10 reasons to love Littlehampton
PUBLISHED: 16:26 28 April 2014 | UPDATED: 16:28 28 April 2014
Mayor of Littlehampton, Councillor Joyce Bowyer, says the town's open spaces, clean beaches, modern architecture and good transport links are what make it so special
A secret history
Littlehampton has a rich history. From a small fishing village to a busy seaside resort it has been called the Children’s Paradise. During World War II it was the base of operations for author Ian Fleming’s 30 AU (when he was an intelligence officer) as they prepared for the D-Day Landings. You can discover the story of Littlehampton at the excellent free museum.
Parks and green spaces
The award-winning Mewsbrook Park has picnic areas, a playground, boating lake, café and one of the oldest miniature railways in the country. The seafront greens, connected to the beach by the promenade, provide families with a place to picnic and play games without having to cross a busy road to get to the beach.
We are less than an hour from Brighton, two hours from London and a stone’s throw from the South Downs. Arundel Castle, Chichester and the Weald and Downland Museum are all nearby.
A vibrant town centre
With national chains, independent shops, relaxing cafés and a weekly Friday market, our thriving High Street has something for everyone.
The people of Littlehampton are proud of their town and are an active community. Many local groups work together to make it a vibrant and welcoming place to live and visit.
Heatherwick Studio’s East Beach Café and Britain’s Longest Bench are two projects that make Littlehampton’s seafront stand out from others. Our newest addition is the Stage by the Sea, a modern take on the traditional bandstand, which is due to be completed in time for the summer season.
There is always something going on – a Spitfire display on Armed Forces Day, a steam train in the High Street and 100 Royal Marines in the town centre. Annually we have a vibrant carnival and bonfire celebrations.
Award-winning sandy beaches
Littlehampton boasts not one but two family-friendly beaches that can be enjoyed all year round.
West Beach Nature Reserve
A short walk across the river, West Beach is a Site of Special Scientific Interest – the dunes are home to a wide variety of species of plants and animals, and you can even find fossils among the pebbles on the beach if you’re lucky.
Property comment - Edward Head, King and Chasemore, Littlehampton
Situated at the mouth of the River Arun, this pleasant little seaside town has recently become a little-kept secret as buyers have been pushed further westwards along the coast from Brighton and Worthing.
The district retains some of its original fisherman’s charm, yet with a modern twist in the form of the award-winning East Beach Café, designed by the Heatherwick Studio, whose other projects have included the Olympic Cauldron.
The town is conveniently placed within easy road access of historic Arundel, the cathedral city of Chichester and Glorious Goodwood, and has once more acted as an overspill to these areas which have traditionally been perceived as more affluent.
In recent years there has been substantial redevelopment of the eastern side of the River Arun, with high specification river view apartments and town houses offering sunset views across the river toward Climping golf course, which nestles amongst the sand dunes.
As the housing market has become more buoyant we have seen the interest in these riverside homes surge, with several buyers chasing single properties and a second floor flat achieving its asking price in hours rather than days.
Yet the buyers have not just been restricted to the riverside, with a diverse spread of properties across the town from Georgian town houses along South Terrace, the former seaside home of the late Ronnie Barker, to the private marine estates spreading into nearby Rustington and Kingston Gorse.
Reaching further inland there are a good number of Victorian and Edwardian terraced homes which are still available at an affordable price. A quieter alternative to Bognor Regis yet with the same sunny micro-climate, the town makes an ideal seaside retreat.
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Littlahampton station has trains that run directly into London Victoria.
It is on the A259, which runs along the coast.
The postcode is BN17, if you’re using a satnav.
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