What’s on in Worthing?

What's On In Worthing?

A mere 20-minute drive from Chase Farm Glamping, Worthing beach beckons with its inviting shores. This town boasts a captivating history, having nurtured celebrities, showcased remarkable architecture, and proudly claimed Britain’s finest pier as of 2019.

You can park for free along the Marine Parade. Come down Grand Avenue and you can usually find a space between between Sea View Road and Rye Close.  The parade is flat, so ideal for wheelchairs and buggies, and there are some disabled parking spaces and ramps for easier access to the parade. 

Aerial View of Worthing Pier and Beach

Worthing, often misperceived as a sleepy retirement enclave, harbors a dynamic history that unveils its multifaceted nature. Beyond its serene facade, the town’s historical tapestry is interwoven with intriguing narratives and remarkable achievements.

Contrary to its quiet reputation, Worthing has hosted and nurtured a diverse array of personalities. The list of notable alumni includes radio presenter Simon Mayo, Body Shop founder Dame Anita Roddick, and iconic musician Billy Idol. This amalgamation of talent speaks volumes about the town’s hidden vibrancy.

Worthing’s historic roots delve deep into the past. Emerging from its humble origins as a mackerel fishing hamlet, it underwent a transformative evolution into an elegant Georgian seaside resort during the late 18th century. However, its significance transcends leisure; for centuries, it was a pivotal center for Britain’s market gardening.

The West Parade

Fire, Salt & Sea Sauna

Along the Marine Parade is the Canadian War Memorial.  Further up the beach towards the pier you will often see people bathing in the sea (regardless of the time of year!) before warming up at the Fire, Salt and Sea mobile sauna.  

Worthing Gin Van

There are numerous eateries and ‘watering holes’ on the way along Marine Parade. There is nothing better than a Worthing Gin cocktail as you sit by the beach listening to the wave and watching the world go by.

Molloy's Ice Cream on Worthing Beach

Opposite the Lido, Level 1 offers a range of freshly made delights from three different stalls called Skewered, Pickles, and Bao Haus.  For the obligatory seaside ice cream, look no further than Molloy’s next to the Pavilion Theatre.

Level 1 also boasts a bar and hosts a variety of events an activities during the year, such as quiz nights, crazy golf, market stalls and live music.  This sheltered spot with views over the sea should not be missed.

The Shellfish Shack is great for Oysters and there are variety of coffee bars in vintage converted vans and a Taco van – Taco Look At Me Now!

The Shellfish Shack - Oysters!
Worthing Lido

For the very young kids there is fun to be had at the Lido with rides and games. The cafe does a good English Breakfast with views over the sea, plus it is dog friendly both inside and outside the cafe.  In the summer months you will often find traditional merry-go-rounds to more adrenalin pumping rides on either side of the Pavilion Theatre as you reach the Pier.

The Pavilion Theatre

Worthing Pier

Worthing Pier, inaugurated in 1862, has witnessed a tumultuous history. Battered by a storm in 1913, the southern end of the pier was marooned after the main promenade was washed away.  In 1921 a new domed pavilion was built at the southern end, but this was later destroyed by fire in 1933, only to be rebuilt with a grand pavilion in 1935. During WWII, the pier became a military hub and the seafront was fortified

Walk along the pier today and you will experience the outdoor gallery of colourful ‘stained glass’ works in the windows between the arcade and Southern Pavilion.

Perch on the Pier (The Southern Pavilion)

Work started on the Southern Pavilion back in September 2019.  Since then it has been converted into a stylish bar and restaurant and was reopen in April 2022 as Perch on the Pier.  The menu offers a range from coffee and cake to cocktails and fusion foods.

With panoramic views over the sea, the restaurant’s interior has been thoughtfully maintained.  The heritage of the Art Deco style is a running theme throughout the building, and great attention to detail has been given to the interior from wall paper to door handles.  Outside you can relax in the sunshine on sofas and dining areas whilst you watch the world go by.  Even when the weather it wet, it makes for dramatic scenery from the comfort of the restaurant.  Another plus for dog owners the restaurant is dog friendly.

