Living in Worthing

 

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What is life like in Worthing

Worthing is a clean and pleasant seaside resort, offering residents a relaxed and modern setting that is increasingly easy on the eye.

With the English Channel to the south and the mesmerising South Downs to the north, Worthing is wedged in an area of extreme beauty. What's more, it is improving as a town all the time, with a range of new projects and developments bringing extra facilities to the destination.

The town's housing stock is largely made up of Victorian and Edwardian buildings, although there are some examples of Georgian and Tudor architecture. Many newcomers opt to settle in the leafy surroundings of West Worthing, where the style is very similar to that of Brighton.

People in Worthing are able to take advantage of some of the most impressive features of the town, including its lengthy promenade, historic pier and popular beaches. There are also good shopping options in the town centre and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat.

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History

History

The history of the area dates back as far as 4000 BC, when the South Downs above Worthing was the scene of the UK's earliest flint mining industry. Indeed, four of the 14 mines in the country were located in and around Worthing at this time.

Early remains from Worthing town centre have been shown to be from the Bronze Age, including a hill fort close to its western boundary. In the Iron Age, one of the largest hill forts in the UK was built at nearby Cissbury Ring.

For many centuries, Worthing remained an agricultural and fishing hamlet and Princess Amelia stayed there in 1798. More fashionable and wealthy people began to visit and the town soon developed a positive reputation.

It expanded with areas such as Park Crescent and Liverpool Terrace built in the early part of the 19th century. During World War II, Worthing was used as a home base for several military divisions preparing to take part in the D-Day landings.

One of Worthing's greatest claims to fame is that Oscar Wilde wrote The Importance of Being Earnest while living in the town in 1895.

Famous people to have been born in Worthing include American television actress Nicollette Sheridan and Luke Pritchard, lead singer of the Kooks.

Days out

Entertainment, sport and days out

It expanded with areas such as Park Crescent and Liverpool Terrace built in the early part of the 19th century. During World War II, Worthing was used as a home base for several military divisions preparing to take part in the D-Day landings.

A wide selection of events and festivals also make Worthing a special place to be, including its annual Birdman extravaganza. Others include the Worthing Festival, the Worthing Food and Drink Festival and the Worthing Art Trail.

Worthing Leisure Centre is the largest sports facility in the town and boasts a gym, sports halls and courts, a sauna, spa pool and steam room.

Those who love to stay in touch with the history of their town should head to Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, while Splashpoint is the top swimming complex in the area. Another option is AMF Worthing, which is the ideal venue for a spot of tenpin bowling.

Worthing FC play home matches at their Woodside Road home ground and are well supported by the local community. Worthing Ruby Club is based in Angmering and plays in National Division 2. There are also several local cricket clubs and Worthing Bowles Club host international bowling competition which has included the World Championships. The Sailing Club has recently moved to a brand new club house along Goring seafront.

Perhaps the most popular destination for a day out from Worthing is Brighton, which is just 15 miles or so from the town and one of the UK's favourite seaside resorts. However, those who wish to enjoy a more historic city can do so by heading in the opposite direction to Chichester, while the South Downs is the perfect place for countryside lovers.

Things to do

Eating, drinking & shopping

A number of trendy venues have been opening in Worthing in recent years, including Food, The Fish Factory, Brio’s and Ask.

Some of the other venues to watch out for include Coast Café Des Artistes, Casa Ciro and Cocks Rotisserie, all of which come highly recommended. There are several cafes and tea rooms in the town and Warwick Street is pedestrianised with cafes and restaurants offering ‘continental style’ outside dining.

Worthing boasts modern shopping amenities within its town centre, with more than 400 stores located in this area. It is a good mix of large and established high street names and smaller independent outlets and boutiques.

There are also regular markets and entertainment shows on the streets, so locals can be assured that they will have something to enjoy in the town centre at all times. Indeed, shoppers are said to come from miles around to the Montague Street market each Wednesday.

Schools

Schools & healthcare

There are several high-performing schools in and around the town, so no parent should worry about not being able to find a suitable institution for their children. The popular junior schools include Thomas a Becket and Broadwater C of E, The Vale and Broadwater First and Middle School. Davison C of E High for Girls, St Andrews C of E High for Boys and Worthing High School.

Worthing Hospital is located close to the centre of the town and is the prime health facility in the area. It has its own A&E department, allowing it to deal with serious injuries, as well as serious illnesses. There are also smaller clinics and surgeries that can help local people on a daily basis.

Getting around

Getting around

Worthing is an extremely well connected town, with excellent links to surrounding towns, the rest of the south coast and London. It boasts a total of five train stations, with direct services to Brighton every ten minutes taking approximately 20 minutes to reach the city. Alternatively, commuters and day trippers will be interested in the journey to London, which lasts around 80 minutes.

The A27 is the main road running between west and east and it runs past Worthing at its most northern extremes. This route offers easy access to Brighton, Arundel, Chichester and Portsmouth, while it also connects to the A24 and A23 for those who wish to travel into mid-Sussex and towards London.