Things to Do in Chichester with Your Family


With the summer holiday’s fast approaching it may be time to start looking around for a good vacation destination. If you’re looking for hotels in Chichester  to satisfy your family needs, our stunning accommodation allows you to relax after a busy day exploring the Chichester area. We’ve come up with some of the best places for you and your family to visit while you’re here.

For the Adventurer in You

There are a number of adrenaline fuelled attractions to go and visit such as Harbour Park.

With both outdoor and indoor adventure rides for your young or older family, the Harbour Park has plenty of splash to excite and entice you. Located on the harbour, the Harbour Park’s free entry allows you to spend your money where it counts, such as the trendy cafes and restaurants along the promenade or at the seaside shops, collecting the best crab fishing equipment.


Action Stations is a unique physical and interactive centre located in Portsmouth which adds a new and thrilling dimension to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. With a climbing tower and strategic interactive games for you to fight alongside the Royal Marines, it’s a fantastic history adrenalin rush for all the family.

For Your Animal Loving Family

Marwell Zoo not only offers exciting, interactive talks and tours around the zoo’s wildlife, it also works to protect both animals and their habitats in the UK and around the world. By visiting and exploring the Wild Explorers- a new exhibit opening this summer- where your family can enjoy the indoor and outdoor facilities , picnic and play areas and free road train, you’ll  be contributing to the Marwell Zoo’s conservation projects around the world!

If your family would prefer a more hands on encounter with animals, Dunreyth Alpacas offer you and your family the chance to walk an Alpaca, adopt an Alpaca and, if you would like a souvenir, you can buy hand weaved Alpaca clothes from the very Alpaca’s you can walk!

To Add a Little Culture and History to Your Day

Chichester has a rich source of culture and unique historical sites for you and your family to visit. If your family enjoy the theatre and all it has to offer then they’ll love the Chichester Festival Theatre.

Newly refurbished the theatre offers cafes, bars and a brand new auditorium. Some of the upcoming plays include:

Educating Rita (18th June-25th July) – a beautiful performance about the glory of education and the threat knowledge can have on the individuals personality.

Mack and Mable (13 July- 5th September) – depicting a tragic love story and historic undertones, this comic musical is entertaining for all the family.

If you would rather travel back in time, however, the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, located in Singleton, is a must see.

A collection of historic buildings from around Sussex, Surry, Kent and Hampshire, the museum offers an insight into our ancestors’ lives and with plenty of workshops and open spaces to run around in, this is an amazing site to relax and enjoy the full beauty of the countryside.

The Great Outdoors

Enjoying the fresh air is always important for you and your family, so a day at West Witterings Beach the perfect solution to a sunny day.

An award winning clean and safe beach, West Wittering Beach offers wide spans of golden sand to tempt any bucket and spade enthusiast. There’s no need to worry about your children getting caught up in the ocean either, the life guards carry out regular patrols during summer and the beach cafe is the perfect place to get any of your hot or cold foods and drinks.

After your busy day exploring the wonders of Chichester, there’s no need to leave the outdoors at the beach. Crouchers Hotel is surrounded by the stunning Chichester countryside with views of the harbour and Witterings Beach to the south, Chichester Cathedral to the North and in easy access to the city, you won’t have to travel far for your fun days out.

There’s plenty more to do in Chichester with your family, from relaxing walks through botanical gardens, to scenic bike rides delving into to the woods, you’re sure to find something for the entire family to enjoy. After your long day, Crouchers Hotel offers a warm, unpretentious atmosphere for you to relax and unwind in. If you would like to know more about what our hotel can offer you and your family, then don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff on 01243 784 995 today.

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How to Get the Best Out of Your Hotel Stay

When it comes to choosing a good hotel for your trip, it’s always good to find one that completely suits your needs.  So how can you get the most out of your stay in a hotel?

Think About Your Trip as a Whole

Our first tip would be to decide on what you are planning to do on your trip. If you want to be able to do work or surf the net while you are in your hotel, make sure you look around for hotels that may have Wi-Fi capabilities. Similarly, if you are planning to take your car, make sure there are parking facilities available.

