things to do in the witterings

The Witterings and Bracklesham offer some of the most accessible and pretty coastal scenery on the south coast and just a stones throw from London.

A small, local community broken up amongst the villages and parishes on the Manhood Peninsula loves to share the many beaches, harbour, canal and local businesses including some of the best watersports lessons available.

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Whatever you’re looking for, be it a peaceful weekend, watersports, hen party experience , walking, painting, photography or just some super family time, the Witterings has something to offer for everyone.

Read on to learn more about this wonderful place on the south coast and learn more about the hidden gems and attractions that are available right now.

 

Beaches

West Wittering

Sand between the toes is the real attraction here.  West Wittering is a stunning beach on a private estate.   You’ll have to book in advance to park during the summer and it gets super busy, but once you’re there you have huge amounts of space to enjoy.

From a safety point of view, be careful of super strong currents move in and out of the harbour so be aware.

East Wittering

Bracklesham

This is my home spot and a beach very close to my heart for many reasons.  We’ve got cafes, sand at low tide, no current compared to West Wittering and mostly flat water during the summer.

Our watersports lessons use Bracklesham, when the sea state allows and the wind isn’t blowing.  Car parking is right up against the beach itself and there are public toilets on site.

East Head

Using the same car park, you have access to East Head, which is another amazing nature spot, with sandy beaches, sand dunes, wildlife and fun for watersports. The view across the beach leads you to Hayling Island or out to the Isle of Wight, looking over the Solent.

Chichester Harbour is is a stunning natural harbour with so many areas to explore on paddleboard, windsurfer or wing.
This is Chichester Harbour where we often run our paddleboard tours, windsurfing lessons and foiling sessions
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Chichester Harbour is is a stunning natural harbour with so many areas to explore on paddleboard, windsurfer or wing.

Shops

The Little Art Gallery, West Wittering

Situated along the primary route leading to the beach at the heart of West Wittering village, The Little Art Gallery stands as a modern art space, showcasing an interesting collection of predominantly local artists’ creations. For accurate opening hours, we recommend visiting our website, as these may fluctuate according to seasonal changes.

New Waves Box

Conveniently positioned along the main thoroughfare leading to the beach in the heart of West Wittering village, New Waves Box curates an array of homeware, gift ideas, and meticulously crafted items, each infused with a distinctive coastal and natural aesthetic. Our collection celebrates textures inspired by the sea and the surrounding landscape.

Additionally, we offer a selection of beach essentials, ensuring you have everything required for a delightful day by the shore. With free parking and year-round operation, our store welcomes visitors at any time. For added convenience, we provide a click-and-collect service for online orders.

Munneries

As premier providers of top-tier fresh produce, including vegetables, salads, fruits, and exotic items, we prioritize delivering unparalleled quality and service across all facets of our operations.

With a legacy spanning over a century, we take pride in curating an extensive selection of fresh produce, emphasizing locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.

 Enjoy the added convenience of complimentary delivery with no minimum order requirement.

Something Fishy

If you’re a fan of fresh fish, then you’re going to adore Something Fishy. We’re all about sharing our passion for selling the freshest local fish and shellfish to our amazing customers, whether they’re popping in for a retail purchase or stocking up for wholesale needs. You’ll find our cozy fishmongers shop right in the heart of The Parade, East Wittering.

If you’re craving fresh crab or lobster to jazz up a summer salad, dreaming of oysters, cockles, mussels, or scallops for a delightful seafood platter, or simply in the mood for seasonal catches to cook up a delicious fish supper, we’ve got just what you’re looking for.

Horrocks Green Grocers

At Horrocks, we’re all about bringing you the freshest locally sourced fruit and vegetables. Our commitment to quality shines through in every item you’ll find in our shop in East Wittering.

And hey, if you’re too busy to swing by, no worries! We’ve got you covered with our Fruit & Veg Boxes delivered right to your doorstep. We take pride in offering top-notch service every step of the way, ensuring you always receive the best quality produce.

AS Wallace Family Butchers

At A S Wallace, we’re not just your average butchers – we’re a family-run business with deep roots in the community. We take pride in offering a diverse selection of locally sourced, top-quality meats that are sure to elevate any meal.

Whether you’re planning a mouthwatering Sunday roast (think juicy rib of beef) or gearing up for a sizzling BBQ with friends and family, we’ve got you covered. Our range of marinaded meats, like zesty lemon pepper chicken breasts and succulent minted lamb steaks, will take your grilling game to the next level.

And hey, if you’re heading to the beach for a picnic, swing by our delicatessen for some gourmet goodies to pack in your basket.

Plus, we understand that life can get busy, so we offer local delivery to make things even easier for you.

Knead Bakery

Exciting news for all Witterings locals: we’ve just opened our delightful Artisan Bakery, and we can’t wait to share our freshly baked goodies with you!

Every morning, our talented bakers craft a delicious array of breads, croissants, pastries, cakes, and savory treats, all baked fresh right here in our bakery. From specialty breads to mouthwatering focaccia and sourdoughs, we’ve got something to satisfy every craving.

Need a caffeine fix? We’ve got you covered with freshly brewed coffee, and if you’re feeling peckish, our made-to-order sandwiches are sure to hit the spot.

Take a breather in our cozy garden area while you enjoy your takeaway treats, or if you’re in a hurry, just give us a call to place your order ahead of time.

Come on down and see us or give our friendly team a call at 01243 673300. We can’t wait to welcome you to our bakery!

