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Located just outside the historic town of Chichester, West Sussex, this holiday park probably has more water than land! This means 10 large fishing lakes set in over 150 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside, yet positioned only a few miles from the beach, and the traditional seaside resort of Bognor Regis.
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Medmerry Park is a haven of tranquillity nestled in the heart of a conservation area near the magnificent West Witterings.
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Set into the stunning scenery of the South Downs National Park and perfectly placed on the River Arun, Riverside Holiday Park is the ideal place to relax and unwind.
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Set on a mile-long stretch of beautiful beach, look no further than award-winning Seal Bay Resort in Selsey, West Sussex for the best holiday ever!

With a star-studded entertainment programme, unrivalled leisure facilities including indoor swimming pools, a funfair, a wave rider and our brand-new adventure ’The Dockyard’, there’s always something for the whole family to enjoy!

There’s nothing better than getting dressed up and heading out for a night of Seal Bay’s legendary entertainment.
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West Sussex Visitor's Guide

Embark on a journey to West Sussex, where the vibrant countryside meets the invigorating coast. Savour the fresh, local seafood and artisanal eats at bustling farmers' markets. Get your adrenaline fix with windsurfing at West Wittering or take a serene walk through the South Downs. Culture vultures will relish the art galleries and historic Arundel Castle. Did you know? The county is home to the world's oldest sporting event, the Goodwood Festival of Speed. For those craving a cosy retreat or a fun-packed group holiday, a lodge stay in West Sussex offers the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure.

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in West Sussex?

West Sussex is a gem on the south coast of England, boasting a mix of coastal charm and lush countryside. It's not just the rolling South Downs or the vibrant cultural scene that makes it stand out; it's the sense of escape you get here. In 2024, the area is buzzing with new attractions and events, including the Chichester Food Festival and the Arundel Castle Siege re-enactment. Lodges offer a more secluded, personal space compared to hotels, with the freedom to explore at your own pace. What's unique? West Sussex combines rustic living with modern luxuries, and there's always a local festival or market to stumble upon.

If you're visiting West Sussex with kids

Absolutely, West Sussex is a playground for kids! From the interactive Weald and Downland Living Museum to the thrills of Fishers Adventure Farm Park, there's no shortage of excitement. Lodges provide that 'home away from home' feeling, with space for the little ones to play. Plus, many lodges come with outdoor areas perfect for family BBQs or picnics.

  1. Comfortable walking shoes for exploring
  2. Swimwear for the beach or pool
  3. Outdoor toys and games
  4. Weather-appropriate clothing
  5. Any necessary medication
  6. Camera or smartphone for photos
  7. Snacks for day trips
  8. Reusable water bottles
  9. Backpack for carrying essentials
  10. Sunscreen and hats for protection

Pet Friendly West Sussex Adventures

West Sussex is a haven for pet lovers, with many lodges offering enclosed gardens for your furry friends to roam safely. You'll find a warm welcome for pets at establishments like The Black Horse in Amberley or The Lamb at Angmering. When booking, look for lodges that highlight pet-friendly amenities. And remember, always keep your pet hydrated during your adventures!

Dog walking ideas in West Sussex

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
South Downs Way 100 (total) Countryside PO19 1AG
Wittering Beaches Varies Coastal PO20 8AJ
Steyning Round Hill Walk 5.5 Rural BN44 3RZ
Petworth Park Varies Parkland GU28 0AE
Tilgate Park Varies Lakes/Forest RH10 5PQ

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're looking to treat your significant other to a romantic getaway, West Sussex is a choice par excellence. With its serene countryside and picturesque coastlines, it's a haven for lovebirds. Opt for a lodge with a hot tub to dial up the romance; imagine soaking under the stars with a glass of bubbly in hand. Amberley Castle offers just that, with the added charm of historic luxury.

For those who enjoy pampering, several lodges offer spa experiences. South Lodge in Horsham, for instance, provides couples with a tranquil spa setting and the option to indulge in a pamper pack. Dining out is also a treat, with many lodges boasting gourmet restaurants on-site or nearby, perfect for candle-lit dinners and toasting to love.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

West Sussex's local cuisine is a celebration of British fare with a focus on fresh, local produce. Seafood is a highlight along the coast, with dishes like Rye Bay scallops gaining fame. For a memorable family-friendly dining experience, check out The Crab & Lobster in Sidlesham, known for its fresh catches and relaxed atmosphere.

