Littlehampton is a seaside resort, town and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex. The parish covers an area of 4 square miles and is located on the east bank of the mouth of the River Arun. Littlehampton is twinned with Durmersheim in Germany and Chennevières-sur-Marne in France and has a population of over 26,000.
The geology of Littlehampton dates from the Cretaceous period around 70 million years ago. Beneath the town and stretching out into the sea is chalk bedrock continuous with the South Downs, and reaching 400 metres thick in places. The flints and chalk which line the beach are transported from off shore shingle banks towards Selsey Bill. These flints were originally deposited by glaciers during the ice age and today, much of the supply is transported from the west by long shore drift and kelp. Kelp, or seaweed grows on the seafloor, attaching itself to the shingle which is subsequently uplifted during strong tides. Over time these flints form layers in the sand and so become visible at low tide.
Littlehampton Museum was founded in 1928 and is now housed in the grand historic Manor House which once belonged to the Duke of Norfolk. The museum shop sells books on local history, art prints, commemorative giftware, Roman replica products and scenic postcards of local views. The museum has a strong education and outreach programme and enjoys a close relationship with the Littlehampton Local History Society. There is also an impressive fine art collection featuring work by A. Plant, Leslie Wilcox and Henry Nibbs.
Harbour Park is directly adjacent to Littlehampton’s award winning seafront and is one of the south coast’s finest family entertainment centres. There is much on offer with thrill rides for teenagers, video games and fun rides, indoor ice skating rink, bingo and prize games. The huge state-of-the-art Video Arcade has a dazzling choice of the very latest video games and prize winning amusements, plus a casino for the over 18’s. Sharksville, the 9-hole adventure golf course situated in a setting of shipwrecked boats, huge anchors and other original maritime objects along with the new Synthetic Ice Skating Rink are perfect fun venues for youngsters and adults alike. With it’s delightful ‘New England’ fishing village setting, and free admission, Harbour Park is the perfect place for a great family day out
Littlehampton is a family-friendly seaside resort with award-winning beaches and an enviable position on the south coast of England. A brand new riverside development has injected new vitality into the town and provided extra attractions for visitors, especially water sport enthusiasts who flock to the resort during the summer months. The Look and Sea Visitor Centre hosts an interactive exhibition of the town’s maritime history as well as a five-storey tall viewing tower with magnificent views across the River Arun, out to sea and towards Arundel and the South Downs. Littlehampton is a fun town, with a good mix of restaurants and bars and a guarantee of some of the best sunshine in the UK.