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With a history dating back to Norman times, Fareham town centre retains its traditional market town and historic architectural appeal in a modern shopping environment, combining a High Street of Georgian buildings and a smart central shopping area with undercover centre and surrounding specialty shops. Its compact and level aspect makes it easily accessible to all.
Set in a fabulous Georgian building in the centre of the town, Westbury Manor Museum tells the story of Fareham’s past from industries which include strawberry growing, chimney pots, bricks and innovative boat building. The family friendly gallery shows how Fareham people have lived – from objects used 9,000 years ago to the present day, including an amazing Roman curse on someone who stole a purse almost 2,000 years ago! There is something for everyone from family activities in the Play and Learn corner to delicious home-made cakes in the coffee shop.
Fernham Hall offers a range of entertainment from music, comedy, theatre and Christmas panto. Apollo Cinema in the Market Quay has five screens showing the latest films. The Ashcroft Centre has a 150 theatre, gallery and a dance/music studio offering a varied and packed programme of events including films, comedy, theatre and workshops.
The town centre boasts a unique pedestrianised sculpture park, complete with Performance Podium where there are often special events and activities.