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Chichester Family Arts Network Launched

Family Arts Network



Six culture and heritage organisations across Chichester have come together to launch a Family Arts Network, with the aim of making the range of family-friendly activities and experiences in the city even better.


Chichester Canal, Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Festival Theatre, Graylingwell Chapel, The Novium Museum and Pallant House Gallery want to inspire more families to have fun together by:

  • Offering a wide range of high-quality arts experiences for families in the city
  • Helping families be aware of what's on offer at all six venues
  • Supporting each other's family events (especially the free ones!)
  • Understanding families' needs and engaging with more diverse families
  • Collaborating on at least one family friendly project across the city each year
  • Sharing opportunities and learnings

All six venues are pledged to the Family Arts Standards, a national accreditation scheme for organisations committed to providing excellent family experiences.

The Chichester Family Arts Network joins 12 other FANs across the country, from Cumbria to Bristol, all focussing on specific regional knowledge and sharing insights, resources and skills.

Jessica Blake-Lobb, Marketing Manager at Chichester Festival Theatre, says: 'Chichester is bursting with family friendly activities and places to explore, and we want to encourage more families to enjoy everything our city has to offer, and to play and have fun.

'By creating our FAN network and working together, we hope to introduce our own family audiences to the brilliant opportunities organised by our fellow partner organisations.'


Forthcoming family events include:


The Novium Museum: Pirates Ahoy! Interactive Storytelling, 14 February

At The Guildhall in Priory Park. Dress up and perform stories from the seas, before joining in with an interactive performance of Pirates Ahoy!10.30am, £6 per child. 

The Graylingwell Chapel: Youth Art for Wellbeing - Exploring Nature, 15 February

A workshop looking at details within nature and the natural environment around us. 

KS2: 10am - 12 midday and KS3: 12:30pm -2:30pm, £5.

Chichester Cathedral: Drop-in Family Workshop - Art & The Senses, 17 February

Children and families are invited to use all their senses to create a colourful masterpiece, inspired by the modern art in the Cathedral. 11am - 2pm, Free, no need to book.

Pallant House Gallery: Creative Drop In Sessions, 25 February and 25 March

Creative workshops suitable for the whole family. Drop-in and take part at any time between 11am and 1pm, on the last Saturday of each month.

Pallant House Gallery events (opens new window)

Chichester Festival Theatre: Rocket Making Station, 4 March

Inspired by Tim Peake, budding astronauts aged 4 - 8 are invited to create their very own rocket. Various times, £12 (one adult & one child)

Chichester Canal: Family Fun Day - Signs of Summer, 31 May

Creative activities and games in and around The Canal Heritage Centre for children up to 11 years. 10am - 3pm, Free, no need to book

Chichester Canal Events (opens new window)

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