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Lots to do in the Chichester District during half term


There are a variety of fun events and activities for children and young people to enjoy this half term in the Chichester District, to help keep the whole family entertained.

Activities include:

· Rugby in the Community holiday course - at Swanfield Park, Chichester with Chichester Rugby Club and Driving Force Rugby Coaching Ltd on Monday 17 February;

· Chi Sport Camps - at the University of Chichester on Monday 17, Tuesday 18, Wednesday 19, Thursday 20 and Friday 21 February. Choose from a range of sports including basketball, racquet sport, netball, and multisport camps; and

· Football in the Community holiday courses - at the University of Chichester with Brighton and Hove Albion FC on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 February.

These courses are open to boys and girls aged 6 to 15 (school year 2-10) of all abilities. There's a focus on all-round player development, different training drills as well as games and tournaments, but most importantly the sessions are about having fun! All coaches are fully qualified and DBS/CRB checked.

The cost is £7.50 per child per day or £5 for any tenants of the activities' funding partners. To book a place on a course please contact the council's Sport and Leisure team on 01243 534799 or

Funding to run the courses is provided by the following local housing associations: Home, Affinity Sutton, A2 Dominion Group, Hyde Martlet and Raglan Housing Association.

Activities at The Novium museum include:

· Museum Without Walls - a temporary exhibition displaying fashion items created by fashion students from Chichester College inspired by the museum. From Monday 17 February.

· Dress for success - Novium style - Saturday 15 to Sunday 23 February from 10am to 1pm. Suitable for children aged 5 years and up. Free with museum admission;

· Museum make-overs - Saturday 15 to Sunday 23 February from 10am to 1pm. Make your own Roman style make-up using a pestle and mortar, create Celtic warrior art, badges and brooches, beaded bracelets, spoon puppets and peg doll parades. Free with museum admission.

· Finger-knitted flower rosettes - on Wednesday 19 February from 2-3.30pm drop-in for a workshop for children aged 5+. £3 per child. Please book in advance.

For more information contact The Novium on 01243 775888, email or visit the website at

Westgate Leisure, Chichester will be running a daily Burst holiday club from Monday 17 to Friday 21 February from 8.30am to 5.30pm.

The club is for children aged six to 16 years old and can be booked for the whole day or half day. Activities include:

· arts and crafts;

· baminton;

· dance;

· inflatable swim;

· table tennis;

· trampolining;

· team sports; and

· bouncy castle and soft play.

The cost per child is £16 for half day and £22 for full day. Book before Monday 10 February and receive an 'early bird' discount.

To book a place please email or call Westgate Leisure Chichester on 01243 785651.

Westgate Leisure Bourne will be offering £1 per person on all racket sports throughout the school holiday between 9am -5pm, subject to availability. To book call reception on 01243 376101.

Councillor Eileen Lintill, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Community Services at Chichester District Council, says: "An exciting and diverse series of fun activities and events have been compiled to keep children entertained and active during the school break, whatever their interests may be. There really is something for everyone and I am sure families from all communities will enjoy what looks set to be a jam-packed week of fun."