“A far cry from the average seaside gift shop “Inspired by the Sea” is a real gem for tourists to find, next to the pier on Worthing seafront.
This tiny premises is filled to the gunnels with souvenirs, paintings and greetings cards that are all (as it says on the door) inspired by the sea. What sets these gifts apart is that they are all lovingly hand-crafted with a local theme.
In addition to displaying their own wares, the owners promote and encourage the work of some very talented local artisans and artists, which ensures the goods are both unique and constantly changing.”

Brian Kendall, Brighton

“Inspired By The Sea ‘inspired’ by Belinda and John gives local craftsfolk the chance to ‘shop window’ their products in a very pleasant environment. Being right on the seafront they create a valuable attraction for tourists and residents alike, searching for that unique gift or souvenir of the town. They display the products in a very attractive and inviting way so making it a pleasure to browse around.
Alongside a welcoming smile for all, John and Belinda are always happy to answer any visitor’s questions with courtesy.”

Maureen Lock

“Inspired by the Sea is playing an important part in supporting local artists and makers, drawing together like-minded local people - for me, getting to know many of the other exhibitors has been a real bonus. And when a tourist or resident buys something from Inspired by the Sea, whoever's work it is, it's nice to know that the customer is supporting the local economy and taking home something that really has been made in Worthing.

Sonja Fox – Photographer

“I wanted to work with Inspired by the Sea because, first and foremost, they are a business that supports Worthing and reflects the best of the town. Their dealings with suppliers has been full of integrity and a desire to make the business work for everyone.”

Steve Carroll - Artist

“I like having something that no one else has.”

Customer collecting an apron specially made for her

“Just a quick note to say a huge 'thank you' for ordering and getting in the print I wanted, I enquired on Saturday you had it in by Sunday! Fantastic!”

Lee Wake via Facebook

“Brilliant service! I enquired abut making an item in a particular fabric. Hey Presto! It was done! Thank you Belinda, can't wait until Christmas :-) Just what we need , more local shops with that personal touch.”

Jane Hipkin