The area surrounding Oakwood Lodge has an enormous variety of attractions to entertain the most demanding visitor. From ancient sites such as Fishbourne Roman Villa to Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, to the beauty of the South Downs National Park. Visitors are never at a loss for something to do. Activities include sailing and water-sports to fishing, whether it’s sea-angling, freshwater coarse or fly-fishing; all can be enjoyed locally. Walking, of course, is another way of experiencing the local environment and large stretches of the South Downs Way are to be found close by. The popular sport of golf is well catered for with the renowned Goodwood Golf Club not far away and speaking of Goodwood there is, of course, the world famous Festival of Speed and Revival Meeting for the motor-sport enthusiast. Members of the horse racing fraternity will know of the annual fixture known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’. A four day meeting at one of England’s finest race courses.
Those who like their racing 'over the sticks' should remember, Fontwell Park is a 15 minute drive away.
For the history lover the City of Chichester, the County Town of West Sussex, is worth a visit. As one of the better preserved Roman towns it’s walls are still walkable for much of their length. The market cross is the centre-piece of the City and the Cathedral is a site to behold. For the more cultured there is Chichester’s famous Festival Theatre where many well-known names appear in a variety of productions each season. The wide choice of productions range from the classics to comedy; Classical recitals and modern music concerts. Chichester also has a superb art gallery. Known as the Pallant House Gallery it caters for all tastes in modern and classical art.
As has already been mentioned the Fishbourne Roman Villa is worth a visit, as too is the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum where examples of some of England’s fine old buildings have been restored and re-erected for visitors to experience life as it used to be. Another attraction is Amberley’s Chalk Pits Museum where the historic exhibits will bring back memories for many of the trades of bygone days.
One of England's oldest feudal towns, Arundel, is close by. The seat of the Dukes of Norfolk, Arundel boasts a spectacular castle surrounded by beautiful gardens both of which are open to the public.
All-in-all there is plenty to do and see locally, whatever your interest, and ‘Oakwood’ provides the ideal base from which to explore.