Groups and Schools

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.

South Pacific - Summer 2021

A World of Drama at Chichester

Socially Distanced Performances at CFT

Benefits for Groups

  • Discounts for groups of 8+ (and 40+ during Festival season)
  • Direct booking line 01243 812909 or email
  • 4 week reservation period
  • Up to 10 seats can purchased online with group discount
  • Pre-book your ice creams and save queuing
  • Special offers from our caterers

School and College Groups 10+ 

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

Pinocchio - Mid-week term time performances: £8.50 per ticket; one free teacher ticket with every nine paid.

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

Booking your tickets 
01243 812909

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.

Please note: our socially distanced seating is in groups of up to six as per current government guidelines. We appreciate there are some family bubbles larger than six and will endeavour to seat them in the nearest adjacent bubbles (for example six and a two) where possible. If there are two or more families attending we will need to separate them accordingly. Please clearly indicate bubbles/households on your booking request/s. 

Group Visit Welcome Pack

Take a Tour

Make a day of it

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?

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


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