Bognor Regis is known for its sunshine coast, and it’s the perfect place for a daytrip or seaside holiday. The four-miles of promenade presents you with a choice of beaches, some with vibrant facilities within a two minute walk of the town centre, others offering a quieter vibe – we’re showcasing six the of the best.
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This is the main beach in Bognor Regis, located right by the centre of town and to the east of the Victorian pier. It’s a mix of shingle and sand, with the latter being exposed at low tide, and is one of the livelier places to park your bucket and spade due to its proximity to the Esplanade. There are food and drink concessions on the seafront to keep caffeine levels buoyant and the beach has lifeguards from 10am to 6pm every day from July until September to keep you buoyant. Check the tide times before you arrive if you want to try your hand at water sports or just go for a dip.
And if you want to pick the perfect spot (or don’t fancy braving the elements), you can enjoy 24/7, 365 webcam livestreams of East Beach provided by our friends at Bognor Regis Beach website
Opposite the beautiful Marine Park Gardens, Aldwick Beach (also referred to as West Beach) is lined with colourful beach huts. Like Bognor’s other beaches, West Beach consists of a sloping bank of pebbles which gives way to flat sand when it is low tide. This beach is usually quieter than the town’s other beaches and there is parking directly next to it. You will also find The Waverley pub and the Aldwick Beach Café her, as well as the wreck of a floating pontoon, which was part of the Mulberry floating harbours used by the Allies on the French coast on D-Day in 1944.
Dark Lane is in a residential area of Aldwick in Bognor Regis. At the end of the small lane you’ll find this beautiful secluded beach, with large rocks. It’s a quiet location, so a perfect place to enjoy the summer months with the family. Parking is limited due to the private roads that surround the beach access so a short walk might be required. As with all beaches in and around Bognor Regis, there is shingle, with sand at low tide.
This sweeping, pebble beach in the village of Pagham is located just to the west of Bognor Regis. The beach is popular for swimming, sailing (there is a yacht club), windsurfing and walking. There is a nature reserve just to the east of the beach, found past the spit formed at the mouth of Broad Rife. The wetlands and lagoon of the reserve are good for bird watching. History enthusiasts will be interested in the remains of a World War II Mulberry Harbour platform, and beach huts converted from old railway carriages.
Parking can be found next to the beach, although there is a small cost, which varies depending on the time of the year. There are a number of facilities including cafés, shops and toilets.
Felpham beach is situated on the outskirts of Bognor Regis in the charming village of Felpham. Distinguished by its brightly coloured blue and yellow beach huts, adjacent to the beach you’ll find cafés, tennis courts, the Beachcroft Hotel and Blake’s Cottage, where the poet lived from 1800 to 1803. Felpham Village is just a short walk from the beachfront and includes shops, restaurants and St Mary’s Church. Felpham Sailing Club is also located here (their website has a useful webcam for checking out the conditions) and it’s a popular windsurfing spot.
Please note that dog restrictions are in place on this beach during the summer season. There’s a small car park in Culver Road, which is located behind the beach huts and there is also free on-road parking.
A fifteen minute drive from Bognor Regis, Climping beach is a lovely rural beach set between Bognor Regis and Littlehampton.
The beach is a mix of shingle and pebbles, held in place by a series of wooden groynes. As the tide goes out, a huge area of sand is exposed. In contrast to popular town beaches nearby, Climping Beach is backed by low sand dunes and fields. Much of this area is protected, being designated a “Site of Special Scientific Interest” (SSSI). This means the sand dunes are fenced off to prevent further erosion in many places and to protect the unique flora and fauna that can be found here. One of Climping’s claims to fame is that it was used as a location in two of episodes of Doctor Who in the 1960s and 1970s.