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Festivities in Chichester

Posted 1 July 2011 by Andrew Gardner

I wrote about the Petworth Festival in an earlier blog, so now it's only right to comment on the Chichester Festivities which has one of the longest established festivities programmes in the country.

The Chichester Festivities were featured in an article by Nick Trend writing in the travel section of the Daily Telegraph where he listed ten reasons to take a break in July. Most of us don't need any excuse to travel, so he made a selection of the more offbeat or happening places to see.

Amongst his top ten list were the North Pole - for the trip of a lifetime; The Seychelles - for the climate; Montreal - for the festival; and The Alps - for the scenery. That's a pretty global top ten!

Chichester - for the festivities, he put at the head of his esteemed list of places to see during your lifetime and it won't cost you a packet to come here! 

It's a busy month in and around Chichester at the moment. The festivities offer a full programme of classical music, rock and literary highlights running to the 10 July.

The city also has one of the best regional theatres in the country with several productions at both the Minerva and Festival Theatres. The Syndicate written by Sir Ian McKellen has already sold out, but there are others and many productions appear in Chichester before moving on to the London Theatres.

The Pallant House Gallery is a Queen Anne townhouse combining with a contemporary building in the heart of Chichester. It has one of the best displays of 20th Century British Art and always has an extensive exhibition programme. Running from July 9 to October 2 the gallery is holding a retrospective exhibition of works by Mexico's most famous artists - Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

Two miles outside the city one of the greatest motorsport garden parties is now in full swing. Today's weather at the Goodwood Festival of Speed has been superb as it was yesterday for the Moving Motor Show. If you have advanced tickets you're lucky, but sadly tickets are not sold on the gate.

To the end of July then the action moves to the top of the hill with the start of Glorious Goodwood on July 26. Possibly the most beautiful flat racing course anywhere, but I'll let you decide.

We still have Sussex holiday cottages availability if you fancy a visit to part of the world that is really 'happening' at the moment.   


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