At the gateway to the South Downs National Park and in easy reach of Bosham harbour and West Wittering beach, this cathedral city in West Sussex offers the perfect backdrop to a fun and festive shopping trip! We also love it for its Roman walls, Tudor market cross and 900-year-old cathedral which presides over the centre with its magnificent spires and cloisters.
Head to the weekly Wednesday and Saturday markets with more than 200 stalls to browse. There’s also a farmer’s market on the first and third Friday of the month with all produce coming from a 30-mile radius: source meat, fruit and veg, eggs, fish, cheese, honey, cakes, chutneys and plants plus festive goodies.
The main shopping thoroughfare runs along pedestrianised East Street and North Street offering many high-street brands and market stalls towards the the buttercross, and independent shops on the fringes. Our favourites include interiors shop Thru the Looking Glass,which offers a stylish collection of crafted furniture from British and international designers; and Hutson & Grey for its gorgeous country-style furniture, paints and gifts. If you love vintage style, the One Legged Jockey Shop is the perfect place to rummage for clothing and accessories. For festive gifts, source new, secondhand and antiquarian books from Kim’s bookshop, stylish bags from Harrington’s Leather Goods , and Jack Wills clothing is worth a visit for the shop’s architecture alone.
Families will love the hive of activity and friendly welcome at The Barnyard farm shop, garden centre and coffee shop; or look out for Albert Roux’s favourite sausage maker O’Hagan’s at the local markets and its award-winning sausage shop at The Woolpack Inn. Find British cheeses, chutneys and artisan breads at the Cheese & Chutney of Emsworth market stall in Chichester or the shop in Emsworth. Feeling peckish? Take the short drive to Chichester Harbour and watch the world sail by as you enjoy delicious seafood, real ales and magnificent views all year round at the cosy Crown and Anchor pub
Chichester Christmas Market offers more than 50 stalls of artisan crafts, foodie and garden gifts near the market cross. From now until 13 December.
Chichester Cathedral offers several Christmas carol services in December, plus a Nativity scene from 18 December to 11 January where children can find the three kings as they make their way around the cathedral to the crib.
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