General information

Along the coast from Worthing is Shoreham-by-Sea, located at the mouth of the River Adur. This historic town has a centre reflecting the architecture of its fishing history. There are old cottages, houses and some beautiful churches. Yet the town is vibrant and there are new developments along its riverside and harbour front. It is a unique area with the natural features of its tidal river, an active harbour and commercial port.

Shoreham offers a more peaceful, quaint and charming variety of mostly small, independent shops. Views of the River Adur appear as you walk along the High Street, whilst the splendour of St Mary de Haura Church is the marvellous backdrop to pedestrianised East Street.

The River Adur is full of activity; sailing, yachting, rowing, windsurfing and canoeing are all popular activities on the river and in the Port. River moorings and berths for visiting vessels are controlled and provided by Shoreham Port Authority in the locked canal section of the harbour.

Shoreham’s Award Winning Farmers’ Market takes place every 2nd Saturday of the month while the Artisans’ Market is every 4th Saturday of the month. Further details of the Markets can be found on Adur & Worthing Councils website

This town is also home to the Ropetackle Arts Centre, a community-run arts venue that guarantees great entertainment at a fair price for all.

Brighton City Airport, previously known as Shoreham Airport, is much more than just an airport. Day visitors can enjoy the views out over the airstrip, with the South Downs in the distance, as they dine in the Hummingbird Restaurant. Aviation enthusiasts, history buffs and photographers can all enjoy the guided tour of the airport, which includes visiting Grade II Listed buildings including the historic hangar and the art deco main terminal building. Thrill seekers can have a go at a Trial Flying Lesson or Helicopter Tour of the area – there really is something for everyone!

Shoreham’s History

The town and port of ‘New Shoreham’ was established by the Norman Conquerors towards the end of the 11th century. The town’s strategic location and proximity to Normandy made it a logical place to improve facilities for travel and trade. The magnificent Church of St Mary de Haura was built in the decade following the Doomsday Survey of 1086 and the town laid out on a grid pattern. Marlipins Museum, a 12th century building in Shoreham High Street, is one of the oldest surviving secular buildings in the UK and dates from this time. Shoreham Fort, a Palmerston Fort, was built in 1857 to defend against Napoleon III. Visits can be made during Open Days and Heritage Events, so keep an eye on their website for further details.

Shoreham Beach to the south of the town, is the shingle bank thrown up over the centuries by the sea. Converted railway carriages became summer homes around the turn of the century, and Bungalow Town, as it was then known, became home for a short time to a flourishing film industry. It was cleared for defence reasons during the second World War and is now completely developed for modern houses. However the Church of the Good Shepherd, built in 1913, still stands.

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