Couples might prefer the intimate setting of Restaurant Tristan in Horsham, which offers a sophisticated menu and an impressive wine list. It's the perfect spot for a romantic meal after a day exploring the beautiful surroundings.

For a good night out

West Sussex comes alive at night with a variety of pubs and venues to suit any mood. For a laid-back evening, The Black Rabbit in Arundel is a top pick with its riverside location and cozy vibe. If you're after something more lively, The Anchor Tap in Horsham is well-reviewed for its selection of craft beers and vibrant atmosphere.

For live music and a buzzing scene, The Hornet Alehouse in Chichester is a must-visit. With its ever-changing beer selection and friendly locals, it's a great spot to end your day.

Fishing

Anglers will find West Sussex a delightful spot for a fishing retreat. Here's a list of some prime fishing locations:

  • Chichester Lakeside Holiday Park - PO20 1QH
  • Sumners Ponds - RH13 0PR
  • Bury Hill Fisheries - RH20 1LP
  • Passies Pond - BN44 3AA
  • More House Farm Fisheries - RH17 7RE

These spots offer a mix of carp, pike, and other freshwater fish, catering to both the novice and the experienced angler.

Outdoor Adventures

For adrenaline junkies and nature enthusiasts, West Sussex doesn't disappoint. Go Ape Crawley offers treetop challenges and zip wires, with prices starting around £25 per person. For water-based activities, Southwater Watersports Centre provides kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding, with sessions typically costing from £10 to £20.

Most outdoor centres operate from March to October, weather permitting, so it's best to check ahead for availability.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Chichester City Centre High Street & Boutiques Designer labels, local crafts PO19
Gunwharf Quays Outlet Shopping Discounted designer brands PO1 3TZ
The Orchards Shopping Centre High street stores, cafes RH16 3TH
Draper's Yard Market Artisan Market Handmade goods, local food PO19 7SJ
Country Brocante Stores Antique & Gift Shop Vintage finds, unique gifts RH14 0RE

Whether you're after high street fashion, designer outlets, or unique artisanal finds, West Sussex's shopping scene has something for everyone. Don't miss out on the local markets and quaint shops for those one-of-a-kind souvenirs.


Top lodge breaks for 2024 in West Sussex

Riverside Holiday Park, West Sussex

Driving Distance: About 0 hours and 11 minutes (7.05 miles) | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Riverside Holiday Park is a serene escape nestled in the South Downs National Park, offering well-appointed lodges with contemporary kitchens, spacious living areas, and picturesque views, ensuring a tranquil retreat just a stone's throw from the charming town of Arundel.

Who will love these lodges? Families, couples, and pet owners will find Riverside Holiday Park a delightful getaway. The park's serene riverside setting and proximity to the historic Arundel make it a unique destination for those seeking a peaceful break with a touch of culture.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite, guests can hire bikes or boats to explore the surroundings, or simply relax at the park's café. Although there's no hot tub, the natural beauty and activities more than compensate for a restful stay.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include the medieval Arundel Castle and Cathedral, just a 4-mile drive away. For dining, the town of Arundel offers various options. The South Downs itself provides ample opportunity for outdoor activities.

Accommodation options: Riverside Holiday Park offers the Countryside Lodge and Riverside Lodge, both accommodating up to 4 guests and pet-friendly. These lodges provide comfort and style, with no hot tubs but beautiful views to enjoy.


Chichester Lakeside Holiday Park, West Sussex

Driving Distance: About 0 hours and 27 minutes (17.62 miles) | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Chichester Lakeside Holiday Park boasts an array of water bodies amidst the Sussex countryside, offering a brand-new entertainment venue, an indoor swimming pool, and proximity to both countryside and coast.

Who will love these lodges? This park is perfect for anglers, families, and those seeking a blend of relaxation and entertainment. With its new facilities and scenic lakes, it's a hit for those who appreciate both nature and modern comforts.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The park offers fishing opportunities, a new leisure venue with a bar, restaurant, and arcade, plus a heated indoor pool. Outdoor dining is available, overlooking the lake.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include Chichester Golf Club, Arundel Castle, and Harbour Park Amusements. The Blue Flag beach at West Wittering and Brighton are within driving distance for beach lovers.