You will also want to think about how far you want to be from the activities you may have planned. It’s no good having your base out in the middle of nowhere if everything that you want to do is in one area that is quite far away.

Your budget is very important, but the cheapest isn’t always the most cost effective. For example, a cheaper accommodation option may be tempting, but will you end up spending more in the long run funding all the extras that you require, such as breakfast or parking?

Look on the Accommodation’s Website

Our second tip would to visit the accommodation’s website directly. Generally speaking, this is where you will find the best price, and they are going to be able to give you the precise lowdown on what they have on offer. You will also be able to see any offers that are currently on, rather than looking on alternative websites which may report out of date deals.

A lot of accommodation sites now give other guests the opportunity to leave feedback for prospective guests to read. This could be in the form of their own testimonial page, or a link to the official trip advisor page. This will give you a good overview of what you can expect from this property and its staff and see if it will suit your needs.

Chat with the Staff

Having a chat with people that know the area well will greatly increase your outlook on the trip. Even if it’s simply asking for recommendations on where to go for dinner that evening, the staff will be eager to help out with anything you require.

Don’t make your conversations too vague; the staff aren’t mind readers, so make sure that if you are asking for recommendations, you are pretty specific with what you are looking for. A general “where should I go for dinner tonight?” will most likely end with you being none the wiser with an extensive list of places that you might not like.

A simple “I quite fancy an Italian meal tonight, do you have any restaurant recommendations?” will get you a quick and simple answer that suits what you want. After all, catering to your needs is what the staff are there for!

It also makes your stay that little bit more special if you can interact with the staff that will be taking care of you. A smile can always brighten someone’s day, so why not make the effort to get those staff enjoying themselves too?

Sensitive to Noise? Ask for a Higher Floor!

If you are a light sleeper and you know you will be woken up by other guests wandering around above your room, ask for a room on a higher floor when you book.

This may feel like you are being picky, but hotels know how important being able to have a good night’s sleep is to their guests and should be happy to accommodate any needs you may have- including your preference of floor!

We hope that you found our tips for making the most out of your hotel stay helpful. As leading providers of one of the best hotels in Chichester, we know how important it is to find a hotel that caters to your trip’s every need. We are able to provide the highest quality care to each of our guests and our staff will be happy to help you with any questions you may have; from room requirements to what there is to do in the area!

If you would like more information on what we have on offer, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 01243 784 995 and one of our friendly team members will be happy to help you!

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Glorious Gardens

Here in Britain, we’re a nation of garden lovers – fact.

With spring now in full swing, and the flowers out in force, there’s never been a better time to get exploring some of the best gardens Britain has to offer.

Chichester and the surrounding areas are renowned for their beautiful parks and gardens. And with this in mind, here we thought we’d take a closer look at the glorious gardens, located within easy reach of Chichester, that are well worth exploring.

So from rolling parklands to picturesque kitchen gardens, read on as we look at some of our favourites – enjoy!



West Dean Gardens

West Dean Gardens is a haven of tranquillity located in the heart of the rolling South Downs. It’s quite simply one of the best gardens in all of England. And the great thing is that it’s open to the public too.

With over 90 acres to explore, the gardens here are full of inspiration, whether you’re an avid gardener or not.

The grounds here include a wonderful walled kitchen garden that is one of the finest examples of its kind.

The kitchen garden features an array of exotic blooms and is brimming with a selection of fragrant flowers too. But it’s the huge variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables that take centre stage.

The garden is laid out according to a classic Victorian design. Step through its walls and you will feel almost as though you have been transported back to this bygone era.



West Dean Gardens is also home to some of the finest glasshouses in the country.

Make sure to explore the garden’s enchanting 300ft Edwardian pergola too. This stunning structure is covered in an array of striking climbing roses and honeysuckle.

The beautiful sunken garden – which was the 2014 winner of the Sussex Heritage Trusts’ Garden and Landscape Award – also recently reopened after undergoing a 6 year restoration project. This area of the gardens is more intimate and sheltered, and is an idyllic sport for enjoying a little peace and quiet.


