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Seasonal concessions

About concessions

As part of the continuing Seafront Strategy project, the Place and Investment Team aims to create a more vibrant and active seafront where there is a wide variety of things for people to see and do by offering concession licences for activities and outlets along the promenade.

In Worthing: the area for Seasonal Concessions has been extended to include the length of the seafront from Western Road in the east to Goring Gap in the west. Each year we have a number of returning concessions, including children's rides near to the pier, a mobile refreshments unit, plus fresh seafood and water sports out at Goring, and kite-surf instruction at East Worthing.

In Adur: whilst there is no formal promenade in Adur, there are still opportunities for concessional activities within the Recreation Grounds and Parks. From summer 2016, these will be available by contacting our Parks Team:

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Available Concessions

Windsor Lawns

For summer 2017, Worthing Borough Council are seeking Expressions of Interest for a mobile refreshments operator at this seafront site, located directly adjacent to the Coastal Cycle Route and just at the edge of the Active Beach Zone.

In recent years, landscaping, picnic tables and outdoor gym equipment have all been installed nearby. A complete renovation of the Windsor Lawns Shelter is scheduled for early 2017 and will include further seating, cycle storage and planting.

Further details about this concession opportunity can be found in the application document below:

All applications must be received by 10th February 2017. Please return your application to:

  • Joanna Malandain,
    Place and Investment,
    Adur & Worthing Councils,
    2nd Floor, Portland House
    44 Richmond Road,
    Worthing, BN11 1HS


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Applying for a concession licence

If you have an idea for running a concession along the seafront in Adur or Worthing, or you have already been successfully operating elsewhere, there are a few things that you will need to consider prior to making your application:

  • You will need to carry out a risk assessment of your concession. This is not as difficult as it sounds, and a template can be downloaded below.
  • You will need to provide proof of Public Liability Insurance cover to the sum of £5 million. A copy of your certificate or 'To Whom It May Concern' letter is acceptable, providing it confirms the name of the party insured, the period of insurance, the level insured for and your Policy number. Quotes for this can be obtained online.
  • A current DBS check (formerly CRB disclosure) is required if your concession involves 'Regulated Activity'. Regulated Activity is defined as any activity which involves unsupervised contact with children or vulnerable adults. A Basic Disclosure check can easily be obtained online from the Disclosure Scotland website. If your application is within a park or next to a children's play area, a DBS check will be required.
  • If your application is for the sale of food and/or drink, you will need to contact the Local Authority where your vehicle is kept overnight to register your mobile food business.

If you are happy to provide all the above information, please complete our online Concession Licence application form. Our streamlined and flexible approach to applications for concessions means that applicants will normally receive a decision within four weeks.

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Risk assessments

A risk assessment is a process to identify potential hazards and analyse what could happen if a hazard occurs. There are many ‘assets’ at risk from hazards. First and foremost, injuries to people should be the first ‘asset’ examined within the risk assessment. Physical assets that may be at risk should then be considered, including buildings, information technology, machinery, materials and finished goods. The potential for environmental impact is a further item that requires consideration.

Within our risk assessment, you can easily determine the Degree of Risk by calculating the Likelihood and Severity of each hazard on a scale of 1 to 5 from the chart shown in the form below:

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Concession fees

Concession Licence Fees are reviewed annually and any funds collected are spent improving the seafront area to make enhancements for residents and visitors, and help to create further concession opportunities.

In 2017, a daily rate for a concession licence is £11.50 (+ VAT if applicable) per day. For longer periods, we offer weekly rates at £57.50 per week, and monthly rates at £230.00 per month. Please note that most concessions do not attract VAT; this will be checked at the point of completion of licence.

An administration fee of £45.00 will be applied to each licence to cover the arrangement and processing charges.

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Concession sites

Across Worthing: we now have 18 sites available for licence as a concession. A further 17 sites are leased via our Estates team on longer term agreements. Each site is evaluated for a particular use, with some sites suitable for more than one type of concession. For details see the list and map below.

In Adur: whilst there is no formal promenade in Adur, there are still opportunities for concessional activities within the Recreation Grounds and Parks. From summer 2016, these will be available by contacting our Parks Team:

Concession Types:

A: Arts and/or Culture - including performance, face painting, hair braiding, art, etc
F: Food & Drink - including teas, coffees, soft drinks, ice-creams, hot-dogs, waffles, etc
L: Leisure/Rides - including roundabouts, trampolines, inflatables, motorised rides, etc
R: Retail (non-food) - including hand-made accessories, local produce, ancillary sales, etc
W: Watersports - including kite surf tuition, paddle board and kayak hire, towable tube rides, etc

List of concession sites:

Maps - overall:

Maps - individual areas:

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Apply online for a concession licence

You can apply online for a concession using the form below:

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Renew your concession licence

If you successfully operated a concession during the previous season and wish to return again this year, you will now be able to renew rather than re-apply. Providing you are still offering the same activity or venture, and can submit with your renewal any new paperwork required (i.e. proof of public liability insurance, updated risk assessment, current DBS check if required, any equipment safety certificates or other documentation necessary for your business), please click the 'Apply Online' link below and choose the renewal option.

To log in, you will need to have your email address ready as well as last season's Concession Licence number, which can be found at the bottom of your licence paperwork in the format of 'CL001'. This will ensure all your details are pre-loaded into the online database.

Please check through the details, making any corrections where necessary and attach the new revised documents required before pressing submit to complete the renewal application. We will then be in touch with you shortly to finalise details.

