Explore the area

Whilst you are staying at one of our Be By The Seaside Properties, there are lots of fantastic, fun Family Days Out to enjoy. Some are right on our doorstep, whilst some are a little further away (but no more than an hour’s drive).

Worthing Background

For many centuries Worthing was a small mackerel fishing hamlet until in the late 18th century it developed into an elegant Georgian seaside resort and attracted the well-known and wealthy of the day. People believed that bathing in the sea water could heal you from many diseases. In the late 18th century visiting the seaside became fashionable among the rich. Many new seaside resorts grew up such as Brighton and Bognor Regis. In 1803 an Act of Parliament formed a body of men called Commissioners who had powers to pave and clean the streets. This was the beginning of local government in Worthing. A Town Hall was built in Worthing in 1835. Then in 1845 the railway reached Worthing. The railway, of course made it much easier for visitors to reach the town.

Amenities in Worthing slowly improved. From 1810 Worthing had a market. In 1829 a dispensary opened where the poor could obtain free medicines. In 1881 a hospital opened in Worthing. From 1834 Worthing had gas light. From 1857 it had a piped water supply.

The first pier at Worthing was built in 1862. It was replaced by a new pier in 1889.

In the 19th and 20th centuries the area was one of Britain’s chief Market Gardening centres.In 1901 Worthing gained an electricity supply and in 1908 it gained a museum and art gallery.

In the early 20th century Worthing flourished as a seaside town and the population grew rapidly. By the late 1930s it was estimated to be 62,000. The Dome was built in 1910. The Connaught Theatre was built in 1914. The Pavilion Theatre followed in 1926. Worthing Lido opened in 1959. Writers Oscar Wilde and Harold Pinter and lived and worked in the town.Today Worthing is a flourishing town with a population of approximately 104,000.

Worthing was dubbed Sunny Worthing as it was rumoured that Worthing received more hours of sunshine than any other town along the South Coast.

During your stay at 147 By The Sea, 357 By The Sea, No.3 By The Sea or Brierley The Garden Flat, we hope you will have time to explore this wonderful area; to venture over to the beach, to try out some of the great restaurants, bars and cafes, to walk, cycle, shop, browse, swim, skate, windsurf – whatever you decide to do and however you choose to spend your time, we hope you create some magical memories whilst on the South Coast.

There really is so much to see and do on this wonderful South Coast. We have the perfect blend of beautiful green open spaces, stunning scenery, fantastic beaches and amazing architecture. There are picturesque quaint, quintessentially English villages and historic market towns alongside bustling, eclectic and vibrant cities. Whether you enjoy walking, sight seeing, water sports, shopping, exploring, eating & drinking, cycling, ice skating, horse racing, golf, car shows, theme parks, theatres, farms, zoo’s, learning to fly, learning to sail…or simply just relaxing – we have so much to choose from and there is so much to do! 

Consequently, with so much happening in the local area (as well as a bit further afield) this will be a page that will require regular changing and updating as we try to keep abreast of all that is happening in Worthing and the surrounding areas – we want to keep you informed about all the exciting things that are taking place, so we will do our best to keep this page updated and keep you informed (but it is always best to check the websites for the most up to date information and details).

Family Days Out and Activities

Worthing Observation Wheel

The wheel is 46 meters high. It is the highest observation wheel to be placed in South East England.The WOW is a beautiful, elegant structure. It is entirely white with 36 white ‘pods’. The pods feature clear glass and are entirely enclosed. Only white lights are used on the wheel and these do not flash.

Tickets are available at the WOW.

No advance or online booking – just turn up and ride.

Tickets prices are:

• £7 for adults

• £5 for children under 1.4m

• children under 2 are free

• A family of four ticket is great value at £20

There is wheelchair access as one of the pods features flat access with room for one wheelchair user and three seated passengers.

On a clear day you can see up to 10 miles in all directions.

The wheel operators have a lease agreement for a three year residency, operating from 1st April to 1st October (or 8th November as a maximum stay) each year starting from 2019.

Artful Pottery Cafe

71 Rowlands Road, Worthing, BN11 3JN

Decorate a small piece of pottery. Also take imprints of a baby or toddlers hand or feet for a memory to treasure.

Investigate the clay in their party room, where they have lots of random objects collected from the park, beach and from home to press into the clay. Mark making and building is encouraged. Bring a Tupperware box to take your small creation home with you.

The second room is a UV disco room, which is Sensory play. We have water, shaving foam and slime trays to play with, as well as UV painting on the walls! 

This play session is parent led. We have aprons for you and your children. We also have baby changing facilities.

They sell refreshments such as Coffee, cakes and milkshakes.

During the summer holidays Art-ful Pottery cafe run an Art-ful Summer Camp suitable for children aged 5 and over.

There are also Art-ful evenings for grown ups every 3rd Tuesday of the month between 7pm -9.30pm

Tel: 01903 532818
[email protected]

Out of Bounds

This activity centre in Angmering (just outside Worthing) offers it all – bowling, soft play, climbing, laser tag and more.

Where: Out of Bounds. Golfers Lane, Angmering.

Opening hours: 9.30am to 9pm

Cost: Varies by acitivity

More information: www.out-of-bounds.co.uk

Cinemas & Theatres

Catch a film. Pass a couple of hours by catching a movie at The Connaught or The Dome Cinemas. The Dome is a grade II listed building and one of the oldest working cinemas in the country – so the kids can soak up a bit of history while they are there.

Where: Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing, www.worthingtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/film 

The Dome, 21-22 Marine Parade, Worthing, www.domecinema.co.uk

Worthing Pier

The owners of the award winning Seafront Cafe in Lancing called The Perch are taking over the iconic cafe at the end of Worthing Pier – The Southern Pavilion. Wander along the pier to enjoy the wonderful breakfast, lunches, brunches, refreshments, tea, coffee and cakes that will be served daily. And obviously you will be able to enjoy the wonderful sea views as well as taking in the wonderful history and architecture of the Grade ll listed Art Deco Pier that was announced as Pier of The Year in 2019 – it was announced as best Pier in the country and is one of very few Piers in the country to win this award twice (it previously won this accolade in 2006).

Worthing Pier Amusements

Play a penny slot at Worthing Pier Amusements. The town’s historic pier is home to a small amusement arcade which the kids will love trying their luck at.

Where: Worthing Pier

Opening hours: Daily 9am-5pm

Cost: As little or as much as you like!

Gull Island Beach Playground

The playground, aimed predominantly at the under eight years age group, was built during the summer of 2012 and named as ‘Gull Island’.

It’s in a great location with the Splash Pads just next to the playground. Plus it’s the perfect place to have a picnic on a sunny day!


Beach House Grounds, Brighton Road, Worthing, BN11 2EJ

Opening hours

Every day of the week

Go Karting

Team Sport Go Karting

This exciting course will get the whole family racing around like Lewis Hamilton; there is an exciting flyover and a Monaco style tunnel. This perfect indoor venue means it’s a brilliant place to visit come rain or shine. There are Family Madness sessions where family and kids groups will race it out over 3 x 15 minute timed race sessions to see who is the fastest family member. For children aged 8 -15 years there are also junior track days. They will get a safety briefing, driving skill sessions with an instructor, qualifying sessions, grid started races with prizes for the top children of every group and a meal and soft drink. There are also sessions for teenagers as well.

Somewhere To Eat?

There is a cafe selling a range of food and drink.

Are There Toilets?

Toilets are available at the centre.

Where Shall I Park?

On-site parking is available.

TeamSport Indoor Karting

2 Chartwell Road, Lancing Business Park, Brighton, BN15 8TU

Telephone: 01252732300. https://www.team-sport.co.uk/brighton/

Brooklands Outdoor Go Karting

The 290 metre track is designed to put your skills to the test whether you’re an experienced driver or a complete beginner! Based on the A259 Brighton Road between Lancing and Worthing and just 20 minutes drive from Brighton, this is the best outdoor Karting Track in West Sussex!

You can generally just turn up (it’s not necessary to book).


Telephone: 07867 762106

High Salvington Windmill

Volunteers have extensively restored a mill dating from circa 1750 and there are open days every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the months between April and September. Come and visit a working mill, with a guided tour included.

Entrance £1 and children go free. Refreshments with home made cakes and a souvenir shop.

Any queries – 01903 254440

Date & Time: Sunday 6th May 2018 from 2.30pm to 5pm

Contact: High Salvington Windmill, Furze Road, Worthing BN13 3PB


AMF Bowling

Worthing Bowl, Marine Parade, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 3PZ 08448263041.


If you need something active to do no matter the weather then bring the family here where there is bowling for all of the family, with ramps and lighter balls even the little ones can join in. With arcade games, pool tables, and even a bar for the adults this a great way to spend a couple of hours.

Somewhere To Eat?

The cafe sells a range of food and drink.

Are There Toilets?

Toilets are located throughout the centre.

Where Shall I Park?

On-site parking is available.

Worthing Museum

Explore local history and art at Worthing Museum and Art Gallery. School holiday activities held.

Where: Chapel Road, Worthing

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm

Cost: Free

More information: www.worthingmuseum.co.uk 

Worthing Theatres

Worthing Theatres has daily shows, including kids’ shows during the holidays, across their three venues. 

