Shoreham-by-Sea – day trip diary
A 15 minute train ride along the coast and at under £5 for an off-peak adult return, the estuary town of Shoreham-by-Sea is a must-visit for lovers of vintage, stunning scenery and interesting architecture. See what we got up to on our visit in this visual diary…
The new footbridge allows easy access over the River Adur to the coastal side of the town, where mid-century beach-front houses sit streets away from an eclectic collection of houseboats and you can enjoy views over to the imposing Lancing College. This side of the estuary is also home to Shoreham’s Art Deco Airport, the oldest licensed airfield in the UK.
As well as a 1960s German minesweeper, concrete barge and landing crafts, the community of houseboats includes those transformed by their handy owners, such as this sculptural pair – modified with parts of an old bus, three-wheeler and bath among other salvaged items.
The Grade 1 listed church in the centre of the town is a tad more traditional, its tower overlooking a green graveyard encased by stone walls.
As all good small towns should, Shoreham boasts several charity shops, with three large stores on the central East Street alone. Vintage-lovers should make a beeline for Cancer Research, which has a dedicated section of men’s and women’s vintage, as well as interesting books, crockery and accessories.
On our visit 1940s Picture Posts, lace wedding gowns and autumnal tea dresses fought for attention among the appealing display. But it was a striped APC top that came home with us for just £5.50.
Down on the High Street a new addition to Shoreham’s charity offering, Sold, also separates vintage from second-hand and has a good selection of clothes, books and vinyl.
Shoreham’s regular Johnny Loves June vintage fair is testament to the health of the local vintage community, and the town’s Tarmount Studios acts as permanent home to local traders’ fast-moving stock.
Here you’ll find everything you need to decorate your vintage home – whether your style is French antique, shabby chic or mid-century.
As well as a rather fabulous 1970s toaster, a colourful collection of West German pottery and some beautiful 1950s crockery, this stylish French biscuit tin caught our eye.
The Studios also has a lot to offer the music and film lover, with vinyl, books and memorabilia sat beside vintage clothing and accessories.
And who can resist cats with things on their heads? Actually, we couldn’t resist a beautifully fitted 1950s pleated skirt dress from one of the lock-ups outside the main store. At £18 if was much cheaper than you’d pay for a similar piece in Brighton.
For lunch there are dozens of eateries from which to choose, ranging from Italian restaurants, through pub grub to organic cafes. Drawn in by the homely decor and rustic menu, we opted for Hector’s Shed set across from the church. If you’re still hungry after a hearty homemade lunch dishes – the aubergine curry picture above put paid to that – the cakes look pretty good too.
And if you’re unlucky with the weather there are even games and books on hand to keep you entertained on a wet afternoon.
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