Five Sports You Need To Do This Summer In Hampshire

Go Kayaking – River Hamble

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You are only a stones throw away from some of Hampshire’s most beautiful waterways.

The River Hamble begins at it’s mouth with Southampton water and continues down towards Botley. Why not launch from the Public Slipway of Swanwick marina and head towards Curbridge.

Banking off to the right takes you to the Horse & Jockey pub, a land mark for those who wish to pick up a bite to eat with a pint. Or steer left and head towards the YMCA Activities centre with plenty of fun to be had for all the family.

Play it right and you’ll pick up at least two pubs along the way…

Portsmouth Water Sports Centre

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Portsmouth Watersports Centre is based in the stunning Langstone Harbour with views of the South Down on the eastern side of the island. The Unique facilities host a wide range of land and water based activities such as Sailing, Windsurfing, Stand up Paddle boarding, Powerboating, Climbing, Archery, High ropes and much more. The Harbour offers an amazing variety of wildlife from rare birds to a large friendly colony of local seals.

There is a 20 station Expression gym on site available to use with stunning views looking out over the harbour while you workout too.

Kite Surfing, Hayling Island

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Hayling Island traditionally has been a mecca for beaching it in the summer. It has since been the popular destination for kite surfing. So popular in fact the annual Kite Surfing championships take place with a little help from Sir Richard Branson, a regular visitor.

Get some info and lessons HERE

Saber Power boating

Saber Powersports offer a unique range of Powerboat Experiences in which (on most boats) you get to drive. The 450HP Jet Viper is a unique powerboat thrill ride featuring a Hamilton Jet Drive that can out maneuver any other craft on the water.

The Honda Powerboat Taster session gives you the chance of driving a genuine offshore powerboat. Or drive the Thunderbolt a high performance inflatable catamaran built in South Africa for surf rescue.Or we do a mix of two boats, the 007 Experience and Superboat Challenge. Or all three boats-The Ultimate Day.

Southampton Water Sports Centre


At Southampton Water Activities Centre (or SWAC as we like to call it) they are passionate about water sports…from sailing and rowing, to power boating and the latest craze stand up paddle boarding.

So whether you’ve never been in a boat before and can’t tell the pointy end from the flappy bit, or if you’re a seasoned sailor looking to improve, they guarantee  a course, experience or package that will be perfect for you.

With over 25 years of experience in operation, a talented team of instructors, and a hugely impressive array of boats and equipment, Southampton Water Activities Centre is the perfect place to indulge your passion for life on the water. Our expert team are in place to help you Discover, Explore or Excel all that there is to love about sailing and power boating. In fact it is so good you spot one or two of the Town Or Country staff on the water too, especially our company director.

Content: Ben Glover

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