24 HOURS IN Emsworth

Hampshire Life - - Wellington Riding -

Wa­ter­side walks plus good food equals hap­pi­ness; EMMA CAULTON rec­om­mends a coastal break


Emsworth is a pic­turesque wa­ter­side vil­lage on the edge of Chich­ester Har­bour and nudg­ing right up against the West Sus­sex bor­der.

Plenty of fresh air and good food makes it a de­light­ful des­ti­na­tion for a get­away. It is also pleas­antly quirky - partly due to an in­trigu­ing her­itage that en­com­passes boat build­ing and comic lit­er­a­ture, and partly be­cause of a se­lec­tion of very in­di­vid­ual in­de­pen­dents. These in­clude Book­ends, a sec­ond-hand book­shop; Har­bour Records, buy­ing and selling vinyl; and Karen Ge­orge, a bou­tique with spotty and starry jumpers, patent loafers and plenty of la­bels not usu­ally found on the ‘high street’. There’s also a choice of an­tique, retro and vin­tage shops to delve into, such as Chal­crafts, Déjà vu and Emsworth An­tiques, with an as­sort­ment of clocks, cu­rios, stuffed pheas­ants and gilt mir­rors be­tween them. Plus, there’s a monthly an­tiques mar­ket in the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre – next one 11 Novem­ber.

Think­ing about all things past, Emsworth Mu­seum is a friendly and fas­ci­nat­ing lit­tle mu­seum tucked away on North Street. It cel­e­brated its 30th an­niver­sary this year and is one of the small­est mu­se­ums in the coun­try to be fully ac­cred­ited by the Arts Coun­cil – an im­pres­sive achieve­ment. The Mu­seum usu­ally closes at the end of Oc­to­ber (re­open­ing around 1 April or Easter), how­ever this year, in recog­ni­tion of the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of World War One, the mu­seum is re­main­ing open un­til 11 Novem­ber in­clu­sive (Ar­mistice Day) for its ex­hi­bi­tion ‘In Com­mem­o­ra­tion of the Men of Emsworth who served in WW1’. This re­counts the war from the

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