Living Well With Dementia Festival

Dementia-friendly events and activities to take place across Chichester

11 April – 29 May!

Following the success of last year’s Living with Dementia Festival, the Chichester Cultural Learning Partnership will once again deliver a programme of dementia-friendly cultural activities for everyone to enjoy this spring.

Chichester Cultural Learning Partnership is made up of seven local arts organisations, and each venue will host a number of events suitable for those living with dementia and their families and friends. Activities include:

  • Singing and movement sessions at Chichester Festival Theatre
  • Ancient craft activities at Fishbourne Roman Palace
  • Special guided tours of Chichester Cathedral, The Novium Museum, Otter Gallery and Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
  • Creative art workshops at Pallant House Gallery

Sandra Peaty, Head of Learning and Community at Pallant House Gallery, said: ‘At Pallant House Gallery we are committed to providing accessible creative opportunities for all members of the community, whatever their circumstances or needs. The Living with Dementia Festival in 2015 coincided with the introduction of our new dementia-friendly Art Views series and many of those who attended our events during the Festival have gone on to engage with our long term offer. As testament to the positive impact of the arts on those living with dementia, several people have started to pursue their own art interests with the support of the Gallery’s pioneering Community Programme. We look forward to continuing to work with other local cultural organisations for this year’s Festival.’

New to the programme this year are two Dementia Friends sessions where participants will learn more about the issues faced by those living with dementia, and discuss what we can all do to create dementia-friendly communities.

Louise Rigglesford, Community Partnerships Manager at Chichester Festival Theatre, said: ‘The purpose of the Living Well With Dementia Festival is to increase opportunities for local people living with dementia, and we hope that the public Dementia Friends sessions will help to raise further awareness about the small changes that can be made to make Chichester a truly dementia-friendly city.’

The Living Well with Dementia Festival takes place at venues across Chichester from 11 April – 29 May. For more information visit

The Living Well with Dementia Festival is supported by Chichester In Partnership and Chichester District Council.


Chichester Cathedral To book telephone 01243 813595 or email

Make Do and Mend 11 April and 23 May, 11am – 12.30pm Vicar’s Hall £3 Join the creative fun at this tactile workshop exploring colour, textiles and making with textile artist Lou Lou Morris
Sing Healthy, Play Happy 18 April and 16 May, 2pm – 3.30pm Vicar’s Hall £3 In these fun, gentle and supportive sessions you will sing and explore instruments. No experience is necessary. Led by open strings music.
Guided Tours of the Cathedral 4 May and 18 May, 10.30am – 12pm Meet at West Door £3 Join a team of knowledgeable tour guides for this informative guided tour.


Chichester Festival Theatre Book online at or call the Box Office on 01243 781312

Mind, Body, Sing! Fridays from 15 April, 2pm – 3.30pm St Paul’s Church £3 Join the fun and health-giving properties of group singing. No auditions and no reading of music.
Mindful Movements 20 April and 5 May, 2pm – 3.30pm Chichester Festival Theatre £3 Explore the benefits of seated creative dance sessions with an experienced dance and movement specialist.
Guided Tour Saturday 21 May, 10.30am – 11.30am Meet in the Festival Theatre foyer £5, carers free A backstage tour of the Festival Theatre, including areas not usually open to the public.



Fishbourne Roman Palace & Gardens To book telephone 01243 785859 or email

Roman Costume Wednesday 13 April, 2.45pm – 4pm £5 Discover the story of this unique Roman Palace and explore original examples of the clothes worn by the people who lived there.
Roman Clay Lamp Making Wednesday 27 April, 2.45pm – 4pm £5 Discover the story of this unique Roman Palace at this interactive craft session.
Marble & Marbling Wednesday 11 May, 2.45pm – 4pm £5 Discover the story of this unique Roman Palace and explore the materials used to create such lavish homes.


The Novium Museum To book telephone 01243 775888 or email

Hands on History Tour 11 April and 23 May, 2pm – 4pm £2 Join this informal and interactive tour of the museum, pointing to discover secrets of the museum before handling some objects.
Admiral Murray’s Navy Monday 9 May, 2pm – 4pm FREE An introduction to Admiral George Murray, his life in Chichester and his service in the Royal Navy at the time of Nelson, including a variety of nautical-themed craft activities to further explore this fascinating story.


The Otter Gallery To book telephone 01243 816098 or email

A Tour with a Difference Monday 18 April, 2pm – 4pm £2 Go behind the scenes at the gallery and explore pictures and mixed media both on display and hidden in storage, as well as art work around the campus. Followed by tea, coffee and biscuits and a chance to chat to gallery staff.




Weald & Downland Open Air Museum To book telephone 01243 811021 or email

Explore the Gridshell Artefact Store Thursday 14 April, 2.30pm £3 Visit the museum to enjoy a 45 minute tour of the Gridshell building.
Taste of the Past: Bread and Pottage Thursday 21 April, 2.30pm £3 Visit the museum to enjoy a 45 minute tour and discover about the tastes of the past.
Sounds of the Past: Visit the Blacksmith’s Forge and Mill Tuesday 26 April, 2.30pm £3 Visit the museum to enjoy a series of 45 minute tour of the Blacksmith’s forge and mill.
Traditional Crafts: Textiles Saturday 7 May, 2.30pm £3 Visit the museum to enjoy a 45 minute tour and discover this traditional craft.
Smell of the Past: Tudor Herbs and Medicine Thursday 19 May, 2.30pm £3 Visit the museum to enjoy a 45 minute tour and enjoy some of the smells of the past.
Explore Bayleaf Tudor Farmhouse Tuesday 24 May, 2.30pm £3 Visit the museum to enjoy a 45 minute tour of Bayleaf Tudor Farmhouse.