The Official Visitors Guide 2019/20
With thanks to the following for use of their images Ed Watts, Worthing Theatres, Thomas Freer, p.4 Rachael Davis, p.8 Worthing Pride, p.9 Worthing 10km, p.13 Alex Hare, p.14 Paul Robards, p.15 Foraged by Fern, p.26 Liz Pearce and all other local businesses featured. Discover Worthing 2019. Official Tourism Guide
CONTENTS Welcome 05 Discover Worthing 06 Events 08 Back to Nature 10 Outdoor Active 12 Sussex Flora & Fauna 14 Local Sussex Produce 15 Eating Out 16 Independent Shopping 17 Heritage & History 18 Kids Large & Small 20 Arts & Culture 22 After Dark 25 New for 2019/20 26 Explore Worthing on Foot 27 Stay 28 Best of Sussex 30 Getting Here & Around 32 Town Map 34
Pier of the Year 2017 and 2019
WELCOME TO WORTHING Easy to get to and easy to get around - head south 45 minutes from Gatwick Airport or 80 minutes from London Victoria and you'll discover Worthing.
contemporary, where else can you hop off your paddle board and into an internationally acclaimed theatre, savour local Sussex produce including real ale, honey and fresh seafood, swing by beach hut art studios or watch the latest blockbuster at a vintage cinema?
An elegant Georgian seaside resort, Worthing is the perfect destination to relax and recharge. Famous residents have included Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde and most recently the playwrite Harold Pinter.
With the South Downs National Park right on the doorstep, you can stride out on a hearty hike up the Iron Age fort of Cissbury Ring. Whatever your preference - breathe in that fresh country air, wonder at the far reaching views to the sea and don’t forget to look out for wild ponies.
A traditional seaside town with a twist, Worthing is full of surprises. One of the UK’s most popular spots for kiteboarding and windsurfing and famous for it’s Pier (Winner of Pier of the Year 2019). This family friendly town boasts a wide open prom allowing space to breathe, run and cycle, with an endless horizon that frames the award winning beach.
Worthing makes a perfect base from which to explore wider Sussex, including local attractions such as the Royal Pavilion and BA i360 in Brighton, Arundel Castle, Chichester and the Goodwood Estate.
The Worthing of today is a happy collision of classic and creative
For event details and inspiration for your visit - discoverworthing.uk call the Visitor Information line on 44 (0)1903 221 066 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday @discoverworthing
WORTHING Best for: Art Lovers
Best for: Romantics
Enjoy browsing the many free galleries and independent open studios around town - Colonnade House, East Beach Studios, The Forge Gallery and West End Gallery on Rowlands Road to name just a few.
Enjoy a sunset stroll along the promenade or stride out along the sand at low tide. Wide and flat with far reaching views, you’ll never tire of the ever changing coastal skies.
Best for: Family
Best for: Green Fingers
From ’have a go’ water sports or seafront cycle rides to craft workshops or our traditional Christmas Pantomime. Worthing has something to entertain the family all year round.
Different at every season, gardeners will love Highdown Gardens. Dating from 1909 this unique collection includes rare plants and trees from China and the Himalayas.
Best for: History Lovers
Take a trip to Tarring High Street, featured in the Domesday Book. The oldest street in Worthing has buildings dating back to medieval period.
Best for: Adventurers
Owned by the National Trust you’ll love exploring the ancient Iron Age fort of Cissbury Ring. Admire breath-taking views in every direction and don’t forget to look out for wildlife..
Best for: Adrenalin Junkies
Book a one to one kitesurf course with the British champion, those wet suits keep you cosy whatever the weather. Go on, you know you love a challenge!
Best for: Culture Lovers
Check out Worthing Theatres’ world class programme of performance, comedy, circus and film and don’t miss Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, live music at St. Pauls Arts Centre and the vintage Dome Cinema.
NEW FOR 2019/20
New for 2019 Worthing welcomes the largest observation wheel on the South Coast. Standing at a spectacular 46m high the WOW offers unrivalled views up to 10 miles in all directions. Open annually from April to October, the WOW will be open 7 days a week 10am - 10pm. Tickets £7 adults, £5 children, family ticket for four £20.
ALL SEASONS With a rolling calendar of theatre, music, sport events and art exhibitions throughout the year, there's always something happening in Worthing.
