Bognor Regis 5 Day Festive - Royal Norfolk Hotel
Bognor Regis has been a seaside fishing settlement (and occasionally also a base for smuggling operations) since Anglo Saxon times. It became a fashionable resort in the reign of George III and has been frequented by royalty on numerous occasions. Visitors to the Royal Norfolk Hotel have included the Emperor Napoleon III of France and various members of Queen Victoria's family. The resort gained the title Bognor Regis after George V stayed here to convalesce after an illness in 1929. The resort is quite flat and has an excellent promenade walk. There is a pier and a delightful park, Hotham Park, which boasts a narrow gauge railway, putting green, crazy golf, tennis court and boating lake. On the beach between Bognor Regis and Aldwick lies the wreck of a floating pontoon - part of the Mulberry Harbour which was destined to be towed across to Normandy on D-Day June 6, 1944, but did not make it to Normandy and was washed up on the beach shortly after D-Day. It is clearly visible at low tide throughout the year. Bognor is a relatively small town but has some good shops and a theatre. The excursions possibilities are legion with numerous stately homes and several important towns and cities, as well as some smaller seaside towns, within easy reach. The beach is predominantly pebbly but the water is clean and the quality of the light often remarkable. Inland the scenery is quintessentially English with the splendour of the South Downs, England's newest National Park, very close at hand.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Christmas Festive ProgrammeMonday
Sherry reception on arrival followed by dinner and dancing.
Tuesday (Alias Christmas Eve) Full Day Excursion to Brighton
Brighton is a real 'city by the sea' with a huge selection of attactions and some delightful shopping in the historic 'Lanes'. Lewes is delightfully situated on the South Downs and is famous for its Norman castle. We return to our hotel in time for dinner after which the evening is filled with dancing and entertainment.
Wednesday (Alias Christmas Day)
Morning competition to guess the weight of the Christmas Cake. Traditional Christmas lunch with 'Santa' and presents. Afternoon tea and games. Dinner followed by dancing and entertainment.
Thursday (Alias Boxing Day) Half Day Excursion to Chichester
Today we travel to the historic city of Chichester In the heart of the city stands the fine cathedral where you will see the Shrine of St. Richard of Chichester, the beautiful window by Chagall, paintings and tapestries and the impressive Lady Chapel ceiling. Stroll around the City walls and keep your cameras handy to capture the 15th century market cross and Georgian houses. Back at the hotel enjoy a pre-lunch glass of punch followed by Grand Boxing Day Lunch. Free afternoon followed by dinner and fancy dress farewell dance (please bring a costume).
Depart hotel after breakfast.
Individual hotel programmes may differ slightly from this programme.
Royal Norfolk Hotel
Situated in a delightfully sunny spot on the sea front with extensive lawns and superb Channel views, this exceptional Georgian building dates from the 1830s and has been visited by the Emperor Napoleon III of France and various descendants of Queen Victoria. The hotel is just a short walk from the pier and shops.
All 61 rooms are centrally heated with private bath or shower and WC, television, trouser press, hair dryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There is an attractive lobby bar with television, a split level restaurant, two conference rooms and a bar lounge with small dance floor. Lift serves most rooms (some rooms accessed via several stairs). Entertainment is provided most evenings. Tel:01243 826222
AA Three Star Rated
Note for clients with a mobility impairment: there are only two small steps to negotiate at the hotel entrance and a ramp available. The hotel has seven ground floor rooms although none of these has a sea view. Each of the upper bedroom floors is divided into two levels and it is necessary to ensure mobility impaired clients are allocated rooms on the side of the hotel which can be directly accessed from the lift. Please ensure you submit a Special Needs form if you have a mobility impairment.