For seaside-lovers, West Wittering was a pretty good place to be over New Year. This might sound a trifle unlikely given that a beach isn't somewhere you'd normally expect to have a good time at New Year, but do bear with me.
New Year's Eve, if you recall, was pretty horrible weather-wise in Sussex: wet, windy and on the whole a good day for curling up in front of the fire with a good book. Lucky, then, that lots of our lovely Sussex holiday properties have everything you need to do just that. But a group of keen windsurfers were out making the most of the wild winds. According to a report in the Chichester Observer, one enthusiast said he spent two hours on the water because the mild temperature meant his hands didn't freeze. 'It was great weather,' he told the newspaper. 'It was horrendous for the general public but for us windsurfers it could not have been better.' For the past two years the windsurfers haven't been able to go out over the festive season as it really was too cold, and the West Wittering Windsurf Club usually closes over the winter. But if you're keen to have a go at windsurfing in warmer conditions, the Witterings with its Blue Flag beach provide a great location for it.
Ironically, New Year's Day dawned bright and beautiful - blue sky, little wind and yes, even the sun showed its face. Friends of ours who live at nearby Tangmere headed for the beach with their family and were amazed to find a queue to get in - just like the height of summer, they said. Aside from some wag pointing out that, weather-wise, it probably was rather like the height of last summer, they had a point: photos of toddler building sandcastles could have been taken on a summer holiday. The only giveaway was the anorak and scarf.