Where: Connaught Theatre, Pavilion Theatre and Assembly Hall

Cost: Varies

More informationwww.worthingtheatres.co.uk

Skate Parks

Shoreham Skate Park l

For older kids they will enjoy a visit to this skatepark. There are fantastic facilities with plenty of obstacles to shows off their skills.


Lancing Beach Green

There is also a smaller BMX and Skate Park at Lancing Beach Green. Open all year round.

Lancing Beach Green,


West Sussex BN15 8HT

Flying Fortress

The Flying Fortress is a family entertainment centre for all the family to enjoy.

Open 7 Days a Week


Monday 9.30am – 4.00pm

Tuesday – Friday 9.30am – 6.00pm

Saturday – Sunday 10.00am – 6.00pm

01903 733550

[email protected]

The Flying Fortress is an indoor soft play centre with a huge playframe is in the shape of an aeroplane and includes soft play areas for toddlers, Mirror Mazes and Racing Slides. There is a cafe offering a wide range of food and drinks to enjoy whilst the children play as well as comfortable sofas and seating.

Thursday mornings are strictly for children aged 4 and under only from 9.30am – 12pm.

No children aged 5 or older will be allowed entry until 120clock midday on Thursday’s.

Splashpoint Leisure Centre and Swimming Pool

Great for swimming sessions with children of all ages and it’s only a 5 minute walk from 147 By The Sea.


Splashpoint Leisure Centre contains a 25 metre 6 lane pool, a teaching/diving pool, a leisure pool with pirate ship and slide.

During school holidays and weekends, there may be long waiting times for swimming. It’s always worth calling in advance to check waiting times and swimming sessions.

All children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult (16 years or over) in the water in all public swimming sessions

Please note there is a 10p non refundable charge for the lockers in the changing rooms.

Tel: 01903 905050 Option 2

Amazon Adventure

Based within Worthing Leisure Centre

Shaftesbury Avenue, Worthing, West Sussex BN12 4ET

Tel: 01903 905050 Option 3

Suitable for ages: Babies and Toddlers (0-3), Young Children (4-8) and Older Children (9-12)

Venue type: Indoor

Amazon Adventure At Worthing Leisure Centre, provides a challenging adventure experience for your adventurous toddlers and children in a safe, supervised and above all fun environment!

The big play frame offers a giant ball pool and separate toddlers’ ball area, a cool giant snake slide, unnerving aerial walkways and special fun days here and there too! Height restriction: 4’11” or 150cm with a dedicated little area set aside for the smallest folk to keep them happy and entertained too!

Sea life Brighton

Brighton, East Sussex, England

Suitable for all ages

Venue type: Indoor

Dive into an amazing underwater world inside a beautiful Victorian building. Look out for the dazzling scales, gigantic teeth and fantastic fins of 3,500 mesmerising creatures. Attend interesting talks and see feedings.


Follow an immersive in-tank trail, choose to be a brave buccaneer or a mesmerising mer-creature and race the opposing team to find the six pieces of hidden treasure! Dive into the amazing underwater world with a visit to the magnificent SEA LIFE Brighton – the oldest operating aquarium in the world! It’s a Grade II listed heritage building, home to over 3,500 marine creatures, including sharks, reys, octopuses and jellyfish.

Phileas Foggs World of Adventures

Visit the new Phileas Foggs World of Adventures in Brighton

There are 3 different attractions to enjoy:

  • Adult Attraction
  • Family Attraction and
  • Jack The Ripper


Sussex House, Crowhurst Road, Hollingbury Industrual Estate Brighton BN1 1AF  Telephone: 01273 007799

Email [email protected]


Washbrooks Family Farm

Set against the beautiful backdrop of the South Downs, Washbrooks Farm has plenty to keep your little ones entertained.

With lots of animals, tractor rides, indoor play and 2 acres of outdoor adventure including a zip wire, jumping pillow, sand-pit, trampolines, climbing frames and ride-on tractors, there’s loads to see, climb, jump and bounce on.

Enjoy a cuppa and a lovely cake in the tearoom, serving fresh home-cooked, hot and cold food with children’s lunches at just £2.50. There’s ample space to relax and have a picnic

Washbrooks Family Farm address:

Brighton Road


West Sussex, BN6 9EF

P: 01273 832201

General Enquiries

[email protected]

Fishers Farm

Fishers Farm is about a 40 minute drive away…but it’s worth the drive as you can spend the whole day there – it’s a fabulous action packed day out!

Fishers Farm Park, Newpound Lane, Wisborough Green, West Sussex, RH14 0EG

https://fishersfarmpark.co.uk  tel:01403 700063

Welcome to Fishers Farm Park, where the family comes first!

Fishers Farm is a family run farm park set in the beautiful West Sussex countryside. This award winning park offers a huge selection of indoor soft play, farm animals and exciting rides for the whole family to enjoy. They also have a range of food outlets on offer as well as outdoor picnic areas.

It is the perfect day out for families

Fishers Adventure Farm Park is undoubtedly the ultimate, great-value, jam-packed, fun-filled family day out all-year round, come rain or shine!

Fishers Farm is open all year round, 363 days of the year from 10am-5pm.

Live animal encounters, outdoor rides, indoor play, theatre shows and thrilling attractions – this really is an action-packed day for all ages, with new attractions being added every year. You are guaranteed a warm welcome from their very friendly staff who are here to make your family day out as enjoyable as possible.

Middle Farm

About Middle Farm

Nestling at the foot of Firle Beacon on the South Downs in Sussex, Middle Farm is a 625 acre working family farm. On offer is a warm countryside welcome, and something for every member of the family to enjoy.

The open Farm is perfect for small children to enjoy. You can follow up your tour of the farm with a browse around the Farm Shop that is overflowing with wonderful local produce. There is a restaurant serving lovely food and refreshments plus there is a cider barn, butchery, bakery, plant sales and gift shop.

Middle Farm is hime to some of the friendliest farm animals around!

There is a picnic area and when you need to let off some steam there are two outdoor playgrounds as well as our highly popular hay play barn.

Open Farm area.


Guinea Pig Feeding

11 am Small Animal Handling

Lamb Bottle Feeding

Pig Feeding

1pm Sheep Shaving Competition

2 pm Small Animal Handling

2.45 pm – 4.45 pm Milking time In The Milking Parlour

3 pm: Pony Grooming in The Stables

3.30 pm Lamb Bottle Feeding

4 pm Pig Feeding There is also sheep shaving

Please visit The Open Farm at Middle Farm or go to the website

Entry to the Open Farm: £6 per person April to October,

£5 per person November to March

(free entry for children under 3)


from 1 April (Phone number hidden by Airbnb) am until 5 pm Monday to Sunday

Ticket entry for the Open Farm from 10 am to 4 pm

Last ticket is 4 pm. Open Farm closes at 5 pm

Drusillas Park


The address is: Drusillas Park, Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5QS

A further 10 – 15 minutes drive by car from Lewes is Drusillas Park where you can enjoy a great family day out at one of the top attractions in Sussex.

Widely regarded as the best small zoo in the country, Drusilla’s has created an animal and child friendly environment where the focus is always on fun finding out. However, animals are only half the fun; Go Wild!, Get Wet!, Go Safari!, Amazon Adventure, Eden’s Eye maze and Hello Kitty Secret Garden are paradise for anyone wanting a theme park experience. It’s no ordinary day out – it’s a fantastic way to spend the day! There is so much to see and do at this incredibly popular, fun filled attraction that you should check out the website for all the details…this is one place that should definitely not  be missed!! (Website hidden by Airbnb)

A little further on from Lewes but also well worth a visit is the Bluebell Railway where you step back in time to the days of vintage locomotives!!

Bluebell Railway

https://www.bluebell-railway.com/ email: [email protected]

Address: The Bluebell Railway, , Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex, TN22 3QL

Tel: 01825-720800

The Bluebell Railway was one of the first preserved heritage lines in the country resulting in one of the finest collections of vintage steam locomotives and carriages many of which were preserved straight out of service from British Railways.

The Bluebell Railway commenced train services in August and now runs trains on a 22 mile return trip between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead. The Bluebell Railway is popular with film and television productions and our Horsted Keynes station has been seen regularly on television and in films, including Downton Abbey, Muppets Most Wanted and Churchill’s Secret.

Various events operate throughout the year including visiting engines, family fun days and historically themed days. For a full list please visit our event pages.

Whilst offering scheduled steam train journeys, Bluebell Railway also offer bespoke ways to celebrate a special day or run a corporate event. Throughout the year dining trains operate on selected dates, including services for Afternoon Tea, Silver Service Dining, Supper Specials and Rail Ale evenings.

What’s on at the Bluebell Railway

Lots of fantastic events for all the family to enjoy! Some familiar favourites, and some new events, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Road meets Rail! – traction engines, steam trains & a Sussex Ales Beer Festival!

For details on how to get to Bluebell Railway and to check the most up to date event information, timetables, availability and prices, visit the website: 


Southwater Country Park


To celebrate Southwater’s dinosaur history – did you know a real iguanodon skeleton was found in the lake? – the Country Park’s adventure play area is dedicated to dinosaurs.

