Bognor Regis is one of the most iconic seaside resorts in the UK. Royalty of the last century hailed it as the place to come to relax and it gets the most hours of sunshine in the UK. After the famous visits by King George V, tourists flocked to the area and in the 1960s Bognor Regis was placed even more firmly on the map with the opening of Butlins. Well located between the South Downs National Park and a beautiful stretch of coastline, it’s easy to see why the renowned seaside town is so loved. Recent developments over the last few years have made Bognor Regis a great place to take the kids and the rest of the family for a day out. So if you have a birthday to celebrate or just children to keep away from screens, here are our top three ideas for the family.
If you want to take the tribe out for a treat, just a stone’s throw from the observation wheel are not only the amusements but the superb Pinks Parlour, which offers a delicious range of homemade ice cream, freshly made on the premises in their ice cream lab. Pinks uses only the best ingredients and follows traditional Italian methods for making their gelato, with a sprinkling of creative flair added in. If you’re looking to hold an alternative child’s birthday party in Bognor Regis the parlour welcomes groups of up to ten into the ice cream lab, where they can all try their hand at ice cream making (with plenty of goods to take home afterwards). See who can count the most Pinks vintage vans around the town.
After you and the family have tried Pinks’ wonderful ice cream, try a game of crazy golf to burn it all off. Bognor Regis Crazy Golf in Waterloo Square is hugely popular among visitors and local families alike. While it holds on to the traditional feel of seaside crazy golf, the course is very well maintained and comes with various challenges and hazards as you glide or struggle around the 18 holes, making it perfect for a family tournament. If you need to even the score and reclaim some dignity drop by the Wildforest Falls 18-Hole Adventure Golf at Hotham Park, which is close to Butlins. Here you will find a number of bears, wolves, stags and wild boars, a beaver dam complete with waterfall and fallen log putt-through, and the tree stump vortex and ‘Hotham Clock Tower’ putt-through. While you’re at Hotham Park you can also take in live events, a boating lake, play parks, a mini railway and the Hotham Park Café for post-match analysis and cake.
The coast with the most
One of the key attractions for families in Bognor Regis is obviously the beach. Sitting on warm picnic blankets in the sun eating sandwiches, paddling about in the shallows or cooling off with a proper swim in the hotter weather have been quintessential British holiday pastimes for generations. From the wildlife to the water sports, big events along the promenade to the iconic pier, cafés and bars, as you take a stroll along from Aldwick in the west to Felpham on the east side of Bognor you will never be short of things to see and do. Even if you’re lucky enough to live near Bognor Regis, make sure you take a trip into town with the family every once in a while as every day is different on the coast.