18 reasons why Farnborough is an amazing place to live

Transport links, food and beauty spots are some of the benefits of living in the town

Home of the Farnborough Airshow, the town has lots more to offer residents,Whether you have lived in Farnborough your whole life, or just for a few months, the town has plenty to keep you content and busy.

It’s in a superb location, being in easy reach of the M3, A3 and M4 and of course within five minutes of every supermarket chain – Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Co-op and M&S Food.

Shoppers travel far and wide to get to their nearest Costco, B&Q and Wickes, but guess what, you’ll find them all in Farnborough.

The town is probably best known for its association with aviation and both Farnborough Airport and Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum are on the doorstep.

We take a look at some of the many reasons why Farnborough is an amazing place to live.

1. Vue Cinema

Any cinema that offers £4.99 tickets any day of the week is a winner in our books.All tickets to watch the latest blockbuster at Vue Farnborough cost less than a fiver, meaning you’ll have extra cash to spend on drinks and popcorn.

The cinema opened in Kingsmead Shopping Centre in 2015 and is always popular with film fans. Getting to the cinema is easy too.

There is a large multi-storey car park on site and it is within walking distance to the bus and train station.Top tip from a local – upgrade your ticket to a VIP for just £2 extra and enjoy super spacious seats with extra leg room to stretch out, plus optimum viewing.

2. Village Pub and Grill

This is not the typical bar and restaurant you’d expect to find in a stylish hotel.

Located within the Village Hotel, it is a hidden gem for sports fans.Open to the public as well as hotel guests, the Pub and Grill has huge television screens dotted throughout its restaurant and bar area giving every guest prime viewing spots whether they are grabbing a bite to eat or just a drink.

There are booths, tables, bar stalls and cosy sofa areas to choose from and because of the clever setup of the furniture, two different television channels can be screened at the same time without interference.Burgers, sandwiches, steak and pizza may sound like the typical grub you would find down your local, however here each plate is presented in a chic contemporary fashion.There is even a crushed avocado on toast range available Monday to Saturday 9.30am-3.30pm.

Top tip from a local – make sure you book a table on match days as the place gets very busy. Also, try the avocado on toast and post a photo of it on Instagram – foodies will love it.

3. Easy access to London

The town is home to two train stations and Farnborough Main offers direct services to London in just 34 minutes.

Trains run every day of the week, early until late and getting to Farnborough Main station is easy.There is a large two-storey car park on site, a taxi rank, cycle storage and bus stop.On platform 1 there is a coffee shop with indoor seating, ideal for those wet and chilly mornings.

4. The Snow Goose

This family-friendly pub has a children’s play area with a huge hand-built fort and games, and a garden with animals including two micro pigs.

Lily and Blossom are both two years old and are a huge hit with locals. The pub also has two rabbits and five guinea pigs for children to meet.

Located down a residential road, it has two gardens, one for adults who would rather enjoy a little peace and quiet whilst absorbing the relaxed space and another for families.

5. Southwood Woodland

This 80-acre beauty spot can be found at the rear of Southwood’s large housing estate.

It is popular with families, offering a natural environment for walking and cycling.The woodland is designated as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation and includes large areas of regenerating birch, together with mature oak field boundaries.

Areas of alder, grassland and heathland form important habitats and visitors will be able to catch a glimpse of pretty bluebells in the spring and ferns.There is a map at the entrance detailing walks available on site.

6. TAG Farnborough Airport

The private airport owned by TAG has a long history.

The first powered flight in Britain was at Farnborough on October 5, 1908, when Samuel Cody took off in his British Army Aeroplane No 1.The airfield is the home of the popular Farnborough Airshow which used to be open to the public but is now a private festival.

It is also home to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, part of the Department for Transport.

7. It has two McDonald’s

Farnborough has two Mcdonald’s drive-thrus and they are located within five minutes’ drive of each other – on the same road.

One is located at Farnborough Gate retail park near the A331 and you can find the other in the former Tumble Down Dick pub by the town centre.

There is nearly always a long queue at the Farnborough Gate restaurant when you come off the dual carriageway, so some Big Mac fans continue down the road to get to the other restaurant.

Not that we’ve done that or anything…

8. Hawley Woods

The fantastic woodlands may technically be located in Hawley, but part of it falls into Farnbrorough and you can access it from Sandy Lane in Cove.

It is a great place for biking, walking and taking the dog out for a run. There is a two-mile circular route available around the lake.You can start this walk from Hawley Lake Sail Training Centre on the northern side of the water (GU17 9LP).The woods have been used as a filming location for blockbusters such as Avengers: Age of Ultron.

9. Farnborough Gate

Technically called Blackwater Retail Park, this shopping area is known to locals as Farnborough Gate.

