Out & About
There is much to see and do in and
within easy travelling distance of Emsworth
As well as a diverse range small specialist shops, Emsworth
boasts nine pubs with some dating back to the 18th century and five fine restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets. The town is firmly on the culinary map with foodies from all over the country descending on the town in their thousands for the annual Food Festival where they can enjoy a wonderful atmosphere of sights, tastes and sounds including over 70 food stalls and street entertainment over three hedonistic days!
. The more adventurous might enjoy one of the many local walks to the ‘Royal Oak’ situated on the water’s edge at Langstone, around the Chidham Peninsular or Thorney Island. There are numerous other walks to the north along the South Downs Way passing many villages and the Nature Reserve at Kingley Vale.
A short distance to the east lies the village of Bosham with its ancient church, history and sailing facilities. The nearby Roman Palace at Fishbourne www.sussexpast.co.uk is well worth a visit. The nearest cycle hire is also at Fishbourne on the A259.
The historic church of St. Thomas-a-Becket lies to the west of the village at Warblington, and there are sandy beaches at Hayling Island.
Further a field, but only a short car, train or bus journey away are the cities of Portsmouth and Chichester.
Portsmouth offers many attractions such as the naval dockyard and museum, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, the Mary Rose Maritime Museum, the new shopping centre and restaurants at Gunwharf Quays, sailing facilities at Port Solent and Sunsail base, sandy beaches at Southsea, Hover and car ferry links to the Isle of Wight and ferries to the Continent. Portchester Castle is also nearby.
Chichester is 7 miles to the east offering such attractions and facilities as the cathedral, Festival Theatre www.cft.org.uk, coarse/sea fishing, golf, walks along the canal bank and an excellent shopping centre. Nearby are Fontwell and Goodwood racecourses. There are sandy beaches at Wittering and Selsey. Chichester Harbour is a haven for wildlife and playground for yachtsmen/dingy sailors. Watersports, walks and boat tours around the harbour are available.