Worthing is getting ready for Christmas and this year there is so much going on.
Friday November 22nd
Christmas Lights are switched on – Worthing doesn’t hold a switch on event because the lights are fed from so many different power sources it isn’t possible to switch them on together without a huge investment in infrastructure resulting in a lot less lights.
The Christmas Lights are funded by the Worthing Town Centre Initiative with business contributions and this year more than ever it is important to show your thanks by supporting your Worthing traders. Adur & Worthing Councils fund the Christmas Trees in South Street and outside the Town Hall and historically the Rotary Club have funded the Montague Place tree but there have been issues with the tree being damaged by the wind and so it has been decided not to install this tree in 2019.
Friday November 29th
The launch of the Worthing Toy Soldier Trail with 10 to find around the town. Collect all the names and pop your trail map and entry form into Santa’s post box at the junction of Montague Street and Montague Place or post to 12 The Steyne, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 3DS. Pick up a trail map from locations around the town or CLICK HERE to download.
The trail runs from November 29th to December 22nd with the draw for prizes taking place on 23rd December.
Don’t have time to find them all, or love a Selfie, then take your picture with a soldier and upload it to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #worthingsoldiers. The best picture will win an instant camera.
Saturday November 30th
The Great Little Farmers Market will be running their craft and artisan market in Montague Street to help with inspiration for Christmas gifts or treats !
Saturday December 7th, 14th & 21st
A Free Santa’s Grotto will be in Montague Place where you can grab a great picture with the man himself, with giveaways and a festive disco to get in the festive spirit. While waiting children will be able to write letters to Santa and place them in the post box in Montague Place – you never know Santa may have time to send a reply.
Sunday December 15th
Bath Place traders will be welcoming shoppers with an artisans market and entertainment organised by the Great Little Farmers Market
Thursday December 19th
As some shops extend their trading hours in the run up to Christmas the Small Traders will be getting together for an evening market in Montague Street organised by the Great Little Farmers Market
Monday December 23rd
For those who love to buy their fruit and veg, meat and bread from the Worthing Market there will be a special Christmas Fresh Produce & Gifts Market organised by the TCI in Montague Street.
Please support Worthing and its traders over the Festive period … It’s a great place to shop and socialise
The brand new Worthing Town Centre Guide is now available to help ensure you make the most out of your trip to Worthing Town Centre.
We know that with changing shopping habits it is important to have a reason to visit the Town Centre and this guide will show what Worthing has to offer. Worthing has a developing cultural offer with fantastic independent traders, art galleries, and a blossoming music scene as well as a location by the sea that promotes a fantastic outdoor lifestyle.
We hope this guide will help you explore to find more of Worthing’s amazing businesses.
The guide can be picked up around the Town or CLICK HERE to see the online version
Please Click Here to read the April Newsletter
This months edition includes information on:-
Dog Friendly Businesses
Road Space Audit
Worthing Observation Wheel
Business Crime Reduction
If you are a Town Centre Business and would like to be added to our mailing list please call Sharon on 01903 203252.
If you didn’t see Titan the Robot last time he was here you missed out on a treat… This time Titan will be making a day trip to Sunny Worthing on Saturday 20th July.
Make sure you have the date in your diary so you don’t miss out on a unique show. This will be a free event brought to you by the Worthing Town Centre Initiative and don’t forget to support your local businesses while you are enjoying the event.
Town Centres used to be a retail hub where people came to shop but the massive growth in online sales means the 21st Century High Street is changing. There are now over 150 places to eat and drink in Worthing Town Centre and over 90 places offering health and beauty services. While there are sometimes negative comments posted on social media questioning the need for so many hairdressers or coffee shops this clearly demonstrates the changing habits of Town Centre users. Entrepreneurs would not risk their own money if they didn’t expect to have a thriving profitable business; its customer demand that is driving the change on the High Street. If the public want to see more retail on the High Street, then they need to come back to Town Centres to shop.
While Town Centres can still be vibrant places to go sometimes providing an added reason to visit will boost footfall. Events are a great way of encouraging a trip to town and these are now a key part of Town Centre life. Events can be contentious though, get the right event and it not only attracts people into the Town Centre, but they also spend in Town Centre businesses, get it wrong and shoppers shun the year-round businesses for temporary pop up stalls. In a recent survey, with the business community, 75% would like to see more events but only 25% supported more markets. This offers a challenge as events can be costly and it’s the market stalls and traders at an event that help cover event costs.
Worthing is a Business Improvement District (BID) and some of the income generated from business contributions is invested into events in and around the Town Centre. Events such as the Urban Beach and the Food Festival promote Worthing while enhancing the Town Centre experience. The best events showcase Worthing businesses to a wider audience and assist them in generating a new regular customer base.
The BID funds have also helped other key events in the Town Centre including the Fireworks on November 5th. This event is organised by the Lions but by funding the Fireworks it ensures the other costs for Road Closures, security etc. can be covered and the display can continue to have the WOW factor.
In 2018 the first Independents Day was held, and this highlighted Worthing’s Independent shopping offer by showcasing them in the heart of the Town Centre. Shoppers were stunned at the variety and uniqueness of what was available on their doorstep. Independents Day will be held again in 2019 on 14th July and we expect even more businesses to take part.
To help raise awareness of what is on offer in the Town Centre a new Town Centre Guide is currently being designed. This guide will show what a diverse and exciting offer Worthing has and will be available around the town and handed out at the major events. Did you know Worthing has 115 independent retail businesses and 137 independent food businesses?
2019 is set to be jam-packed with activity – keep an eye on www.discoverworthing.com and www.worthingtowncentre.co.uk for upcoming events. With the prospect of the Worthing Observation Wheel and even more events planned there will be lots of reasons to visit Worthing Town Centre.
We hope you support as many of the events as you can and that you really enjoy them. However, please take time to visit the Town Centre businesses during your visit – they would love to see you.
On 27th March Worthing planners approved the Worthing Observation wheel for 9 months of the year for the next 3 years. The Worthing Town Centre Initiative support this new addition to the town and hope it will attract visitors into Worthing. The wheel will be the biggest one there has been along the South Coast and so will be quite a spectacle on the promenade opposite Montague Place.