Salty Dog Emporium

Step into a world of wonder at Salty Dog Emporium, your go-to traditional toy shop where friendly smiles and enchanting toys await. You’ll find us nestled in the charming Wittering Walk Shopping Arcade, right in the heart of East Wittering Village.

At Salty Dog Emporium, we take pride in offering a delightful selection of carefully curated wooden toys that not only bring joy but also support children’s learning and development. From whimsical puppets to captivating puzzles, games, books, craft activities, blocks, rag dolls, musical instruments, and much more, there’s something to spark the imagination of kids from birth to 15+.

What’s more, many of our products come with an ethical backstory, so you can feel good about your purchase.

Can’t wait to get your hands on our treasures? We offer both click & collect and local delivery options for your convenience.

Come say hello or browse our collection online – we can’t wait to share the magic of Salty Dog Emporium with you!

Beachcomber Gift Shop

Welcome to Beachcomber, your one-of-a-kind gift and lifestyle haven nestled in the bustling heart of East Wittering’s Raised Southern Parade. Our mission? To fill our shelves with treasures from near and far, ensuring there’s something special for every soul – even the most discerning gift recipient!

Exciting news: we’ve recently expanded our offerings to include an even wider array of homeware, kitchenware, and clothing. Whether you’re on the hunt for a unique home accent, the perfect kitchen gadget, or a stylish new outfit, we’ve got you covered.

And hey, don’t leave your furry friend behind – we’re proudly dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your four-legged companion along for the shopping adventure!

Come on over to Beachcomber and discover a world of delightful finds. We can’t wait to welcome you!

Shore Watersports

Hey, friends! Check out Shore Watersports in East Wittering for the ultimate beach day. Whether you’re into kiteboarding or paddleboarding, we’ve got all the gear and friendly experts to help you have a blast.  We mainly stock clothing, wetsuits and the extras you need to be cool at the beach.  Plus we always recommend Surfs SUP Watersports.

Candies

Candies is a charmingly nostalgic sweet shop, brimming with over 150 jars of treats that’ll transport you straight back to your childhood. From classic favorites like aniseed balls and cola bottles to timeless gems like fruit salads and jelly babies, every visit to Candies is a stroll down memory lane. And now, a new generation of kids is making their own sweet memories here too.

With such a vast selection, it’s no wonder that Candies is a hit with both locals and visitors alike. So, if you’re craving a taste of the past or looking to create new memories, swing by Candies for a sweet experience that’s sure to delight everyone!

Restaurants and Pubs

Pond Barn

Stone and Skillet

When we’re not dishing out delicious meals at our beachside restaurant, we’re busy catering events of every kind.

Whether it’s a cozy family get-together, a grand wedding celebration, or anything in between, we’ve got custom menus to match any occasion.

Our vintage horse boxes aren’t just mobile kitchens – they’re also a charming addition to any event.

We take pride in creating the ideal atmosphere with our horse box setup, tailored to match your event’s style and needs.

Mobies Fish and Chips

Calamitys

Jane has owned and run this tiny restaurant in the heart of East Wittering village for years.  Tea pots all around, in fact hundreds of them on shelves – try counting them all.  She serves up awesome food, be it breakfasts, sunday roasts, snacks and home made cakes.  

Wittering Surf

The Shore

Things to do

Watersports

The Witterings is a watersports heaven, with conditions ranging from easy flat water to waves and wind. At Surfs SUP Watersports, we offer paddleboarding, windsurfing, wing foiling and sup surfing, whilst our friends at Fluid offer kayaking.

Our own instructors are all local and know the area really well, so we absolutely guarantee the best lessons and coaching sessions.

Walking

In The Witterings, you’ll find a variety of picturesque walking trails that highlight the area’s stunning natural landscape. So, lace up your hiking boots and hit the coastal path, where you can soak in breathtaking views of the sea and countryside. Whether you’re up for a leisurely stroll or a more challenging hike, there’s a route tailored to your fitness level and interests. And don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife like seals, dolphins, and unique coastal plants along the way!

Chichester Marina and Harbour

Chichester Harbour, located just a hop, skip, and a jump away from The Witterings, is a true gem among England’s natural harbors. Dive into its serene waters and hidden creeks by joining a boat tour or renting a kayak. Alternatively, unwind on the waterfront while indulging in a mouthwatering seafood feast at one of the charming waterside eateries, all while enjoying the graceful sight of sailboats gliding by.

Local Family Attractions

Families visiting The Witterings are in for a treat with plenty of activities to keep kids of all ages entertained. Whether it’s a fun-filled day at West Wittering Beach, building sandcastles and playing in the waves, or exploring nearby attractions like Fishers Adventure Farm Park or the Weald and Downland Living Museum, there’s something for everyone. With a perfect blend of outdoor adventures and enriching experiences, The Witterings make for an ideal destination for a memorable family getaway.

Enjoy Local Seafood

You can’t visit The Witterings without diving into the local culinary scene. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with the freshest seafood straight from the nearby shores – think locally sourced crab, lobster, and oysters that’ll leave you craving more. And don’t miss out on exploring traditional farm shops or farmers’ markets in the area and around Bosham, where you can sample artisanal cheeses, homemade jams, and mouthwatering baked goods crafted from ingredients sourced right from the surrounding countryside. Trust us, your taste buds will thank you!

Just Relax and Unwind

Most importantly, The Witterings provide a chance to kick back, let go, and get back to nature. Whether you’re chilling on the beach, digging into a seafood feast, or wandering through the scenic countryside, take a moment to soak in life’s simple joys. Slow down, breathe in that salty sea air, and let the tranquil beauty of this heavenly spot refresh your body, mind, and soul.