Surroundings and places to visit
The Village of Sidlesham is well placed on the Witterings / Manhood peninsula for local entertainment and interests for ALL members of the family from:
- Local sandy beaches – West Wittering for sand & shingly ones – Selsey to E Wittering
- Woods, fields and Chichester harbour
- Picturesque villages eg Bosham
- Motorsport at Goodwood
- Horse racing – Fontwell, Goodwood
- Historic houses eg Goodwood House, Petworth House
- Chichester Cathedral & The Cloisters plus many other ancient parish churches locally
- Local walks inc Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve – SSSI, RSPB
- NEW Medmerry Nature Reserve – between Pagham and Chichester Harbours. We are the nearest accommodation!
- Fishing / Sailing in Chichester Harbour / Solent
- Chichester Harbour Water Tours
- Cycling – on the Peninsula / South Downs
- Shopping in the City and nearby towns
- Festival and Minerva Theatre
- The South Downs for walking, mountain biking etc
- Fabulous world-renowned gardens eg West Dean Gardens and many “Yellow Book” Gardens
- Fresh, local food – Selsey crabs and other locally caught fish; local Compton Farm Shop selling vegetables, pet food and excellent butchers; home produced jam; local eggs from the Animal Resue Centre just down the road etc
- Museums eg Pallant House Gallery, Rejectamenta
- Lifeboat station and Museum at Selsey
- Castles eg Arundel
- Education for children eg Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Arundel and Amberley Chalk Pits Working Museum, Chichester Harbour Conservancy Butterfly Gardens and lots more in the Summer Season
- Food Festivals of Sussex, plus alternate week Friday Farmers Market in Chichester
- LONDON just 90 minutes away by train –
- SOUTHAMPTON an hour by car, as is BRIGHTON.
- PORTSMOUTH just half an hour away for the Dockyard, ferries to the Isle of Wight, shopping etc
- Great local pubs and eateries serving fabulous, often local food
- See and follow our www.pinterest.com/chiselfcatering pages for even more ideas!
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After visiting the many attractions / surroundings in and around Chichester, why not treat yourself to a class or treatment at the Living Elements Clinic located opposite the house? Relax, recuperate and rebalance. For more information, call 01243 641665 for appointments.
LONDON is only 90 minutes away on the train…so consider Living or Nature’s Elements as an ideal starting location for a day trip to the Big City. Go to Covent Garden, a Museum, see a play etc
There is a handbook in the house with details of What’s On, special events (eg Goodwood Festival of Speed) and other local festivities / activities and day’s out eg village Fairs, one day events during your stay etc to make your holiday more memorable. It also includes cycle routes and local walk information.
Living and Nature’s Elements are a perfect location for a Birdwatching Holiday in Sussex with unique, local reserves and facilities.
Find more information on The Goodwood Estate and their programme.
Also, the owner, Gayle Palmer, owns and races a Classic keelboat from the neighbouring village, Itchenor. It may be possible for you to come out for a sail during your stay – ask about the options. For more information visit the Solent Sunbeam website.
Local bicycle hire and they deliver!: Summit Bikes in Selsey 01243 697547
Barreg Cycles. Meadowside Main Road Fishbourne PO18 8AN West Sussex United Kingdom. Web : http://www.barreg.co.uk. Tel : +44 1243 786104
Sussex and other local special events happening soon thanks to http://www.chichesterweb.co.uk:
Interested in playing golf whilst here? Golf courses near Chichester
What’s On in Sussex
The Brighton Marathon is held in April just prior to the London Marathon. Starting and finishing next to The Brighton Pier and the Brighton Wheel the route takes in much of the city centre before heading east to Rottingdean and then west into Hove.
Arundel’s annual festival is positively full of creative talent with a multitude of writers, actors, musicians, resident artists and many galleries set against the backdrop of magnificent Arundel Castle.
