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

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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.

TravelinColour Sat 15-Jun-13 22:13:54

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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.

TravelinColour Sat 15-Jun-13 22:14:41

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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

AKissIsNotAContract Sat 15-Jun-13 22:36:03

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.

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