Living in Fareham
What is life like in Fareham
Fareham is a small market town between Portsmouth and Southampton on the south coast of England. It has a population of around 100,000 and benefits from an impressive shopping complex and an idyllic waterside location.
As well as being an ideal base for people who work in either of the large cities close to Fareham, the town offers good employment opportunities in retail and through some of the firms based there, particularly at the nearby Solent Business Park.
With easy access to the coast, it is no surprise that many people in Fareham enjoy watersports, while there is also the opportunity to venture into the South Downs or New Forest national parks, both of which are a short drive away.
Searches in the High Street area have previously shown evidence of a settlement in Fareham in the Roman age, while there is a documented history dating back as far as the Norman era. The town was originally known as Ferneham and the ford of Fareham Creek was its centre. This form has now been subsumed by the A27.
Fareham only began to grow at a rapid rate in the 1960s, when a number of new developments took place and thousands of new homes became available. At this time, many people decided to move away from places such as Portsmouth and Southampton and a value-for-money alternative like Fareham was hugely appealing.
This trend escalated in the 1990s when the area now known as Whiteley was built, overlapping both Fareham and Winchester. A new technology park was a further addition at around the same time and this continues to provide many jobs to local people.
Actor Tom Oliver, best known for playing Lou Carpenter in the long-running soap opera Neighbours, grew up in Fareham after being born nearby.
Former professional footballer Steve Claridge also grew up near Fareham and began his career with Fareham Town FC, before going on to represent more than a dozen Football League clubs.
Entertainment, sport and days out
The village of Titchfield on the boundaries of Fareham is well worth exploring, with Titchfield Abbey and Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve among the most enjoyable attractions in the area. The Royal Armouries is also a fascinating museum and should be visited by all locals.
Ferneham Hall is the main entertainment venue in the town, with a number of shows and productions appearing there. Whether people are looking for music, comedy or theatre, this is the place to head to.
Fareham Town FC are the local football team and will satisfy any urges to catch live sport, while there is also a local cricket club. Fareham Leisure Centre is one of the town's best facilities and offers a gym, sports halls, swimming pools and squash courts.
Eating, drinking & shopping
There are venues to suit all needs in Fareham, whether people fancy a quick cup of coffee or a delicious five-course meal. Indeed, the town is home to more than 50 establishments that serve food and drink.
West Street is undoubtedly a highlight, as it is lined with several cafes and coffee shops, and due to its pedestrianised nature, it is a pleasant place to sit and chat over a beverage. It is also the setting for many of Fareham's pubs, while more can be found in High Street and Trinity Street.
For a quality meal, locals are advised to head to the same streets, where they will find a selection of Italian, French, Mediterranean, Chinese and Indian restaurants.
More than 170 shops are found in the centre of Fareham, with these ranging from some of the UK's most famous chain stores to smaller independent outlets that offer a variety of specialist goods and produce.
Several different zones will appeal to various types of shopper. These include Fareham Shopping Centre, which is home to a number of high-profile brands, West Street, where independent stores tend to be found.
Schools & healthcare
A number of schools are available to young people in Fareham, including Cams Hill School, Whiteley Primary School, Heathfield and Portchester Community School. Older students can enrol on courses at Fareham College or Henry Cort Community College.
Fareham Community Hospital is located in the town and is its primary healthcare facility. However, those who require even larger institutions can look towards St Mary's Hospital in Portsmouth, where expert care and treatment is available.
Fareham is just a few minutes from the M27 and only slightly further from the M3, so there is excellent access to all parts of the south of England by road.
The town has its own train station, which is located at the western end of West Street. From here, it is possible to reach Portsmouth in around 25 minutes and Southampton in approximately the same amount of time.
In the town itself, there is a good local bus service that connects all parts of Fareham and surrounding towns and villages, while there is also a taxi rank in Harper Way, ensuring there are plenty of options when it comes to exploring this easily navigable location.