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Storytime

20 April, 11:00 - 11:30

Chichester Library

Bring you child along to share stories. All children under 5 welcome and free of charge!. . . .
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Dance

Martlet Sword and Morris Men

20 April, 11:00

Chichester City Cross and North Street

The Martlet Sword and Morris Men will be dancing at the Chichester- Chartres Twinning Celebrations. . . .
St Pauls Chichester
Easter Sunday Liturgy. . . .
treasure hunt
The hunt is on! Jade has lost her treasure; help her find it by looking around the walled courtyard garden in search of the golden coins. Find three of them and she will reward each child with a homemade chocolate Rice Krispie cake topped with Cadbury mini eggs from her. . .
St Pauls Chichester
Religion

Easter Sunday Service

21 April, 10:00 - 11:30

St Paul's Chichester

Easter Service – All Welcome. . . .
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To herald the coming of the Trail at the beginning of May, we hold a Preview Exhibition at the Oxmarket during the third week in April. Each Trail artist provides a piece of work for this show. The idea is to help visitors make a choice about which artists to. . .
Chichester Library

Let's Chat

23 April, 10:00 - 11:00

Chichester Library

An Informal English speaking group for those with English as a second language. . . .
Chichester Library

Baby Rhyme Time

23 April, 14:00 - 14:30

Chichester Library

Join our baby rhyme time fun, with rhymes songs and musical instruments. Free of charge!. . . .
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Take the locked room, thrilling intensity of Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’ and place it in Stephen King’s hotel from ‘The Shining’ and you get ‘The Last’, a high concept murder mystery set at the end of the world. On World Book Night join author Hanna Jameson in. . .
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food

Coffee Club

24 April, 10:00 - 11:00

| Q Hair & Beauty Salon

Every Wednesday we hold our Coffee club from 10am – 11am! Do you know someone who would benefit from our friendly atmosphere, a chat and most of all… freshly ground coffee and croissants! No booking needed, just turn up!. . . .
Chichester Library

Toddler Time

24 April, 11:00 - 11:30

Chichester Library

Bring your toddler along to share stories, songs and rhymes. Free of charge!. . . .
Chichester Library
Crafts

Relax with Colouring

24 April, 13:30 - 14:30

Chichester Library

Come and enjoy this peaceful pastime. Help to reduce stress and be creative. Everyone Welcome. Drop in!. . . .
Chichester Library
Crafts

Knit and Knatter

25 April, 10:00 - 11:30

Chichester Library

Join our friendly knit and natter group. Come and meet new friends and swap tips and ideas – allages and abilities welcome!. . . .
Downley
Talk by Mark Robers. The archaeological project at Downley was initiated to find the lost hunting lodge of the Earls of Arundel within the deer park. However, as well as finding Tudor structures and artefacts there is also a background scatter of earlier Medieval material and a host of Roman. . .
Chichester Library

Storytime

27 April, 11:00 - 11:30

Chichester Library

Bring you child along to share stories. All children under 5 welcome and free of charge!. . . .
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Outdoors

Chichester Harbour Conservancy Open Day

27 April, 11:00 - 15:00

Harbour Ofiice, The Street, Itchenor, PO20 7AW

All our activities in and around the Harbour will be on display for the day. Vessels on show will include RIBs, the barge and the Victorian Oysterboat Terror. Free short trips on our solar powered boat, Solar Heritage will be available, numbers are limited so be sure to pick up. . .
Chichester Library

Let's Chat

30 April, 10:00 - 11:00

Chichester Library

An Informal English speaking group for those with English as a second language. . . .
Chichester cathedral
Chichester Cathedral’s popular lunchtime concerts take place on Tuesdays at 1. 10pm during term time, in the spectacular setting of the Cathedral Nave. They are free and last approximately 50 minutes. You are welcome to come and go as you please. Coffee is available at no extra charge, and some. . .
Chichester Library

