Groups and Schools

In line with Government advice we are not currently running any of our workshops, sessions or events. The welfare of our participants, audiences, artists and staff is paramount, and we also want to support the valiant efforts of our health service. Our latest announcement can be found here.

Whilst we are working on ways that we can support our community, take a look at some ways you can Get Creative with CFT at home. We look forward to opening our doors and welcoming our audiences back as soon as we can.

Situated in the cathedral city of West Sussex between the South Downs and the sea, Chichester Festival Theatre is internationally renowned for the exceptionally high standard of its productions. The Festival Theatre’s bold thrust stage design makes it one of England’s most striking playhouses – equally suited to epic drama and musicals. Its studio theatre, the Minerva, is particularly noted for premieres of new work alongside intimate revivals.

With its light and spacious foyers and welcoming café, bars and restaurants, all with lovely views over Oaklands Park, Chichester is one of the country’s most loved and lively theatres.

We'd love to welcome your group to visit us.

A World of Drama

Make a day of it

CFT is great for Groups

  • Discounts for groups of 8+ and 40+ 
  • Extra discounts on Mondays / Tuesdays
  • Direct booking line 01243 812909
  • Direct email
  • 4 week reservation period
  • Up to 10 seats can purchased online with group discount
  • Pre-book your ice creams and save queuing
  • Bespoke theatre tours available
  • Special offers from our caterers
  • Linked talks and events

Groups 8+

Monday and Tuesday: Festival Theatre £29 per ticket  
Monday and Tuesday: Minerva Theatre £25 per ticket 
Wednesday – Friday: £5 off each ticket

Groups 40+ 

Wednesday – Friday: £8 off each ticket, plus a £5 ticket for the Group Organiser.

School and College Groups 10+ 

Monday – Friday performances: £8.50 per ticket; one free teacher ticket with every nine paid.

Find out more about about Learning, Education and Participation at CFT. 

Discounts do not apply to Previews or Press Nights, or to the lowest two prices in the Festival Theatre. Only one reduction applies per ticket, and all discounts are subject to availability and at the discretion of the Box Office.

Group Booking

Please Note: There is important information about bringing a Coach Group in our Group Visit Welcome pack below.

Groups of 8+ don’t need to pay for tickets straight away – reserve the tickets and we can hold the reservation for up to four weeks after the reservation is made (unless the date falls less than two weeks prior to the performance).

Groups of up to 10 can purchase tickets online however there is no reservation option for this method of booking. 
01243 812909

Before your visit

Our Group Visit Welcome pack has everything you need to prepare for your visit. Why not take an online tour of CFT? Also remember, you don't need to queue if you pre-order your ice creams with your booking.

Travelling by coach?

There is important information for you in the Welcome pack. 

The coach drop-off point is outside the Festival Theatre. Coaches can enter the site via Cala Torrent Road from Broyle Road. Coach parking is in Via Ravenna (formerly Cathedral Way). After dropping off, your driver should exit through the Northgate car park.  View Chichester Council’s Where to Park Map

Group Visit Welcome Pack

Take a Tour

Food and Drink 

Our welcoming cafés and restaurants are ideal places to eat and drink. With views across Oaklands Park and outdoor seating during the summer months, it’s the ideal place to relax. Check out the Food and Drink page for full details. 

Groups 8+ Early Bird Tea/Coffee and Cake Offer*
Arrive before a matinee and enjoy tea or coffee and a delicious freshly made cake in The Foyle Terrace for just £4 per person.  

Groups 8+ Early Bird Lunch or Dinner Offer*
Arrive early and enjoy a two or three-course meal at a leisurely pace in The Brasserie. Book 16+ and Group Organiser eats free!

Two-courses are £26.95 and three-courses are £31.95 including tea/coffee and a glass of house wine, beer or soft drink. Lunch sittings available at 12noon or dinner sittings at 5pm. 

*Only available for groups of 8+. Must be booked in advance and at the same time. Subject to availability.

Book your Table
Email call 01243 782219 (booking line open Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm) to discuss availability.


If there's anything we can do to assist you, please email