The Long Bench scheme makes an ideal Christmas Gift

The Long Bench at Littlehampton is thought to be the longest bench in Britain and one of the longest in the world. The wood and stainless steel bench ‘flows’ along the promenade at Littlehampton in West Sussex – curving round lamp posts and obstacles, twisting up into the seafront shelters, dropping down to paths and crossings.

With inspiration and input from children at the local primary school, the 1,000 foot long bench is now a popular visitor attraction and a great place to admire the seafront.

The Aldingbourne Trust who support adults with learning disabilities and/or autism are proud to offer the wonderful opportunity for you to make your mark on the Littlehampton seafront. The slats are made from Sapele, a hardwood from Africa, which is harder than mahogany and a similar reddish brown colour. The Bench is already host to hundreds of special messages engraved into the hardwood slats – they celebrate birthdays, weddings, special events as well as local achievements and triumphs. Many commemorate a loved one and invoke memories of happy times at the beach or in the area.

So whether you have one for memorial or memory, celebration or anniversary, message of love, or simply a desire to spread a little seaside joy, and give one as a gift for Christmas.

When you buy a slat through the Trust you will support the work of the Aldingbourne Trust and help towards the ongoing maintenance of the Long Bench. For more information and ordering a slat, please visit


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