Baby Rhyme Time

30 April, 14:00 - 14:30

Chichester Library

Join our baby rhyme time fun, with rhymes songs and musical instruments. Free of charge!. . . .
q coffee
Every Wednesday we hold our Coffee club from 10am – 11am! Do you know someone who would benefit from our friendly atmosphere, a chat and most of all… freshly ground coffee and croissants! No booking needed, just turn up!. . . .
b2b expo
West Sussex’s biggest business show is the ultimate networking event for all ambitious businesses who are looking to grow and prosper. Whether you’re an existing business looking to grow, a business in the early stages, or want to explore the possibilities of starting your own business – you will find. . .
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THE COUNTY’S BIGGEST BUSINESS EXHIBITION. The ultimate networking event for all ambitious businesses who are looking to grow and prosper. Whether you’re an existing business looking to grow, a business in the early stages, or want to explore the possibilities of starting your own business – you will find something. . .
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Arts

Chichester Open Studios Art Trail

4 - 6 May, 10:30 - 17:30

Chichester and surrounding area

The 2019 Open Studios Art Trail sees 160 artists exhibiting a wide range of work across 127 Venues in and around the city of Chichester during the first two weekends in May. Chichester Open Studios Art Trail is a now traditional fixture held throughout our local area during the first. . .
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On Monday 6th May Southend Barns in Chichester will be holding its first ever Bridal Boot Fair from 12-3pm. Newlyweds are invited to book a pitch either in the Dairy Barn or car park to sell on their pre-loved wedding items – from jam jars and dresses to candelabras and. . .
q coffee
Every Wednesday we hold our Coffee club from 10am – 11am! Do you know someone who would benefit from our friendly atmosphere, a chat and most of all… freshly ground coffee and croissants! No booking needed, just turn up!. . . .
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Hugo Frey, lecturer at Chichester University will discuss The adventures of Tintin, the comic series by Belgium cartoonist Herge, who is a reporter and adventurer who travels the world with his dog. Can Herge be compared with Shakespeare!?. Chosen Charity; Red Cross UK – helps people in Crisis, whoever they. . .
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Arts

Chichester Open Studios Art Trail 2019

11 - 12 May, 10:30 - 17:30

Chichester and surrounding area

The 2019 Open Studios Art Trail sees 160 artists exhibiting a wide range of work across 127 Venues in and around the city of Chichester during the first two weekends in May. Chichester Open Studios Art Trail is a now traditional fixture held throughout our local area during the first. . .
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How the Chichester Repair C afé works. One item per visitor, please. All repairs are carried out at visitors’ own risk. Advice and repairs carried out by our experienced volunteers is free. We welcome donations towards running future Repair Cafés. Look after your children, especially where tools are being used. . . .
Q hair and beauty
Every Wednesday we hold our Coffee club from 10am – 11am! Do you know someone who would benefit from our friendly atmosphere, a chat and most of all… freshly ground coffee and croissants! No booking needed, just turn up!. . . .
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Dance

Martlet Sword and Morris Men

15 May, 20:00

The Old Cross North Street and The Bell Inn Broyle Road Chichester

Together with Victory Morris from Portsmouth the Martlets will be at the Old Cross at 8pm and the Bell Inn at 9pm. . . .
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Outdoors

Meet the Conservancy’s Planning Officers

20 May, 10:30 - 12:00

Meet: Eames Farm Meeting Room, Thorney Road, Thorney Island, PO10 8DE. Roadside parking.

A talk on the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Planning Guidelines by the Conservancy’s Planning Officer Steve Lawrence with coffee afterwards and then an opportunity for a free a 10 minute 1 to 1 consultation with either Steve or David Rothery. Sign up for your slot on arrival. Fee: free. . .
q coffee
Every Wednesday we hold our Coffee club from 10am – 11am! Do you know someone who would benefit from our friendly atmosphere, a chat and most of all… freshly ground coffee and croissants! No booking needed, just turn up!. . . .
Dying Matters
. Statistically 100% of us are going to die at some point! Yet it is a subject very rarely talked about. Steve Thomson and Bev Downie will discuss the issues, and what we can do to prepare, so we live until we die. Chosen Charity: Remember My Baby – Professional. . .
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The Romans are invading the library for stories and craft activities in Chichester Roman Week – come and join them!. Tickets are free but please book on Eventbrite to avoid disappointment. Everyone Welcome. . . .
Illness of world leaders
History has been affected by illness and personal psychological characteristics of world leaders. Robert Palmer describes how illness affected Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Anthony Eden, with personality disorder of Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Trump and Putin to name a few! How different things might have been. Chosen Charity CHASE Africa –. . .
child rescue in india
Graeme Payne, back by popular demand, gives a colourful and amusing tour of these unique icons of our British seaside resorts. Chosen Charity: Child Rescue in India – a charity that rescues abandoned street children and educates them in readiness for a better life. . . .
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How the Chichester Repair C afé works. One item per visitor, please. All repairs are carried out at visitors’ own risk. Advice and repairs carried out by our experienced volunteers is free. We welcome donations towards running future Repair Cafés. Look after your children, especially where tools are being used. . . .
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Arts

