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January in Chichester Harbour

January in Chichester Harbour

There is lots to do in and around Chichester Harbour during the cilly month of January. See Chichester Harbour Conservancy's website for lots more information and contact them directly to make a booking. In the meatime take a look at the list below to wet your appetite  for things to do this month:

Fri 6 Jan, 10am - 12pm
Harbour Creekies: Chichester Marina
A gentle, 2 mile stroll to welcome the new year and enjoy some fresh air. Refreshments provided.
Fee: £5 on the day, (free to Friends of Chichester Harbour -  to join click here).
Meet: Chichester Marina, Birdham, PO20 7EJ. Free visitors’ car park on the right.

Sun 15 Jan, 1pm - 3pm
Try Nordic Walking

Get your walking poles out and learn to walk the Nordic Walking way with a qualified instructor.
Fee: £5 per person on the day.
Meet: Outside the Harbour Office, Itchenor, PO20 7AW. Roadside parking or pay and display car park.

Sat 21 Jan, 10am - 3pm
Harbour Hares: Itchenor and the Witterings

A faster-paced, 10 mile circular walk from  Itchenor to both  East and West Wittering, crossing countryside  and along  the shoreline. Paths could be very muddy.  Stop for optional coffee in East Wittering.
Fee: £5 per person on the day, (free to Friends of Chichester Harbour - to join click here)
Meet:  Outside the Harbour Office, Itchenor, PO20 7AW. Roadside parking or pay and display car park.

Sat 28 Jan, 4pm - 5.30pm
Seals in Chichester and Langstone Harbours

The Conservancy carries out official surveys of the Common and Grey seals that  are found in Chichester and Langstone  Harbours.   Come and hear the results of this year’s surveys, see wonderful photos  and learn all about the seals through the inspirational enthusiasm  of John Arnott, an expert on marine  mammals.
Fee: £5, advance booking is essential.
Meet: Harbour Education Centre, Dell Quay, PO20 7EE. Roadside parking (bring a torch).

Art and Photography

Sat 14 Jan, 10am - 2pm
Drawing for Relaxation

Sue Ogilvy, artist and teacher will lead this workshop starting with an introduction to different drawing techniques, followed by a walk along the shoreline to make a series of sketches which you will develop into a final piece. Basic materials will be provided but you might like to bring your own equipment and materials too. Please bring a packed lunch
and dress for the weather.
Fee: £20 per person, advance booking is essential on 01243 513275.
Meet:  Harbour Education Centre, Dell Quay, PO20 7EE. Roadside parking
.

Sun 22 Jan, 9.30am - 3.30pm
Photography

Be inspired by the location and the guidance of professional photographer, Iain McGowan to take great photographs in Chichester Harbour. Beginners to experts welcome. Dress in outdoor gear with footwear for muddy conditions and bring a packed lunch (or buy lunch at the pub). All attendees must attend safety briefing at 9.30am.
Half day review session on Sunday 26 March, 10am - 12pm to share some of your work, bring prints of your chosen photos for sharing and discussion. Refreshments provided.
Fee: £28 per person for both  sessions, (minimum age 15 yrs), advance booking is essential on 01243 513275.
Meet: Harbour Education Centre, Dell Quay, PO20 7EE. Roadside parking.

Sun 29 Jan, 10am - 1pm
Begin a Harbour Photo Diary

Bring your phone, Ipad or compact camera to record your visit to Dell Quay and begin your very own photo diary for the year under the guidance  of artist photographer Barry Williams. A blank A5 hard-backed book, a print of your favourite photo, and refreshments are provided.
Fee: £10 per person, advance booking is essential on 01243 513275.
Meet: Harbour Education, Dell Quay, PO20 7EE. Roadside parking.

Birdwatching

Sat 28 Jan, 9am - 10.30am
Birdwatching from the Quay

An early birdwatching session on a rising tide on the quay at Dell Quay learning about the need to protect birds from disturbance, with Katrina Englefield, Ranger with the Solent Recreation Mitigation Partnership. Complimentary refreshments afterwards in the classroom.
Fee: £5 per person on the day.
Meet: Harbour Education, Dell Quay, PO20 7EE. Roadside parking

Boat Trips

Solar Heritage is a 14 metre, solar powered catamaran licensed for public boat trips. She can carry up to 50 passengers. The boat is open-sided for unimpeded views so warm clothing and wet weather gear is advised. There is a toilet onboard and the boat is fitted with a wheelchair lift.

Numbers are limited so booking in advance is recommended for all trips. Phone 01243 513275

Friends of Chichester Harbour members are offered a discount of £1 per ticket. To join the Friends, please click here. Please quote membership  number when booking.

All trips depart from outside the Harbour Office, Itchenor, PO20 7AW. Please park in the pay and display car park.

Sun 15 Jan, 10am, 1 1/2 hrs
Beginners’ Bird Watching

Get started sighting and identifying birds of the Harbour on our silent solar powered vessel. Bring binoculars if you have them. With a birdwatching enthusiast  on board.
Fee: £9.50 adult / £4.50 child up to 16 years

Sat 21 Jan, 11am, 1 1/2 hrs and
Sun 22 Jan, 11am, 1 1/2 hrs
Birdwatching

A gentle  trip to enjoy the Harbour and look out for and identify the birds found in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With a natural history enthusiast  on board.  Dress warmly and bring binoculars.
Fee: £9.50 adult / £4.50 child up to 16 years

Birdham

Birdham

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Maritime History

Maritime History

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Solar Boat

Solar Boat

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