#WinterWelcomeAW

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Although we are not out of the woods by any means, Adur & Worthing Councils launched a #WinterWelcomeAW campaign in December to help residents get out and about SAFELY over the festive period.

Our communities were in the government's Tier 2, but are now in the higher Tier 4 category. More information on the current restrictions can be found below:

Below is a list of what was happening locally and how you can support businesses in Adur and Worthing:

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Getting out and about - in Adur

Christmas trees and lights

Teams from Adur District Council have installed trees in the centre of Southwick and Shoreham for all to enjoy. This includes new lights in Southwick Square too. Why not grab a picture and post on social media with the hashtag #WinterWelcomeAW

Free parking at weekends

Car parking sign

There will be two hours free parking at weekends in December (5th & 6th, 12th & 13th and 19th & 20th) at the following locations:

  • Shoreham - Middle Street, Tarmount Lane and Shoreham Centre
  • Lancing - North Farm Road and Little Croft
  • Southwick - Southwick Square

See: Free Christmas parking on offer in Adur District

Southwick Christmas Market (5th December)

Market - vegetables

Come along to Southwick Square from 10am to sample a whole range of Christmas goodies from local traders. Local shops in the square will also been getting into the festive spirit so expect plenty of socially-distanced fun along the way.

See: Adur Markets on Facebook or our Markets webpage

Shoreham Christmas Market (12th & 13th December)

Adur Markets

Shoreham's award-winning market adopts a festive theme with local traders selling a range of Christmas goods for all the family. It takes place in Tarmount Lane car park from 10am on successive days.

See: Adur Markets on Facebook or our Markets webpage

Shoreham Festive Treasure Hunt Trail (12th December to 12th January 2021)

Shoreham Festive Treasure Hunt Trail logo

Come join the fun in Shoreham this winter and have a chance to win a selection of treats for you and your family!

This month-long event will see a dozen independent businesses have individual themed icons in their premises. Find it, take a picture of it and upload it to Facebook or Instagram with #EnjoyShorehamBySea to get one ticket entry into the prize draw. Collect all 12 to double your entry to 24 tickets.

Each of the retailers are offering discounts to visitors who display a photo of the correct icon.

To pick up a map see: Enjoy Shoreham-by-Sea website

Oh Yes It Is @ Ropetackle Arts Centre (11th to 31st December)

Oh Yes It Is: A Family Christmas Adventure delivers all your favourite panto themes into a 90-minute show for a small (but perfectly formed) audience. With socially distanced seating, thorough cleaning, and additional safety measures. Tickets are refundable in the event of cancellation, so you can book with confidence.

See: Oh Yes It Is – A Family Christmas Adventure - on the Ropetackle Centre website

Ropetackle - Oh yes it is panto

Adur Health Walks

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In need of some inspiration to get out and about in the winter months? Adur Health Walks has created a series of 30, 60 and 90 minute walks which take in Lancing, Southwick and Shoreham. Why not start or end these trips by grabbing a drink in one of your favourite cafes or bars?

See: Adur Health Walks on our website and Adur Health Walks on the Walking for Health website

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Getting out and about - in Worthing

Christmas Lights

Worthing Christmas lights

Check out the festive lights, which run through the town centre from Brighton Road in the east to Heene Road in the west. Paid for by local businesses, they are a magical sight for anyone heading into town this festive time.

Christmas trees

Spot the three huge trees, in South Street, Montague Place and outside the Town Hall, which have been funded by Worthing Borough Council. Grab a picture and post it on social media alongside the hashtag #WinterWelcomeAW

Free parking at weekends

Car parking sign

Worthing Borough Council is waiving charges on Saturday 5th, 12th & 19th December at the Civic Centre car park in Stoke Abbott Road site. Sundays are always free at the car park.

See: Free Christmas parking in Worthing

Christmas Tree Festival Trail

Worthing Christmas tree trail

Can you spot the 14 christmas trees in Worthing town centre? Each of the 8 foot firs has been adopted by a business or community group. Vote for your favourite on social media or email. You could win a family gift hamper while the winning organisation will receive £500.

Voting opens 5th December and closes 9am on 23rd December.

See: Download a PDF Christmas Tree Festival Trail on the Worthing TCI website

Toy Soldier Trail

Worthing Toy Soldier Trail

Take part in the Worthing TCI's toy soldier trail. Collect the names of the large figurines and return the form to the post box by the performance area in Montague Place. The winner will receive a family gift hamper. Or take a picture and upload to social media with #worthingsoldier and you could win a cordless headphones and sweets package.