CHIDHAM SCHOOL ART EXHIBITION

15 June, 10:00 - 15:00

MAIN HALL, CHIDHAM PAROCHIAL PRIMARY SCHOOL, PO18 8TH

The children of Chidham School are holding an art week, culminating in an exhibition open to family and the wider community. Every child in the school will show their work, with prizes for each year group. There will be a pop-up café run by the school PTFA. Admission free. Disabled. . .
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THURSDAY - SUNDAY. Frances Knight works in oils, outside on location directly from nature, working from these plein-air studies in the studio to create larger paintings that explore further the relationship of colour, light and structure in the landscape. Exhibition will include works based on the Chichester area and its. . .
sophy henn
Join author/illustrator Sophy Henn for stories, draw-alongs and some mind-blowing life-size facts in this jam-packed event which includes Bad Nana (early reader), Lifesize (non-fiction), Almost Anything and her brand-new picture book Super Duper You! For children ages four to eight. Free admission. Book on Eventbrite. Disabled access. . . .
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Music

CHI-FEST

15 June, 12:00 - 21:00

| Chichester College

Chichester College comes to life with nine hours of live music. A host of bands are set to perform, showcasing the talents of students (past and present) as well as local groups, musicians and performers. ChiFest is a fantastic, free family day out, with lots to keep the kids entertained. . . .
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Arts

HEATHER GRAY-NEWTON AT THE SCULPTURE GARDEN STUDIO

16 June - 14 July

44 PARKLANDS ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO19 3DT

Award-winning artist Heather Gray-Newton is exhibiting paintings and sculptures in the charming Sculpture Garden Studio. Heather will be showing large and medium-sized paintings, original drawings and small sculptures. Admission free. No disabled access. Opening times: SUNDAY , JUNE 16, 10. 30AM-5. 30PM. SATURDAY , JUNE 22, 10. 30AM-5. 30PM. SUNDAY. . .
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THE SCULPTURE GARDEN, SUSAN HADLEY SCULPTURES

16 June - 14 July

44 PARKLANDS ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO19 3DT

Exhibition of 30 garden sculptures in a beautiful setting. Also, house and large garden studio containing smaller sculptures, paintings and prints. BBC 1 TV documentary film on Susan Hadley’s sculptures showing Wednesday evenings at 7. 30pm, June 19 and June 26. Booking advisable. Telephone 01243 774142. Admission free. No disabled. . .
eucharist
Sung Eucharist to mark the beginning of the Festival of Chichester. All welcome. Free admission. Disabled access. . . .
Andrew Bain
AN EXHIBITION BY ANDREW BAIN. Andrew exhibits watercolour views and impressions of the city that is now his home in retirement from architecture. Free admission. Disabled access. MONDAY , JUNE 17- SATURDAY , JUNE 29; MONDAY - FRIDAY , 9AM-7PM. , SATURDAY , 9AM-5PM; SUNDAYS CLOSED. . . .
Chi Art Society
The Society’s annual exhibition of original and contemporary art offers a wonderful opportunity to acquire unique artwork at an affordable price. There will be a wide range of works including paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics and beautiful cards for that special occasion. For more information, visit www. chi-art-soc. org. Admission free. . . .
prebendal senior musicians
This is a lovely opportunity to hear a range of solo performances from the senior musicians of The Prebendal School. A variety of pieces will be played by the school’s dedicated pupils on a range of instruments. Everyone is welcome. Free admission. Disabled access. . . .
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THE STORYTELLER , UPSTAIRS @ ST MARTIN’S TEAROOMS. In 1891, Dvorak was invited to establish America’s first national music conservatoire. His time there, albeit brief, produced works considered among his greatest, including the New World Symphony. The Storyteller, aka Len Gould, relates the bittersweet tale in words and music. Come. . .
craig gershater
We all love a good spy film. This talk by Craig Gershater, Cambridge lecturer, writer, and scientist, explores the origins of spying in Cambridge University. From Elizabethan times to the Cambridge 5, they seemed to choose to work for both sides. We investigate. Donations to Cancer Research UK. Admission free. . . .
High Spirits
KAREN STEVENS , SENIOR LECTURER , CREATIVE WRITING. Throughout history, writers (alcoholic and sober) have employed the liberating, menacing force of booze in their fiction because it functions to enhance emotion and accelerate plot. In this workshop, we will explore the short story form and will engage in creative exercises. . .
art challenge
FRIENDS OF CHARTRES (CHICHESTER’S FRENCH TWINNING ASSOCIATION ). Every year schools in Chichester and our twin city, Chartres, take part in the Friends of Chartres Schools Art Challenge. This year’s theme is Carnival of the Animals, and the children’s work will be exhibited in the ArtOne Building at Chichester University. . . .
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Music

