Littlehampton Harbour’s Waterfront Festival, a huge success

Crowds gathered in Littlehampton harbour on Sunday, 2nd August 2015 for Littlehampton’s Waterfront Festival.

This popular annual event organised by Littlehampton’s Harbour Master, Billy Johnson proved a huge success with visitors. The RNLI treated waterside spectators to a spectacular display of their seamanship and boating skills within the confines of the relatively narrow river Arun.

RNLI Littlehampton Littlehampton RNLI was joined by RNLI Shoreham’s all weather lifeboat, art Tamar which welcomed visitors aboard for a tour of this very impressive vessel.


RNLI Shoreham’s all weather lifeboat named the Enid Collett after the late donor’s generous legacy funded the boat which costs £2.7million leaving Littlehampton Harbour after allowing visitors onboard for a tour and to meet the patient crew who answered everyone’s questions.

Littlehampton HarbourThere was lots of water-based activities for visitors to enjoy including this amazing water jet which propelled the rider out of the water to seemingly walk along the river.


Littlehampton Waterfront Festival attracted large numbers of visitors to the area on what was a beautiful day.

Littlehampton RNLIRNLI Littlehampton’s Blue Peter 1, an Atlantic 75 lifeboat showing it’s capabilities within the confines of the relatively narrow River Arun.

Littlehampton RNLILittlehampton Harbour Board Erica Littlehampton Harbour Board’s new workboat Erica strutting her stuff during Littlehampton Waterfront Festival.

Littlehampton HarbourJet Skis in action during the Waterfront Festival in Littlehampton harbour

Littlehampton Littlehampton’s new public realm provided lots of space for viewing the water based activities.

LittlehamptonLittlehampton’s new public realm links up to the recently built waterside walkway providing an off-road route from Littlehampton seafront to the town centre. The new walkway was a joint project between the Environment Agency and their partners, Arun District Council, Littlehampton Harbour Board, West Sussex County Council and Littlehampton Town Council. The scheme was delivered at a total cost of £22.5m and includes a significant new sea defence wall along Pier Road and Arun Parade.


New and old. The new public realm linking to the riverside walkway which was completed in 2006.

Arun Yacht ClubArun Yacht Club’s dingy sailors were out in force showing off their skills.

Littlehampton Harbour Littlehampton RNLI beach lifeguards were part of the main RNLI display.

LittlehamptonLittlehampton RNLI boats on display.

Sadly, the seaplane which was due to arrive at midday had to cancel at short notice owing to the pilot’s wife being unwell. We hope all is well with her and a picture below of the seaplane landing at last year’s Waterfront Festival.

DSCF4918Seaplane landing at last year’s Waterfront Festival.

Thanks to Littlehampton Harbour Master Billy Johnson and his wonderful staff for putting on another great event.


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TLA Steel Band perform at the Waterfront Festival.

Sunday, 23rd June, Littlehampton Water Front Festival.

TLA Steel Band Performance at the Oyster Pond, Littlehampton.

TLA perform at the Littlehampton Watefront festival.On occasions, battling against seemingly impossible winds, TLA Steel band perform at this year’s Littlehampton Water Front Festival. Their performance was sponsored by  Coastal Cycles, Pier Road, Littlehampton.

Recently, the band has introduced a new initiative with the introduction of a an adult section who also perform alongside their younger counterparts. A brilliant initiative that shows that when it comes to music, age is no barrier.

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HMS Ranger visits Littlehampton Harbour

Sunday, 23rd June 2013 – Littlehampton Waterfront Festival.

Despite the gloomy, windy and sometimes sunny weather, Littlehampton’s Waterfront Festival  went ahead as planned thanks to the dedication and commitment of those involved including, Littlehampton Harbour Master, Billy Johnson, and his staff, the RNLI and Mr David Coppin who all worked tirelessly to ensure whatever the weather, the day was a huge success.

More pictures of the day to follow in a separate post, but this one is dedicated to HMS Ranger who made Sunday such a special day for everyone allowing the public to board her and see her inside.

She left the harbour this morning on the High Tide.

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HMS Ranger arriving in Littlehampton Harbour escorted by Blue Peter – RNLI Lifeboat.

HMS Ranger moored Littlehampton HarbourHMS RangerHMS Ranger docked LittlehamptonHMS Ranger docked Littlehampton HarbourAfter an overnight visit, she took the high tide out the following afternoon.

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