Whether you’re new to the area, visiting properties with the kids in tow or are simply stuck for ideas, we wanted to share our top 10 family days out in Chichester with you.
The whole team at White & Brooks have lived locally for decades and we’ve tried out every nook and cranny of the city’s attractions. Here are our favourite ones.
A great place for anyone wanting to connect with nature no matter their age, with aspects including pleasant walks in the walled garden to more adventurous trails, plus dens and bug hotels too. Entry is free for children under 16 and £11 for adults in high season. There’s a gift shop and restaurant on site too.
- Priory Park
This public park is not only free but has something to offer everyone, whatever the weather. The children can wear themselves out in the huge open space or join a throng of other children for the weekly Saturday Junior Park Run. Adults can appreciate the medieval city walls, Chichester Castle and Guildhall, before popping into Fenwicks Café for locally sourced food and wine!
From some of the country’s best touring plays and foot-tapping musicals to a kids’ comedy club, Saturday morning story time and an epic annual pantomime, this venue offers some of the best entertainment in West Sussex. Many of the finest productions start here before heading to London’s West End.
Regardless of budget, you’ll be able to find something fun to do alongside (or indeed on) Chichester Canal. Walk the two-mile navigable route and spot local wildlife or hire a canoe, rowing boat or paddle board for some water fun. If you’d rather someone else do the skippering, there are guided canal cruises too.
The largest residential Roman building in the country is both breath-taking and educational. We suggest making the most of the family tickets, which start at £17 for one adult and three children, or £30 for two adults and four children.
Not just for horse racing fans or those with the need for speed, Goodwood is host to a number of events all year round – some just for adults and some for the whole family. It’s a favourite among the White & Brooks team and a place we often go for company socials. We hear the cycling track is a firm favourite among families.
Held on the first and third Friday of each month, the farmers’ market is the best place in the city to sample and buy some of the finest local produce and products. It’s also a lovely afternoon out and a great way to support local businesses.
One of our favourite annual events that we’ve sorely missed during the pandemic is the Chichester Street Party. Returning on 26th August 2021 from 3pm until 7pm, there’s everything from children’s entertainment and live performances to street food and drink vendors, as well as retail offers in local stores.
Take a step back in time and bring your walking boots too, because there’s a lot to see across this dog-friendly 40-acre site, which is home to many historic buildings dating back to 950AD. The living aspect is amazing, as you actually get to see how people lived and worked through history.
Discover dark skies with starry eyes at one of the largest planetariums in the country. This is an incredibly exciting place to learn about science in a highly visual way and the regular public talks, which cover everything from moons to alien life, are great value for money.
So that’s it for our round-up of top 10 family days out in Chichester. We’d love to hear from you with your favourite places to visit in the area. If the above have convinced you to move to Chichester, let White & Brooks find your dream family home.