Famous for its Roman heritage, the impressive, imposing spire of the Cathedral, and it’s almost unrivalled location, Chichester is also a cultural hub, and there’s a packed summer season both in and around the city, waiting to be discovered.
See world class theatre at Chichester Festival Theatre where the summer season features The Deep Blue Sea and Oklahoma and much more including Spiegeltent.
Discover Pallant House, Chichester’s landmark art gallery which hosts the Ivon Hitchens: Space Through Colour exhibition this summer, celebrating the landscapes of Sussex’s South Downs.
The Weald & Downland Living Museum is hosting a summer season of cultural evenings where visitors can enjoy performances such as ‘The Barber of Seville’, ‘Mary Poppins Returns’,‘Wind in the Willows’, or ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ – something for everyone to enjoy (20th July to 1st September).
Chichester’s Novium Museum is also a must-visit. Set over 3 floors, the exhibitions tell the story of Chichester District over the past 500,000 years and was purpose built to show the remains of a Roman bath house, which are now uncovered for visitors to see.
Just a 10-minute drive from the City is the Cass Sculpture Park, set within the beautiful woodlands of the Goodwood Estate and displaying work from some of the most important figures in contemporary sculpture.
Set against the backdrop of this quaint town, this Festival is a whole month of entertainment, which in the past has included Classical music; Swing; Folk and Rock as well as Dance Shows, Comedy acts and an Art Trail, Markets, Children’s events and History Tours. 3-31 August. Find out more here.
The line up of major names and diverse art forms is a combination that has come to define this beautiful festival in the heart of the South Downs. But in addition to the likes of Rick Wakeman, Julian Clary, the great Sir John Tomlinson and his peers from the classical music world Imogen Cooper and Viktoria Mullova, don’t miss the many smaller gems lurking in the festival programme. 16 July – 3 August.
Shakespeare in the Collector Earl’s Garden – Arundel Castle
As part of Arundel Festival 2019, the award-winning theatre group Illyria returns to the Collector Earl’s Garden for two al-fresco performances of Shakespeare’s The Tempest on 16-17 August. Set within Arundel Castle’s critically-acclaimed gardens, alive with thousands of colourful blooms, these shows offer theatre lovers an experience like no other.
Throughout August, a much-anticipated programme of events feature music, exhibitions, crafts, shows, talks, displays, concerts and art. Join the Engsonglopedia for an alphabet musical journey through the animal kingdom from award winning performer John Hinton, the Fantastic End of The Pier Show, or enjoy a spectular evening with operatic singer and former member of G4, Ben Thapa. His recent successes include playing Buxton Festival, the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. More information can be found here.