Life’s all about experiences and with a bit of clever planning you too can turn Christmas shopping into a new adventure. That means not leaving Christmas shopping to the last minute, giving original gifts and ensuring the whole process is actively enjoyable.

Starting early can reap rewards and frankly right up till the eleventh hour it’s never too late to think outside the box. Inspiration is the key,  luckily if you are looking for creative, original gifts that don’t break the bank – Worthing is the place to come.

This up and coming destination is a haven for independent artists who’s imaginative pieces, large and small will bring smiles to the faces of family and friends.

Alongside a range of pop up shops, studios and art galleries we’ve also got a whole host of great independent shops to explore. While you’re here why not make a day of it, stop off for coffee in one of our top artisan cafes, coffee shops or a Sussex Cream Tea  and book yourself in for lunch or dinner in one of our many high quality restaurants or cosy pubs.

If you’re not acquainted with the town don’t forget you can use our new check out our digital  Walk it Worthing Map for easy routes to around town.

Here’s our top pick of pop up shops, galleries and studio worth a look for Christmas gifts :

Colonnade House       Christmas Pop up shop  47 Warwick St, Worthing, BN11 3DH
Open 12th to 23rd December 10am to 5pm

Colonnade House is delighted to announce its third Christmas Pop-up shop, a two-week opportunity to purchase unique and artistic gifts this festive season.

Run by the tenants who work in Colonnade House’s studios, as well as a few other independent makers based in and around Worthing, the shop will once again offer the chance to engage with local creatives whilst indulging in shopping for beautifully crafted presents.

Late night shopping Thursday 20th December – open until 8pm

 Worthing Museum & Art GalleryChapel Road, BN11 1HP   

 OPEN 18 Until March 2019
The biennial Open returns for another year showcasing work by over 100 local artists. A wonderfully varied gallery of work with all pieces for purchase.

Sussex Makers: painted, printed and crafted, 
This selected group of local makers come together to display a fine range of beautifully crafted and created wares. The perfect place to find a unique gift from someone special or to cherish in your own home.
1st December 2018 to 16th February 2019

West End Gallery Christmas Shop  87 Rowlands Road, Worthing, BN11 3JX
Located in Worthings West End – Barry Williams and Sarah Sepe are joined by four other local artists showcasing fine art, jewellery, glass, ceramics, cards, prints and stocking fillers. From 22nd Nov – Midday Christmas Eve         Open Thursday to Saturday 11am-4pm & Sunday 11am -2pm

East Beach Artists Studios Christmas Market    Next to Coast Café, Beach Parade, BN11 2FG
Local handmade gifts, art and cards, mulled wine and mince pies. Studios open weekends and sunny days up to Christmas.
Open Thursday 29th November 6pm to 9pm  (Studios also open weekends and sunny days up to Christmas).

Ashdown Road Artists, 39 Ashdown Road, Worthing, BN11 1DF
This fun and friendly house is open for a festive shopping weekend! Discover printmaking, illustration and gifts by 7 artists and enjoy tasty treats from the kitchen café.
Open Saturday 15 Dec and Sunday 16 Dec 11am-5pm

The Forge Gallery 81 High Street, Worthing, BN11 1DN
Beautiful handmade glass Christmas decorations (see feature image) plus glass pictures, dishes, plates and more.
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm
Montague Gallery, Montague Quarter, Liverpool Road, Worthing, BN11 1YJ
This pop up gallery is sell works by 34 local artists including paintings, prints, textiles, jewelry and more.
Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm