Havant is on the Hampshire coast, between Chichester and Portsmouth. The area was once a Roman settlement, based around the Homewell Spring.
Today much of the town is relatively modern development, but it does have some fine Georgian buildings, linked by "twittens" or narrow, twisting pathways. There's a weekly market and plenty of distinctive, specialist shops, as well as the indoor Meridian shopping mall. There's a leisure centre offering swimming, sports and keep-fit facilities, a museum, an arts centre and a fine park with mature trees.
Around 45,000 people live in Havant. The town is commuter territory, but has a developing high-tech industry. Tourism is vital to the local economy. Surrounded by rural beauty, the area attracts many holidaymakers, in particular to Hayling Island and its renowned Blue Flag beach. Nearby Staunton Country Park has wildlife, follies, a huge collection of exotic plants and an ornamental farm, complete with livestock.