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If you’re still saving up for your own yacht (us too), amble along to Hamble for the next best thing: a nautical break at the immaculate Riverside Holidays, set in green fields overlooking one of three marinas in an area teeming with international yacht folk, and by the River Hamble for a spot of sailing, fishing or riverside walks.
Riverside Holidays is family-owned and run, and you’ll get a shipshape welcome from the friendly team who’ll do their best to make sure everything during your stay is plain sailing; there are resident wardens on site too to keep things steaming along smoothly.
As well as the spotless facilities and amenable staff, the location of Riverside is also above board: it’s on the edge of the pretty Hampshire village of Hamble, where you can indulge in some boat and yacht spotting from the café overlooking the harbour, and is only two minutes from the marina with its bar, restaurant and conservatory and sundeck overlooking the river. Pitches are available for tents, tourers and motorhomes.
When cruising off site, the Riverside reception has plenty of info on what to see and do in the area; you can hire a bike at the park too to get around a little bit faster than on foot.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Tourer storage facilities
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
- Coach stations
Southampton: Town Quay Coach Stop
— 4.3 miles
4.3 miles Southampton: Cruise Terminal Coach Stop — 4.4 miles
4.4 miles Southampton: Coach Station Harbour Parade — 4.9 miles
- Train stations
Hamble Rail Station
— 0.7 miles
0.7 miles Bursledon Rail Station — 1.1 miles
1.1 miles Netley Rail Station — 1.3 miles
- Ferry ports
Hamble-le-Rice Ferry Landing
— 0.7 miles
0.7 miles Warsash Ferry Landing — 1.0 miles
1.0 miles Hythe (Hants) Ferry Terminal — 3.7 miles
— 6.0 miles
6.0 miles Bournemouth International Airport — 23.5 miles
Leave the M27 at Junction 8 and follow the signs for Hamble village taking the B3397, passing the Tesco superstore on your left-hand side. Continue on this road over the two mini roundabouts and straight through the set of traffic lights until you come to the Hound Road roundabout. Travel straight over this roundabout and immediately after it take a left into Satchell Lane, signposted Riverside Holidays and Mercury Yacht Harbour.
Follow Satchell Lane until you see the turning on your left for Mercury Marina and Riverside. Riverside is clearly signposted and is on the right-hand side. Our lodge style reception building is at the entrance to the park.
Hamble is around 15 minutes’ walk away from Riverside: as well as being one of the leading yachting centres in the country there are boat trips, waterside restaurants serving mouth-watering Hampshire produce, cobbled streets and the annual regatta Hamble Week in summer. Netley’s Royal Victoria Country Park and Burlesdon’s Manor Farm Country Park are both nearby for woodland and riverside walks.
Burlesdon Windmill and the Burlesdon Brickworks Museum are a few miles outside the village, and there are over 4000 subterranean exhibits to see at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in nearby Gosport.
The Hamble Valley, stretching along the Solent and Hamble rivers between Portsmouth, Winchester and Southampton, has walking trails of all lengths. The 15-mile Strawberry Trail takes in Hamble and Burlesdon villages and for more bracing types there’s the 60-mile coastal trail the Solent Way which passes through the Hamble Valley. More faint-hearted souls can amble from Hamble to Hill Head along part of the route, or take the simple 4.5-mile stroll of the Hamble Rail Trail.
City sightseers can catch a bus at Hamble to Southampton, Hampshire’s biggest city and with stacks of green spaces and parks: Southampton Common has festivals and fairs and circuses in the summer, as well as the Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre with wildlife garden and café. The city also has the longest surviving section of medieval walls in England, with an archaeology museum, God’s House Tower, set in one of the tower walls; there’s the Solent Sky Museum for aerial enthusiasts and the Southampton Maritime Museum for nautical ones, as well as the Titanic Museum and Titanic Trail around the city. Stay on into evening to explore the Ocean Village and Town Quay areas, or go clubbing or fluttering at Leisure World with its night clubs, casino and bingo.
There’s more old city sightseeing in historic Portsmouth and Winchester, both within driving distance of Riverside; get the kids giggling at the laughing kookaburras of Marwell Wildlife in Winchester and let them scramble around the HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. They’ll also squeak to go to Peppa Pig World in Hampshire’s Paultons Park, and to splash around at The Rapids leisure centre at Romsey.
- Southampton Maritime Museum (4.4 miles)
- Beaulieu National Motor Museum (6.8 miles)
- Osborne House (8.2 miles)
- Newtown Old Town Hall (11.3 miles)
- Winchester City Mill (13.3 miles)
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