Do you struggle to think of places to take the children on a weekend or after school? During the summer there are so many places in the surrounding area, most of which you are likely to have heard of, however, when was the last time you visited?

We have put together a list of our top favourites in Worthing and also a selection of others further afield, where will you visit next?

Highdown Gardens and Hills

Highdown Gardens is a beautifully tranquil park set in the South Downs National Park, north of Ferring and Goring-by-Sea. In 2019 Highdown Gardens was awarded the Green Flag for the highest environmental standards and beautiful maintenance. As well as the gardens themselves the surrounding areas lead the way to beautiful walks in the wonderful South Downs.

Highdown Gardens is best to visit in spring and early summer when there is a colourful succession of spring plants flowering but there is so much to see whatever the season.

Goring Gap

Goring Gap situated along the beach front in Goring is great for picnics, the whole day can be spent with the family, playing games and having BBQs along the expansive landscape.  The fantastic bonus of the park are the facilities available such as the BBQ space, toilets and on most days ice-cream vans.

Waterwise & Marine Gardens

Waterwise is the intricate maritime themed childrens play areas on the beach at Worthing, situated at the end of Wallace Avenue and very close to Marine Gardens. Children love the fun of the park whilst parents can appreciate the detail in the sculptures and design of Waterwise Gardens alongside.

If you’re interested in plants here’s a list of the plants currently in Waterwise Gardens

Marine Gardens is packed with ornamental and formal planting with a main benefit of it being fully accessible. Activities available are bowling and putting, bowls team meet throughout the season however if you’d like to go along and play either sport, you’re always welcome and equipment is available to hire.

Beach House Park & Splashpoint

Beach House Park and Splashpoint are full of activities to occupy children (and adults alike) for days on end. From bowling in Beach House park and wandering around the marvellous ornamental gardens to playing volleyball or crazy golf at Splashpoint.

View full facility details of Beach House Park here

The introduction of the excellent play area for the younger children and the water features,which children adore to run around in, make it an extremely enjoyable day out for the family.

Book your spot on the beach sand court here…


Brooklands is situated just on the outskirts of Worthing towards Lancing. Brooklands is currently going through some tremendous overhauls to make way for great activities for all of the family. Take a look at the current plans here

Currently the park is a hub for wildlife who thrive in the wetland habitat, it’s a charming park to escape from the hustle and bustle of the nearby main roads and there is a lovely children’s play park too.

The Gallops, Bost Hill

The Gallops is a great park for children and teenagers, as well as the playpark there are teenage shelters and basketball hoops for everyone to enjoy.

As the park is set away from houses and with an amplitude of open space it is a popular spot for many.

Hill Barn

Hillbarn Recreation Ground and play park is just north of the A27 at Broadwater. Like many of the other parks in Worthing there is a lot for children of all ages to do. There’s play equipment for young children as well as BMX facilities which can be quite an attraction as it’s not available in many of the other parks. As well as the usual play park there are also football and cricket pitches which means there’s ample space for everyone to play and make use of the great facilities.

Pond Lane Recreation Ground and playground

Pond Lane Park is located in Durrington, with facilities for children and teenagers, the facilities include multi-sports pitches for football, basketball and cricket, with a suitable meeting point for teenagers to gather. There are football pitches available for hire for those who love to play, these can be booked using this link

Halewick Lane Park

Halewick Lane Park is a beautiful park in the middle of the South Downs just north of Lancing. There’s plenty of parking and it’s the gateway to many superb walks through the South Downs and up to Lancing Ring.

The play park is suitable for children of all ages and there is plenty of room in the surrounding grounds for picnics and dog walking. There are so many fantastic parks in our local area, far too many for us to list, with so many great facilities for people of all ages. It’s great to know we have this outdoor space for us all to enjoy.

If you’d like to travel further afield for a great park why not try one of these parks and let us know what you think?

Hove Park

Stanmer Park

Arundel Lido

Tilgate Park

Littlehampton Beach Green