Take a moment to read this account of a recent visit to the Look and Sea Centre on Littlehampton Harbour, and see if it inspires you to discover it's delights. If you're looking for something to do to please all ages, whatever the weather, this is hard to beat!
On Monday the 10th of October 2016 on a glorious autumn day, my husband, 4 year old grandson and I went to meet my sister for lunch in Littlehampton. Although I grew up on the south coast it has been many years since I have visited Littlehampton and I was very pleasantly surprised last year when I revisited it for the first time.
The sea front and harbour are very pleasant to walk along and absolutely fantastic for a child to use their scooter. The whole area has benefited from an obvious investment of time, imagination and of course money, which has enhanced the seafront and riverside and therefore the visitors' experience. On this visit my sister introduced us to the Look and Sea Visitor Centre and after a very enjoyable lunch in the centre's Harbour Lights Cafe she took us into the amazingly imaginative attraction, where our grandson was transported into a world of pirates, Punch and Judy and any amount of sea related activities and amusements.
There are three floors each full of different activities and entertainments for all ages of children, to the point where he didn’t know what to try first. The educational displays were excellent, informative but most of all fun. The whole area is then topped by a spiral staircase that takes you up to such a fantastic viewing area that you are able to see well out to sea and then a full 180 degrees across the most spectacular Sussex countryside.
While I was engrossed in enjoying watching my grandson trying everything he possibly could, my husband was totally absorbed in reading the brilliant display of historical information mounted on the walls on all three floors. This comprehensive account of the origins and development of Littlehampton was fascinating and provided us adults with many a talking point and interest.
While busy taking in all that was on offer, your vision is constantly drawn to the amazing views from all floors of the harbour and boating traffic on the river, which was breath-taking.
A thoroughly enjoyable, informative and pleasant afternoon was completed by our grandson being invited into the RNLI Llifeboat station, which is sited alongside the Look and Sea attraction. Some wonderful volunteers took him into see not only the lifeboats but also the wetsuits and life jackets the lifeboat personnel wear.
We all enjoyed our visit immensely and have recommended it to several friends and family as a wonderful day out and I would imagine a fantastic venue for a children’s party. I congratulate the organisers on such an imaginative, enjoyable attraction and have every intention of visiting often.
Sue Stevens October 2016
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