to be really disappointed after visiting worthing today? (say yes!)

(143 Posts)
TooMuchRain Sat 15-Jun-13 22:08:19

In September we will be moving to near Brighton (can't afford actual Brighton unfortunately) and I was getting quite excited about Worthing until we went to visit today... it just felt a bit run down and I couldn't see what we would do there - no independent cinema, not much by way of watersports and stupid things like we couldn't find a naice cafe in west worthing (where we were house-hunting)

So, can you tell me if IABU and we stupidly missed the great bits or if I am looking at the wrong town??

HollyBerryBush Sat 15-Jun-13 22:09:17

My mate lives in Worthing - it is a retirement town.

FatherSpodoKomodo Sat 15-Jun-13 22:10:39

My memory of Worthing is that it smells. Does it still smell? I haven't been for many many years and it was boring (and smelly) then.

TidyDancer Sat 15-Jun-13 22:11:04

Are those things really on your list of vitals when house hunting?

I have family near there and I've always loved Worthing. I think you're being picky and odd tbh!

tiredmummy33 Sat 15-Jun-13 22:11:05

i grew up there. Its a shithole. why were you excited?

Trills Sat 15-Jun-13 22:11:16

Most cities or towns that you visit feel quite different to when you live in them.

AmberSocks Sat 15-Jun-13 22:13:09

i live near worthing,its a bit of a shithole,not as bad as some places though

WHat were you expecting?

there are three cinemas,the dome and the connaught and one on the seafront,i dont think they are chain ones//.they are all quite old fashioned and have a bit of character.

TBH i dont think worthing has anything "naice" .Brighton is not better imo,full of pricks.

They show films at one of the buildings on the front, can't remember its name. And there is a theatre. I think there are also quite a few independent cafes. Quite a few of my colleagues live in Worthing and enjoy it. It's not Brighton, sure, but it's not Eastbourne either.

AmberSocks Sat 15-Jun-13 22:14:35

We moved here from Horsham,its much nicer thereis that an option?

We live in Ferring which is a village on the seafront,its got some "naice" cafes on the seafront,a tapas bar and a good school.

If you want naice, come to Chichester...

joanofarchitrave Sat 15-Jun-13 22:16:34

'It's not Brighton, sure, but it's not Eastbourne either'

Hope you will suggest that as the new town slogan to Weymouth Tourist Info grin

specialsubject Sat 15-Jun-13 22:18:34

there are loads of sailing clubs along that stretch of coast, lovely walks and lots of cafes.

looked ok to me on a two-week housesit!

TooMuchRain Sat 15-Jun-13 22:21:34

Are those things really on your list of vitals when house hunting?

No, they were not our priorities - we sorted out the important stuff first and Worthing fitted well for that, they were just examples of the minor things that meant I left wondering what we would do / how we would fit in

HollyBerryBush Sat 15-Jun-13 22:23:14

Unless you have a zimmer frame, you wont fit in grin

sweettooth99 Sat 15-Jun-13 22:26:02

Honestly I spent my entire childhood visiting my granny there... Don't do it

TooMuchRain Sat 15-Jun-13 22:29:18

Thanks all! Will look at the cinemas

specialsubject - do you remember where the cafes and sailing clubs were? (genuine question!)

Travelincolour Chichester is another option, I love the harbour, cinema and theatre but find it a bit scarily conservative...

grin at Holly, guess I could enjoy feeling young??

WuzzleMonkey Sat 15-Jun-13 22:30:39

Worthing. Isn't. Brighton. Same as Eastbourne isn't Brighton. A bit like the way Lewes isn't Brighton (though v nice in a different way). Shoreham isn't Brighton. Hell, even Hove isn't Brighton.

Don't expect Brighton outside of Brighton.

TooMuchRain Sat 15-Jun-13 22:32:26

I know.... but couldn't there be a point where there are enough people who want to be in Brighton but can't afford it for surrounding areas to become a bit more Brighton-like?

pinkyredrose Sat 15-Jun-13 22:33:22

Why don't you look in the outskirts of Brighton, Hangleton or Portslade for example? Much cheaper than nearer the centre.

cantspel Sat 15-Jun-13 22:34:05

Plenty of decent cafes in worthing, 2 cinemas, a brand new swimming pool, leisure centre, tennis club, several youth football teams, golf club, cricket club, david lloyd fitness centre all within a couple of miles of west worthing.

WuzzleMonkey Sat 15-Jun-13 22:34:21

"couldn't there be a point where there are enough people who want to be in Brighton but can't afford it for surrounding areas to become a bit more Brighton-like?"

No. Those people moved to really ropey up and coming and relatively dirt-cheap parts of London. They did not colonise the rest of Sussex.

Sussex is a hick county, and I say that as someone who lived in Sussex for years.

cantspel Sat 15-Jun-13 22:34:37

sailing club on the sea front at goring

I really like Worthing, we live in Sompting.

bigbuttons Sat 15-Jun-13 22:37:56

Lewes is very nice, brilliant schools, lovely community, rather expensive though!