Entries must be received by 9am on 23rd December.

See: Download a PDF Toy Soldier Trail and entry form on the Worthing TCI website

Digital Advent Calendar

Check out the Worthing TCI social media channels for an online advent calendar which includes treats everyday - discounts or deals from shops, opportunities to win prizes and reminders of all the activities going on in the town centre.

See: The Digital Advent Calendar for Worthing website

Letter to Santa

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Note to Father Christmas can be posted in the Worthing TCI Christmas postbox by the performance area in Montague Place; those received by 18th December will get a reply if the name and address are included on the letter.

Wednesday Market also on Monday 21st December

The popular mid-week Market will operate for an additional day (Monday 21st December) giving shoppers an additional day to pick up those last minute treats.

Craft & Artisan Market (6th & 13th December)

The Great Little Farmers Market will be running a market in Montague Place and South Street - crafts and gifts galore will be on offer.

Christmas Music for shopping (5th, 12th & 19th December)

To bring that festive feel to shopping all those favourite Christmas songs will be playing in Montague Street from 12pm to 4pm on Saturdays in December - watch out for the extra special socially distanced Santa photo opportunity!

Laser Light City (10th & 11th December)

Enjoy Laser Light City by Seb Lee-Delisle anywhere along Worthing seafront, and beyond! Come along any time between 6pm and 11pm on the 10th and 11th December and control one of the six powerful lasers shining out from Worthing Pier from your phone!

Enjoy safely. Please adhere to social distancing and the current rules and regulations in place to keep everyone safe.

See: Laser Light City Worthing website

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Worthing Festive Thursdays (10th & 17th December)

Festive Thursdays

Late night shopping with a dinner to follow in Worthing this Christmas. Visitors can head round retailers until 7pm before a spot of dinner at their favourite restaurant (all of course, within COVID guidelines).

Shoppers spending over £5 will receive a Festive Thursday Voucher which can be redeemed against special deals, discounts and giveaways at participating restaurants.

See: Festive Thursdays on the Time for Worthing website

Christmas at the Connaught Cinema

A Christmas Gift from Bob:

Sat 12th December, 7pm
Sat 19th December, 3:30pm
Sun 20th December, 6:45pm
See: A Christmas Gift from Bob - on the WTAM website

Kinky Boots - The Musical:

Sun 13th December, 2pm
Sun 20th December, 2pm & 6pm
See: Kinky Boots - on the WTAM website

Love Actually:

Sun 13th December, 7pm
Sat 19th December, 6:15pm
See: Love Actually - on the WTAM website

The Muppet Christmas Carol:

Sat 19th December, 1pm
Sun 20th December, 1pm
See: The Muppet Christmas Carol - on the WTAM website

National Theatre: War Horse:

Sat 19th December, 2pm & 7pm
See: National Theatre: War Horse - on the WTAM website

It's a Wonderful Life:

Sun 20th December, 3:30pm
See: It's a Wonderful Life - on the WTAM website

Films at WTAM Christmas 2020

Worthing Theatres shows - The Night Before Christmas (19th to 24th December)

WTAM - The Night Before Christmas

“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…”
A magical live Family Christmas show brought to the Pavilion Theatre by Worthing Theatres (WTAM). This family show has socially distanced seating, additional cleaning and other safety measures to keep you secure. 10% off ticket prices for all WTAM members.

See: Tickets: The Night Before Christmas - on the WTAM website

Worthing Theatres shows - The Snow Queen (28th December to 3rd January)

WTAM - The Snow Queen

A magical live Family Christmas show brought to the Pavilion Theatre by Worthing Theatres (WTAM). This family show has socially distanced seating, additional cleaning and other safety measures to keep you secure. 10% off ticket prices for all WTAM members.

See: Tickets: The Snow Queen - on the WTAM website

Comedy at the Pavilion Theatre

Over the last couple of months we have re-introduced an amazing programme of comedy in a socially distanced layout at the Pavilion Theatre, we have some great shows in January.

Laura Lexx: Knee Jerk & Lauren Pattison: Party of One (Work-in-Progress):

Laura Lexx

Friday 15th January 2021, 8pm

Hilarious double bill with comedians Laura Lexx and Lauren Pattison. Following a whirlwind couple of years of awards, nominations, sell-out shows these two incredible comedians will be live on stage at the Pavilion Theatre.

