Selsey Walking and Outdoor Festival



We know it is early but make a note:

SWOF 2019 will take place from: 25 May – 2 June 2019

And now for something completely different.

It’s all over for 2018 and planning is underway for 2019. Thanks must go to all our participants, supporters and volunteers for making the festival such an enjoyable and successful occasion.

We will be posting on Facebook (Selseywalkfest) with 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.

There were many new events in 2018 and included a lecture by the popular astronomer, Dr John Mason, a presentation from Natures Way Foods and something for people using mobility scooters.

SWOF is well supported by businesses and local authorities. The famous SplashMaps company, which featured on the BBC’s Dragon’s Den, donated an unusual bespoke fabric map as a prize which was given to one of the randomly drawn participants.

The SWOF Chairwoman, Ann Humphrey is pictured handing the lucky winner, Mike Beale from Selsey, his prize – great legs Mike.

David Overton, the Managing Director of SplashMaps said, “I am pleased to support SWOF and our innovative wearable fabric maps are excellent products for such external events.”

A summary of the 2018 events is featured below.


This what happened in 2018:

The Selsey Walking and Outdoor Festival completed its 5th year with new events and firm favourites.

We have a fabulous week of walks, cycling, natural history, snorkelling and we have not forgotten toddlers and those with limited mobility and their carers. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the glorious coastal and rural setting while savouring the unique history of the region.

00-star-space-hubble-tile7We are pleased to announce that Dr John Mason MBE will again be leading our stargazing walk. 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.

This year Dr Mason will also be providing another of his fascinating seminars on Saturday 2 June at the Selsey Centre and we expect it will be very popular.

The wonderful people from Owls about Town have also agreed to show us their fantastic collection of owls. Andy and his team are passionate about the strigiformes and will offer a fascinating talk about them.

We also have a free Selsey Explorers event for all the family with the opportunity to win prizes.

Other confirmed events are:

  • Events for people with limited mobility
  • Toddler walks
  • A free family guided walk with a quiz to keep the children busy
  • A tour around RSPB Pagham harbour and Medmerry with the RSPB
  • Local history from an expert historian focusing on the railway cottages
  • Fantastic cycle trail
  • Selsey garden tour
  • The Selsey Tramway walk
  • A tour around Natures Way
  • Discover local moths with the RSPB
  • Nordic walking
  • A tour around Natures Way
  • A mindfulness experience
  • A chance to experience snorkelling led by our expert local team, Mulberry Divers and no experience needed.
  • A walk along the beach with an expert to observe the sea life.
  • and of course many other walks around the area with history, nature and sea as a backdrop.

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 and we are pleased to announce that surplus funds will be donated to the Selsey Carers and Sports Dream which are two local charities.

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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