Follow the big dinosaur footprints from the Visitor Centre up to the Island and discover dinosaur bones in the sand, reach new heights on aerial walkways, swoop on jungle swings and climb all the way to the top of our bubbling volcano.

Musical instruments, dinosaur sculptures, a wheelchair-accessible roundabout and accessible ramps make Dinosaur Island fun for children with a wide range of abilities. There’s play equipment for bigger kids, too – head for the more challenging trails and climbing frames – and even a dinosaur or two to track…

The address is Cripplegate Lane, Southwater, Horsham RH13 9UN

Southwater Country Park is open daily, 8am until dusk.

Parking charges are from 50p for an hour up to £3 for all day parking.

Southwater Country Park has three car parks. There are four disabled parking bays marked out in the Station Road car park.

Littlehampton is a Seaside resort and pleasure harbour. It lies on the English Channel on the eastern bank of the mouth of the River Arun and is about 20 – 30 minutes away from our Be By The Seaside Properties

Harbour Park

It is worth the short drive or train ride to Littlehampton, especially if you have children. Head to Harbour Park for a great day of fun and amusements and a superb family day out.


This amusement theme park is right next to the sandy beach in Littlehampton and close to other attractions such as the boating Lake at Mewsbrook Park

Mewsbrook Park

Nestled in the stunning Mewsbrook Park along the seafront, with guaranteed fun, food and fresh air for all the family. It features a stunning boating lake, large wooden playground, miniature railway, art deco shelters and so much space to walk and play.

Just two minutes’ walk from the seafront, it really is a great day out! Parking is available at the adjacent swimming pool. There are also spaces along the sea road.

Fully accessible to everyone with wide doors, ramp and disabled toilet facilities.

The boating lake is subject to seasonal opening times.


The long bench

The Long Bench at Littlehampton is thought to be the longest bench in Britain and one of the longest in the world. The wood and stainless steel bench ‘flows’ along the promenade at Littlehampton in West Sussex – curving round lamp posts and obstacles, twisting up into the seafront shelters, dropping down to paths and crossings.The bench was opened in July 2010 and can seat over 300 people. It was funded by Arun District Council and CABE’s ‘Sea Change’ capital grants programme for cultural and creative regeneration in seaside resorts. The bench was also supported by a private donation from Gordon Roddick as a tribute to his late wife Anita, the founder of The Body Shop, which first began trading in Littlehampton. More information about the design of the award winning bench can be found on the Studio Weave website or at


With inspiration and input from children at the local primary school, the 1,000 foot long bench is now a popular visitor attraction and a great place to admire the seafront and Littlehampton’s award winning beach.

High Salvington Windmill

Volunteers have extensively restored a mill dating from circa 1750 and there are open days every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the months between April and September. Come and visit a working mill, with a guided tour included.

Entrance £1 and children go free. Refreshments with home made cakes and a souvenir shop.

Any queries – 01903 254440

Date & Time: Sunday 6th May 2018 from 2.30pm to 5pm

Contact: High Salvington Windmill, Furze Road, Worthing BN13 3PB

Go Ape

if you wanted to go a little further afield for an adventure, you could head to Go Ape in Crawley (you would just need to check any age or height restrictions). Go ape.co.uk

Observatory Science Centre in Herstmonceux

Adults and children alike will be fascinated by this incredible experience at the Observatory Science Centre in Herstmonceux.

Are you interested in the night sky?  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to look at the stars, planets and the moon through some of the country’s largest telescopes?  Well here is your opportunity!  Join us on our open evenings and take a glimpse of what it would have been like to use these amazing instruments. 

Would you like to learn how to recognize the constellations and navigate your way around the night sky? Would you like to learn more about cosmology, the solar system or life in the Universe? Are you beyond the beginner stage but are still looking to further your knowledge?

We are running 3 different evening courses in 2019 to try and answer these questions and much more!

There are many extra events and activities throughout the year in addition to those already on offer during your daytime visit. There are atmospheric evening events as well as seasonal activities including fun-filled activity weekends such as British Science Week activity weekend and Bubbletastic Bank Holiday! An ecology zone over will be opening over the summer holidays and there will also be a Lifelong Learners Week in September when we do not book any school visits but reserve the week for talks and demonstrations to encourage the more senior audience to come along; you are never too old to learn something new!

Bringing Science and Creativity to Life!

Holiday fun for children aged 6-8 years and 9-11 years. In addition to daily activities, during the local school holidays there are fantastic workshops for children which are a great way to have fun and learn at the same time. They are fully interactive; children are totally immersed in carrying out experiments or making and creating (depending on the type of workshop). Many of the workshops involve an element of ‘Make and Take’ projects when the children are able to take what they have made home.

Specific workshops are aimed at age groups 6-8 years and 9-11 years.

For more details on all the events at the Science observatory go to the website https://www.the-observatory.org/open-evenings.

The Observatory Science Centre

Herstmonceux, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1RN. Tel: 01323 832731


Annual or Regular Events

South of England Showground, Ardingly. Say hello to spring with this annual celebration of the great outdoors and enjoy a bumper line-up of activities and workshops. Learn the basics of foraging, how to dance around a maypole or even get a bit green-fingered with a gardening workshop. Live music, real animals and even a vintage fairground will also be there for a fun day for all the family. For annual show dates visit the website at https://www.seas.org.uk/

Worthing Open Houses is an annual festival of arts and crafts. The 2013 event is due to be the largest so far, with 50 venues and nearly 300 artists over three weekends in June and July.

On May Day, a procession and dancing takes place in Worthing town centre, culminating in the crowning of the May Queen.

Also in May, the Three Forts Marathon starts and finishes at the Norwich Union building on the outskirts of Worthing before taking in the ancient hill forts of Cissbury Ring, Devil’s Dyke and Chanctonbury Ring over the rough and steep terrain of the South Downs.

The Worthing Festival is held in the last two weeks each July with open-air concerts in the town centre and a fairground along the town’s promenade.

Worthing commemorates Bonfire Night every Year with an amazing Firework Display on the Pier and Promenade of Marine Parade in Worthing. It is  accompanied by a funfair, market stalls, street food and processions through the streets.

Coombes Farm Lambing

The land at Coombes Farm has been farmed by the Passmore family for over 100 years and by others for generations before that.

During lambing season each year, the public are welcomed onto the farm To see lambs and calves being born. 800 ewes lambing and 80 cows calving.

Lambing time is approximately the middle of March 16th to the middle of April each year (the website will update the actual dates each year).

Tractor rides available to see the animals in the fields where you get fantastic views from the top of the downs.

There is an outdoor and indoor picnic area. Teas & Coffees are available and there are usually fabulous goodies by Ren’s kitchen available to purchase as well as Ice creams!

If you’re into fishing, why not spend a day at Passies Pond where some huge carp can be found – perhaps you can land a record catch!

Coombes Farm, Church farm, Coombes, Lancing, Sussex. BN150RS

Phone 01273 452028 Or email [email protected]


Pumpkin Picking Patch


Halloween Crafts, Witches and more…
Over 15 different varieties of pumpkins and gourds have been planted and grown on 30 acres across 2 sites, ready to be picked in October.
There are wheelbarrows to push your chosen pumpkins plus Halloween crafts, fun activities, great food and if you’re lucky enough you may catch a glimpse of their friendly “Witch Family”
Free entry and parking
Based in Sompting bear Worthing

Interactive Crafts include:
Broomstick decorating
Wand Making
Witch Hat Decorating

Locally sourced hot food as well as ice creams and hot and cold drinks are available to purchase.

The address is: Sompting, West Sussex, BN45 0NE
Tel 08899 994963

Car Boot Sales

Every year car boot season begins locally from the middle of April to the middle of October.

If you fancy browsing the huge Shoreham Car Boot at Adur Recreation Ground, it occurs most Saturdays throughout the Summer months. You need to be up early to get the best bargains! For more details on dates and for a map of where the car boot sale is, head to https://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/car-boot-sales/

Roundstone Car Boot Sale

For a really popular and well attended local Sunday car boot sale, Roundstone Car Boot Sale is one of the biggest and best locally. It’s great for bargain hunters or browsers. There are usually fairground rides for the children to play on as well as freshly cooked donuts, breakfasts, tea, coffee and refreshments. The car boot sale can be cancelled at short notice due to bad weather so it’s worth checking the website before attending. 

Roundstone Pick Your Own

After hunting car boot bargains (and working up an appetite!) you can head over to Roundstone Pick Your Own where you can choose from a huge variety of fruit and vegetables to pick fresh from the ground, the fields or the trees. There’s plenty of free car parking so you can pick to your hearts content without worrying about parking fees. Strawberries are in abundance and taste so much better when you pick them fresh yourself! For more details, maps, and choice of what you can pick as well as details on the car boot sale click https://www.roundstonefarm.co.uk/

Street Markets

Shoreham Artisans’ Market

Every 4th Saturday of the month

East Street, Shoreham-by-Sea

The Shoreham Artisans’ Market, selling local Sussex produce, takes place in East Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, between 9:00am and 2:00pm every fourth Saturday of the month.

The market normally has around 30 stalls selling a wide range of local food, drink arts and crafts.

Shoreham Farmers’ Market

Every 2nd Saturday of the month

East Street, Shoreham-by-Sea

The Shoreham Farmers’ Market selling local Sussex produce takes place in East Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, between 9:00am and 2:00pm every second Saturday of the month.

