The Local Area

Along with the rest of the U.K. we are getting back to more normal times.

The visitchichester.org website is updated daily and holds a list of local attractions which are open. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Government advice may have restricted access or numbers of visitors to various places. Please contact them for an update on their current status, should you wish to visit any of them during your stay, as you may have to book.

Honeysuckle Lodge sits in the middle of Ham Farm, an arable farm on the southern edge of the Manhood Peninsula, in the parish of Sidlesham, close to Pagham Harbour and Medmerry RSPB Reserves.

It is relatively flat here and great for cycling with bridleways across the reserves. Check out Bill Way, part of Route 88 shown on www.sustrans.org.uk. which will take you to Chichester and beyond. If you don’t want to bring bikes, it may possible to hire them from App-Bike or Barreg Cycles, in advance of your stay.

Local rural pubs and restaurants offer a wide choice of menu, but due to social distancing rules, they have reduced their covers, so book ahead to ensure a table. Chichester Golf Club is less than five miles away, offering two 18 hole courses, a par3 course, driving range, crazy golf and other activities including Escape Rooms. Selsey has a nine hole links style course.

The cottage is within a few miles of the National Trust sand spit, East Head, and the village shops and beaches of East and West Wittering. During Coronavirus, parking for East Head is restricted with pre-book and pre-pay through JustPark.com. Shore Watersports and 2XS provide a range of watersports, tuition and equipment from the Wittering beaches.

Mulberry Marine Experiences, based in Selsey, focus on marine ecology, and offer a range of water and ecology based family friendly activities: beach walks, snorkelling and scuba and free diving opportunities. More experienced divers are also welcome.

Itchenor, Birdham Pool, Dell Quay and Chichester Marina give access for keen sailors to Chichester Harbour and the Solent.

The Solent and the Isle of Wight from Medmerry Reserve

The Roman Palace at Fishbourne and the historic city of Chichester, with its well documented Roman connections, lie to the north of Sidlesham. Within the City Walls, The Novium Museum, Chichester Cathedral and the medieval Market Cross are located in the pedestrianised city centre. There is a range of independent shops, tea rooms, restaurants and pubs tucked away down narrow side streets. Pallant House, a typical Georgian townhouse, with the adjacent Art Gallery, are also located in the City centre. To the north of the pedestrian precinct is Chichester Festival Theatre and the smaller Minerva Theatre, hosting a wide range of live performances throughout the year, in more normal times. Chichester Canal lies to the south of the city centre, close to Chichester Gate, home to a variety of attractions including Cineworld, Ten PIn Chichester and Air Arena. There is also a Flip-Out complex on the opposite side of town.

Goodwood Estate, less than ten miles to the north of the cottage, is on the edge of the South Downs National Park. Boultbee Flight Academy is based at the airfield providing a range of Spitfire experiences. The Estate hosts the world renowned annual motor events The Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival. Goodwood Racecourse is home to flat racing. The Grandstand, with far reaching views to the coast, provides a spectacular venue for evening events and race days through the season, culminating in Glorious Goodwood at the end of July. The Weald and Downland Museum in Singleton, home to BBC’s Repair Shop, and the Edward James Foundation at West Dean College also sit in the Downs, along with several National Trust properties. Pied a Terre Adventures offer inspiring private small group walking and outdoor experiences around the Sussex countryside.

Further along the south coast to the west lies Portsmouth, with its historic dockyard, The Victory, and Mary Rose Exhibition, with ferry ports to the Isle of Wight and the continent. Arundel, Worthing and Brighton, with a wide variety of attractions, are to the east.