Local Area Information
Odiham, a particularly attractive village, is located north-east of the airfield, and has a good selection of shops, as well as a sub-post office and branches of Lloyds and Barclays Banks.
The nearest towns are Farnham and Basingstoke. Farnham lies on the River Wey, just across the county border in Surrey. It is an historic town, with a twelth century Norman castle and fine examples of Georgian architecture. The town has a good variety of shops. Basingstoke is situated to the north-west, and has a large shopping centre as well as a leisure centre (with ice rink, swimming pool, bowling alley, sports centre, bingo hall and cinema complex), and large sainsbury and Tesco superstores.
Other shopping areas include Farnborough, Reading, Camberley, Alton and excellent facilities in historic Guildford, while London itself is just under an hour by train from Hook. There is also a major superstore complex at 'The Meadows', Sandhurst, comprising Tesco, Homebase, and the largest Marks & Sparks in the UK.
Every sunday, there is a large outdoor market at Blackbush airfield on the A30, 6 miles north-east of Odiham.
There is a golf course in Alton, a 15- minute drive away, where the shop has a very good sale on almost year round. There is also a golf course in Aldershot, where armed forces personnel can play at reduced rates.
Basingstoke and Reading have much to offer for the more energetic night-owls amognst you, but bear in mind that many of the pubs have a 'smart dress' code (ie No Trainers!).
RAF Odiham is situated approximately 2 1/2 miles from J5 on the south side of the M3. Coming from London take the first exit at the top of the motorway slip road, from Southampton go all the way round the roundabout (the 4th exit)
At the roundabout at the end of the short piece of duel carriageway take the third exit to Alton/North Warnborough. At the roundabout in North Warnborough take the first exit to Alton/Odiham. At the roundabout at Odiham Village take th esecond exit. RAF Odiham is 0.6 miles up the hill (Alton Road) on the left hand side.