Beaches in Sussex
Sussex accounts for 15% of the UK’s total land area so it’s no surprise that the county boasts a variety of natural landscapes, as well as picturesque villages, charming towns and historic cities. But Sussex’s coastline is just as charming as its countryside and is home to both bustling seaside resorts and quiet beaches.
When you think of the Sussex coast, fashionable Brighton often springs to mind with all its quirky boutique shops, rock and roll history, and pop-up places to eat, but Sussex has many other smaller and equally as charming seaside towns and cities. We’re lucky enough to have Haven holiday parks next to two of these delightful Sussex towns - Bognor Regis and Hastings. This means that there are not only plenty of entertainment and dining options close at hand but also beaches with excellent facilities. Take a look at our guide to beaches in Sussex and discover some of the best spots on the south coast that are all conveniently located within range of our Haven sites.
Beach walks: Sussex strolls
Our Church Farm park has the best of both worlds. It’s far enough from the heart of the action in a town like Bognor Regis, but close enough for you to get there on a coastal walk that takes you through some of the finest beaches in Sussex. Pagham Beach is literally opposite the park, so you’re just steps from sand. Head east past Aldwick Bay Estate and Beach. You’ll spot Bognor’s Pier in the distance, marking your arrival in the famous seaside town. All in all, the journey takes around an hour to complete the three or so miles.
Combe Haven is quite literally neighbours with Hastings. The brilliant Bulverhythe Beach is opposite the park, but the sand-filled fun doesn’t have to stop there. Walk east along the coast and head to the centre of town. The beaches at St Leonard’s-on-Sea and Hastings itself a brilliant to wind down on after stretching the legs.
Beach history: the Battle of Hastings
It doesn’t get much more historical than the site of the Battle of Hastings, which is just a short drive from the town’s beach and our Combe Haven park. Literally named Battle, the town marks the spot where William, Duke of Normandy, battled and defeated King Harold II to become William I in 1066. You can visit Telham Hill on the outskirts of town, a place that’s paradoxically peaceful when compared the turbulent times of centuries ago.
From Church Farm, take a stroll along Pagham Beach towards brilliant Bognor Regis, site of the classic Butlins Holiday Camp. Head inland towards Chichester and check out the town’s cathedral. Founded in 1075, the structure has stood ever since and really is a fine piece of architecture.
Beach attractions: a Hastings haven
Hastings, a short 12 minute drive away from our holiday park at Combe Haven, has everything needed for a great family day out at the seaside. The pier is full of amusements, there are treats to be had, prizes to be won and fish and chips galore. Attractions like Hastings Castle just off the town’s beach are a great hit with kids. There’s also the Old Town area to check out, full of ravishing restaurants and family-friendly pubs.
Our Church Farm holiday park isn’t just close to historic towns like Chichester, it’s also neighbours with one of the finest beaches in Sussex and the UK. West Wittering Beach has won many awards over the years and it’s no wonder as it combines the traditional sea horizon on one side and the breathtaking Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the other.
Start planning your Great British break
Beaches in the South East
The South East is England’s most populated area. Many different beaches serve the people that call it home and attract visitors near and far, domestically and internationally.
Dog friendly beaches in Sussex
Sussex has an abundance of sand, sea, and fresh air - what is there for a dog not to love? The county also benefits from more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in the UK, increasing the opportunities for walkies.
Best beaches in Sussex
Famous for its lively cities, elegant stately homes, impressive castles, colourful gardens and cultural connections, Sussex ticks many boxes of the perfect UK holiday.