There is a programme of social events provided for members of the Friends of Chichester Harbour (FoCH) throughout the year.
The events include talks related to the Harbour and its environment, trips on the Solar Boat which may include bird watching or seal watching and visits to local places of interest. The aim is to provide activities which are both informative and enjoyable as well as opportunities for Friends to meet.
Events are held around the Harbour with most of the winter talks being held at the Stables on Eames Farm on Thorney Island. Topics have included the Harbour and its history, the Tides, Bats and the Night Sky. Evening talks usually start at 7:00pm for 7:30pm so that in the first half hour members can chat with each other over a drink before the presentation.
Because of the popularity of the two visits to the Waste Water Works at Apuldram last year, we have organised six visits this year each to be followed by a light lunch at a local pub.
There are three tours a year of the Cobnor Estate in which the owner, Diana Beale, shows a group of 12 Friends around her land explaining how the farm, set in the heart of the Harbour, is run and the way in which the environment is managed. So far these tours have always been oversubscribed and so Friends are requested not to apply if they have been before so as to let others enjoy one.
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Reserve or Book an Event
Because many events are oversubscribed all places are required to be booked in advance.
To reserve or book an event please contact Jennie Hallett, Social Events Administrator by emailing
When reserving or booking places for Social Events, please provide your membership number, full name, contact details, either email address and ‘phone number, and the Event Code/s. Places are only confirmed once payment is received. Payment can be made by cheque or bank transfer.
Cheques should be made payable to “Friends of Chichester Harbour” with the event code/s listed on the back. Members will be informed if places have been reserved and how to pay by bank transfer if that is their preference.
Some events have been oversubscribed and so early booking is recommended.