Watch the wind- and kitesurfers on East and West Wittering beaches, or join them where the Blue Flag flutters proudly just minutes from Summer’s Lodge. Splash around in the shallow lagoons on the sandy flats at low tide. Fly your kite, bring your buckets and spades, climb the dunes, watch out for the wildlife.
Venture further to shingly Bracklesham Beach, with its café bar and gently shelving shore that’s perfect for swimming. Rent canoes, kayaks and surfboards from Shore in East Wittering. Or stay dry and venture out on horseback with Cakeham Stables or
Hunter’s Lodge Riding Centre.
Say hi to hundreds of animals, including giraffes, tigers and penguins, at Marwell Zoo, home to a 140-acre park, animal feeds, train and five adventure playgrounds. See 500 artefacts at The Novium Museum, all for free. Or steam around Sussex on the CDSME miniature ride-on railway.
Bounce yourself silly on trampolines at Air Hop. Dial up a Disney at Cineworld. Or clatter a few pins at Chichester Tenpin Bowling. Explore the heavens at South Downs Planetarium Science Centre. Or try some extreme putting under waterfalls and through desert islands, lagoons and caves at Jungle Paradise Adventure Golf.
Plump for a pampering evening and call Roses Beauty and Skincare. Enjoy facials, Lycon waxing and callus peels in the comfort of Summer’s Lodge. Feeling good now? Head out to Chichester to complete your look with first-class shopping for designer brands, high-street retailers and one-of-a-kind artisan boutiques.
Feeling arty? Visit Pallant House Gallery, a leading UK museum stimulating new ways of thinking about modern British art from 1900 to now. Maybe head to Chichester Festival Theatre, for high-class touring productions and London transfers. Or see over 70 specially commissioned monumental sculptures at the Cass Sculpture Foundation.
Take a walk on the wild side at Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve, a peaceful and important wetland site for wildlife. Watch out for ducks, geese and wading birds. Then see how both halves of society lived, with an upstairs/downstairs tour of Uppark House and Gardens.
Take in the fine views across the River Arun and the South Downs at Arundel Castle.
But don’t leave without a visit to Chichester Cathedral, seat of the Anglican Bishop of Chichester and home to fine Norman and Gothic architecture. Celebrate the golden age of racing at Goodwood’s Revival, or back a nag at Glorious Goodwood.