See: Laura Lexx: Knee Jerk & Lauren Pattison: Party of One (Work-in-Progress) - on the WTAM website

Victorious:

Victorious

Tuesday 26th January 2021, 8pm

Join award-winning musical comedy performer Hannah Brackenbury as she presents a joyful and poignant musical tribute to the late, great comedy genius Victoria Wood.

See: Victorious - on the WTAM website

Worthing Museum

Worthing Museum - Christmas 2020

Worthing Museum will be open on Saturday the 12th and 19th December 2020 giving the community a chance to look around the museum and shop. 

We are also excited to be taking part in Worthing’s late night shopping event on Thursday the 17th December. Our shop is full of beautiful unique gifts, many by local artists and makers, so if you are looking for something special why not pop in and take a look! 

Opening Times:

  • Saturday 12th December 10am to 3pm
  • Thursday 17th December 2pm to 8pm
  • Saturday 19th December 10am to 3pm

You don't need to book a slot for these times, although we will be limiting the number of people inside and we ask that everyone wears a mask in line with government guidelines.

See: Photos of Worthing Museum and Worthing Museum website

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Supporting local businesses

We're lucky to have such a wide range of local businesses in Adur and Worthing, from independent cafes and restaurants, offering a wide variety of cuisines, to butchers, bakers fishmongers, and florists.

There are many ways you can support local businesses - if you can't get out to the shops, check to see if you shop online. And why not treat someone to a gift voucher to enjoy a meal out at a restaurant in the new year.

Here's a snapshot of some of our local businesses:

Case Study: Baked

Over its six years in business, Baked in Rowlands Road, Worthing, has been perfecting the art of the brownie.

Every week the team of three tweaks their lineup of flavours to keep things interesting, from clementine to salted caramel pretzel.

Now owner Lauren Roffey is urging Adur and Worthing residents to safely support their local businesses over Christmas as part of the Councils' #WinterWelcome campaign.

“If we don't shop local this year, some businesses might not be here next year,” she said.

“We're a really small team so this really makes a difference for us. We've spent such a long time building the business up.

“Christmas is the busiest time of the year - November and December get you through January and February.”

The shop will reopen on Thursday with COVID-safe measures in place, but has also bolstered its online offering to encourage residents to shop from home.

Baked offers Christmas gift boxes of brownies for delivery across the UK, as well as limited edition festive brownies each week, all of which can be found on our Baked Worthing website.

Let us know which local businesses you're supporting over Christmas with the hashtag #WinterWelcomeAW

Photo: Baked

Baked

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Case Study: CrabShack

Since opening in 2015, the CrabShack on Worthing seafront has built up a loyal local following and national recognition.

After a turbulent year, the family-run restaurant is providing winter shelter for diners under its new deck cover and heat lamps so residents can eat outside in a COVID-safe environment.

Co-owner Sarah Tinker-Taylor is encouraging Adur and Worthing residents to safely support their local businesses as part of the Councils' #WinterWelcomeAW campaign.

“When the first lockdown came we knew we had a social responsibility so we closed. We feel we did our bit,” she said.

"Everybody wants to get out and about but they also want to feel safe. People should spend money locally otherwise local businesses won't be around.

“We know some people still don't feel comfortable eating inside and they won't for a long time.

“So we got a cover, this is custom-made, it can withstand a hurricane. Hopefully it won't come to that, but this is 2020!”

The CrabShack will reopen for sit-down dining on Thursday, its £25 mussels set menu night.

Let us know which local businesses you're supporting over Christmas with the hashtag #WinterWelcomeAW

Photo: CrabShack co-owner Sarah Tinker-Taylor

CrabShack co-owner Sarah Tinker-Taylor

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Case Study: Dave Brown & Son Butchers

The sign says Dave Brown & Son Butchers, but it's son Stuart who runs the counter in the Lancing shop now.

Father Dave managed the family business for 35 years before retiring eight years ago, having taught his son the art of butchering from age 14.

Now Stuart is urging Adur and Worthing residents to safely support their local businesses over the Christmas period as part of the Councils' #WinterWelcomeAW campaign.

“Christmas has always been an important time, it keeps you going for the rest of the year. We've been busy in lockdown though,” he said.