FOLK IN THE CAFÉ WITH PETE COE

25 June, 12:00 - 14:00

BRICK KILN GARDEN CENTRE, BOGNOR ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO20 1EJ

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. . .
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. . .
waterloo
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. . .
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. . .
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food Crafts

DRAPERS DEMO DAY

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. . . .
loretta schauer
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. . .
nelson and murray
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. . . .
Blithe Spirit
Diana presents a career-spanning retrospective of theatre poster designs to celebrate the theatricality of the festival. Free admission. Disabled access. . . .
catherine barnes
A variety of subject matter within the exhibition of paintings and drawings by Catherine Barnes. An opportunity to see her dramatic seascapes on canvas and drawings on paper, along with more emotive abstract landscapes. Also the museum series, depicting ancient figures. Joint exhibition with Daphne Casdagli and recitals (see music. . .
Daphne Casdagli Exhibition
Daphne’s original limited-edition prints are an extension of her paintings and figure drawings. Using drypoint on acrylic plates and etching on copper plates, she choreographs the composition with the use of collagraph. Her prints are stimulated by an emotional reaction to her environment. Joint exhibition with Catherine Barnes and recitals. . . .
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MOTHER AND DAUGHTER MAGGIE AND HELENA COCHRAN. Maggie and Helena will be exhibiting a series of work based on our wonderful coastline. Maggie likes to capture the moment in her paintings, the light and the feeling of being by the sea. Photographs by Helena will include aerial images viewing the. . .
victor ryabchikov
Acclaimed Russian pianist Victor Ryabchikov brings his exquisite touch to a delightful programme of Russian Romantic music with a touch of Chopin. Victor is a great favourite at the Festival of Chichester and has enchanted audiences from the Peterhoff Great Palace in St Petersburg to London’s Wigmore Hall. “Unfailingly beautiful”. . .
the hawkhurst gang
Writer Greg Mosse and theatre director Roger Redfarn discuss their works and collaborations including the staging of theatre productions. They will tell the story of the Hawkhurst Gang, which was recently performed in Chichester. Admission free. Donations to Smile Train. Disabled access. . . .
summer show
The West Dean Visual Arts Summer Show 2019 will showcase original work by emerging artists studying for their graduate diploma and MFA qualifications. The free exhibition, held in the college’s Edward James Studios, will display a diverse range of practices including sculpture, installation, print, painting, film, ceramics, and textiles. It. . .
merston studio
Sue England and Sylvia Kopecek are exhibiting at their studio and in the adjacent St Giles church. Sue’s work is diverse, but always returns to the landscape. Sylvia is exhibiting cut-outs in wood and acrylic, drawings and paintings. The work is figurative with references to different places, times and cultures. . . .
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Music

MIDSUMMER CHARITY CONCERT

6 July, 19:30

CHICHESTER BAPTIST CHURCH, SHERBORNE ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO19 3AW.

