Support Local this Christmas

Our Countdown to Christmas campaign is back. This year has been difficult for all of us, especially our local businesses and our arts, culture and heritage organisations, and so we are encouraging everyone to do their bit this Christmas and support local businesses.

Due to the national restrictions introduced by the Government, the initial stage of the campaign has been focusing on encouraging people who may be looking to buy unique and beautiful gifts during November to support local businesses by using their delivery and click and collect services, and to support local deliveries and takeaways. Once businesses can reopen their doors on 2 December, we will be shining a light on the many reasons to visit and shop in one of the district's fantastic High Streets.

If you are a local business, please get involved in our campaign. To help you do this, we are creating a free 'Shop Local' business pack, which includes a range of digital assets, such as social media graphics and our special Christmas campaign gift tags. You can find out more and request your pack on our Christmas business pack page.

Andrew Chiverton of The Crafty Pint, Midhurst. Photo credit: Christopher Ison Andrew Chiverton of The Crafty Pint, Midhurst. Photo credit: Christopher Ison
Laura Jandac of The Upholsterer, Midhurst. Photo credit: Christopher Ison Laura Jandac of The Upholsterer, Midhurst. Photo credit: Christopher Ison
Mick Tidy of Good News, Chichester Mick Tidy of Good News, Chichester
Petworth Bookshop, Petworth Petworth Bookshop, Petworth
Tiffany Lewis of Tallulah Fox, Petworth Tiffany Lewis of Tallulah Fox, Petworth
Joshua Getting, store manager of Austen Jewellers, Chichester Joshua Getting, store manager of Austen Jewellers, Chichester
Julie Barker-Muzzell of Munneries, East Wittering Julie Barker-Muzzell of Munneries, East Wittering
Dawn Eames of Village Flowers, Selsey Dawn Eames of Village Flowers, Selsey
Tom Harker of Umble Pies, Selsey Tom Harker of Umble Pies, Selsey
Thumbnail image of Andrew Chiverton of The Crafty Pint, Midhurst. Photo credit: Christopher Ison
Thumbnail image of Laura Jandac of The Upholsterer, Midhurst. Photo credit: Christopher Ison
Thumbnail image of Mick Tidy of Good News, Chichester
Thumbnail image of Petworth Bookshop, Petworth
Thumbnail image of Tiffany Lewis of Tallulah Fox, Petworth
Thumbnail image of Joshua Getting, store manager of Austen Jewellers, Chichester
Thumbnail image of Julie Barker-Muzzell of Munneries, East Wittering
Thumbnail image of Dawn Eames of Village Flowers, Selsey
Thumbnail image of Tom Harker of Umble Pies, Selsey
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Shop Local

We always urge people to shop locally wherever they can, but now this is more important than ever as we help our High Streets and businesses rebuild from the coronavirus pandemic. While our non-essential shops have had to shut their doors until 2 December in line with national coronavirus restrictions, many of them offer click and collect and delivery services providing a range of unique and beautiful gifts, including locally sourced products that you can't find anywhere else.

By spending locally, you will also be supporting the local economy and helping to preserve the heart of our community. Over the coming weeks, we will be working with our partners to highlight businesses that are still operating online or offering a click and collect or delivery service, and encouraging people to support them while their doors are closed as a result of the coronavirus restrictions. The Chichester Observer have created a  handy list of businesses offering shopping opportunities in a different way during the current national restrictions. The Chichester BID have also compiled a great  directory of Chichester City businesses  operating during the coronavirus restrictions, so please take a look at these.

Our fantastic High Streets in Chichester, Selsey, Petworth, Midhurst and East Wittering are looking forward to welcoming you back from 2 December. They've made their premises Covid-secure, providing you with a safe and enjoyable experience.

Downloadable Christmas gift tags
Show your love for Chichester, Selsey, Petworth, East Wittering and Midhurst this Christmas with our lovely Christmas gift tags!

We have designed a tag for each area, which you can download here for free. Simply print them out and use them to label your gifts this Christmas to show your support for our local businesses.

Shout about our local businesses on social media
Consider sharing pictures of the great products you've purchased from local businesses by posting on social media, using one of the following campaign #hashtags:

  • Chichester — #LoveFromChichester
  • Midhurst — #LoveFromMidhurst
  • Petworth — #LoveFromPetworth
  • East Wittering — #LoveFromEastWittering
  • Selsey — #LoveFromSelsey
  • Chichester District - #LoveFromChichesterDistrict

Are you a local business?
We are creating a free 'Shop Local' marketing pack, with a range of different digitals assets tailored to promote the city and each of our key retail towns: Chichester, Midhurst, Petworth, Selsey, and East Wittering. You can find out more about this and request your pack on our Christmas business pack page.

Visit Local

As well as encouraging as many people as possible to support our High Streets and local businesses, we are shining a light on the many arts, cultural and heritage organisations in our district that you can visit when the current coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

'What's On' online events calendar
As you will know, things can change quite rapidly at the moment, so rather than including printed What's On listings in our residents magazine, initiatives, we are taking a different approach by launching a new online events calendar.

