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Summer Heats Up in Worthing

Released: Thursday, 20 June 2019

A sizzling summer programme of activities for 2019 gets into full swing in Worthing with events and special occasions for people of all ages.

The town is set to be transformed hosting an array of exciting outdoor circus performances, family workshops, a huge observation wheel and outdoor cinema screenings.

The highlights include the return of 'Summer of Circus' with a series of free shows outside the Pavilion Theatre on the seafront. All-female acrobatic theatre company Mimbre are back this year with a brand new outdoor production on Saturday 20th July 2019 at 11am and 2pm. Lifted is a collection of funny, poetic and surprising moments appearing when three strong women move, lift and balance each other.

Photo: Mimbre Lifted - all-female acrobatic theatre company (credit Worthing Theatres)

PR19-095 - Mimbre Lifted - all-female acrobatic theatre company (credit Worthing Theatres)

Back by popular demand after sell-out performances in 2018, The Giant Balloon Show will also have the audience in stitches, with free to watch displays on 24th August 2019 outside the Pavilion at 11am and 2pm. There will also be a chance for kids to take part in a balloon modelling workshop teaching all the skills needed to make unique balloon creations.

Photo: Dizzy O'Dare presents workshop between free performances of The Giant Balloon Show (credit Worthing Theatres)

PR19-095 - Dizzy ODare presents workshop between free performances of The Giant Balloon Show (credit Worthing Theatres)

Cllr Heather Mercer, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Customer Services, said:

“It's fantastic to see the return of 'Summer of Circus' at our wonderful Worthing Theatres, and I'm very glad to see engaging storytelling being taken out into the streets of our town for everyone to enjoy and experience for free.”

“It's a great way of ensuring there are no obstacles for young and old to be able to access these moving performances in some of Worthing's great outdoor spaces.”

After a positive public response to the Observation Wheel last summer, Worthing Borough Council will be introducing a more permanent fixture ready for summer 2019. The Worthing Observation Wheel (WOW), the largest observation wheel on the south coast, is currently being constructed on Worthing seafront, with the opening of the spectacular ride scheduled for July.

Photo: WOW (Worthing Observation Wheel) - the big wheel under construction in Holland

PR19-095 - WOW (Worthing Observation Wheel) - the big wheel under construction in Holland

Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, said:

“With the promise of bringing in thousands of visitors a year and boosting income for local traders, I was delighted the Council's Planning Committee gave the go-ahead for the wheel to operate every summer until 2021.”

“In addition to creating jobs, the WOW will also generate thousands in potential income to the council, which will be reinvested back into the town and local services.”

Another exciting attraction to return is the Worthing Summer Cinema which will bring a giant LED high-definition screen to Denton Gardens. Three movies a day, including completely free showings, will be screened including the award-winning Bohemian Rhapsody, charming 90s favourite Matilda, box office smash Mamma Mia! and the critically acclaimed The Favourite.

For those who want to explore their sporty side, free table tennis will be available across the town. Worthing Ping United and Table Tennis England have teamed up to offer a programme of events, with a launch at Denton Gardens in Brighton Road, this weekend (23rd June 2019 at 1pm).

Photo: Family playing Ping (table tennis) - photo credit Ping England

PR19-094 - Family playing Ping (table tennis) - photo credit Ping England

Meanwhile, the town's public bike hire scheme goes from strength to strength. Donkey Bikes are situated along the promenade ready for anyone to explore the town and beyond.

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