PAUL O’BRIEN: Sunny Worthing holds its own against international events

Paul O'Brien
Paul O'Brien

When there are other large events in Sussex you always get concerned about how Worthing can challenge these and put on an offer to entice tourists and locals to stay in the town.

Last weekend was one of the biggest challenges, as we had not only the massive Pride festival in Brighton attracting ten of thousands of people, but also Glorious Goodwood in the other direction challenging ourselves for the people’s pound.

Could Worthing stand up to not only these two massive international events, but also the many other smaller fetes and fairs happening in the county?

Well the answer was a resounding yes.

The town centre, on both Saturday and Sunday, was positively packed with families not only from the local area but also day trippers who didn’t want to get caught in all the road closures around Brighton and the traffic chaos on the A27 that Goodwood attracts.

The nicest thing to notice was that the largest group by far was families of adults and small children.

Worthing is slowly but surely building itself a reputation as a clean, safe and interesting town for families to spend a day.

Not only that, we also had a few events of our own to challenge the big guns.

The council’s new events team worked extremely hard on the street velodrome event in Beach House gardens and a round of applause to Jo Osborne and the team there for putting on a new, unique event for Worthing.

Not only could people watch the pro cyclers, they could have a go themselves – vital in keeping little ones interested.

There was also the last few days of the Worthing Lions seafront fair, which is always a resounding success.

On top of this we had the opening of the month long sandy sunny Worthing beach in South Street Square.

A great addition to the town centre giving adults a bit of respite while children build sand castles, all with some live music and entertainment.

As I say we are slowly getting the town’s name out there as a great place for a family to spend a day, and from a business point of view that can only be good for our High Street traders.

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