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Seasonal concession operators 2017

Sites or opportunities listed alphabetically by name (not location):

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DSH Leisure - Dodgems, Trampolines and Children's Rides

Concessions - DSH Leisure - Dodgems, Trampolines and Children’s Rides

  • Worthing Promenade, opposite The Dome Cinema Complex
  • Site Numbers:
    - HQ/CS003-L (Dodgems)
    - HQ/CS004-L (Trampolines and Rides)
  • Operated by Dave Hunt, tel: 07711 242 887
  • Licence Period: 
    - April 8th to May 1st 2017;
    - May 27th to June 11th 2017; &
    - August 16th to September 10th 2017
  • Opening times: Daily during licence period
  • Description: Everyone can enjoy a ride in a beautifully restored dodgem car, whilst children can also have a go on the trampolines or merry-go-round. Look out for the Worthing Mini Wheel and Seastorm, a ride unique for the South of England (sometimes rumoured to be just for Worthing!).

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Goring Fisherman

Concessions - Goring Fishermen

  • Goring Beach Promenade, Madeira Crescent car park
  • Site Number: GO/CS001-F
  • Operated by: Dave Gomm and Paul Milward, tel: 07747 773 282
  • Licence Period: January 2017 to December 2017
  • Opening times: Daily during licence period
  • Description: The home of fresh fish and seafood in Goring since 1989. Dave and Paul have been selling seafood in addition to their daily catch since 2012, with prawns, scallops, cockles, crayfish tails and mussels amongst the favourites.

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The Kite Surf and SUP Co (BKSA Accredited School)

Concessions - The Kite Surf and SUP Co

  • Seamill Park, East Worthing (opposite BP Fuelling Station, Brighton Road)
  • Site Number EW/CS002-W
  • Operated by Christine Johnston, tel: 07598 668 574
  • Licence Period: March 2017 to November 2017
  • Opening times: Daily during licence period, weather permitting
  • Description: The Kite Surf and SUP Co is proud to be Worthing’s first British Kitesports Accredited School. Kite Surf and Power Kite lessons for the beginner and the more experienced surfer with a former windsurfing World Champion and Olympian. Also available, for when it’s less windy, Wind Surf instruction.

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Learn to Kitesurf (BKSA Accredited School)

Concessions - Learn to Kitesurf

  • Goring Foreshore and Beach at The Plantation, Marine Drive, Goring Gap
  • Site Number GO/CS005-W
  • Operated by Steve Sinnhuber, tel: 07946 523556
  • Licence Period: April 2017 to October 2017
  • Opening times: Daily during licence period, weather permitting
  • Description: Learn to Kitesurf is proud to be Goring’s first British Kitesports Accredited School. Learn To Kitesurf with a Senior BKSA instructor in a beautiful quiet setting. Beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons available. All necessary equipment provided. Just bring a towel and a desire to learn this amazing sport from the best! It will change your life!

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Lewis Crathern, Advanced Kitesurf Tuition (BKSA Accredited Coach)

Concessions - Lewis Crathern, Advanced Kitesurf Tuition

  • Goring Gap East, Marine Crescent
  • Site Number GO/CS002-W
  • Operated by Lewis Crathern
  • Licence Period: April 2017 to October 2017
  • Opening times: Daily during licence period, weather permitting
  • Description: Based off Goring Green, former 4 times British Champion and current Big Air Vice World Champion Lewis Crathern offers advanced Kitesurfing lessons.

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Lush Mobile Café

Concessions - Lush Mobile Cafe

  • Adjacent to the Waterwise Playground, Worthing Promenade, opposite Wallace Avenue
  • Site Number: WG/CS005-AFR
  • Operated by: Lorraine Trezise, tel: 07428 230 802
  • Licence period: February 2017 to February 2018
  • Opening times: Daily during summer months, weekends at other times plus weekdays at other times weather permitting.
  • Description: A pop-up mobile cafe next to the children's water-wise playground on the promenade in Worthing, serving hot & cold drinks, plus gluten free cakes, biscuits and snacks.

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Parker's Coffee

Concessions - Parkers Coffee

  • The Plantation, Greensward, Goring-by-Sea
  • Site Number: GO/CS005-W
  • Operated by: James Parker, tel: 07976 92 11 44
  • Licence Period: April 2017 to September 2017
  • Opening times: Daily during licence period
  • Description: A pop-up mobile cafe located at The Plantation on the Greensward at Goring, serving coffees, teas, hot chocolates, cold drinks plus a selection of biscuits.

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Splash Point Mini Golf

Concessions - Splash Point mini golf

  • Opening times (weather permitting):
    • Weekends & Bank Holidays (Mar - Nov): 10:30am to 6pm
    • School Holidays: 11am to 5pm
  • Description: Everyone loves a game of mini golf by the seaside, it's something of a British tradition. Now you can enjoy 18 exciting holes on Worthing's only seafront mini golf course!

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Sussex Surf School

Concessions - Sussex Surf School

  • Goring Foreshore and Beach, Marine Drive (western end of Goring Gap)
  • Site Number GO/CS006-W
  • Operated by Reece Tester, tel: 07843 120 801
  • Licence Period: April 2017 to November 2017
  • Opening times: Daily during licence period, weather permitting
  • Description: Want to learn how to SUP (stand up paddleboard)? Let Sussex Surf School show you how easy it is to get to grips with a stand up paddle board. Why not learn 'Indo Board' (balance trainer) and fit in a general fitness session too.

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