Bognor Regis is a small seaside town and resort, less than 2 hours from London, and is also known to be the sunniest part of the UK. It is a family friendly location with a lot more to offer than just the beach. It is rich in culture, so your days could be spent sight seeing and learning about the rich history of the place, how a simple fishertown turned into a sought after tourist location. It also offers plenty of watersports and other fun activities, museums and galleries to explore.
Bognor Regis Beach - a great family beach
The beaches of Bognor Regis are known for its unique and varied coastline, attracting many people and serving many tastes. You will find many watersports the whole family can engage in, and the vast areas of open flat sands during low tide make it ideal for families. There are also a number of beaches to explore along the coastline, some busier than others, so you can choose whether you want to be closer to town or head to a more secluded beach.
Best things to do around Bognor Regis Beach
So what to do at Bognor Regis Beach? In this part of the article we will discover all the best things to do at and near Bognor Regis Beach.
Bognor Regis Crazy Golf
Crazy Golf in Bognor Regis is the perfect way to bond with your family and friends while spending a nice day outdoors. Crazy Golf consists of a well planned mini golf course, with unusual obstacles each player needs to overcome. Some courses take you through deserted spooky islands, around lagoons, through caves and over waterfalls. The obstacles are often quite elaborate, with pirate themed areas and monsters popping out from corners. You will be putting your way to get to hidden treasures. It’s entertaining for adults and children alike, and gives you a break from sightseeing. Most often than not, you’ll be gifted the second round!
Catch a band at The Bandstand
These Bandstands are very much a part of this little sea town’s culture. The first bandstand was erected in 1901, located opposite the hotel at the edge of the promenade, it served for military bands to perform. Throughout the years, bands used these to perform to people visiting the promenade. Now, these are used for carols during Christmas and other bands who use it to perform to residents. Catching a band here would definitely be a way of merging into the Bognor Regis culture, and you can do so while enjoying the spectacular views around, maybe while grabbing a snack or ice cream at the kiosks.
Bognor Regis Museum
This museum is dedicated to the area’s history, showcasing exactly how a small fishing village turned into a fashionable seaside resort. Amongst the many exhibits you will find vintage cameras, fossils, and even an Edwardian kitchen, displaying how things used to be back in the day. The former curator of the museum, a passionate radio collector, has also donated an extensive collection of old radios, fascinating and not easily found in many places. You will find posters to photos, old newspapers to working models made by the early day cobblers. While small, the museum packs a punch with all sorts of knick knacks. You’ll even see olden day uniforms.
Visit Bognor Regis Beach
The sand and shingle beaches here have won awards, and for those merely interested in the beaches, there are plenty of water sports to be found here. You will find a historic pier, which offers spectacular views. There are also a number of beaches along this coastline to explore, the East beach and West beach are the ones closest to the town, surrounded by kiosks with food and drink. You can also walk along the promenade all the way to Felpham to the east and Aldwick to the west, which also have picturesque beaches.
Walk on the Bognor Regis Promenade
The pier is what divides Bognor’s East and West beaches and is located at the centre of the town. This Victorian pier was built in 1865 and was initially 1000ft long. It is now just 350ft and has been awarded the Grade II listing status by English Heritage to ensure its safety and well preservation. It now comes alive during the annual competition for human-powered ‘flying’ machines, held here each year. The pier continues to serve as a beautiful place to catch the sunset from, or walk on and enjoy the stunning views.
Best restaurants near Bognor Regis Beach
After spending a day at the beach you will probably want to sit down for an amazing meal! Here are the best restaurants near Bognor Regis Beach!
Mustards Bar and Restaurant
This sophisticated restaurant offers dishes that will tingle both your taste buds and your eyes. They offer everything from local cuisine to famous British and European dishes and is also a great place for celebration. You will be offered professional and attentive service and find dishes that please everyone, from meats to fish, gluten free to vegetarian. They also have spectacular desserts such as sticky toffee pudding or rhubarb cheesecake, or choose to end your meal with a classic Cheese Board, accompanied by grapes, celery and biscuits.
