ELLEN CHESHIRE: Some Chichester district dates for the diary

Ellen Cheshire, Visit Chichester ENGSUS00120140131153700
Ellen Cheshire, Visit Chichester ENGSUS00120140131153700

Whilst collating a list of events happening in Chichester district and other lovely places nearby for Visit Chichester’s 2015 holiday guides, I was once again bowled over by the sheer number of fantastic events happening on our doorstep each year.

So here are some dates to remember for the next few months.

Easter: Chichester Canal’s ever-popular Easter Bunny trips are running from March 28 until April 5 – do book to avoid disappointment.

The National Trust at Petworth and Uppark have a number of Cadbury Easter Egg Trails from March 30 to April 6.

West Dean Gardens Easter Egg Trails (April 1-6) are an enchanting edition to their year-round calendar.

May Bank Holiday weekends: The second Medieval Midhurst will take place in and around Midhurst on May 2-3 – look out for Medieval games, storytelling, music, combat and dancing

There’s more music and dancing to be found at Weald and Downland on May 3-4 in their Food and Folk event.

On May, 24 head down to Selsey for Smugglers Day, a celebration of their maritime past, including pirates, smugglers and revenue men!

June and July: You know summer is on its way when Stansted Park throws open its gates for the Garden Show (June 5-7) – whatever the weather there will be plenty to inspire you.

Once again, The Festival of Chichester Festivities (June 13 to July 12) serves as a reminder of how lucky we are to have such a range of arts and cultural organisations in our patch.

On the opening weekend you can also indulge in fabulous food at the Taste! Artisan Food Fair (June 12-14), or be one of the first to see Pallant House Gallery’s summer 
exhibition, St Ives and British Modernism, opening June 13 until November 20.

On Sunday, June 14, stop by Chichester Canal to see the dragon boat races and then head on to Tangmere Aviation Museum for its Classic Wheels day.

At the end of June, Goodwood’s Festival of Speed will once again prove to be Mecca for all lovers of fast cars.

For those that prefer their speed on two wheels, on July 5, Chichester city centre will be opening the streets to a cavalcade of motorbikes at this year’s Ride2Chi.