ThisIsMummyPig Sat 15-Jun-13 22:39:02

MIL lives in Ferring, and we stay in Worthing when we visit.

Nobody should move there who is under the age of 83. It's not normal.

Having said that though I think the town centre is nice, lots of independent shops, nice cafes etc. I am always impressed by how clean everything is. (northern) Its also a good base for the downs, other bits of coast etc.

cantspel Sat 15-Jun-13 22:44:27

Worthing is no longer just a retirement town

The largest growth in residents is in the age group 30 to 45

Jynxed Sat 15-Jun-13 22:45:12

Worthing beach is nicer than Brighton - not nearly so crowded. Its got more clubs and pubs than a few years ago, and the schools are better than Brighton. Dome cinema is fabulous. Sailing club in Shoreham. Shoreham is great, and is a good half way house between Brighton and Worthing.

Serialdrinker Sat 15-Jun-13 23:05:57

'No independent cinema' google the Dome. Think it's the oldest in the country.

OhDearNigel Sat 15-Jun-13 23:30:51

"but it's not Eastbourne either"

shock excuse me, we have a university here !!! It ain't all retirement homes and bungalows don't ya know..

MalcolmTuckersMum Sat 15-Jun-13 23:41:32

Worthing is ghastly. Have a look at Seaford - completely the opposite direction but a nice place. Or Littlehampton. Or Lancing. Or anywhere that's not Worthing!

plecofjustice Sat 15-Jun-13 23:46:46

Worthing is horrible. Just horrible.
I grew up there, it was a shithole, nothing good about it and I've had many more threats and physical violence happen to me there than in my "ropey" bit of London where I live now. There's no sense of community, no-one cares, policing is crap, hospital is disgusting.

elizadofuckall Sun 16-Jun-13 08:10:14

Look at Telescombe Cliffs, Saltdean or Peacehaven. They have bugger all there but you will be much closer to Brighton (which is a complete dump IMO) smile

Where are you moving from? I moved from London to the South Coast 12 years ago and hated it for at least 3 years. It takes a while to get used to the 'locals' grin

JamieandtheMagicTorch Sun 16-Jun-13 08:14:55


Nearly as a good a slogan as "Don't Talk Hastings Down", which was in all the shops and cafes in Hastings when we visited about 15 years ago

JamieandtheMagicTorch Sun 16-Jun-13 08:16:08

I don't like Brighton.

Southend is better than Brighton

<runs away>

BrienneOfTarth Sun 16-Jun-13 09:12:27

We have relatives in Worthing. I can't imagine anyone feeling excited about living there. Nothing happens there - and that's how its residents like it so any attempt to make anything happen will not be welcomed.

There aren't naice cafe's generally because most people just bring a tartan thermos of tea from home anyway.

The residents of West Worthing tend to do their shopping in Durrington because the hustle and bustle of Worthing centre is too busy for them. Try not to laugh when they say this, they've not seen Oxford Street. Being able to see more than 10 people you don't know IS massively crowded.

There is a nice-ish cafe in Durrington, but not "naice". There was a lovely chocolaterie which openned up there a couple of years ago which made me hopeful that the area would become livable - but it closed again within 12 months for lack of business - I think I may have been their only customer. Our relatives were shocked when I bought easter chocs for DH from there instead of getting the mass-produced cheap stuff that was on special offer further up the road.

Doyouthinktheysaurus Sun 16-Jun-13 09:23:27

Worthing is nice!

No, it's not like Brighton but nowhere else is!

Look at Shoreham if you want naice tea shops and stuff. The bonus of Shoreham is it's sandwiched nicely between the Downs and the Sea, and you have a lovely river.

If I had the money, I'd live on Shoreham Beach!

tanukiton Sun 16-Jun-13 09:28:33

I agree shore ham is nice.

BabyMakesMyEyesGoSleepy Sun 16-Jun-13 09:31:45

Fuck it come and live in Cobh. Its very naice here. <Totally outs self>

aftermay Sun 16-Jun-13 09:32:22

I wouldn't move to Worthing. I found it depressing.

thornrose Sun 16-Jun-13 09:39:16

Hove Lagoon is just down the road and has water sports.

I remember visiting Worthing prior to moving down here and we actually went home early because we were bored!

I love it now. There are lots of lovely family events, like fireworks on the beach. The bird man event is hilarious and everyone gathers to watch.

Coast cafe is lovely maybe not the other word you used (I can't bear to repeat it)

You are wrong about the cinema, google The Dome, and see the cafe next door.