The market normally has around 45 stalls selling a wide range of local fresh produce and goods.

Lancing Village Market

Every 3rd Saturday of the month

North Road, Lancing

The Lancing Village Market, selling local Sussex

Worthing’s Markets

Worthing holds a very busy weekly market in Montague Street every Wednesday.

Worthing also holds regular Farmers’ Markets and Speciality Continental Markets, including its famous French Markets, throughout the year in South Street Square and Montague Place.

To out about street markets and food events in Brighton go to the Visit Brighton Website at https://www.visitbrighton.com/food-and-drink/markets-and-events


The wonderful town of Arundel also holds street markets throughout the year. After browsing market stalls you can visit the many antique shops and emporiums as well as the individual shops and boutiques. For details and dates go to the Visit Arundel website at http://www.arundel.org.uk/town-and-country-fairs-tarrant-square-market

There are also plenty of restaurants bars and cafes to tempt…The Town house is one of my personal favourites it’s a true gastronomic delight. It’s not a very big restaurant so booking, especially in the evening, is essential. https://www.thetownhouse.co.uk/

Arundel by Candlelight

Arundel becomes a very magical place at Christmas with its quintessentially fairy-tale castle overlooking a wealth of chocolate-box cottages and a dazzling array of independent shops, it is no surprise that Arundel by Candlelight is one of the most popular events in the annual calendar. Representing the true spirit of Christmas, it showcases the best in community activity and shopping, bringing everyone together for a truly family affair. Visit http://www.arundel.org.uk/arundel-by-candlelight to find out dates and details.

Food Festivals

Worthing held its very first Food and Drink Festival in 2012 and it is getting bigger and better year on year. The Worthing Town Centre Initiative, with support from the Proto Restaurant Group, are delighted that the festival is a real “Flavour of the Seaside”.

With nearly 70 Stalls located in the lovely setting of Steyne Gardens there is something to tempt every palate.  If you are looking for a snack, something more substantial to eat or goodies to take away then make sure you find time to explore all our exhibitors have on offer.

For the 2019 Festival Local Chefs will be on hand to create their signature dishes and on Sunday MasterChef Champion 2018, Kenny Tutt, will be on stage to demonstrate the skills that helped him lift the trophy.  As well as the stalls and cookery demonstrations there will be competitions, and Children’s entertainment.

This event is a celebration of the Food and Drink offer in Worthing with many of the local restaurants and bars taking part.  Worthing has an amazing culinary offer with over 140 places to eat and drink in the Town Centre alone.  We are fast becoming a food destination with many of our restaurants and bars now receiving regional and national recognition.   There is a full listing of Food & Drink businesses on the Worthing Town Centre website or pick up one of our new Worthing Town Centre Guides.

We haven’t forgotten the drinks and there are licensed bars serving Prosecco, Cocktails, Gins, Beer and Vodkas.  The festival will be operating a Challenge 25 policy and we kindly ask you to consume alcohol in the area provided as this is a family event.

The Worthing Food Festival is an annual event so look out each year for the dates it will be running and if you are lovers of food and drink festivals, why not plan a weekend away with accommodation at one of our Be By The Seaside Properties…book early to ensure you secure your accommodation as the properties get booked up quickly!

Foodies Festival

Foodies Festival is the UK’s biggest food festival which is an annual event in Brighton – it returns to Brighton Hove Lawns usually every May so look out for the dates of next years Foodies Festival. Theres a mouth-watering summer festival, live music, workshops, masterclasses and of course Top Chefs.

Brighton Foodies Festival 2019 was their biggest celebration yet of top chefs, tasty food, delicious drinks and live music. See live performances from much-loved headliner Queen tribute band Flash and watch great performances from 50 emerging bands and soloists from the Brighton area.

Attendees watched Celebrity MasterChef Winner John Partridge cooking live in The Chefs Theatre along with other top chefs such as Great British Menu Winner at 64 Degrees Michael Bremner, The Chilli Pickle’s Alun Sperring, The Coal Shed’s Dave Mothersill , Johnny Stanford at No.1 Broad Street, Kanthi Thamma at The Spice Circuit, Will Dennard at Wolfsmouth and MasterChef Winner Kenny Tutt will all be sharing their signature summer recipes and top tips. 

MasterChef Winner Kenny Tutt said “I had a great time travelling up and down the country to get on stage at the brilliant Foodies Festivals last year, so it goes without saying, that I’m excited to be back this May on my home turf of Brighton! I’m also opening my first restaurant, PITCH, just around the corner in Worthing in May, so I’ll be giving everyone a taste of what’s to come there.”

Try sweet treats with Bake Off winners and top bakers, sample new wines, champagnes and cocktails, eat delicious street food from around the world, taste new flavours, meet artisan producers, have fun all day with chilli eating competitions and food challenges.

Plus brand new extended Kids Zone with Kids Cookery theatre, slime challenge and brand new Dog Arena. 

The introduction of new weekend tickets give you weekend long access to music and great fun, plus day tickets if you prefer to come for the day. Don’t forget that children under 12 get in for free.


Cycling, Walking and Water Sports


Worthing offers flat, safe family friendly bike rides and these downloadable cycle routes takes the hassle out of organising an active day out. Remember the prevailing wind generally blows West to East which means depending where you are going one way is usually easier than the other!

If you need to hire any extras including bike helmets, mountain bikes or electric bikes then contact Quest Adventure for further details.

Don’t have a bike with you, no problem! You can now easily hire Donkey Bikes from set locations around Worthing – for full details visit https://www.donkey.bike/cities/bike-rental-worthing/

Cycle Route 1 – Worthing to Shoreham Fort (2 hours)

This is an interesting and varied 11 mile return cycle ride along the coast. Enjoy the sights of Worthing Promenade, Lancing Beach Green, Wide Water Nature Reserve and Shoreham Beach before reaching Shoreham Fort and the entrance to Shoreham Harbour. Download a pdf of Route 1 here


Cycle Route 2 – Worthing to Bramber Castle (2 to 4 hours)

Breeze up to Bramber! Take the coastal route before crossing through Shoreham Airport and heading north to the historic Norman remains of Bramber Castle. On your return follow a quiet road through the villages of Coombes and Botolphs. Download a pdf of Route 2 here


Cycle Route 3 – Worthing Town Centre Loop

Explore Worthing in this loop around the town. Detailed route coming soon


Cycle Route 4 – Worthing Seafront West (1.5 hours)

Starting from Worthing Pier this is a fantastic 7.5 mile cycle ride along the seafront. Enjoy a picturesque loop via the Ilex Way bridleway to Goring before rejoining the coastal route back to Worthing Pier. Lots of places to stop for refreshments! Download a pdf of Route 4 here


Cycle Route 5 – Worthing to Shoreham Town Centre (1.5 to 2.5 hours)

A varied 11.4 mile route that follows the coast towards Shoreham before taking you around the town highlighting the airport, riverside and town centre before crossing the new cycle bridge returning to Worthing along the coast. Download a pdf of Route 5 here


Cycle Route 6 – Worthing to Findon, Cissbury Ring (2 to 3 hours)

This route takes you along quiet roads and cycle paths in residential zones of Worthing, via Findon Valley and up to the South Downs at the base of Cissbury Ring. From the car park it is then a short walk up to Cissbury Ring, the largest hill fort in Sussex with a history dating back over 5,000 years. Download a pdf of Route 6 here


Cycle Route 7 – Worthing Pier to Brighton Pier (3 to 4 hours return)

This varied route follows the coastal National Cycle Route 2 to Brighton. En route see Widewater Nature Reserve and Shoreham Harbour before reaching Hove Lawns and Brighton’s vibrant seafront. If you only want to travel one way then hop on the train with your bike at Brighton or Hove to take you directly back to Worthing. Download a pdf of Route 7 here

Cycling for kids 

Great cycle training loop for the kids which can be adapted for all ages!

This ride takes you along the seafront coastal path which is littered with a few cafes, SUP shop, at least 3 parks and a row of beach huts which have been turned into an artist colony. Even if you just take this path to Shoreham and back, it is a good ride and never on the road.

Starting the ride at Worthing pier promenade, shared with pedestrians but no cars, you will travel along the shoreline to Shoreham. Once in Shoreham you can use the Airport as a cheeky cut through to the A27.

Once you cross the busy road you are transported into the country lanes and ancient woodlands of Coombes and Botolphs whilst riding parallel to the Downs Link. As you come up to the top of Botolphs there are a couple of very short hills and then you come straight into Steyning Village. This is a great rest stop if you are tired and if you turn around and go back (I have many times), it is still a great ride.

It’s then decision time at Steyning! If you and the kids want a challenge and sense of achievement, offer them Borstal which is one of the UK’s top 100 climbs. This could be a leg on the Tour de France and you even get a special badge from Strava for this one with 20% gradient and challenging length. It will push the most advanced cyclist, but the reward is a fantastic 360 degree vista of some of West Sussex’s most beautiful scenes with the view stretching as far as the Isle of White. You may not care by the time you arrive but regardless, they are there to be enjoyed.

