Selsey Walking and Outdoor Festival




SWOF 2019 will take place from: 25 May – 2 June 2019 – now in its 6th year

Planning is underway for 2019 and will feature new events and firm favourites. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the glorious coastal and rural setting while savouring the unique history of the region. 2019 will see us expand our range of activities to include events around Chichester.

We will be posting on Facebook (Selseywalkfest) news of the 2019 events but you are welcome to make suggestions for future events  by commenting on our Facebook page or via email at

We have vacancies on our friendly organising committee so why not give it a go? Again, contact us via email. Go on, you know you can do it.

We have a fabulous week of walks, cycling, natural history, snorkelling and regional history.

00-star-space-hubble-tile7We are pleased to announce that Dr John Mason MBE will again be leading our stargazing walk and giving the “Out of this World” lecture. John has been actively involved in science for over 30 years with astronomy, astrophysics and space technology as his main areas of expertise. He is a frequent broadcaster on TV and radio, worked on Tomorrow’s World and appeared many times with Sir Patrick Moore on Sky at Night. He has recently made several radio broadcasts about our local astronaut Tim Peake who went to Chichester High School for Boys. He is currently principal lecturer at The South Downs Planetarium and a Visiting Professor at Chichester University.

Some of our other planned events are as follows:

  • The Selsey Tramway
  • An unusual historical participation event in Selsey hosted by the Weald and Downland Museum
  • Explore the railway carriage houses
  • A shore to sea nature ramble
  • A circular walk to The Piggery
  • Natures Way tour
  • Treasure Trail
  • Selsey’s history through its buildings
  • Tai Chi Chuan taster session
  • Chichester City Walls trail to coincide with other Roman events in the city
  • Snorkelling
  • Open gardens event
  • Gentle cycle ride
  • RSPB Pagham Harbour and Medmerry.
  • Mindful walking

You can contact us at, phone 01243 201616 (please use the full number including the area code) or through our Facebook page.

The event brochure can be downloaded from the menu on the left of this page when it becomes available.

Your contributions pay for our leaflets and posters.

Please book the events you are interested in here and note that places are limited on some events.


windmillbunn1 (Large)This is a chance to celebrate the amazing wildlife and stunning natural scenery of this unspoilt tip of the Manhood Peninsula. Situated close to the historic city of Chichester, Selsey offers close access to some of the top wildlife destinations on the South Coast. It lies at the heart of the RSPB nature reserves at Pagham Harbour and Medmerry and via a series of linked paths is only a stones-throw from the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at Chichester Harbour.

An unspoilt fishing town, Selsey boasts a wealth of history and local character, which the walks planned during the week will help visitors and locals to explore. Selsey also boasts some of the finest diving in the UK which can be experienced on the ‘underwater walk’, whilst the flat terrain and designated off-road routes make the festival cycle ride a great family event.

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

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