60 things to do in our 60th year


We are inviting you all to join us in making 2022 a year to remember. We’re creating a guide of 60 things to do in and around Chichester Festival Theatre, compiled by our staff. We know there are so many other things our audiences love doing in the local area, so we’ve left space for you to add your suggestions too! For now, here's our top 20 - submit your own suggestions by emailing and download our PDF below to view the full list. Share your photos, videos and posts on social media using the hashtag #CFTat60 as you work your way through the list.

1. Bring someone to CFT who has never been before. Who knows, you could inspire a lifelong love of theatre!

2. Change your theatre view – if you always sit in the same place when you come to CFT, why not try switching it up and book in a different part of the auditorium? You might just find a new favourite seat.

3. If you’ve only ever come to the Theatre to see shows before, try something from our wide-ranging LEAP programme. There are plenty of free talks and activities to choose from alongside paid-for events and courses depending on how much time you want to invest.

4. We’ve all got a favourite interval ice cream; perhaps this is the year to sample a different flavour?

5. Visit the community orchard just behind the Festival Theatre and help yourself to an apple if they’re looking ripe.

6. Say a quick hello to our Front of House staff as you arrive or on your way out of the building. They love getting to know our audience members, especially those who have travelled a long way to visit us.

7. Ditch working from home alone for the day and set up in the Festival Theatre foyer. We have free Wi-Fi, plug and USB points, and barista coffee available from the Café plus plenty of friendly staff to chat to if you need some social interaction – everything you could possibly need to power you through the working day.

8. Pick up a loyalty card in our Café and enjoy a free coffee for every nine drinks ordered. Why not do your good deed for the day and pass that free coffee on to someone else who looks like they could use a treat?

9. Join us for Fizz and Feminism and engage in discussions around equality and inclusivity. Previous guest speakers include advocates from Chichester Black Lives Matter and Transition Chichester, and we’re delighted to have comedian Jen Brister, founder of the African Women’s Forum Marie Costa, and disability advocate Grace Thompson joining us this International Women’s Day (8 March, 7pm) for our #BreakTheBias panel.

10. Relax on a deck chair in Oaklands Park on a fine summer’s day.

11. Enjoy and appreciate all the statues and works of art at CFT – read about them here and join in with our Art Trail.

12. Ever wanted to see what goes on behind the scenes at CFT? Book for one of our Backstage Tours.

13. If you know someone who finds visiting the Theatre difficult, bring them to one of our Relaxed Performances. We have a range of access performances that provide a theatrical lifeline for many people with additional requirements including captioned, audio described, BSL-interpreted, dementia-friendly and Polish-language interpreted performances.

14.Delve into the CFT archive and discover all sorts of gems from our history at the West Sussex Record Office on Orchard Street, just 10 minutes’ walk from the Theatre.

15. Bring a little one to play in our Family Friendly spaces – we have colouring materials, toys and books for a range of ages stored in our nook under the stairs.

16. Make the Minerva Bar & Grill your go-to spot for late night entertainment with our brand new line-up of music, comedy, drag and more. CFT Lates is fun, silly and a bit different.

17. From July, you can don a VR headset in our foyer and experience a backstage tour without even leaving your chair.

18. If you time your evening dog-walk around Oaklands Park just right in the summer, you can hear the actors warming up in their dressing rooms before the show.

19. Take part in our FREE lantern making workshop as part of Culture Spark, celebrating some significant cultural anniversaries across the district...

20. ...And bring your lantern along to the Carnival of Lights Paradeon 10 June!