The globe is in the midst of a pandemic and the self isolation and social distancing currently in place is putting a lot of pressure on businesses.  It is important to support your Town Centre businesses where you can so they can still be there for all of us when the situation improves.  Remember these businesses employ hundreds of people and it may be your neighbours, friends or families jobs you are protecting.

Many businesses have launched Takeaway and Delivery menus which are great for those social distancing.  Many can also be used by those in self isolation but please ensure the Restaurant is aware of the situation.

We have pulled together a list of businesses offering something new and plan to update this weekly during the crisis.  Please note this is in addition to those already offering deliveries before the Coronavirus pandemic took hold.

Please support your Town Centre businesses they need you now more than ever


Christmas in Worthing

Christmas in Worthing

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 these locations around the town

Bath Place

I Love Candy


Brighton Road

Cocks Kitchen

VJG Jewellery

Brookes Hair

Heene Road


Heene Community Centre

High Street

Orchard Cafe

Marine Parade

The View

Montague Place

Portos Flowers

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Montague Quarter


Montague Street


Factory Specs Direct


Portland Road

Twisted Willow

The Fat Greek Taverna

Rowlands Road

West End Gallery


South Street

A Plan Insurance

Steyne Gardens

Worthing Ice Rink

The Guildbourne Centre

Toy Barnhaus

Sew Silver

The Royal Arcade

Aries Dog Boutique

Saturday 3pm

Warwick Street

Lemon Fizz

Room with a View

Giuseppe Lite

Colonnade House

Warwick Street Kitchen

Worthing Promenade

Lido Cafe

or CLICK HERE to download a version

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



Worthing Town Centre Guide Launch

Worthing Town Centre Guide Launch

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

April Town Centre News

April Town Centre News

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

Independents Day

Purple Flag

If you are a Town Centre Business and would like to be added to our mailing list please call Sharon on 01903 203252.

Titan the Robot 20th July

Titan the Robot 20th July

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.

An Event-ful Summer

An Event-ful Summer

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 and 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.