Think about what else is on your doorstep, and easily accessible rather than focusing just on Worthing.

musicposy Sun 16-Jun-13 09:45:13

Come over towards Chichester - much nicer!
However, one of my friends lives in Worthing and when the DCs were much younger I used to go over there a lot. There was a surprising amount going on. You don't always see these places from the outside.
I've done some supply teaching in some East Worthing schools. I wouldn't do it again unless I was starving. There are some quite deprived areas there.

neenienana Sun 16-Jun-13 09:47:45

I second shoreham, its great, wouldn't move back to brighton if you paid me. Having said that anywhere along the south coast has got to ne better than London.

ddubsgirl Sun 16-Jun-13 09:52:39

Born and bred lancing live in Brighton tbh all the south coast is a bit run down sad

Shoreham is just as expensive as Brighton. We couldn't afford it when we looked, hence why we are now in Sompting. I moved here from Islington and I love it.

SuffolkNWhat Sun 16-Jun-13 10:18:32

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katiecubs Sun 16-Jun-13 10:22:04

Hmm some harsh opinions if worthing on here! I grew up there and still have family there so go regularly.

No independent cinemas?! There are 2, the Connaught and Dome, there are actually no chains.

Yes it has a high older population but so do most coastal towns - there is also lots of families, parks, events, good schools, lovely beach and a brand new swimming pool.

Saying that I now live in Hove....

SuffolkNWhat Sun 16-Jun-13 10:24:09

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GobbySadcase Sun 16-Jun-13 10:25:09

Really dislike Worthing. Hospital is dirty too.
If you think Chi is conservative don't come to Horsham!

TheMoistWorldOfSeptimusQuench Sun 16-Jun-13 10:44:43

Worthing is a dump.

Someone else suggested Hangleton: don't do it. Hangleton is what death is like.

Isn't Shoreham meant to be the swinging capital of the South East or something? Nice place though, and a really good live music scene (if that's your cup of tea)

Lewes is fab, but if you can't afford Brighton, you probably can't afford Lewes either (though I am not well off and manage to live here quite comfortabley). Ringmer is nice, and close enough to benefit from Lewes's Lewesishness - but still no watersports!

SuffolkNWhat Sun 16-Jun-13 11:07:32

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Sorry Eastbourne, my experience dates from the mid nineties, appreciate it may have got younger.

You may find it interesting to look at the data on the newly elected local councillors - this will tell you the UKIP versus Tory versus Labour / Lib Dem strongholds.

SuffolkNWhat Sun 16-Jun-13 12:07:24

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I live in ferring, I hate Worthing I always head more Chichester way for any activities.
I adore Arundel too smile

PrettyFlyForAWifi Sun 16-Jun-13 12:26:28

Worthing ugh ugh ugh, my Mum lives there and it's vile. Beach is lovely, in fairness, but otherwise it's grim, grey, depressing and - given the age of the residents - surprisingly crime ridden. Chichester is lovely, as is Horsham, Lancing at a push but Worthing...just no.

FutTheShuckUp Sun 16-Jun-13 12:31:45

We went to Worthing and found it very boring.
I love Bexhill though! Lovely little place

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Sun 16-Jun-13 12:32:22

I grew up there (and now wondering if I know any of the other Worthing-ites on this thread) It used to be a retirement town. That has now changed as younger people got priced out of Brighton etc. My objective(ish) summary would be

What's right with it?

- It's between the sea and the downs. Good windsurfing off Goring and good hiking/ running across the Downs. Quite a lot of nice little walks if you know where they are. If you like outdoors stuff, there's a lot of scope for it.
- It's got a Waitrose
- The town centre is shit (see "what's wrong) but it's close to Horsham and Chichester where the shopping is quite good (and Brighton, but I don't like Brighton shopping that much if I'm honest).
- It's got some goodish schools

What's wrong with it?

- The town centre is really not great. Far too many pound shops/ low end chain stores. Teville Gate has been scheduled for redevelopment since I was 8. I'm now nearly 40. Most of this is because the council are basically incompetent and cant make a decision to save their lives.
- It doesn't have a huge number of naice cafes and good restuarants, although the surrounding area is quite good (albeit not London standards or anything).

West Worthing is a bit suburban but it's fine. The nicest area of Worthing are Offington and High Salvington/ Findon. Or could you afford East Preston or Angmering? They are nicer/ more villagey.

Have a look at Southwick - there are some really pleasant areas of it (not all of Southwick is naice), and it's close to the Old Shoreham Road and seafront routes into Brighton. I wouldn't go the Peacehaven or Telscome Cliffs side of Brighton 'cos the seafront road is more or less the only route in and out, and is totally chocka in the rush hours.

Twiceover Sun 16-Jun-13 12:39:30

We moved to Worthing a year ago from Hove as we couldn't afford a family home in Hove and I've been surprised at how pleasant it is. I don't miss Hove at all. We have nice parks, brand new pool, nice cafes all within walking distance. We have lovely neighbours, loads of young families on our street and I've met lots of nice people (most of whom moved from Brighton, Hove or London for same reasons as us). Our girls are due to start at an outstanding school in Sept and it seems lovely. Only downside is lack of pubs and nice restaurants (crescent road one is good). All in all though, I am pleased we moved here, it's been good for our family.

ARealDame Sun 16-Jun-13 12:42:22

Some people grew up there, and maybe are attached to the place, or have no choice. Just constantly calling places "shite" is really horrible, as well as lazy, and not even witty. I never read "crap towns" website for the same reason.

