Here comes the summer: Worthing Seafront takes shape for the season
Released: Tuesday, 02 April 2019
“We're ready for a super seafront summer!” That was the message from Worthing Borough Council today ahead of the school holidays as it unveiled the work being completed to get the seafront ship-shape for the season ahead.
All through the winter and into the spring Council teams have been busy repairing wooden structures, planting garden beds, organising a wealth of summer activities and awarding concessions.
One hundred seats across the seafront and town centre, as well as seafront shelters, railings and walls, are getting a fresh lick of paint. Shrub replanting and wildflower seeding is taking place and foreshore work being carried out.
As for activities: the alfresco cinema is coming back and the Summer of Circus is planning free outdoor events. The fantastically successful donkey bikes can now be used for A to B journeys and there will be foodie hotspots, outdoor and rainy day events and arts and culture activities.
Altogether dozens of workers across the parks departments, tourism office, beach office and maintenance teams have been a common sight down on the seafront making sure, when the dust sheets come off this Easter, the seafront will be spic and span.
Worthing Borough Council Visitor Experience and Marketing Officer, Judy Fox, said,
“We all know our seafront is the jewel in the crown of our tourism offer enjoyed by visitors and residents alike. That's why it is important we do all we can to have it looking its very best in time for the Easter holidays, and then keep it looking fantastic across the summer.”
“We're looking forward to welcoming everyone and hope they enjoy discovering Worthing and all that the town has to offer.”
Video: We're ready for a super seafront summer! Find out what the Council has been doing to get the seafront ready for the summer ...
The Council today published a list of some of the work that has been undertaken, or will be, on the seafront and in the town centre as we move towards the summer.
- 100 seats are being repainted on the seafront and in the town centre this year between March and June (in most years around 30 that are repainted).
- The splash pad has been turned on in time for the Easter school holidays.
- The seafront shelters on Marine Parade opposite Seaview Road and Brougham Road will be re-decorated in April/May and deep cleaning of all shelters takes place regularly.
- Railings and walls along the Promenade will be redecorated between April and June.
- All of the columns for the decorative lighting on the Promenade will be repainted over the Summer.
- LED lights have been installed along Worthing's promenades with significant cost savings.
- The cast iron lighting columns between West Buildings and Splash Point on the Promenade will be structurally inspected in April/May.
- Steyne Gardens is receiving some horticulture renovation including herbaceous planting in the sunken garden area.
- A new Friends Group is being established and supported at Steyne Gardens.
- The ice rink area at Steyne Gardens is being reseeded.
- Repair and replacement of timber sea defences is taking place and a clear up done after any bad weather.
- The public toilets at Heene Parade will be repainted externally.
- The Pavilion Theatre and Denton Lounge will be decorated externally. Poster frames will be refurbished and the broken theatres electronic sign will be replaced.
- The town centre hanging baskets will be installed in May.
- Shrub planting and landscaping will take place at Beach House Park; Denton Gardens; Heene Terrace and Liverpool Gardens. The beds are also mulched to help with water retention.
- The wildflower area at Beach House Park is prepared and seeded in April.
- Beach House Bowling Green renovations done to ensure the greens are ready for the new season take place between March and April.
- Two new Green Flags national awards for excellence are being applied for: Buckingham Park in Upper Shoreham Road and Denton Gardens on Brighton Road are applying to be recognised as well managed parks and green spaces. Five local parks won the award last year and will be applying again this year too.
- Coastal protection work will include maintenance of timber groyne structures between April and June.
- Boat launching ramps clearance and localised shingle grading is taking place in April.
- Removal of demountable shingle barriers from the sea wall between Sea View Road and George V Avenue taking place to allow greater access to the foreshore.
- Walk it Worthing - the Discover Worthing digital walking map continues to provide the fastest route to Worthing favourite destinations on foot. The map highlights re foodie hotspots, outdoor and rainy day activities and arts and culture etc. The full details of Walk it Worthing are available on our Discover Worthing website.
- The Donkey bikes go from strength to strength and can now be used for A to B journeys. For a list of pick up points and to download the Donkey republic App see Bike Hire on our Discover Worthing website.
- Visitors to Worthing can now book in with our new Greeter Service for a free Welcome Greet by a friendly local volunteer resident - what better way to find out about Worthing's hidden gems, local history and more.
- The seafront visitor information signs have been repainted with new heritage artwork designed by Creative Waves and installed by Discover Worthing coming soon. They highlight the history of the pier and promenading, and our local fishing heritage etc.
- The Beach Garden by the Lifeboat memorial cleared by Worthing BC staff and Worthing Society - this was earlier in the year.
- Summer of Circusevents come outside this year and even better, they're FREE!
- Ockham's Razor's Belly of the Whale (8th June: 11am & 3pm);
- Mimbre's Lifted (20th July: 11am & 2pm)
- Dizzy O'Dare Giant Balloon Show (24th August: 11am & 3pm)
- for full details see Summer of Circus on our Worthing Theatres website
- Some of Worthing's most popular seafront concessions are returning with some new ones to. Look out for some newcomers along the seafront and promenade this season - Gorilla Kitchen's handmade Pizzas at Heene Road, Rose Petal 'Cream Teas' at The Plantation and Giuseppe's Lite fresh ice-cream at Speaker's Corner, Splash Point (see our concessions page for map of locations)
- The black way-finding finger posts being repaired/repainted;
- Wildflowers seeds will be sown again in green spaces along the seafront, and the work undertaken by park rangers and grounds maintenance teams and over volunteers in community seed planting events.
- Steyne Gardens hosting a major events arena which together with the Gardens is maintained, cleared and cleaned after events to maintain it as a safe space for everyone to use;
- On average 18 tonnes of rubbish collected from 200 bins along the seafront from Ferring to Worthing every week;
- Steyne Gardens hosts a major events arena which together with the Gardens is maintained, cleared and cleaned after events to maintain it as a safe space for everyone to use;
- Cleaning of the seafront and foreshore taking place daily, 364 days of the year;
- Parks team maintaining seven major open spaces between Goring and Shoreham;
- The alfresco cinema returned to Denton Gardens, next to Beach House Park on Brighton Road for another season of outdoor films.
- Beach taps with drinkable water all away along the seafront. Download the refill app to find out where.
- Beach cleans have been happening all through the year.
- The Beach Office:
- is working with local tenant fishermen on our seafront to help this iconic profession, engrained in Worthing's heritage, survive and prosper. This includes offering a yearly amnesty to smarten up the fishing boat zones. The Beach Office wants to make it easier to put a boat or dingy, either commercial or domestic, on the beach should you want to.
- Free-to-use deck chairs are now available with the request to return them to the Beach Office when finished with;
- The Beach Office runs a free wristband scheme in conjunction with theMaritime and Coastguard Agency to help minimise the problem of lost children;
- Pick up a litter picker and bag from the Beach Office and spend two minutes picking up rubbish on the seafront as part of our keep the beach tidy efforts. Be part of the solution, not the pollution! And please make sure to return the litter picker;
- See ourBeach Office page.
- Our iconic council-owned Worthing Pier is maintained and repaired on a rolling basis throughout the year (see our Worthing Pier page).
Photo: Here comes the summer - eating ice creams on Worthing Seafront on a beautiful sunny day
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