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As part of Cove UK, here at Medmerry Park we pride ourselves on providing experiences for our guests beyond just the accommodation. Offering activities on park and saving you the time by continuously researching on the best attractions and events taking place nearby for you to enjoy and build wonderful memories for you and your family.

By choosing Medmerry Park you also get the added advantage of ‘Go Cove’ the first stop to planning your holiday!

We’ve selected a mixture of our favourite 50 events/ activities and places to go for you to add to your holiday ‘must-do’ list.

Medmerry is perfectly placed on the shores of Bracklesham Bay with the South Downs at your fingertips. Visit the Roman city of Chichester touring its magnificent Cathedral and gardens, experience the thrilling Goodwood Festival of Speed, step back in time at Arundel Castle or walk to your heart’s content in some of England’s most beautiful countryside.

What will you do? Take a look below and get planning your next trip!

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Make a Splash!

Make a Splash!

From May to September guests can enjoy our fabulous outdoor heated swimming pool. Parents can lie back and relax on our comfy sun loungers whilst the kids splash, play and cool off, it’s the perfect way to while away a summer’s day.

Ping Pong

Ping Pong

A firm family favourite, no holiday would be complete without a game of table-tennis. Collect bats and balls from our reception and challenge the kids to a mini tournament or simply brush up your skills at our outdoor table, it’s fun and it’s free!

Game, Set, Match

Game, Set, Match

Take to the courts and discover if you have a mini-Nadal or Federer in your midst or simply use the time to polish up your tennis skills! No need to bring your own rackets or balls, you can hire these for FREE from our reception.

Tee-rific fun

Tee-rific fun

Pick up clubs and balls from reception free of charge and take on our 9-hole crazy golf course. Full of surprises and tricky angles, it’ll keep you on your toes and promises plenty of laughs.

Indulge and Unwind

Indulge and Unwind

Take the night off from cooking and head to our country pub, The Medmerry. Whether eating in or dining al-fresco, we guarantee an evening of good food, drinks and quality time together. Be sure to book a table to avoid disappointment, particularly when we have entertainment and themed nights.

Circus Skills Workshops

Circus Skills Workshops

Have a go at our Circus Skills workshops, a fun activity that all the family can do together. Our circus trainer will help you learn an array of circus skills such as juggling, plate spinning, hula hoops, diabolo, pedal-go, poi, and devil stick.

Workshops will take place on 10th, 13th, 24th and 31st August. Sessions last 1 hour and will take place between 11am – 12pm, 12pm – 1pm, 1:45pm – 2:45pm, 2:45pm – 3:45pm

Maximum of 15 people per session, £5 per person. Please book at reception.

Chill & Relax

Chill & Relax

Soak up the sun with a cool drink in hand and watch the world go by from our Medmerry conservatory. Four-legged friends are welcome to join so why not make an afternoon of it?

Doggy Fitness

Doggy Fitness

With their very own agility centre and having access to the beach your canine friends will be able to build their own memories. Then once done, no need for sandy dirty paws, our fantastic dog washing facilities are perfectly placed next to the agility area, to ensure they are always looking and smelling their best!

On Yer Bike

On Yer Bike

With so much to explore from our doorstep, hire one of our bikes and discover the beautiful local area on two wheels. Use our handy app to book your bike hire slots in advance.

Life’s a Beach

Life’s a Beach

Head to the beach and drink in the fresh sea air, Bracklesham Bay is right on our doorstep and offers blissful escapism from busy lives. Teach the kids to skim pebbles and watch as they skip across the water.

Low Tide Fun

Low Tide Fun

At low tide, the pebbly banks of Bracklesham Bay unfold into sandy shores. Check the tide times and head down as the tide is dropping to build castles and feel the sand between your toes.

Simple Pleasures

Simple Pleasures

The shores of Bracklesham Bay/the beach here are renown for fossils as well as pre-historic shark’s teeth. Stroll along the shores keeping eyes peeled for these natural wonders along with shells and any other treasures the sea has washed up. Collect a handout from reception to easily identify any finds.

On the Water

On the Water

With the beach literally on our doorstep, the ocean will be calling from the moment you arrive. Be sure to pack your kayaks and SUP’s so you can make the most of every moment on the water.

