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Chichester Harbour October Events

Chichester Harbour October Events
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Chichester Harbour Events - October 2019

To reduce our use of the planet's precious resources the printing of our Walks, Events and Activities leaflet has been discontinued.

If you are reading this you probably already access our events  using the links in this email or via our website Events calendar, on, as it is so easy to do.

There will soon also be downloadable monthly lists available on our What's On page.

Please note: please check details on 'pay on the day' events as these can be subject to change.

Special Event – our annual Chichester Harbour Trail
Fri 4 to Sun 6 October three days 9am to 5pm
A unique, guided, 38 mile linear walk of the beautiful Chichester Harbour shoreline over three days.  We will begin in West Wittering, walk, around East Head and make our way along the shoreline to finish in Fishbourne.  Day 2 will be from Fishbourne to Nutbourne via the peninsulas of Bosham and Chidham.  Day 3 from Nutbourne to Thorney Island via Prinsted and Emsworth, finishing in Northney on Hayling Island.  Our meet points will be near car parks but we will be using the public bus services in between.
Detailed arrangements are sent out to walkers a week beforehand.
Fee: £60 for all 3 days (sorry, no option for booking single days). Booking essential here
Walks with Talks


Wed 9 October 10am
2 hours
Archaeology Walk of Chichester Harbour at Fishbourne
An opportunity to meet with James Kenny, Archaeology Officer for Chichester District Council, and join him on a field walk of up to 2 miles hearing about the sites of Roman interest at the top of Fishbourne creek.  No dogs please.
Fee: £5 booking essential here
Meet: car park to Fishbourne Roman Palace, PO19 3QR, free parking by kind permission.

Sat 12 October 10am 2hrs
Autumn Hedgerow Fruits and Seeds
Features:  a stroll of 1½ miles taking time to look for and identify the fruits and seeds of our local hedgerows and woodland and to hear about their folklore and uses.  With expert enthusiast John Arnott. No dogs please.
Fee: £5 booking essential here
Meet:  private car park next to Cobnor House, Cobnor Farm, Chidham, PO18 8TE.  Access and free parking by kind permission of Cobnor Estates.


Sat 12 October 4pm
1½ hrs
Mud, Rocks and Fossils – The Geology of Chichester Harbour
A talk by geology expert David Bone on what lies beneath the landscape of the Chichester Harbour area.
Fee: £5. Booking essential here
Meet: Harbour Education Centre, on the quay, Dell Quay, PO20 7EE. Roadside parking.

Wed 16 October 7pm 1 ½ hrs 
Inshore Fisheries and Chichester Harbour
We are delighted to welcome Alberto Kavadellas, Senior Fisheries and Conservation Officer from Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA), the regulating authority concerned with fishing activity in Chichester Harbour.  Alberto will talk about the work of IFCA, the area the Sussex IFCA covers, his role and the regulations he works with.  Please respect that this is a general talk suitable for everyone and not an opportunity to discuss individual cases.
Fee: £5. Booking essential here
Meet:  Harbour Education Centre, on the quay, Dell Quay, PO20 7EE. Roadside parking.

Sat 26 October 2.30pm 2 hrs
Wildflower Meadow Trial – the First Season
Come and find out how our wildflower meadow project has fared in its first season.  Back in May we set up a wildflower meadow trial area kindly loaned to us for the project by the Cobnor Estate.  First of all we will give a presentation on what we aimed to do, what we observed during the summer and what we will be planning to do for the next year.  We will follow this up by visiting the site.
Fee: £5 booking essential here
Meet: Cobnor Activities Centre, Cobnor Point, Chidham, PO18 8TE. Free parking.

Monthly Walks

Fri 11 October 10am 2½hrs
Harbour Creekies: The Trundle

A 1 mile gentle but hilly walk up our local hill, The Trundle stopping at the top to look over the coastal plain that includes Chichester Harbour.  Complimentary refreshments afterwards.
Fee: £5 on the day or free for Friends of Chichester Harbour, bring membership number. To join the Friends click here.
Meet: free car park to the west of The Trundle (not the one in the triangle by Charlton Down), GR SU872.110.

Sun 20 October 9.15am for 9.30am departure
Harbour Hares: Harbour Views from the Downs
A faster paced 9 mile walk from West Stoke to Walderton, Stoughton and Kingley Vale taking time to stop and view Chichester Harbour from the best vantage points.  Bring money for a drink in Stoughton at the Hare and Hounds and a picnic for a lunch break at the top of Kingley Vale.
Fee: £5 on the day or free to Friends of Chichester Harbour, bring membership number. To join the Friends click here.
Meet: free car park at West Stoke near Chichester, Grid Ref SU824.088

Image Paul Adams



Special Family Events

Mon 28 October 10.30 am 1½ hrs
Hedge Planting for Families

Come and help improve the natural landscape in Chichester Harbour by helping to plant some ‘baby’ hedgerow shrubs on one of the Harbour’s farms.  Dress for the weather and bring gloves that can get wet and muddy.   Bring elevenses.
Fee: £3 booking essential here.
Meet:  Tournerbury Farm,
Tournerbury Lane, Hayling Island, PO11 9DL, we will be on hand to direct you to where to park. 

Tue 29 October 2pm 2hrs
Dairy Farm Experience 

Meet the farmers and explore their dairy farm located within Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, watch the cows at milking time and take a tractor trailer ride.  Afterwards, enjoy an ice cream made on the farm from the herd’s milk. No dogs please.
Fee: £5 (age 2 yrs and over) to include trailer ride and ice cream. Booking essential here.
Meet: Northney Farm, Northney Road, Hayling Island, PO11 0RX.  Free parking by kind permission, look out for the signs on where to park.



Sat 19 October 10am 4hrs
Appliqué Bird or Boat

Create a picture in textiles of a Harbour Bird or Boat under the guidance of textile artist Karen Berry.  All materials supplied. Minimum age 15 years.
Fee: £25 to include materials and refreshments. Booking essential here.
Meet: Harbour Education Centre, on the quay, Dell Quay, PO20 7EE. Roadside parking.
Solar Heritage Boat Trips
Harbour Discovery trips on our silent solar powered vessel continue until 20 October. 

Our bird watching season starts with the first trip on Wednesday 23 October.

Or take the three hour Wildlife Explorer trip on 6 October.

What better way to see the fabulous species of wildlife that call Chichester Harbour home?!

Find a trip to suit you here.

Image: Great crested grebes - Shirley Rushmer