Hayling Island is a premier location for all those in search of child-friendly and scenic clean beaches. It holds a Blue Flag Award and also the The Solent Water Quality Award in recognition of the cleanliness and superb facilities of its beaches, making it a wonderful place to experience an English seaside holiday.
Because there is simply so much to see, the five mile long shore line is divided into different areas. Beachlands, the name given to the seafront area of Hayling Island where the Blue Flag beach is located.
To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all visitors there are bylaws governing dogs and horses on beaches. Owners are advised to refer to signposting in the area or to check with the Beachlands office on 023 9246 3297.
Access for all
Efforts have been made in the last year to make the seafront area accessible to all with the provision of boardwalks over the shingle bank, which are wide enough to take wheelchairs. Specially designed picnic areas are also located on some of the boardwalks. The boardwalks have recently been extended to reach beach huts, which have been adapted to accommodate wheelchairs; these are available to hire from the Beachlands Management Office on 023 9246 3297. Wheelchairs can also be hired through the Hayling Wheelchair Services. Phone Number 023 9246 5889
Hayling Island Adizone The Outdoor Gym Equipment at the seafront, Hayling Island, is a new multi-sports facility designed in the shape of the London 2012 Olympics logo. It includes a large outdoor gym with equipment such as leg and abdominal bench presses, treadmill and cross trainer. The other areas within the Adizone are the basketball and football area, climbing wall, tennis wall and a freestyle area for aerobics, dance and martial arts.The Adizone can be found at the junction of Rails Lane and the Seafront, Eaststoke Corner.
Beach Volleyball is available free of charge on the seafront, bring your own ball and turn up and play!
Situated at Beachlands, the brightly coloured playground is suitable for young children to play in a safe environment.
Those wishing to join the fashionable trend of having a beach hut can do so by leasing one for a year. A limited number are available for weekly hire offering visitors a special place to call their own and extending the enjoyment of the beach as shelter from the sun and sea breezes. A truly English experience.
Picnic and Barbecue Areas
There are some wonderful places to picnic at Beachlands, including some at the boardwalks that have been especially designed to assist the less able to enjoy the beach. There is a turn-up-and-use barbecue grill on the seafront. Visitors can also use disposable barbecues. Contact the Beachlands Office on 023 9246 3297.
There are a number of kiosks, cafes, bars and restaurants that adjoin the beach serving a range of snacks, meals and drinks and not forgetting, ice creams!
For additional beach front entertainment see sports and leisure sections and attractions. For more information about Hayling's beaches, see the online Good Beach Guide (enter "Hayling" in the search box).
Hayling Island, Havant and Emworth is where the countryside meets the seashore. It is an environment for all seasons. The summer is delightful with shady forests or coastal paths with sea breezes to keep you cool, or you may prefer walking along the beach and getting the sand between your toes.
The autumn offers a chance to kick your way through golden woodland leaves and in winter, snuggle into your favourite warm jumper, take in some bracing sea air then find a cosy pub or tea room to warm yourself. The spring offers rejuvenation everywhere with lambs and an abundance of wild flowers in woodlands, and on marshes and seashores.
Portsdown Hill offers spectacular views and is listed as a site of special scientific interest due to the rare chalk Downland plants. Or there is Broadmarsh; a coastal wilderness with footpaths connecting Langstone and Hayling Island to Farlington Marshes Nature Reserve, so plenty of countryside to bring out the adventurer within you!