Day One - Morning

City discoveries and a long, locally sourced lunch

Explore this small city and its wealth of historical features and stories on a guided walk or tour. Your guide’s knowledge will uncover what’s at the heart of Chichester, including the impressive, almost intact city walls.

Linger over a lunch featuring locally sourced ingredients at The Barn Little London, where slow food is the name of the game with most ingredients sourced within 30-40 miles of Chichester. Here you can sample great local produce such as Goodwood Farm cheeses, and sparkling wines from Ashling Park Estate in the South Downs.  We recommend you book one of the outdoor chalets for a secluded lunch, or pick up a picnic from the shop. There’s a huge selection of cafes, tearooms or restaurants that dot the Chichester’s city centre; be sure to wander the ‘pallants’ – small side streets where hidden gems await.

 

An image of The Market Cross, Chichester by Jon Nicholson Market Cross, Chichester by Jon Nicholson

Day One - Afternoon & Evening

Excellent Exhibitions, Dining Delights & Legendary Poetry Performances

Explore Oxmarket Contemporary’s exhibition by local artist Piers Ottey who’s work explores colour and geometry.

Enjoy an early dinner at one of Chichester’s dining hotspots, such as Field & Fork or Purchases, before experiencing a magical blend of poetry and music brought to you by legendary Liverpudlian poet Roger McGough, international pianist Elena Toponogova, actress Emily Rose Smith and South Downs poets as they celebrate the bicentenary of Sussex-born Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. You’ll be treated to some of Roger’s much-loved poetry, music from the Romantic era and readings from Shelley made all the more wonderful by the atmospheric setting of Chichester Cathedral.

 

an image of a man standing by trees Roger McGough – Festival of Chichester

Day two - morning

Discover outstanding modern art

Pallant House Gallery is one of the UK’s most notable modern art galleries exploring British art from 1900 to today with its permanent collections and inspiring exhibitions. This summer, be treated to the first major exhibition of work by Glyn Philpot for over 40 years. Bringing together over 80 pieces of work in a variety of medium, discover Philpot’s departure from Edwardian society portraits to a radically modernist style in the 1930s.

 

Afterwards, refuel with a delicious lunch at Pallant Cafe. On a fine day, relax at a table in the courtyard where Tracey Emin’s Roman Standard resides, often mistaken for a real bird.

 

a picture of a table in a cafe Pallant Cafe

Day Two - Afternoon

Glorious Green Spaces

Off the beaten track you’ll find Chichester’s green spaces. Spend an afternoon enjoying the tranquility of Bishops Palace Garden, or relax in the historic setting of Priory Park, home of The Guildhall – can you see the remains of the Norman Motte? Fenwicks Cafe is conveniently located for an afternoon pick-me-up.

 

a park with trees encircling a field of grass Priory Park

Day Two - evening

Outstanding Open-Air Theatre

In the glorious surroundings of West Dean Gardens, your ribs will be tickled by classic comedy ‘Come On Jeeves’ by PG Wodehouse and Guy Bolton. Take a picnic or book a pre-show dinner at West Dean Gardens Restaurant.

 

actors on an outdoor stage in period costume New Theatre Productions

Day Three - morning

A taste of Cornwall in Chichester

Candida Stevens Gallery is proud to present landscape artist, Kerry Harding’s debut solo show, Edge of Day, a new body of work that puts the peculiarity of light at centre stage.

Set against the backdrop of the rugged coastline of North Cornwall, these are the unique moments, often experienced at dawn and dusk, when clouds, landscape and sunlight combine to create fleeting encounters with the extraordinary and sublime. Manifestations of the artist’s memory and imagination, they are the views remembered long after their physical presence has vanished.

 

A landscape painting of colours reflecting scenery Kerry Harding at Candida Stevens

Day Three - afternoon

Soak up Chichester's history

The array of international flavours at Chichester’s’s restaurants is almost as impressive as the Festival of Chichester’s line up. Tantalise those taste buds with an early dinner at Artie’s Kitchen, the Gigglng Squid, Reina Kitchen or Santorini to name but a few.

At 6pm, travel back 50 years for a taste of Chichester in the 1970s with local historian Andrew Berriman as he looks at what’s changed across the decades and what has stood the test of time.

 

a picture showing Chichester City Centre in the 1970s Chichester’s North Street in the 1970s

Day Three - evening

Sensational Symphonies

In the dramatic setting of the Cathedral, the internationally renowned Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra will perform an exciting programme of masterpieces; be treated to Beethoven’s Overture to Prometheus, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 6 ‘Pathétique’ and Leonard Elschenbroich as the soloist with Elgar’s Cello Concerto.

musicians playing violins
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra