Hayling Island is steeped in history and home to a wide array of places to visit and things to do. With this in mind, we have compiled a list of attractions and locations you can visit while staying at Langstone Quays Resort and make the most of what is to offer on this beautiful Island!
The Hayling Billy Trail, formerly a railway line that connected Hayling Island and Havant, is now a coastal path that follows a route from Havant Train Station all the way to the south of Hayling Island, along the west coast. The remains of the line can be seen at the tip of the Island. This path is a fantastic track for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, providing amazing seaside views across to Portsmouth.
Information points are provided along the trail, providing a learning opportunity for those interested in the history of the trail. Take a picnic and make a day of it, or look out for places to eat and drink along the route. Residents can join the path a mere 5 minute walk from Langstone Quays Resort.
Summer 2019 is upon us, and we know many of you will be heading to the beach. There’s five miles of shore on Hayling Island, and we’ve been awarded the coveted Blue Flag award for the cleanliness of our beaches. It’s a lovely place for a swim or to try your hand at a water sport (more about this in a minute), or simply to unwind with a book or a bucket and spade. At high tide, the Hayling Seafront is mostly a shingle beach with long stretches of sand available at low tide. The seafront plays host to outstanding views of the Solent and the Isle of Wight.
Ever wondered about the inner workings of a dairy farm? Northney Farm hosts group visits from pre-school to adult - provides an opportunity to find out more. Visitors are able to see the calves and cows, view the milking parlour, see the cows being milked (during afternoon visits) and go on a tractor and trailer ride to see the crops in the surrounding fields. Visits are free for children of school
Hayling Seaside Railway
The Hayling Seaside Railway was created by the EHLR (East Hayling Light Railway) Society, who wished for the “Hayling Billy” line to be reinstated. The railway line operates along the south coast of the island, providing an excellent view of the Solent.
For a real seaside treat, leave the beach for a bit and take a trip on the Hayling Coastal Steam Railway.
A Family Day
Where do families go on Hayling? Funland, of course! Funland Amusement Park is along the sea front and is home to various gift shops, an arcade, adventure golf, games, and ‘kidz kingdom’., and has a range of indoor and outdoor activities with rides suitable for all ages. Wild Billy’s Runaway Mine Train is a must for thrill seekers - and don’t miss Beaver Creek log flume. If you want all the fun of the park but would rather stay on terra firma, try the crazy golf or arcade. Situated next to one of the Seaside railway stops, why not make Funland your destination?
Beachlands Par 3 Pitch and Putt
Try your hand at golf? Beachlands Pitch and Putt Golf course welcomes individuals of all ages and all abilities. Home to a lovely Club House, there is available seating overlooking the Golf Course. There is also a beautiful links course at Hayling Golf Club, for the more experienced golfers.
Kitesurfing and Windsurfing
A Sporty Day
The vast watery access available on Hayling Island has made it a hotbed for Windsurfers and Kitesurfers (If you're in the area in June 2019, why not attend the Kitesurfing Armada Festival). Different locations scattered around the Island has made it a haven for those who are experienced or just starting out. Familiarise yourself with windsurfing around Langstone Harbour or push yourself to the limit along Hayling Seafront (if your more experienced!).
Did you know that windsurfing was invented on Hayling Island? If you fancy trying your hand at the sport, WindWise offers lessons. For kitesurfing, contact CBK Hayling Island. You can also kayak or SUP in Hayling’s waters.
Hayling Island Donkey Sanctuary
This sanctuary on the Island offers a place of loving care and peace for ex-working Donkeys and those in need of help. Those who work at the sanctuary aim to give any Donkey in their care a happy lifelong home and provide for their daily needs with tenderness, understanding and affection.
The Sanctuary often holds open days for those who would like to visit and it is fully recommended by the locals of Hayling Island!
You can find the Sanctuary at Mill Rythe Lane, PO11 0QG. You can contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rosie K Boat Trips
This family run company offers you the chance to see the fantastic coastline and wildlife Hayling Island offers.
Each trip lasts approximately 55 minutes and there are even opportunities to see the famous seals that live in the Harbour.
The trips depart opposite the Ferry Boat Inn, from Ferry Road, Hayling Island, PO11 0DG, which is a great way to go over the highlights of your trip over a drink and a bite to afterwards.
If you're interested in seeing parts of Hayling Island unable to be seen from dry ground, why not call the Rosie K team on 07542807272 or email them at email@example.com.
A Rainy Day
Yes, this is England, so it’s always best to be prepared for a splash of summer rain. Even though Hayling Island is best known as a seaside holiday resort, there are still indoor attractions. We’ve already mentioned Funland, which has plenty of undercover activities for kids. The Station Theatre is housed in a converted goods’ shed, and puts on plays and shows films. And of course, if you’re staying with us, there’s the gym, swimming pool and bar to enjoy. A rainy day could also be a good opportunity to make the short drive to the museums and aquarium in nearby Portsmouth.
A Heritage Day
Hayling Island was a centre of secret reconnaissance missions during World War II, so as you can imagine, there’s a lot of stories here. Follow the WWII trail along the South Hayling coast, which takes in key sites including the famous Mulberry Harbour and the COPP memorial to the brave covert service personnel.
Hayling Island is a handy base for exploring the Portsmouth and Chichester areas. If you’re staying in Hayling for more than a few days, take advantage of its great location to explore further.
If you’d like to know more about Hayling Island and Langstone Quays, please contact us for a chat. We’re always happy to share our local tips and recommendations with you!