Soar into October Half Term with Chichester Cathedral

12th Oct 2023
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Inspired by Peter Walker Sculptor’s Peace Doves, our autumn installation gracing the Cathedral Nave, we are hosting a fun and varied programme of free events and activities this October half term.

The whole family will delight in the range of activities that take influence from the birds above. From captivating stories beneath the canopy of our extraordinary installation to imaginative workshops, keep reading for a full run down of our half term events.

October Half Term Bird Adventure | Friday 20th – Saturday 28th October

In celebration of Peace Doves, we’ve partnered with Chichester BID to create a bird-themed adventure around the city centre. Young nature detectives are invited to take part in the trail to spot Chichester's feathered friends and win points along the way. There are also creative activities taking place at Chichester Library on Tower Street. The trail ends under our magnificent display of doves where you can collect a prize. Pick up a free trail booklet from our Visitors Desk, Fenwicks Café, Whirligig or Chichester Library. You can also download a printable version here>>.

Logo of the nature trail, with small blue birds

Exploring Peace Through Art: Children's Art Workshop | Saturday 21st October, 11.00am - 2.00pm

Designed to encourage children to explore their creativity through collage and beyond, this free drop-in art workshop focuses on the theme of 'Peace'. Children will be invited to take inspiration from Peter Walker’s Peace Doves and the beautiful Anglo-German tapestry designed by the artist Ursula Benker-Schirmer, which is located at the Shrine of Saint Richard. Young artists will also discover the Cathedral's sacred symbols and learn collage techniques to incorporate into their art pieces.

Children drawing in cathedral

Storytelling Under the Doves | Monday 23rd October, 10.00am

Storytelling under the Doves will continue during half term. Children of all ages are invited to attend this story-sharing celebration of nature, music, time, seasons and the essence of peace on Monday 23rd October at 10.00am. Our storytelling for under 5s will return on Monday 30th October and Monday 6th November at 10.00am.

A family sitting under peace doves

The Big Draw Festival 2023 | Friday 27th October, 11.00am – 2.00pm

On Friday 27th October our Cathedral Nave will be transformed into a hive of creative activity. With paper lining our historic stone floor, the Big Draw Festival invites visitors to be inspired by Peace Doves to draw, colour and create, and  be part of this community artwork. This free drop-in event is perfect for families to get out and get creative during the half term break.

Cathedral Nave floor covered in large paper sheets with children drawing

Peace Doves at Night | Saturday 28th October, 7.00pm, 7.30pm & 8.00pm

If you're hoping to create enchanting half term memories with your family, consider a visit to our extraordinary 'Peace Doves at Night' experience. Spend quality time together beneath the beautifully illuminated doves and craft your own message of peace, love, and hope on a paper dove. A family ticket is available for just £15. Book your experience here>>.

Peace doves at night time, people stood under the doves

Whether joining us for an event or simply looking to experience Peace Doves as a family, we look forward to welcoming you over half term. You can find out more about all our events here>>

12th Oct 2023
News category
Art and Music