Bosham, Chichester Harbour & The Surrounding Area

Bosham & The Surrounding Area

A beautiful Saxon harbour village situated on the edge of one of the several inlets of Chichester Harbour, Bosham (pronounced”Bozzum”) has a rich history dating back to Roman times. Bosham is mentioned on the Bayeux Tapestry because of its connections with King Harold. This history is well documented in the church.

There has been a church on the same site on Quay Meadow since 800AD, and parts of the existing building date back to Saxon times.

King Canute’s daughter is said to be buried in the church after having drowned in the millstream. Legend has it that it was here that he “tried” to turn back the tide…in order to demonstrate to his people that no one was invincible, even the King. Several people have got their feet wet since then, as the shore road really does flood very quickly each high tide. We do provide Tide Tables!

The county town of West Sussex, Chichester is one of the oldest Roman cities in England. There are many reasons to visit, whatever your interests. Within the magnificent cathedral, you’ll find a Chagall window and remnants of a the original 4th c. AD mosaics from the time when a Roman temple stood on the same site.

Chichester Harbour is a National Trust Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and therefore protected from development. The buildings around the quay area have not changed outwardly over the last 100 years and although the fishing boats have been replaced by sailing yachts and dinghies, there are still plenty of them. The area is a magnet to water birds and twitchers alike, and it makes an ideal landscape for artists and photographers. There are some beautiful waterside walks and in the summer a foot ferry (which also carry bikes) runs across to the village of Itchenor, from where one can take a boat tour of the harbour.

For art lovers, the Pallant House Gallery is a must-see. The permanent collection of modern British art, has been donated over the past 30 years by numerous passionate art collecters. There is also an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

The Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the finest regional theatres in the country, and productions often transfer to the West End from its celebrated stage.

A short drive to the west of Chichester will take you to Fishbourne and its Roman Palace. Here you will find the UK’s largest collection of mosaics in situ and a full programme of special events throughout the year.  There is also a splendid half-hour walk from the Bull’s Head pub through fields and along the shore to the Crown and Anchor at Dell Quay – the perfect Chichester Harbour pub crawl!

To the north of Chichester is the Goodwood Estate. The house itself is a fine stately home, filled with superb art and open to the public. Its award-winning golf course, The Downs, is available on a Pay-As-You-Play basis, and features tricky doglegs and long sweeping greens which are both a treat and a challenge to true golf fans.  There is also is the summer horse racing programme, on what is said to be one of the most beautiful racecourses in the world, and the five days of Glorious Goodwood are the highlight of the summer programme.

Most famously, though, Goodwood is known for the Festival of Speed, known as “the largest motoring garden party in the world,” and the Goodwood Revival, another weekend of motor racing, though this time using historic cars.

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