Right on The Door to The Countryside & The South Coast



With so much to see and do you’ll be spoilt for choice at Chichester Self Catering. Here though are a few our of recommendations.


Steeped in history, Chichester Cathedral is a must see.


Just 10 miles from Chichester is the home to The Royal Navy and their most famous warship, HMS Victory and the recently opened Gunwharf Quays


It’s an amazing palace created for King Cogidubnus when the romans invaded England and it has fantastic mosaic floors and gardens.


A wildlife delight far away from the madding crowd

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Dating back to the 11th Century, home to the Duke’s of Norfolk, Arundel has a Castle, Abbey and Gardens and is one of our favourites


From the pebbles of Selsey, Bracklesham and East Wittering to the glorious sands of West Wittering

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Discover the wildlife delights of Pagham, Medmerry and Chichester harbours, all within 5 minutes of our properties. 


You can’t go wrong with local fish and chips on the beach.


The Village of Sidlesham and Birdham are centrally placed on the Witterings / Manhood peninsula for local entertainment and interests for ALL members of the family from:

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.

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

Sussex and other local special events happening soon thanks to

Interested in playing golf whilst here? Golf courses near Chichester 

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What’s On in Sussex


Brighton Marathon – April

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.  

Brighton Festival – May

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. 

Petworth Festival – July

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.

Arundel Festival – August

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. 

Rye Arts Festival – September

The Rye Arts Festival always presents an impressive line up of speakers,performers,musicians,special events,exhibitions and walks and talks. 

Chichester Festival Theatre

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

Goodwood Festival of Speed – June

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. 

Goodwood Revival Meeting – September

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.

Goodwood Breakfast Club

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

Racing at Fontwell Park

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.

Racing at Goodwood

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 Polo

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.

Airbourne – Eastbourne International Airshow – August

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 Airshow – August

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.

International Tennis – Eastbourne – June

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 Society – November

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 South of England Show – Ardingly Showground – June

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.

Sussex Steam and Country Fair – Storrington – June

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!

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