• Lambing at Coombes Farm • Highdown Gardens Bulbs & Blossoms • Worthing Artists Open Houses
• Worthing Theatres Summer of Circus • Worthing Summer Cinema • Beat the Tide • Children’s Parade • Rotary Carnival • Worthing 10k • Worthing Pride • Lions Festival
• Food & Drink Festival • Worthing Light Festival • Tide of Light • Seafront Fireworks • Jack on the Green
• Ice Rink • Christmas Markets • Worthing Winter Festival • Half Marathon
For Families: Waterwise Gardens and Playground Intermingled with driftwood sculptures, this drought tolerant sustainable garden on the beach neighbours the popular Waterwise Playground. Both have direct views of the sea and along to the Pier.
For Gardeners: Highdown Gardens Take a stroll through these beautiful chalk gardens, home to the National Plant Collection of Sir Fredrick Stern - a unique collection of plants and trees from around the world. Entrance free.
For lunch in the park: Beach House Park
South Downs National Park Cissbury Ring
Opened in 1924 this formal park in central Worthing incorporates bowling greens, ornamental planting and the Palm Court Pavilion, a family friendly cafĂŠ-bistro. Fully accessible with lots of indoor and outdoor seating.
Just 5km inland from Worthing lies the Iron Age hill fort of Cissbury Ring. Climb the hill to admire far reaching views to the sea, take a picnic, run along ramparts and look out for wild ponies.
ACTIVE In Worthing our glistening sea is never more than a five minute walk away. It’s the simple pleasures in life which boost the soul; a splash in the sea, a snooze in the sun or a stroll on the sands. Embrace that moment. Little ones will love digging or low tide beach combing. Here in Worthing the sea and sky are an ever changing piece of art - no two days are the same.
Worthing’s wide flat prom is ideal for safe, easy cycling. Look out for our Donkey Republic bike hire pick up points across the area, from just £1.25 for 30 mins. This part of Sussex offers great opportunities for keen cyclists looking for fast flat roads, hill climbs or undulating hills. Easy access to the South Downs Way (70 miles long) attracts walkers and mountain bike fans from far afield.
Itâ€™s no coincidence that Worthing is home to both Olympic and World Champion windsurfers & kiteboarders. A windy day can challenge even the most proficient of athletes, though equally Worthing is the perfect spot to take those first steps. A choice of highly qualified BKSA registered providers offer courses for all abilities. Our wide, safe beaches and super low tides make Worthing the perfect destination to fulfil those bucket list goals.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) is perfect for those keen to try something new but looking for a more gentle pursuit. View the pier from a different angle or book in for a SUP adventure. Donâ€™t worry if you forget the wetsuit, all kit can be hired from our friendly providers.
Four legged friends love holidays too! With loads of doggy friendly accommodation, pubs, bars and places to run free - tails will wag for Worthing. For doggy friendly listings head to the dog friendly page on our website.
SUSSEX FLORA & FAUNA This part of Sussex and the chalk land habitat of the South Downs make for an abundance of wildlife all year round. Grab your camera, get out and get spotting.
Spring at Highdown G ardens
Orchid - Cissbury Ring
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LOCAL SUSSEX PRODUCE
Nothing beats home grown food. Luckily for us the climate and fertile soils in Sussex make it a haven for local produce. From fish, meat and cheeses to wines and ales, it’s all seasonal and fresh - you’ll love the taste of Sussex! Our local Farmers’ and Artisans’ Markets mean you’ll be able to take the taste of Sussex back home with you.
PICK YOUR OWN - FORAGED SUSSEX Enjoy foraging in Sussex; grab your basket & pick your own!
EATING OUT IN
WORTHING With so many great places to eat and drink around Worthing, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Whether it’s fish straight from the sea, a traditional Sussex cream tea, home-made Sicilian gelato, freshly roasted coffee or real ales. New for 2019 ‘Pitch’, the first restaurant for MasterChef winner Kenny Tutt.
Corner House Freehouse & Garden
CrabShack Seafood Restaurant
The Dome Vintage Tea Room
Pitch UK MasterChef winner
SHOPPING Whatever your retail pleasure Worthing fits the bill. Vintage finds, quirky independents and popular high street stores including M&S and Debenhams - the choice is yours. All shops are within easy walking distance and when it all gets too much and you need to take a break, wherever you are, youâ€™re guaranteed the sea front is only 5 minutes away.
