Welcome to Petersfield

Welcome to Petersfield Town Council, and the Market Town of Petersfield.  We hope that you find what you are looking for on our website.  Here at Petersfield Town Council, we strive to provide good service from the various venues and grounds that we maintain or hire out to the general public, and can be seen from the list of grounds and venues.

Petersfield is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty at the heart of the Southdowns National Park.  Petersfield, Buriton, and Sheet collectively made up the area of Mapledurham, which is mentioned in the Domesday book.  Bronze Age and Iron Age burial mounds are still to be found on The Heath which is a 69 acre area of grass and heathland set around a 22 acre pond and is considered by many residents and visitors to be the jewel in Petersfield’s crown.

Food and Shopping

At the centre of the town is the square, which is surrounded by shops, bars and various facilities.  On the square stands one of the most recognised statues of William III.  Many independent shops and places to eat exist down the High Street, along Chapel Street, and into Lavant Street, as well as along Dragon Street, which is part of the old A3.

Heath Lake

One of the many attractions of this Town, is the very large and beautiful ‘pond’ which is also known as Heath Lake.  This is an idyllic spot for a visit any time of the year, with boats to hire during the summer months, usually from Easter onwards, walks around the lake, and refreshments at the Plump Duck.

Travelling to Petersfield

Petersfield has easy access by means of the A3 and A272, and is situated on the main London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour rail link.


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Every Summer Petersfield Town Council runs a free competition open to every resident of Petersfield, whether a business, community group or individual. We encourage businesses and community groups – large or small – to complement our efforts by creating their own floral displays.

Categories include the Environmental Award, Retail Frontage and the Unusual Container Award is always an interesting one!

There are Gold, Silver and Bronze trophies to be won.

Our awards evening falls in October, where trophies and certificates are presented by Petersfield in Bloom President Pippa Greenwood.

This guide does not set out to be a book of lists but will, we hope, give the visitor or the prospective resident a good flavour of our Town.

In the Petersfield Library at the enquiry desk on the first floor, you will be able to find details of the Town’s organisations. The Town Visitor Centre, which is housed in the same building, will fill in any details not readily available.

As to the history of Petersfield, the Museum is the absolute mine of information on the Town and the surrounding villages. There are six recent books written on the history of Petersfield, these books are complimentary to each other and do not overlap in their coverage.

The Museum is open between 10.00am and 4.00pm Tuesdays to Saturdays.

View the Petersfield Town Guide