Bracklesham Bay is located on the West Sussex coast between Selsey and Witterings. It has a shingle beach, and looks out onto the English Channel, with the Isle of Wight, Nab Tower Lighthouse, and Spinnaker Tower (Portsmouth) visible from the beach. See the Google map below for the location of Bracklesham in proximity to its neighbours:

Being located on a beach means there's always something to do, and that's usually swimming, paddling, building sandcastles or sunbathing! But since Bracklesham is a bay popular for watersports, the "Things to Do" list extends to surfing, body-boarding, Stand Up Paddleboarding and Kite Surfing... And then there's fossil hunting. Not usually an activity you'd find on a beach, but Bracklesham is a Jurassic beach, so for those with a keen eye and a preference for dry land, the Earnley Formation is revealed at low tide, and is packed with fossils dating back to the Eocene era. Sharks teeth are the rare finds, but are always the ones that people will be on the look-out for. Take a look at the photos below which show the Earnley Formation, and the fossils that are revealed at low tide:

Fossils on Bracklesham Beach
Fossils on Bracklesham Beach
Earnley Formation

If fossil hunting and water sports aren't your thing, then Bracklesham is within easy reach of places that are home to cathedral's, museums, art galleries, amusement parks, shopping malls and eateries, so there really is something for everyone.

Things to Do

Family Activities

If you're planning a break with the family, and need some inspiration for fun days out or activities to keep the kids interested, then day out with the kids is a great website for uncovering just about any activity you and your family can do together.

Water Activities

For those people who come on coastal breaks to enjoy the water, then this Trip Advisor link will take you to the 10 best boat tours and watersports in Chichester.


No trip to the coast is complete without a visit to a sandy beach, and for West Sussex, the beach in question would be West Wittering beach. This Premier Blue Flag beach really pulls in the crowds during the warmer months, and if you've visited it before, it's easy to see why it's such an attraction. If you've not visited it yet, then consider putting it on your "To Do" list, but make sure to plan ahead and check traffic reports for the A27, Chichester Bypass and the A286, because these are the roads that lead to the Witterings and become heavily congested once the sun comes out. Check out the live traffic reports at the bottom of the page.

Top 6 Places to Eat in Bracklesham and The Witterings

Moby's Fish & Chip Restaurant, Bracklesham Bay

Located on Bracklesham Lane - just down the road from the beach, Moby's is considered to be the best fish & chip shop in the area.

Number One Chinese Restaurant, Bracklesham Bay

Located on Bracklesham Lane, this restaurant offers both eat-in and takeaway options, and their food comes highly rated.

Billy's on the Beach, Bracklesham Bay

A superb beachside cafe/restaurant right in the heart of Bracklesham.

Drift-in Surf Cafe, East Wittering

Surf shop and cafe located along Shore Road in East Wittering (a pebble's throw from the beach).

Calamity's, East Wittering

Calamity's is a coffee shop in East Wittering. It doesn't have a website, but you can find them on Facebook, if you type "calamity jane's, east wittering" into Facebook search. They are located at 11 The Parade in East Wittering.

The Landing, West Wittering

This coffee shop can be found on Pound Road in West Wittering, on the way to or back from the beach. They don't have a website, but can be found on Facebook if you type "the landing coffee shop, west wittering" into the search bar.

Places to Visit

When you visit Bracklesham, whether it's for the weekend or the week, there are several other villages, towns and cities in the area that are also worth a visit:


A seaside town south of Chichester and east of Bracklesham, it lies at the southernmost point of the Manhood Peninsula, and there's only one road in and out - the B2145, which takes you literally all the way to the car park on the seafront.
Selsey has some great coastal paths which are perfect for walking and cycling, and it's also home to the Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve which is a great place to walk, and watch wildlife in their own natural, unspoilt habitat.

West Itchenor

A tiny but very pretty sailing village located a short drive away from Bracklesham. It's home to the busy Ship Inn pub which produces some really lovely pub meals, and is just a stones throw from the Chichester Harbour waterfront where visitors can sit and watch all the boat/yacht activity, or hop on the tiny Itchenor ferry which takes visitors across the harbour to Smugglers Hard at Bosham.


Rich in maritime history, Portsmouth is approx 25 miles from Bracklesham, and is the UK's only island city. Its main visitor attraction is the Historic Dockyard, which allows you to step aboard some of the most historic ships and explore their past, as well as taking you on a timeline of the Royal Navy from past through to present. Aside from the Dockyard, there's also the Spinnaker Tower with a spectacular view deck at 100 meters, and the Sky Deck at 110 meters which has its own Sky Walk that boasts a glass floor.
Then there's Southsea Castle, the Solent Forts, and Gunwharf Quays to name but a few of the attractions that Portsmouth has to offer. It will pretty much take more than a day to cover everything there is to see.


A cathedral city in West Sussex, it's nestled at the foot of the South Downs. It has a huge number of features and attractions, including Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Harbour, the City Walls Walk, the South Downs Planetarium and the Weald & Download Living Museum to name but a few. The simplest way to digest all the information there is available, is to launch the title link.


Home to all things Road & Racing (as their website says), Goodwood is the place to go for motor racing and horse racing events, but Goodwood House is also noted as a fabulous place to visit for the outstanding art collection on display, the guided tours and the afternoon teas.

Useful Info

Traffic News for Local Roads

Because the roads around Bracklesham and The Witterings can become so busy that you really need to know in advance what the traffic situation is.

Beach Code of Conduct

With coastal or protected areas, there's often a 'code of conduct' produced by the caretakers of that area (usually the local council), to promote awareness of "Do's and Don'ts" for the area in question. It's a useful document to have handy incase you ever need to reference it, and you can download a copy here.

Bracklesham Bay Surf Report and Forecast

This really handy page on the Magic Seaweed website has a live video feed of Bracklesham seafront, and detailed charts with weather and surf information. The tide times table will be really useful for anyone wanting to go fossil hunting.