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Take part in a Mince Pie I-Spy hunt and more this Christmas at Pallant House Gallery

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Join Pallant House Gallery this Christmas for festive fun for all the family and unique gifts at affordable prices. Marvel at our delicious Christmas bakery Kates Bakes, a textile art installation by Kate Jenkins, and see if you can find all her cheeky characters in our Mince Pie I-Spy hunt. Get ready for Christmas and make decorations during the Chichester Starlight Trail or browse and buy unique works of affordable art in the Community Programme Fundraising Exhibition.

Celebrations begin on Thursday 5 December with festive arts and crafts for children joining the Chichester Starlight Trail and the opening of new installation Kates Bakes, a sumptuous bakery of knit and crochet baked goods by artist Kate Jenkins. Our annual Community Programme Fundraising Exhibition also returns, offering a chance to buy unique Christmas presents and help raise vital funds for our Community Programme.

This Christmas visitors will find part of the 18th century townhouse transformed into a festive bakery. The only difference is that every cake, mince pie and gingerbread man has been knitted or crocheted by textile artist Kate Jenkins. Kate is best known for her creative installations that reimagine everyday items, from a tin of sardines to a whole market stall, in wool and textile. She has made her creations for everyone from Top Man and Ralph Lauren, to Royal Mail and Viking Cruises. The installation will be in place until Sunday 5 January.

Following last years success, Chichester Starlight Trail takes place from 4-8pm on Thursday 5 December between Pallant House Gallery, Chichester Library, the Novium Museum and Edes House. Families visiting the Gallery will have the chance to create their own peg doll decorations and pom-pom baubles to take home or to hang on the Gallerys Christmas tree. Then they can make a star lantern to guide them along the trail and pick up their Starlight Trail passport. The children will be able to collect a stamp at each participating venue, and those who collect all four stamps will be entered into a prize draw to win a £30 Chichester BID voucher to use in select shops around Chichester.

The Gallery has put together special Christmas goodie bags for any children visiting in December, full with fun activities to complete whilst exploring the Gallery. These include a Mince Pie I-Spy trail inspired by Kates Bakes find them all to win a free mince pie or chocolate lolly and games for all the family including portrait bingo, origami and much more. Families can also make pom-pom baubles throughout December.

The Community Programme Fundraising Exhibition opens on Thursday 28 November until Sunday 15 March 2020. From prints to paintings, artworks start at just £15, its a great opportunity to buy affordable, original art for your loved ones for Christmas. This annual exhibition raises funds for the Gallerys exceptional Community Programme, which enables nearly 200 people who have a range of support needs with meaningful, long-term opportunities to practise their art and be part of a creative community. Art lovers should also make sure to visit Pallant Bookshop, which offers one of the best selections of Modern British art books in the country.

The festive fun is topped off on Saturday 4 January with a Free Range Saturday, with free entry for families 10am-1pm and plenty of creative activities to get stuck into. Children are encouraged to take the lead and explore the Gallery at whatever pace, and volume they like.

For more details on all these events visit pallant.org.uk/Christmas-2019