Concert of accessible vocal and instrumental music in a variety of styles to suit all tastes. Performers include Chris Coote (piano), Ian Clark (baritone), Olivia Moss (soprano), Paul Dorrell (flute). Free admission. Retiring collection in aid of Lifecentre. Disabled access. . . .
christopher johnston
Chichester University graduate Christopher Johnston, piano, will perform works by Russian jazz composer Nikolai Kapustin and showcase performances by a selection of his talented young pupils. Suitable for adults and children. Performed within the exhibition of paintings and prints by Catherine Barnes and Daphne Casdagli. Free admission. Tickets from the. . .
Deborah Mitchelson
Arts

DEBORAH MITCHELSON OPEN STUDIO VISIT

9 July, 12:00 - 19:00

8 ST JOHN'S STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1UR

PAINTINGS AND CERAMICS. This artist’s studio visit showcases Deborah’s paintings and ceramics. Inspired by nature, her landscapes make reference to maps, and her interest in colour is evident. Memories and imagination influence the way in which we perceive the world. Deborah’s paintings hover between a real and illusionary world. Admission. . .
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Music

JAZZ IN THE CAFÉ WITH NIGEL PRICE

9 July, 12:00 - 14:00

BRICK KILN GARDEN CENTRE, BOGNOR ROAD, CHICHESTER, PO20 1EJ

Award-winning jazz guitarist Nigel Price has become widely acknowledged for his blend of flowing bebop lines, deep blues sensibility and mastery of chording. Performing here at Brick Kiln Garden Centre: Nigel Price (guitar) and Vasillise Xenopulo (sax) with Oz Dechanie (bass) and Bobby Worth (drums). Admission free. Booking advisable on. . .
einar johannesson
Acclaimed international musicians Icelandic clarinettist Einar Johannesson and Italian pianist Alessandra Pompili join forces to present an inspirational programme of music on an Italian theme, including pieces by Liszt and Nino Rota. Einar is former principal clarinet of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Alessandra performs in major concert halls around the. . .
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A talk about the disused railways of Sussex. David Bathurst will provide a sparkling overview of these fascinating reminders of our history and local heritage for the would-be walker, armchair traveller and historian, drawing on his own experience of exploring each one of them. Admission free. Retiring collection for Priory. . .
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A concert of lovely well-known music for a summer’s evening, featuring a variety of styles from pop to musical theatre to classical. Free entry with a retiring collection for a local charity. Disabled access. . . .
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Literature Music

TALES FROM CARPETS, PIANOS & KEYS

11 July, 14:00

St. Martins Coffee House

THE STORYTELLER. For his final Festival appearance, The Storyteller, aka Len Gould, reads four stories from his collection Carpets, Pianos & Keys, accompanied by musical extracts. Free admission. Voluntary retiring collection. Come early as space is limited and remember to purchase drinks and food from the café. No disabled access. . . .
mandela
Colin Chambers, who was the chaplain on Robben Island when Nelson Mandela was imprisoned there in the 1960s, will tell us the stories of the time, the regime and conditions under which Mandela lived for 18 years. Free admission. Donations to Faith and Football. Disabled access. . . .
prebendal
The summer concert is the highlight of the musical year at The Prebendal School and brings together a range of ensembles, solo performances and duets, as well as wonderful pieces from the concert band and the 1st Orchestra. Admission free although there will be a retiring collection. Disabled access. . . .
wizardry
Join Simon Philip as he introduces Fred Wizard in Training. Being a wizard sounds pretty great, right? Except that Fred is absolutely, completely, mind-bogglingly terrible at magic. Find out if Fred can prove to his family he’s not the worst wizard in town! For ages six to nine. Free admission. . . .
merston studio
Sue England and Sylvia Kopecek are exhibiting at their studio and in the adjacent St Giles church. Sue’s work is diverse, but always returns to the landscape. Sylvia is exhibiting cut-outs in wood and acrylic, drawings and paintings. The work is figurative with references to different places, times and cultures. . . .
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heritage Outdoors

CENTURION WAY HERITAGE WALK & QUIZ

14 July, 14:00 - 16:00

BISHOP LUFFA SCHOOL ENTRANCE, PO19 3HP

FRIENDS OF CENTURION WAY. Join us for a fun walk along Centurion Way. Take part in an interactive quiz that highlights the heritage of this much-loved footpath and cycleway and learn more about the wildlife it supports. See www. centurionway. org. uk. Free admission. Disabled access. . . .
duet
From the well-known Slavonic dances of Dvorak to the hidden Spanish gems of Moszkowski, this is a journey across Europe, exploring the delights of a variety of musical traditions. Free admission. Donation to Chestnut Tree House. Disabled access. DOORS OPEN 3. 30PM FOR DRINKS. . . .
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