This means that you can access the very latest information and won't miss out on any Christmas activities taking place across the district once the coronavirus restrictions are lifted. Visit our What's On events calendar.

Don't forget to look out for our Christmas gift tags on social media, promoting events and activities, as well as all the cultural places you can visit across the district after the coronavirus restrictions are lifted. Details of how to find us on social media are on this page.


Support Local

Show your support - add a 'Support Local' frame to your Facebook or Twitter profile picture

It's easy to show your support by adding one of our campaign frames to your Facebook or Twitter profile picture. On Facebook, from your own timeline, click on your profile picture and select 'Add frame'. If you already follow our page, Facebook may suggest the frames to you automatically. If not, you will then be given the option to search for a frame. You can find our selection of frames by searching one of the following terms:

  • Love from Chichester District
  • Love from Chichester
  • Love from East Wittering
  • Love from Midhurst
  • Love from Petworth
  • Love from Selsey

You will then be able to preview your selected frame, and confirm your choice. You also have the option to set the frame permanently or for a limited time.

We will also be posting links to the frames on our  Facebook feed.

You can also add a  Facebook frame to your business page .

On Twitter, all you need to do is visit the relevant Twibbon page, and click 'Add to Twitter':

Parking offers
Due to the coronavirus crisis, we are not running our normal park and ride service this Christmas. Instead, we are introducing two parking incentives to encourage you to shop locally when the coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

  • Free parking every weekend in December in our Avenue de Chartres car park in Chichester.
  • During December, select two hours and get the third hour free in the majority of our council owned car parks across the district when using the MiPermit app

Farmers' Market
You can buy all of your festive food from local producers at our popular Christmas Farmers' Markets. Find out more on our Farmers' Market page.

Staying safe
National coronavirus restrictions apply in England until 2 December in order to try and control the spread of the coronavirus. These restrictions:

  1. Require people to stay at home, except for specific purposes.

  2. Prevent gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.

  3. Closing non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues, but click and collect services can continue and essential shops, including supermarkets, will remain open. Pubs, bars, restaurants must close, except for takeaway and delivery services. 

You can find the full guidance on the Government's website.

This year has been tough on everyone, but it is really important that we all continue to play our part in protecting ourselves and others by following the Government's guidance and remembering Hands, Face and Space: 

  • Wash hands — keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover face — wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • Make space — stay at least 2 metres apart (1 metre with a face covering or other precautions)

To help keep yourself and others safe and healthy this Christmas, you can download the NHS Covid-19 App. This quickly warns you if you have been in contact with someone who had coronavirus and shows you the risk level in your area. It also has a symptom checker. Find out more on the NHS - Coronavirus  website.

For the latest guidance, visit our page.


Council contact centre Christmas closure

Our contact centre will be closed from Thursday 24 December, reopening on Monday 4 January 2021.

If you need to contact our car parks office, please call our out of hours messaging service on 01243 785166 or 01243 534734. For any other district council related emergency, please call the 'emergency out of hours' number on 01243 785339.

If you have an enquiry about roads, pavements and street lighting, or need to report a fault relating to them, please contact West Sussex County Council by calling 01243 777100 or visiting their website .

You can also access our services on our website.


Eating out

Before you order a festive takeaway, or book a reservation for when the national coronavirus restrictions are lifted, make sure you check the restaurant's food hygiene rating. You can find out more about the food hygiene rating scheme and check a restaurant's rating at Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

The Chichester District is currently in Tier 2: High Alert. This means that pubs, restaurants and hospitality venues must sop taking orders at 10pm and close by 11pm. Alcohol may only be served with a substantial meal. You can only socialise at indoor venues wiht members of your household or support bubble, and you must follow the restrictions that are in place when visiting them. You can find full guidance on the different alert levels and what they mean on the Government website .

You must also check in using the NHS COVID-19 app or provide your contact details when visiting pubs, restaurants and other venues, so that NHS Test and Trace can contact you if needed. You can find out more about this on the Government website .


Travel safely this Christmas

If you're travelling by taxi this Christmas, make sure you follow our top tips to stay safe:

  • ŽRemember to wear a face covering on your journey and wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds when you get home.
  • ŽMake sure you know the cost of your journey in order that you have enough money to pay.
  • ŽBook a licensed taxi or minicab or wait at an official rank.
  • ŽCheck that the taxi or minicab has a council licence plate on the rear of the car. Look for a badge in the windscreen and check that the driver is wearing their identification.
  • ŽKeep your mobile phone with you at all times (and make sure it is charged up).
  • ŽNever get into an unmarked car offering you a lift.
  • ŽDon't get into a car if you feel unsafe for any reason.



If you need some support over the Christmas period, or are looking to improve your wellbeing and health in the New Year, our Chichester Wellbeing service can help. The service is free, and aims to help you introduce small changes that can make a big difference to your lifestyle.

You can access advice and support on a range of topics including: healthy eating, weight management, becoming more active, emotional wellbeing, stopping smoking, reducing alcohol intake, and keeping warm and well, at Chichester Wellbeing .

Christmas cards
We will be sharing free digital Christmas cards on our social media channels, which you can share with your family and friends. If you don't follow our social media pages already, you can find the details on this page.