth from potential inland attack.
It now plays host to the Royal Armouries, which has been in residence here in Fareham since 1984. There are expansive galleries of famous guns, exhibits dedicated to Fort Nelson itself, and special events taking place throughout the year. If you’re lucky, you may get to see a demonstration of historic artillery being fired.
Fort Nelson and the Royal Armouries also make for a great family day out, with plenty of educational zones and exhibits set up for children to explore, whether as part of a school visit or with family and friends.
It wouldn’t be a traditional English coastal town without an abbey, a castle or two to spot along the way! Titchfield Abbey, of course, was used for religious purposes dating back to the 13th century. It was traditionally used as a home base for Premonstratensian canons.
Titchfield Abbey is grandiose and a true marvel to look at and explore. Titchfield is only ten minutes away on the road from Fareham, meaning that you will easily be able to make a trip out to the Abbey from Wickham Court – without it taking up too much of your day!
The Abbey is also perhaps more famous as having been transformed into a mansion by Sir Thomas Wriothesley, who had been gifted the landmark by King Henry VIII. Henry VIII has plenty of connections in the Fareham and Portsmouth areas!
Westbury Manor Museum
Heading back to Fareham itself, Westbury Manor is a wonderful, opulent Manor House which pays tribute to some of the more intriguing historical moments in downtown Fareham. If you’re interested in learning more about the historic community, Westbury Manor will certainly be a good place to get started.
The Manor used to house fleet admirals and has a long and varied industrial past. There are a number of artefacts on display here, and like the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson, the museum also has plenty for children to explore and do. There is also an in-house gift shop and café, as well as regular exhibitions, events and festivals.
If you’re new to Fareham or are moving into nearby Wickham Court, Westbury Manor should be one of the first stops you make to learn about the town’s origins.
Heading a little further out beyond Southampton, you can take in the majestic and famous Winchester Cathedral. One of the most opulent and celebrated buildings of its kind, Winchester Cathedral is open all year round not just showcasing its broad history and its famous attendees, but it is also open for worship, prayer and services.
It is said that there are up to fifteen centuries of history to be discovered here, making it an essential trip for anyone invested in English religion and the development of Christianity.
Just half an hour from Fareham is the fantastic Marwell Zoo Park, where you can get up close and personal with hundreds of different animals and beasts. There are over 140 acres of parkland and regular talks, events and feeding sessions which the whole family can enjoy. There is a handy tour service, too, so you can easily find your way around your favourite creatures and critters!
Situated in nearby Romsey, Broadlands is a majestic estate with plenty of royal history to it. Open to the public for guided tours, this wonderful corner or Hampshire is most famous for being the honeymoon location of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. While you aren’t currently able to tour the gardens and grounds, you can still take in the wonderful views here on arrival with the help of in-house staff.
Wonderful Wickham Court
Wickham Court is a tight-knit community with plenty of space and amenities available for you to enjoy at your leisure. As you can see, it is also marvellously well-connected to local amenities and attractions, too!
Do take a look at our properties available at Wickham Court if you are considering retiring in Hampshire.
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