Whether you choose the independent school route or prefer the local state school, you are spoilt for choice. Hampshire has some of the most prestigious private schools in the country, from Winchester College to Bedales in Petersfield – visit the ISC site for information. Equally, the majority of Hampshire state schools boast outstanding Ofsted reports, such as St Mary Bourne in north Hampshire, Compton Primary in the south, Four Marks School in east Hampshire to Bransgore Primary near Ringwood in the west of the county.
Planes, trains and automobiles
Southampton International Airport provides both domestic and a growing number of international flights.
The county has an extensive rail network, with fast services from Winchester to London Waterloo running every 15 minutes and taking approx 55 minutes. From Newbury, the north Hampshire towns and villages can travel to London Paddington in approx 1 hour. There are also routes covering the New Forest: Brockenhurst to London is about 1 hour 15 minutes. Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for more information
The continent can be easily reached by ferry with ports at Southampton and Portsmouth www.brittanyferries.co.uk and www.POferries.com and you can’t miss a visit to the fantastic Isle of Wight www.WightLink.co.uk or www.redfunnel.co.uk
If driving, the M27 and M3 motorways will give easy access to wherever you need to be but it is worth exploring some of the stunning villages via the small, winding, country roads www.theaa.com/route-planner
Hampshire has an excellent bus network and coach stations in all the main towns cater for those travelling further afield
Lovely places to visit
We really are spoilt for choice when it comes to places to go and while away your day. From Jane Austen’s house in Chawton to an encounter with the animals at Marwell Zoo, there is something for all members of the family to enjoy. Why not let off steam on the watercress line travelling from Alresford to Alton? The Mid-Hants Railway plays host to a collection of Steam and Diesel Locomotives. Or simply take in the beauty of our national park, the New Forest, where animals wander freely through the stunning countryside. Ride your bike along one of the many trails in Royal Victoria Country Park in Hamble, or have a go at sailing on Southampton Water. For an enjoyable day trip, the Isle of Wight beckons with just a short ferry-ride across Solent Water. If you prefer towns, both Winchester and Southampton boast fantastic shops and restaurants. Portsmouth is a ‘must-visit’ with entertainment along the seafront at Southsea and a rich naval history exemplified in the Victory, the Mary Rose and the Warrior, or take a trip up the Spinnaker Tower to savour the breathtaking views of the south.
For many more things to do in Hampshire, take a look at www.visit-hampshire.co.uk.