Things to do in Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex
It has around 7,800 residents, a good number of whom have chosen to retire to this attractive community.
Noteworthy highlights are the Highdown Saxon Fort, the Ilex Avenue and the geological Goring Gap, where the green open countryside actually runs down and meets the coast, which is unique in this area.
The area has some grand manor houses in the surrounding area which include Courtlands, Goring Hall and Field Place.
Castle Goring is a well-known landmark and Grade II listed building. It is not really a castle as such, but it does have a very impressive Gothic facade and a crenellated tower.
Present Day Goring-by-Sea
Goring-by-Sea has a yacht club, a row of beach huts and a couple of beachfront cafés.
In the town centre, it has a selection of local shops which serve Goring's local community and visitors and is an extension of the shops at Worthing, two miles away. There are also a good selection of cafés, restaurants and pubs for dining out.
Unlike other south coast resorts, Goring has resisted installing amusement arcades and candy-floss stalls and remains very clean and well-kept.
There are two churches of note: The Parish church originates from around 1100 AD and was rebuilt by Decimus Burton in 1837.
The local Catholic Church has a remarkable painting by Gary Bevans. It is a reproduction of the famous Last Judgement, painted by Michelangelo on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City.
The sloping beach, like others along this coastline, is a mixture of sand and pebbles.
There is a public boat ramp and is popular for watersports particularly kitesurfing. The grassy area above the sea wall is ideal for ball games, picnics and family barbecues.
Things to do in Goring-by-Sea
Fishing, windsurfing, surfboarding, kitesurfing and a host of other watersports are all enjoyed in the area.
Summer festivals are popular and include the local Bowls Festival and the well-attended Chichester Show.
For local theatres, Brighton and Worthing both have a lively summer programme.
Walkers will enjoy the rolling hills and scenery of the South Downs Way.
For claims to fame, locals believe the Lord Goring character in Oscar Wilde's play An Ideal Husband was inspired by the name of the village.
Popstar Billy Idol lived in Goring-by-Sea for a while and Peter Townshend (The Who) recorded the beach sound for his album Quadrophenia right here on Goring beach.