Home to the aforementioned McDonald’s drive-thru and a Costa Coffee, it is very popular and thanks to a recent car parking restructure it’s a lot easier to get in and out of now.

 Instead of travelling into Camberley town centre, shoppers can pop into the likes of Boots, TK Maxx and Halfords without having to pay for parking.Other stores on site include Next Clearance, Outfit, Homesense, Carphone Warehouse and Currys PC World.

Located right above the A331, you can’t miss it.

10. Asda

There are not many Asda stores in the Surrey and Hampshire area, but you will find one in Farnborough – and it’s huge.

Selling clothing, homeware and plants as well as groceries, you can get everything under one roof.The large supermarket has a popular café too, the perfect pit stop to recoup when completing your shop.Parents can make use of free baby food making facilities such as microwaves and baby bibs. Children under 16 eat free Monday to Friday after 3pm when mums and dads spend £4 in the cafe.

It is a breastfeeding-friendly café, there is free WiFi and customers over the age of 60 get 10% off every Wednesday.

11. B&Q

The huge DIY store has everything you need to complete your home and garden project so to have one on the doorstep is a blessing when you’re halfway through a job and realise you need something else.

Open until 9pm on weekdays, customers can easily pop in after work to beat the weekend rush.

In store is a key cutting machine, timber cutting service, van hire and a one-hour Click and Collect option.

There is a big car park (often with a burger van on site).

12. Costa Coffee Drive-Thru

The drive-thru concept is expanding with coffee shops now joining the likes of McDonald’s and Burger King to offer customers an even faster way of grabbing what they want.

Coffee lovers can pick up their favourite drink, whether it’s a salted caramel latte or double espresso, without getting our of their car.You can also buy breakfast on the go including a bacon sourdough roll, cheese twist, scrambled egg and mushroom muffin, veggie egg pot and berry bircher.

13. TeamSport Indoor Go Karting

If you’re a bit of a thrill-seeker, you can enjoy hair-raising, adrenaline pumping action at this two-storey go karting track.

The 800m circuit allows you to take on crazy corners and rapid straights on the fast and furious track.It’s targeted to the whole family, plus group parties, corporate events and kids. There is a café on site selling burgers and cold drinks if you get peckish.You can find the track down the same road as B&Q and there is free parking available.

14. 360 Play

360 Play is a child’s idea of play heaven.Located above Sainsbury’s supermarket, the large attraction has soft play, fairground rides and role play shops.’The street’ features a supermarket, pizza parlour, vet surgery, fire station and garage.There is also a special party zone and dedicated toddlers’ area, along with a café.It is suitable for children up to 12 and special seasonal events are held there throughout the year.

The three-storey play frame gives kids plenty of chance to explore 

15. Cove Tandoori

If you’re looking for an authentic and traditional curry experience, book a table at Cove Tandoori.Or if you can’t be bothered to leave the house, order a takeaway from them. The humble eatery has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and the food is fantastic.

One of the house specials (and if you can stand the heat) includes Korai, a highly spiced curry with garlic, fenugreek, onions, tomatoes, capsicum and herbs.If you’re a fan of lamb, try Lamb Chops Bhuna.As one of the Chef’s Recommendations, the succulent chops are grilled in a clay oven and cooked in a thick sauce. There is free parking on site.

16. Marts Fish And Chips

Another popular eatery is this fish and chips shop, opposite Tesco Express in Cove.You’ll often see a queue out the door, and no wonder, the food is fantastic. The portions are good, the quality great and it is good value for money.You can expect a friendly service and gluten-free options too. It has excellent reviews on TripAdvisor.

Top tip from a local – while you are waiting for your order, pop across the road and pick up a crusty bread roll from the bakery aisle in Tesco to make a delicious chip butty.

17. Sky Bar

This fancy bar is located on the top floor of the super stylish Aviator hotel.The secluded setting and relaxing lounge areas create the ultimate place to enjoy glamorous cocktails. The exclusive spot also offers panoramic views over the runway of Farnborough Airport.

The bar is open from 8am to late Monday to Friday and from 10.30am to late on Saturday and Sunday.Top tip from a local – order afternoon tea. The hotel offers an exceptional afternoon tea experience and you can enjoy it in the Sky Bar Monday to Friday and Sunday between 2pm and 5pm, and on Saturday from 12noon – 5pm. They offer vegetarian-friendly, gluten-free and dairy-free options.

18. It’s got a Costco

Rather than sitting in traffic on the M4 to get to the Reading branch or the M3 to Sunbury, travelling to Farnborough Costco is much easier.The wholesale warehouse sells everything from electronics, appliances and furniture, to outdoor living, clothing and toys.There is also a huge range of food and drink with big deals on beer and wine. There is a large free car park on site.

Thanks to GetSurrey for the post:- https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/whats-on/family-kids-news/18-reasons-farnborough-amazing-place-16564060

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