Christmas Story-telling in the Cathedral Nave

Come along to a special Christmas story-telling event!

On Saturday 16th December (10.00am) join Interim Dean of Chichester, the Reverend Canon Simon Holland, as he shares the story of Bertie the Cathedral Cat in the spectacular setting of the Cathedral Nave.

This event is suitable for children under 5, their siblings and parents/caregivers.

After the story, you can collect a special Bertie decoration which you can customise with the help of our volunteers, then take part in the Bertie Christmas trail around the Cathedral!

Bertie, a grey and brown cat illustrationMeet Bertie! We invite you to learn about Bertie in an online animated story sharing how our feline friend finally snuck into the Cathedral, and welcomes a family to join the festivities.

Written and narrated by the Interim Dean of Chichester, The Reverend Canon Simon Holland, and illustrated by Sussex-based artist Chloe Robertson, you can discover the story online, via our website, or through our social media channels.

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Will we be expected to remain silent once we enter the Cathedral?

We’re expecting noise and participation from children, parents/guardians and grandparents alike!

What facilities are at the Cathedral?
  • Toilet facilities are available in the Cathedral (including an accessible toilet). 
  • Buggies and pushchairs can be parked inside the Cathedral.
  • Cloisters Kitchen & Garden is open daily 9.00am - 5.00pm, highchairs are available.
How do I get to the Cathedral?
  • The Cathedral is in the heart of Chichester, close to the Market Cross, the centrepoint of the City’s main pedestrianised shopping streets. The Cathedral’s postcode is PO19 1RP.
  • By car, approach from the M27 (A27) and turn northwards at one of the bypass roundabouts following signs for the city centre. Visitors arriving by car should aim for one of the many public car parks around the City.
  • The Cathedral is less than a 10 minute walk from Chichester’s Train Station, and is opposite a bus stop.
Do I need to reserve a space?

No, booking is not required. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch: