We are very fortunate to live in one of the UK's most beautiful and diverse landscapes, with the rolling hills of the South Downs to the north, the sandy beaches and dunes of The Witterings to the south and the cities of Chichester and Portsmouth just a short drive from our door. Here's just a few of our favourite highlights of places to visit locally and links to their web pages for more information.
Iconic home to the horse racing of Glorious Goodwood, motor racing at the Festival of Speed, the annual vintage motor racing event the Goodwood Revival and the Goodwood aerodrome. It is all just a few minutes drive from us at The Richmond Arms.
Visit the beautiful Cathedral and Bishops garden at the centre of Chichester, enjoy afternoon tea at one of the many local Café’s and then meander around the pedestrianised central shopping area with a great mix of independent boutiques and better known High Street stores.
The Chichester Festival Theatre is home and launch pad to some of the UK’s most critically acclaimed plays and musicals, a real must for any visit to the area.
Historical home and hub of the British Navy for hundreds of years, today it is still very much a working naval port including the base for the brand new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier. Take a trip to the Historic Dockyard and walk your way through Britain’s maritime history including the iconic Mary Rose and HMS Victory.
The shops, bars, cinema and restaurants of Gunwharf Quays provide plenty of opportunity to eat, shop and enjoy your visit to Portsmouth and the Spinnaker Tower gives you uninterrupted views across the region or you can abseil down the side of it!
The beautiful coastal village of Emsworth was once a major hub of the UK’s oyster industry. Visit some of the local Café’s and amble around the antique and vintage stores.
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One of the most stunning and quintessentially English coastal villages in the UK, Bosham (don’t pronounce the h to sound like a local!) has a Saxon/Norman church that was featured in the Bayeux Tapestry and is said to be the resting place of 11th Century King Cnute’s daughter who drowned in the nearby mill stream. In more recent times Bosham has appeared as the back drop to many TV drama’s and documentary’s including Midsomer Murders and Penelope Keith’s Costal Villages TV series for Channel 4.
Enjoy a swim, beach picnic or dog walk on the perfect sandy beaches and dunes at West Wittering or pop into the village of East Wittering for a spot of shopping or walk along the pebble shoreline and enjoy the views out across the Solent to the Isle of Wight.
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SOUTH DOWNS NATIONAL PARK
The South Downs National Park has it all – rolling hills, glorious heathland, river valleys, ancient woodland, thriving villages, market towns and it is all right on our doorstep at The Richmond Arms.
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