Authentic French market comes to Chichester

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Residents and visitors to Chichester will be able to experience a taste of France on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 May between 9am and 5pm, at an authentic French market in the city centre.

The market will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Chichester’s twinning with Chartres. The Friends of Chartres will be at the market talking to visitors about their organisation.

Visitors will be able to browse a wide range of produce including cheeses, meats and bread, as well as clothing, bags and gifts.

“We are delighted to be welcoming the French Market to Chichester to celebrate the city’s 60 years of twinning with Chartres,” says Laurence Foord, Divisional Manager for Communications, Licensing and Events at Chichester District Council. “We hope that this event will encourage more visitors into the city, so that they can discover the range of shops and attractions Chichester has to offer.

“We have recently employed an events officer to arrange a programme of events for the district that will benefit both our residents and businesses. From 27 May, we will be asking residents and businesses to contribute to this work, by letting us know what they would like to see.”

The market forms part of a new Events Strategy led by Chichester District Council. It aims to provide a year round programme of events which will entertain, educate and inspire residents and visitors in the Chichester District.

The Chichester Vision identified that developing an event programme could bring significant benefits to the city, as well as the district as a whole, and this is one of the many actions within the vision that is now being delivered.

Residents and businesses are being asked which events they would like to see in the district as part of a public consultation. The consultation starts on Monday 27 May and it ends on Monday 29 July. People can view the consultation and comment at


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