It is then a downhill sprint all the way down Tich Hill with some small hills, but you will feel them. Just at the end of Sompting school from here, you will need to cross the A27 which gets very busy at rush hour, so plan ahead. You will then navigate the winding narrow roads of Sompting village and through urban Worthing, eventually meeting the sea front.

You will usually catch the beach fishermen bringing in their boats and selling their catch along this East Beach stretch. Parched by now there are a scattering of coffee shops, restaurants and ice cream outlets to enjoy. It’s tradition to have a well-earned ice cream from Macari’s home made Italian ice cream shop on the seafront.

Tip: For smaller children, it’s best to walk some of the route up Borstal, bearing in mind it is a road and the gradient is unforgiving for most and you may get distracted yourself. But the top really is an amazing achievement and worth the effort.

Estimated time: 1hr 30mins to 3hour (depending on ability & age) Elevation gain: 1,023ft Distance: 18.2 miles

Andy is the Owner of Proto Restaurant Group, so when not cycling with his children you’ll find him in local Worthing restaurants The Fat Greek Taverna, Food and The Fish Factory.

Mountain Bike Routes in Sussex 

Local Mountain Bike Rides

For full details on Mountain bike Rides. Road Rides, Novice Road Rides and Women’s Rides plus other local cycle routes please go to the Quest Adventure website  https://www.questadventure.co.uk/rides-events

Chanctonbury, Findon, Cissbury Loop from Worthing 24km 

Easy but with a lot of climbing and descending, of course!

The South Downs! The South Ups would be more appropriate. The ride starts in Worthing which is at sea level and Chanctonbury Ring is at 237m (777 feet). It is worth it for views. This loop takes you to the high point over Steyning, across to Chanctonbury with the option of the some wooded single track followed by a long descent into the pretty Findon Village and the back via Cissbury Ring.

 Here is the route

Experienced mountain bikers can visit Steyning Woods

It’s a lot nearer than Leith or Wales and more technical! Check every trail before going flat out, be considerate of other users and offer to help out on a dig day.

These trails are marked Blue, Red, Black and new Purple. The Blue is for intermediate, the Red for the experienced down hiller and the Black for expert downhillers only. The Blue requires a degree of skill and experienced but can be rolled slowly by a competent mountainbiker.

Whiteways and Black 50km Tough

Whiteways has some great singletrack but it is a fair distance away. This route is designed to get you there and back as quickly as possible. Please note that in the winter some of this can be a bit muddy. Avoid Patching Wood when wet.

Anyone for coffee? Easy but long for a novice 38km 

Ride from Cissbury Ring to Satan’s Bike Shack in Partridge Green and back. 

This is mostly off road and is about 40k or 25 Miles 

The ride goes around Cissbury Ring and up to the South Downs way near Chanctonbury Ring. It descends the Wiston Bostal (can be tricky when wet), then goes past Wiston Tea rooms, along Spithandle Lane and across to Henfield where it picks up the Downs Link that takes you straight to/past Stan’s Bike Shack. Return the same way or down to Shoreham and along the coast using the Downs Link and the NC2 coast path.

Stan’s Bike Shack is our first local cycle cafe and is Partridge Green on the Downs Link. Getting there is usually via the start of the Downs Link in Shoreham but this route is more direct and more mountain bike orientated despite using some roads. The coffee is worth the trip and the descent and return climb on the Wiston Bostal is beautiful. You can read my blog here for this ride (Ride to Stan’s)

Grade: Easy pleasant trails and minor country roads with the exception of the Wiston Bostal which is a minor challenge to a novice when dry and a challenge to a skilled rider when wet.  

Find out more at http://www.lovesussex.com/countryside/cycling.aspx

Donkey Bike Hire

If you don’t want to bring your own bikes but would still like to explore Worthing by bike, you can hire a Worthing Donkey Bike.

Worthing is a seaside dream to explore on two wheels. The whole area has great scenic cycling routes, with access to Brighton and Shoreham as well. The National Cycle Route 2 goes through Shoreham. There’s no shortage of adventures to plan when you rent a Donkey Bike whether you want to explore the rich history of the South Coast or the scenic ports and beaches. Cycle hire in Worthing is truly the best way to make the most of the area.

Read more about the launch of Donkey Republic in Worthing: http://www.worthingherald.co.uk/news/on-your-bike-worthing-town-joins-likes-of-copenhagen-with-bicycle-hire-scheme-1-8032963

How it works

Rent a bike in a few clicks

Get the app to rent a bike from many locations, in many cities.

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Find your bike at the pick-up location and unlock with the app.

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Short or long rentals. Lock and unlock your bike as much as you like.

Return the rental bike

Return the rental bike to an available drop-off location, lock it and end your rental with the app.


The South Downs Way 

The South Downs are a range of chalk hills that extends for about 260 square miles across the south-eastern coastal counties of England from the Itchen Valley of Hampshire in the west to Beachy Head, in the Eastbourne Downland Estate, East Sussex, in the east.The Downs are bounded on the northern side by a steep escarpment, from whose crest there are extensive views northwards across the Weald. The South Downs National Park forms a much larger area than the chalk range of the South Downs and includes large parts of the Weald. The South Downs are characterised by rolling chalk downland with close-cropped turf and dry valleys, and are recognised as one of the most important chalk landscapes in England. The range is one of the four main areas of chalk downland in southern England. The South Downs are relatively less populated compared to South East England as a whole, although there has been large-scale urban encroachment onto the chalk downland by major seaside resorts, including most notably Brighton and Hove. The South Downs have been inhabited since ancient times and at periods the area has supported a large population, particularly during Romano-British times. 

Walking the 100 miles of the South Downs Way. … In fact there are more routes here than in any other National Park in the UK – 3,300km of footpaths, bridleways and byways in total. Old railway lines have been converted to trails such at the Centurion Way or Meon Valley Trail.

For full details on walking The South Downs Way go to https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/enjoy/walking/ or visit https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/south-downs-way/additional-walks 

Cissbury Ring

The most historic hill on the South Downs 

Cissbury Ring, just Noth of the coastal Towns of Worthing, is one of the jewels in the crown I’d the new South Downs National Park. It is the largest hill fort in Sussex and has a history dating back over 5,000 years. 

Set high up in a chalk promontory, it’s ditch and ramparts enclose about 65 acres. From the top on a clear day you can see forever, with views across to the chalk h cliffs beyond Brighton and as far as the Isle of Wight. 

Centuries of continuous grazing have produced a wonderful habitat for butterflies and flowers. Rare plants such as the round headed rampion, known as the “Pride of Sussex” thrive here. If you want to walk, fly a kite or just enjoy some spectacular views Cissbury has it all. During spring and autumn you can see a wide variety of migratory birds as  is one of the first coastal landing points after their long flight across the channel. 

Telephone 01273 857712

Email: [email protected]

Water Sports

Admiring the sea from the shore is one thing but if you really want to experience Worthing – nothing beats that exhilarating feeling of being in the sea! The coastal stretch from Goring to Worthing and along to Lancing forms the heart of watersports in Sussex. Centers for Kite and Wind Surfing, Stand up Paddle Boarding (SUP), Dingy Sailing and Sea Rowing give visitors of all ages a chance to try something new with friendly and experienced staff.

Lancing Kitesurf School. https://www.lancingkitesurfschool.com/

Mark at Lancing Kitesurf School has a relaxed teaching style. Alongside his previous experience of instructing at a national level coupled with formal teaching and coaching qualifications, allow him to completely customise your lesson to your style of learning.

Whether you are enrolled in 121 or 221 instructor to student ratio lesson, you’ll be provided with the very best quality and safe kitesurf experience. Lancing Kitesurf School always ensures that students make safe, enjoyable and rapid progression. If you’re serious about progressing into kiteboarding or just want to ‘dip your toes’ in and try,  this is the Kite School for you. 

Phone : 07888842225  Email : [email protected]

Based off Goring Green Former 4X British Champion and current Big Air Vice World Champion Lewis Crathern offers advanced Kitesurfing lessons. lewiscrathern.com or 



Learn kitesurfing with LearnToKitesurf.co.uk, a British Kitesports recognised school assuring you of quality and safety. Lessons with LearnToKitesurf.co.uk are the safest, most enjoyable and exciting way to begin your kitesurfing journey or further develop your skills.

As a fully qualified Senior British Kitesports instructor Steve loves to share his passion for kitesurfing with his clients. His goal is to help every client become an independent, safe kitesurfer. Specialising in 1-1 premium lessons but also offering 1-2 lessons if you want to learn with a friend. Only the latest equipment and teaching techniques are used to ensure fast progress.

Just bring a towel and desire to learn this amazing sport. Kitesurfing will change your life!https://discoverworthing.uk/see-and-do/learn-to-kitesurf/

Goring Foreshore and Beach at The Plantation

Marine Drive, Goring Gap

07946 523556

Sussex Watersports

Goring Gap Beach, Marine Drive, Goring-By-Sea, Worthing, West

Sussex BN12 4HR 07591946229


Get the family active and out in the water at this great watersports centre, they offer kayak hire, SUP hire, speedboat trips, wakeboarding, water skiing, kneeboarding and ringo rides. The centre is surrounded by 5 acres with picnic/bbq areas and there are changing rooms and showers too.



