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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??

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.

EhricLovesTeamQhuay Fri 21-Jun-13 07:26:51

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?

farewellfigure Fri 21-Jun-13 11:19:17

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

EhricLovesTeamQhuay Fri 21-Jun-13 11:41:58

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.

EhricLovesTeamQhuay Fri 21-Jun-13 12:03:53

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.

EhricLovesTeamQhuay Fri 21-Jun-13 12:30:55

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

EhricLovesTeamQhuay Fri 21-Jun-13 13:02:52

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

ARTHOUSE66 Tue 14-Nov-17 15:42:48

Hi there, we moved from London to Brighton and after 10 years to Worthing, much quieter and very different but great schools, loads of space, bigger house space, lovely beach, few great cafe's, more interesting shops emerging, two great cinemas, brilliant for walking (got a dog!) And.. when I miss Brighton I jump on a train and it's 30 mins to the centre and £7 return! Or direct to London!
The area is changing and growing and house prices rising, I find Brighton great to visit now and am happy to escape back here to the peace with more space. Any questions happy to help.

SpottedGingham Tue 14-Nov-17 15:48:21

You bumped a 4 year old thread? confused

sunshineinabag Tue 14-Nov-17 15:52:19

Insider tip: Margate will be the new brighton in 10 years. Source: a lot of my brighton art and music friends are moving there.

sunshineinabag Tue 14-Nov-17 15:52:43

Oh. Zombie thread. Disappointed.

Scallywaggle Wed 15-Nov-17 06:32:07

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Madwoman5 Wed 15-Nov-17 07:43:11

Dome cinema, reasonably quiet beach, shops, bowling ally, activities on the pier like circus school, park just down the road that does all sorts of things for the kids (shoreham side). Love the place

Katrina79 Thu 23-Nov-17 11:49:35


Would you mind if I pmed you with a few questions about Worthing? We are in south east london, seriously considering moving to Worthing. Heart broken to be moving just because we are happy here but house prices not sustainable plus pollution is a real worry here. Researched Worthing very intensely to get some more insight and we will spend lots of weekend there to get a better feel. Maybe see Chesney in the panto! Looks like our perfect fit but bit concerned about primary schools as we’d be making an in year application for my DS who would be either entering reception half way through the year or year 1. Worthing looks great to be honest and a bit underrated seeing as it seems to have changed a lot for the better over the last 10 years , but it gets really mixed reviews. Insider information and experiences would be welcome whether good or bad.

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