Events in the Chichester area

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Harbour Discovery
Come onboard our solar-powered boat to enjoy wonderful views of Chichester Harbour, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With a general commentary from the skipper and crew. Dress for the weather. Refreshments available on board and you are welcome to bring your own (no glass). No dogs except assistance dogs. Hour. . .
pete coe


25 June, 12:00 - 14:00


Pete Coe has been one of the best-known, popular and respected performers on the national folk scene for over four decades. An extraordinary singer and collector of songs, musician and arranger, step dancer and stage performer, Pete is indeed a one-man folk industry. Come along to enjoy a wonderful concert. . .
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Mitchell Farquharson, organ. Programme. D Buxtehude – Praeludium in G minor BuxWV 149. W Byrd – A Fancy. T Albinoni – Adagio. C V Stanford – Prelude in G, No. 3, Op. 105. E Elgar – No. 2 & No. 3 from ’Vesper Voluntaries Op. 14. L Vierne – Arabesque. . .
the Hamblin Trust

Aurora Gatherings

25 June, 13:45 - 15:30

Hamblin Library

The Aurora Gathering (formerly Cygnus Community Cafe Gatherings) are an inspiration to offer “places to meet for open heart to heart communications, free from mind-sets, belief systems or dogmas”.   All welcome. Donations welcomed. . . .
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Acclaimed poet Sean O’Brien and jazz stars the Dream Duo, with Julian Stringle and Dominic Ashworth on clarinet and guitar, entertain and inspire. Sean will read from his T S Eliot-award nominated new collection, Europa. Enjoy a delightful mix of words and music with complimentary home-made cake in the splendid. . .
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Grete Marks – also known as Margret Marks or Margarete Heymann – was one of the earliest female students of the Bauhaus School. This exhibition celebrates a lesser known aspect of the artist’s creative practice through a series of intimate portrait paintings and drawings from the 1920s and 1930s. Marks. . .
Chichester cathedral
The 2018 centenary of some women receiving the vote for the first time has reminded us of their long struggle for recognition. In the cathedral, women are sometimes commemorated as ‘relicts’ of their pre-deceased husbands! Explore works designed and/or executed by women including tapestry, stained glass, sculpture and embroidery. Tickets. . .
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food Literature


26 June, 12:00 - 15:30

Chichester Cathedral

THE OLDIE MAGAZINE. The Oldie Literary Lunches have become a venerable institution on the London literary. Held monthly at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, we also partner with regional literary festivals. This will be our first visit to the Festival of Chichester. A three-course lunch will be followed by three guest speakers who will. . .
the Hamblin Trust

Meditation for Everyone

26 June, 14:00 - 15:00

Hamblin Library

These friendly, welcoming sessions, held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, are open to members and visitors alike to explore different methods of meditating in beautiful surroundings in our meditation snctuary, situated in the grounds of the Hamblin Centre. No previous experience of meditating is required, indeed,. . .
Award-winning writer Helen Dennis, author of the River of Ink series and Secret Breakers (recently optioned for TV) will read from her books and discuss the background to her stories. She will also chat about writing, so come along ready to ask questions and find out more. For ages eight. . .
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Pet photoshoot Evening at Cafe Moka

26 June, 16:00 - 20:00

Cafe Moka 23c North Street Emsworth PO107BY

Paws and Claws photography shall be bringing the pet photography studio down to Cafe Moka for a fun evening of Pet photoshoots at the Cafe. The studio will be set up between 4 and 8. It is recommended that you book in advance. A £10 booking fee applies. . . .
Discussion with Nursing Churchill (Wartime Life from the Private Letters of Winston Churchill’s Nurse) author Jill Rose (née Miles), whose family has a long-time Chichester connection. “Fine and fun new book on Churchill from the letters of his nurse Doris Miles… I heartily recommend it” (Churchill biographer, Andrew Roberts). Tickets. . .
Chez Moi Bognor Regis
Chez Moi is Bognor Regis’s beautiful French Cafe, found in Aldwick shopping parade. 6. 30pm, the guests arrive and order drinks; 7. 30pm, a 60-minute concert of classical music begins with Roger Clayden playing a programme of classical solo cello music, followed by the Trombone Trio; 8. 30pm, set meal. . .
the Hamblin Trust

Singing for all

26 June, 20:30 - 21:30

Hamblin Hall

Come sing with us! Everyone is welcome to this series of workshops in which we  we will sing together for enjoyment, health and relaxation and  run by Marcus James Sly.   Together we will create a safe and welcoming space to explore our voices, and free ourselves to make beautiful. . .
Outdoors sports