Limings Mexican is good. I think the restaurants will improve now more people are moving down here who have been priced out of Brighton/Hove/Shoreham.

specialsubject Sun 16-Jun-13 12:50:32 shows 10 sailing clubs within 15 miles. Some will be yacht, some dinghy, some canoe - plenty of choice. Someone also mentioned Hove Lagoon which does all three.

Seafront walks produced loads of cafes - had a dog with us so couldn't go into all of them but looked plenty of choice to me.

and you will be by the sea. What's not to like?

tanukiton Sun 16-Jun-13 12:52:35

Err ferring definitely isn,t worthing. I could happily live in ferring now but would hate to be in worthing town center.

ChippingInWiredOnCoffee Sun 16-Jun-13 12:55:52

I loved living by the sea and really really miss it - but certainly not enough to live in Worthing. Depressing, gloomy little place.

Kinnane Sun 16-Jun-13 13:13:49

The best place for coffee and cake for me smile is -

canoe club
sailing club
wind surfing
theatre (2)
assembly hall
high street shops
night clubs


senior schools

primary schools

huge new swimming pool (on the beach)

lots more smile

Twiceover Sun 16-Jun-13 13:43:11

Yes, parklife coffee and cakes lovely!

Oh I love park life

MalcolmTuckersMum Sun 16-Jun-13 14:00:33

Shoreham a dump? Really? Was there just last week and thinking how nice the pedestrianised bit is with it's Real Patisserie, very naice coffee shop and farmers market. I'd live there in a flash but go check out the property prices - hardly any different to Brighton.

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Sun 16-Jun-13 14:04:43

I think the issue is that all towns have nice parts and not nice parts, and actually, despite Worthing not being the most exciting place in the world, I had a really happy childhood/ teenager years there. Went to Worthing College for A-levels which I loved. My parents still live just outside. The real issue with Worthing is the town centre, which has really really suffered from the lack of vision of the council IMO, but the town has a lot going for it, some nice parks etc.

Tortington Sun 16-Jun-13 14:30:04

I love Worthing. I guess it's all relative.

Relatively speaking, having spend my childhood u north, where the main street was cordoned off with ambulances on standby every fri and saturday night to contain drunken shitheads who fight...Worthing is a dream.

It's not all old fogies, many years ago maybe, but not now.

I love that the town centre hasn't got the same shopping pricinct that every bloody town centre in the country has.

I love the dome, it is so beautiful

The town centre management is really amazing, from a farmers market, to a normal market every wednesday, to stilt walkers, singers, calypso bands, jazz bands, folk bands all playing during the summer.

I am dissapointed that we have a poundland, but that's a sign of the times. but we've got monsoon and laura ashley too - just to put a balance on it

This weekend we had the childrens parade through the town centre, all the kids dresed up, costumes etc. was fab.

Warwick street is cafe street, but there are some lovely little cafe's around if you look

I am a 5 min walk from the sea, i cycle along the seafront and everytime i catch my breath as i can't believe how lucky i am.

Worthing isn't the best night out for drunks, couple of little nightclubs and and in the town centre not that many rocking pubs ( although the DJ at the vintners might argue with that) and you can't get a curry after midnight ( shocker to a norther bird)

There are lots of lovely pubs with great food, great for families.

I find the town centre clean, and when i am walking to work every morning, the guys are picking up litter and making it nice.

I love the artists down near splash point, and we even have an artists open house thing.

the new leisure centre is great, the kids pool amazing, and use of all facilities over 200 classes, state of the art gym equipment all brand new for £40 per month - bargain.

Like all towns there are parts which are better than others, but house prices will reflect this.

And living here - this is crucial - living here is quite quite differnt from coming for a holiday.

I hate the car park over the bowling alley, it is a blot on the landscape, but everytime DH and i park there we say together " WE LIVE HERE!" Its now become a joke, something we just always say as we look across the lido to the sea.

Welcome to sunny Worthing is the catch phrase, and it is true. I can't believe someone earlier said it was grey! It has the highest recorded HOURS of sunshine.

we are a really small town compatatively and we have THREE cinemas, we have a theatre - a theatre!

If you are into the arts, there is a theatre/ artists scene. If you are into sports - ditto - yacht clubs abound.

What i am worried about is all the yuppie flats being built, but that in itslef should give you an indication that it isn't the desolate place previous posters have described.

I don't work for the tourist Information Office smile...but we have one wink

Tortington Sun 16-Jun-13 14:35:50

you can't get better placed for visiting places by train, chichester ( i was pissed there only last night) or brighton ( i don't like brighton tbh).

Portsmouth quays for outlet shopping ( or lots of beer)

Southampton for beer - i#m sure it has other things too.
Shoreham for poncy food and wine

commuting to london victoria in just over an hour!

by car you have all the other towns nearby like horsham which is nice.

40 mins to gatwick

We have the Downs just at the back and a beach at the front.

