Including beaches near Southampton and New Forest beaches
Whatever the weather, going to a beach in Hampshire is the perfect family activity. Pull on your wellies in the winter and enjoy a splash or grab your blanket and picnic all day by the sea in the summer months. The possibilities are endless!
The Best Beaches in Hampshire
Wherever you live in Hampshire, you are just a stones throw away from a local beach. Whether you’re looking for a scenic walk, water activities for the whole family or a perfect picnic spot to watch the kids play; you’ll find it hard to beat a Hampshire beach.
Beachlands (Hayling Island)
This pebble beach is eight kilometers long on the western end of the seafront. With everything Hayling Island has to offer, Beachlands also includes a fairground and amusement arcades close by.
During the summer months dogs are restricted so please see the council website for updates.
Lepe Country Park (Southampton)
A stony beach with patches of sand, Lepe has lots to offer!
It was a tarmac path along the seafront and plenty of rock pools when the tide goes out.
There’s a huge car park right by the beach and a playground a short walk up the hill.
Weston Shore (Southampton)
Plenty of parking either end, this is a shingle beach with a playground on the beach and a tarmac path that is perfect for scooters and bikes.
Browndown Point Beach (Gosport)
Looking over the Solent, Browndown Point is a sandy and single beach owned by the MOD. They do use it as a training ground from time to time but the public are welcome to explore it as well.
It is a bit of a walk from the main car park where the toilets are.
A long and wide pebble beach, Eastney is a hidden gem between Southsea Castle and Fort Cumberland.
In the summer months it’s a great place to cool off. Local facilities are near by.
It’s a really popular spot for windsurfers and water sport so great for the kids to have a dip in the sea.
Part of the beach is naturist friendly.
Parking, including disabled spaces, can be found along Eastney Esplanade, which runs for most of the length of the beach and offers visitors direct access to the shore.
Toilets can be found at the eastern end of the esplanade.
Eastoke Beach (Hayling Island)
With parking close, this is a great beach with everything you need on your doorstep. It was a large grassy area, toilets and a playground all on the seafront.
Eastoke is mainly pebble with a few hidden sandy stretches.
It’s great for watching water sports but the tide does come in quickly, so please check the times before you go.
Hill Head Beach (Fareham)
Hill Head is a shingle beach with a tarmac walkway. It’s a great place to spot the boats coming in and out on the solent.
There is a cafe nearby and Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve, which is home to a vast array of birdlife.
There’s always loads on at Lee-On-Solent. This is a shingle beach with a grassy area great for games and picnics. There’s a tarmac walkway right by the beach, perfect for bikes and scooters.
When the tide is out you can go crabbing among the many rock pools.
If it’s raining, have a look at the Hovercraft Museum which is open to the public on Saturdays.
Food wise; the beach is only a small road away from the town centre so there’s plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or get an ice cream.
Meon Shore Beach (Fareham)
Meon Shore is a shingle beach with a car park at one end. If you keep walking past the chalets then there is a fab spot with shingle and pebble that’s great for fossil or shell hunting.
Old Portsmouth (Portsmouth)
With loads of parking and a great walk to Gunwalf through the old city, Old Portsmouth has it’s own small stretch of beach. Right by the harbour, it’s great if you want to crab and fish or take a dip in the sea.
All facilities are a small walk away.
Southsea beach is a long shingle beach with slopes down to the sea.
At one end you have the fair and the other a big recreation area with green space and a huge canoe lake. There’s also plenty of parking and a playground and small water park on site.
Stokes Bay (Gosport)
Stokes Bay is a shingle beach with great views of the Isle of Wight. There’s a large grassy area right by the beach, with a place for barbecues or a picnic.
There’s loads of parking along the beach and a cafe and toilets nearby.
West Hayling (Portsmouth)
Mostly shingle with bits of sand, West Hayling is the home of windsurfing. Sheltered by the West Winner sand bank, you can walk a mile out to sea at low tide.
There’s a big car park and a kiosk for snacks nearby plus plenty of toilets.
Calshot Beach (Fareham)
This is a single beach that overlooks Portsmouth and the Isle of Wright. It’s a great place to watch passing boats and cruise ships and has cafes on the way which make for a great snack stop. There is plenty of parking right by the beach and on windy days its a bit sheltered.
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Calshot is a mile long shingle beach and is perfect to watch the ships come in.
The other side is a salt marsh which is home to the local wildlife and birds.
There’s plenty of parking and a cafe near by.
Hurst Spit Beach (New Forest)
With lovely views of the Isle of Wright, this beach is lovely to watch the world go by. The cafe is limited so bringing lunch is a good idea. Parking is hard to come by too so visit early to make sure you get a spot
Tanners Beach (Lymington)
You can park really close to the beach. Watch the tide though as it can be rough for swimming at times. There are pond weeds too but if the kids just want to throw stones or enjoy a stony beach then this is perfect.
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