Tucked away in the south east corner of Hampshire, and the gateway to the nationally important Chichester Harbour, Emsworth is a quiet and attractive yet vibrant and dynamic town, where residents wouldn't live anywhere else and visitors can be sure of a friendly welcome.
Emsworth is popular with sailors, artists, naturalists and walkers. The two tidal millponds to east and west are host to a variety of wild life. There is a long history of oyster fishing and boat building and the community still thrives on its maritime links. Its attractive streets are lined with a mixture of architectural styles and high walled gardens, thus a walk around the town gives a genuine feel for the past, with exceptional harbour views.
In the summer Chichester Harbour Conservancy's solar powered boat sails around the harbour, from the jetty on the mill pond promenade, while Terror, the last survivor of the famous Victorian oyster fleet, allows small groups of passengers to enjoy the delights of handling the tiller and sails of a small boat on the water.
Hampshire Farmers' Markets are a monthly feature in one of the local car parks, while the annual Wemsfest (an arts, music and literature festival) is gaining accolades from near and far. 2013 is building towards another stimulating event, to include a P.G. Wodehouse Festival. Many of the events will be based at The Brookfield Hotel. In 2014 the Festival will pay homage to the fighting forces of the 2nd World War by commemorating the 70th Anniversary of D-Day landings.
Brookfield Hotel to Langstone and Back
Walk Distance (return): 5.9 km, 3.7 miles
Walking Time (return): 1 hour 30 mins
Classy Cooks - http://www.classycooks.com (An independent, specialist cookshop providing great service and a friendly welcome when you shop with us. Stocking a wide range of cookware and unusual products for the kitchen-great as gifts, for the practical cook in Emsworth.)
Brook Meadow - http://www.brook-meadow.hampshire.org.uk/ (Brook Meadow is a lovely wet meadow in Emsworth, a small town in the south east corner of Hampshire in the UK. It consists of 5 acres of grassland, surrounded by woodlands and flanked by two streams. Brook Meadow is full of birds, insects and wild flowers and has Water Voles in the river. It is designated as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation and is also a Local Nature Reserve.)
Emsworth Museam - http://www.emsworthmuseum.co.uk/ (The Museum is dedicated to telling the story of Emsworth; its people, industries triumphs and tragedies. Famous people have lived and visited the town, and it became famous, or infamous, for the incident of the poisoned oyster that killed the Dean of Winchester. The oyster industry boomed in the late 1800s but was destroyed by the one incident; the story is told in its own small gallery within the Museum. P.G. Wodehouse will be forever linked to Emsworth through his stories of Lord Emsworth and the Empress of Blandings, which grew in his imagination while he lived in Emsworth.)
Slipper Mill Pond - http://www.smppa.org.uk/
Nore Barn Woods - http://www.norebarnwoods.org.uk/
Wemsfest - http://www.wemsfest.com/
Havant Tourism - http://www.havant.gov.uk/
Visit Havant - http://www.visithavant.co.uk/
The Business Association - http://www.emsworth.org.uk/
Places To Eat
36 On The Quay - http://www.36onthequay.co.uk/ (36 On The Quay is located in the picturesque fishing village of Emsworth overlooking the bay area. They have held a MICHELIN STAR for over 15 years and are in the top 10% of all major food guides in the UK.)
Fat Olives - http://www.fatolives.co.uk/ (Fat Olives, a brasserie style restaurant in the heart of Emsworth in Hampshire. The restaurant is a quaint 17th century fisherman's cottage and is situated a stones throw from Chichester Harbour. The food is freshly cooked with modern English and mediterranean influences.)
The Blue Bell - http://www.bluebellinnemsworth.co.uk/