Let Your Adventure Begin

27 June, 09:30 - 13:30

Andrew Simpson Watersport Centre Portsmouth, Eastern Road, Portsmouth PO3 5LY

Join us for this showcase event, together with our friends and businesses from Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and experience for yourself, kayaking, paddle boarding and an introduction to sailing, or if you don’t want to get your feet wet, just sit back and enjoy the spectacular views over the harbour!. . . .
musical massage


27 June, 10:00 - 19:30


MJ’S RELAX AND REVIVE. Immerse yourself on a massage journey with the wondrous sounds of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Plunging your olfactory senses with luxurious aromatherapy oils, be energised with the finesse and complexity of massage movements, your body and soul uplifted in harmony as you float away on the perfect. . .
Harbour Discovery
Come onboard our solar-powered boat to enjoy wonderful views of Chichester Harbour, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With a general commentary from the skipper and crew. Dress for the weather. Refreshments available on board and you are welcome to bring your own (no glass). No dogs except assistance dogs. Hour. . .
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first Moon landing in July 1969. Tickets: £5. 00 for adults, or £3. 00 for children under 16. All minors must be accompanied by an adult – No Unaccompanied minors. Activities include. Many space-themed hands-on activities. Special shows and presentations. High-definition interactive screens. . .
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THE STORYTELLER. Following last week’s event featuring Dvorak’s time in America, The Storyteller charts his personal journey as a music lover concentrating on music from the great man and other, more unexpected influences. Come early as space is limited and be prepared to buy something from the café. Admission free. . . .
Paul Chamberlain explains how The Battle of Waterloo is probably the most famous action in British history, but was it a British victory? The Prussians together with Germans, Dutch and Belgian soldiers also fought on those muddy slopes, to make up Wellington’s Army. Donations to Waterloo Uncovered. Free admission. Disabled. . .
small island
Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play in cinemas, filmed live on stage. . .
Popular Festival soloist Harriet Mackenzie returns to Chichester directing her Celoniatus Ensemble juxtaposing Vivaldi’s Baroque masterpiece The Four Seasons with the heat of Argentinian tango in Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires and an evocative orchestral work by Canadian composer Emily Doolittle, depicting a blackbird singing in the rain. Tickets. . .
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THE SIX LOVES OF BILLY BINNS. Actor, writer and composer Richard Lumsden discusses his bittersweet debut novel (and BBC Radio 4 play) starring Billy Binns, the oldest man in Europe who has a final wish: to remember what love feels like one last time. Billy reflects on the relationships that. . .
chichester pickers
Chichester Pickers is an informal Acoustic Music club which meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday evening. We do not “plug in” but one large condenser mic is provided for all. We welcome all musical genres and all skill levels, as long as you can entertain a listening audience for up. . .
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The Nostalgia Show vintage festival is back for 2019, bringing with it whimsical charm and British eccentricity. Experience a magical step back in time, view an incredible selection of classic cars, shop vintage style and dance the day away all in one glorious setting. There’ll be a fabulous variety of. . .
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An informal singing group for people living with dementia and Parkinson’s disease, and their families & carers. Enjoy refreshments and a chat, followed by singing in a relaxed and supportive environment. . . .

Fish & Chips Cruise

28 June, 18:00 - 19:45


A relaxing cruise and dine option. A generous portion of fish and chips from Chichester’s own award winning LA Fish, tea or coffee, one glass of wine, real ale or fruit juice are all included on our cruise which takes around 2 hours. Additional wine or beer is available to. . .
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Through the sonatas for cello and piano, in one evening, one travels through the map of Beethoven’s extraordinary life. These works will show the lightness and excitement of his early life through to the profound intensity of later life. Yet hope persists. Tickets £12; students £6; children £6 for over. . .
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Zoe Barnett and Linda Kelsall-Barnett in concert as part of the Last Friday Concerts Series 3 at St George’s. Join us for a scintillating evening of Spanish and South American guitar music from this mother and daughter team, including works by Tarrega, Villa-Lobos and Rodrigo. Tickets £10; under 18s free. . . .
love in the harbour
BY DANIELLE MORGAN / JOHN MERRIGAN , FATDAN PRODUCTIONS. A special evening featuring the music and soundtrack from the critically-acclaimed play Love in the Harbour written by renowned singer/songwriter Danielle Morgan and John Merrigan, performed live by an ensemble in an intimate setting. Tickets £12; concessions £8; children under 12. . .
phoenix big band
The Phoenix Big Band returns this year to bring you another wonderful evening of big-band music and ballroom dancing. Put on your dancing shoes and be prepared to be entertained with a wide range of wonderful tunes from the ages. Ball gowns and bow ties optional. Tickets £12. 50. Disabled. . .
Alan Barnes
The always-popular Alan Barnes brings his swinging sextet to the CJC. The repertoire is wide ranging and varied with classics, originals and standards. The three-horn front line allows for interesting arranging and writing which will emphasise the band’s conviction that jazz is a branch of the entertainment industry. Tickets £15. . . .
music of george harrison


