Farnborough has seen many improvements over the last few years and we have seen the town grow and evolve into the lively town that it is today.
Its location means that, Farnborough situated north east of Hampshire, whilst also bordering Berkshire and Surrey not only has great accessibility to London but also the South Coast.
Its biennial airshow is a big event in the calendar which sees thousands of people visit the area over a week-long event that usually takes place in July. It is a huge trade show that it internationally renowned and until recently had opened to the public over two of the days, it is now however just for tradesman.
Things to do in Farnborough
Ground zero for the UK’s aviation history, Farnborough is where the first powered flight took place in 1908 so there is no surprise that there is a long history in the area. A trip to Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum is definitely the place to uncover this rich history. It is only open on weekends and Bank Holidays so worth planning your visit before exploring where the first high-altitude “space suits”, night vision aids, carbon fibre frames, airborne cameras were developed along with a vast range of other innovations.
A trip into Farnborough town centre will give you everything that you may need from high street and independent shops to weekly markets and occasional events. They are also a large number of lovely cafes and restaurants to get stuck into.
If you fancy a quieter stroll then head over to the canal and walk a stretch of the Basingstoke Canal. Although you cannot walk the whole stretch of the towpath to Basingstoke, there are some lovely resting places for a hot drink and bite to eat. You could also pay a visit to one of the areas large green spaces such as Frimley Lodge Park or Queen Elizabeth Park.
In Farnborough you will also find St Michael’s Abbey. Empress Eugénie after the fall of the French Second Emperor Napoleon III commissioned a Benedictine abbey and mausoleum for him in Farnborough. Tours of the Abbey take place at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon to visit to the crypt which holds the granite sarcophagi of Napoleon III, Eugénie and their son the Prince Imperial.
Farnborough has easy access in and out of the town with good road links. It is near junctions 4 and 4a of the M3 motorway and the A331 runs north to south along the east side of the town. There are also good connections to Aldershot and Frimley with the A325 entering the town from the North to the South.
There are also excellent train connections through Farnborough as it is served by 3 railway stations, the busiest of which being Farnborough (Main) with lines to London Waterloo, Basingstoke and beyond. The other stations also serve lines between Reading and Gatwick too.
There are a large number of schools in the area all receiving high praise and recommendations. There are approximately 17 primary schools in the area and three state secondary schools with also two independent Roman Catholic secondary schools in Farnborough.
There are no universities in Farnborough however Farnborough College of Technology, provides degree-level courses, accredited by the University of Surrey.