24 HOURS IN Emsworth
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