Perch on the Pier
Sympathetic Restoration of the Interior of Perch on the Pier
Crab & Lobster Ravioloni (means BIG ravioli!)

The East Parade

Past the pier and you will come across Two Face Twins art gallery.  Stella users a fine line pen to create her illustrations.  Gemma digitally manipulates the images and colours them to each work’s full glory.  You can’t miss the wonderfully bright colours and energy that pour out from their gallery, and well worth a stop for a look and shop!  

Next door you can grab coffee and tasty treat at The Camps Hot Doughnut stand.

If you are around early enough you can even pick up some fresh fish at Brownrigg Fishing.   Alternatively, try the Crab Shack restaurant with its fish menu.

Active Fishing Boats on Worthing Beach
Two Faced Twins Art Gallery and Shop

Next to the studios is the  Coast Cafe Beach Bar, which serves great breakfasts, burgers, plus fish and chips.  They also have live DJ’s playing a variety of music between 4pm to 8pm.

Each Beach Studios

Just after the Crab Shack and the Crazy Golf, you will reach the East Beach Studios.  Here you can find an eclectic mix of artists and artisans selling their work.  Often you can see them in action as they create their art on site. Beyond the studios, you can tap into your adventurous side at K66 Surf Division and learn to surf or stand up paddle board, and hire the kayaks too.  

Colourful houses on the New Parade

For the architecture buffs, the Bayside complex offers a spot of modern glamour to Worthing with is curvy balconies and a new pizzeria – Perch Pizza on the seafront.  Towards the end of the East Parade is the colourful row of houses on New Parade, each one painted in its own shade.

Worthing's History

The origin of the town’s name itself is reflective of its character. Derived from the Old English “Worth,” meaning “valiant” or “noble,” combined with “ingas,” signifying “people of,” the name encapsulates a sense of resilience and nobility within its inhabitants. Delving further, Worthing’s rich history is etched into its landscape. The town’s prominence extends back over 6,000 years, with evidence of Stone Age flint mines, among Europe’s earliest, dotting the region. Cissbury Ring, a sprawling Iron Age hill fort, stands as one of Britain’s largest and most remarkable.

Worthing Pier from the East Parade

Yet, Worthing’s journey has been riddled with challenges. The iconic Worthing Pier, designed by Sir Robert Rawlinson, faced trials including gales, fires, and the turmoil of World War II. However, its indomitable spirit has persisted, earning it the coveted title of Britain’s best pier in 2019. Worthing’s allure extends to literature and culture. The great playwright Oscar Wilde found inspiration here, penning “The Importance of Being Earnest” during his visits. The town has even served as a cinematic backdrop, featuring in productions such as “The Birthday Party,” “Dance with a Stranger,” and “Wish You Were Here.”


On the international stage, Worthing’s influence is equally impactful. World records, from the heaviest fig grown to the longest football marathon, find their roots here. The town also boasts the honor of hosting the Men’s World Bowls Championships twice, alongside Johannesburg, highlighting its global significance in the realm of sports.

Worthing’s connection isn’t just terrestrial; it extends to its twin towns: Elzach and Gutach im Breisgau in Germany, Les Sables-d’Olonne in France, Simonswald and Waldkirch in Germany, and Patos de Minas in Brazil. This global camaraderie mirrors Worthing’s wide-reaching influence.

In essence, Worthing defies preconceptions, revealing itself as a rich mosaic of history, culture, and achievement. Beyond its picturesque exterior lies a vibrant tapestry woven with narratives that span centuries, enriching its identity and ensuring that its legacy will endure for generations to come.

Now you can follow us on Strava under Chase Farm Glamping and see our walk along Marine Parade.

Recipes – Using what natures provides in our hedgerows and trees

Seasonal Recipes

Elderflower Cordial

A simple creation, the aromatic and revitalizing elderflower cordial of spring can be blended with sparkling water for a crisp elderflower pressé, or introduced to wine, prosecco, or champagne to kickstart an elegant celebration.


