With everything from cinema trips and sports to summer camps and workshops, here’s our pick of the best things to do in Chichester with the children this summer.
THE BEST SUMMER CAMPS
Summer camps at Goodwood, West Sussex
If you have sporty children and are looking for all day childcare during the holidays, then Goodwood Summer Junior Golf Camps may just be the perfect option for you.
The three-day camps, running from 9am until 5pm each day, teach the basics of golf and are great for all abilities. Children will be put into groups based on age and experience, and will take part in off-course activities on the driving range, par 3 course and putting green, in addition to other fun games and challenges.
With a carefully planned coaching programme led by fully certified and DBS checked PGA Professionals, this summer holiday fun is guaranteed to put a smile on the children’s faces. What’s more, they’ll learn lots too.
Ticking boxes for children and parents alike, it’s no surprise that places on these courses are filling fast. Costing from £159 per person, there are spaces on courses running weekly from 8 August 2022 until the end of the school holidays.
Summer Camps at Cobnor Activity Centre, near Chichester
Based in Chichester Harbour – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), may we add – is Cobnor Activity Centre Trust. Without doubt, this recognised training centre for Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and British Canoeing will be a hit for active children and busy parents alike this summer.
Why sit around the house, when your child can experience everything from kayaking and canoeing, to aeroball, archery, raft building, bush craft and climbing on a Cobnor Summer Camp? With one-day tasters – costing from £30 per person – to week-long adventures, there are so many ways for your child to put their summer to good use.
As if you needed any more convincing, with courses running from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day – and childcare therefore covered – you don’t need to feel guilty about working either.
THE BEST THINGS FOR ACTIVE KIDS
Junior Park Runs, Chichester
If you have active children but it’s not camps you’re seeking this summer, why not give a Park Run a go?
Chichester’s Junior Park Run, taking place every Sunday at 9am in Priory Park offers a great way for 4 to 14-year olds to burn off energy. What’s more, its free! Registering in advance is essential however.
This fun and friendly 2k event can be undertaken at whatever pace feels most comfortable and is a great way to meet likeminded active families. You couldn’t ask for much more.
Flip Out, Chichester
Who doesn’t love a good bounce? Get the parenting brownie points in early this summer with a trip to Flip Out, Chichester.
The biggest Adventure Trampoline Park in Sussex, Flip Out Chichester is home to a Ninja Assault Course, Wipe Out, Dropslide, three floors of soft play and much more.
When you’re finished, pay a visit to some of the neighbouring restaurants in Chichester Gate including Nando’s, Frankie & Benny’s and Taco Bell; cross the road to explore the beautiful Chichester Canal or take the 30-minute walk into the City Centre for shopping, cafes, parks and museums.
THE BEST THINGS FOR GETTING OUTDOORS
Seal Watching, Chichester Harbour
Perhaps you’re a home of wildlife lovers looking for your next family bonding experience. Or maybe, you’re in much need of some vitamin sea. Either way, we’ve got just the trip for you.
You may not know that Chichester Harbour has a colony of around 46 mixed grey and harbour seals. Thanks to Chichester Harbour Water Tours, you can get up close and personal (well, within reason) with them this summer.
Join a two-hour trip cruising around Chichester Harbour in search of the resident seal colony. You’ll have high chances of spotting the seals too – they’ve been seen on every Chichester harbour Water Tour so far!
The tours depart Itchenor Jetty and cost from £25 per adult and £20 per child, while private charters are £250 for 1.5 hours.
Sky Park Farm
Another great option for animal lovers, or even children who just love a park (we think this one of the best in Sussex) is Sky Park Farm.
A real working farm, Sky Park Farm offers authentic insights into life on a busy farm devoted to deer. You’ll be able to stroll through the ‘races’ – fenced paths linking the fields – where you can get close to the herds, feed the deer, and admire the newborn calves.
This summer, you’ll also be able to follow the new Explorer Trail, learning about mini beasts, deer and birds along the way, or take part in one of the many organised summer events including free face painting every Monday and pizza and play every Wednesday in August.
As if that’s not enough, Sky Park Farms woodland wonderland Adventure Playground offers hours of entertainment for children, with plenty of shade and benches for picnics and parents.
THE BEST CHILLED DAYS OUT
Cinemas in Chichester, Cineworld
Every day of the summer holidays doesn’t have to be exhausting. Once you’ve depleted all of the above options we’re sure a chill out in a cold, dark cinema will be just what you all need.
We know there’s nothing quite like sitting back and relaxing, popcorn in one hand, drink in another, watching the latest blockbuster. You can do just that at Cineworld Chichester, a 10-screen cinema located in the Chichester Gate leisure complex, just a short walk from the City Centre.
With many other great local attractions on the doorstep including Flip Out Chichester, Chichester Canal, the Novium Museum and a selection of great parks, restaurants and cafes, you can ramp up the pace if desired. If not, why not grab a bite to eat in one of the many family chain restaurants at Chichester Gate.
More great things to do
If you’re still looking for great things to do in and around Chichester with the family, check out our full list of options here.