“It's all about building up trust. If you keep the prices reasonable and you keep the quality of the meat high, then people will keep coming.

“I've run this place for 8 years and my dad ran it for 35 years. It runs in the family.”

Staff at the North Road butchers are wearing masks to keep shoppers safe.

The shop often showcases deals and promotions on its Facebook page, Dave Brown and Son Family Butchers.

Let us know which local businesses you're supporting over Christmas with the hashtag #WinterWelcomeAW

Photo: Dave Brown and Sons Butchers, Stuart Brown

Dave Brown and Sons Butchers, Stuart Brown

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Case Study: Koh Koh Chocolate Boutique

Husband and wife Andrew and Ying Winder opened Koh Koh Chocolate Boutique five years ago to bring a bit of Belgium to Southwick Square.

“We were inspired by the chocolate shops in places like Bruges, where the chocolates are all laid out and you can choose what goes in the box,” said Andrew.

In any other year the shop would be full of customers at this time, but the chocolatier couple knows Christmas 2020 will have to be different to keep shoppers safe.

So they've bolstered their online offering to encourage more residents to shop from home - and they're urging Adur and Worthing residents to support their local businesses safely over Christmas as part of the Councils' #WinterWelcomeAW campaign.

“You can now buy online and pick which chocolates you want, just as if you were coming here,” Andrew said.

“December is a very important month for us - 40 to 50 per cent of our business comes in December.

“Usually at this time the shop is crammed with people. That can't happen this year.”

The shop will still reopen on Wednesday and staff will wear masks.

Adur and Worthing residents can get free delivery on all online Koh Koh orders by entering the code LOCAL at the checkout on our Koh Koh website.

Let us know which local businesses you're supporting over Christmas with the hashtag #WinterWelcomeAW

Photo: Koh Koh Chocolate Boutique, Ying and Andrew Winder

Koh Koh Chocolate Boutique, Ying and Andrew Winder

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Case Study: The Camp's Coffee Bean Co

The Camp's Coffee Bean Co van is a very recent addition to Worthing seafront - it opened just a month ago opposite Steyne Gardens.

But already the Camp family's business is proving popular with those strolling down the promenade, not least thanks to its homemade Bakewell tarts.

Now co-owner and head barista Will Camp is encouraging Adur and Worthing residents to safely support their local businesses this Christmas as part of the Councils' #WinterWelcomeAW campaign.

I was a head chef at a hotel, but because of COVID-19 my hours were being reduced,” he said.

“Instead of going on furlough, I thought it would be great to open a coffee van. I asked my parents if they were interested in being partners and we decided to go for it.

“We thought we couldn't open in lockdown, but the Council called us and said we could.

“So the Christmas period is a really important time for us.”

Let us know which local businesses you're supporting over Christmas with the hashtag #WinterWelcomeAW

Photo: The Camps Coffee Bean Co co-owner and head barista Will Camp

The Camps Coffee Bean Co co-owner and head barista Will Camp

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Case Study: The Southwick Greengrocer

Nick Herriott opened The Southwick Greengrocer in Southwick Square just three weeks ago after working in the travel industry.

But he certainly knows his fruit and veg - he first started work as a greengrocer in Brighton when he was 13.

Now he is urging Adur and Worthing residents to safely support their local shops this Christmas as part of the Councils' #WinterWelcomeAW campaign.

“December's a massive month for the fruit and vegetable trade,” Nick said.

“You've got us and there's a butcher's next door - that's everything you need for a Christmas dinner.

“Shopping local for me is all about the quality of the produce, and unlike supermarkets you can buy the amount you need so you don't waste food.

“We've only been open for three weeks but the support we've had from everyone in Southwick is amazing.”

The Southwick Greengrocer offers free home delivery across the Adur and Worthing area, as well as online Christmas order forms on our Southwick Greengrocer website. Inside the shop, staff are wearing masks to keep shoppers safe.

Let us know which local businesses you're supporting with the hashtag #WinterWelcomeAW

Photo: The Southwick Greengrocer, Nick Herriott

The Southwick Greengrocer, Nick Herriott

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Case Study: The Village Florist

The Village Florist has been an institution in Lancing for more than 20 years.

And for all of those years Christmas has been one of the busiest times of the year for the business.

Now, in a Christmas like no other, florist co-owner Debbie Butcher is urging Adur and Worthing residents to safely support their local businesses as part of the Councils' #WinterWelcomeAW campaign.

