Places Outdoors: Parks/Playgrounds/Farms/Gardens
When the weather is kind to us, there are plenty of fantastic places to visit in and around Worthing that are mostly free and great for spending some quality family time. We love heading outdoors when we can and we will write about these places as our website grows. If you have any ideas of what we could add to the below or you’ve just discovered somewhere new, please do let us know!
Parks & Playgrounds
Beach House Grounds Gull Island & Splashpad
Just off the seafront next to Splashpoint, this is a fairly new playground with a big wooden pirate ship. There is also a lot of sand for digging and constructing. The Splash Pad next to it is specially designed with water squirting out of different places on the pad. Excellent fun without the worry of being in a pool. Map
Located on the A259 just on the outskirts of Worthing towards Lancing, this park is still a popular destination. There is a small train for going around the big lake, playground, crazy golf, paddling pool, some indoor activities, toilets and cafe for refreshments and ice cream. The playground also has special accessible equipment under the “We play too – Accessible Equipment” scheme. Map
This park is located behind Worthing Hospital. There is plenty of green space with lots of trees. The playground is equipped well with lots of things for different ages. There is also a skate park, basketball pad and six tennis courts. Map
Pond Lane Recreation Ground
These grounds are located in Durrington opposite The Lamb Pub, on Pond Lane. Durrington Festival is held there every year. The park consists of a playground, teen meeting area, football/cricket pitches, a pavilion, outdoor fitness equipment and also has toilets. Map
Southwater Country Park & Dinosaur Island
Not in Worthing, but definitely worth a mention. Southwater is on the way to Horsham along the A24. Simply follow the signs for Southwater and then the signs for Dinosaur Island. As the name suggests, this park has recently undergone a huge change and is now equipped with a fantastic array of dinosaur-related equipment. Giant eggs, a volcano to climb on, a dinosaur skeleton to dig up in the sandpit, zip wire and extra long slide to name a few. Toilets are nearby. Southwater Country Park itself is worth a visit with a big boating lake with a small shingle beach for paddling, BBQ points, great cycle paths and a really good cafe, selling refreshments and ice cream. It can be a whole day out for the family. Map
Splashpoint Mini Golf
We tried this crazy golf course and were pleased to find that it was a little more challenging than your average course. There are18 holes and it took us about over an hour to get through the course. Very good value for money! Of course, it’s also in the heart of Worthing near the seafront, close to shops, restaurants and ice cream! Perfect 🙂 Map
Tarring Recreation Ground
Behind Tarring Village near St Andrews Church, this park contains a well-equipped playground, teen meeting point/shelter, basketball/football pitch and a large, tree-lined area for other leisure activities. Map
Victoria Park & Playground
Located near Worthing Town Centre, this park has a large field for football/cricket, a large well-equipped playground, outdoor fitness equipment and toilets. Map
Waterwise Play Area
Right on the beach near the bottom of George 5th Avenue, this playground has a very beachy feel with a giant turtle, shark and pirate with rotating body parts. There is also plenty of sand which is always very popular with the kids. Map
These are just a selection of the main parks around Worthing, the full selection with a tool to search by postcode can be found on the Adur & Worthing Council website.
Farms/Gardens/Other Outdoor Places
Aldingbourne Trust Farm
Aldingbourne Trust is an organisation providing multiple programs for adults with learning difficulties to be active and working citizens. In support of this, they run an open farm as a visitor attraction. There are a lot of activities here, meeting the animals on the farm, tractor rides, woodland walks, a castle playground and home-cooked food. There are also plants for sale, kids workshops and mini golf. Dogs are welcome on leads. Find out more on their website.
Arundel Swanbourne Lake
This is a boating lake at the foot of the 1000 acre Arundel estate. Enjoy a long scenic walk around the whole lake, hire a boat for a paddle, have a picnic on the surrounding meadows or enjoy an ice cream or coffee by the lake while feeding the ducks. Spend a lovely afternoon there in tranquil surroundings. Map
Cissbury Ring with New Forest Ponies
For wearing out your kids, this is a great trek! Once you’ve arrived at the topmost certainly being quite puffed out from the steep climb, the views are simply stunning. There is lots of paths to explore, trees to climb in and of course the wonderful New Forest Ponies to admire. Don’t get too close though, they are wild! Read more about Cissbury Ring here.
A fab beach day is to be had at Climping Beach near Littlehampton. With a shortness of sandy beaches in Sussex, this one has lots of open (and sandy!) space, ideal for kicking back with your family. Map
Ferring Country Centre
The Ferring Country Centre is actually a charity run for helping people with learning disabilities. There is a garden centre, charity shop, small animals farm, play area and café. We visited during Hallowe’en one year and found lots of scary fairy tale characters throughout, which my son loved. Check out their website: http://www.ferringcountrycentre.org/
Highdown Gardens are Worthing’s worst kept secret. It’s a beautiful oasis of tenderly maintained gardens at the top of Highdown. It’s a lovely spot for a picnic on a warm spring or summer day. We’ve written about it before in this post.
Roundstone Farm Pick Your Own
The pick-your-own usually opens in May. Most people think of picking their own strawberries but there is so many more delights here! Raspberries, Blackberries, Plums, Rhubarb, Gooseberries, Sweetcorn, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Peas, various types of beans, pumpkins and much more. Check out their website on when their fields open and various crops are available. www.roundstonefarm.co.uk/
Shoreham Fort was built back in 1857 and is the last one of its kind in the UK. Find out about its history and upcoming events on their website: www.shorehamfort.co.uk. The beach around the fort is also great for rock pooling.
Woods Mill Nature Reserve
A little outside of Worthing on the way to Henfield is a beautiful nature reserve we visit a lot. It’s the headquarters of Sussex Wildlife Trust and has a lake, woodland to explore, meadows for picnics and butterfly chasing and pond dipping. We’ve written about Woods Mill here.
Thanks for reading!
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