Local crafts

With a few exceptions most of the stalls at the local markets I have found have been dull and uninteresting.

Unique, handmade, sustainable sterling silver jewellery. Crafted by hand in the UK Silver Hollow Jewellery provides high-quality pieces including sterling silver rings, chains, pendants, bracelets and earrings. We also make a range of recycled jewellery including coin rings, spoon rings, and more eco-friendly pieces

Environmentally sustainable handmade jewellery Chichester


Craft markets in Chichester

Which was why I stopped to talk to Jib Hagan. No ways he is going to earn any awards for the design and presentation of his stall.

Recycling waste plastic Chichester

But what he lacked in the way of shelter from the elements he made up for with enthusiasm and passion.

Hand woven bags using recycled plastic waste.

It’s a little ironical when you stop to think how recycled plastic waste ends up back on the street, in a stall being sold into the market and the journey taken to get here.


Christmas ham

Not really snow but close enough. I drove up to Midhurst after a heavy frost as the sun rose, to pick up our Christmas ham from Michael Courtney Family Butchers.

A magic time of day with the heater going full blast. Parking no problem, very little traffic besides one idiot in his SUV sitting on my tail through West Dean, Singleton and Cocking.

First impressions

Both the bus depot and railway station are conveniently situated at the bottom of South Road. From where it is a short uphill walk to Chichesters Market Cross and the city centre.

Chichester city centre West Sussex

Offering one the opportunity to sit and relax whilst deciding whether to explore the shops, cafes and restaurants on North, East or West Roads.

It couldn’t be simpler.

The real thing

Chicken & winter vegetable soup at Charlie Harpers


Hot winter soup Chichester

Not your usual soup of the day. Nothing dull and boring about this one. Chunks of chicken and everything a good winter soup should be made of.

Followed by their brunch special. One of my regular stops.

Living in Chichester

Chichester is a cathedral city with a rich history and culture. The remains of the original Roman town have been carefully preserved as well as the listed buildings that grew up within the ancient city walls of this important market town.

The city is surrounded by beautiful countryside in the foothills of the South Downs to the North and in the South the Chichester Harbour Conservancy and Manhood peninsula.

Centrally situated in West, the city provides excellent road and public transport connections to London and the South Coast

There are a number of excellent state and private schools as well as the Chichester College. The University of Chichester offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and is one of the top universities in the UK.

The Chichester Harbour Conservancy is an area of outstanding natural beauty full of wildlife and activities to suit all ages and abilities. Boating and sailing are popular with a host of local yacht clubs and sailing courses available. Walking paths around the harbour, shoreline, saltmarsh and mudflats showcase the sea bird habitat. The coastal path at East Head adjoins the famous Blue Flag award winning West Wittering beach.

Only a short walk from the town centre, the canal is a pleasant place to spend time hiring a rowing boat, booking into an organised canal boat tour, canoeing, fishing or walking. Chichester also has plenty of sporting clubs covering everything from cricket, football and golf to martial arts, swimming and hockey.

Good food is easy to find in the city, with many pubs, restaurants, cafes , bars and takeaway shops. Whether its Indian cuisine at Masala City, Turkish delicacies at Reina Kitchen or tantalising tapas at Viento De Levante, there is no shortage of superb restaurants providing food from around the world. Venturing out of the town to eat presents the opportunity to visit a cosy country pub with traditional food and real ale.

North, South, East and West Streets around the city’s market cross is the main shopping areas. These streets host popular high street brands and independent stores where you can buy fashion, books and gifts. There is also the modern Portfield supermarket and retail shopping complex.

A farmer’s market is held twice a month offering produce that traders must grow, rear or bake themselves within a 30-mile radius of the city.

Dating back to early Roman times the city is steeped in history and has a rich in culture. With its Victorian spire, original Norman features and striking stain glass windows the Cathedral is over 900-year-old. There are free guided tours for anyone interested in the medieval carvings, tapestries, tombs and cloisters. Situated within the City Walls, next to the Cathedral is a peaceful retreat for all to enjoy. The Bishop’s Palace Garden is maintained by the Council, together with the Friends of Bishop’s Palace Garden who have worked closely with the council to develop the project. New planting, improved access, and the creation of a wildlife friendly area are all included within the project. Water features, seating and a pergola walk have also been introduced.

Large-scale musical and theatrical productions take place at the Chichester Festival Theatre which is recognised nationally. The Pallant House Gallery houses modern art inside a listed early 18th century building. A fine collection of Modern British Art by Lucien Freud, Henry Moore and Peter Blake is on show as well as temporary visiting exhibitions that showcase national, international and contemporary art.

The Goodwood Estate provides fantastic entertainment and events throughout the year. It has a race course, organic farm, four restaurants, two 18-hole golf courses, The Kennels private members’ club, an aerodrome, a health club and a hotel. The most prestigious events held at Goodwood are the famous Festival of Speed, held over 3 days to celebrate motor racing, and the Qatar Goodwood Festival, 5-days of thrilling horse racing action.


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