Day Trip Ideas for You and Your Loved Ones

If you’re a live-in carer, you’ll know it can be easy to slip into a routine. We’ve penned this post to help you and your loved one make the most of your time together in the Worthing area.


If you’re a live-in carer, you’ll know it can be easy to slip into a routine. We’ve penned this post to help you and your loved one make the most of your time together in the Worthing area.

What are the best things to do in Worthing with the elderly?

To help answer that question, we talked to two of our of resident Bluebird Carers about the places they like to take their customers when they want to change things up a little. These are their Worthing trip ideas for you and your loved ones.

1. Worthing Theatres and Museums

The Pavillion theatre in Worthing

Image credit: Experience West Sussex

“When I think about taking a customer or an elderly relative out for the day, the local theatres and museums are always my first idea,” says Theresa, a Bluebird Carer who’s been with us for four and a half years.

“There’s always loads to do there, including regular workshops throughout the school holidays. So the theatres and museums aren’t just great for the elderly; they’re fun family trip ideas for both old and young to enjoy.

“Plus, they’re indoors – so they aren’t dependent on the weather!”

2. Worthing Pier

worthing pier at sunset

Image credit: BBC News / Getty Images

As a fun family activity idea to do together in the summer or early autumn, you could definitely do a lot worse than taking in the sea air with a walk along Worthing pier.

Our Care Manager Lauren agrees.

“Worthing is a seaside town, and lots of our carers love taking advantage of that by taking our customers for visits to the pier. It just has that old seaside vibe, with a lovely café and even the option to go fishing if your loved one likes that sort of thing!”

3. Peeler Retreat Garden in Arundel

Peeler Retreat Garden in Arundel

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Jump in the car and drive around 20 minutes West of Worthing, and you’ll come to our next West Sussex-based day trip idea for you and your loved one to enjoy.

Part of the National Garden Scheme, Peelers retreat is a little delight just north of Littlehampton.

“I just love it there,” says Theresa. “The woods are wonderful and the little sculptures are ever so imaginative. It’s always a great day out no matter who I’m with – but our elderly customers especially always appreciate how calming it is. You do have to book ahead, but it’s only £4.50 each, and it’s well worth it.”

4. Swanbourne Lake in Arundel

Swanbourne Lake in Arundel

Speaking of Arundel, Swanbourne Lake is another notable beauty spot that’s only a five-minute drive from Peelers retreat. So you could conceivably do both in the same afternoon!

“It’s beautiful there,” says Theresa. “And considering how close it is to Arundel Castle and the Wetland Centre, it’s often ever so quiet out of peak season. That’s always a bonus if you care for someone and want a nice calm day out together in the middle of the week.

“You can hire a boat at the lake for 15 minutes to go out on the water, or just sit at the café by the water and watch the ducks and birds with a nice ice cream or a coffee and cake.

“If my customer is feeling energetic, sometimes we even go for a walk around the lake to see the sheep and gaze out at the farmers’ fields. It’s just a very pleasant place to be. I’d definitely say it’s one of the best things to do in the Worthing area with the elderly.”

5. English Martyrs Catholic Church in Goring-By-Sea

The Sistine Chapel Ceiling at the English Martyrs Catholic Church in Goring-By-Sea

Image credit: English Martyr’s Catholic Church website

We started our list of the best fun family activity ideas to do together in Worthing with an indoor venue that’s close to home – and we’ll end with another.

Located in nearby Goring-By-Sea, the church is more of a mini Cathedral and even brings in tourists by bus to see its centrepiece: a 2/3 scale copy of the ceiling at the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

“The Martyrs Church is always favourite with customers who are more religious,” says Lauren. “It’s so colourful and detailed in there, and many of our customers will never get the chance to go to Rome, so this is the closest they’ll get.”

“Afterwards, we’ll often take a trip to the nearby beach and either sit in a café or get some fish and chips by the sea. It’s just a really nice day out; the kind of thing our customers and carers both look forward to once in a while.”

Need help with home care?

If you’re a home carer who needs a rest, our respite care service could be just what you need to rest and recharge your batteries.

Or if you’re finding you could use a hand with the day-in, day-out challenges of caring for an elderly or ill loved one, our high-quality domiciliary care could be the perfect complement to your efforts.

Either way, we’re here to make your life easier and your loved one feel as happy and supported as possible. So if you’re not sure which option suits you best, please get in touch with us to talk through your options.


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