Every year, the Brighton Festival showcases all of the things that make Brighton stand out from the crowd – creativity, world class talent and one of a kind cutting edge performances and exhibitions.
An arts festival in the historic West Sussex market town that has evolved in to a two to three week summer festival of arts and music. The Festival presents very high quality chamber concerts, instrumental recitals, song, jazz and world music. There is also visual arts, theatre, talks and walks in and around Petworth.
The Rye Arts Festival always presents an impressive line up of speakers,performers,musicians,special events,exhibitions and walks and talks.
Positioned in the beautiful surroundings of Oaklands Park, Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the United Kingdom’s flagship theatres with a dazzling international reputation for producing a wide range of theatrical productions from musicals and comedies to classic drama and innovative new writing.
Opera has been held annually at Glyndebourne since 1934. It is most famous for its productions of Mozart’s operas, many of those productions are considered the finest ever done of those operas. The London Philharmonic Orchestra has been long associated with Glyndebourne Festival Opera enjoying a rewarding partnership that dates back over 40 years.
The Festival of Speed can justifiably claim to be the world’s biggest and most diverse celebration of the history of motorsport and car culture. It is the only occasion where you will find the greatest competition cars and star drivers from all eras in action from the 19th century steam cars to current Formula 1.
The world’s most popular historic motor race meeting and the only event of its kind to be staged in the romantic time capsule of the fifties and sixties at a classic circuit untouched by the modern world. The Revival relives the glory days of Goodwood Motor Circuit which ranked alongside Silverstone as Britain’s leading venue during its active years between 1948 and 1966.
The Goodwood Breakfast Club offers a jaw-dropping collection of some of the world’s most desirable and cherished vehicles, a scrumptious English breakfast, and the camaraderie of fellow motoring enthusiasts
Considered a “jewel in West Sussex” Fontwell Park is one of the most intimate and friendly racecourses in the country and its unique figure of eight track adds to the excitement of jump racing. There are race meetings throughout the year including midweek, weekend and evening fixtures.
Goodwood is internationally acclaimed as being one of the most beautiful racecourses in the world. Renowned for its unique elegance and style Goodwood continues to set standards of style and quality for its racegoers. Set on top of the South Downs it is a breathtaking backdrop for some of the very finest flat racing with the highlight being the week of Glorious Goodwood.
Cowdray Park is the home of British Polo. It hosts tournaments and fixtures generally from April through to September. It is most famous for hosting the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup in July each year.
World famous for showjumping, Hickstead is host to the British Grand Prix and the only Nations Cup competition in the British Isles. The British Derby meeting held here remains one of the highlights of the equestrian calendar.
The world’s biggest seafront airshow. Four days of action packed flying on Eastbourne seafront every August. It consists of RAF displays, civillian displays, international military displays and static ground displays.
Shoreham Airport is the oldest licensed airfield in the UK with a grade II listed art deco style terminal building. It hosts a two day airshow each year with both civilian and RAF displays.
The international grasscourt tournament held in Devonshire Park in June immediately prior to Wimbledon. Formerly the International Women’s Open it has now joined forces with the ATP tour to host a combined men’s and women’s tournament. The event features world class tennis stars.
Lewes bonfire (Guy Fawkes Night) is steeped in history, tradition, a belief in self expression and an undeniable dose of euphoric anarchy. Lewes always celebrates November 5th on November 5th and six of the bonfire societies parade on the night.
The greatest family day out in the south east. Features include entertainment and displays, prize winning British livestock, world class showjumping and equestrian events, foods and farming, flower displays, crafts and much more.
One of the fastest growing outdoor events in the southern counties, Sussex Country Fair retains its family appeal whilst still delivering superb traditional field sports displays and a host of have-a-go activities for all to get involved in. Home to the beautiful Parham Estate, Parham House provides the perfect backdrop in which to showcase this premier fair
So…as you can see there is plenty to do in and around Chichester!
Hopefully this will help you plan your stay. Good luck!