Accommodation options: The Platinum Lodge 2 at Chichester Lakeside is a luxurious option for up to 4 guests, featuring modern amenities and stylish décor. Note that pets are not allowed, and there is no hot tub facility.


Edgeley Holiday Park, Surrey

Driving Distance: About 0 hours and 40 minutes (22.63 miles) | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Edgeley Holiday Park is a tranquil woodland retreat in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering a range of facilities including a heated indoor pool, fitness suite, and tennis court for a rejuvenating break.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for those seeking a peaceful escape, fitness enthusiasts, and families. The park's natural setting and excellent facilities cater to a variety of interests and provide a perfect balance of activity and relaxation.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Guests can enjoy the indoor heated pool, sauna, fitness centre, tennis court, and children’s play area. There's also a launderette for convenience.

What's nearby? The park is set within easy reach of the Surrey Hills, offering excellent walking and cycling opportunities. Nearby towns like Guildford provide shopping and dining options.

Accommodation options: Accommodation ranges from the Comfort Lodge 4 to the Classic Lodge 6, catering to various group sizes and preferences. Pet-friendly options are available, and while there is no hot tub, the lodges offer comfort and nature views.


Tilford Woods Lodge Retreat, Hampshire

Driving Distance: About 0 hours and 45 minutes (24.59 miles) | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Tilford Woods Lodge Retreat is a picturesque sanctuary in the Surrey Hills, offering a range of lodges that blend rustic charm with modern amenities, set against the backdrop of a lush woodland and a tranquil pond.

Who will love these lodges? Nature lovers, walkers, and those seeking a quiet retreat will adore Tilford Woods. Its proximity to film locations and London provides a unique mix of rural and urban experiences.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, with opportunities to feed ducks and explore the insect-hotel. While there's no hot tub, the setting is perfect for alfresco dining and enjoying the scenery.

What's nearby? The local area is rich in walking trails, with Bourne Woods and Hankley Common nearby. The towns of Guildford and Farnham offer cultural experiences, and London is within reach for a city day out.

Accommodation options: From the Sturt Watersedge Lodge suitable for families to the romantic Falkner Watersedge Lodge with a sauna, Tilford Woods caters to different needs. While pet-friendly options are limited, the lodges offer a luxurious stay amidst nature.


Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In West Sussex

Arundel Castle and Gardens

  • Opening Times: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00-17:00
  • Prices: Adults £20, Concessions £18, Children £10
  • Postcode: BN18 9AB
  • Est. time required: 3-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: Mill Road car park

Arundel Castle is a majestic sight, towering over the town of Arundel. It's a must-see for anyone into architecture or English heritage. The castle has lush gardens that are perfect for a leisurely stroll. Keep an eye out for special events like jousting tournaments! The best time to visit is spring when the gardens burst into colour. Tip: Buy tickets online to skip the queues.

Phone number: 01903 882173 | Web: www.arundelcastle.org


The South Downs National Park

  • Opening Times: Open 24/7
  • Prices: Free entry
  • Postcode: Varies by entry point
  • Est. time required: Varies
  • Nearest parking: Depends on where you enter

The South Downs National Park is a breath of fresh air for nature lovers and hikers. With miles of trails, you can walk, cycle, or even horse ride. Don't miss the iconic chalk cliffs at Seven Sisters! Early mornings are peaceful, and you might spot some wildlife. Tip: Check out local pubs along your route for some hearty grub.

Web: www.southdowns.gov.uk


Fishbourne Roman Palace

  • Opening Times: Daily, 10:00-17:00
  • Prices: Adults £11.50, Concessions £10.50, Children £5.50
  • Postcode: PO19 3QR
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Fishbourne Roman Palace is a hidden gem with the largest collection of in-situ Roman mosaics in the UK. It's a fascinating spot for anyone keen on ancient history. They've got hands-on exhibits and even a Roman garden. The best time to go is during one of their living history events. Tip: The audio guide is included with admission and adds a lot to the experience.

Phone number: 01243 785859 | Web: www.sussexpast.co.uk


Goodwood House and Estate

  • Opening Times: Check website for event times
  • Prices: Varies by event
  • Postcode: PO18 0PX
  • Est. time required: Varies by event
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Goodwood is synonymous with speed and style. The estate hosts the famous Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival. It's a paradise for motor enthusiasts and anyone who appreciates classic charm. Even when there's no event, the house and grounds are stunning. Tip: Dress up for the Revival – it's part of the fun!

