The town of Fleet lies within the Hart district has been voted one of the most popular places to live and with its easy access to London and many open spaces it’s easy to see why. It is also surrounded by many pretty villages and towns such as Church Crookham, Crondall, Dogmersfield and Odiham.
The name Fleet is believed to have come from the French word “Le Flete” meaning shallow water and referring to Fleet Pond & Nature Reserve, the largest freshwater lake in Hampshire albeit one of the shallowest. What is now Fleet and Crookham was for centuries an almost treeless and uninhabited heathland that people used to graze animals and cut peat for fuel. Development started slowly with about 20 new houses by 1839.
THINGS TO DO IN FLEET
You are spoilt for choice with the selection of parks nearby and the Basingstoke canal running through it popular for cycling, running, dog walking, boating and fishing together with the recently built leisure centre. There are various events throughout the year including a half marathon, food festival, beer festival, district carnival and local village and school fetes for the family. Fleet also usually hosts a weekly food market with an Artisan food and craft market in nearby Elvetham Heath.
The Hart Leisure Centre offers a wide range of activities, classes, and sports club for the whole family. Facilities include, swimming pool, gym, sports halls, squash courts and studios.
The Harlington is a multi-purpose arts and entertainment centre which hosts events, courses for both adults and children during term time and throughout the holidays. Events include comedy nights, music evenings including tribute acts, roller disco and cinema.
Food & Drink
The High Street offers a diverse selection of restaurants from all around the world, many of which are independent family run businesses including El Castello, Trattoria La Casa, Zaal and Menu Thai. There are of course the usual high street chain options including Prezzo, Pizza Express, Starbucks and Costa.
For those looking for a night out Fleet town centre has Propaganda, The Emporium, The Oatsheaf, Hart House and Pop World to name a few whether you just want a casual drink with friends or want to dance into the early hours.
The High Street offers a Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Marks and Spencer’s while a short drive out of the town you also have Morrisons. Basingstoke is just a short drive away offering a fantastic selection of high street shops, restaurants and a cinema within Festival place.
Fleet has fantastic rail links providing access to Basingstoke, Southampton and London. It is also perfectly situated to access to the M3 and A331 down to the Blackwater Valley, M25 and M4. Fleet’s bus service provides regular connections to neighbouring towns and villages.
As you would expect Fleet has a fantastic selection of Schools in and around the area. From nursery right up to secondary level including, Tavistock Infants, Heatherside Infants and Junior School, Velmead, Elvetham Primary, Court Moor Secondary and Calthorpe Secondary School.