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Worthing by the Sea


Lots to do for young and old, Kids love it

Traffic is bad in the summer and Bank holidays

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A seaside resort suituated by the south downs. If anyone doesn’t know where abouts Worthing is or haven’t really heard of it. Worthing is in West Sussex, about 10 miles west of Brighton and is about 60 miles away from London. The quickest route is usually the A27 too get here. For an alternative route, take the A259 coast road.

Having some family here, I spent a lot of time here on holidays.

I remember having to travel down as a kid, and not being the greatest car traveller, I was always car sick.

Worthing attracts visitors from all over, the summer months become very packed with visitors wanting to come down to the coast. Its especially popular for the bank holiday breaks.

History of Worthing
Worthing is mentioned in the Doomsday book, when the population was just 22. The population now is approaching 100,000 the town is now the largest in West Sussex. There have been local discoveries such as Bronze Age tools, metal, coins and pottery from the Iron Age, Roman coins, tiles and pottery were also discovered in parts of the town. In 1807 Worthing had its first royal visit, Prince Regent who came to see his youthful daughter, Princess Charlotte. In 1890, the town received its Royal Charter and became the Borough of Worthing. Worthing is also known for the English bowls and Britain's has oldest croquet club.

The Beach
A mixture of sand and pebbles which runs along the promenade. You will find a lot of people having a stroll along the seafront, taking in all the views and sea air. The beach is perfect for water sports, such as wind-surfing and sailing, or if you prefer then you can just relax and sunbathe. You can always see people fishing on the beach or off the pier, If you head along the promenade from the pier you can buy fresh fish direct from local fishermen on the beach. They are always there every morning. I personally have never bought fish that fresh, im more for popping into the supermarket if I wanted it.

The Pier
Is quite historic in its self, Opened in 1862, The pier stretches about 1000ft out to sea. After having a very bad storm. In 1914 the pier had to be re-built. The pier is mostly used by people strolling along and fishing. At night it is the venue for one of the town's nightclubs. The nightclub is at the end of the pier, It has in the last few years changed its name,formally known as Rutherfords, its now called Lush. It has two floors, the top floor is for over 25’s. Mostly plays Dance music, but that’s mainly Friday and Saturday nights. Always watch out for those people handing out free tickets in the nearby streets and pubs.

My favourite pastime!!
Over the years, the council have been changing the town centre, there is ample car parking and plenty of pedestrian precincts. There are shopping arcades, with a range of outlets from established family run antiques businesses to the well-known High Street names. The town centre is just off the seafront opposite the peir in Montague Street and Warwick Street you'll also find pavement cafes along the way. The Montague Centre, is a small covered mall. It has a few shops there, Laura Ashley, Macdonalds, MVC, Game, A few fashion shops. But if you carry on down Montague Street you will find even more shops which include, Woolworths, Next, BHS, Marks and Spencers, Boots, Superdrug, Top shop, Our Price.
Once you have shopped till you have dropped there are plenty cafes and restaurants to choose from to recharge your batteries. But if you were thinking of a drink that’s a little stronger than just a coffee, there are plenty of pubs where they serve good pub food too.

Out and About
Beach house park, home to the national Bowling Championships. This park is always full of colourful beds of flowers throughout the year, It has a restaurant there, serving light snacks.

Other gardens which are worth a visit are Denton Gardens opposite Peter Pan's Playground on the seafront and the decorative park at Marine Gardens, where you'll also find a bowls green, putting green and cafe.

Cissbury Ring, A few miles north of Worthing near the village of Findon you'll find the largest of Sussex's famous hill forts. Was built around the time of 1500BC, the fort was built as an Iron Age refuge, at over 600ft above sea level the Cissbury Ring provides excellent views of countryside as far as Beachy Head to the east and Selsey Bill to the west
Chanctonbury Ring, On the northern edge of the Downs is another well known hill fort. Chanctonbury overlooks Washington and Steyning.
Highdown Hill was once a small hill fort. Nowsadays you can go there and it has a pub at the top of the hill, called Highdown, and there is a excellent play area for children which is called Kids Kingdom.