28 June, 20:00


THE ALL THINGS MUST PASS ORCHESTRA. A fantastic ten-piece band dedicated to the Quiet Beatle’s work. George Harrison wrote some of The Beatles’ most beautiful songs (Something, Here Comes The Sun, etc), but he continued to write great music during his solo career (My Sweet Lord etc) on 12 studio. . .
Cowdray Farm Shop Summer Tasting Weekend. Join us to celebrate our 10th anniversary along with many of our producers on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June for our Summer Tasting Days which will run from 10am until 4pm. Everyone is welcome and entry is FREE. . . .
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Celebrate Cowdray Farm Shop & Café’s 10th Anniversary with a Ten-Course Taster Dinner. Following the Farm Shop’s extensive 10th anniversary renovation, a fantastic summer dinner will take place at the popular Cowdray Café to celebrate a decade of trading. With a strong emphasis on Cowdray and locally sourced produce, our. . .
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Cinema Outdoors

The Orchards Moonlit Cinema

29 June

Crouchers Orchards

An open air cinema in the heart of the Orchards with tasty treats and of course, popcorn – it wouldn’t be a cinema without popcorn!. More details coming soon…. . . .
Ivon Hitchins
Looking at the far-reaching influence of one of the region’s most influential artists. Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979) moved to a woodland near Petworth in 1940, from where he painted for the next 40 years. His influence is still felt today. His work will be shown alongside other influential painters including Howard. . .
tales from the orchard


29 June, 10:00 - 11:00


Join us for storytelling. Hear the ancient stories of the Golden Apple, key to the heart and immortality. Find the ancient apple tree, overcome the obstacles and challenges. Complete the heroic adventure and find the Golden Apples, ancient fruits of wisdom. With Steve Taylor, herbalist, storyteller. All ages welcome. Tickets. . .
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A fresh look at one of Britain’s most admired modern artists, whose paintings brought continental colour to the English landscape. Ivon Hitchens (1893 – 1979) is much-loved for his landscape paintings featuring swathes of bright colour, many painted in the open air surrounding his secluded Sussex home. Yet there is. . .
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Simon Roberts: Inscapes

29 June - 13 October, 10:00 - 17:00

| Pallant House Gallery

A photographic meditation on the hinterland of Sussex. How connected are we to our local landscapes? How can an essence of a place be captured?. A new series of photographic, video- and sound-based landscape studies by artist-photographer Simon Roberts explores these questions as he journeys on foot through the wild. . .
food Crafts


29 June, 10:00 - 16:00

| Draper's Yard

An open day at Drapers Yard Marketplace with demonstrations from our artisans, craftspeople, chefs and vendors. Furniture renovation, soft furnishings, jewellery classes, floristry classes, cooking and more. All welcome. Free but some classes have small charge for materials. Disabled access. . . .
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CHICHESTER COLLEGE MUSIC DEPARTMENT. Ovation Music is a non-profit organisation providing music sessions and live performance opportunities for children and young people, encouraging creativity, teamwork and a positive outlook. Come and see what we get up to on Saturday mornings. Admission free. No disabled access. . . .
the Hamblin Trust

Laughter Club

29 June, 10:30 - 12:00

Hamblin Hall

Meetings begin with simple warm-up exercises, followed by a variety of activities and Laughter Yoga exercises. Laughing with others in a group is highly infectious! We finish with a laughter meditation and relaxation to calm the body and mind and to enjoy the wonderful peace that results from genuine laughter. . . .
A wonderful opportunity to visit the remarkable Cass Sculpture Foundation and learn about the organisation, its artists and sculptures. Bring a picnic to enjoy in the peaceful grounds. Return minibus transportation is provided: collection from Chichester Cathedral at 10. 30am and returning at 3pm. Tickets £18 to include transportation, entrance. . .
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CHICHESTER COMMUNITY THEATRE. Three short plays by N F Simpson to celebrate the centenary of his birth. He was a proponent of The Theatre of the Absurd and his work mixes a comic brew from Lewis Carroll to W S Gilbert and The Goons. Gladly Otherwise, OH and Have Done. . .
Dismantle for Flow
A glimpse of life paused on the way round the generational cycle. A visual journey with poetry, art, video and a book. Rediscovering writing was timely although I still approach the subject from an artist’s stance: I am revelling in the place where the two cross over and everywhere in. . .
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29 June, 13:30 - 16:30


