Living in Goring-by-Sea
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What Is Life Like In Goring-by-Sea?
Goring-by-Sea is an idyllic neighbourhood in the West Sussex Borough of Worthing. Located on the sunny Sussex coast between the South Downs chalk hills and the English Channel, Goring-by-Sea has a winning combination of blue sea and green countryside.
Goring-by-Sea has just over 7,500 residents, dwarfed by the neighbouring town of Worthing with its population of over 100,000. This combination gives Goring-by-Sea residents the best of both worlds: a quiet seaside resort with easy access to a bustling town. Its excellent schools and strong transport links make it popular with families, while its coastal location and many available bungalow properties attract retirees as well.
Property demand is highest for George V Avenue, Wallace Avenue and Goring-by-Sea Road. Houses on South Ferring, Goring-by-Sea Hall and Gerald Road are also sought after and sell quickly.
History Of Goring-by-Sea
Before becoming one of Worthing’s main suburbs, Goring-by-Sea was its own parish, simply called Goring. Recorded in the Domesday survey of 1085 as ‘Garinges’, it’s thought that its name may mean either 'Gāra's people', or 'people of the wedge-shaped strip of land'.
Residential development began in the 19th Century and continued into the 20th Century, when Goring-by-Sea became part of the Borough of Worthing in 1929. The name ‘Goring-by-Sea’ was then created to differentiate it from the village of Goring-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.
Days Out In Goring-by-Sea
Goring-by-Sea is full of options for great days out: enjoying nature, lazing on the beach and exploring nearby Worthing and Brighton.
A dog-friendly sand and pebble beach, Goring beach is popular for watersports, especially kitesurfing. The grassy area where the countryside meets the coastline is perfect for sports and picnics. It also has a public boat ramp and a café.
South Downs National Park is close by, the perfect outdoors destination for the whole family. The park encompasses coastline, woodlands and rolling hills, and offers activities ranging from wildlife walks to horseback riding. Ilex Avenue is another local gem: a shady avenue lined with 150-year-old Holm Oak trees that is popular with walkers and their dogs.
Goring-by-Sea is also only 45 minutes’ drive from Brighton, providing easy access to one of the UK’s cultural and artistic hotspots.
Things To Do In Goring-by-Sea
The Goring-by-Sea area has plenty to do. Summer festivals are popular and include Worthing Rotary Carnival, Worthing Food Festival, Wildlife Music Festival, Worthing Lions Festival and the International Birdman Competition (a human flying machine competition).
For architecture fans, there are grand manor houses including Courtlands and Field Place Manor House. The local Catholic Church is also something of a tourist attraction due to its reproduction of Michelangelo’s famous Sistine Chapel ceiling. Painted by the church’s Deacon, it is two thirds the size of the original and attracts visitors from all over the world.
For arts lovers, a host of local Worthing arts groups – Worthing Light Opera, Worthing Silver Band, Think Tank Theatre, Worthing Youth Theatre, Dance International Worthing – provide quality entertainment. South Downs Leisure Centre is the place for fitness, with regular classes, a swimming pool and spa facilities. There are dozens of sports clubs for football, cricket, rugby, tennis, martial arts and more. Several race courses are also nearby, including Goodwood, Fontwell Park and the Brighton race courses.
For restaurants, shopping and nightlife, the nearby Worthing town centre about 2 miles away is the place to go. With over 400 stores ranging from high street staples to local boutiques, Worthing is a retail hub and caters to a wide range of tastes.
Schools In Goring-by-Sea
Goring-by-Sea and neighbouring Worthing have first-rate educational facilities.
Nurseries and Pre-schools include:
- The Marriotts Nursery School
- Kamelia Kids
- Goring Methodist Pre-School
- Goring Little Fishes
Primary schools include:
- Goring-by-sea Cofe First School
- West Park Cofe First And Middle
- The Orchards Community Middle School
- Field Place First School
- English Martyrs Catholic Primary School
Secondary schools include:
- Worthing College
- Chatsmore Catholic High School
- Durrington High School
Transport In Goring-by-Sea
Goring-by-Sea and Worthing are connected to nearby towns and major cities via a convenient transport network.
Goring-by-Sea has its own railway station, and is also served by Durrington-on-Sea, West Worthing, Worthing and Angmering. All are on the West Coastway Line and are managed by Southern. Regular services run to London Victoria, Gatwick Airport, Brighton, Littlehampton and Portsmouth.
Buses and coaches
Stagecoach operates several local and long-distance routes. Compass Travel also has regular services. Other local services are provided by Coastliner 700, Brighton & Hove Buses and Metro Bus. National Express coaches provide access to London Victoria.
Gatwick Airport is the nearest international airport, about 37 miles away and accessible by train in under two hours. Shoreham Airport (or Brighton City Airport) is only eight miles away and can be used for private or chartered flights.
The A24 connects Goring-by-Sea to London and other northern cities. Two east–west roads, the A27 and the A259, offer connections to Brighton, Chichester, Portsmouth, Hampshire and Kent.