An excellent selection of well-known and independent stores can be found in Farnborough to the south east, within The Meads shopping centre, alongside a multi-screen cinema, restaurants and cafés. To the north of the development, Camberley also has a vibrant commercial district with a wide range of retailers in The Square mall, along High Street and on the pedestrianised Park Street. The Atrium on Park Street contains a number of stores, as well as restaurants and coffee shops, a gym, bowling alley and nine-screen cinema.
Further afield, the towns of Wokingham, Bracknell, Guildford and Basingstoke are popular retail, employment and leisure destinations that can be reached in less than 30 minutes by car – and The Hawley Collection is ideally located for travel to all of them.
The M3 lies just half a mile from the development and is convenient for professionals travelling towards the capital, linking with the M25, 14 miles away, as well as for commuting to west and central London, Basingstoke, or Southampton. The A30 is two miles away and extends from London to Land’s End, taking in Camberley, Bracknell, Basingstoke and Salisbury on the way. The A33 is 10 miles from The Hawley Collection for travel to Basingstoke and Reading, and the A31 is nine miles away for travel to Guildford, Winchester and The New Forest.
The area is served by several railway stations: trains run from Farnborough (Main) to Basingstoke, Southampton, Woking, Clapham Junction and London Waterloo; from Farnborough North to Wokingham, Reading and Guildford; from Camberley to Ascot and Guildford, and from Blackwater to Wokingham, Reading, Guildford and Gatwick Airport. Journey times to Basingstoke are around 15 minutes, to Reading 20 minutes and to London Waterloo around 35 minutes. Heathrow Airport is 30 minutes by car via the M3.
Residents will find a wealth of restaurants, traditional pubs, bars and cafés throughout the local area – in Camberley, Farnborough, Basingstoke, Bracknell and Wokingham – catering to all tastes. From quaint tea houses to family friendly chains, independents to fast food outlets, all popular cuisines are represented. The region also has more than its fair share of fine dining establishments, with Michelin Star restaurants L’Ortolan at Shinfield (12 miles away), The Latymer at Bagshot (6 miles away), The Royal Oak near Maidenhead (16 miles away), The Hand and Flowers in Marlow (26 miles away), The Fat Duck and the Hind’s Head in Bray (20 miles away) and The Clock House in Ripley (19 miles away).
Sports enthusiasts will find much to engage them in the local area. The open countryside provides opportunities for hiking, cycling, horse riding and running. Hawley Lake Sail Training Centre, less than a mile away, offers courses in a range of water sports, including sailing, kayaking and powerboating. Southwood Golf Club and North Hants Golf Club are both five minutes’ drive from the development. Hawley village is home to an equestrian centre and a small leisure centre with sports hall, outdoor football pitches, cricket pitches and tennis courts. There are also cricket clubs half a mile down the road in Blackwater, as well as in Camberley and Farnborough. The Arena leisure centre in Camberley and Farnborough Leisure Centre both have swimming pools, gyms, sports courts and fitness studios.
Cultural highlights include Camberley Theatre, The Harlington in Fleet, less than four miles away, the Prospect Theatre in Farnborough, The Anvil, The Forge and The Haymarket in Basingstoke and the New Victoria Theatre in Woking, 13 miles away, all of which present a comprehensive programme of drama, music, family entertainment and comedy throughout the year.