Calshot Activities Centre

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Transport Heritage Site plaque mounted on the former Short Sunderland flying boat hangar, at the entrance to the Calshot Activities Centre and the velodrome.

Calshot Activities Centre is located on Calshot Spit near Southampton. Indoor facilities include a velodrome, dry ski slope and climbing wall.

Calshot Activities Centre in Hampshire is one of the largest Outdoor Adventure Centres in Britain and is run by Hampshire County Council. We have a reputation for excellence and professionalism and operate to the highest standards. Calshot offers residential and non-residential courses in an unrivalled number of exciting water and landbased activities.

Situated in a unique position on the shores of the Solent, its magnificent setting gives immediate access to the country’s most popular Watersports location. Ashore, historic Hangars accommodate a state of the art climbing complex, the only indoor Velodrome in Southern England and a dry Ski Slope.


That is simply the only way to explain the climbing now available at Calshot. Calshot’s facilities rate amongst the biggest and best in the Country, with over 1200 sq metres of climbing and over 80 rope lines. We have a wide range of routes from easy angled lower walls, for a gentle introduction, through to our massive overhangs and roofs, giving routes over 14m in length, guaranteed to test the best.

For beginners of all ages we run a variety of courses from taster sessions, through to becoming an independent climber able to attend our recreational sessions. Extend your skills further with our Lead climbing, and Technique and Movement courses or why not venture outdoors via our “Real Rock” programme.


Our ski and snowboard facilities offer an excellent environment in which to learn the basics and develop new skills. Calshot’s three slopes are covered in Snowflex, a revolutionary new surface which has no holes, is easy to ski on and softer to fall on. All slopes have lifts, are floodlit and being inside our massive Sunderland Hangar offer an ideal learning environment whatever the weather. After your session you can relax with a drink or have a meal in our fully licensed bar, at the bottom of the slopes.


Calshot is the Solent's Premier Watersports centre.

Providing access to both sheltered and more challenging water, Calshot can provide an experience that is second to none in terms of excitement, enjoyment and skills development.


Calshot Velodrome is the oldest indoor cycling venue in the UK.[1] It is located inside an old aircraft hangar, is unheated and has a reputation for being rather cold.[2] The current wooden velodrome was built in 1996 to replace an older slightly smaller wooden track.[3]

The former wooden track was a shortened version of the London six-day racing track used at Earls Court in 1967 (not to be confused with a similar track used at Wembley from 1968 to 1980).[4]

The current track is 142.85 metres long with bankings of 45˚ and straights at approximately 20˚.

Calshot Winter Track League, run under British Cycling rules, is held weekly from October to February.[1]


  1. ^ a b "UK VELODROMES -- CALSHOT". British Cycling. 
  2. ^ "Prime Calshot winter sessions: It's fast, it's furious, it's Calshot". Reading Velodrome Racing News. 
  3. ^ "Calshot Hampshire United Kingdom, Activities Centre Hampshire 142.857m training and regional events track 1996". Ron Webb Cycle Tracks. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Waller, Howard. "A trip to the Calshot track". Oxford City Road Club News. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 

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Coordinates: 50°49′08″N 1°18′29″W / 50.818761°N 1.308103°W / 50.818761; -1.308103