Calshot Beach, Southampton

The hamlet of Calshot, with its pebbly beach and Spit offers a host of activities for all the family, as well as being an area of historical interest.

The Castle originates back to Tudor times, while Calshot is notable for its role in the development of aircraft and flying boats.

The original WWII flying boat hangar is now an activity centre for watersports, including kite-surfing, climbing, snowboarding and track cycling.

The RNLI has a base here at Calshot. Its crew is voluntary and available to save life at sea within the busy Solent, Southampton Water areas 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. RNLI Calshot has 2 lifeboats, an Atlantic 85 and a D-class inshore lifeboat.

Calshot Sailing Club is located along Calshot Spit and has access to some of the finest sailing in the Solent

Along the popular beach are a large number of beach huts, which are all privately owned, as well as a popular cafe.