Things to do

Pagham and its region has a fantastic array of places to visit and a wide selection of things to do

Here’s our top selection:

CULTURE

Pallant House Gallery

Pallant HouseRe-opening to critical acclaim in 2006, Pallant House presents an impressive collection of Modern British art. The gallery is a converted Grade 1 listed Queen Anne townhouse with a fabulous, contemporary new wing. Designed by architects Long & Kentish with Professor Sir Colin St John Wilson (who was the architect of the British Library) this is a unique example of an architect designing a gallery to house his own art collection. VIEW WEBSITE »

Chichester Festival Theatre

Chichester Festival HallThis local theatre is the West End on our doorstep. With Sir Lawrence Olivier as its founding Artistic Director, the CFT celebrated 50 years in 2012. The cast and creatives who have worked there is a roll-call of the good and great British thespians. With two theatres and a phenomenal Summer Festival programme, book early to avoid disappointment. VIEW WEBSITE »

Sculpture at Goodwood

Sculpture at GoodwoodVisit The Cass Sculpture Foundation with its 26 acre grounds which are home to an ever-changing display of 80 monumental sculptures. The Foundation is an independent charitable body dedicated to commissioning new work from emerging and established artists. A good two hours is needed to explore the grounds and woodland set in the magical West Sussex countryside.
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HISTORY

Chichester Cathedral

Founded in 1075, Chichester Cathedral has fine architecture in both Norman and Gothic styles. The cathedral contains two rare medieval sculptures, and many modern art works including tapestries and a window by Marc Chagall. Many of these modern works were commissioned by Dean Hussey whose portrait can be seen in Pallant House Gallery.

There is a vibrant programme of lunchtime concerts, evening concerts and family activities. VIEW WEBSITE »

Arundel Castle & Gardens

Arundel CastleVisit this Ancient Castle, Stately Home and Gardens that has been the family home of the Dukes of Norfolk and their ancestors for nearly 1,000 years. Set high on a hill in West Sussex, this great Castle commands the landscape with magnificent views across the South Downs and the River Arun beyond. The original features such as the crenellated Norman keep, gatehouse and barbican and the lower part of Bevis Tower survive. In the 1870s and 1890s the house was rebuilt in the magnificent architecture of the Gothic style. Within this finely preserved interior are fascinating furniture, tapestries and a rare collection of paintings by renowned artists including Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Canaletto. VIEW WEBSITE »

Petworth House

This is a magnificent country house and park with an internationally important art collection run by The National Trust.
The vast late 17th-century mansion is set in a beautiful 700-acre deer park, landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown and immortalised in Turner’s paintings.
Inside, the house contains the National Trust’s finest collection of pictures, with numerous works by Turner, Van Dyck, Reynolds and Blake, ancient and Neo-classical sculpture, fine furniture and carvings by Grinling Gibbons.
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SPORT

Goodwood Road Racing Club

The GRRC offers a mind-blowing collection of events which most petrol heads will have heard about. From the new annual Members Meeting in March to the Festival of Speed in June and the finale of The Revival Meeting in September there’s an amazing offer of events all presented with perfection, panache and pace. VIEW WEBSITE »

Goodwood Horse Racing

Kicking out of the blocks with the May Festival, Sunday School, the Qatar Goodwood Festival and Autumn Racing, Goodwood is the ultimate setting for equine racing addicts. A real highlight for those who like to party are the Three Friday Nights in June when the mood gets even cooler with live DJ sets and sponsored bars. VIEW WEBSITE »

Sailing

Chichester and its connected coastal towns offer fantastic sailing opportunities for those who prefer water born activities. Right here in Pagham you can sail off the beach with your RYA 2 qualification. Contact the Club for more information. VIEW WEBSITE »

Another exciting local development is the new Headquarters being built in Portsmouth for Sir Ben Ainslee’s GBR America Cup Team challenge. Read more here: VIEW WEBSITE »

Cycling

The flat plains of Chichester down to the coast are framed behind by the rolling South Downs National Park. Both these areas are stunning countryside for the keen cyclist. Whether it is road cycling or mountain biking there’s a wide range of routes to choose from. VIEW WEBSITE »

Windsurfing and kite surfing

Pagham’s local water sports shop in The Parade is the source of all information on local surfing. Pagham is a hidden gem for both windsurfers and kite surfers and when the wind picks up down here there’s often a dozen or so thrill seakers who appear on the beach. We prefer to watch in awe, if you’re keen to take part check out Lee’s website for information on rental of kit. VIEW WEBSITE »

NATURE

West Dean

Tucked in the valley between Lavant and Singleton, West Dean village is the home to this amazing house, gardens and College. The house was owned by Edward James who in 1964 set up a Trust to run his family Mansion, Art Collection and Estate. Edward’s vision was to create an educational community dedicated to the arts and crafts, supported by the Estate. Today visitors can walk the beautiful Gardens and Estate, visit the wonderful house and see the work happening in West Dean College. Highlights of the Garden include a 300 ft long Edwardian Pergola, a renovated Sunken Garden, Victorian Kitchen Garden with Glass houses.
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Weald & Downland Museum

Weald and Down MuseumDiscover traditional buildings in a rural landscape that tell the story of the men, women and children who lived and worked in them over a 600-year period. This 40-acre site is a beautiful walk with the added bonus of visiting some of the 50 exhibit buildings. Many of the exhibit houses are furnished to recreate historic domestic interiors. They also run the Food & Folk Festival in May, The Wood Show in June and the Rare Breeds Show in July. VIEW WEBSITE »

Walking

From coastal to rural there’s a vast array of landscape to explore on foot from Pagham. We enjoy our daily walks on the beach but there’s much more within a 20 minute drive with amazing uplifting fresh air and views. VIEW WEBSITE »

Bird Watching

Pagham Beach is on edge of the local RSPB Nature Reserve. This is a fabulous house for kicking back and gazing at the birds scooting past, for those keen twitchers this house is a perfect location. VIEW WEBSITE »

Where to eat

Please download this PDF list of our recommendations for Pagham and other local pubs, cafés and restaurants.

For even more detailed local information go to www.visitchichester.org