  • 2 ½kg white sugar, either granulated or caster
  • 2 unwaxed lemons
  • 20 fresh elderflower heads, stalks trimmed
  • 85g citric acid (from chemists)


STEP 1: Syrup Preparation

Combine sugar and water in a large saucepan. Heat gently until sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Use a potato peeler to pare lemon zest. Slice lemons into rounds.

STEP 2: Infusion

Bring the syrup to a boil, then turn off the heat. Swish elderflowers in cold water to remove dirt and bugs. Add flowers, lemon slices, zest, and citric acid to syrup. Stir and cover. Infuse for 24 hours.

STEP 3: Straining and Bottling

Line a colander with a tea towel and place over a bowl. Strain syrup through colander. Discard residue in the towel. Use a funnel to fill sterilised bottles. Cordial is ready to drink or store in the fridge for up to 6 weeks. Alternatively, freeze in containers or ice cube trays for later use.

Sloe Gin

Sloe gin is a delicious and popular fruit liqueur made by infusing sloe berries (small, dark purple berries) with gin and sugar.  

As autumn approaches, it’s the perfect occasion to gather or purchase sloes and create your own sloe gin, requiring a minimum of two months for proper maturation, making it an excellent choice with Christmas drawing near.

When can you find sloes in their prime season? To begin, locating sloes is essential. In the UK, from late September to November, wild blackthorn trees are abundant with sloes. While opinions differ on the ideal picking time, a straightforward guideline is that when the berries can be effortlessly pressed between your fingers, they are ripe.


  • 500g ripe sloes
  • 250g sugar
  • 1 litre gin


STEP 1: Preparing the Sloes

Rinse the sloes (small, dark purple berries) and remove any debris or impurities.  Gently pat the sloes dry using a clean tea towel.  Use a stainless steel fork or cocktail stick to prick the sloes. This helps release their flavors and colours.  Place the pricked sloes into a 2-litre glass jar. If you prefer, you can divide them between two smaller jars.

STEP 2: Adding Ingredients and Initial Mixing

Add sugar to the jar(s) containing the pricked sloes.  Pour gin into the jar(s) to cover the sloes and sugar.  Seal the jar(s) tightly.  Shake the jar(s) well to mix the ingredients. This step initiates the infusion process.  For the next seven days, shake the jar(s) vigorously once a day. This helps distribute flavours and sugars.

STEP 3: Straining and Bottling

After the seven-day shaking period, strain the sloe gin to remove the solid components. Prepare a plastic sieve and cover it with a square piece of muslin cloth. Set it over a bowl to catch the liquid.  Pour the infused gin through the muslin-covered sieve to strain out the pricked sloes and any solids.  The strained liquid is now your sloe gin.  Decant the strained sloe gin into clean, dry bottles for storage and seal the bottles tightly.  

The sloe gin is ready to be consumed at this point, but it will continue to improve and mature in flavor over time. It’s recommended to let it age for at least two to three months before enjoying it.  Ideally, if you can wait, it’s suggested to make the sloe gin one year before you plan to drink it, as this extended aging period enhances its flavour.  Remember that homemade infused liqueurs like sloe gin can be a wonderful treat. Enjoy responsibly and savor the rich flavors that develop through the infusion process!

Blackberry& Granola Yoghurt Pots


  • 75 g Blackberries 
  • 10 oz Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
  • 25 g Blackberries (about ¼ cup)
  • 15 g Honey Almond Flax, granola cereal (about ¼ cup)


  • In a small bowl add the first portion of blackberries. Using a fork smash the blackberries until they are not longer whole blackberries but still chunky with some blackberry liquid.
  • Now transfer the smashed blackberries to the bottom of your serving dish.
  • Top your smashed blackberries with the yogurt.
  • Now add the second lay of blackberries, this time leaving them whole.
  • Then sprinkle with your honey almond flax granola cereal. Enjoy!

