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Forty Six Years of Festival Fun

Chichester has always been a centre of excellence for culture, the arts and entertainment even the Romans had an unusually high number of hostelries in the city for keeping the troops happy! The city's modern summer festival dates back to 1975...


Chichester and Keats

200 years ago this month on the 23rd February 1821 John Keats died of TB at the tragically young age of 25. Online events throughout the world are celebrating the life of this most beloved Romantic poet.

The fact that he...

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Constructing the Chichester Canal 1818 1822

John Rennie's plan for the Portsmouth & Arundel Canal, of which the Chichester Canal formed a part, became an Act of Parliament in 1817, and the Company of Proprietors of the Portsmouth and Arundel Navigation was set up.The Chair was Rear...


Why does Chichester have a Canal? (and where is it?)

Travellers arriving at Chichester by rail will usually head up South Street towards the Cross. This is where they will find Chichester's best known attractions the cathedral, museum, theatre and art galleries, plus many specialist shops. If instead they went south...

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Chichester, an eco town an informal sustainability blueprint for other towns to follow?

The story of Eco Chichester's sustainability journey

written by Diana Morgan - an active environmentalist, member of Eco Chi, XR, Transition, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace. She sells- eco-friendly products through EcoStepByStep.

Eco Chi, as we call it,...

Chichester Canal - 200 years old and stronger than ever.

Last year 35,000 hot drinks were served at the Cafe at the Chichester Canal and 15,640 visitors took a trip on one of the boats. Scores of sausage rolls, mountains of mince pies and mugs of mulled wine, tea and coffee...


Mystery Warrior: The North Bersted Man

Written by Amy Roberts, Collections Officer at the Novium Museum

Mystery Warrior: The North Bersted Man opened at The Novium Museum on 25th January and tells the fascinating story of the life, health and death of an Iron Age Warrior discovered at...


40 Years Anniversary - Chichester Cinema at New Park

Chichester Cinema at New Park, a registered charity, is the only independent cinema in the city and shows over 300 films per year at 1500 screenings at its home at New Park.

The Cinema celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2019, ticket sales...

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Festival of Chichester 2019

A month-long programme of over two hundred Festival of Chichester events came to a triumphant conclusion on, the 14th July 2019, the final Sunday in an inspiring open-air concert in the wonderful grounds of Halnaker Park. Despite rival attractions of...


The amazing Chichester Art Trail

Chichester Open Studios Art Trail is an unparalleled opportunity for artists to present their artwork in the inspiring context of their working environment, to large numbers of interested and purchasing visitors. This now traditional event is held during the first 2...


Chichester Area Research Library and Archives

Over the last year, the Novium has been working with other local organisations to produce a guide which presents a picture of the strengths of the libraries and collections in the city of Chichester and in the surrounding This guide presents...

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Chi History -The Butter Market

In 1501 the Bishop of Chichester, Bishop Storey, gifted the Market Cross to the City. His aim was to provide a sheltered place for small, honest traders to sell their produce protected from the harsh elements. The Market Cross continued to...


Behind the Mask

We are so lucky to have such varied talent in the Chichester area and local sculptor Philip Jackson is a shining example. His extraordinarily prolific output covers a whole range of public commissions and powerful gallery sculptures. Set in the beautiful...

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Festive Jazz Cafe Fundraiser

A delightful evening was held last night (6th Dec) with a mix of seasonal readings, mellow jazz classics and complimentary mince pies in the historic, grade 1-listed, St John's Chapel.

Actor Gareth Williams, actor Emily Rose Smith, Ted Hughes Award nominee writer...


Chichester Christmas Tree

A stunning Christmas tree in Chichester this year is a supreme example of recycling. The brainchild of Tracey Graham, aka the Rubbish Artist, the tree 'sculpture' is made from 600 reused green plastic bottles.

Chichester BID partnered with West Sussex County Council...


Laser Star of Bethlehem

A spectacular laser Star of Bethlehem suspended in the Cathedral Nave

The star has been created using two laser projectors set high up in the Cathedral's Triforium. The Star of Bethlehem is represented as a morphing geometric shape moving slowly and...


Closs and Hamblin Tribute to WW1 Centenary

Closs and Hamblin in North St., Chichester have created a stunning and moving commemoration of the centenary of World War One. For several months their customers have been invited to get involved. The shop has provided patterns and discounted yarn and...


Brown Bags and Paper Clips

Pamela Howard's Manhattan Skyline

Pamela Howard is a Director and Scenographer working primarily in opera and contemporary music theatre. Her practice encompasses large and small scale productions, in major opera houses and unloved and forgotten spaces. As part of the Chichester in...


Exploring Petworth

A tiny piece of old England with a big appeal: Exploring the quaint cobbled streets, hidden lanes and tile hung buildings of Petworth

A great article about staying in Ryde House in Petworth and exploring the area.

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Edes House

Edes House is a landmark building on West Street that many locals will walk past every day but now, maybe, because of the recent visit of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex you might like to know a bit more about...

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Discovering the 'Sussex Declaration'

The recent visit of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have highlighted the fact that Chichester is home to one of only two extant copies of the American Declaration of Independence. But why is it here? Research continues but it is...


Roman Chichester - The Baths

In 1974 and 1975 archaeological excavations in Chichester uncovered the remains of a thermae – a large public bath house . These are some of the best-preserved Roman remains in Chichester, and have been revealed once again as a major exhibit...

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Chi Superlatives - The First

The First Railway Fatality

William Huskisson was MP for Chichester from 1812 -1823 and has the unfortunate claim to fame that at opening of the Liverpool to Manchester railway in 1830 he was struck by Stephensons' Rocket and became the first railway...

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Chi Superlatives - The Last

The Chagall window on the North side of Chichester cathedral was designed and created by Marc Chagall who was then aged 90 and it was his last commissioned work. It was also the last work that the indefatigable Walter Hussey had...


Chi Superlatives - The Biggest

Did you know that Tangmere Airfield Nurseries is one of the biggest pepper farms in Europe and produces over 60 million peppers a year?? The nursery was built on the site of a former "Battle of Britain" airfield and now using...