Things to do: Here are some things to do in Chichester, Petworth, Midhurst and Bognor this weekend

Looking for something to do this weekend (March 26-27)?

From events to walks, museums or soft play there is something for everyone.

And don’t forget that Sunday is Mother’s Day.

Lady Day at Weald and Downland, March 27

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    Ladies can go free at the Weald and Downland, Chichester, West Sussex, UK, on Mother's Day.Photograph by Sam Stephenson, 07880 703135, www.samstephenson.co.uk. SUS-220321-093009003

    On Sunday there is free entry for all ladies. Please select a free complimentary ticket for each lady in your party, when purchasing your tickets online.

    The Museum is home to a fascinating collection of over 50 rescued rural buildings set in a beautiful 40-acre site within the South Downs National Park, where visitors can discover the stories of the people who lived and worked in them from Anglo-Saxon to Edwardian times. There is a lot to see including: homes and historic gardens, farm animals and farming heritage, crafts and trade workshops, beautiful woodland, pasture and wildflower meadows.

    For more information, visit www.wealddown.co.uk

    Masterpieces in Miniature: The 2021 Model Art Gallery, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, until April 24

    Brick Wonders will transport you around the world to wonders old and new, recreated from 500,000 LEGO® bricks by Warren Elsmore and his team. Beginning with the seven wonders of the ancient world, the exhibition also takes in modern, natural, and historic wonders from all seven continents.

    Wright & Wright architects have designed a model art gallery to house original miniature artworks from over 30 of the most exciting contemporary British artists, including John Akomfrah, Tacita Dean, Lubaina Himid, Damien Hirst, Magdalene Odundo, and Gillian Wearing. These works were created during the 2020 coronavirus lockdown – a time when artists could not get to their studios, exhibitions were cancelled, and many people spoke of being creatively blocked.

    Springtime in Paris performed by Littlehampton Concert Band, Regis Centre, Bognor, Sunday, March 27

    The Littlehampton Concert Band will be returning to the Alexandra Theatre to perform their annual Springtime celebration concert.

    This year’s show is Springtime in Paris and will have a distinctly French twist (ooh la-la!). The band will play music from popular shows including ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera’, plus there will be a wide variety of other types of music including big-band and classical numbers.

    Bognor Regis Promenade

    The promenade is just over 2.7 miles in length and stretches from, Felpham to Aldwick . Along the prom, there are a number of concessions proving hot and cold food and drinks as well as those all important ice-creams and fish and chips. A lovely walk for the family.

    Mother’s Day at Amberley Museum

    Mums go free to celebrate Mother’s Day – enjoy a steam train and vintage bus in service* and treat mum to fresh scones and cake in the Limeburners Café. There will also be a traction engine in steam.

    *Subject to operational constraints

    Brick Wonders, Novium Museum, Chichester, until June 5

    Brick Wonders will transport you around the world to wonders old and new, recreated from 500,000 LEGO® bricks by Warren Elsmore and his team. Beginning with the seven wonders of the ancient world, the exhibition also takes in modern, natural, and historic wonders from all seven continents.

    Tickets to the exhibition cost £4 for adults, £2.50 for children and £12 for a family of up to five. Relaxed SEN sessions are available, please see The Novium Museum’s website for details. Booking in advance is essential.

    Audio tour by South Downs National Park

    South Downs National Park has launched a new audio tour so you can walk in the footsteps of artist Ivon Hitchens, who sought to capture the beauty of the landscape in his colourful abstract paintings. This 9km/5.5 mile circular walk begins and ends at Pallant House Gallery, in Chichester, where people can view some of Hitchens’ works before heading off to explore the heathland of Lavington Common and surrounding countryside.

    Each tour includes engaging audio clips and a mixture of photos and archive images, as well as written content that can be displayed in 19 different languages, all to help bring the story to life.

    Download the app for free on Android or Apple by searching for “In Their Footsteps”.

    Self-guided tour of Chichester

    A self-guided treasure hunt walking trail around Chichester it is a two-mile ‘loop’ that takes two hours to complete at your own pace. Head to the website to download the map, with prices starting at £9.99. You’ll hunt high and low past from Priory Park to the Cathedral and Market Cross, uncovering the story of Chichester from Roman times to the present day.

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    Cowdray Ruins, Midhurst

    The Cowdray Ruins are one of England’s most important early Tudor Houses. Take a walk nearby and enjoy the farm shop and cafe.

    Fishbourne Roman Palace & Gardens, Chichester

    The palace is the largest Roman residence north of the Alps. and has an unusually early date of 75 AD, around thirty years after the Roman conquest of Britain.

    Day pass at Butlin’s Bognor

    The day pass grants you unlimited rides in our Traditional Fairground and Little Stars Fairground, access to our huge Splash Waterworld, featuring flumes, rapids, a wave pool and the world’s first Helter Skelter water slide, live daytime shows in our indoor Skyline Pavilion, access to our soft play areas, outdoor play areas and arcades and access to our bars and restaurants. To book, visit butlins.com/discover-butlins/day-visits

    Aldingbourne Country Centre, Chichester

    At Aldingbourne Trust you can visit a farm, soft, sand and water play areas, play crazy golf, ride on mini tractors or explore the woodland walk. Open seven days a week 10am until 4pm, there is no need to book just turn up. Ticket prices vary.