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Hamble-le-Rice ('rice' meaning small hill) is a village situated within the Borough of Eastliegh just outside Southampton. Known as the yachting mecca of the South coast, the nearby River Hamble is frequently busy with yachting traffic and for the duration of the summer, the whole village is buzzing with plenty of people out enjoying the water. The Quay, which is situated at the bottom of the high street, is an ideal spot to sample the superb views of the Hamble River and marinas, particularly during the yearly event, Hamble Week.

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Admire the attractive old houses and small shops within the high street and village square, most notably The Old House, a herringboned brick house, which dates from pre-Tudor times. The Norman church of St. Andrews is centered in the oldest part of the village and many other older buildings lie between the river and the church.
The Village Tea Rooms which was once a coffin and rope makers, and Compass Point Cafe, a fisherman's cottage in 1700, offer fine food.

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Sample a cruise up the Hamble River and take in the beauty of the river, view the creeks, tidal inlets, marinas and the historical Elephant Boatyard.

Perhaps take a boat cruise or meander along the coast, where you will find a variety of wildlife around the estuary and open countryside. Explore scenic walks, taking in the likes of Hamble Common, where traces of a 16th century castle can still be found in the mud at low tide.

Steeped in history, Hamble is linked with many well known names, such as W.G. Grace and C.B. Fry, the author Neville Shute and also A.V. Roe, Bert Hinkler and Juan de la Cierva of aviation fame.

The village and river provided one of the many locations that became the fictional village of Tarrant in the BBC television series Howards Way, shown on BBC1 during the late 1980s.

Hamble attractions

Hamble Week
1st - 9th July
Tel: 023 8045 7935

Hamble Common
Tel: 023 80 46 6091

Village Tea Rooms
Tel: 023 8045 5583

The Bugle
Tel: 023 8045 3000

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