St Mary's is the Anglican parish church while St Catherine's is the principal Catholic church. In the cemetery, which is on the northern side of the town, lies the grave of Katharine O'Shea ("Kitty O'Shea") (1845–1921), the wife of Charles Stewart Parnell.
Having been established over 100 years ago, Littlehampton Hockey Club is one of the oldest hockey clubs in England. In 1999 became the first club in the history of Sussex Hockey to win the Sussex Open Premier League while remaining undefeated all season.
Trains services from Littlehampton railway station are provided by Southern and occasionally First Great Western, with direct services to Brighton, London Victoria, Gatwick Airport, East Croydon, Bognor Regis, Chichester, Portsmouth and Southampton.
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The Littlehampton bonfire procession, bonfire and firework display is an annual event which has been organised by the Littlehampton Bonfire Society since 1952. It is part of a series of bonfire festivals organised by Sussex Bonfire Societies throughout Sussex.
Watch the boats sail in and out of Littlehampton Harbour at the mouth of the River Arun.
The harbour is at the mouth of the River Arun and has an active leisure and yachting community.
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Gatwick Airport is an hour away to the north, Southampton Airport is an hour and a half away to the west, Chichester Airport is 30 minutes also to the west and Shoreham Airport is 45 minutes to the east. The port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel about three hours to the east; Portsmouth Harbour an hour to the west and Newhaven Harbour about an hour to the east.
Take a look at the Accessible Sussex by the Sea page if accessibility information and guidance is required.
The world headquarters of The Body Shop is situated towards the north of the town, and is a major employer in the area.
Littlehampton harbour (see also Littlehampton Port above) is on the River Arun at the western side of the town, with yacht moorings. Also on the west bank of the river are Littlehampton Redoubt and Climping sand dunes.
The town's status as both a port and a holiday resort led to economic success in the nineteenth century, with a railway line and a cross-channel ferry to Honfleur in France being introduced. The population of the town grew tenfold over the century, from 584 in 1801 to 5,954 in 1901. Littlehampton remained as a holiday resort in the twentieth century, becoming known as 'The Children's Paradise' in the 1920s.
Littlehampton supports a range of performance groups including Stagedoor Theatre Company, The Edwin James Festival Choir & Orchestra, The Musical Comedy Society and Players Operatic Society who perform throughout the year. It also holds a popular 'Last Night of the Proms' concert performed annually by the Littlehampton Concert Band.
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Littlehampton Harbour is located on the south coast between Chichester and Worthing and close to the South Downs National Park. The harbour is at the mouth of the River Arun and has an active leisure boat and yachting community, a small fishing fleet and some commercial shipping.
Littlehampton began to develop as a port as a result of constant silting of the River Arun, perhaps leading to the prefix of 'Little' being added to 'Hampton', in order to distinguish it from the larger Southampton further along the coast. The expansion of port activities led to a new river mouth being cut in 1735, alongside the building of a wooden harbour. At this time it was also known as Arundel Port.
Littlehampton is served by three railway stations, Littlehampton railway station, Angmering railway station and Ford railway station.
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As the eighteenth century progressed, the town developed from a fishing community to a holiday destination, with Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley and John Constable all believed to have spent time there.
Littlehampton is twinned with two towns. Each is twinned with the others:
The Look and Sea Visitor Centre, is home to the Visitor Information Centre located right by the river and walkway between the harbour and the town centre. Make sure you call in for lots of useful information to help make the most of your visit.
On 10 June 2012, heavy rain fell on the town and continued into the early hours of 11 June at which point more than 26 homes got flooded along the waterfront, along with multiple flooded roads leading to road closures and many other homes flooded in the town. A rescue centre was set up at the local Leisure Centre for those evacuated during the floods. During the flooding local emergency services received over 150 flood-related calls.
Littlehampton also has a large number of taxis, with taxi ranks all over the town and four different taxi companies.
Enjoy boating, cycling, sandcastle building, seaside amusement rides, wildlife watching, interactive museums and more!
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The Windmill Entertainment Centre is a small theatre and single-screen cinema, with a 213-seat auditorium situated on the seafront in Littlehampton.
Bring your bucket and spade and enjoy great days out on Littlehampton East Beach or West Beach.
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Littlehampton's police station is situated just outside the town centre with a CID building and the head major incidents unit in West Sussex adjoining. There is also an ambulance station adjacent to the police station.
A local company, Dando Drilling International Ltd, has been exporting drilling rigs from Littlehampton since 1867. Van Heyningen Brothers (VHB) salad growers was a major employer in the town from 1964 to 2003.
Littlehampton has a large number of bus routes from several bus companies. The bus station at Littlehampton handles anything up to 1,000 passengers a day and over 200 buses.
Harbour Park is at the entrance of the River Arun with two restaurants, two arcades, a rollercoaster, log flume and other attractions.
With a variety of captivating award-winning architecture including the Stage by the Sea, East Beach Café and Britain’s Longest Bench plus an extensive programme of cultural events this certainly is a must-visit destination!
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The harbour speed limit is 6½ knots but we request that once you have cleared ‘the narrows’ that you respect the request for NO WASH.
Two award-winning beaches, the beautiful River Arun and a large seafront green makes Littlehampton a popular destination for individuals, families and couples. Whether you are looking for a seaside Town with plenty to do on a day out or a base for exploring the beautiful Sussex Coast, Littlehampton is the ideal place to visit.
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Home to superb sandy award-winning beaches, a bustling marina and harbour and stunning contemporary architecture, Littlehampton, Sussex on England's sunny south coast is both the perfect place to enjoy a fun family holiday and take time out to relax.