Coming up to Christmas
West Sussex is a beautiful place in the build up to Christmas; the shops are already filling with festive goods and several places in the local area hold Christmas Markets or events:
– Arundel will be lit by candlelight and offering mulled wine, hog roast and market stalls on 6th December.
– Chichester Christmas Market runs between the 7th and 15th December.
– Fontwell Park Racecourse have a South East Christmas Fair, with over 130 boutique style Gift Stands, food and drink and lots of children’s entertainment, on the 13th December (booking is advised).
– West Dean College hold a Winter Wonderland on the 13th and 14th December; including food, drink, stalls and entertainment.
Come along for a festive break!
Bosham Walk (0.1 miles)
A few hundred metres from the hotel is Bosham Walk, which is an Arts and Crafts Centre full of small shops and is great fun to potter in. Inside an old world setting you will find a collection of 19 little shops on two floors. You can watch artists and craftsmen at work, paint your own ceramics glazed in their own kiln, make your own jewellery at Beadazzle Beads and see a range of items distinctive from those found elsewhere, making Bosham Walk the ideal place for “having a go” or purchasing that special gift. http://www.bosham-walk.co.uk/
Chichester City Centre (4 miles)
From boutiques to high street brand names (Marks & Spencer, Boots, River Island, Next, Top Shop, Jigsaw, Wallace, Warehouse etc) department stores (House of Fraser’s Army & Navy and BHS) to small unique shops there are plenty of places to have retail therapy. The city is laid in an X shape, with North, South, East sand West Street, so you can not get lost – simply shop the cross X streets. Chichester can be reached by an hourly bus service from Bosham.Shopping in Chichester
Emsworth (5 miles)
Emsworth is a delightful harbour side town with a wide range of independent shops and is a perfect place to potter about looking for something different. The town’s centre still maintains much of the charm of its original character and architecture, with its busy square and shops. With its millponds and promenade it is a popular place for visitors, who can walk around the Harbour. For the more energetic it is also the starting place, at the bottom of South street, for the Wayfarers and Solent Walks. http://www.emsworthonline.co.uk/
Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth (16 miles)
With over 95 designer outlets offering bargain prices, landscaped in a historic setting, with the famous Dockyard and Old Portsmouth only a short walk away, Gunwharf Quays is where old and new come together. Once youve experienced shopping in the pedestrian avenues, soaked up the spectacular views across the harbour, and enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere, were sure youll be back time and time again. http://www.gunwharf-quays.com/
Antiques in Petworth (19 miles)
Petworth is a centre for Antiques and the town is full of independent to suite lovers of antiques with budgets large and small. The Petworth Antique Centre Situated has over thirty established dealers with their own specialities including period and decorative English, Continental and oriental furniture; garden ornaments and statuary; oil paintings, water colours, prints, silhouettes and books; pottery, porcelain,china, glass; clocks, watches, barometers, tools; jewellery, silver, copper and brass; textiles, rugs, linen, lace, costume, samplers and fans. http://www.petworthantiquecentre.co.uk/
WestQuay, Southampton (28 miles)
WestQuay, located in the heart of Southampton city centre, boasts over 90 stores spread over three shopping levels. With major stores including Marks & Spencer and John Lewis and leading fashion retailers such as French Connection, Coast, Dune, Zara and River Island, you can be certain to find exactly what youre looking for. http://www.west-quay.co.uk/website/About.aspx
The Lanes in Brighton (35 miles)
If you’re looking to put a creative edge into your shopping, Brighton Lanes offer a shoppers paradise of independent shops and boutiques. Once the heart of the fishing town of Brighthelmstone, Brighton Lanes’ historic quarter is a fabulous maze of twisting alleyways, twittens and catcreeps offering an extraordinary mix of antiques and jewellery shops nestling alongside specialist contemporary and designer boutique fashion. http://www.uniquebrighton.com/