Three-hour trip. Explore Chichester Harbour and its wildlife. We hope to see seals at their haul-out site. Wildlife expert on board. Dress for the weather. Refreshments available. You are welcome to bring your own (no glass). Pay and display carpark near The Ship, walk to Harbour to arrive 15 minutes. . .
chi highlights
Spend around one and a half hours with one of our experienced guides walking round Chichester, hearing fascinating details about the past and present of the city, learning about some of the interesting buildings and seeing the nooks and crannies of some of the historical back streets. Tickets £5. Disabled. . .
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Create your own character and tell their story with illustrator Loretta Schauer. Discover drawing expressions and costumes and find out what makes a character unique. Loretta is the illustrator of numerous children’s books including A Very Corgi Christmas, A Monster’s Moved In and the hilarious Dougal Daley series. For children. . .
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We are delighted to reinstate the St Roche Horology lecture for 2019. Join us to hear from Dale Sardeson on ‘Time in Isolation: Edo Period Japanese Horology in Cultural Context’ and Tabea Rude, speaking about the career path which has taken her ‘From West Dean to Wien Museum’. The Old. . .
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Join local children’s authors Lexi Rees and Sue Wickstead for an exclusive creative writing workshop. They’ll share top tips to help you become a better writer before you put it into practice in a brand-new story. You can also make a bookmark and badge to go with the story. Tickets. . .
Piatti String Quartet

A Family Concert with the Piatti String Quartet

29 June, 15:00

Vicars Hall, 12-13 South St, Chichester PO19 1EH

A Festival of Chichester Event at the Vicars Hall, 12-13 South St, Chichester PO19 1EH. . Meet the musicians and their instruments: two violins, viola and cello. . Lots of lovely music familiar and not-so-familiar. . There will be a competition for the best picture or poem inspired by the. . .


29 June, 16:00


David Rudling, director of excavations at Bignor Roman Villa in 1985 and 1990-2000, compares the remains of one of Britain’s best-preserved rural estates with other Roman and not-so-Roman settlements throughout the county. Ticket includes talk, tea or coffee and admission voucher to Bignor Roman Villa archaeological site and museum. Tickets. . .


29 June, 18:00


Two local authors Helen Christmas and Julia Macfarlane will guide you around the centre of Chichester, regaling you with ghostly tales of our historic city centre. Enjoy a drink and a copy of the Chichester Ghost Tour book, included with every ticket. Tickets £10. Disabled access. . . .
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Wine and Cheese with author Tristan Gooley

29 June, 18:30 - 21:30

Arundel Castle, Lower lawns

Gather friends for a wine and cheese evening in the Lower Lawns at Arundel Castle with a fascinating talk by award winning author, Tristan Gooley, the Natural Navigator, in aid of the Sussex Snowdrop Trust. The charity is delighted to have the support of Tristan at this event who promises. . .
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Back in Chichester and playing many of the band’s greatest hits whilst showcasing the Eagles’ trademark duelling electric guitars. A wonderfully-dynamic group with excellent harmonies and a great musical experience for the connoisseur – one not to be missed. One of These Nights to think about Hotel California!. Tickets £20. . . .
geoff rob
A unique double bill of two remarkable guitarists. Geoff Robb (winner of the music prize, Brighton Fringe Festival 2018) is a classically-trained player of superb skill and creativity. Rob Johnston builds on his own classical background with a brilliant individual style including live looping technology and guitar percussion. Tickets £12;. . .
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Nelson and Murray in the making. See the sculptor of the Keats’ statue at work and learn of the journey to bronze of the new commemorative sculpture for Chichester. Admission free. No disabled access. . . .
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An easy 90-minute walk with a qualified and knowledgeable Green or Blue Badge guide takes you through Chichester’s past within the historic walls of this beautiful city. From Roman times to present day we give an intriguing insight into 2,000 years of Chichester history. Tickets £6. Disabled access. MEET AT. . .
Harbour Discovery
Come onboard our solar-powered boat to enjoy wonderful views of Chichester Harbour, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With a general commentary from the skipper and crew. Dress for the weather. Refreshments available on board and you are welcome to bring your own (no glass). No dogs except assistance dogs. Hour. . .

Afternoon Tea

30 June, 14:30 - 16:15


Enjoy the canal scenery while relaxing with an afternoon tea. Scones with jam and cream, dainty finger sandwiches, tasty sweet treats and lots of tea equals heaven for many Brits! All of this is included on our afternoon tea cruise which takes around 2 hours and includes a choice of. . .
flute choir


30 June, 15:00

St George's Church Whyke

The Chichester Flute Choir are proud to present their biggest concert of the year. Flutes of all shapes and sizes will play together in harmony to uplift and entertain you. With a mix of light classical music along with popular classics, this will be a concert suitable for all. www. . . .
roger clayden
Roger Clayden, cello, and Christopher Taylor, piano, return to play the Brahms – Cello Sonata in E Minor Op 38; Edward Elgar – Chanson de Matin, Salut d’amour; JS Bach – Air in G and Ave Maria. The Trombone Trio play Blake Kiely and Flynn Jeffery. Clayden will also play. . .
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