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Shoreham-by-Sea – day trip diary

18 January 2014 2 Comments

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.

Charity shops in Shoreham-by-Sea

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.

Charity shops in Shoreham-by-Sea

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.

Charity shops in Shoreham-by-Sea

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.

Tarmount Studios in Shoreham-by-Sea

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.

Tarmount Studios, Shoreham-by-Sea

Here you’ll find everything you need to decorate your vintage home – whether your style is French antique, shabby chic or mid-century.

Tarmount Studios in Shoreham-by-Sea

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.

Tarmount Studios in Shoreham-by-Sea

The Studios also has a lot to offer the music and film lover, with vinyl, books and memorabilia sat beside vintage clothing and accessories.

Tarmount Studios in Shoreham-by-Sea

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.

Hector's Hut, Shoreham-by-Sea

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.

Hector's Hut, Shoreham-by-Sea

And if you’re unlucky with the weather there are even games and books on hand to keep you entertained on a wet afternoon.

Have you visited Shoreham or do you live there? Let us know your favourite local haunts by leaving a comment below…

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  • Faye said:

    A lovely post about Shoreham-by-Sea. I live there and its amazing how much you can take it for granted. Did you check out the 50’s style salon, Time Out Studios down at Tarmount? The decor is fab. Thanks for the Johnny Loves June mention too. x

  • Kelly said:

    Lovely blog about our home town. We love it here, especially now we have all the fantastic, quirky little places to visit.

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