“Shopping local means better customer service,” said Debbie, who bought The Village Florist in 2011 with three other partners.

“All the traders here know each other and we shop local too, so we support each other.

“Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year with everyone buying gifts. We have deals on our Instagram and Facebook.”

From Wednesday the shop will reopen for walk-ins, limited to one customer at a time to keep shoppers safe. Staff will also wear masks.

The florist posts promotions on Instagram @villagefloristlancing and on its Facebook page The Village Florist & Balloon Mania Lancing.

Let us know which local businesses you're supporting over Christmas with the hashtag #WinterWelcomeAW

Photo: The Village Florist

The Village Florist

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Case Study: Two Faced Twins

Three years ago twins Stella and Gem decided the nine-to-five wasn't for them and quit their jobs to pursue art.

“The first two years of that were being skint and trying to find our art style,” said Gem. “We were living off savings.”

But eventually they found a winning combination: Stella, who studied illustration, would draw, and fashion student Gem would handle the colours.

As the first coronavirus lockdown sparked an interest in interior design, the Two Faced Twins' striking prints of Worthing scenes and pop culture icons gained popularity.

Their success meant they were able to open a showroom in the seafront shelter opposite Steyne Gardens in July.

Now Gem and Stella are urging Adur and Worthing residents to safely support their local creative businesses over the Christmas period as part of the Councils' #WinterWelcomeAW campaign.

“Art has put Worthing on the map a bit more. People are taking home scenes from Worthing in our artwork,” said Stella. “I think people find it really refreshing.”

Gift vouchers for the twins' art are available our Two Faced Twins website. The twins' seafront showroom has a barrier in place to ensure social distancing so shoppers can browse safely.

Let us know which local businesses you're supporting over Christmas with the hashtag #WinterWelcomeAW

Photo: Two Faced Twins - Gem and Stella

Two Faced Twins - Gem and Stella

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Looking after yourself

Getting exercise outdoors

Visiting parks & public spaces

There are several parks and public spaces in Adur and Worthing to enjoy some exercise, including the beach and promenade. If you fancy a game of ping pong, outdoor table tennis tables for the public to use for free have been installed in Kitty's Field, Homefield Park,Victoria Park and Beach House grounds in Worthing, and two are available in Buckingham Park in Shoreham.

See: Find a park in Adur and Worthing and Seafront and River Adur

Tips for staying active

Whilst you might not be able to enjoy sports such as football or tennis at present, there are other ways to stay fit and active, including running and cycling. Here's some tips from the NHS on ways for all ages to stay physically active.

See: Get active your way - Exercise - on the NHS website

Do you enjoy cycling but don't have a bike? The Donkey Bikes on Worthing seafront will be available to hire throughout lockdown. All you need is a smart phone to download the Donkey Republic app, hire your bike and then away you go.

See: Bike Hire in Worthing - on the Discover Worthing website

Staying active at home

If you would prefer to exercise at home or need to exercise at home because you are self isolating, here's a series of instructor-led online exercise tutorials for you to follow in your own home.

The videos, which have been developed by Adur & Worthing Wellbeing consist of a mix of aerobic and core strength exercises to help you stay active.

There are exercises to tone your abs, raise your heart rate, and much more.

See: Staying active at home

Get more ideas about how to keep active at home from the Adur & Worthing Wellbeing Hub.

See: Coronavirus and exercise: Staying active - on the Adur & Worthing Wellbeing Hub website

Eating well

Lots of people have found that they've put on a few pounds this year. This may be due to worrying about the COVID pandemic - we often eat more when we're stressed - or because we've not been getting as much exercise as usual.

If you would like help to lose weight, you can sign up for one of our weight loss courses which we're delivering via Zoom.

See: The Weight Escape weight loss challenge - on the Adur & Worthing Wellbeing Hub website

Looking for recipe ideas to feed the family? Fed up with cooking the same things? Not sure if your kids are getting a nutritious balanced diet?

Our partners at UKHarvest are offering one-to-one food and nutrition advice. Get in touch to arrange a call to discuss recipe ideas and learn more about nutrition.

See: Cookery skills with UKHarvest - on the Adur & Worthing Wellbeing Hub website

If you need support

If you need support, here's a list of national and local organisations that can help.

See: Getting Support

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Page last updated: 30 December 2020