The Belle proves popular and the Littlehampton harbour welcomes a large visitor..

As previously reported, the Belle cruise boat, which usually operates out of Brighton Marina has spent the week in Littlehampton offering boat trips from Littlehampton to Arundel as part of the Arundel Festival.

The Belle Littlehampton to Arundel trips

The Belle has proved hugely popular amongst locals and tourists who’ve enjoyed the trip from Littlehampton to Arundel as well as bringing visitors to Littlehampton.

The Belle Littlehampton harbourThe Belle returning from a trip to Arundel where it has proved hugely popular.

The Belle Littlehampton harbour 2Passengers for the Belle queue awaiting it’s arrival from Arundel.

For those who’ve missed out, the Belle is still running trips between Littlehampton and Arundel today, Friday, and over this coming weekend. Pick up and disembarkation point is Pier Road just opposite Coastal Cycles.

Another visiting vessel to Littlehampton Harbour earlier in the week was the MV Islay Trader, which also pulled the crowds. This cargo ship being one, if not thee largest vessel to enter and leave Littlehampton Harbour. Apparently it was taking metal sheeting for use in the construction of the new Sea Defences – a joint project led by the Environment Agency and Arun District Council.

Islay Trader 1Excited crowds gather on Littlehampton Pier to watch the arrival of the Islay Trader.

Islay Trader 2The Islay Trader edging its way into Litlehampton Harbour.

Islay Trader 3The Pier Road Ferry stands by as the Islay Trader squeezes past on route to Railway Wharf.

Islay Trader 4Making its way down towards the Wharf. The red footbridge has parted to allow it to enter through.

Sadly, we’re now entering the last week of August as many visitors prepare to head for home to get ready for another school term.

And, Pier Road faces an uncertain future as it’s not long now before the Environment Agency proposed new sea defence work begins and Pier Road will be closed to vehicular traffic as well have boarding stretching along its length approximately 1.5 metres from the restaurants and shop windows.

Littlehampton Harbour 2Take a last view of the tide lapping up against the wall in Pier Road as this landscape is soon to be given the ‘regeneration brush’.

For years, all ages has stood and watched the tide rise and fall along this road. Stand here on a busy summer’s day and you’ll hear grandparents explaining to their excited, fascinated grandchildren how the tide comes and goes. They’ll watch fascinated as the dry areas are overtaken with the rising tide. Or, marvel as the tide ebbs away.

Littlehampton HarbourAs it is now above,

riverfrrontAs it was, above

As it will be in the future, below.

ADC Plan for Pier Road

Milly from Spirit FM visits Littlehampton RNLI

Friday 16th August 2013.

SPIRIT FM’s Milly’s Mystery Tour visits Littlehampton Harbour.

Milly Luxford from Spirit FM visits Littlehampton Harbour  as part of her mystery tour and was whisked out to sea by Action Boat accompanied by the entire crew of Littlehampton’s RNLI.

Spirit FM at RNLI LittlehamptonDespite the cloudy, overcast dull morning, the rain held off as Milly was whisked out to Sea in the capable hands of Nick Tree, Action Boat’s MD accompanied by the entire crew of Littlehampton RNLI.

Milly from Spirit FMMilly from Spirit FM being helped into Littlehampton’s RNLI D Class lifeboat earlier this morning.

Milly from Spirit FM getting into Action BoatMilly safely transferred onboard Action Boat’s high powered RIB.

Action Boat have proved a very popular and welcomed addition to Littlehampton Harbour offering a range of powerboat experiences including adrenaline rides, river trips, sea safaris and corporate events. They also run the Littlehampton Ferry on behalf of Littlehampton Town Council and their commercial partners.

Spirit FM Radio StationMilly from Spirit FM on Action boat and the RNLI Lifeboats head out to sea for Millie’s Mystery Tour.

RNLI Littlehampton Blue Peter 1Blue Peter 1, Littlehampton’s famous RNLI lifeboat leaving the harbour for this morning’s event. The RNLI have an open-door policy at the Littlehampton Lifeboat Station and proves very popular with visitors of all ages. There’s also a great gift shop onsite selling a range of RNLI souvenirs and memorabilia.

Milly later broadcasted live from the RNLI Littlehampton’s Station chatting with the crew and giving an interesting overview of how the RNLI manages to do such great work.

To find out more about volunteering or fundraising opportunities with the RNLI Littlehampton visit their Website Here – or  pop in any day to the RNLI Station at Littlehampton.

Brighton Sea Cruises to Visit Littlehampton

Sussex Sea Charters will be basing their beautiful cruise boat – The Belle in Pier Road, Littlehampton where they’ll be running boat trips to Arundel.

The initiative is part of the Arundel Festival which runs from the 17th August to 26th August.

The operators say that if the trips prove popular they’ll look to introducing a regular service for the next season.


The Belle which will be moored in Pier Road just below the Harbour Board offices will be operating trips to and from Arundel as part of the Arundel Festival.

Arundel Festival is well worth a visit  with lots going on for all ages including the very popular Gallery Trail.