A day out in Arundel, West Sussex

Living in Sussex certaintly has it’s perks. There’s the beautiful coast line, the country side, lot’s of very pretty villages and some great cities too. One place that pulls in the tourists is Arundel.
If you haven’t visited Arundel before, it is located a few miles inland from Littlehampton on the A27.

Being that it is also not far from Chichester, Dan and myself decided to take a trip to have a walk around and take some photo’s today. We also found out that the Arundel Proms was on this weekend and the Littlehampton Concert Band were playing on the green beside the castle and River Arun. Dan’s uncle and grandad were both playing in the band so we took the opportunity to have a listen and watch them performing.

A beautiful Ford Mustang

Luckily the weather was on our side so we walked along Mill Road towards Swanbourne Lake.
Swanbourne Lake is somewhere I have been visiting since a child. It’s barely changed over the years and that I love as it’s kept it’s charm and natual beauty. You can hire a rowing boat to take a scenic view of the lake and the surrounding area. But I normally opt for a walk around the perimeter of the lake, which I would guess takes about half an hour, perhaps a bit longer depending on your walking speed.
I ended up seeing a little path towards a hill and after a quick scramble through some brambles and over a gate I headed further up the hill.
This spot gave me a great vantage point over towards the castle and further beyond to Littlehampton and the coast. A great spot if you are looking for somewhere to chill out and enjoy the view.

After this I met up with Dan and after a bit more of a walk around the lake we headed back towards the city centre (a city because of the Cathedral- but it’s more the size of a town). We then found the Littlehampton Concert Band about to start. Dan and myself made ourselves settled on the grass and sat and listened to the band perform some show tunes, including a Grease melody!

I then took a walk around the high street and had a browse inside some of the shops. Arundel is full of independant retailers and coffee shops. You won’t find a MacDonalds or Primark here!
One of my favourite shops is Sparks Yard. Set over three floors, it’s full of gift and homeware pieces. I also love their merchandising in the shop, it’s always fun and inspiring.
I purchased a Sass and Belle palm tree print glass beaker, which I will use for my make up brushes. I also got a cute pink small tin bucket, again to use for my make up brushes and I also purchased some cute stickers to put on my laptop.
Definitely would urge you to visit Sparks Yard if you ever visit Arundel.

Sparks Yard

Sparks Yard

Sparks Yard

After this Dan and myself stopped off for some refreshment in The Tudor Rose, which is a popular coffee shop in the centre of Arundel. When I lasted visited here it was very traditionally English, which floral china cups and saucers. They have since refurbished and it is now all plane white tea cups and no chintz. Still they do a lovely cream tea, with a still warm scone, and cream and jam. Yum!

Once fed and watered we then headed back towards the train station. All in all a lovely day out to such a beautiful city. I hope you like my photos. Feel free to leave me a comment below and while you’re at it, why don’t you follow me on Bloglovin’ using the link in the side bar?

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Lot’s of love,

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