Living in Waterlooville
What is life like in Waterlooville
Waterlooville is located in Hampshire, next to the A3(M), which provides excellent road access to both the south coast and London.
It has a population of about 60,000 and is part of the wider south Hampshire conurbation, which also includes towns and villages such as Purbrook, Havant and Cosham. It provides an opportunity for those who work in larger cities in the area like Portsmouth and Southampton to live in slightly more relaxed surroundings.
As it is so close to the coast, people living in Waterlooville have the opportunity to enjoy days at the beach and promenade strolls, while some even take up watersports such as sailing and kayaking.
There are also plenty of pubs, restaurants and shops both in Waterlooville and the surrounding area, so there is never a reason for locals to struggle when it comes to seeking entertainment or arranging social occasions.
It is widely believed that the town took its name from the pub that used to stand at its centre. After the Battle of Waterloo, a group of soldiers disembarked at Portsmouth and stopped there to celebrate their victory. Many settled in the area and the streets around the pub became known as Waterlooville.
The oldest retailer in Waterlooville, the electrical shop Eric Jackson's Ltd, has been open since 1928 and continues to be run by the same family.
One significant development came in 1981 when the town centre was closed to traffic and a bypass constructed to take traffic away from this area. A new underpass was also built for pedestrians, before the old road was converted into a shopping precinct.
Another key building in the town is the rebuilt St George's church. The area around it witnessed extensive house building in the 1950s and 1960s, meaning the original church was outgrown and soon replaced by a new structure.
rofessional darts player Simon Whitlock and former Premier League referee Rob Styles both lived in Waterlooville, while writer Christopher Hitchens is also from the town.
Entertainment, sport and days out
Waterlooville is home to a leisure centre, where people can keep fit, engage in workout sessions and swim.
Horizone Play Centre is the perfect destination for those who want to entertain little ones for any length of time. Alternatively, Staunton Country Park adds a bit of green to the local scenery and is ideal for a romantic walk, a day out with children or simply an afternoon of wildlife spotting.
Watersports are incredibly popular with people in this part of the world, with Hayling Island – around ten miles from Waterlooville – proving to be a hotspot. It has facilities for sportsmen to windsurf, sail and jet ski.
Port Solent, which is six miles from Waterlooville, has its own marina, fitness centre, shops and a cinema development, so the people of south Hampshire are rarely bored. Indeed, there are even more attractions in Portsmouth, including the famous Spinnaker Tower and the Historic Dockyard.
Looking further afield, parents might wish to take their children to Marwell Zoo, which is one of the finest zoos in the UK. Lovers of the great outdoors could also prioritise trips to the South Downs and New Forest, both of which are at least partly in Hampshire.
Eating, drinking & shopping
People looking for somewhere to enjoy a meal with their family or friends will not be disappointed in Waterlooville, as there are several high-quality venues to choose from. Red Lounge and the South Downs College Restaurant are just two of the venues to prioritise.
Waterlooville's pub scene is typically vibrant and there is a good selection of hostelries to visit. Some of the best include the Woodpecker, the Red Lion, the Fox and Hands and the Bat and Ball.
The Boulevard is the hub of the town's shopping region, with several popular and practical stores available to locals. In many cases, venturing a little further afield can help people to discover what they are looking for.
For instance, a trip to nearby Portsmouth will allow shoppers to browse the outlets at the city's sleek Gunwharf Quays complex, while Southampton's West Quay boasts similarly impressive facilities. Alternatively, Whiteley Village is home to a major shopping complex and is just off the M27 at Junction 9.
Schools & healthcare
Waterlooville is home to a small number of schools, including Oaklands Catholic School, Purbrook Junior School and Horndean Technology College. There are many more institutions open to pupils in nearby Portsmouth and Chichester, both of which also boast a university are easily commutable from the town.
There is a health centre in the centre of Waterlooville that can deal with many of the medical demands imposed on it by the local community. Those requiring a hospital should look towards QA Hospital in Portsmouth, which is just four miles away.
Waterlooville is ideally positioned for those who need to travel to work by road, as it lies next to the A3(M), which runs between London and Portsmouth. The M27 is also nearby, making journeys along the south coast to Southampton, Chichester and other destinations just as simple.
Several train stations are located within just a few miles of Waterlooville, including Hilsea, Bedhampton and Portchester. These allow people to travel between towns and cities throughout Hampshire, as well as complete longer journeys to London and beyond.
Within Waterlooville itself, there is a local bus service run by FirstGroup, which helps residents to move around the town and to neighbouring settlements.