The Hospital
I went to A&E with dd last weekend - SATURDAY NIGHT - there were 4 people waiting, no one was pissed up, we were seen in 10 mins


yes indeed i love Worthing

noddyholder Sun 16-Jun-13 14:56:29

Worthing is very nice Lots of little cafes and the seafront has an old fashioned traditional feel. We often sit there with an ice cream and it is like going back in time. I know several people from brighton who have moved there and have liked it but I also know some who are there and feel stuck as it is a bit cheaper than Brighton and they can't really move back now. The town centre is indeed quite individual and not carbon copy and it is a lot cleaner than Brighton but also does feel more suburban. If you love Brighton and want to live here Worthing will fall short. But if you want to live somewhere lovely by the sea near brighton then its fab.

TooMuchRain Sun 16-Jun-13 15:16:05

Thank you all!! I think we will go back this week and I will try Parklife and look at everything else you have mentioned

And then maybe we will go to Shoreham to get something to compare it too

noddyholder Sun 16-Jun-13 15:18:33

Love shoreham! Are you sure you can't afford Brighton? There are some cheaper areas still near good schools. I love it here so am abit biased smile

yawningbear Sun 16-Jun-13 15:27:03

I grew up in Worthing, well we moved there age 12 from Guildford and I loved it. It was run down then, but I liked the scruffy ness and much more down to earth than G'ford had been. Sea Lane cafe is fab, along from Goring I think. I remember the Dome when smoking was still allowed in cinemas, and the stench of the seaweed in the height of summer, ahhh such fond memoriesgrin

Twiceover Sun 16-Jun-13 15:30:20

Custardo, just out of interest, when you say there are lots of lovely family friendly pubs, which ones? I am v keen to find some smile

Meerkatwhiskers Sun 16-Jun-13 15:47:37

Do you need to live by the sea? Come up to my end of Sussex! I live in Crawley. The reputation it has is bollocks (deemed as the devils bum hole of Sussex). I've lived here my whole life thanks to my Grandparents moving down here from the new town commission and they are just building 2 new neighbourhoods so adding more variety to the boring commission housing (the old part has no character as all the same style houses sad).

We are right on the Surrey border but the cheapest house prices in the county. Close to the airport so handy for holidays. Plus we are on the main trainline for Brighton and London and smack bang in the middle of both so can be in both in half an hour. Driving it's a half hour drive too (I work at the hospital in Brighton and can be there in half hour ;) ). We have all the naice coffee shops bar Starbucks, apart from in our 15 screen cineworld cinema with IMAX (was the biggest in the country at one point as was a virgin cinema and as virgin has it's head offices here Ol' Dicky Branson gave us the best cinema).

SirBoobAlot Sun 16-Jun-13 15:48:26

Worthing has grown on me after a few visits.

Nowhere except Brighton will ever be Brighton, however. At least Worthing is only 20 minutes train journey away from Brighton.

Meerkatwhiskers Sun 16-Jun-13 15:48:41

BTW i'm going down to the seaside (probably Worthing) to get fish n chips by the sea for my tea mmmmm grin

Tortington Sun 16-Jun-13 16:04:07

Most pubs that sell food are child friendly IMo, The charles Dickens on Heene road is lovely. the unequivocal holder of the best pint i have ever tasted in my entire life. child friendly, nice garden. (food average)
Gun Inn findon
HIghdown gardens tea rooms
all the carvery pubs
Not been in the mulberry for ages, but huge garden with climbing frame i seem to remember
that pub - the name of which i can't remember, if you were driving from arundel to worthing on the A27 before you come up the hill ( where the speed camera is on the opposite side)

also nice little cafe Kar'ben
fab turkish restaurant called Efes
Casa Ciro - nice italian
Tex Mex - fab mexican
OM - The absolute best curry in Worthing - Nepalese
Royal Spice - best takeaway curry v. friendly.
Pomodorro & Mozzerella - best pizza fecking huge

Tortington Sun 16-Jun-13 16:06:25

and we have a toni & guy for that overly priced yummy mummy bob

Custardo- the woodmans?

Tortington Sun 16-Jun-13 16:22:30

That's the one - haven't been for ages though

Tortington Sun 16-Jun-13 16:24:10

Heehee I like the other Mexican on montage street can't remember the name

Twiceover Sun 16-Jun-13 16:42:58

Thanks Custardo, will have to do a tour grin

Domaby Sun 16-Jun-13 16:54:02

If you want the coast then Shoreham is the nicest (Worthing has got quite run down and definitely don't even look at Lancing,on it's awful). Some of the villages and towns on the Downs are nice, but quiet. I grew up in Steyning. It's on the Downs and a few miles north of Shoreham. It's very nice but a bit dull - no station, only a few shops etc.

