Coach Holidays to Bognor Regis which can boast the highest recorded number of hours of sunshine than anywhere else in Britain. It has been a seaside fishing settlement (and occasionally also a base for smuggling operations) since Anglo-Saxon times. It became a fashionable resort in the reign of George III and has been frequented by royalty on numerous occasions.
Visitors to the Royal Norfolk Hotel have included the Emperor Napoleon III of France and various members of Queen Victoria’s family. The resort gained the title Bognor Regis after George V stayed here to convalesce after an illness in 1929. The resort is quite flat and has an excellent promenade walk.
There is a pier and a delightful park, Hotham Park, which boasts a narrow guage railway, putting green, crazy golf, tennis court and boating lake. On the beach between Bognor Regis and Aldwick lies the wreck of a floating pontoon – part of the Mulberry Harbour which was destined to be towed across to Normandy on D-Day June 6, 1944, but did not make it to Normandy and was washed up on the beach shortly after D-Day. It is clearly visible at low tide throughout the year. Bognor is a relatively small town but has some good shops and a theatre.
The excursion possibilities are legion with numerous stately homes and several important towns and cities, as well as some smaller seaside towns, all within easy reach. The beach is predominantly pebbly but the water is clean and the quality of the light often remarkable. Inland the scenery is quintessentially English with the splendour of the South Downs, England’s newest National Park, very close at hand.
We use the Royal Norfolk Hotel, a Leisureplex Hotel.
The town centre shops are a short walk from the hotel as is the pier and Alexandra Theatre.
Beaches and Gardens
Bognor’s long pebbly beach and clear waters provide safe and attractive bathing. Hotham Park recalls the developer of the resort, Sir Richard Hotham. It offers a narrow guage railway, putting green, crazy golf, tennis court and boating lake.