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What’s On? – October

Autumn is well and truly upon us, and there’s still a lot of fun things to do in Chichester!

Chichester Half Marathon

For those of you who are active and enjoy getting out into the great outdoors, Chichester Half Marathon is taking place on Sunday 6th October. The race route involves going ‘up the Trundle and back down Centurion Way’. The event begins at 9am and costs £31 to enter. Despite the name, there are a number of other races you can enter. Runners can choose from entering a half marathon, a ten miler, a half marathon relay, or to walk the race with Nordic Walkers. The half marathon and Nordic walkers event costs £27 to enter, whilst the Half Marathon Relay costs £42.

Stone Pillow’s Big Sleep Out

Stone Pillow arranges an annual ‘Big Sleep Out’ to raise awareness and funds for homeless people in local areas. The event involves a BBQ, a service in the cathedral, a night of entertainment and an award for the ‘Best Shelter. Registration costs £15 and event goers are encouraged to raise about £250 in sponsorship. The event starts at 2pm on Saturday 19th October, and finishes as 8am on Sunday 20th October.

Summer Late with Chichester University

Pallant House Gallery is hosting a serious of events during which local partners ‘take over’ the Gallery. Thursday 3rd October will see Chichester University take over the Gallery from 6-10pm. Gallery access is free, whilst it will cost event goes £5.50 for entrance to Ivon Hitchens: Space through Colour.

Goodwood Season Finale

Goodwood Season Finale takes place on the 13th October, with gates opening at 11.30am until 6pm. Tickets start at £26, with accompanied under 18’s able to go free to all enclosures. Goodwood describes the event as such:

‘Our Season Finale has a relaxed, laid back feel with the atmosphere of a country-style meeting. Inbetween some fantastic racing, enjoy the sounds of a strings band playing merry tunes against a backdrop of roaring fire pits, hay bales and toasted marshmallows. ‘

Norman Nights at Arundel Castle

This event boasts an action packed two days of crafts, weapon and armour demonstrations, archery and hand-to-hand combat. This season finale takes place on the 30th October at 10am until 3:30pm on the 31st October. Tickets range from £11 (child ticket) to £55 (family ticket). Event goers can also look forward to the chance to meet the garrison of the Norman period’s Earl of Arundel, Robert de Belleme. The day will see the training of troops to fight King Henry I’s troops, with a schedule (according to the Arundel Castle website) as follows:

10.00Castle Event Opens – crafts in The Stone Hall until 1.00
10.30Weapons Training in the Duke Henry Courtyard
11.00Combat / Armour in the Duke Henry Courtyard
12.00Combat Display in the Duke Henry Courtyard
1.00 – 2.-00Lunch
2.00Meet the Warriors and Ladies of Arundel Castle in Duke Henry Courtyard
3.00Weapons, archery and combat display in the grounds
3.30Event finishes

Chichester Festival Theatre

Chichester Festival Theatre always offers a great day/evening of entertainment. This October, the local theatre will be showing performances of Macbeth, The Butterfly Lion, and Sing Yer Heart Out For The Lads. With three shows to choose from, there’s bound to be something for everyone to enjoy.

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