Colourful Critters | Exploring the Animals of the Cathedral Tapestries

Join us for a creative workshop designed for children and families, finding the animals that are hidden within the Cathedral's tapestries, from 11.00am - 1.00pm on Saturday 10th February.


This session will focus on the animals that can be spotted in the Cathedral's tapestries:

The brightly coloured Piper Tapestry, the Anglo-German Tapestry by Ursula Benker-Schirmer as well as the current display of John Craxton's Landscape with the Elements that makes up Pallant House Gallery's exhibition, John Craxton: A Modern Odyssey.

John Craxton R.A. (1922-2009) used to sing in a choir at Chichester Cathedral and often stayed in Selsey. As a child he got to travel a lot with his family. These travels inspired him to use lots of colours and bold lines in his art.

We're displaying Craxton's enormous tapestry Landscape with the Elements that was inspired by Crete in Greece, and was made as a memorial to the University of Stirling’s first Principal and Vice Chancellor. When the tapestry was first made, it was one of the biggest and most complicated tapestries in Scotland because of the many different colours used.


Who can attend an event at the Cathedral?

Everyone is welcome at Chichester Cathedral. For many, this may be their first time visiting the Cathedral - you and your family are warmly welcome. We look forward to meeting you very soon!

Will we be expected to remain silent throughout the event?

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 with changing facilities). 
  • Ramps throughout the Cathedral allow step-free access for pushchairs.
  • Food and drink is available for eat-in or takeaway from Cloisters Kitchen & Garden and highchairs are available for use.
Do I need to reserve a space?

We ask for you to reserve you and your child's free space in advance to allow us to manage our numbers.

These sessions for families are free to attend. The Cathedral is a registered charity that has been at the centre of life in Chichester, supporting our community for over nine centuries. Please do make a donation if you can. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch: