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What Is Life Like In Southwick?
The small town of Southwick is just five miles from bustling Brighton. The historic seaside town boasts a fantastic location for those wanting to be close to the busy bohemian city and all of its amenities, yet still enjoy a relaxed town lifestyle.
Southwick has a close community, with over 50 clubs, societies and organisations to join – many of them based from Southwick Community Centre, located in the heart of the town.
History Of Southwick
Southwick was listed in the Doomesday Book (1086) as Esmerewick – meaning small hamlet – and was noted as having land for four ploughs. The village was named as Suthewicke in 1309.
Over time, the town grew as a holiday resort, which was helped further by the opening of the railway in 1840.
In 1931, the Sussex Archaeological Trust acquired the site of a roman villa (located beneath Manor Hall Road) and opened part of it for the public to view, until the site was purchased by a developer in 1954. The site now lies below housing, but a nod to the area’s roman settlement has been given; with nearby roads named Roman Road and Roman Crescent.
As well as roman ruins, the town has other historical claims to fame. It is believed that King Charles II resided in Kings Cottages on Southwick Green, before escaping to France in 1951.
Days Out In Southwick
A trip to Southwick wouldn’t be complete without a visit to its pebbly shores! The shingly beach’s promenade connects to Shoreham Harbour and to Hove and Brighton too.
Speaking of Southwick’s nearby neighbours, with Brighton and Hove just a few miles away, there’s always something to explore in this sprawling city. Be it visiting the plethora of independent shops in The Lanes and North Laine, leisure and activity centres, dining in an artisan café or well-known restaurant or just taking a stroll on the Victorian Palace Pier and absorbing the atmosphere and sea air.
Things To Do In Southwick
Southwick has a popular open-air shopping centre (Southwick Square), which is home to local businesses – including a butchers, bakery and a hardware shop, as well as a bank, Co-op and pharmacy, covering all of your day-to-day needs and more!
Next to The Square is Southwick Community Centre; the central focus for many of the town’s local groups and organisations. The Centre also owns The Barn Theatre, which sees up to twenty productions each year, along with other community events. One must-see annual community event is the Orchard Close Christmas lights, where all residents in the street, get together and festively light up their homes to raise money for charity.
The town also has many sports clubs, such as: Southwick Hockey Club, Southwick Rangers Youth Football Club, Adur Athletic Football Club and Southwick Football Club – the latter is based at Southwick’s impressive Leisure Centre and recreation ground.
Or if a trip to the pub is more your thing, Southwick has five to choose from!
Schools In Southwick
Southwick has a number of excellent schools and educational facilities within close proximity.
Pre-schools and nurseries include:
- Glebe Primary School
- Eastbrook Primary Academy
- Holmbush Primary Academy
- Shoreham College
Secondary schools include:
- Shoreham Academy
- Shoreham College
- King’s School Hove
- Portslade Aldridge Community Academy
Transport In Southwick
Southwick has fantastic access to surrounding towns and cities via public transport and road networks.
Southwick has regular train services to Brighton (in just 12 minutes), Bognor Regis (47 minutes), Portsmouth Harbour (78 minutes) and Southampton Central (96 minutes). Train services also run to London (around 80 minutes).
Buses and coaches
Brighton and Hove Bus Company and Stagecoach have routes serving Southwick, running to Brighton, Hove, Portslade, Steyning and Worthing.
Southwick’s nearest airport is Brighton City, just over 4 miles away. Gatwick is less than 30 miles drive.
The A259 runs from Southwick to Worthing and to the west, covering Brighton, Eastbourne and as far as Folkestone in Kent. The A27 runs to the north of the town and also provides routes into Worthing and Falmer, Lewes and Polegate. The A259 also runs East (from Emsworth in Hampshire) and West (to Folkestone in Kent) along the coast, giving great access to many towns and villages throughout Sussex and Kent.