Things to do
From experiencing the arts to getting active outdoors, there are plenty of things to do in Eastleigh
Eastleigh is home to two theatres and a wealth of culture, with an exciting programme of pop-up events throughout the year.
The Borough’s flagship theatre, The Point, is based in the heart of the town centre on Leigh Road Recreation Ground and presents the work of world-renowned artists in contemporary dance, aerial and circus, theatre and combined arts.
In collaboration with its sister venue The Berry Theatre, The Point runs classes, workshops and opportunities for talent development with a range of youth companies and artist programmes. You’ll find a host of social opportunities and a breadth of ways to support your health and wellbeing.
Over in Hedge End, The Berry Theatre presents the very best productions from across the UK, bringing you wonderful tales, with a world-class theatre, film and comedy programme offering something for everyone.
Look out for The Point’s annual festivals Eastleigh Unwrapped in the summer, its summer social programme and quirky Eastleigh Film Festival in the autumn.
There are lots of ways to get active in Eastleigh Borough!
Places Leisure Eastleigh offers a gym, swimming pool, football pitches, squash courts, a soft play area for children and more. Wildern Leisure Centre and Hamble Sports Complex also have swimming pools and a wide range of fitness facilities.
If you enjoy running, there are regular 5km park runs at Itchen Valley Country Park, Royal Victoria Country Park and Fleming Park Old Golf Course, near to Places Leisure Eastleigh. Hedge End has a well-attended running club and Eastleigh holds an annual 10km race.
Each summer the Council’s Park Sport programme helps young people (aged eight to 16) to try new sports and activities by providing free or heavily discounted sports passes.
If you enjoy golf you might like to visit Stoneham Golf Club or East Horton Golf Club. Hedge End Golf and Fitness Centre offers a driving range and lessons, while the nearby Mighty Adventures Southampton features a dinosaur/Viking themed crazy golf course for families.
Itchen Valley Country Park is home to a Go Ape! Tree top adventure course.
There are lots of lovely walking locations in the Borough but if you really want to stretch your legs, you might want to try walking the famous Itchen Way which takes you all the way along the River Itchen from Southampton, through Eastleigh up to Winchester.
For a shorter route, you might want try the Strawberry Trail, which takes you from Botley to Hamble through River Hamble and Royal Victoria Country Parks.
Thanks to its location on the River Hamble, there are plenty of ways to enjoy time in, around or on the water, including paddle boarding, kayaking or sailing.
Grow your own
If you have green fingers there are several allotments associations in the Borough, including a council run scheme around Eastleigh town, Kane’s Field Allotments (near Hedge End), Botley Allotments, Hamble Allotments and Ramalley Allotments (in Chandler’s Ford).
If you’re interested in helping others in the local community, you can find out about volunteering opportunities through One Community.