Living in Sarisbury Green
What is life like in Sarisbury Green
Sarisbury Green is located on the Hampshire coast, roughly halfway between Southampton and Fareham. This makes it an ideal base for all those who work in Southampton or Portsmouth but wish to live somewhere a little quieter with more of a village feel.
Excellent schools and affordable housing makes the area a hit with families, while there is also plenty of surrounding countryside that allows people to get outdoors for a walk, run or other activity whenever they choose to.
A strong community feeling exists within Sarisbury Green, with many people engaging in local events and activities. There is a community centre that is a hub for events such as quiz nights, horticulture shows and film nights, as well as a social club.
In the years prior to 1835, Sarisbury Green was part of the parish of Titchfield, which stretched from the west of Fareham to the eastern bank of the River Hamble. The village of Titchfield housed the region's church, meaning many people faced a journey of several miles to reach it, so the decision was taken to construct a new church in Sarisbury Green. This was to be known as St Paul's.
The village has strong links to the strawberry industry, with the local fields known to once have been the main provider of strawberries in the entire UK. There were also apple orchards throughout much of the area.
Neighbours actor Tom Oliver – best known for playing Lou Carpenter – spent some of his childhood in neighbouring Fareham, while former professional footballer Steve Claridge is also from the local area.
Entertainment, sport and days out
Southampton is home to several excellent entertainment venues, including its historic Mayflower Theatre, where a number of West End productions are staged. There are also cinemas at West Quay and Ocean Village, meaning nobody in Sarisbury Green is ever far away from catching the latest Hollywood blockbuster.
Sports fans are spoiled for choice, as they can catch either Southampton FC or Portsmouth FC in action at their respective home grounds, or visit Hampshire CCC's impressive Ageas Bowl stadium for top cricket fixtures.
Those who have little ones will be interested in the Swim School Academy, where expert tuition and plenty of water-based fun is available. It goes without saying that sailing is a popular pastime in this part of the world, with the waters of the Solent only a few miles away and clubs in Hamble, Warsash and Swanwick marinas providing high-quality facilities.
When it comes to taking a day out from Sarisbury Green, a favourite destination for many is the nearby New Forest, with its flat and green landscape making it perfect for cycling and walking.
Eating, drinking & shopping
There are several local pubs in the area that offer good food as well as couple of restaurants, including the unique Ferry restaurant. Situated in Swanwick marina this historic converted floating bridge was used to transport passengers from Woolston to Southampton from 1836 to 1977 and now offers wonderful food and service overlooking the river Hamble. For a much greater choice of eateries residents need only to travel a short distance to Southampton, Fareham or Whiteley.
Southampton boasts the impressive West Quay shopping centre, which is home to many of the country's most famous high street stores. In the opposite direction, locals will find Portsmouth's modern Gunwharf Quays complex, where a range of designer outlets are based.
Alternatively, Whiteley has a new state-of-the-art shopping centre featuring many of the most popular stores. This can be found just off the M27 at Junction 9 and is home to Marks & Spencer, Next and H&M among others.
Schools & healthcare
Sarisbury Green is well served by schools, with several choices ensuring the area remains popular with parents. Brookfield Community School is a high-performing institution, while Locks Heath Infant School and Western Wards Community Campus are other options for children of various ages.
There is also a sixth form college in Fareham and universities in Portsmouth and Southampton, meaning local teenagers can enjoy further and higher education in the area.
Several health centres and surgeries are in operation in Sarisbury Green and the surrounding districts. For more serious matters, residents should make their way to Queen Alexandra's Hospital in Cosham or the General Hospital in Southampton.
One of the greatest advantages of living in Sarisbury Green is the excellent transport links it offers, particularly by road. It sits on the A27, which is the primary route linking the south coast and ensures easy access to Portsmouth, Southampton and destinations further afield such as Brighton and Bournemouth.
Swanwick train station is only a mile or so away, providing a connection by rail to all nearby towns. It is possible to catch a train from here to London, with these services typically taking under two hours to reach the capital.
In Sarisbury Green itself, there is a local bus service that makes short journeys simple and links the area with neighbouring Fareham.