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04 December 2019CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL , PALLANT HOUSE GALLERY and CHICHESTER CHRISTMAS MARKET
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CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL , PALLANT HOUSE GALLERY and CHICHESTER CHRISTMAS MARKET
Wednesday 04 December 2019

We will visit Chichester Cathedral in the morning and Pallant House Gallery in the afternoon. The Chichester Christmas Market will be in the town centre if you would like to enjoy the festive atmosphere there.

We will leave High Wycombe Park & Ride at 8.30 am to arrive in time for refreshments at the Cathedral. Chris has arranged a guided tour of the Cathedral. The choir maybe rehearsing their Christmas repertoire while we are there, which should add to the occasion. The tour will finish about Noon, so there will be an hour and a half break for either lunch or time to explore the Christmas Market or town centre. There are many eating places in the town centre, including the Cathedral's own cafe , or maybe the restuarant at the Pallant House Gallery, ( booking ahead at the Gallery's restuarant is recommended tel: 01243 774557), or maybe visit the market and taste some of the foods on sale there.

At 1.30pm we will regroup at the Pallant House Gallery, ( a very short walk from the Cathedral). There will be a new exhibition at the time of our visit: Radical Women: Jessica Dorimorr and her Contemporaries, which is included in our entrance. We will have a tour of the Gallery's collection , then free time to explore the Gallery before making our way back to the Cathedral Coach drop off area for 3.40pm.

The Cathedral itself is a work of art, but it is also unique in its collection of 20th Century paintings , sculpture and glass. These include a window by Marc Chagall, a tapestry by John Piper and an alterpiece by Graham Sutherland.

However, the Cathedral also contains some wonderful early objects such as the Chichester Reliefs, two carved stone panels depicting the raising of Lazarus. Dating from the early 12th Century, there are outstanding examples of pre-Gothic sculpture, unique in English architecture. The choir stalls embody 38 misericords dating from 1330. In the transepts are two Tudor paintings by Lambert Barnard and portraits of past bishops and kings and queens of England.

Among the many interesting monuments is the 14th Century table tomb of the Earl of Arundel and his wife, which inspired Philip Larkin to write the beautiful poem "An Arundel Tomb'.

We wil leave Chichester at 3.45 pm.

The cost of the day is £40, and includes entry and tour of the Pallant House Gallery, the Cathedral tour and refreshments on arrival.

Bookings will be taken at the first meeting of our new year in October. Any places not sold on that date will be open to family and friends .