A Chichester Itinerary for Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Sussex is buzzing about its new Duke and Duchess in hope that they might plan a visit to the region in honor of their new titles. The gift bestowed by the Queen restores a direct link between the Royal Family and the Sussex counties that lapsed in the mid 19th century.
The visit might be speculation for now, but we're already planning their trip for them! As the only city in West Sussex we're hoping that Chichester will be on the itinerary and that perhaps one of our exceptional attractions might receive a phone call from the Palace in the not too distant future.
When the Queen visited Chichester in November 2017 she paid a visit to the Chichester Festival Theater - an occasion witnessed by huge crowds who went along to see her. Any visit from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would be sure to bring out the well-wishers looking to catch a glimpse of the couple.
Here is our top five suggestions for the Royal visit. Harry and Megan, we hope you find this helpful!
Chichester is the only Cathedral city in the county. This magnificent Cathedral has stood at the centre of Chichester for over 900 years. With unique architecture from each century of its life, this Cathedral is both ancient and modern, where original medieval features sit alongside world famous contemporary artworks. Set in Chichester's historic quarter, the Duke and Duchess could also explore the beautiful Bishop's Palace Gardens and perhaps have high tea in the superb Cloisters Café, complete with terrace and walled garden. They might even attend the Festival of Flowers which is taking place from 30th May.
West Dean College and Gardens
West Dean is one of the district's most popular attractions. The internationally recognised college offers conservation and arts education covering everything from woodcraft to sculpture. Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, West Dean Gardens in West Sussex is one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public today. The royal couple could sample one of the courses or perhaps just take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful gardens. They might also attend one of West Dean's popular events, such as the Chilli Fiesta which takes place in August.
Goodwood is a premier attraction on the south coast and the estate covers everything from a luxury hotel to countryside sports, motor racing at the circuit and flying at the aerodrome. Not to forget of course, the world's most beautiful race course; the Queen especially is know for her fondness for horses and racing. The Duke and Duchess drove a vintage converted Jaguar to their wedding receptions, so perhaps this year's Festival of Speed might tempt them to the South Coast. This year the internationally renowned festival is celebrating its silver jubilee where the couple could join the Duke of Richmond (formerly Lord March) in re-enacting his 25 favourite moments from the first 25 events - personal highlights which, in very different ways, have been landmarks in the Festival's history. These moments, and the cars and drivers which created them, will be cornerstones of this year’s event, alongside the usual gathering of extraordinary vehicles from the dawn of motoring to the present day and beyond.
Cass Sculpture Foundation
Cass Sculpture Foundation was founded in 1992 by Wilfred and Jeannette Cass. Their mission was to provide support for artists to achieve new levels of ambition in the field of large-scale sculpture. The result is a pioneering not-for-profit organisation that inspires, enables and presents the output of some of the most important figures in contemporary sculpture. The Foundation's 26 acre grounds are home to an ever-changing display of 80 monumental sculptures, all of which are available for sale with the proceeds going directly to artists. It would certainly make a fantastic backdrop for photos and the Duke and Duchess would be helping to raise the profile of the contemporary sculpture.
Chichester Festival Theatre
Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the UK’s flagship theatres, renowned for the exceptionally high standard of its productions as well as its work with the community and young people. The Duke and Duchess may look to attend on recommendation from the Queen following her visit last year. The annual Festival season runs from April to November so they will have plenty of productions to choose from during the summer.
Where ever and when ever they do visit us, the will be sure of a very warm welcome.