Sompting St Marys Church (West Sussex)
The oldest part of Sompting St Marys Church is the Saxon Tower, which has stonework that has been dated as pre-1000AD and stands at around 25m high with walls 76cm thick.
The spire is the earliest example of a Rhenish helm in England. The framework is square, with a four-sided pyramid rising to a central mast.
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- South Lancing Beach is located next to Lancing Beach Green a large public grass area with direct access to the beach. The beach has the usual West Sussex wooden groynes and is pebbles with compact sand at mid to low tide. Lancing is part of a long stretch of West Sussex coast that runs eastwards from Worthing’s Pier and Splash Point, through Lancing and down to Shoreham harbour. The beach has a path that runs behind it giving plenty of access options away from the main car park areas. If you take that little effort and move away from the busier areas you will also see working parts of the beach with small fishing boats pulled up The beach has a swimming zone that keeps water sports users away from bathers and as the beach is popular with kitesurfers there are two zoned areas, the first is a free rider zone and the second is a kitesurfing teacher zone. The surf is best in the winter months with a good beach break. Facilities at the beach include parking (fees March to September inclusive), toilets, food, beach huts, children’s play area.
- Worthing Museum and Art Gallery collections are very diverse. With one of the largest costume collections in England as well as a stunning collection of toys and dolls. A Local History Archive is very extensive as are the Archaeology Collections. The Fine Art and Decorative Art Collections cover different styles and centuries. Please note that not all of these items will be on display at any one time and if you want to see something particular when you visit it is a good idea to contact the museum in advance.
- Beach: Splash Point (East) Beach, Worthing View: Situated right on the beach, overlooking the quietest part of Worthing Beach. Seating outside on the decking. What’s on the menu?: Modern British cuisine, locally sourced ingredients, fully licensed. And something else…. Has great artwork on the walls (café is next to East Beach Studios) and runs regular cool beach parties and cabaret events.
- Splash Point beach is located to the East of Worthing Pier, a pebble beach with wooden groynes and sand at mid to low tide. The beach garden at Splash Point marks the start of the beach and is dedicated to the 4 rowing and sailing Worthing lifeboat crews that operated between 1850 and 1931. Facilities include Worthing rowing club, cafe, shops, toilets, shelters, promenade with cycle lane, sand volleyball courts behind the beach. Although this beach is listed separately, you are really in Worthing and so you have all the facilities of the seaside town including Worthing Pier.
- Worthing Pier is a traditional seaside pier that opened on 12 April 1862 and sits in the middle of the beach front at Worthing The pier today has the Pavilion Theatre and Cafe situated at the land end of the pier,whilst in the middle is the 1935 amusement arcade and the southern end pavilion has a cafe & venue.
- Worthing beach is in West Sussex and is low-key compared to it’s East Sussex neighbour Brighton. Like all beaches on the West Sussex coast, it is a pebbly beach but when the tide is out its sand and many shallow pools. A great beach for family games, exploring and paddling. The Lido on the beachfront no longer offers a swim but has funfair rides, cafes, beach shops and an ice cream kiosk. Spend your time walking along the beach or promenade people watching and exploring the grassy areas just behind the beach or the town shops. At the western end towards Goring, you have a children’s playground on the beach itself. Facilities include car parks, street parking, cafe, lido, pier, beach huts, shelters, playground, promenade and full facilities you would expect of a seaside town centre. If you are interested in watersports then it probably best to head a little west to Goring Gap beach.
- Goring beach is a pebble beach at the west end of the main long Worthing beach. The beach here is a pebble beach with compact sand at mid to low tide and is backed by a large grassy area. This is a good location for kitesurfing as you have the green behind the beach which provides the ideal place to set-up and meet fellow kitesurfers, with the best kite conditions are either side of mid tide. You have road parking and two car parks at either end of this beach, Marine Crescent and Sea Lane, at Sea Lane you have a licensed cafe, shop and toilets, beach huts are on the beach with some available for hire. Fishing boats launch from the beach and if your timing is good you can buy some fresh fish as they are unloaded.
- Worthing Watersports are the only shop specialising in windsurfing, kitesurfing, sit-on-top kayaking, stand-up-paddle (SUO) boards and body boarding in Worthing and the general area and are a ‘one-stop-shop’ with free and very easy parking. Located opposite Sea Lane Café we not only stock just about everything you will ever need but also have deep knowledge of the area, Goring, Ferring, Worthing, and Lancing.
- The Sea Lane Cafe is located on Goring beach. What’s on the menu?: Full breakfast menu, snacks & drinks, freshly caught local seafood, fresh cakes & ice-creams, fully licensed. There is a large free car park (limited to 2 hours stay) and plenty of parking along the seafront.
- Highdown Vineyard, Winery Shop and Tea Room Restaurant sits at the foot of the southern slopes of the South Downs in Ferring. The atmosphere is relaxed and tranquil with food served in the spacious winery barn. Looking out from the Vineyard to the slopes of the South Downs the views are spectacular. Highdown is a perfect place to visit for lunch or just a drink and a snack. A range of wine is available to purchase by the glass to accompany your meal. All the food is locally sourced, free range and freshly prepared. For winery tours and tastings, hire of function room or any enquiries call 01903 500663.
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