HISTORY A BRIEF HISTORY OF WORTHING From around 4,000 BC the South Downs above Worthing were one of the countries earliest and largest flint mining areas. During the Iron Age one of Britain’s largest hill forts was built at nearby Cissbury Ring - the remains of which can still be enjoyed today. Visit Worthing Museum’s extensive archaeology collection which includes material from Neolithic flint-mines at Cissbury and Iron Age material from Highdown. In the C5th and C6th the area became part of the Kingdom of Sussex. The place names of the area, including Worthing, (meaning ‘place of worth’) date from this time. For many centuries Worthing remained a small agricultural and fishing hamlet, until 1750 when the town received a visit from Princess Amelia (the sixth daughter of King George III) who, suffering from joint problems, had been advised by doctors of the therapeutic benefits of sea bathing. Word spread and Worthing became a popular haunt for the famous and wealthy of the day - visitors included Oscar Wilde and Jane Austen. In the C18th Worthing developed into an elegant Georgian seaside resort. During the C19th and 20th the town, being one of the sunniest and most fertile places in the UK, became the centre of Britain’s market gardening industry, local produce from the land and sea is still being enjoyed today.
Top left: Ambrose Place where playwright, actor and director Harold Pinter, lived at 14 Ambrose Place between 1962 to 64. Middle left: Blue Plaques Commemorating Worthingâ€™s famous and notable residents including Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde & Harold Pinter. Bottom left: English Martyrs Church, the only known reproduction of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling in the world. Top right: Lancing College Chapel, a fine example of Gothic revival architecture and one the tallest interior vaulted churches in the country. Middle right: Shoreham Fort, built in 1857 to protect against Napoleon III. The fort is a Scheduled Ancient Monument with a diverse history from French Spies to World Wars. Below: High Salvington Windmill, a fully restored Grade II listed windmill now in full working order. Before you travel, check opening times on discoverworthing.uk
TOP PICKS There’s something for kids of all ages in Worthing; indoor or outdoor, whatever the weather, space to run, new activities to explore and challenges to be met. The beach and South Downs are both natural playgrounds with endless opportunities for fun to be had.
SMALLS: 2-5 YEARS
Top Picks: • Low tide beach combing • Splash Pads, Gull Island & Waterwise playgrounds • Miniature Steam Railway at Field Place • Indoor fun pools at state of the art Splashpoint Leisure Centre
MEDIUMS: 6-10 YEARS Top Picks: • Flumes at Splashpoint • Coombes Farm lambing • Pottery painting • Worthing Theatres’ shows
BIGS: 11+ YEARS Top Picks: • Kayaking, SUP or windsurfing • Laser Wars • Seafront cycle • 3m spring board, Splashpoint • Go karting - 450m multi level indoor track • Mini golf • All the firm favourites including ten pin bowling & cinemas
CULTURE Explore Worthing and youâ€™ll uncover an eclectic mix of artists, quirky open studios and galleries, not to mention our internationally renowned theatres and one of the oldest working cinemas in the UK, The Dome.
Worthing Museum & Art Gallery
Notable exhibits include the Costume collection which ranks amongst the leading resources for dress history in the UK. Other exhibitions include local history, art and archaeology.
Colonnade House Creative Hub
With an ever-changing programme of free exhibitions plus events and projects, this is the creative pulse of Worthing. A place for artists, makers, designers and innovators to collaborate and connect.
Dame Elisabeth Frink Heads Four Giant Sculpted Bronze heads (Grade II* listed) known as the Desert Quartet can be found in Liverpool Gardens.
One of the oldest cinemas in the UK, this Grade II listed building first opened in April 1911. Enjoy the latest blockbusters in vintage surroundings.
East Beach Artists Studios
These converted beach huts make quirky galleries for independent artists; a hub of creative talent - you never know what gems you will find there!
Worthing Theatres & Cinema
Worthingâ€™s Pavilion Theatre and Connaught Theatres & Cinema host a world class programme of theatre, dance, comedy and more. Highlights include their Summer of Circus and Pantomime.
AFTER DARK After the sun sets, Worthing’s wide selection of high quality restaurants and varied nightlife will keep you entertained well into the early hours.
Why not kick off the evening with a sundowner overlooking the sea, a cocktail or a pint of Sussex ale in one of our traditional or micro pubs. You’re sure to receive a warm welcome! You’ll love Worthing’s live music and dance scene which offers everything from big names to new talent - acoustic, DJ’s to Classical orchestras in venues of all sizes across town. Check out the events page for current listings discoverworthing/whats-on Winner of a 2019 Purple Flag Award for the night-time economy.
