Need a reason to come to Wickham?
Wickham is a small village with a large history, able to trace its roots back through the Stone Age, and Roman eras, getting an entry in the Domesday Book and even played parts in both world wars.
There are a range of interesting walks around the village, for a stroll we recommend heading from the square, down through the water meadows, over the river then along the old railway line past Wickham’s Norman church. For a longer hike or cycle rides you can head along the railway line south through the golf course as far as the Knowle mainline railway line or North to Droxford passing through the Forest of Bere where you can divert and cover many paths and cycle tracks in the woods.
There are also several other popular starting points located near the village:
- West Walk – found on the Hundred Acres road with a great adventure playground for young children, and also one for the big kids among us!
- Woodend – near the Roebuck Pub on the road to Soberton.
- Upperford Copse – almost opposite the Woodend turning
- Wickham Common – found opposite the Hundred Acres turn on the Southwick Road.
The village itself is a hive of activity, full of successful businesses offering a wide range of services: There are a range of restaurants: two Indian style, a Chinese takeaway, Fish & Chips, Lilly’s Tea Rooms, Wine Bar, Greens Restaurant. We have the King’s Head pub, The Old House Hotel, Bay Tree Cafe. For groceries, the Co-Op and One Stop will cover most needs, along with Pages Newsagent, Tull Fine Food Butcher. Then there are three arcade-type businesses with antiques, bric-a-brac, home furnishings and gifts – Bay Tree Walk, The Mill and Warwick Lane. There is also an independent antique shop and furnishing shop and of course the basics of ironmongery, homewares, gifts, equestrian supplies, gardening supplies at Warwicks Station Road, Hemmings in the square, and Scatts on the Fareham Road near All Time Grates – the woodburning stove outlet. We also have a ladies and mixed hairdressers and beauty salons mixed in with solicitors, estate agents, printers, dry cleaners, Lloyds Bank and a petrol station.
Its got to be worth a trip – if only for one of our paninis!!
Please note that car parking can sometimes be a problem in the square, but there is plenty of free parking available nearby on the site of the old railway station – view the map on our ‘Find us’ page for details.
Here are a few links to websites providing more in-depth information about Wickham and some of the exciting events that take place throughout the year.
Wickham Parish Council – for general information: www.wickhamparishcouncil.org
Wickham Festival – our annual music festival: www.wickhamfestival.co.uk
Wickham Beer Festival – Real Ale, Cider and Music: www.wickhambeerfestival.co.uk
Meon Valley railway history: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meon_Valley_Railway
Rookesbury Park Camping / Caravan site: Link
Wickham Fair: www.walls-funfair.co.uk
Wickham Horse Fair: Link