Tortington Sun 16-Jun-13 17:02:33

tex mex this is the one i mean

Tortington Sun 16-Jun-13 17:04:46

or this one makitup

I won;t go into liming as i thought the staff rude the first time i went in - amd i'm very pincipled smile

what - with all the shops that have opted in to workfare that i am also boycotting, it's a wonder i can shop anywhere at all!

cantspel Sun 16-Jun-13 17:07:01

The Bull in Goring is a lovely pub, nice garden and real fireplaces in winter. Next door to Bull Park which has just had the whole children play area refitted.
The George at the top of George V avenue is a decent carvery.
The Mulberry as already said has a great garden for children.
Sea lane cafe right on the sea front is lovely and there is a children play area along the same stretch of beach.

Ok the main shopping are is not great but it has a good mix of shops for most things you are going to want on a day to day basis and the guildbourne butchers is great for stocking the freezer with decent meat at a decent price.

That's it the tex mex thank you!
I got really poorly from liming once so won't go confused

SuffolkNWhat Sun 16-Jun-13 17:15:26

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cheerup Sun 16-Jun-13 17:43:43

Yeah what a crummy place. Nice seafront, local primary schools that you might actually get your child into, reasonable house prices, good hospital, a mix of people from all earnings brackets in each area (except maybe parts of Durrington), a fantastic new leisure centre owned by the borough that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, flat and brilliant for cycling, fish from the channel for sale from boats on the beach most weekends in summer and a beach that isn't packed with daytrippers at the first sign of sun.

We really shouldn't compare ourselves with the City down the road with it's massive drug problem, areas which are effectively ghettos (I don't suppose you considered Moulscombe or Whitehawk when you were house hunting did you?), heaving seafront and beach and general air of threat in certain parts of the city centre at night.

OP, I really think you should stretch your budget and try to get somewhere in Brighton unless there is anywhere further you might like. We're quite happy here but you obviously have different priorities. Naice cafes and the like.

cheerup Sun 16-Jun-13 17:46:22

Actually Lewes would probably be perfect for you.

Dumbledoresgirl Sun 16-Jun-13 17:52:36

The best thing to come out of Worthing was my son who was born there. grin

I didn't think it was particularly a retirement town - it didn't feel like Eastbourne to me - but it certainly was a shabby soulless place last time I was there (8 years ago now).

Why the need to live right on the coast? We lived in a village near Steyning (Steyning was our preferred location but our house purchase there fell through) and the beach at Shoreham, the town centres of Horsham, Haywards Heath and Brighton, even the 'delights' of Worthing were maximum 20 mins drive away. Our village was a gorgeous place to live: very friendly, very vibrant community, not at all snobby or exclusive. I miss it hugely even 8 years on.

If I were you, I would have a look slightly inland. The coast is not Sussex's finest feature imo.

TooMuchRain Sun 16-Jun-13 19:00:05

Cheerup, I'm sorry if you feel offended but you are missing the point - the reason I was excited by Worthing was because it fitted all the priorities, but then, when we visited, I found the centre a bit depressed/depressing. I said in my OP that not finding a cafe was one of the 'stupid things' that got to me - though I'd like to identify a good one because I like to spend an hour or two working outside the house so I am less distracted by the cleaning etc.

But anyway, now I have plenty to try thanks to people here smile

ukatlast Sun 16-Jun-13 19:16:09

A relative of mine moved to Shoreham and I was surprised how cute the historic centre was and it is practically Brighton.

Kinnane Sun 16-Jun-13 19:36:21
Twotinygirls Sun 16-Jun-13 19:38:09

I live in Worthing with two small children and we love it.

Moved here from Brighton, more affordable, less busy, fewer wanky types.

The town is a but tatty but has everything you need, the new leisure centre is fab and the two new playgrounds on seafront are good too.

Worthing needs more families and younger people to move here to help it get a bit more 'modern'?? There is quite a strong presence of ukip and similar which isn't great.

But there are plenty of good schools and loads of family's. we live in Boadwater and its really nice and friendly, I've lived in many places and feel more at home here than anywhere.

Unless we have a lottery win we won't be going anywhere. smile

TSSDNCOP Sun 16-Jun-13 19:41:08

Think of the things you can do that 99.99% of residents cannot e.g

Eat a raw carrot
Roller blade
Eat an apple
Read small font
See ships on the horizon

Feeling lucky now grin

NonnoMum Sun 16-Jun-13 19:48:30


Where are the other two cinemas? I've only ever found the dome! (Which I love)
Worthing is fine. I live along the road in north lancing which is also nice. I would live in west Worthing very happily.

SuffolkNWhat Sun 16-Jun-13 20:10:03

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2013go Sun 16-Jun-13 20:18:05

Feeling homesick!
Lovely place in so many ways-
High down gardens
That nice park for kids on the beach with the coffee van
Walking along the beach all the way to ferring on a summer evening
The Dome
The Connaught
the library
Warwick street

Alas, the paddling pool has gone sad
And the Lido was turned into an abomination, but my kids don't know it used to be a glorious open air swimming pool

Sigh, walking over the bridge where the Lloyds clock used to tell me I was late to College

Shit bits: the A27, the Tories/UKIP

Kinnane Sun 16-Jun-13 20:19:35

Ritz and Connaught Cinema.

