OUR LOCAL AREA

At The White Swan we believe that our local area has so much to offer that a single page with a list of places just wasn’t enough. So we have created our own local area map. It is set out over 5 sections:

Glorious nature
Buckets spades and splashing around
The big attractions
Smaller attractions
Further afield

We have tried to include something for everyone and hope some of these places become as special to you as some of them are to us.
If you find a gem that we haven’t listed please drop us an email and we could add it as a guest recommendation.

Glorious nature

Chichester Harbour is a truly unique environment. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) the landscape is mesmerising. Take a boat trip, cycle ride or a walk. There is much to see and do here.

We are perfectly situated just on the edge of the national park to allow you to explore. From rolling hills to bustling market towns, the South Downs National Park’s landscapes cover 1,600km2 of breath-taking views and hidden gems. Discover ancient woodland and lowland heaths or enjoy our ‘picture perfect’ villages, or flourishing vineyards. Let the South Downs National Park subtly seduce you.
Chanctonbury Ring is an Iron Age hill fort above Worthing and the Findon Valley which is best known for its prominent clump of beech trees planted in 1760 by Charles Goring. With mystical associations dating back a long way to more modern UFO sightings.
Kingley Vale has lots to see and explore, it’s one of the finest yew forests in Western Europe. The nature reserve with its giant twisted trees, birds, such as green woodpeckers, red kites and buzzards, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye out! The terrain can be steep at points, so is not recommended for wheelchairs.

Buckets, spades and splashing around

A hidden gem, we shouldn’t really be telling you about this lovely beach, it’s a bit of a local secret. The beach is pebbly but once you are in the water the bottom is all sandy and easy on your toes.

Vast expanses of sand, shallow warm waters, sand dunes to explore and watersports galore! Everything you need for a beach day.
The only Lido in West Sussex, with a big pool and a paddling pool for little ones. with views of the Castle too. A really great splashy day out for all the family.
A traditional British seaside town with a pier, fish and chips and a growing selection of independent shops and restaurants. Not forgetting if it rains there’s always Butlins!

The big attractions

Every year we greet lots of guests attending one the many race meets held at Goodwood. The height of which is of course Glorious Goodwood. Flat racing has been a feature at Goodwood since 1802 and this prestigious venue has it all.

If you are lucky enough to be attending one of Goodwoods world famous events you are in for a treat! We love seeing our guests all dressed up with their fabulous classic cars during revival.

For a fun packed family day out you could try Butlins, situated right on the beach with loads of activities to keep younger ones occupied
Built in the brutalist style, the theatre opened its doors in 1962. It has a unique program of events and is often used to test and work out the kinks in West End productions, so you might get to see the next big thing before anyone else.
Little sister to the festival theatre, the Minerva is part of the Festival Theatre’s main complex.
We’ve had our own Castle in Arundel for nearly 1000 years. It has been home to the Dukes of Norfolk for around 850 years. The gardens are beautifully kept and the Castle has a busy calendar of events running year round, it really is a must visit if you have time.
Spot water voles from the boat safari, hand feed rare geese at World Wetlands and stroll gentle pathways to quiet spots to watch Sussex wildlife. A unique day out for adults and kids alike.
We love this place, there is always something going on here and it’s easily a full day of fun & learning. There is a lot of outside here so it’s definitely better on a dry day.
Situated on the waters edge, harbour park is all about the kids. Its free to enter and you just buy tickets for the things you want to do. A great way to tire them out.
Tangmere Military Aviation Museum was born when a group of like-minded enthusiasts met to discuss ways of keeping the memory of RAF Tangmere alive, and is today one of the leading aviation museums in the UK.
With a full on calendar of racing and events there is always something interesting going on at Fontwell Park.
With a calendar of events for the whole family, the Regis Alexandra Theatre is at the heart of its local community.

Smaller attractions

A fine example of our Roman heritage the palace of Fishbourne and its grounds are one of several sites looked after by the Sussex archeological society.
Our local Lifeboat station, we hope you won’t need them but it’s good to know they are there.
This is a quaint attraction that will take no more than a couple of hours, great value and definitely quirky. We took a 2 year old and she loved it, especially the butterflies.
We took a 6 and a 9 year old, they both cheated but we all had a great time.
A quirky look back in history at all kinds of things. For example you can explore how the telephone has changed over the years then have a look at the history of chalk quarrying on the site. A unique & interesting place.
Belonging to the National trust this is a much loved attraction. While you are here take a wander through the bendy windy streets of Petworth itself and have a nosey in the boutique shops and galleries.

Further afield

Everyone who comes into contact with children knows about Peppa Pig land! The kids will love it and the grown ups can be assured the bar will be open when you get back for a reviving cup of tea, or something stronger.
Well worth the 30-40 minute drive, home to the Mary Rose and a wealth of history and excitement for everyone. Last time we went we were fascinated by the story of HMS M33 one of the last remaining ships from world war I.

Part of the Sea Life group this aquarium is right next to the pier.

Funky shopping area in Brighton full of independent shops catering to the tastes of Brightons eclectic residents and visitors alike.

Cars, historic house, beautiful gardens, did we mention cars? Set in the New Forest Beaulieu Motor Museum is a truly unique day out.Cars, historic house, beautiful gardens, did we mention cars?

A wonderful Zoo and park with loads to do for all ages. The lemur walk through and feeding the birds were our favourites.