Brighton remains one of the most popular seaside towns in the south and its easy to see why…this buzzing and vibrant city has lots going on including the famous Brighton Pier with its amusement arcade and themepark style rides and games (including a rollercoaster on the end of the pier). Brighton has a huge range of shops and boutiques to browse in the back streets and Laines as well as a large shopping Centre called Churchill Square. Head to the artistic and bohemian part of Brighton known as Kensington Gardens and North Laines to experience the fun and more funky areas where you can browse the varied and eclectic shops and independent boutiques or enjoy the laid back vibe of the area and indulge in the restaurants, cafe culture, antique shops and street markets. On the seafront you can enjoy the thrilling British Airways i360 ride (best to book in advance but you can also queue on the day but the queue can be very long!). There are theatres – the Theatre Royal often has shows that have come on your from London, or the Corn Exchange has some fantastic shows, concerts and music recitals. There are museums, a Sea Life Centre and a vast number of restaurants, bars and cafes. The Brighton centre also has number of great concerts, shows, events and exhibitions on at any time so it is worth checking out what’s on and availability in advance. 

British Airways i360

Discover Brighton, the South Downs and the beautiful Sussex coastline

Board our giant glass viewing pod and glide up gently to 450ft, sharing magical moments together as you point out city landmarks, artwork on the rooftops, wind farms at sea and the rolling coastline stretching away to the horizon.

Celebrate by raising a glass of English sparkling wine from the Nyetimber Sky Bar on board, or choose local beer from Harvey’s Brewery, a Brighton Gin and tonic or Folkington’s juices from nearby orchards. As you look out, glass in hand, the world looks tiny and you can see for miles. Snap a selfie and share this new perspective with your friends before gliding slowly back down to beach level.

‘Flights’ take approximately 25 minutes and depart every half an hour.

To book or for more information visit https://britishairwaysi360.com/

Brighton’s Royal Pavilion

Explore this exotic palace in the centre of Brighton with a colourful history. Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this historic house mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China. https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/

Grand Brighton Bike Tour

Experience Brighton by bike on a leisurely 2.5-hour guided tour, and explore the artistic back streets of North Laine, the flamboyant architecture of the Royal Pavilion, quaint Fishing Quarter, Georgian architecture of Brunswick Square, and more.

Visit https://www.getyourguide.co.uk/brighton-l440/rags-to-regency-tour for more details

From Brighton: Seven Sisters and South Downs Tour

Enjoy the South Downs National Park and the Seven Sisters from Brighton on a full-day small group, luxury minibus tour. Explore England’s newest national park, which contains some of the most iconic land and seascapes.

Brighton Bowling

The Hollywood Bowl Brighton centre has state-of-the-art lanes, good food and drink, and guaranteed fun for everyone! A great place for family and friends, and perfect for any occasion; let the good times roll in Brighton.


Helicopter Rides, Light Aircraft Flights and Flying Lessons

Take an extended, 40 minutes private helicopter trip from Redhill Aerodrome, along the South Coast over Seven Sisters and the South Downs. Marvel at the incredible views of some of the country’s most beautiful scenery from 1,000 feet in the air.

Alternatively you can have a private helicopter trip from Shoreham Airport or you can take a flight in a 2 or 4 seater plane or you can book a flying lesson.

Visit https://www.intotheblue.co.uk/experiences/ or

http://flybrighton.com/ for more details about booking flights from Shoreham Airport

City Sightseeing Brighton:

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Hop-on to a City Sightseeing Brighton bus tour and enjoy unlimited hop on hop off for 24 or 48 hours. Discover sights such as the Marina and the infamous Brighton Pier, as you travel on an open-top, double-decker bus with panoramic views of the city. Visit https://www.getyourguide.co.uk/brighton-l440/brighton-hop-on-hop-off-tour-24h-ticket for more information, prices and times,

Sussex Coastline: E-Biking Tour

A day-tour utilising unique and modern eBikes to explore the Sussex Coastline region. Your tour can be adapted to your abilities, with several different routes and landmarks to explore.


Brighton: 1.5-Hour Evening City Bike Tour

Start your evening with a gentle guided cycle tour though buzzing Brighton city and seafront.


Sea life Brighton

Brighton, East Sussex, England

Suitable for all ages

Venue type: Indoor

Dive into an amazing underwater world inside a beautiful Victorian building. Look out for the dazzling scales, gigantic teeth and fantastic fins of 3,500 mesmerising creatures. Attend interesting talks and see feedings.


Follow an immersive in-tank trail, choose to be a brave buccaneer or a mesmerising mer-creature and race the opposing team to find the six pieces of hidden treasure! Dive into the amazing underwater world with a visit to the magnificent SEA LIFE Brighton – the oldest operating aquarium in the world! It’s a Grade II listed heritage building, home to over 3,500 marine creatures, including sharks, reys, octopuses and jellyfish.

Phileas Foggs World of Adventures

Visit the new Phileas Foggs World of Adventures in Brighton

There are 3 different attractions to enjoy:

  • Adult Attraction
  • Family Attraction and
  • Jack The Ripper


Sussex House, Crowhurst Road, Hollingbury Industrual Estate Brighton BN1 1AF  Telephone: 01273 007799

Email [email protected]


Brighton Pier

The Brighton Palace Pier, commonly known as Brighton Pier or the Palace Pier is a Grade II Listed pleasure Pier. In 2017, it was listed as the fourth most popular free attraction in Britain in a National Express Survey. It was also said that in 2017 Brighton Pier was the most visited tourist attraction outside London, with over 4.5 million visitors the previous year.

From live entertainment, to superhero days, firework displays and music festivals, there is so much happening and so much to see, so and enjoy on Brighton Pier.


There are rides and attractions for the whole family, from traditional fairground favourites to all the latest gaming mayhem. If you’re bringing the little ones to Brighton Palace Pier, they will have hours of fun climbing the Mega slides, driving around the course on Fantasia or why not join them for a spin on The Cup & Saucers!

For the thrill seekers amongst you, they have rides that will make your stomach leap and head spin. Try the Turbo Coaster or dare to open your eyes whilst being spun around on the Booster. There’s something for everyone and with many rides that are undercover, not even the weather will dampen your day out.

The address of Brighton Palace Pier is: Madeira Drive, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 1TW Telephone: (0)1273 609 361 [email protected]k #brightonpalacepier

The May Artists Open Houses Festival

Twice a year artists and makers open their homes and studios, offering art lovers the chance to browse and buy original artwork direct from the artists and makers. The twice-yearly festival runs during the Brighton Festival in May and in the run up to Christmas in December.

With a focus on quality and value for money, the Artists Open Houses festival aims to bring a dynamic mix of arts and crafts to the widest possible audience, providing visitors and viewers with engaging and inspiring experiences.

Visitors can expect to see a wide range of art including jewellery, ceramics and textiles, paintings, sculpture, printmaking, photography and many other media whilst also having the opportunity to chat directly with the artists. The Artists Open Houses festival is free for visitors and open to everyone.


For shopping check out Churchill Square at https://www.churchillsquare.com/

Or take a look at the eclectic and individual shops in the Laine at


For information about where to eat in Brighton click on this Trip Advisor link



In my humble opinion some of the nicest restaurants in Brighton are:

The Salt Room https://www.saltroom-restaurant.co.uk/

Hotel du Vin https://www.hotelduvin.com/locations/brighton

The Ivy in the Lanes https://theivybrighton.com/

Masterchef winner Steven Edwards has his Restaurant Etch by Steven Edwards in Hove


Drakes Restaurant https://drakesofbrighton.com/restaurant

The Ginger Pig http://thegingerpigpub.com/

Browns Brighton https://www.browns-restaurants.co.uk/restaurants/brighton

Indian Summer Brighton https://www.indiansummerbrighton.co.uk/

The Coal Shed https://www.coalshed-restaurant.co.uk/

64 Degrees https://64degrees.co.uk/

The Little Fish Market https://www.thelittlefishmarket.co.uk/about

Terre a Terre https://terreaterre.co.uk/

For the Top 20 Restaurants in Brighton right now click on this website. The only issue you will face will be which one of these 20 fantastic restaurants should you choose?


Other Great Days Out & Things To Do

Arundel Castle

Set high on a hill in West Sussex, Arundel Castle commands the landscape with magnificent views across the South Downs and the River Arun.

The story begins in 1067 and continues to the present day. Many of the original features such as the Norman Keep, medieval Gatehouse and Barbican survive. This is where the whole family can have fun learning about the castles sieges with interactive exhibits, games and costumes. between the 1870’s and 1890’s the house was almost completely rebuilt and the magnificent architecture in Gothic style is considered to be one of the great works of Victorian England. .

Learn from friendly guides about the finely preserved interior with its fascinating furniture tapestries and rare collection of paintings including Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Canaletto. Stroll through the tranquil grounds where you will discover inspiring gardens. Get involved in the historical events and cheer on a champion knight.

Visit https://arundelcastle.org/ for more information and to plan your trip.

Petworth House

Inspired by the Baroque palaces of Europe and nestled in the South Downs, Petworth House displays the finest art collection in the care of the National Trust.

Spanning 900 years of history and passing through just one family, Petworth House was built as an English ‘Versailles’ to rival the palaces of Europe in the 17th century.

Petworth House and Servants’ Quarters

Petworth House is renowned as a champion of art and culture, and major works of this this English ‘Versailles’.

