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The Solent Maths Hub

The Solent Maths Hub covers Portsmouth, Southampton, Hampshire and Isle of Wight.

Bordered by Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey and West Sussex, Hampshire is ideally located in the south east of England and is the gateway to the Isle of Wight.

Its excellent transport links makes it an easy getaway from London and the home counties for a day visit, as well as an ideal destination for a longer stay with hundreds of attractions to explore.

Hampshire has it all, from stunning coastline and beautiful countryside to the many exciting attractions of Portsmouth, the New Forest and Winchester.  

The maritime city of Southampton is famous for its ocean going liners, popular shopping centres and lively nightlife, as well as for attractions such as the Sea City Museum and Tudor House and Garden. 

Portsmouth has glorious sea views, bustling Gunwharf Quays shopping centre and many pubs and restaurants. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson are also popular places to visit.

Portsmouth was the birthplace of Charles Dickens, and has also been home to Arthur Conan Doyle and Rudyard Kipling. These literary greats are celebrated at museums throughout the city and with frequent events.

Winchester is one of the most attractive places to visit in Hampshire, with its beautiful Cathedral, stunning Great Hall and Queen Eleanor’s medieval garden. Here you can explore the many independent shops and top quality restaurants that the city has to offer, as well as its popular and lively farmers’ market.

The region offers schools from all phases: Primary, Secondary, Sixth forms and Sixth Form colleges including:

  • Comprehensive schools
  • Grammar Schools
  • Faith schools
  • SEND schools
  • Free schools
  • Academies
  • City technology colleges
  • Private schools

From the Roman walls of Portchester Castle, the Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth and Emsworth’s peaceful harbours, there are some wonderful coastal views. 

There are a wide choice of places to visit nearby, including Jane Austen’s House at Chawton, the Watercress Line at Alton and Gilbert White’s House at Selborne. There are nature trails and outdoor activities at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, at the lovely Alice Holt Forest and many attractive market towns such as Alton and Petersfield. To the west of Hampshire, you can unwind in the historic New Forest, with its miles of ancient woodland, traditional pubs and famous ponies. The New Forest has popular attractions too, such as the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu and the impressive Exbury Gardens.

Hampshire is home to The Rose Bowl, a cricket ground in West End, Hampshire. It is the home of Hampshire County Cricket club, who have played there since 2001.

Hampshire’s coastline extends for miles. The area is popular for water sports, relaxing on the beach, cycling, walking and swimming at destinations along the Solent, such as Southsea and Hayling Island. 

In East Hampshire the rolling chalk hills and wooded valleys of the South Downs provide spectacular and uplifting scenery and are ideal for walking, cycling and riding.

Large outdoor events are hosted on Southsea Common, a 100-acre open space right on the seafront. It’s a popular location for sports, picnics and dog walks. Recently, the Common has also hosted a number of high-profile events, including the America’s Cup World Series and Victorious music festival.

There is affordable housing throughout the region. Hampshire has excellent transport links, with London being only one hour by train. Gatwick and Heathrow airports are an hour away, for flights to Europe and International flights.

From Portsmouth, there are excellent ferry services to the IOW and France.