Photograph: Worthing Children’s Parade

It’s finally arrived, Summer that is. You’ve dug out your deckchairs, poured your first Pimm’s and picked up your copy of Here & Now.

WITH THE WARM WEATHER and our What’s On Guide packed with free festivals, free art, free street entertainment and more, June is an exciting time to be living here in Worthing.

We kick start this guide with the Worthing Children’s Parade (16 June), which heralds the start of another glorious summer for the arts in Worthing. Set to be the biggest on record with 23 local schools participating in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts themed festivities, the Parade has also joined forces this year with Guild Care to bring you an amazing Charity fair in Steyne Gardens afterwards.

Every weekend in June, you are spoilt for choice for stuff to do. From afternoons wandering around Worthing Artists Open Houses, (3 weekends June/July) and the Adur Art Trail (2-17 June) and open gardens in Ambrose Place (24 June) and Goring (16-17 June) to Worthing Theatres Summer of Circus shows and activities throughout the month to music and dance in our fabulous venues (see Connor’s music listing in the latest issue!).

If you’re in town on 16 June, you’ll likely bump into one of our local performers taking part in the Big Summer Busk, raising money for WCHP. And if you’re on a Sat night out for a bit of Soul Stew at the Cellar Arts Club, you may come across hundreds of families dressed in pink, walking along the Prom on the St Barnabas Midnight Walk (30 June).

Make sure also to catch one of the many community festivals and fayres this month. A few to look out for; One Love Worthing celebrates our diverse community with a one day festival of music and activities at the Assembly Hall (24 June), Avalon Festival at St Paul’s (23 June) and the Heene Community Centre Summer Fayre (23 June). Over in Adur, there’s the Lancing Thai Festival (30 June) and the Sompting Festival on the Rec (30 June – 1 July).

There you have it, just a taster of June events and good stuff to do… See our listings for more fun events coming up!

Frances Wetherilt | Here & Now Publisher/Editor