English Wine Week: Explore Sussex Vineyards Near Chase Farm Glamping

English Wine Week: 17 - 25 June 2023

Explore Vineyards Near Chase Farm Glamping

When it comes to wine, the rolling hills of West Sussex offer a delightful surprise for wine enthusiasts. Just a stone’s throw away from Chase Farm Glamping, you’ll find an array of exquisite vineyards waiting to be discovered. In celebration of English Wine Week, we invite you to embark on a wine tasting adventure and immerse yourself in the world of English wines. Join us as we explore some of the finest vineyards near Chase Farm Glamping: Kinsbrook Vineyard, Bolney Wine Estate, Wiston Estate Winery, Nyetimber Vineyard, and Ridgeview Wine Estate.

Kinsbrook Vineyard:

Located in the picturesque village of West Chiltington, Kinsbrook Vineyard is a hidden gem known for its small-batch, handcrafted wines. With its idyllic setting and stunning views, Kinsbrook offers a unique wine tasting experience. Sample their selection of still and sparkling wines, including their award-winning Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Take a leisurely stroll through the vineyard and learn about the meticulous winemaking process from the passionate vintners.

Bolney Wine Estate:

Renowned for its dedication to producing exceptional English wines, Bolney Wine Estate has been a pioneer in the English wine industry for over 40 years. Nestled in the heart of Sussex countryside, this family-owned estate offers guided vineyard tours, informative wine tastings, and a charming café overlooking the vines. Indulge in their acclaimed sparkling wines, including their signature Bolney Bubbly, and savor the flavors of their unique still wines.

Wiston Estate Winery:

Situated on the South Downs, Wiston Estate Winery is known for its elegant sparkling wines crafted using traditional methods. Take a tour of their state-of-the-art winery and witness the meticulous process of handcrafting their sparkling wines. Experience a guided tasting and discover the distinct characteristics of their wines, including their award-winning Blanc de Blancs and Rosé. The warm hospitality of the Wiston team will make your visit truly memorable.

Nyetimber Vineyard:

With a reputation for producing world-class sparkling wines, Nyetimber Vineyard has established itself as a leading name in the English wine industry. Located near the historic town of Arundel, Nyetimber offers visitors an immersive vineyard experience. Explore their beautiful estate, learn about their sustainable winemaking practices, and sample their exquisite range of sparkling wines, including their renowned Classic Cuvee and Rosé.

Ridgeview Wine Estate:

Set amidst the picturesque Sussex countryside, Ridgeview Wine Estate is known for its award-winning sparkling wines. This family-owned vineyard has gained international acclaim for its exceptional craftsmanship and dedication to quality. Take a guided tour of their vineyards and winery, and gain insight into the art of traditional method sparkling wine production. Enjoy a tasting of their outstanding wines, including their Blanc de Blancs and Cavendish Cuvee.

During your stay at Chase Farm Glamping, make sure to carve out time to explore these remarkable vineyards. Each one offers a unique experience, showcasing the passion and expertise of English winemakers. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or simply curious about English wines, you’ll be captivated by the beauty of the vineyards and the exquisite flavors of their wines.

After a day of wine tasting, return to the tranquility of Chase Farm Glamping and unwind in the comfort of your accommodation. Reflect on the flavors and aromas you experienced throughout the day as you soak in the peaceful ambiance of the countryside.

English Wine Week provides the perfect opportunity to indulge in the rich tapestry of English wines. So, raise a glass and toast to the beauty of the Sussex countryside, the artistry of the winemakers, and the unforgettable memories created during your stay at Chase Farm Glamping. Cheers!

Gastro and Country Pubs

When you want to have some traditional pub grub, you have plenty to choose from in the local area, many within 10-15 minutes’ drive from Chase Farm Glamping.

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Fine Dining

Discover Culinary Excellence:

Fine Dining Escapades near Chase Farm Glamping

For food lovers seeking a gastronomic adventure amidst the picturesque countryside, the area near Chase Farm Glamping offers an array of exceptional dining experiences. From historic castles to elegant manors and contemporary establishments, this region is a haven for discerning palates. The Horsham area is fast becoming one of the foodie destinations in the south-east, and you won’t be disappointed with the choice on offer.  From hearty brunches and appetising lunches to afternoon tea and Michelin Star dining, check out the following locations, which are just a small selection of many, within easy travelling distance of Chase Farm Glamping.  Join us as we embark on a culinary journey, exploring some of the finest dining destinations nearby.