Bishop Palace Gardens

Nestled behind Chichester’s charming cathedral is the Bishop Palace garden. This garden is a real hidden treasure and you’d be hard pressed to find another like it.

The garden is an oasis of calm in the midst of the city and includes everything from wildlife areas to water features.

It has an intriguing history too, and you can find out more about this by perusing the various boards scattered throughout its grounds.

The garden’s beautiful, meandering pathways are perfect for enjoying a leisurely stroll, as you take in all this resplendent garden has to offer.



Petworth House and Park

The magnificence of this fine stately home is matched only by the undeniable splendour of its gardens.

This 18th century park was designed by acclaimed landscape architect Lancelot Brown. He transformed the garden from a small fruit and vegetable patch into the glorious garden it is today.

The park is an ideal spot for walkers and garden lovers alike. And from here you can enjoy far-reaching views across the South Downs.

The park has provided the inspiration for many an artist, and has even been immortalised in the paintings of Turner!



The garden is particularly spectacular during the spring, when an array of seasonal blooms, including daffodils, are out in full force.

These grounds are steeped in history too and feature a number of ancient trees, some of which have been standing for nearly a thousand years. Pretty incredible right?!

The estate also features a deer park and is home to a magnificent herd of approximately 900 fallow deer.

According to the National Trust, the herd is thought to be the oldest in England too. So make sure to try and catch a glimpse of these graceful creatures for yourself.



These are just a selection of the fantastic gardens located near Chichester.

Fancy exploring these floral wonderlands for yourself, and looking for the ideal place to stay during your trip? Then here at the Crouchers Hotel we can help. As one of the best Chichester hotels, we’re the perfect option.

For more information, simply contact us today by giving us a call on 01243 784 995 and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help you with your enquiries.

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What’s on in Chichester? May Edition!

What’s on in Chichester? May Edition.

We think Chichester is a pretty versatile place. There’s a little bit of something for everyone, and with the summer season fast approaching, starting from next month with the May bank holiday, we thought we’d compile a concise list of some of the exciting things going on in the area.

Farmers’ Market

When and Where?

1st May 2015 in the City Centre 9am-2pm

Our monthly farmers’ market returns to kick off the bank holiday weekend. With stall holders required to rear, bake and/or preserve all the produce they will be selling within a 30 mile radius of Chichester, you can guarantee that the products you will receive will be the best locally sourced items that Chichester has to offer.

We think the local producers need more praise for their fantastic work, so come on down and take a look at their wares and help promote local production!


City Centre
West Sussex
PO19 1TY

Chichester Cathedral Peregrines

When and Where?

11th April-05th July at the RSPB Marquee 10am-5pm (4pm Sundays)

A pair of Peregrine Falcons nest in our Cathedral’s south eastern turret every year. From April until mid June, the parents and the little chicks can be viewed in the RSPB marquee located just off the Cloisters Cafe. From June until the 5th of July, the birds will be visible to visitors through telescopes located in the Cathedral Grounds.

This is a free event, so make sure to have this as one of the “must see” items on your itinerary, as the RSPB are reporting only 1,500 breeding pairs in the UK.

Museums at Night – A Night at the Novium

When and Where?

15th May at the Novium Museum 7.30pm-11.30pm

This one is more for the adults. The Novium Museum is taking part in the National Museums at Night event. This offers people the chance to experience a completely different visit to the museum… quite literally in a different light!

With cocktails on arrival, visitors will be able to meet with experts from the museum while they explore behind the scenes. There’s a variety of activities such as wool spinning, still life drawing sessions and a little quiz to test everyone’s knowledge! The night will be rounded off with a Roman soldier biscuit decorating contest, followed by heading to the Belle Isle for a nightcap and some snacks.

This is an annual event, so make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity to see the Museum in a completely fun and different way! Space is limited for this event, so make sure you book! Tickets cost £15 per person.


