Bognor Regis is a seaside town on the south coast of England in West Sussex, with a population of approximately 63,000. Situated between Portsmouth and Brighton, it attracts visitors from a wide area. With London only 70 miles away, a daytrip to the seaside at Bognor Regis is as attractive an option for Londoners as a trip to London for Bognorians. History has recorded how well King George V, Bognor’s most famous visitor, liked the resort. Previously plain Bognor, he bestowed the royal “Regis” on the town following his convalescence at nearby Aldwick.
Until the 18th century Bognor was a small fishing village and smugglers’ haunt. Several professional fishermen still operate from the beaches and can be seen landing their catch. Now a thriving town, Bognor has much to offer and is proud of its connection with the University of Chichester; the Bognor Regis campus can accommodate a student population of 3,000.
Visitors come to Bognor Regis for many reasons: for some the attraction is Butlins holiday camp built in 1960 by Sir Billy Butlin; for others, the £10m hotel added to the site in 2005. The pier is an attraction to all, as is the seaside atmosphere on the promenade with kiosks selling ice cream, crab, mussels and of course fish and chips. Bognor’s climate is one of the sunniest in all England, it is claimed.
There is also plenty to see in the surrounding area. The ancient city of Chichester is only 6 miles away and the 11th century cathedral is well worth a visit. Portsmouth with its historic docks, Southampton and the old medieval city of Winchester to the west are also within easy visiting distance, as is Brighton to the east with the famous Royal Pavilion.
Just north of Bognor are the famous South Downs, a beautiful area of gentle rolling hills, with numerous public footpaths and bridleways. In 2009, the area was designated a National Park.
Further information about Bognor Regis can be found at http://www.bognorregis.gov.uk