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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??

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

AKissIsNotAContract Sun 16-Jun-13 10:12:15

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

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