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Shoreham Port behind-the-scenes boat tours

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Wed 17 Jul 2019

Shoreham Port behind-the-scenes boat tours

When you think of Shoreham, what images are conjured up? For us at Warwick Baker, as well as stunning beach, village and harbourside properties, the port instantly comes to mind.   

Part of the Brighton & Hove and Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership - a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve - the busy port opens up to the public for a few precious days and we were lucky enough to get a spot on this year’s boat tour, and more fortunate still; had lovely weather for it!

The 45-minute tour runs for seven days each year - two days as part of Brighton Fringe and five days in the first week of July. The tours are guided, with a commentary from port staff, are free of charge and, come rain or shine, you’ll get a free ice cream - who could resist?!

The tour takes you down the canal - also known as the impounded basin - where you can see the hustle and bustle in the terminals and get a good glimpse of some passing vessels.

We learnt tons of interesting facts on our trip (pun intended) - here are our top 10:

·         Shoreham port is three and half miles long

·         900 ships pass through each year, carrying 2 million tons of cargo

·         The cargo is mostly made up of timber, steel, aggregates…and wine!

·         The port is the largest timber-handling port on the south coast

·         Shoreham power station’s chimney is the highest building in Sussex, beating the 162-metre-high i360 with its 196-metre-high chimney

·         Broken glass is shipped out from local banks to be used in the creation of breeze blocks overseas

·         Local Wickes’ sand is largely supplied by the port

·         Sussex-grown grain from local farms is shipped out for the production of German beer and Quaker Oats

·         Powered by wind turbines and solar panels, and being carbon neutral, the port is one of 11 eco ports across the UK

·         The Royal Escape Race - the largest offshore race on the south coast - celebrates Charles II who in 1651, aboard the coaster ‘Surprise’, used Shoreham port

to escape across the channel, after he’d come down from the hiding in the oak tree in Shropshire!

If this floats your boat (ahem), you might like to take a look at Warwick’s snaps of the latest Royal Escape Race here. You can subscribe to Shoreham Port’s Boat Tour mailing list here and the good people of Shoreham Port will let you know when you can book for next year.

Bon voyage and perhaps we’ll see you there!