SuffolkNWhat Sun 16-Jun-13 20:25:43

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NonnoMum Sun 16-Jun-13 21:07:36

The Children's Parade?

anonpost Sun 16-Jun-13 21:10:21

Born and bred Worthing'ite here. Feeling a bit protective of our town seeing some of the negativity here! I couldn't live in the town centre, most of the beautiful houses have been made into bedsits, but Goring, Ferring, findon, high Salvington are all lovely. West Worthing is ok, not much going on but its only a short walk to the beach. A few recommendations:
Highdown tea rooms and gardens
The George carvery
Guiseppies Italian on Ann street
Black rabbit (ok, its Arundel but lovely sitting by the river with a nice lunch)
New swimming pool is fabulous for children
Beach park

Some facilities are in dire need of modernisation but look past the likes of teville gate and you'll find some gems.

Wondering how many of you are on Worthing directory?!

MikeOxard Sun 16-Jun-13 21:47:54

How the actual fuck did you go to Worthing and not find a cafe? The town centre is huge, there are probably 100 cafes and restaurants. When you say West Worthing, did you go to Broadwater village centre, instead of Worthing town centre?

MikeOxard Sun 16-Jun-13 21:49:37

Teville gate is about to undergo massive redevelopment as well. I saw some planning consultation and it's going to be fabulous.

OHforDUCKScake Sun 16-Jun-13 21:57:34

I second Worthing being toss. I also second Brighton being brilliant. Portslade and shoreham (the latter more) are nice.

If you arent picky, you could live in Mouslcombe or White Hawk in brighton but they are 'rough' for want of a better word.

I never minded Moulscoombe myself though.

Im in Lewes, which is vair vair posh. And embarrassingly white, seriously Ive been here 2 years and it never fails to surprise me how uncultured this town is.

Ringmer is affordable and very lovely, please check that out its so, so much nicer than Worthing.

Are you really advising OP to live in moulsecoomb or white hawk over Worthing? Bonkers.

Anyway neither of those areas in brighton are significantly cheaper than the main town, if at all.

SuffolkNWhat Sun 16-Jun-13 22:27:43

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GobbySadcase Sun 16-Jun-13 22:43:35

Good ol' Terry Garoghan.
I used to ring in and get put on air quite a bit.

OHforDUCKScake Sun 16-Jun-13 22:48:43

To be fair Mouslcombe is just a crap area in an amazing city. Worthing is just one whole shit town.

Id far rather live in Mouslcoombe.

GobbySadcase Sun 16-Jun-13 22:51:51

I think as far as the town centre goes its so unappealing. All concrete and dreary.

I do like a little strip of beach at Goring where there's a playground.

youarewinning Sun 16-Jun-13 22:52:35

Chichester is conservative? grin

Its a very large place. Some parts are more conservative than others but it's also a university town so some bits aren't!
If you want nearer the beach try looking at Bognor Regis or Selsy.

kennyp Sun 16-Jun-13 23:06:43

what is wrong with bexhill? i know rupert everett lambasted it in another country .... but 21 charity shops ticks every charity shop shaped box for me. fabulous scooter potential (if you are a kid that scooters)

pevensey bay? that is fairly dire but plonk on the seafront. i would move there tomorrow morning if i could.

am orgianlly from guildford and worthing always had bad press even in the 70s. heresay a go go.

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Mon 17-Jun-13 00:09:55

Actually, reading this thread has made me reassess Worthing. There are probably not that many towns of 100,000 people that have the amenities Worthing has. I'm coming back to stay with my parents in a few weeks and this thread has given me some good ideas.

You can't compare Brighton with Worthing, in the same way that you can't say "Brighton's so shit because it's not as good as London". A lot of the little towns in the area are "lovelier" but dont have the amenities.

MikeOxard I wanna believe you about Teville Gate, I really do!!

tankflybosswalkjamnittygritty Mon 17-Jun-13 08:08:27

Patcham here and it is lovely.

Kinnane Mon 17-Jun-13 09:39:48

OP, Denton Lounge (overlooking the beach) for sitting outside while you work smile - overlooking the beach.

TooMuchRain Mon 17-Jun-13 17:07:10

Souunds perfect, thanks Kinnane!

Helenagrace Mon 17-Jun-13 17:55:51

We moved to West Worthing six months ago. There are loads of family friendly cafes and events.

The town centre is grim - but I rarely go there. West Worthing and Goring have fantastic local shops.

There's plenty of water sports and culture. Last night we listened to a Worthing orchestra - £3 for a child ticket! There's an art trail round local artists' houses next weekend. There are several theatres and independent cinemas.

It's flat and easy to cycle, public transport is easy, the beach is never crowded, schools on the whole are good, the town has so much going for it.