What makes Petworth truly unique is the merging of its art and interiors. Many of the owners of Petworth House were collectors of fine art and these works remain on display here at Petworth as the centrepiece of your visit.Far more than an art gallery, you’ll be hard-pushed to find anywhere in the National Trust that combines a staggering collection of world class art with the magnificent interiors of the Carved Room and Grand Staircase, rooms that are befitting of a palace.

Find out what Petworth House and Park has to offer from its extraordinary collection and 900 years of history to its atmospheric Servants’ Quarters and the 700 acre Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped Deer Park.


Amberley Castle

Amberley Castle is only 25 -30 minutes away. Amberley Castle, recorded in the Doomsday Book as Amberley, is rich in history, and to this day, still retains many of its original features hidden behind the castle walls and a magnificent portcullis.

You can often join in and explore the centuries of history that have made Amberley Castle what it is today with their local historian, Keith McKenna.

After the tour, enjoy a delicious three-course lunch accompanied by a glass of house wine.

The event includes:

It is advised for all guests to wear comfortable footwear for these events as there will be lots of walking.

Please note, these are exceptionally popular events so pre-booking is essential.The cost is £55 per person. You can check availability and book in advance on

tel:01798 831 992

St Mary’s House and Gardens in Bramber West Sussex

St Mary’s, an enchanting historic pilgrim inn, c1450, in the downland village of Bramber, West Sussex. Many thousands of visitors admire its picturesque charm and enjoy its atmosphere of friendliness and welcome.

Still a lived-in home, the fine panelled rooms include the unique Elizabethan Troupe l’oeil Painted Room. It has intriguing literary connections with Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, and the Sherlock Holmes story The Musgrave Ritual.

The five acres of beautiful gardens include an exceptional example of the prehistoric Ginkgo Biloba ‘living fossil’ tree, amusing animal topiary, and the ‘Secret’ Garden with original Victorian fruit wall and pineapple pits, beautiful rose garden, terracotta garden, King’s Garden, unusual circular English Poetry Garden, Landscape Water Garden and Rural Museum.

Concert, events, lectures, orchestra’s, blues, jazz, songs and dances and a celebration of Christmas are just some of the events happening in 2019. It’s a good idea to go to the website to check the upcoming itinerary and calendar of  events and then go to our website to book your “Be By The Seaside” Accommodation for those dates. 

Parham House and Park

Parham Park is an Elizabethan house and estate in the civil parish of Parham, west of the village of Cootham, and between Storrington and Pulborough, West Sussex, South East England. The estate was originally owned by the Monastery of Westminster and granted to Robert Palmer by King Henry VIII in 1540.


From 1st April – 14 October 2018 Parham is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. Please note that days and times may vary on special event days and so please always check our website before your visit.


House | 14:00 – 17:00

Gardens | 12:00 – 17:00

Big Kitchen Restaurant | 12:00 – 17:00

Last Admission | 16:30

Parham Nursery & Garden Shop is open to visitors free of charge from 10:30am to 12 noon on standard open days and from 12 noon to 5pm for paying Garden visitors.

On an event day, the standard admission prices detailed below and the standard opening times may vary, please see our Events page for more information.

Lancing College Chapel

Only 10 minutes away is the wonderful, majestic Lancing College Chapel – a glorious and historically significant chapel that is well worth a visit whilst you are so close by. Visitors are very welcome to Lancing College Chapel. It is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, and Sundays and Bank Holidays from 12 noon to 4 pm. The Chapel is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday. Groups of visitors who would like a guided tour should contact the Verger, in advance, on +44 (0)1273 465949, or [email protected].

The George at Burpham 

A couple of miles from Arundel is a small village called Burpham (pronounced Burff-ham). It is only really accessible by car unless you are prepared for quite a hike! In the middle of this small quaint village is the local Pub called The George at Burpham. It is a wonderful pub selling fabulous food and is well worth a visit, although if you are looking to eat there it is worth checking their food serving times and also booking a table as they are so busy (particularly on Sunday lunchtimes) that you might be disappointed and find it is fully booked if you haven’t reserved a table. Email: [email protected] http://georgeatburpham.co.uk  Telephone: 01903 88 31 31


You can continue along the A27 to Chichester which is a large, busy but pretty cathedral city in West Sussex, in South-East England. It is the only city in West Sussex and is its county town. It has a long history as a settlement from Roman times and was important in Anglo-Saxon times. It is the seat of the Church of England Diocese of Chichester, with a 12th-century cathedral. The city is a hub of several main road routes, and has a railway station, theatre and museums. It is also great for shopping with some of the major chain stores as well as some smaller boutiques & independent shops.

West Wittering Sandy Beach

If you would like to get away from all the pebbles on the beaches at Worthing and Brighton then you can head to the wonderful sandy beach at West Wittering which is close to Chichester (about a 15 minute car journey from Chichester). It is worth the traffic that can form on a sunny day to get to West Wittering beach, as it is so popular because of its stunning uninterrupted stretches of glorious sand. Pack a picnic and enjoy a day of feeling soft sand beneath your feet!!


Whilst in Chichester, it would be a shame not to visit Goodwood – the amazing home of the Duke and Duchess of Richmond that combines the glamour of a great English country house with the warmth of a family home. It also provides a dramatic setting for one of the most significant private art collections in the country. The State Apartments, restored to their full Regency splendour, reflect the exoticism and opulence of this period. 

Goodwood Cream Tea:

Whilst enjoying the splendour of Goodwood House you can opt to have an afternoon tea in the glorious and magnificent surroundings of the Ballroom – it’s a ‘five star’ experience, beautifully and graciously served – and thought to be every bit as good as The Ritz!!

Opening at the beginning of March, until late October, you can enjoy an array of sandwiches, cakes, pastries and traditional English scones. Served from

1pm – 4.30pm on Open Days. Last entry at 4pm. Pre-book at £25 per person, including entry fee, or £29.50 on the day.

Goodwood Horse Racing and Car Events

Horse racing has been a part of Hoodwood since 1802, when the 3rd Duke of Richmond introduced the sport for the amusement of local army officers. Fast forward 200nyears and Goodwood’s racing pedigree and season now consists of 19 unique race days including the flagship event, the Qatar Goodwood Festival, affectionately and more commonly known as “Glorious Goodwood”. Find our dates and availability at


If you are more of a car enthusiast, head to Goodwood for the spectacular annual Festival Of  Speed event.

Festival Of Speed

Held in the beautiful parkland surrounding Goodwood House, the Festival of Speed is motorsport’s ultimate summer garden party, an intoxicating celebration of the world’s most glamorous sport. Nowhere else will you get so close to the cars and bikes as they blast up the Hillclimb track; nowhere else will you enjoy such unrestricted access to the machines and the drivers who made them famous.

For more information Head to


And we mustn’t forget the Revival…

Goodwood Revival

The smell of engines mingles with the roar of iconic race cars at Goodwood Revival is a 3 day September festival:

First-Chance Friday: Also known as the qualifying day, Friday offers the chance to preview all the cars, bikes and aircraft, as well as the mini-celebrations taking place in the evening.

Sensational Saturday: A full day of thrilling racing including the Barry Sheen Memorial Trophy bike race and the hugely popular St Mary’s Trophy saloon car race. Off track, all festivities will be open to explore all day.               Super Sunday: The final day is the best day to witness head-to-head racing with another full day of racing. The weekend is closed with the prize giving when all the winners are crowned. For all the details and to book tickets go to https://www.goodwood.com/motorsport/goodwood-revival/explore-revival

Storrington and Steyning

Storrington and Steyning are both delightful local villages to browse if you get a chance to explore the area. In the picturesque award winning downland village of Bramber there is a lovely Tudor house called St Mary’s which is an enchanting historic 15th century timber-framed house, with a rural museum, magnificent gardens, and charming cottage-style tea rooms. It has Five acres of beautiful gardens including an animal topiary garden, a terracotta garden, a stunning rose garden, an unusual circular English Poetry Garden, a Kings Garden, a landscape water garden and a ‘Secret’ Garden with original Victorian fruit wall and pineapple pits.

Bolney Wine Estate

Experience the beautiful vineyard and learn about the craft behind creating award-winning English wines. Visitors are welcome to drop in, or join a guided tour with a tutored tasting and a delicious seasonal lunch or afternoon tea.

You can visit the Café, Restaurant and Bar – called The Eighteen Acre – with its impressive viewing balcony – which is a lovely sunny place to sit and relax. They offer delicious home-cooked dishes paired with award-winning wines as well as a range of coffee, teas and cakes. Bolney Wine Estate also host a wide range of events all year round, from wine tastings to dances. It is a good idea to check the website for upcoming events or to book a wine tour [email protected] or you can call them on 01444 881 894. Bolney Wine Estate is located 10 miles south of Crawley on the A23. The address is Foxhole Lane, Bolney, Haywards Heath RH17 5NB

Further afield, but certainly worth the drive time and effort, you will find some wonderful Sussex Countryside, Villages, Towns, attractions and events.


Approximately 30 minutes along the A27 In the other direction (East bound) is the historic and charming town of Lewes, that is regularly featured on TV shows such as Celebrity Antiques Road Trip due to the large number of Antique shops and Antique emporiums where you can spend time browsing for anything from flea market bargains to fine art and antiques.