Chez Moi specialises in French cuisine, offering elegance and sophistication on a plate. It is the ideal place for an intimate dinner or celebration, with an atmosphere that goes hand in hand with its dishes. Their staff is attentive and the service here is impeccable. Their dishes range from delicate starters such as truffled arancini with mixed mushrooms and truffled hollandaise, Devonshire crab and leek croquettes with parmesan cream and artichoke tart with truffled hollandaise and mains such as herb stuffed slow roasted pork belly with Toulouse sausage, Navarin of lamb with roasted root veg to scallops wrapped in Parma. You will be transported to France with every bite and treated as if it were a private dining experience.
The Mezze Turkish Grill Bar and Restaurant Bognor Regis
With a chef with 25 years experience serving Turkish dishes, you can’t expect anything but a sublime experience. They use fresh and locally sourced ingredients to bring you the best authentic Turkish food and traditional way of Turkish dining. The Meze dishes here are the most famous, designed to be shared. This place makes for the ideal place to come with a large group or anyone eager to try different dishes. Your meal will begin with breads and dips, simple, flavourful but also super healthy. You will then move on to fresh fish or meat, grilled to perfection, accompanied by delectable sides.
The Bangkok Lounge is here to take you on a culinary cultural trip away from the UK. You can enjoy your seaside vacation while tasting flavours from Bangkok which will stick with you throughout your stay. They have everything from spicy noodles to different types of fried rice, all sorts of curries, green, red and other less curried dishes. They offer a stellar service and have vegetable carvings with the dishes, making it really feel as if you were on the shores of a Thai beach. They use the freshest ingredients to bring you fantastic dishes cooked in authentic thai styles.
Aldwich Cafe and Restaurant Bognor Regis
The Aldwick Cafe specialises in everything that is breakfast. It is a casual and clean location to have a relaxed, spontaneous meal. They serve everything from tasty burgers, all day roasts, sandwiches, waffles and pancakes, all accompanied by excellent coffee. You can find the usual English Breakfasts, full and freshly made with top ingredients. If you’re looking for a breakfast spot for any celebration, just call them up early and they will make sure to make a fuss over you. Their service is friendly and homely. Dining here is basically like having breakfast at home without having to worry about the dishes or the meal prep before.
Best hotels near Bognor Regis Beach
Bognor Regis is so beautiful I would not blame you for staying the night! I have put together a list of the 5 best hotels near Bognor Regis Beach!
Best Western Beachcroft Hotel
The Best Western Beachcroft Hotel is ideal for anyone who wants to experience a hassle free beach vacation. You can enjoy a seafront view in the village of Felpham and many extra bonuses such as a heated indoor swimming pool, a gourmet restaurant and a bar all within the hotel itself. The rooms are comforting and spacious, some even comprising their own living space. For those who prefer to stay in for meals, the hotel restaurant offers good selections for lunch and dinner, snacks at the bar and a full English breakfast in the morning.
Navigator Accommodation is a three star beachfront hotel offering minimally decorated, comfortable rooms. The simplicity of the rooms allow for complete and total relaxation and getting lost in the sea views. All rooms have a kettle for tea/coffee making, a spacious wardrobe and a flat-screen TV. You will also find an inhouse restaurant, bar and garden to be enjoyed any time of the day. The restaurant offers an a la carte hearty, freshly made breakfast, even accommodating special dietary requirements and great options for lunch and dinner. You can be assured a hassle free stay, with great service, the comfort of a hotel but the feel of home.
Fino Rooms is a small, almost boutique hotel offering a simple, luxurious and comfortable stay in Felpham. All the rooms are bright and spacious, equipped with a spacious wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a large attached bathroom. You will find an excellent restaurant in house, serving delicious Italian cuisine so mealtimes will not be hassle free. You can find the Fontwell Park Racecourse within 6km, the Arundel Cathedral and Castle just 9km away and Chichester Cathedral about 11km away. Fino Rooms is easily reachable by the Bognor Regis Train Station making travelling easier.
Best Airbnbs near Bognor Regis Beach
Would you rather stay in a beautiful Airbnb overlooking the sea and beach? Yeah, me too! That is why I have put together a list of great Airbnbs close to the beach in Bognor Regis.
