Oval field is the perfect spot to picnic, relax with a book or just gaze out to sea by day. At night it becomes the perfect place in Selsey for star gazing.
Situated by Selsey’s secluded sandy beach and right next to the famous Selsey Bill - the southernmost tip of Selsey - the area is rewarded with some of the most daylight hours in the country and very little light pollution. This large space is designated as a village green, with picnic tables, an expansive playground area and an abundance of fresh sea air and natural coastline.
One side of the field hosts a play park with an excellent zip wire as well as a multi-use games area for netball or basketball. Swings, roundabout, a slide and a seesaw will also keep the children occupied while the astronomically themed play panels nod to one of Selsey’s most famous residents – Sir Patrick Moore. Indeed, as Oval Field is a large open space near the sea, the light pollution in this area is incredibly low and is the ideal spot for some star gazing of your own.
There are benches to sit and look out to sea, including a seat placed by the Town Council in 2019 as a memorial to the fallen of the two World War and other conflicts. This, overlooking the sea towards France, is a special place of reflection and remembrance.
Tables and seating offer the opportunity to tuck into a picnic while the kids enjoy the facilities.
When the tide is out, an expanse of sand is revealed on the otherwise pebbly beach; the perfect opportunity to take part in our Sea life Treasure Hunt.
Car parking is restricted in the area but a short walk around from Marine Beach (PO20 0LJ) towards Selsey Bill will bring you to this area. Please be mindful of residents’ homes and access rights if parking near Oval Field.
The Stagecoach no. 51 from Chichester stops on Seal Road. From here it is a 5-minute walk (0.2 miles). Walk east and turn down Byways, continue to the end and take a left into Grafton Road.
There are no toilets at Oval Field. The nearest public toilets are either at the Lifeboat Station to the east or Hillfield Road to the west.
Please keep your dog on a lead at Oval Field. It is an offence not to pick up after your dog. There are dog waste bins dotted around the area so please pick up after your furry friend.
Benches facing out to sea, a picnic table and plenty of space to lay out a blanket make Oval Field the perfect picnic spot.