If you’re not from round these parts (said in true Hampshire Hog accent), then you probably wouldn’t have heard of Whiteley. It’s a little place just off junction 9 of the M27, between Southampton and Portsmouth, that consists of a housing development, a leisure centre, a business park, and a brand new shopping centre.
I was invited to check it out a couple of days before it officially opened to the public. Go and look round a shopping centre, without hoards of other people, AND get lunch thrown in for good measure? Don’t mind if I do, thanks.
I’d never been to Whiteley before, but the first Good Thing I discovered is that the shopping centre is really easy to find. Even for someone like me, who gets somewhat panicky about directions.
Honestly! Getting lost in Farnborough whilst trying to pick up Roo’s birthday present put me right on edge. I had to stop in at Mummy Barrow’s house for a cuppa and a natter to get me back on track. But anyway, I digress. …