Amberley Castle – 15 miles:

A Royal Feast for the Senses Nestled amidst the tranquil landscapes, Amberley Castle is renowned for its outstanding cuisine. Step into the castle’s magnificent Queen’s Room or The Great Room, where medieval charm blends seamlessly with contemporary elegance. Under the skilled guidance of their head chef, Paul Peters, indulge in a culinary symphony featuring the best of British and local produce. From simple yet refined flavors to innovative twists, each dish is crafted to perfection, ensuring an unforgettable dining experience.

Gravetye Manor 15 miles:

Michelin-Starred Splendor Prepare to be captivated by the culinary artistry at Gravetye Manor. With its newly designed restaurant boasting stunning views of the glorious gardens, this Michelin-starred establishment is a true delight for food lovers. Executive Chef George Blogg’s passion shines through in every dish, offering a taste sensation that is both visually stunning and incredibly flavorful. The seasonal menus, created using ingredients foraged from the Grade I listed Leonardslee Lakes Gardens and ethically sourced from Sussex’s finest producers, showcase the epitome of fine dining.

Interlude at Leonardslee Gardens 15 miles:

A Harmonious Connection with Nature Immerse yourself in a unique dining experience at Interlude, nestled within the historic woodland gardens of Leonardslee Estate. Chef Jean Delport, drawing inspiration from British and French cooking, takes you on an unexpected culinary journey. With ingredients sourced from their own gardens or local organic farms, each dish tells a story of seasonality and respect for nature. This contemporary restaurant combines old and new techniques to create a menu that perfectly complements the serene beauty of the gardens.

Ockenden Manor 13 miles:

Sussex’s Finest Delights Located amidst stunning countryside, Ockenden Manor is a culinary haven that promises to tantalize your taste buds. Head Chef Stephen Crane, an award-winning culinary master, ensures that every dish reflects the finest flavors of Sussex. Using locally sourced ingredients and building strong relationships with trusted suppliers, Ockenden Manor delivers exceptional dining experiences. Whether you prefer a leisurely lunch, a sumptuous afternoon tea, or an unforgettable dinner, this charming manor provides a beautiful setting and far-reaching views over Cuckfield Park.

Spread Eagle – 22 miles:

Timeless Charm and Exceptional Cuisine The Spread Eagle, with its cozy lounge bar, welcoming conservatory, and oak-beamed bar, offers a perfect blend of historic charm and exquisite dining. Indulge in a glass of wine, savor a relaxed lunch, or indulge in a delightful afternoon tea. With an inner courtyard and a sun-filled terrace, this establishment provides idyllic spaces to bask in the sunshine while enjoying delectable treats.

Fine Dining in Sussex Steak Dish

South Lodge – 8.2 miles:

The Pass and Camellia Restaurants boast two outstanding dining experiences. The Pass, an intimate restaurant located within the historic walls, offers a unique culinary journey. Led by Michelin-starred Head Chef Ben Wilkinson, you can witness the craft of the kitchen brigade and savor innovative tasting menus that highlight the best of seasonal produce. Meanwhile, Camellia restaurant, headed by the talented Josh Mann, presents an elegant seasonal menu showcasing fine dining dishes created from produce sourced from the South Lodge estate and the best local Sussex ingredients. After your meal, unwind on the terrace or at the bar, and enjoy the pleasures of this remarkable establishment.

For food lovers seeking a culinary adventure near Chase Farm Glamping, this region boasts an impressive array of dining destinations. From the regal ambiance of Amberley Castle and the Michelin-starred splendor of Gravetye Manor to the harmonious connection with nature at Interlude, the exceptional delights at Ockenden Manor, the culinary artistry at South Lodge, and the timeless charm of The Spread Eagle, each establishment offers a unique and unforgettable experience. Embark on a gastronomic journey through these remarkable establishments, and let your taste buds be enchanted by the flavors, creativity, and passion of the local chefs.

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