Bognor Regis - Where Sun Meets Fun
At Bognor Regis, a warm welcome means just that. Figures from the Met Office show that Bognor Regis had had more hours of sunshine over the last three decades than any other town in Britain.
It was in the 1780’s that Sir Richard Hotham arrived in, what was then, Bognor and decided that it was the ideal place to create a seaside resort. Since that time the town has welcomed holidaymakers and day visitors from all over the world. If you have visited Bognor Regis before then you will know how lovely and sunny it is and how much the area has to offer. However, if you are visiting for the first time, this guide will help you plan and make the most of your stay in the town itself and the beautiful Sussex countryside beyond.
The draw of the sea never wanes and it is the seafront that you will want to visit and explore first. Our wonderful beaches regularly fly the European Blue Flag and Seaside Award for being clean and safe with good facilities. Inland from the beach you will find: children’s rides, parks and gardens, band concerts, miniature trains in a historic park, crazy golf, bars, restaurants, cafés, gift shops, amusement arcades, theatre, nightclubs and bright lights. You may prefer to stroll along the promenade, or use the land train for part of the way, which stretches 2.5 miles from Felpham to Aldwick. Most importantly of all, Bognor Regis can still boast that it has an historic Pier, although it doesn’t go quite as far as it used to!
If the gentler pastimes are a little too relaxing for you, Bognor Regis also caters for the more energetic. Making the most of the coast, water sports are one of its fortés. A holiday is the perfect opportunity to try a new skill, such as sailing or wind surfing at one of the area’s three sailing clubs (Bognor Regis, Felpham and Pagham), or take to the waves on a windsurfer or Jet Ski? There is also the Flex on the Beach fitness trail, which covers over 5 miles in total, and which you can join anywhere on the seafront.
There are numerous indoor and outdoor sport facilities, including bowling, tennis and golf, where you have a choice of 10 courses within a ten-mile radius.
If sport’s not for you and the promenade isn’t long enough to wear you out, the nearby South Downs (now a National Park) offer some challenging and literally breathtaking walks to suit all abilities, in addition to cycling, bird watching, nature photography or archaeology (and country pubs!).
Bognor Regis by Night
Bognor Regis has a variety of nightlife to tempt visitors. The Regis Centre Theatre offers a wide range of performances throughout the year, from tribute bands to ballet. It has a varied programme of plays and concerts, both professional and amateur, and of course the traditional Christmas pantomime.
The Picturedrome cinema is one of the town’s historic buildings and offers the latest releases at prices to make you smile. For something completely different, just around the corner from the railway station is the local Bingo Hall.
The Regis School of Music and The Bognor Club, In Sudley Road both host classical music concerts and events, featuring musicians from around the world.
The resort can also boast an excellent choice for dining out: from chips on the beach to international cuisine. Restaurants include English, Italian, Greek, Indian, Thai, Chinese and Spanish.
The many pubs and bars also offer wide choices at affordable prices in addition to live bands and comedy nights. A stroll along the seafront is good any time of the day, but by night it is even more magical as the illuminations that stretch from West Park to Hotham Park come alight at dusk throughout the summer months.
Out and About
Whilst there is plenty to keep you occupied in the town and on the beach, Bognor Regis is ideally placed as a starting point for exploring the surrounding villages and countryside. Within reach are attractions such as Portsmouth, renowned for its historic dockyard, the Spinnaker Tower and Gunwharf Quays shopping centre, Chichester, seven miles away, offers good shopping and the Festival Theatre. In the surrounding area can be found Fishbourne Roman Palace and the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, one of England’s leading museums of historic buildings. Petworth and Midhurst are nearby, as is Goodwood, famous for its horse and motor vehicle racing calendars which include some of the country’s most prestigious events, Arundel with its 11th century castle, Gothic style Roman Catholic Cathedral, narrow cobbled streets with medieval houses, and antique shops. The town also boasts the Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre, riverboat rides and riverside cafés.
Visitors seeking greener spaces have lots of choice in Bognor Regis. Hotham Park, in the centre of the town, offers lots to see and do. Originally laid out as an arboretum garden surrounding Hotham Park House, the park has been extensively restored in recent years and currently holds Green Flag status. Facilities include a miniature railway; children’s play areas, crazy golf and a very popular boating lake.
Near to the seafront can be found Waterloo Square gardens, with their fine bowling greens and crazy golf and Steyne Gardens, offering a more formal setting.
Going westward, Marine Park Gardens in Aldwick offer neatly manicured flowerbeds, intermingling with fountains, sun shelters and sunken gardens. Nearby is West Park, a large open area where a café offers a wide range of refreshments to enjoy while watching others play ball games, fly kites or try the fitness equipment.
The town is a particular picture in the summer months as numerous flower beds, tubs and planters adorn both the town centre and main approaches, which make the area more welcoming, and support the town’s award winning In Bloom campaign which goes from strength to strength.
Brief GROUP TOUR Itinerary:
DAY of DEPARTURE
Depart from your choice of pick up point in your hometown giving plenty of time to make the leisurely journey to Bognor Regis. Regular comfort stops and a lunch halt will be made en-route as traffic dictates
On reaching the hotel, the driver will unload the luggage for immediate check in. The rest of the evening is free at leisure
DAYS in RESORT
Free time in Bognor Regis, take your choice of day excursions, stay 1,2,3,4 or 5 nights or more
DAY of RETURN
After breakfast, we say a fond farewell to the hotel and its staff and rejoin the Five Star Travel coach for the return journey home. Comfort stops will be made at regular intervals when time and traffic allows
We will collect you from your chosen pick up point(s) in a choice of 25, 29, 35, 49, 51, 74 or 83 seater coaches.
Is provided in 2, 3 or 4 bedded rooms with private en-suite facilities
A limited number of single rooms are available at a small supplement, maybe even free if the hotel is willing
Most hotels provide evening entertainment of some form, you will be advised on which nights when booking
All rooms are booked on a bed & breakfast cooked basis.
An evening meal option is available at a supplement on any nights of your stay
Optional Extra Night(s)
Why not stay extra night(s) and spend more time in resort or have a choice of optional day excursions
Local Tourist attractions:
* Weald & Downland Museum + Amberley Museum
* Arundel Castle & Petworth House
* Chichester Cathedral & Earnley Butterfly Garden
* Portsmouth Naval Museum & Naval Dockyard
* Gunwharf Quays
All itineraries are suggestions and can be adapted to suit your group requirements