Spotlight on Shoreham
Shoreham-by-Sea, more commonly known as Shoreham, is not only a joy for historians – the town boasts some remarkable old buildings and there is plenty of interesting past to research – but it’s also a great spot for finding out what the future of Sussex might end up holding. Modern new developments including homes and shops put Shoreham firmly on the map as the very definition of up and coming.
History in Brief
Shoreham dates back to before the Roman invasion of 55 BC, but it remained a tiny little settlement until Christianity made it popular. At the beginning of the 12th century, the church of St Mary de Haura (St Mary of the Haven) was built. It was a huge building; a monumental undertaking, and it drew the admiration of people from across the country, many of whom came to see it, and it was this sudden influx of visitors that meant Shoreham had to start flourishing. It had to open shops, taverns, inns to accommodate its newfound popularity, and it had to have some kind of order to it. Put plainly, it had to grow. So it did.
Things to Do
- Shoreham Airport Visitor Centre
The Shoreham Airport Visitor Centre is a museum that shows exactly how this small but busy airport would have looked. From its fabulous art deco terminal building to the fact that you can watch the planes take off from a very close perspective, this is a grand day out any day of the week (including Sundays). Bonus features include a gorgeous café that serves an impressive slab of chocolate cake (among many other sweet treats) and some very friendly staff members.
- Marlipins Museum
When we mentioned there was a lot of history to Shoreham, we meant it. And Marlipins Museum is testament to that. It tells the story of Shoreham’s maritime and local history starting way back in prehistoric times. There are photographs, exhibitions and interesting talks too.
- Into The Blue
According to those in the know, Into The Blue is the very best seafood restaurant in Sussex. That’s a mighty bold claim, but the reviews do speak for themselves. With items such as the Blue Seafood Platter (king prawns, scallops, salt and pepper calamari, crab, smoked salmon, salad, bread and dip), whole dover sole and traditional fish and chips with homemade tartare sauce, it serves up some hearty, mouthwatering meals.
- Chambers Bistro
Chambers Bistro is, they say, the place to be in Shoreham. It is that perfect meet-in-the-middle sweet spot between formal and relaxed dining where you can enjoy the perfect romantic meal for two, or a large family celebration. Food includes marinated turkey confit rolls with sweet chilli dip and homemade cranberry and orange sauce; bouillabaisse provencal (monkfish, king prawns, home salted hake, mussels and squid with new potatoes and peas cooked in a saffron, provencal herbs, fennel and tomato broth); and rhubarb, lemon and ginger cheesecake with berry compote and hazelnut brittle.
Upcoming Annual Events
- Shoreham RiverFest // Aug
The Shoreham RiverFest takes place every August bank holiday. Past activities include dressing up as a pirate to help win the Guinness World Record title of the largest gathering of pirates, dragon boat racing, wandering musicians, the Riverfest Bake Off, photographic competition, Riverfest artisans market, nature walks, a treasure hunt and much more.
Ropetackle Arts Centre is Shoreham’s award-winning community run arts venue. This April marks an incredible 10 years since the centre first opened and they’ve got lots in store to celebrate. Join them throughout the month for a series of special events, workshops and free activities, from music to comedy, theatre and film, and download or pick up their special anniversary brochure where you can meet the team and discover their story. A registered charity run by volunteers, they are also fundraising to improve and upgrade some key equipment. Find out more and join the celebrations by visiting www.ropetacklecentre.co.uk
Did You Know?
Shoreham Airport is the oldest British airport still in existence. It was first used for commercial flights in 1911.