Underwater Fun

Underwater Fun

Whether it’s swimming, snorkelling, paddling or wave jumping there’s plenty of fun to be had in the waters here. Please do check tidal information before you venture down and adhere to beach safety guidelines. Our friendly staff at reception are on hand to advise.

Stacks of Fun

Stacks of Fun

Bracklesham Bay is lined with layers of beautiful pebbles varying in sizes, shapes and colours. Why not build a pebble tower, carefully stacking the stones to see how high you can go? Be sure to share your creations with us on social media and tag us!

What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

Rockpooling holds a wonder for children young and old, peaceful pools of water playing home to a range of minibeasts, from the humble anemone to starfish, blennies, crabs and more. Head to the beach whatever the weather and see what you can find!

Get Tweeting!

Get Tweeting!

The spectacular Medmerry Nature Reserve lies a stone’s throw from our park and offers fabulous bird watching opportunities. From geese to lapwings and skylarks, there’s plenty to delight and keen eyes may even spot a water vole scurrying along the shores!

A Sky full of Stars

A Sky full of Stars

We are fortunate to be located under some fabulous dark skies and encourage all our guests to push bed time a little later and enjoy soaking up the glittering night skies. There’s a reason Sir Patrick Moore, renown astronomer, made this area his home.

Go on Safari

Go on Safari

Pick up a map from our reception and set off to uncover some of the magnificent nature trails which adorn this area. Be sure to keep eyes peeled as you roam for the numerous species of insects, flora and fauna who call this area home.

Go On A Nature Search

Go On A Nature Search

Collect a leaflet from our reception head and set off on your very own nature search, ticking off trees, plants, shells and various wonders as you find them.

Get Creative

Get Creative

As you wander and roam, pick up any leaves or natural treasures that catch your eye to create paintings and sculptures with, or simply to draw and take home with you as a keepsake of your time at Medmerry.

Lace up your Boots

Lace up your Boots

Download and use our Footpaths App to instantly plan your route and enable you to discover this picturesque area on foot. See the sights and uncover hidden corners, where wildlife flourishes far from the crowds.

Squelchy Fun

Squelchy Fun

When the sun isn’t shining, don your wellies and head out for a fun-filled splashy walk. Hold hands with your little ones and take pleasure from jumping in puddles and squishing through the mud.

Shapes in the Sky

Shapes in the Sky

There’s nothing more relaxing than lying back on a warm sunny day and gazing at the clouds as they pass peacefully overhead. Encourage the children to look out for unusual shapes, using their imagination to create characters and spot animals floating by.

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Eyes Down!

Eyes Down!

What better way to enjoy some traditional British fun than with a game of Bingo?! Head to The Medmerry on selected evenings and join us for a good old fashioned evening of entertainment.

Take your Aim

Take your Aim

Unleash your inner Robin Hood with one of our archery sessions. Led by experienced tutor’s get to grips with a traditional bow and arrow, learn to shoot accurately and practise your newly learned skills.

Let Us Entertain You

Let Us Entertain You

Kick back and relax whilst we amuse the kids, from shows to dancing, singing to rhyming we have plenty of tricks up our sleeves to put smiles on their faces.

Good Woof Dog Show

Good Woof Dog Show

A self-proclaimed ‘event like no other’, the Good Woof Dog show promises a celebration of all things dog. Held at the famous Goodwood House, expect a world-class, action packed weekend, dogs welcome of course!

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Goodwood Festival of Speed

Goodwood Festival of Speed

This iconic event lures crowds from around the globe each year, drawn to the eclectic mix of automobiles and celebration of motorsport. With stalls, stands, gripping racing and plenty of action, it’s one weekend we never like to miss.

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Goodwood Revival

Goodwood Revival

Blending fashion from the 20’s through to the 50’s with historic racing in historic cars, the Goodwood Revival weekend is a world-famous step back in time. As the only event of its kind to be staged entirely in a period them, the Revival is a truly unrivalled weekend.

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Take the Reins

Take the Reins

We are not far from Goodwood and Fontwell race courses, whilst Goodwood has a name for being the most beautiful race course in the world, Fontwell is known for it’s thrilling oval hurdles course. Both hold a range of exciting racing and jumping events throughout the year and Medmerry Park is the perfect place to base yourself.

