The weather may not be playing nicely, but we’re pretty sure it’s meant to be summer: the season of festivals – so why not pick one of the fantastic festivals going on in and around Chichester, and hopefully the sun will put it’s hat on!
*Festival of Chichester 15 June – 14 July
A four week celebration of this wonderful city which features all the brilliant talents that are based in and around Chichester – a line-up so fine that once again it has attracted some very big national and international names to come and join us this summer. Theatre, the spoken word, music in all its forms, cinema, walks, day trips, dance, books and all kinds of shows are all part of the merry mix in yet another very big year for the festival – all part of a perfect showcase for the city. https://festivalofchichester.co.uk
*Chichester Food Festival with Rhythm & Blues 12-14 July
Set against the wonderful backdrop of a historic site, this new event will feature a mouth-watering combination of international street foods and artisan grocery foods together with bars offering real ales, ciders, craft lagers, specialist spirits and plenty of fizz! A live music stage will host a line-up of great artists performing across a range of genre including jazz, blues, swing and rock ‘n’ roll. Alfresco dining, good food shopping, music and family fun combine in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere in Priory Park, Chichester.
*Petworth Festival 18 July – 3 August
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 and this year is no exception. 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. Come and sing the Music of Disney, celebrate the first moon landings on the 50th anniversary of that era defining event; watch the young stars of tomorrow who populate our expanded series of coffee and lunchtimes concerts. https://www.petworthfestival.org.uk
*West Dean Gardens: Chilli Fiesta 9-11 August
Join the party at the UK’s biggest chilli festival. Dance to live Latin music, watch cookery and gardening demonstrations and taste delicious chilli foods ’til your tongue sizzles. Make the most of the family-friendly festival atmosphere and camp onsite with great facilities. See Strictly Come Dancing’s Graziano Di Prima, visit the vintage funfair, get tips from Wildlife gardening expert Kate Bradbury and West Dean’s Head Gardener Tom Brown, try your hand at circus skills or relax at the outdoor cinema. https://www.westdean.org.uk/gardens/events/chilli-fiesta
*MADhurst 18-27 August
MADhurst (Music, Arts & Drama) takes place every August in Midhurst, West Sussex and is enjoyed by all ages. It brings the whole community together. The 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. The festival concludes on Bank Holiday Monday with a Grand Finale Day which gets bigger and better each year, including a carnival procession, childrens rides, stalls, food vendors and music from local talent all day. The procession draws the crowds down to the historic Cowdray Ruins in Midhurst, where we hold the main Grand Finale Event where there will be a full packed day of various forms of entertainment both on stage and in the arena to please both adults and children alike. Along with a range of Stalls, Crafts, Foodies, a Bar and Tea Tent. http://madhurst.co.uk/whats-on-2/
*Selsey Festival 5-29 August
A month long programme of events put on by local groups and organisations in the community of Selsey. This busy and exciting calendar of events in the town features events from exhibitions to talks, youth skills workshops to bouncy castle day and guided snorkelling, plus world famous singer Ben Thapa formerly of the group G4, who will be performing at Selsey Town Hall on 30th August. Tickets will go on sale first week of July: www.selseyfestivities.co.uk
*Chichester Walking Weekend 6-8 September
An exciting programme of walking events across the region brought to you by Visit Chichester and The Ramblers Association South West Sussex Group. Covering the magnificence of the South Downs National Park, stunning stretches of coastline, the natural beauty of Chichester Harbour and, of course, the historic Roman City of Chichester itself, our jam-packed programme of guided walking events offers something for all ages and abilities, there’s even a ‘wheel, walk and stroll’ for those less mobile. Many events are free of charge, but registration in advance is essential. https://www.visitchichester.org/walkingweekend