Seafront Planting

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 On Sunday 14th May businesses, community groups and families descended onto Worthing promenade to plant their flowerbeds to start this years annual Worthing seafront planting competition.  Entrants compete for the top prize of £500 but the real thrill is to see the delight on residents and visitors faces as they walk along the prom to see the creativity and colour in the flowerbeds.

The Worthing Journal inspired the improvements to the flowerbeds after local authority funding cuts meant they were unloved and uncared for.


But in 2013 the Worthing Journal with support from the Worthing Town Centre Initiative gained Council permission to guerrilla garden the prom.  In 2014 the Worthing Town Centre Initiative started the Seafront Planting Competition where groups and organisations adopt a flowerbed and look after it during the summer.

It looks like 2017 is going to be a very difficult year for the judges and it won’t be long until the plants erupt into colour.  Here is an early look at some of the beds; and during August the public will be asked to vote for their favourite with the winner being awarded £100.

 Worthing Journal WCHP Warnes Pauls beach finds Lolys land Arty Fahtays

Thank you to everyone taking part in the competition and special thanks to the Beach Office and Worthing Borough Council for allowing the community to show its creativity…..

Part-Time Job Vacancies

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The Worthing Town Centre Initiative are recruiting for 2 new positions to enhance the Worthing Town Team.

The Worthing Town Centre Initiative are a not for profit Community Interest Company whose vision is for Worthing to be clean, safe and vibrant; a lively heart of the community, where visitors are engaged and businesses are inspired and prosperous.

Applicants will need to demonstrate excellent communications skills, have a local knowledge of Worthing, be fully computer literate and above all be enthusiastic, positive, and proactive.

The Events & Market Co-ordinator will work 24 hours per week (including Saturdays). The role will be to provide day-to-day co-ordination of the events and markets held within Worthing Town Centre. As well as inspiring Town Centre businesses, market traders and other organisations to work with the TCI on activities that enhance the town.

Click Here for the Event & Marketing Co-Ordinator Job Description

The Business Crime & Public Realm Co-ordinator will work 15 hours per week. This position will provide day-to-day co-ordination of activities within Worthing Town Centre. The role will communicate and encourage Town Centre businesses to report Crime and Public Realm issues as well as proactively engaging with other organisations and agencies to improve the safety and maintenance of the Town.

Click Here for the Business Crime & Public Realm Co-Ordinator Job Description

The salary will be £10 per hour

Closing date for applications is Friday 19th May 2017

Please send your CV, and a covering letter which should include the reasons you think you are the right person for this position, to :-

Ms S Clarke,  Worthing Town Centre Initiative, 12 The Steyne, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 3DS or by email to




Food & Drink Festival 2017

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Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th September

This is the 6th year for the Food Festival in Worthing and its getting bigger and better all the time.  The 2017 Festival will be held in Steyne Gardens with stalls outside and the kitchen and additional stalls in a giant marquee.  We want to make this year a celebration of what Worthing has to offer for Food & Drink so if you have a hospitality business please get involved.

Stall bookings are now being taken and the application pack can be found at the link below :-


Special Offers for Worthing Town Centre Businesses

* Stalls are available at 10% discount for Town Centre businesses

* Provide the recipe of one of your dishes and we will include it in the Food & Drink Festival brochure (10,000 copies) along with your logo, address, phone number and website details at NO COST

* If you can’t attend for the weekend then why not book some time on the Festival stage to demonstrate one of your dishes, sample some of your food or talk about your business again this will cost you nothing as a Town Centre business.

This is Worthing’s Food Festival and a great place to promote your business so please get involved – for more information please email

NightOwls competition – win £1,000

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One lucky Night Owl will win up to £1,000 in our competition that launches on Saturday 28th January.  Just pop into the businesses listed below to find the Owls.

Find the name of all the Owls and send these to or post the form to 12, The Steyne, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 3DS.  All correct entries will go into the draw to win £750 and if the winner can also rearrange the initials into the winning phrase an additional £250 will be awarded.   £1,000 will really help brighten up the winter months so keep your eyes open for Owls !!

Not able to find all the Owls then there is still a chance to win £250 by taking a creative picture and posting them on Twitter with the (hashtag) #worthingowls.  Judges will select the best family friendly picture on 28th February.

Below are the Businesses to visit between 28th January and 26th February to find the Owls   !!

Three Fishes

Ten Cocktail Bar


The Cowshed

Bar 42


The Egremont


Slug & Lettuce

The Corner House

Alehouse & Kitchen

Rose & Crown

The Fat Greek Taverna

The Beach House

Its going to be a Hoot in Worthing this February !!

We would like to thank our friends at Creative Waves for their Owl making services …. They have all been made with Love.

Any questions please contact 01903 203252.


Worthing’s Christmas Party

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Wow what a night  !!! Worthing held its first Christmas Party in town on 15th December with headline act S Club Party; 3 of the original band members from S Club 7.

The evening started with some really great local talent from Westendestars Performing Arts co. and ROSPA we then had excellent sets from Dean Boroczky (Deano from the Voice) and Jenna Hall.  After S Club performed the amazing Murdoch’s Crazy Eyes kept the party going and Worthing rocking.

The event attracted thousands to the Town Centre and the feedback has been fantastic.

S Club performed all their hits, Reach for the Stars, S Club Party, Never had a dream come true and many many more.

Away from the stage Magic Martin gave away glow in the dark balloons, Happy Headz provided facepainting and the I Love Sunny Worthing glo sticks were a huge hit.

This was certainly a night to remember for Worthing !!





Santa’s Grotto

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We are delighted that Santa will be in a Magical Winter Wonderland this Christmas which is located in the Guildbourne Centre Worthing.  The Grotto is being operated by Twinkle Twist Events and will support local charity Guildcare.

To experience this truly unique Magical Winter Wonderland this Christmas book your visit today with Twinkle Twist Events on 01903 776631 or 07775642141.  The cost is just £10 per child, accompanying adults go free you will have a magical walk through the Winter Wonderland to Santa’s Grotto where each child will receive a gift and a signed bauble from Father Christmas!!