Secret Britain - Worthing

Secret Britain - Worthing

It’s more than a retirement town

I’ve lived here since I was a child, and I think it’s a fantastic place for people of any age to visit.

It’s famous…

...for a reproduction of the Sistine Chapel ceiling which has been painted at the English Martyrs Catholic Church, Goring-by-Sea.
It took five-and-a-half years to paint. If you can’t afford a trip to Italy, this is the next best thing!

Bag a bargain

It’s nice to walk along Montague Street (the main shopping precinct) and browse through all the brilliant charity shops. On Wednesdays there’s the added bonus of a market, selling everything from dog beds and handbags, to fresh fruit and vegetables.

View from above

Take a sightseeing flight from Shoreham Airport (which has listed period buildings and facilities) in a small three-seater plane. There are various routes to choose from, including views of the Isle of Wight or Brighton.

  • Seats cost from £54. 0791 890 2721

Blow away the cobwebs

Take a brisk walk along the seafront to Worthing Pier. I always find an old-fashioned pier brings back lots of happy childhood memories. On a nice day you can sit in a deckchair and fish over the edge, on rainy days see a show at the Pavillion Theatre or spend your pennies in the amusement arcade.

  • Worthing Pier is open daily from 9am-5pm

When you’re thirsty

You can’t beat a hot chocolate at the Shorely Scrumptious Café on Crescent Road, or try one of their yummy breakfasts. I also like to get a window seat at the M&S café, which is upstairs above the shop. From here you can watch seagulls, or sometimes people with metal detectors on the beach when the tide is out.

Further afield…

It’s easy to get to bustling Brighton and Chichester, as well as historic towns such as Lewes and Arundel. My husband and I visit nearby Ford Airfield for its big market and car-boot sales three times a week on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Ford Airfield 07850 399781

Make sure you…

Spend a relaxing sunny afternoon (weather allowing!) at Highdown Gardens, on Littlehampton Road. Not terribly well-known, it boasts a national collection of rare plants and trees. Looks best in spring when anemones, crocus and peonies bloom. Admission is free.
B Highdown Gardens 01903 501054