Phone number: 01243 755000 | Web: www.goodwood.com


Weald and Downland Living Museum

  • Opening Times: Daily, 10:30-18:00
  • Prices: Adults £15.50, Concessions £14.50, Children £7.50
  • Postcode: PO18 0EU
  • Est. time required: 3-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

The Weald and Downland Living Museum is an open-air museum that brings history to life. It's perfect for families and anyone interested in rural life and buildings. They have over 50 historic buildings, from homes to a working watermill. Visit in autumn to catch their harvest-themed events. Tip: Wear comfy shoes – there's a lot of ground to cover.

Phone number: 01243 811363 | Web: www.wealddown.co.uk


Chichester Cathedral

  • Opening Times: Monday-Saturday, 07:15-18:00; Sunday, 07:15-17:00
  • Prices: Free entry, donations welcome
  • Postcode: PO19 1PX
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Northgate car park

Chichester Cathedral is an architectural marvel with a history spanning over 900 years. It's a peaceful retreat and a hub of cultural events, including art exhibitions and concerts. The stained glass windows are particularly stunning. Visit on a sunny day to see them at their best. Tip: Check out the café inside for some delicious homemade cakes.

Phone number: 01243 782595 | Web: www.chichestercathedral.org.uk


Remember, after exploring these attractions, you might want to extend your stay. Consider booking one of the many lodges in West Sussex to relax and reflect on your adventures. They offer a cosy and comfortable base, often with stunning views and easy access to the countryside. Whether you're after a romantic getaway or a family retreat, you'll find a lodge that fits the bill. Happy travels!

FAQs

This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy retreat with all the comforts of home, often surrounded by nature. Many lodges in West Sussex offer modern amenities like fully-equipped kitchens, spacious living areas, and private outdoor spaces. It's a chance to unwind, with options like hot tubs and stunning countryside views.

What should I pack when visiting West Sussex?

Pack for the outdoors – walking boots for trails in the South Downs National Park are a must. Bring layers for changeable weather, and don't forget swimwear for those lodges with hot tubs. Essentials like toiletries are often provided, but it's worth checking with your lodge beforehand.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in West Sussex offer onsite parking, often right next to your accommodation for convenience. However, it's always best to confirm with your specific lodge, as some may have designated parking areas a short walk away, especially those aiming to preserve the natural surroundings.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Rainy days are a chance to explore indoor attractions like the Weald and Downland Living Museum or enjoy your lodge's amenities. Many lodges come with board games, books, and cosy fireplaces. Plus, there's something quite special about relaxing in a hot tub while it's raining!

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Absolutely! Many lodges are within the delivery radius of local restaurants and supermarkets. Apps like Just Eat, Deliveroo, or local takeaway services can bring meals to your door. Some lodges even offer their own meal delivery or private chef services for an extra treat.

Is West Sussex a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

West Sussex is charming year-round, with each season offering a unique experience. Off-season visits mean fewer crowds at attractions like Arundel Castle and the Chichester Cathedral. Plus, off-peak rates for lodges can be more budget-friendly.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Definitely. Lodges with hot tubs in West Sussex pride themselves on hygiene and guest comfort. Hot tubs are typically drained, cleaned, and refilled between guests. Some lodges even offer daily checks to maintain water quality throughout your stay.

Are there any pet-friendly lodges in West Sussex?

Yes, many lodges welcome furry friends, allowing you to enjoy your break with the whole family. Places like White Horse Lodges cater to pet owners, but always check the pet policy as some may charge an additional fee or have restrictions on the number or size of pets.

What local attractions should we not miss?

Don't miss the vibrant Brighton Pier for classic seaside fun, or the serene Wakehurst Botanical Gardens for a peaceful day out. For a bit of culture, the Chichester Festival Theatre often has a fantastic lineup of shows.

How accessible are lodges for those with mobility issues?

Many lodges in West Sussex are designed with accessibility in mind, offering features like ramp access, ground-floor bedrooms, and walk-in showers. It's important to discuss specific needs with the lodge provider in advance to ensure they can accommodate you comfortably.

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