Festivals and events held around Chichester for 2017 – dates and venues.

Festivals and Fairs and special events are always loved by people as the organisers go to such lengths to make them fun and enjoyable, often for all the family. Chichester and the local area has several Festivals throughout the year. Here are the Summer and most notable ones:

Festival of Speed, 29 June-2 July

The premier motor car show in the South of England – all in the grounds of Goodwood House. A real spectacular!

Priory Park Festival – 7-9 July
Music, food and arts including performances by local bands as well as old favourites such as Britpop trio Dodgy and crooner Tony Christie.

Qatar Good Festival (Glorious Goodwood) – 1-5 August
A highlight of the English summer season, famous for horse-racing, great hospitality singletonviewyand fashion – with a prize for the best-dressed woman. The Magnolia Cup is a charity race for amateur female riders on Ladies’ Day. This year our columnist Sarah Ayton will take part.

Chilli Fiesta – 11-13 August
Fun event held in the honour of fiery foodstuffs, with Latin music, cookery demonstrations, shopping and tastings.? This is held at West Dean Gardens

International Bognor Birdman – 12-13 August
A competition for human-powered flying machines. Entrants take part to raise money for charity or design complex flying machines to compete for cash prizes and trophies.  bognor-birdman-logo-1

Chichester International Film Festival – 10-27 August
A thoughtfully curated programme of British and international films with exciting opportunities to catch little-seen gems. Last year’s festival included a focus on films from China and Iran.

Arundel Festival – 19-28 August
Volunteer-run arts festival which includes street entertainment, a gallery trail and a theatre trail. Highlights include open-air Shakespeare in the grounds of Arundel Castle.

The most brilliant vintage motor show and period costume show which is based at Goodwood Motor Circuit. Always wear period / vintage clothes to this event – it really makes a difference to the whole experience for you (easy to get hold of or compromise – an engineers boiler suit / frock with a suitable hat – it’s NOT difficult!)
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© Chichester Self Catering 2017. Compiled by Gayle Palmer

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