Lewes Castle

Whilst in Lewes you could visit Lewes Castle and Museum (the address is 92 High St, Lewes, BN7 1XH)  Climb to the top of this 1000 year old Norman Castle for stunning panoramic views across Sussex.

The adjoining Barbican House is home to the Museum of Sussex Archaeology and houses local collections from the Stone Age to medieval times. A mini-cinema tells the story of Lewes from prehistoric to Victorian times.

Open: November to February: 10am to 3.45pm.

March to October: 10am to 5.30pm. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time. We open at 11am on Sundays, Mondays and Bank holidays.

Closed: Mondays in January, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and January 1.

The gift shop and the bookshop, selling new and second-hand books with a special focus on the history and archaeology of Lewes, Sussex and the South Downs, are both open daily until 5.30 pm.

Admission Pricing for 2019: Adult £8.20, Child (5-17) £4.50, Seniors (65yrs+) £7.40, Students £7.20, Family £22.00 (2 adults and up to 4 children), Carer for disabled (if required) Free.

For more details visit the website at http://sussexpast.co.uk/properties-to-discover/lewes-castle

Anne of Cleves House Museum

At Anne of Cleves House Museum you can explore how the Tudors and Elizabethans lived, worked and relaxed at home.

Find out about the part played by this beautiful medieval house in the story of one of England’s most famous kings, Henry VIII.  Other highlights include the authentically furnished kitchen and the garden which uses traditional plants and Tudor planting schemes.The café and Tudor tea garden has a separate access to the museum which allows non-museum visitors to come and enjoy a drink in the setting of this beautiful former home. For more details click on Anne of Cleves Cafe & Tudor Tea Garden on left hand menu.

Lewes Castle:

February & November Opening Times:
10.00am to 4.00pm Tuesday to Saturday

11.00am to 4.00pm Sunday, Monday and Bank Holidays

(last admission 3.30pm February & November)

March to October Opening Times:
10.00am to 5.00pm Tuesday to Saturday
11.00am to 5.00pm Sunday, Monday and Bank Holidays
(last admission 4.30pm March to October)

Admission 2019:

Adult £6.30, child (5-17) £3.60, concessions £6.00,

family £18.00 (2 adults and up to 4 children).

A combined admission ticket with Lewes castle is available at the following prices:

Adult £13.00, child (5-17) £7.50, concessions £12.00, family £34.00,

Carer for disabled (if required) Free.

For more details visit the website at http://sussexpast.co.uk/properties-to-discover/anne-of-cleves-house


Glyndebourne is an opera house in the heart of the Sussex Countryside.

It all began with a love story in 1934, when founder John Christie met soprano Audrey Mildmay. Glyndebourne is now one of the finest and most celebrated opera houses in the world, delivering performances to some 150,000 people across a summer Festival and an autumn Tour.


Each summer, from May to August, they stage the Glyndebourne Festival – the flagship season of world-class opera during which audiences can enjoy opera in their state-of-the-art indoor auditorium.

The Festival has a tradition of formal dress, and our audience members relish the opportunity to dress up for a day.

A key part of the Glyndebourne Festival experience is the 90-minute interval – a chance to enjoy a picnic in the gardens or dinner at one of three on-site restaurants. You’re welcome to bring your own picnic, or order one to pick up when you arrive.

Tickets go on sale to the public in March.

For more information, ticket and festival details and prices visit the website. https://www.glyndebourne.com/

Middle Farm

About Middle Farm

Nestling at the foot of Firle Beacon on the South Downs in Sussex, Middle Farm is a 625 acre working family farm. On offer is a warm countryside welcome, and something for every member of the family to enjoy.

The open Farm is perfect for small children to enjoy. You can follow up your tour of the farm with a browse around the Farm Shop that is overflowing with wonderful local produce. There is a restaurant serving lovely food and refreshments plus there is a cider barn, butchery, bakery, plant sales and gift shop.

Middle Farm is hime to some of the friendliest farm animals around!

Tickets for entry to the Open Farm are £6.00 per head during the main season from 1 April 2019 to 27 October 2019. Low season entry is £5.00 per head from November 2018 to  31 March 2019. There is no charge for children under 3 and carers are free also.

Playful rabbits and guinea pigs. A giddying array of traditional and rare breed chickens. Huge pigs and tiny harvest mice. Lofty llamas, gorgeous goats, and fluffy sheep. There are timed events throughout the day, including their prize-winning herd of pedigree Jersey cows being milked each afternoon.

There is a picnic area and when you need to let off some steam there are two outdoor playgrounds as well as our highly popular hay play barn.

Open Farm area.


10.30 am Guinea Pig Feeding

11 am Small Animal Handling

11.45 am Lamb Bottle Feeding

12.15 pm Pig Feeding

1pm Sheep Shaving Competition

2 pm Small Animal Handling

2.45 pm – 4.45 pm Milking time In The Milking Parlour

3 pm: Pony Grooming in The Stables

3.30 pm Lamb Bottle Feeding

4 pm Pig Feeding There is also sheep shaving

Please visit their Facebook page The Open Farm at Middle Farm or go to the website https://www.middlefarm.com/    

Entry to the Open Farm: £6 per person April to October,

£5 per person November to March

(free entry for children under 3)


from 1 April 2019

10 am until 5 pm Monday to Sunday

Ticket entry for the Open Farm from 10 am to 4 pm

Last ticket is 4 pm. Open Farm closes at 5 pm

Lewes also has some lovely “one off” individually owned shops and boutiques and some fabulous restaurants.


For healthy but tasty food  “Bill’s” is a must – it’s always busy and buzzing serving vibrant and tasty food.

Chaula‘ s

If you like beautifully spiced, authentic Indian food  then head to Chaula’s for a taste sensation! Try the website for the menu, opening times and the address Chaulas.co.uk

Limetree Kitchen

Limetree Kitchen Limetree Kitchen’s pledge is to produce exceptional dishes, created from only the very finest quality ingredients with minimal wastage. They adopt a ‘nose to tail’ philosophy of using every part of the animal, to create unique dishes with the highest welfare standards of the animal in mind. Their ethos is simple, to guarantee customers the ultimate eating experience in a relaxed and informal setting. Please find out more by going to their website at



About 10 – 15 minutes by car from Lewes is Drusillas Park where you can enjoy a great family day out at one of the top attractions in Sussex. Widely regarded as the best small zoo in the country, Drusilla’s has created an animal and child friendly environment where the focus is always on fun finding out. However, animals are only half the fun; Go Wild!, Get Wet!, Go Safari!, Amazon Adventure, Eden’s Eye maze and Hello Kitty Secret Garden are paradise for anyone wanting a theme park experience. It’s no ordinary day out – it’s a fantastic way to spend the day! There is so much to see and do at this incredibly popular, fun filled attraction that you should check out the website for all the details…this is one place that should definitely not  be missed!! Drusillas.co.uk


Portsmouth is only 45 minutes away by train or car. It is a port city and naval base on England’s south coast, mostly spread across Portsea Island. It’s known for its maritime heritage and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The dockyard is home to the interactive National Museum of the Royal Navy, the wooden warship HMS Victory, where Nelson died in the Battle of Trafalgar, and HMS Warrior 1860. The Tudor ship Mary Rose is also conserved in a dockyard museum. 

As well as being a city of great historic and nautical interest, it is also home to the incredible Spinnaker Tower which is definitely worth a visit.

Portsmouth also has a great outlet retail centre called Gunwharf Quays which offers a great way to spend the day if you enjoy a bit of retail therapy!!

Eating & Drinking in Worthing & The Local Area

There is an abundance of good restaurants and cafes in Worthing, Lancing, Shoreham, Brighton and beyond! I have selected just a few restaurants but please refer to the printed books that are in each of the properties for a more comprehensive list of places to eat and drink. 

Crabshack in a Worthing is a great seafood restaurant. It is so popular that booking is essential especially for an evening booking.  crabshackworthing.co.uk

Food, Fish Factory and the The Fat Greek Taverna are all under the same ownership. Each restaurant is very different but they are all very good. Head to their website protorestaurantgroup.com for more information about all three restaurants. 

Brio on the Seafront – a lovely Italian restaurant and pizzeria. And a bonus is that the restaurant has an outside terrace that overlooks the sea – perfect for summer al fresco dining. Brioresraurant.co.uk

Casa Ciro Italian Restaurant serves great Italian cuisine and they have some good early evening dining offers. They can also cater for larger groups. casaciro.co.uk

Giuseppe’s isn’t a particularly grand restaurant – the entrance is down a  back street in Worthing, but it does serve delicious authentic Italian cuisine. giuseppeskitchen.com 

Shoreham-By-Sea is less than 10 minutes away by car and is great place for restaurants. Chambers (which is based in Shoreham’s old Town Hall) is a good place to eat – as are the Italian restaurants Tosca Ristorante and Brio. The Crown and Anchor pub on the high street is a lively atmospheric pub that also serves great food. A couple of miles along the Brighton Road on the road opposite The Perch in Lancing is a fabulous Greek restaurant called Meze Meze that is worth a visit. And a further 1.5 miles down the road towards Shoreham is a large, family friendly restaurant called The Longshore.