Our roundup of the leading entertainment in Worthing includes theatre, cinema and the best beaches in the region.
Entertainment in Worthing
Right on the doorstep to our Worthing Seafront hotel, Worthing Beach runs alongside the length of Marine Parade. It is made up of sand and shingle with plenty of rock pools at low tide. There are lots of cafés and shops nearby and a wide range of entertainment options including the pier, Worthing Lido and regular spots for canoeing, sailing and rowing, especially on the eastern side of the pier.
Heading west along the coastline, Lancing Green is a popular beach with plenty to do. As well as being a hub for kite-surfing, stand up paddle boarding and sailing, the large park behind the beach is ideal for families and kids with a modern skate park and playground. And while you’re there, grab some food from Perch on Lancing Green, an excellent café known for their fish and chips, coffee and cake.
Another great café and beach combo is the Sea Lane Cafe on Goring Beach, less than a mile from our Littlehampton hotel. The shingle beach is suitable for swimming at high tide while low tide reveals up-to half a mile of extra beach packed with rock pools perfect for exploring. The car park next to the Sea Lane Cafe is free for up to two hours; plenty of time for an ice cream and a game of frisbee.
The Dome Cinema
Impressively, Worthing has three renowned theatres and event spaces. Situated at the end of Worthing Pier, the Pavilion Theatre is the main outlet for theatrical productions in the region, putting on a wide range of events including live music, comedy, pantomime, musicals and more. The 1,100-capacity Art Deco venue was built in the 1920s and includes a decorated proscenium archway and a licensed café and bar with impressive sea views, perfect for pre-show sunset drinks.
Another popular venue for events is the Assembly Hall in the town centre. The largest of Worthing’s theatres, it’s equipped with a sprung dance floor and excellent acoustics and regularly hosts the Worthing Symphony Orchestra, musicals, live music as well as big-name comedians including Jimmy Carr and Ben Elton.
Alternatively, head to the Connaught Theatre, a converted cinema which hosts musicals, dramas, West End plays, stand up comedy and more. With a cute old-fashioned feel, a cosy bar and two screens to choose from, it’s a versatile venue that also doubles up as a cinema (see our cinema section below for more info).
Worthing is spoilt for choice when it comes to historic cinemas. The Dome Cinema on Marine Parade is a Grade II listed Edwardian cinema which first opened in 1911. It has been restored several times and now has three screens including the impressive 500-capacity main auditorium and the intimate Screen 3 with double seat sofas and a wall-to-wall picture. Open daily showing a range of new release and cult classics, the cinema is also home to the Projectionist’s Bar, a cool and cosy space open to non-cinema guests as well.
Close by is the Connaught Theatre, another historic cinema dating back to 1914. A dual-purpose venue that’s also a functioning theatre, it’s a popular cinema which screens a range of new releases as well as more left-field films, historic classics and family-friendly shows.