Beach front family home that welcomes pets
This place is ideal for a large group of friends or family getaway. It easily accommodates up to 12 people, comprises 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The house sits directly on the beach, giving you direct access as well as direct, clear views of the blue ocean. The lawn is large and well maintained, making it ideal for small children or a game of footie, after which, it’s a direct hop to the beach. The house is equipped with BBQ facilities, and is dog friendly. You will find a large, well equipped kitchen at your disposal, a large laundry room with two washing machines and dryers and extra fridge space. The house is homely and attractive, giving you everything you would need for a comfortable seaside vacation.
Family beach cottage that welcomes pets
Mews Cottage is everything you would look for from a home away from home. It is located in Marine Parade, offering a unique, beachfront stay. The large lawn is perfect for summer days, to lounge around or play a game. The house comprises 3 bedrooms, bathroom, laundry room and a well equipped kitchen, so long term stays can be stress free. The dining and living rooms are spacious and comfortable, well suited to accommodate all 6 guests. You can watch TV or opt to sit outdoors looking directly at the beach. The seafront garden allows for hopping right in and out of the ocean at your heart’s content.
Secluded Coastguard Cottage by the sea
Located just 100 yards from Felpham beach, the Coastguard Cottage is exactly what you would expect out of a seaside little retreat. With 3 bedrooms, it comfortably accommodates 5 people, has a fully fitted kitchen, large lounge with log burner, and an outdoor conservatory. You have a choice of places where to enjoy a meal al fresco, whether in the garden at the front or the courtyard at the back. The cottage is dainty and well maintained, with a hint of maritime theme running throughout. The kitchen is spacious and well equipped and the rooms are comforting and homey, with ample storage space and a neat bathroom. It’s ideal for families, where kids can roam around in the garden or head over to the beach easily.
Best car parks near Bognor Regis Beach
If you are heading down to Bognor Regis by car you will want to park your car somewhere! Here are the car parks closest to Bognor Regis Beach!
Regis Centre Car Park
The Regis Centre Car Park operates from 08.00 – 18.00, 7 days a week. It has 175 pay and display bays, 12 disabled bays and 1 motorcycle bay. It offers both cash and contactless payment methods and the chargers are as follows:
- £0.80 – Up to 1 hour
- £1.60 – Up to 2 hours
- £2.40 – Up to 3 hours
- £3.20 – Up to 4 hours
- £7.00 – Over 4 hour
There is a bus stop within 150m of the venue and the nearest National Rail station is Bognor Regis.
The Rock Gardens
This is a seasonal car park with the nearest beach being West beach. From 1st March to 31st October it is operational from 08.00 to 20.00 hours, 7 days per week, starting at £1.00 and going up to £6.00. From the 1st of November to 28th February operational from 08.00 to 18.00, 7 days per week. The chargers during this time begin at £0.40 and go up to £1.00. It has 13 pay and display bays and 1 disabled bay. It is ideal for visiting the West beach.
Gloucester Rd Car park
This is also a seasonal car park with 119 pay and display bays (61 in the upper area) and 11 disabled bays. It operates from 08.00 to 20.00 from the 1st April to the 30th September, 7 days per week. The chargers start at £1.00 and go up to £6.00 for parking over 4 hours. From the 1st of October to the 31st March it operates from 08.00 to 18.00, 7 days per week. The chargers during these months start at £0.40 and go up to £1.00 for over 4 hours.
Fitzleet Multi-Storey Carpark
This garage has 367 parking spots and the chargers start at £0.40 for 2 hours. Thereafter they proceed to be £1.80 – 3 Hours, £2.40 – 4 Hours up to £5.00. They even offer an annual payment scheme at £110.00. It is open from 08.00 – 18.00, 7 days a week. They also offer 24 disable parking spots. It is convenient if you’re looking to visit the Morrison store, and the town centre with lift and stairs leading straight down. This car park also uses the free car parking scheme. All you need is a car parking disc which can be purchased at a number of stores around town.
Lyon Street Car Park
This is the ideal parking if you’re visiting East beach. They are operational from 08.00 to 18.00 7 days per week, all year. It is also located closer to the town centre so you will also find shops nearby. This car park also uses the free car parking scheme. All you need is a car parking disc which can be purchased at a number of stores around town. The price list for this car park is as follows:
- £0.80 – 1 Hour
- £1.60 – 2 Hours
- £2.40 – 3 Hours
- £3.20 – 4 Hours
- £100.00 – Month
- £450.00 – Year