So for the second installment of my Home Town Tourism series I’m welcome Ali from Diary Of A Detour to tell me all about her home town Bognor Regis!
Tell me a little bit about Bognor Regis!
I live in Bognor Regis on the south coast. It is often the butt of jokes but is actually the sunniest place in the UK! I’m so lucky to live by the sea and there is plenty to do in the local area for all ages.
As a local, where are some of your favourite places to eat?
Our local pub is the Fox Inn, in Felpham, where we eat most often. They have recently started selling ice cream sundaes which are a great favourite! We love walking along the beach and often end up at the Lobster Pot, which is a cafe right next to the beach, for a meal or coffee. I recently had afternoon tea at the Beachcroft Hotel which welcomes non-residents and is the only beachside garden in Sussex. It’s a lovely spot and really feels like you’re on holiday!
Where could I stay when I come to visit?
The Beachcroft Hotel is great and right on the beach. As well as standard rooms it has dog-friendly rooms and a gorgeous two-bedroom penthouse which is surprisingly good value! We had family down recently for a visit and they stayed there and would highly recommend it. Another option is the Navigator Hotel to the west of Bognor town centre, which also does lovely food.
Is there any particular time of year that is best to come?
Outside events are put on all throughout the year. From a kite festival in August, a classic car day in June and a country fair in July. I love riding my Vespa scooter and there’s a brilliant weekend called Bognorphenia, usually in May. This includes music, activities, dancing, stalls and a scooter custom show (which my husband won this year!). The Alexandra Theatre has shows all through the year and we love going to the pantomime there. We have annual passes for Butlins which gives us access to their adult weekends where we see all sorts of bands. We’ve seen bands such as OMD, Marc Almond, ABC, Human League, Suede and Billy Ocean, it’s great!
What kind of weather/temperatures can I expect in Bognor Regis?
As I write it’s over 30 degrees! But as a south coast town we get the best weather in the country.
Are there indoor activities for rainy days?
There is an excellent value cinema, The Picturedrome, which only charges £2.50 midweek and £3.50 at weekends. It certainly puts multiplex prices to shame and shows all the top films in three screens. Screen 3 is my favourite, and very intimate with only 35 seats. There’s an indoor skatepark, The Base, where world champion scooter rider Jordan Clark is a regular! Bognor museum has free entry and is a great place for learning about the history of the town. There are a couple of leisure centres for swimming, The Arena and Arun Leisure Centre and then of course we have traditional amusements on the pier if you have any spare pennies!
What kind of outdoor activities are available in Bognor Regis?
I recently tried paddle boarding on a local canal with a lesson from TJ Board Hire and it was amazing! As well as Bognor Golf Club there are plenty of mini golf courses including a new wildlife-themed one in Hotham Park which is great fun. We love just walking along the prom, and the beach is always popular for families. We are social members of Felpham Sailing Club and enjoy watching the boats, windsurfers and other water sports there.
What can I do in the evenings?
There are plenty of bars and places to eat in the town centre. If you fancy a boogie then Sheiks is the place to go, on the pier. Many pubs put on bands regularly, including The Hothampton Arms, The Waverley and The Pier bar. Legends, on the pier, shows all the sporting events on its many screens and Tao in the town is a new bar which has themed music nights and plenty going on.
What places are round about that I might want to visit, and how would I get there?
Bognor is mid way between Portsmouth and Brighton, both of which are great for a day trip. Closer places include Chichester and Arundel, Littlehampton and Worthing. There is a good train service to all of these places from Bognor railway station, and the 700 bus goes along the coast if you don’t drive. There are a couple of top class racecourses at Goodwood and Fontwell which we often visit for a little flutter. They both have family days too which have plenty of activities and things to see.
Tell me about the public transport in your area – how do I get to Bognor Regis?
Bognor train station is right in the town and our closest airports are at Gatwick and Southampton. Gatwick has a frequent train direct to Bognor so is probably the easier option. As well as the 700 bus which runs along the coast between Portsmouth and Brighton, the local buses to look out for are the 600 which goes from Elmer in the east to Chichester. The 61 and 62 link the villages in the west, such as Rose Green and Bersted, to the town centre and then up to the retail parks to the north.
What kind of person do you think Bognor Regis is best suited for?
Bognor is a traditional British seaside resort which is perfect for all the family.
Go on, tell me a local secret!
In the height of summer, if the ice cream queues at the Boathouse and Lobster Pot cafes are too long, visit the mini golf course next to them for cold drinks, lollies and ice creams – there is never a queue!
Oh, and Robert Smith from The Cure lives here too!
Why do you like Bognor Regis so much?
I love living by the sea! There is plenty to do for visitors all year round and caters for all ages.
Is there anything else I should know?
New attractions and activities are being installed all the time – just this year we have installed a new play park by the pier, new adventure golf and restaurants and ice cream parlours are opening all the time. Bognor feels like it has been revitalised by all the regeneration and now is the perfect time to visit. I’m so excited by everything that is going on and can’t wait to try out the new ventures!
Want to learn more about a visit to Bognor Regis? Then why not check out Ali’s post on Things To Do In Bognor Regis! You can also catch Ali on:
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