Chichester Festival Theatre

Chichester Festival Theatre

Set in a Grade II listed building, Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the UK’s flagship regional theatres with a reputation for high quality productions. With an exciting range of shows, comedy performances and events held throughout the year, be sure to set aside time to visit.

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Armed Forces Day Portsmouth

Armed Forces Day Portsmouth

Held annually in June, this is a day of celebration and recognition for those men and women who make up our Armed Forces. Set within the historic Portsmouth Dockyard, opposite the illustrious HMS Victory, expect a fantastic day of events including field gun competitions.

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Walks in West Sussex

Walks in West Sussex

The west Sussex countryside is utterly spectacular. Rich in ancient history, scattered with stately homes and lined with magnificent trees, there is so much to see and it’s well worth exploring. There are numerous public footpaths and walks in the area, we have selected our top 5 favourites which can be viewed via the read more button.

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Kingley Vale

Kingley Vale

Kingley Vale is a picturesque site of special scientific interest set just north of Chichester. Home to one of western Europe’s finest yew forests, some of the trees here are around 1,000 years old! Wander this magnificent nature reserve and marvel at these remarkable trees, rumoured to have been planted as a memorial for a battle fought between the Vikings and Anglo Saxons 859AD.

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Gunwharf Quays

Gunwharf Quays

The south coast’s leading designer outlet, Gunwharf Quays is home to over 90 stores offering up to 60% off famous brands. Shop ‘til you drop then revive tired feet at one of the many bars, restaurants and cafes whilst soaking up the gorgeous harbourside location.

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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Located within a working Naval Base, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is home to some of Britain’s most historic vessels. From Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory to the doomed Mary Rose and the only remaining WW2 ocean going submarine. The dockyard is free to walk around but tickets must be purchased for each of these world-famous vessels.

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Canal Walks

Canal Walks

Lying to the south of the city, the pretty Chichester Canal offers a tranquil haven with several gentle waterside strolls. Those feeling a little more energetic will enjoy the gentle 4 mile walk from Hunston to Chichester. A regular bus service connects the two for those only wishing to walk one way.

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Chichester Marina

Chichester Marina

Set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this scenic first-class marina is well worth a visit. Peaceful and relaxing, wander around the natural harbour before indulging in a delicious meal at the Boat House Café, perfectly placed right on the waterside.

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Itchenor Harbour

Itchenor Harbour

Itchenor is an historic sailing village lined with quaint cottages, a village pond, pub and old rectory which dates back to the 15th Century. The waters here are home to an expanding seal population as well as numerous wading and sea birds, including Ospreys which pass through during April and September. Climb aboard Chichester Harbour Water tours to explore these waters and spot the local wildlife.

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Chichester Cathedral and Gardens

Chichester Cathedral and Gardens

Positioned in the heart of this small city, the magnificent Chichester Cathedral has served its’ residents for over 900-years. Inside you’ll discover a host of treasures from medieval stone carvings to famous contemporary artworks. Step outside and enter Bishop’s Palace Gardens, a tranquil haven dating back to 1147/48. Those who choose to sit a while may spy the Chichester Peregrines who call this sacred place their home.

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Bosham village and Harbour

Bosham village and Harbour

One of the oldest and arguably most picturesque villages along the west Sussex coast, Bosham was originally inhabited by the Romans. Today visitors can roam the village and harbour, calling in at the numerous artisan shops before satiating appetites at one of the listed pubs.

Arundel

Arundel

With a medieval castle and Roman Catholic cathedral to explore, this market town makes for a great day out. With art galleries, shops, a museum, plenty of outdoor activities, including visiting the Arundel wetland nature reserve, there’s something for everyone.

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RNLI Station Selsey

RNLI Station Selsey

This brand new lifeboat station houses the larger ‘Shannon Class’ life boat which is able to operate in all weathers. The lifeboat and it’s crew have long-been the centre of life in the seaside town and were featured in the popular BBC series, ‘Saving Lives at Sea’.

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Wild and Crazy Fun!

Wild and Crazy Fun!

For those seeking entertainment head to Jungle Paradise Adventure Golf near Chichester. With crazy adventure golf, proclaimed to be ‘crazy golf’s mad cousin’ and escape rooms it’s the ideal fun-filled family day out.

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The Weald Downland Living Museum

The Weald Downland Living Museum

Get hands on with history at this living museum and truly experience what life was like many years ago. Explore historic homes and cottages, farms and working buildings as well as our watermill. There’s even a 3D interactive tour plus farm animals and a woodland playground.

