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Little Seaside Town
Bognor Regis (West Sussex)
Member Name: andyoz
Bognor Regis (West Sussex)
Advantages: Plenty To See And Do
Disadvantages: Past It's Best?
Bognor Regis is a seaside resort town on the south coast of England. The town lies in the county of West Sussex and has a population of around twenty five thousand people. The rather unusual name of the town comes from the Saxon word Bucgan which translates as shore or landing place. This is a very well establish resort town and has been attracting visitors for many years. King George V often visited the town in the early 1900's and it was he who added the name Regis to the town which means 'of the King'.
One of the things the town of Bognor Regis is famous for is the event known as 'The Birdman of Bognor'. Every summer for one day there is a competition to see who can jump off the end of the pier and fly the furthest. Contestants design their own flying machines and the person who flies the furthest wins the competition. The record is currently an impressive 57 meters! The competition always attracts massive crowds and there is a real carnival atmosphere in the town the day of the event.
There are plenty of things to see and do in the town. The main appeal is often the beach. There is a long pebble and sand beach here that gets very busy in the summer months. The pier here is also Britain's oldest pier and has amusements at the near end and you can walk out over the sea and admire the views back to the beach. There is also the Bognor Regis Museum and this give you an insight of what life used to be like back in the 18th century.
If you are looking to stay in the town of Bognor Regis then there is one place that stands out. Butlins holiday park! This is the oldest holiday camp in Britain and although the holiday camps around Britain are not nearly as popular as they once were, this Butlins is still going strong. You can get cheap accommodation here which is aimed mainly at families. There is on sight entertainment and lots of facilities ranging from swimming pools to tennis courts. If a holiday camp is not for you then there are plenty of nice hotels to choose from. The Navigator Hotel and the Russell Hotel are two of the more well established hotels in the town and these have good reputations for a high standard of rooms and service. There are also plenty of smaller bed and breakfasts to choose from in the town.
Bognor Regis can be a very good place to use as a base as you explore the surrounding area. Nearby towns such as Winchester, Littlehampton and Worthing are all well worth a visit. There are also some lovely stretches of coastline in this area that are nice places to explore and enjoy the scenery. If you are looking for something a little more lively then the city of Portsmouth is not to far away and there is always plenty going on here. So if you are looking for a good place to visit in the summer months then Bognor Regis certainly does have plenty to offer.
Summary: Decent Place
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