2022 calendar of events

The Canal is 200 years old in 2022! The formal opening of the canal was held on 9th April 1822. Happily, 9th April 2022 falls on a Saturday, the first weekend of the school Easter Holidays – the perfect date for a celebration. Or in our case, not just one celebration, but an entire season of celebratory events. We’re planning a season of anniversary events to help people discover more about the unique heritage and different ways to explore the canal.

Events will run through the spring and summer and will feature:

  • a historical talk by local author and historian Alan Green at the West Sussex County Record Office
  • a year-long curated exhibition at ‘The Novium’
  • hosted boat trips along the canal
  • a photography competition,
  • a pub quiz
  • the installation of a new sign to mark the location of the famous view painted by JMW Turner
  • family-friendly activities through the school holidays
  • a guided walk with the Friends of the Old Ford to Hunston Canal, and
  • an art partnership with a contemporary art group ARTEL

Recognising the canal’s position at the heart of the cultural, leisure and heritage sector in Chichester City, we’re really pleased to be a host venue for Chichester District Council’s ‘Spark Culture’ opening Event. We are also a partner host for Chichester University and the Fringe performers through the summer.

The Trust will further mark 20 years of formation in September 2022, which coincides with Heritage Open Days.

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