Chichester was the birthplace of Timothy Peake in 1972, declared the first official British astronaut at the end of 2015 when he reached the International Space Station.
It is the only City in the county of West Sussex and played a significant role in the Roman invasion as those who visit Fishbourne Roman Palace will evidence in the form of military structures from around AD 43. This amazing attraction will capture your kids' imagination with the largest residential Roman villa the UK has ever discovered with wonderful floor mosaics, Roman style gardens, workshops, pottery classes and is part of the Sussex Archaeological Society.
Or why not go with a friend and enjoy a great day out at the races at Goodwood Racecourse, which is renowned as the one of the World’s most beautiful racecourses and was launched in 1802. With Goodwood House alongside, a visit to Chichester is a must on race day. If you’re there with a friend for the weekend, why not book a tour at the Tinwood Estate Vineyard, well known for their English sparkling wines with tours and tastings.
Take a family day out to visit the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, with its wonderful medieval farmstead, working Tudor kitchen and 'tin tabernacle church' or maybe take a picnic to enjoy near its 17th century working watermill.
In June and July the City holds the four week 'Festival of Chichester', an arts and music festival, and in October, the 'Sloe Fair' which is a funfair held each year since the 12th Century.
A visit to Chichester wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Tangmere Military Aviation Museum which sits on the old RAF Tangmere airfield. With its priceless historical aircraft and flight simulators, you and your children can have an amazing day out.