Living in Bognor Regis
What is life like in Bognor
Bognor Regis is a popular seaside resort on the south coast of England, combining idyllic waterside living with a strong community spirit and excellent links to other towns and cities in the region.
Perhaps most famous for its Butlin's holiday resort, the town benefits from more hours of sunshine than almost anywhere else in the UK, a 2.7-mile promenade with magnificent sea views and numerous activities and events that encourage locals to get to know each other.
Bognor's beaches are renowned for being clean and pure, making them the perfect place for a spot of sunbathing during the summer months. They are also just one of the reasons why the town is so popular with both residents and visitors.
In addition to the highlights of Bognor itself, a plethora of other delights can be found nearby. These include the rolling hills of the South Downs, Goodwood and Cowdray Park, while the A27 means cities including Brighton and Hove, Southampton and Portsmouth are a short drive away.
The history of Bognor Regis shows the town began life as a small fishing village, and there are links to these days even now, as there are still plenty of fishermen operating in the area. Visit the beach each morning and you will find a small fleet of boats heading out from the shore in search of their catch of the day.
Sir Richard Hotham is the man credited with beginning the development of modern Bognor in the 1780s. He took the first steps towards turning the town into a holiday resort and attempted to rename it Hothampton.
Originally known as Bognor, it had its Regis suffix attached after King George V took up a residence there in 1930. He is just one monarch who visited the town for its fresh sea air, which was believed to have healing qualities during times of illness.
A number of famous people have been born in or lived in Bognor Regis at various times, including the legendary poet William Blake, who resided in neighbouring Felpham in the early part of the 19th century.
Sammie Winmill, a film star of the 1970s, was born in Bognor Regis, as was G4 singer Jonathan Ansell.
Entertainment, sport and days out
The Regis Centre is perhaps the entertainment hub of the town, with a range of productions taking place from comedies to dramas and pantomimes.
A number of local sports facilities are open to locals, including the Bognor Regis Golf Club, Fitness First and the Inspire Leisure Centre. Famous venues such as Goodwood and Fontwell are not too far away and can be easily accessed from Bognor.
The annual Festival of Speed at Goodwood is a particular favourite, while sailors will be drawn to nearby Chichester Harbour. Indeed, this part of the world is perfect for water sports, with the Witterings another excellent option for windsurfers.
In terms of local activities, the Birdman Rally is the highest profile event on the calendar. This is famous for the tradition for one man to take a powered flight off the end of the town's pier.
Eating, drinking & shopping
Bognor Regis is home to some charming venues that offer high-quality cuisine. Among the most highly rated establishments in the town are Simply Delicious, a cafe/delicatessen that has previously been recognised by the Best Eating Experience in Sussex award, the Royal Oak and the Bangkok Lounge.
For an even greater selection of restaurants, people in Bognor need only to travel to nearby Chichester, where popular eateries including Zizzi and Ask are located.
A number of Bognor pubs are featured in the latest edition of the Good Pub Guide, including the Hatters, the Lamb, the Navigator and the Robin Hood, so these may be successful starting points for any evening out.
Some of the UK's most famous and popular high street names can be found in Bognor, including clothing retailers such as Burtons, Dorothy Perkins and New Look. Other renowned brands include Morrisons, Robert Dyas and Clintons.
Schools & healthcare
Bognor Regis School has undergone a £39 million redevelopment project in recent years and now boasts Specialist Sports College status, while it also offers high-quality facilities in a variety of other departments including science, technology and the Arts.
The town's primary medical facilities can be found at Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital, which is located in the town centre. There are also several surgeries and clinics that can be used for more everyday matters.
Bognor Regis is located a few miles south of Chichester and around 20 miles east of Portsmouth. Its primary road connection is the A27, which runs from east to west and connects these destinations as well as Southampton and Bournemouth in one direction, and Brighton and Eastbourne in the other.
Rail users are also well served in Bognor, as the town boasts its own train station. From there, it is possible to catch a train direct to London, with these services typically taking around 100 minutes.
National Express runs coach services to and from the town, with these routes popular with holidaymakers, but also open to locals. There is a Stagecoach bus service that stops in Bognor and runs from Brighton in the east to Portsmouth in the west.