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Goodwood House

Goodwood House

Built around 1600, Goodwood House is a Grade I listed building with grounds covering around 4,900 acres. Home to the Duke and Duchess of Richmond and Gordon, the public are able to explore this stately home with a guided tour, there’s even the option to indulge in an Afternoon Tea at the end – total grandeur!

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Arundel Castle

Arundel Castle

This restored and remodelled medieval castle still houses many of its original features with a Norman Keep, medieval Gatehouse and Barbican dating back to 1067. Visitors can uncover the 1,000 years of history at will, delighting in exploring one of the largest inhabited and complete castles in England.

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Portchester Castle

Portchester Castle

A medieval fortress dating back to the 3rd Century, Portchester Castle is both a fortification and Royal residence. Those who visit will experience the remaining Norman church set within a Roman fort and surrounded by Roman outer walls – the most complete Roman walls in Europe.

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Bracklesham Bay Tea Rooms

Bracklesham Bay Tea Rooms

For a truly quaint and British experience, call in at Bracklesham Bay tea rooms and garden. Just a short stroll away, it’s the perfect place to take in a lazy lunch or enjoy an Afternoon Tea in the sun, walk full tummies off along the beach afterwards.

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Denman’s Garden

Denman’s Garden

Placed at the foot of the South Downs, the award-winning Grade II Denman’s Garden offers 4 glorious acres of peaceful gardens and unusual plants. It’s a wonderful place to quietly wander with numerous opportunities to sit and absorb the beautiful surrounds. Dogs are welcome but need to stay on leads.

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Pallant House Gallery

Pallant House Gallery

Art lovers should make for Pallant House Gallery, said to be second only to the Tate for modern British art. With a fabulous range of travelling exhibitions along with a permanent collection, it’s worth setting aside enough time to take in all that this gallery has to offer.

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Dunreyth Alpacas

Dunreyth Alpacas

Take a walk on the wildside at Dunreyth Alpacas. Run by a husband and wife team, Dunreyth draws visitors from around the globe who come to walk their friendly Alpacas on the glorious South Downs. Afterwards visit the small shop where you can browse their range of knitwear made exclusively from pure Alpaca fibre.

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Paultons Park

Paultons Park

Billed as the UK’s favourite family theme park, Paultons Park is home to children’s cartoons favourite Peppa Pig and offers over 70 rides and attractions. With over 140 acres of parkland to discover, there’s plenty to see and do.

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West Dean Gardens

West Dean Gardens

One of the greatest restored gardens open to the public, West Dean boasts a collection of working Victorian Glasshouses, a sunken garden and impressive 300-foot Edwardian pergola. Dogs are welcome, providing they remain on a lead, and both the onsite restaurant and Gardener’s Cottage serve up a great range of tasty treats.

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Fishing Trips

Fishing Trips

Climb aboard a local fishing charter boat from either Chichester or Itchenor and experience the thrill of sea fishing. From the sheltered waters of Chichester Harbour to the open seas off the coast, trips are suitable for both beginners and experienced anglers. You just need to hope the fish take the bait!

Planetarium Chichester

Planetarium Chichester

Experience the magic and wonder of the night skies with a visit to the South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre in Chichester. Their enthralling shows are geared for audiences of all ages and provide the opportunity to take an expert guided tour of the stars and planets which hover above us.

Westgate Leisure Centre Chichester

Westgate Leisure Centre Chichester

If you’re feeling sporty head to Westgate Leisure Centre in Chichester. Work up a sweat in their gym, thrash opponents on their squash courts or clock up some mileage in their 33m swimming pool. There’s also a kids pool complete with slides so the little ones can burn off some energy too.

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Watersports West Wittering

Watersports West Wittering

Whether it’s SUP’ing, kayaking, surfing, wind or kite surfing, the West Witterings is the perfect place to learn a new watersport or hone your skills.

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West Wittering Beach

West Wittering Beach

For that perfect beach day, you can’t beat West Wittering. A huge expanse of glorious golden sands, dogs can run for miles whilst little ones can safely play. Having been awarded the water quality, and coupled with excellent facilities, West Wittering is a premier Blue Flag beach just a short drive from Medmerry.

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