NEW FOR 2019/20 Worthing Greeters
Worthing Greeters are enthusiastic volunteers, passionate about the place where they live. They provide a free warm welcome to individuals or groups of up to 6 people and can add huge value to your visit by sharing their local knowledge of Worthingâ€™s highlights, hidden gems and heritage. Book 7 days in advance via discoverworthing.uk
Walk it Worthing Digital Map
Make the most of your time in Worthing! The great news is once youâ€™re here everything is easily accessible on foot. Walk it Worthing will help you find popular attractions and activities, places to eat and hidden gems near you. Simply input your location, serach criteria and Walk it Worthing will find your best route and give you walking directions.
EXPLORE WORTHING ON FOOT Crumbs City Trail
Crumbs City Trail Worthing is a free app which combines a walking trail, treasure hunt and trivia quiz rolled into one. The ’eye spy’ clues are perfect for younger members of the family and make this trail suitable for all ages. Simply download the Crumbs City Trail app and away you go!
Blue Plaque Trail
Pick up your free Blue Plaque walking trail leaflet from the Pavilion Theatre Foyer, Worthing Museum and the Worthing Library. Use the guide to uncover more about the town’s famous residents, local history and heritage. Walk take approximately. 1 hour.
STAY With so much to see and do in Worthing, youâ€™ll want to stay for more than a day. Worthing has a great selection of quality small and large hotels, guest houses, seafront cottages and self catering apartments. Youâ€™ll find something to suit all tastes and budgets. See Discover Worthing for inspiration and links to the latest visitor reviews: discoverworthing.uk/stay
SUSSEX With its central location and great transport links, Worthing makes the perfect base for exploring the stunning Sussex coast and countryside. Shoreham-by-Sea
The nearby historic fishing town of Shoreham sits at the mouth of the river Adur Top picks: • Adur Markets award winning Shoreham Farmers' & Artisans' Markets • Flying lesson or helicopter tour at Brighton City Airport, Shoreham • Shoreham Fort dating back to 1857 • Marlipins Museum for local history • Independent shops, cafes and restaurants
South Downs National Park
Medieval features sit alongside world famous contemporary artwork at this 900 year old Cathedral.
Bignor Roman Villa
Spectacular Estate in the heart of West Sussex. Home to the world famous Festival of Speed, Goodwood Revival and Qatar Goodwood Festival. Chichester
Bignor Roman Villa
One of the largest Roman villas to be open to the public in Britain. Some of the finest mosaics and an opportunity to walk on floors dating back to 350AD.
Royal Pavilion, Brighton
Regency palace dating back to 1787 was originally built for the Prince Regent, King George IV.
Brighton British Airways i360
Take to the skies to enjoy breathtaking 360 degree views from the worldâ€™s tallest moving observation tower.
Arundel Castle & Gardens
Beautiful botanic gardens managed by This magnificent castle, stately home and gardens are the family home of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and home Dukes of Norfolk. Founded at the end of to the Millenium Seed Bank. the 11th Century it reflects the history of nearly 1,000 years.
South Downs National Park
South Downs National Park
GETTING HERE &
AROUND Less than 80 minutes from London Victoria & 45 minutes from Gatwick Airport By rail
Frequent rail services from London Victoria and Gatwick Airport National Rail Enquiries - 08457 48 49 50 - nationalrail.co.uk or trainline.com
Daily coaches from London Victoria. National Express - 08717 81 81 81 - nationalexpress.com
Regular services along the South Coast and connecting to the South Downs National park & wider Sussex. Stagecoach Travel Shop, 19-29 Marine Parade, Worthing 01903 237661 - stagecoachbus.com
No need to bring a bike to Worthing when you can join our bike hire scheme and pick up a Donkey Bike. Download the Donkey Republic App, see discoverworthing.uk for routes and inspiration.
Ferry services from Europe; Newhaven & Portsmouth (around 1 hoursâ€™ drive), Dover (around 2-3 hoursâ€™ drive). Or bring your own boat into Shoreham Harbour!
London Gatwick (45 minutes), Heathrow Airport (1.5 hours), Brighton City Airport (Shoreham, 15 minutes) and Southampton airports (1.5 hours) are all within easy reach and have good rail link services to Worthing.
www.discoverworthing.uk 1. The Burlington Hotel 2. Premier Inn 3. Travelodge 4. The Lido 5. Stagecoach information point 6. The Chatsworth Hotel 7. The Ardington Hotel 8. East Beach Artists Studios 9. Police Station 10. Connaught Theatre 11. Library 12. Assembly Hall 13. Elizabeth Frink Bronze Sculptures
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Northbrook Farm Caravan Club
Windsor Hotel 5mins
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