West Sussex is a seaside county in the south of England, bordering East Sussex (with Brighton and Hove) to the east, Hampshire to the west and Surrey to the north, and to the south the English Channel. Chichester in the southwest is the country town and only city in West Sussex.
West Sussex has a range of scenery, including coastlines, wealden, downland and even more coastal!! It has a number of stately home which you will fly over including Goodwood, Penworth House and also castles such as Arundel Castle. Over half the county is protected countryside, offering amazing aerial photography opportunities, so don’t forget to bring your camera.
Why not try our exciting tours of the harbours of the smugglers in Littlehampton, Victorian town of Bognor Regis or see the British Royal Navy in full force over Portsmouth Harbour. Follow the steps of the Battle of Britain flying past famous White Cliffs or the flying tour over the pretty scenic and magical fairytale castles.
We offer vouchers for you to treat friends and family in ranges of 30 minute, 45 minute and 60 minute flying tours over Brighton and Sussex.
|Brighton||Brighton was originally a small village which grew rapidly when sea cures were first recommended by doctors in the mid 1700s. The sea front became the place to be seen among fashionable society, and with the piers being built at the end of the 19th century. One of the most remarkable features of the town is the Royal Pavilion.|
|Shoreham||The nearest town to the airport is Shoreham which enjoys a unique location, bordered on the north by the South Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the west by the open valley of the river Adur and on the south by the river and Shoreham Beach.|
|Jack and Jill Widmills||In summer 1973, Jack and Jill became cinema stars when Universal Pictures made the film The Black Windmill. Actors featured in the film included Michael Caine, Janet Suzman, Donald Pleasence and Joss Ackland. The windmills were featured in Series 3 of the Channel 4 programme "Treasure Hunt" first broadcast 31 January 1985.|
|Lewes Castle||The first fortification on the site was a wooden keep, later converted to stone. It is unusual for a motte and bailey construction in that it has two mottes. It is one of only two such remaining in the country, the other being Lincoln. The Barbican is a particularly fine example of its type.|
|The Longman of Wilmington||Locally, the figure was once often called the "Green Man". The Long Man is 235 feet (72 m) tall, holds two "staves", and is designed to look in proportion when viewed from below. Formerly thought to originate in the Iron Age or even the neolithic period, a 2003 archaeological investigation has shown that the figure may have been cut in the Early Modern era – the 16th or 17th century AD. From afar the figure appears to have been carved from the underlying chalk; but the modern figure is formed from white-painted breeze blocks and lime mortar.|
|Herstmonceux castle||Herstmonceux Castle is one of the oldest significant brick buildings still standing in England. The castle was renowned for being one of the first buildings to use that material in England, and was built using bricks taken from the local clay, by builders from Flanders. It dates from 1441. Construction began under the then-owner, Sir Roger Fiennes and then, from his death in 1449, by his son, Lord Dacre. The emphasis is on grandeur and comfort instead of defence.|
|Battle Abbey||On this spot in the year 1066, the armies of King Harold and William the Conqueror clashed at the Battle of Hastings. Battle Abbey is a partially ruined Benedictine abbey in Battle, East Sussex, England. The abbey was built on the site of the Battle of Hastings and dedicated to St Martin of Tours.|
|Seven Sisters||Seven Chalk Cliffs that run east from Seaford towards Eastbourne. This is a disappearing wonder, every single year the Seven Sisters is being nibbled away by 30 or 40 centimetres, and it is all down to erosion. As the cliffs erode they leave behind a base of chalk. The bottom of the cliffs but are exposed to the sea as the tide comes in and out, scouring channels and gulleys within the chalk.|
|Beachy Head||Beachy Head is a dramatic and beautiful chalk headland on the south coast of England. Its summit extends 535 feet above sea level. The imposing cliff tops offer tourists clear views for miles around, but are famous for another more disturbing reason as they provide an irresistible draw for those intent on committing suicide. On January 9th 2000, Paula Ramsden, a 32 year old mother of 2 fell from Beachy Head during a night-time stroll with her husband. He had recently increased her life insurance from £104,000 to £225,000. He was also having an affair.|
|The Marina||With sailing boats, boardwalk and the latest in waterfront leisure and shopping, Brighton Marina is the largest marina destination in Europe with 1600 berths. Situated only minutes from Brighton’s City centre and a pebbles throw away from the beach, the marina offers an eclectic mix of daytime and night time entertainment.|
|Selsey Bill||In the 19th and early 20th century the local fishermen jointly owned a longboat, operated by 22 oarsmen. If any vessel was stranded off the Bill then after any rescue work had been completed the pilot of the longboat would negotiate with the skipper, of the damaged vessel, a price to assist them to safe harbour. In modern times the "Channel Pilot for the South Coast of England and the North Coast of France", cautions sailors that Selsey Bill is difficult to locate in poor visibility. Many wrecks are located here including sunken WW2 tanks from D-D landings. In clear weather when the wind is moderate, a short cut can be afforded by using the Looe Channel that passes through the rocks and ledges south of the Bill, which is marked by buoys. The pilot recommends that a large-scale chart is required and to proceed with caution.|
|Portsmouth & Harbour||The first reference to Portsmouth as a naval station was made in 286 A.D, when a sea captain named Carausius, who had been sent by Rome to suppress piracy, became a master pirate himself. He assumed Imperial power and even had his own coinage minted.|
What a view! If you’re looking for a wow factor then enjoy the stunning views of Portsmouth. You will clearly see the Spinnaker Tower from the air. There’s no better landmark to its world famous harbour. You will see this compact city laid out before you. You can see for miles!
Enjoy stunning views across the Solent and the city. On a clear day you can see for miles over to Chichester, the South Downs and the Isle of Wight. The city’s waterfront extends through historic Old Portsmouth and along Southsea’s Victorian seafront backed by gorgeous green spaces.
|Hayling Island||At the time of the Domesday Book (1086) Hayling Island probably had a population of around 300. The Domesday Book also mentions a saltpan where salt was made. Making salt from seawater was an industry on Hayling Island for centuries. So were mackerel fishing, shellfish harvesting and, of course, farming. In the year 1824 when a wooden bridge was built across the channel to Langstone. Before you could wade across at low tide or you could pay to use a ferry. In February 1955 work began on building a new concrete bridge, slightly east of the old wooden one. Travellers still had to pay a toll to use Hayling Bridge. Tolls were finally abolished on 11 April 1960.|
|Chichester Harbour||One of the few remaining undeveloped coastal areas in Southern England. Bright wide expanses and intricate creeks are at the same time a major wildlife haven and among some of Britain's most popular boating waters. This unique area has quite rightly been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Backed by the South Downs, the harbour is a series of tidal inlets, with a narrow mouth to the sea. Wind-sculptured oaks and haw-thorns line the coast. Saltmarsh and mudflats are havens for thousands of birds.|
More than 7,500 Brent geese over winter on the inter tidal mud-land and adjacent farmland and more than 50,000 birds reside in or visit the Harbour throughout the year. Boats of all shapes and sizes make up the 12,500 craft that regularly use the harbour. Competitive and even international racing takes place among the 14 sailing clubs. A number of public launching sites around the harbour make it accessible for everyone.
|Worthing||Worthing has grown to be the largest town in West .By the New Stone Age, some 5,500 years ago, it was the centre of the most important flint mining industry in the country. Tools and metal of the Bronze Age and coins and pottery from the Iron Age have all been found within the Worthing Area..|