The Novium
Tower Street
West Sussex
PO19 1QH

Commando Action

When and Where?

28th May at the Royal Marines Museum 10am-5pm

If it’s more of a family day out you are looking for, where everyone can join in, why not take a look at the Royal Marines Museum and join them for their Commando Action Day?

This gives visitors the opportunity to become a Marine for a day, so be prepared to tackle their assault courses and explore the military vehicles. There will also be real Marines taking part in interactive displays with the “new recruits”, so don’t expect to be taking a back seat… get stuck in!


Royal Marines Museum
Portsmouth Southsea

We’re hoping there’ll be something that we’ve listed to pique your interest into coming to visit Chichester. This is also only a small selection of the many events that Chichester has going on in May. If you are in need of somewhere to stay during your visit and are looking for Chichester hotels to stay in, don’t hesitate to contact us on 01243 784995 and speak to one of our friendly team members to see what we can do for you!

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How to Make a Good Holiday Great

Earlier this month, you may have read a news story about a 3750-year-old carving; a customer service complaint originating in ancient Mesopotamia. Ok, it wasn’t quite like those awful reviews on TripAdvisor that we’ve all seen, but it does serve to highlight the importance of maintaining great customer service. Even thousands of years ago, people still wanted to be treated with respect for their custom.


Customer service is just one aspect of a holiday that makes a good trip great. After all, receiving a poor reception at the reception is only going to blight the entire experience. You want to feel looked after, cared for, understood and your every need served by capable, knowledgeable staff.


As one of the finest hotels in Chichester, we like to think we know a thing or two about getting the most out of your vacation. So here are our top tips to turning a good holiday into a great one, one you’ll never forget.


Research and Research

Every tourist destination, from Tunisia to Torquay, has secret little spots that a lot of people don’t know about. With a little research, you can discover hitherto unknown locations to call your own. Hidden gardens, lip-smackingly delicious eateries and spiffing landscape scenery that create a holiday unique to you. All you’ve got to do is hunt them down.


A Fresh Perspective



If you’re returning to the same spot for your vacation, there’s a chance you’ll fall into habit and routine. Yes, that quaint little pub does offer an excellent mixed grill; those beaches are sandier than any other, but what about everything you’re not seeing by visiting the same places again and again? On your next holiday, why not pledge to see something you’ve never seen before? Embrace that spirit of adventure.


A New Experience

Speaking of the spirit of adventure, why not aim to do something you’ve never done too? It’s all very well seeing new things, but doing new things will only serve to enhance your holiday. Once you’ve researched where you’re going, cook up a list of things you’d like to try but never have. Maybe that’s horse-riding, maybe it’s hang-gliding, or simply walking a certain stretch of this green and pleasant land. Whatever it is, try it!


Bond with Loved Ones

Ok, so far we’ve talked about things to do – but that’s not all holidays are. It’s a time to spend with the family, building quality bonds. So when planning activities, make sure it’s something the whole family can enjoy! If there’s something you really, really wish to do that isn’t family-friendly, balance that out by doing something that’s kid-centric too.


Create a Tradition

Traditions are great for holidays – it gives everybody something to look forward to. If you don’t have a tradition already, now’s the chance to create one that’s unique for you and your loved ones. Perhaps you could collect postcards of the area, or take a family photograph at an iconic location (or pulling the silliest face!) or even make a holiday cocktail. Whatever it is, it’ll bring you and your loved ones together, and helps put your own stamp on a holiday.



Look, vacations can be manic. You work so hard to squeeze every last drop out of your holiday that you end up forgetting why you went away in the first place. So on at least one day, stop, take a deep breath, and just relax. Enjoy the countryside, soak up the sun, read that book you’ve always meant to but never got ‘round to reading. Having a little you time is precisely what a holiday is about.


Where better to relax than at a charming country hotel like Crouchers, nestled in the countryside, close to the historic city of Chichester? We’d be absolutely delighted to meet you and help craft the holiday you deserve. For more information, simply contact us on 01243 784 995 and our cheerful staff will be happy to assist with your enquiries.

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