Past Festivals 2014 - 2015 - 2016

120 Years of Film in Sussex 28 May - 12 June 2016


WOW 2016 had a very strong Film element, along with many literary events, workshops and performances.

View our digital archive of the Film in Sussex celebrations here:

The first film screening in Worthing took place on the pier in 1896. 120 years later we celebrated local film history with a series of exciting exhibitions, educational workshops and events between March-June 2016. This was timed to culminate in the Worthing WOW festival 28th May -12th June 2016.

Jane Austen's Worthing 23 May - 7 June 2015

Jane Austen revisits Worthing after 210 years

A major new festival and exhibition to celebrate the link between Jane Austen and Worthing took place in the town during the last week of May and the first week of June 2015

Visit the online exhibition :


VIEW OUR FILM >> Jane Austen's Worthing - Film Trailer


The event, held in association with Community First and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), ran from:

23 May to 7 June 2015 sunnyworthing
The Georgian Room
Chatsworth Hotel,
Steyne Gardens

Jane Austen stayed in Worthing for several months in the autumn and winter of 1805, and later used her experiences as the background for her final novel, Sanditon, which remained unfinished at her death in 1817.

The link between Jane Austen and Worthing was first discovered only in 1989, and it has recently been chronicled in detail in historian Antony Edmonds’s book Jane Austen’s Worthing: The Real Sanditon.


From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife, we use National Lottery players' money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about.

WOW Festival - 15th - 22nd June 2014 ARCHIVE

Worthing World of Words 14 venues. 8 days. 40 events

Worthing WOW was a challenge to the creatives of Sussex to raise their game, be appreciated on a national level and a way of raising the aspirations of our community.

A hugely ambitious project organized by a team of four volunteers for the benefit of Worthing. Nearly 3000 adults and children attended WOW events and workshops that took place between March and the festival week itself in June 2014.

We are thrilled about the WOW outcomes:

Books have been created. Films were made for the festival. Poems were written. New plays were crafted. 5 competitions took place . People were genuinely inspired!



Festival Brochure 2014

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Festival Patrons

maureensimonThe festival boasts three esteemed writers as patrons:

>> Simon Brett

>> Maureen Duffy

>> Judy Upton

all of whom are from Sussex, and give testimony to the skill and talent the county possesses. They will each host their own event during the week of the festival.

WOW Festival Launch - 18th March 2014

The WOW festival official launch. Have a listen to what some of our guests were looking forward to at the festival and hear a few favourite words:

Worthing WOW Launch Event - What's Your Favourite Word?