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Worthing Area Guide

Worthing. Image courtesy of Flickr user Adam Tinworth

Worthing is a seaside town in West Sussex that as variously been called the Barcelona of the Sussex coast and the new Bangkok. This is likely because of its reputation for being a popular destination for stag dos. Still, its party reputation is only half the story. It has a microclimate that sees its temperatures stay a few degrees higher than some of its neighbouring towns and villages, and its shingle beach and compact town centre make it great for a day’s wandering. Moreover, big renovation projects have been planned along the seafront.

It has a large services sector, and it has several financial services companies. Some of the town’s biggest employers include GlaxoSmithKline, HM Revenue & Customs and Aviva. With Brighton and Littlehampton, it makes up the Brighton/Worthing/Littlehampton conurbation.


There are about 104,600 people in Worthing, and older people make up a larger percentage of the population in Worthing than in England. Around 20.6% of the population is aged 65 and older, compared to 16.4% in England. Similarly, it has a smaller proportion of young people: 17.8% are aged 15 and under in Worthing, but 18.9% are the same age in England as a whole.

It is also less ethnically diverse than the rest of England. In the borough, 89.4% of the population describes their ethnic background as white British, compared to 79.8% in England. The largest population of black and minority ethnic people are Asian and Asian British, and only 3.2% of the population of Worthing describes their ethnicity as such. The population of England which describes their background as Asian or Asian British was more than double, at 7.7%.

Worthing is doing better than other parts of England when it comes to unemployment, though. The unemployment rate in England is 4.4%, and in Worthing, the unemployment rate is 3.5%.


In Worthing, there are a great many primary schools rated outstanding by Ofsted, though they do not necessarily teach children through their entire primary school education. These include Broadwater Church of England First and Middle School (teaching children aged 4-12), Springfield First School (teaching children aged 5-8) and the Thomas A Becket Middle School (teaching ages 8-12).

Secondary schools in Worthing are a little less complicated. The one secondary school rated outstanding by Ofsted is the Davison Church of England High School for Girls. Schools rated good include St Andrew's Church of England High School for Boys and Durrington High School.


Worthing's many main roads include the A24, which goes from West Sussex to London. The A27 runs from Southampton and Portsmouth to Brighton via Worthing, and the A259 goes across the coastline. The buses in Worthing comprehensively serve the town, and they also run into the neighbouring urban areas of Chichester and Brighton and Hove.

Worthing has five railway stations: East Worthing, Worthing, West Worthing, Durrington-on-Sea and Goring-by-Sea. They are all on the West Coastway Line which links Brighton and Southampton. Worthing Station is also on the First Great Western Cardiff to Brighton line.

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Museums and Theatres

The Worthing Museum and Art Gallery is the largest museum in West Sussex. It has fine and decorative art collections and extensive exhibitions on local history.

The Connaught Theatre is a remarkable Art Deco building that hosts touring theatrical productions, musicals, plays and is even a venue for the End of the Pier International Film Festival. The Pavilion Theatre is a flexible that hosts concerts, dances and fairs. The Assembly Hall Complex is largely used as a music venue, with rock bands, pop groups and the Worthing Symphony Orchestra all playing gigs there regularly.


The Worthing Open Houses is an annual arts and crafts festival. Alongside it runs the Worthing Festival, which has open air concerts in the city centre as well as a fairground. The International Birdman Festival moved from Selsey and Bognor Regis to Worthing. Now people come to Worthing to attempt to fly off the end of the pier for prize money. During the Birdman festival is The End of the Pier International Film Festival.

Worthing also participates in traditional festivals, having a wassailing procession and festival to bless the apple trees and a May Day festival sees the city centre given over to a procession, dancing and the crowning of the May Queen.


There are several sports teams in Worthing. Worthing Cricket Club plays in the Sussex Premier League. Worthing Football Club competes in the Isthmian League Division One South, and Worthing United F.C. play in the Sussex County League Division 1. Rugby union team Worthing R.F.C. are in the National League 2 South.

Worthing is also home to Bowls England, and it has five international standard bowling greens at the Beach House Park. Many motorsports races, including stock car, banger and go kart racing, are held at the Oval Raceway just outside the city, in the village of Angmering.

Worthing has five miles of coastline, which lends itself well to watersports. Catamaran racing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and rowing are all very popular in the area. Those who prefer hiking and cycling head to the South Downs, which also hosts the Three Forts Marathon, a 27-mile ultra-marathon.


Shopping in Worthing city centre is simple, as many of the streets are pedestrianised. Warwick Street is full of independent boutiques, and Montague Street has many of the best known high street brands. There are also shops lining the seafront or running up from the beach on Chapel Road and Broadwater Road, catering more to the tourists visiting the sea and the city centre.

There are a few shopping centres in the city. The Montague Centre is a shopping arcade in the city centre, and the Guildbourne Shopping Centre has about 17 shops in one location.

Every Wednesday, a general market on Montague Street attracts shoppers looking for fresh produce and various general products, and once a month, the farmers' market brings the area's best food products to the city centre.

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