A few miles down the road from Worthing is the harbour town of Shoreham. Here you'll find Sussex's main working port. Its also has Yacht club and a marina with the odd millionaire's boat. Shoreham airport is the oldest commercial airport in the country, every year becomes one of the biggest air shows in Sussex.

There is so much too do in Worthing, such as going to the cinema, amusement halls, nightclubs, playing golf at one of the three courses, museums, two theatres, grass bowling centre, Swimming.

A few miles west of Worthing is the town of Arundel, a lovely place to visit, has Toy and Miltary Museum, and the Wetlands and Wildfowl Trust as well as Arundal Castle. Our kids love it here because behind the castle is a big lake where they can feed the ducks and have picnics.

For families with children like myself, you need things to entertain the kids, Amazon Adventure, based at Worthing Leisure Centre, Shaftesbury Avenue is a soft indoor play area, with slides, ball pools and assault course. This is in Durrington, Near the train station Durrington-by-sea.

Brooklands Pleasure Park, Brighton Road. Has acres of land near the seafront on the outskirts of Worthing. Has a outdoor paddling pool, adventure playground, 9 hole golf course, pitch and putt, miniature railway where you can take a ride around the lake which costs around £1, you can hire a pedalo or motor boat on the large lake. You'll also find trampolines and go-karts.

Fun Junction, Stoke Abbott Road. Is a indoor adventure playground, has a large soft play area with slides, ball pools, and a assault course. This is more in the town centre, near the town hall on Chapel Road. A good thing about it is that it has separate play areas for different age groups. Also here there is a Quaser Lazer for the older kids to enjoy.

Lido, On the seafront, It has childrens rides, amusements arcade, Has a few souvenir shops just outside it too. Not forgetting ice cream, fish and chips and rock.

Peter Pan's Playground, Beach House Park, Is for younger children. It has rides, trampolines, a helter-skelter and large adventure castle. There is also a paddling pool and boating lake just outside.

Aquarena, Brighton Road, Swimming pool on the seafront, has a main pool and a teaching pool for beginners, Also has a slide and diving boards, it also has a gym, fitness studio and sauna.

Worthing have a football team Worthing FC which is in Ryman League First Division. You can see them play at Woodside Road. Its also the home ground for Brighton & Hove Albion.

Worthing Thunder Basketball have there home ground at Worthing Leisure Centre and they compete in the Conference of the National Basketball League.

A three-day Seafront Festival in July and a three-week music festival in November are two of the big events in Worthing every year.

There is always a giant bank holiday market on Lancing beach green, with loads of bargains to be had.

Hotels & B&B’s
You will find a number of hotels and B&B’s along the coast, all ranging in prices. But if travelling down on half terms, bank holidays remember to book well in advance to avoid the dissapointment. Its around this time of the year that Worthing has a lot of traffic on the road and endless traffic jams.

Clubbers from all over the south coast travel to the area to go out on the town though most would goto the bright lights of Brighton Worthing also has a healthy nightlife. You will find lots of pubs in the town centre many of them from the big pubs chains like Yates's Wine Lodge, The Toad and Witherspoons and these are always great for getting the tickets for the nightclubs. There are a few nightclubs the biggest and most popular being Lush thats based on the peir but there is another good nightclub near to the train station called XS.

Famous people who were born or lived in Worthing.

Roy from Eastenders lived here in a Penthouse just off the seafront. Paul Young 1980's singer came from Lancing, Billy Idol went to Durrington High School, Simon Mayo use to work on Hospital radio here, Leo Sayer is from Shoreham and wrote about Montague Street - the main shopping street in Worthing, Pop idol Chris (The Vicar) lives in Lancing and Matthew Wright from The Wright Stuff on Channel 5.

Overall I would have to say that if you were going to the South Coast for a short break dont just think of Brighton take a trip further along the coast to Worthing. It has plenty of things to do whether your a family looking to entertain the kids, a couple looking to spend some time together walking along the seafront or on the downs or just if your looking for somewhere different to go out at night.

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silly.sausage 01.01.2005 17:18

great review

Bollinger28 05.05.2004 14:09

Good review - my parents live 15 minutes from Worthing so know it very well. Regards Lexy xx

sambouc 22.02.2004 17:29

Excellent review! I used to live in Worthing and love it too. Can't wait to move back there!

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