Summer in our city, there is nothing quite like it. Chichester’s historic streets are peppered with parks and gardens, providing tranquil spaces around every corner. From the manicured flower beds of Bishop’s Palace Gardens to the great expanse of Priory Park with its cricket pitch, playground and Fenwicks Cafe. Our plethora of outdoor spaces and wonderful selection of artisanal takeaways and eateries, make Chichester the perfect location for enjoying summer.
The city is also home to a diverse selection of pub gardens and alfresco dining options. Why not enjoy traditional pub fare at The Nags Head, sip cocktails under the olive trees at Purchases or enjoy a delicious stone baked pizza and craft beer from The Hole in the Wall.
Once sated, take a leisurely stroll around Chichester’s pretty streets dressed with bunting and flags, and uncover the wonderful range of shops. Don’t miss some of the hidden independent gems found off the beaten track along St Martin’s Street, Crane Street, Little London, Baffins Lane and Draper’s Yard.
Looking for some family friendly fun whilst exploring the city? Then our new Otter Key Worker Trail could be just the thing to keep little ones entertained whilst soaking in the summer atmosphere. The trail can be found on our new LoyalFree App which also features lots of local offers and events to help you make the most of your visit.
Once shopped out, why not absorb a little culture and visit one of Chichester’s many attractions. The notable Pallant House Art Gallery is set to safely reopen its doors in early August with it’s unique collection on show to the public once again, or discover more about Chichester and it’s rich history at The Novium Museum and take in impressive Roman ruins, archaeology and local artwork. No visit to Chichester is complete without visiting the spectacular Cathedral, which sits at the heart of the city.
Whilst many events have been cancelled this year, there are still some fantastic socially distanced summer activities to enjoy. From 28 – 30 August, join Chichester Festival Theatre as they combine forces with New Park Cinema for drive-in screenings of Singin’ in the Rain, Some Like it Hot, Grease, The Greatest Showman and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. On 31 August the theatre will also be presenting a day of outdoor performances with Family Fun in the Park. Hugh Bonneville will be reading Judith Kerr’s classics The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat and actor Omid Djalili will take to the stage to introduce a range of live musical performances by top West End stars.
For all of these reasons and more, we love our sunny city and we know many of you do too. So we are asking all lovers of Chichester to enter a photography competition and post a picture which sums up summer in our city for you. It could be your favourite picnic spot or even a selfie of you in the pub garden enjoying a much-missed drink with friends.
Deadline for entries is 31st August 2020 and two winners will receive a picnic basket bursting with goodies from local retailers including a luxury picnic blanket, bottle of sparkling wine, two champagne flutes and a £30 Chichester Gift Card, which can be used in over 140 Chichester stores. Perfect for stocking up on some delicious delicacies to complete your picnic! The two winning photos will be selected by our BID Team. Just tag #SummerInChi on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to enter.
Picnic Basket from The Bazaar, East Street (value £30)
Champagne Flutes from Between the Lines, North Street (value £20)
Nyetimber sparkling wine from Hennings, North Street (value £28.95)
Recycled blanket from The Sunshine Shed, Drapers Yard, The Hornet (value £45)
Chichester Gift Card purchase online via Chichesterbid.co.uk (value £30)