Living in Gosport
What is life like in Gosport
Gosport is a historic town with a superb seaside location and easy access to some of the larger cities in the region.
It has become popular with homeowners and tenants in recent years, with its three-kilometre promenade perhaps its strongest selling point. However, it should be remembered that Gosport has more going for it than its coastal position.
Boat building has always been a key industry in Gosport and it continues to be so today. It is supported by a number of other trades. Housing developments have been relatively common in recent times, with the growing population attracting more supermarkets and helping to support its excellent local market.
For good value for money housing that is close to Portsmouth and Southampton, there are few options as appealing as Gosport.
The Bishop of Winchester named the town God's Port in the 12th century, although it was not until Britain became a naval power that Gosport really began to expand. In the 18th and 19th centuries it was a powerful location that was crucial to the country's military efforts.
Grange Airfield in Gosport was used to train pilots for World War II and Haslar Creek became the base of the coastal forces.
Royal Hospital Haslar was the last military hospital in the UK still in operation, but it was closed in 2007 after more than 250 years of treating injured and wounded servicemen and women and their families.
Actor Keith Allen spent most of his childhood in Gosport while his father was stationed in nearby Portsmouth. Fellow thespian and The Running Man star Richard Dawson was also born in the town.
Other well-known personalities with links to Gosport include Roger Black, Diana Dors and Alan Ladd.
Entertainment, sport and days out
The promenade understandably features heavily in many people's entertainment in Gosport, as it is open to walkers, cyclists and skaters. It boasts wonderful views of the harbour and the many ships that sail through the Solent. Indeed, the Millennium Promenade Waterfront won the 2001 Paviors Award.
Another great destination for visitors and locals alike is the Gosport Discovery Centre, which combines various learning and leisure facilities. The Museum of Naval Firepower and the Royal Navy Submarine Museum are other exciting venues in the town.
Keen golfers will be drawn to the Gosport and Stokes Bay Golf Club, which is a high-quality establishment with a beach and sailing club. It also offers wonderful panoramic views towards the Isle of Wight.
The Isle of Wight is the ideal destination for a day out, as it lies just a short ferry ride away. While there, people can visit the impressive Osborne House, once home to Queen Victoria, and Alum Bay, with its iconic coloured sand.
Slightly closer to home are the Alver Valley Country Park, where peace and quiet and relaxing walks are the order of the day. And Stoke's Bay is a running hotspot where locals enjoy crazy golf, tennis and a children's splash pool.
Eating, drinking & shopping
With its waterfront location, Gosport is known as a nice place to stop for a drink or a bite to eat. The Jolly Roger, the Waterfront Brasserie, the Solent Restaurant and Pebbles Fish and Wine Bar are just some of the venues that offer delicious cuisine and a range of beverages.
One of the highlights of shopping in Gosport is the markets that are held in the town centre. Whether it is the weekly market on Tuesdays, the Saturday market or the Gift and Craft Fayre that appeals to residents, there are always some great retail options in the area.
Alternatively, locals can head to the High Street and South Street zone, where many of Gosport's main shops are located. Some of the UK's major high street brands are found in the town, including New Look, Peacocks, Burton and Argos.
Schools & healthcare
There is a selection of schools in the town for youngsters to attend. St John's CE Primary School is closest to the town centre, while an alternative to this is Lee-on-Solent Junior School. For older children, the best option is Bay House School and Sixth Form, which offers a range of courses across a variety of subjects.
Gosport does not have its own train station, but there is a quick ferry link to Portsmouth Harbour, which boasts a rail terminal. From there, people can travel to Southampton, Brighton and London with ease, as well as most parts of the south-east.
The A32 is the main route out of Gosport and leads directly to the M27, the main motorway running along the south coast. Drivers can turn towards either Portsmouth or Southampton at this point, or head for the A3 or M3 that both head to central London, which is about 70 miles away.