We even have a boutique bakery ... whatever that is grin

springtide Fri 21-Jun-13 00:04:49

Glass of wine on the beach at Coast
Dog walk from Goring Gap for breakfast at Bluebird Cafe
Plenty of youth groups/scouts etc for those that look
Splashpoint Leisure Centre
West Worthing Squash and Tennis Club - friendly and welcoming for adults and children
Ok there are some tatty areas but look beyond that and you may be pleasantly surprised. We moved here 15 years ago from London. A town is only what you make it - sit round moaning and it will be dull and your kids will be bored. Get involved,, be positive and enjoy what is on offer.
Ps in Brighton today - the streets were filthy and I witnessed an extremely agressive arguement between two drivers - happy to return home to our sleepy town!

springtide Fri 21-Jun-13 00:36:58

...forgot Green Cuisine - fantastic cafe in West Worthing. Check out their website - has its own book group, kids arts and crafts, and cooking, etc. For more positive things sign up to the Sunny Worthing Facebook page.

Goldenbear Fri 21-Jun-13 01:34:04

My DP wants us to move to Worthing as we are currently in Brighton but can afford to buy a house here, mostly because I'm a SAHM. I'm not really convinced by the area snymore, i'm growing to despise Brighton. I live near Preston Park station and my son goes to a school that is very hard to get into but I just find the whole place overrated, overpriced and pretentious.

I moved to Brighton 10 years ago and we brought up our son on the Hove/Brighton border but it did seem to live up to the whole 'London by the Sea' thing then. I just has this south coast depressing, shoddy town vibe going on now. To me the value isn't there anymore and my DP who is an Architect feels the houses in Brighton are being overvalued - at the end of the day it is still an hour's commute to London. The property prices are hugely inflated and not sustainable this is why pe

frutilla Fri 21-Jun-13 01:37:54

YABU I love Worthing. Am a Londoner, but lived there for a short while in my twenties. Love the Dome Cinema and the Connaught Corner House, it has a good library and renowned theatre. Would consider moving there again as it's a good place for kids to grow up.

Goldenbear I moved to north lancing 3 years ago for that reason. I never regretted it. You can buy a decent 3 bedroom house for well under £200k, the primary schools are good and my house backs on to fields. I rent, and I have a 3 bed house with a huge living room, garden and driveway for less than I paid for a 2 bed flat in portslade.

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Fri 21-Jun-13 11:16:45

Worthingers- if any of you are still reading this thread, what's the new swimming pool like- is there a shallow/splash pool for toddlers? Also, what's the soft play like on Stoke Abbott Road. ANy other hints for good parks/ playgrounds with a 3 yr old and a 1 yr old?

Go to Ferring instead. The cafe on the beach is lovely. No don't actually... as the beach is nice and quiet at the moment!

NonnoMum Fri 21-Jun-13 11:34:00

The new swimming pool was opened yesterday by Ellie Simmons. The 'leisure pool' is great for young children. The soft play (P.L.A.Y) is OK if you like soft play...
The Waterwise Children's park on West Worthing Seafront is always busy in good weather. Highdown Gardens is gorgeous for a picnic.

burberryqueen Fri 21-Jun-13 11:38:34

Someone else suggested Hangleton: don't do it. Hangleton is what death is like
100 per cent agree - give Hangleton and Portslade a v wide berth

PLAY is fine. It's a soft play...the cafe serves foul coffee and it's separate from the soft play room so you can't have a drink while watching them play.

Fucking hell there is a lot of snobbery about hangleton and portslade. I've lived in portslade and it's no better or worse than any residential area of any town anywhere. No it doesn't have chi chi cafes or boutique shops but I don't really give a fuck. It's safe enough, schools are fine, near the sea, easy access to centre/A27. What's wrong with that? Same with hangleton.

burberryqueen Fri 21-Jun-13 11:46:14

well I lived in Hangleton for six years and Portslade for two.....and no they are not great, sorry if that makes me a vile snob.

cantspel Fri 21-Jun-13 11:47:24


Lovely brand new play area at Bull park. Ideal for younger children.

The soft play like on Stoke Abbott Road is good with areas for little ones and plenty of slides, ball pits foam cubes etc. Can get very busy during school holidays but nice and quite for preschoolers during term time.

No, they aren't great. But they aren't bad either.

burberryqueen Fri 21-Jun-13 12:06:11

yeh Portslade is OK, but Hangleton is not, sorry.

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Fri 21-Jun-13 12:21:22

Thanks all.

Parts of it aren't the best, but parts of it are fine. Lots of lovely big houses on hangleton road/way, very little trouble. I wouldn't choose to love round harmsworth crescent but I'd be happy a mile down the road. Much like anywhere really. Silly to write off an entire area because it has a council less desirable area.

burberryqueen Fri 21-Jun-13 13:00:46

lol harmsworth crescent yes...say no more..

burberryqueen Fri 21-Jun-13 13:01:42

i know it i am speaking from bitter experience

love live round harmsworth crescent. Although I have a friend who used to live in one of the bungalows and I might have loved a bit on her sofa after a particularly heavy night out

burberryqueen Fri 21-Jun-13 13:03:25

looooooooool - i know those bungalows - hehehehehe

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