Selsey Walking and Outdoor Festival – SWOF




SWOF 2020 will take place from: 23 May – 1 June 2020 – now in its 7th year


Welcome to SWOF
SWOF will be back in 2020!

SWOF 2020 will take place from Saturday 23rd May until Monday 1st June 2020.

Events will be highlighted on this website as they become known and will be sure to include your favourites and requests.

We always welcome ideas and if you want to help us, either with suggestions or as a volunteer, then please drop a message to:

We look forward to seeing you in May 2020.

The 2019 events have finished – thanks to all our participants, supporters and helpers. A taste of what took place can be seen below.

We have many new events along with our firm favourites and a programme suitable for all age groups. This year we will be running events in collaboration with the Weald and Downland Museum, the Novium Museum and Selsey Open Gardens.

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  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 events are:

  • 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.

Our chosen charity this year will be the Selsey First Responders

Please book the events you are interested in 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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