Home to one of the UK’s main annual attractions, the Goodwood festival of speed. An annual three day event open to all where classic motors, the latest formula one cars as well as the odd ferarrari, Lamborghini or bugatti are showcased or raced around Goodwoods own circuit track.Goodwood also hosts a number of other renowned events including Goodwood Revival which offers a unique chance to relive the glorys days of the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s in genuine racing cars of those periods. Goodwood is also famous for its racecourse and its Glorious Goodwood five day race event including the Sussex Stakes which is regarded as one of the best mile races in the world.
If your interested in motorsport, horse racing or want want to enjoy a great day out with the kids then Goodwood is one of the best places to visit in the UK.
The Sussex coastline is an ideal spot for both amateur and professional divers alike. There is an abundance of marine life amongst the reefs and boulders which is partly due to its narrow channel, busy shipping lanes and the activities from the German U Boats during the previous world wars. Selsey is excellent for both shore dives and sea diving. As you go further out there are over 700 wrecks all within a 20 mile radius and 100 of these are divable, making them one of the best places to visit in the UK for diving.
Selsey is fortunate to offer a variety of fish and the further you move along the coast so do the stock and quality levels. East Beach is excellent for catching sole, bass, flounder and cod. As you move along to West Beach there are more varieties such as bass, dogfish, tope, thornback, stingray, plaice, sole, dab and flounder.
Cycling & Walking
Selsey and its surrounding area is set in flat countryside which makes it ideal for both walking and cycling for everyone and there are a number of walks and cycle routes both short and long. If you like to do a spot of bird watching on route there are a number of places within Selsey including East Beach Pond where there are a variety of birds such Mallards, Mute Swans, Herons, Moorhens, Canadian Geese and sometimes Widgeons and Mandarins. Alternatively down the road in Sidlesham is the internationally known Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve, a famous feeding and breeding ground for birds.
Ballooning (following offered by british school of ballooning)
Ballooning is a magical experience not to be missed by anyone. All who have flown in a balloon never forget the tranquility and romance of just drifting over the countryside. British School of Ballooning was established in 1987, a family run business offering balloon flights in Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Kent, Hertfordshire and Berkshire. Balloons fly early morning and evening just before dusk when the winds are at their lightest. Flights usually last an hr or more but the whole experience takes 3 – 4 hrs. Bubbly is served on landing and a commemorative certificate is presented by the pilot. All ages from 7 years upwards are catered for. A Balloon flight makes a wonderful gift for a special occasion or a great must do activity.
Historical places of interest
Selsey was the capital of the South Saxons Kingdom. When the kingdom was converted to christianity by Wilfred it became the churches nerve center for christianity in Sussex. Close to the site where Wilfreds original monastery and church was located is church Norton, a 13th century Chancel of the Parish church of St Peter. There are also the earthworks of a fort or castle the Normans used to protect Pagham Harbour.Other historical buildings include a very good example of a restored 19th century mill that operated from 1820 to 1920s.
Roman Ruins of Fishbourne Palace
In 1960 a group of workmen accidently uncovered the remains of a large roman villa that due to its size has come to be known as Fishbourne Roman Palace. The site still remains the most important and exciting event in Romano-British archaeology over the last half-century and the remains of the North Wing of the Palace are enclosed within a cover building for their protection and for the comfort of the visitors. Here can be seen the largest collection of in-situ mosaics in Britain including the famous Cupid on a Dolphin mosaic.
Places to eat
There are many places to eat in Selsey including local pubs along the highstreet and 200 yards from the lifeboat is the lifeboat inn which offer the best that Selsey has to offer, its world famous Crab and Lobster. Selsey also has some very good quality chinese and indian takeaways or sitdown restaurants.
Visitor attractions and shopping
A bit further afield about 25 miles west of Selsey is the historic city of Portsmouth. Portsmouth is hosts to the worlds oldest dry dock and home to some famous ships including Lord Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory and HMS Warrior. Other attractions include the D-Day museum, the remains of Henry VIII’s flagship- the Mary Rose, the Royal Naval museum, the Royal Marines museum. Aside from Portsmouth historical military attractions there are also more recent additions including Spinnaker tower at Gunwharf Quays, a 552 ft tall tower with viewing decks at sea level of 325ft, 341ft, 357ft providing 320 degree views of Portsmouth and a viewing distance of 23 miles. There is loads to see and do in and around Portsmouth for all ages and would make a great day out with the kids.
Chichester Festival Theatre
Positioned in the beautiful surroundings of Oaklands Park, Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the United Kingdom’s flagship theatres, with a dazzling international reputation for producing a wide range of theatrical productions, from musicals and comedies, to classic drama and innovative new writing.