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West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Chichester

Type:Garden

West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0QZ

Tel: +44 01243 811301

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

About

West Dean College is internationally recognised for conservation and creative arts. It has one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public in England. A unique place, to study visit or stay, it is a centre of excellence, creativity and tranquillity. Underpinning it all is the vision of founder and Surrealist patron Edward James, connecting today’s students with a rich heritage of arts, craft and creative possibility.

Degree, Diploma and MA study

Our conservation and visual arts programmes are validated by the University of Sussex. You can expect a rich learning experience that will equip you with advanced practical skills. Our low student-to-staff ratio (average 8:1) means there is a great degree of individual tuition. West Dean College alumni are amongst the leading practitioners in their field.

Art and Craft Short Courses

Learn new skills or nurture existing talents and choose from over 700 engaging subjects, from beginner to advanced, one day to week-long. Take advantage of our fully equipped workshops and studios, and stay overnight in residential accommodation. The historic setting and award-winning West Dean Gardens provide an inspiring environment. First-time students can collect a 10% discount on phone bookings - call 01243 818300.

West Dean Arts and Craft Festival, 2-4 June 2017

An outstanding showcase of arts and craft activities; taking our former Design and Craft Fair (which attracted 5,000 visitors last year) to an exciting new level. From the theatre of live arts and craft demonstrations, to hands-on taster workshops and shopping from 120 quality makers and designers, there is plenty to see and do. You will also have a rare chance to see inside the historic West Dean House and discover works from the Edward James Collection. Music, local food and drink, and free entry to award-winning West Dean Gardens complete this unique event.

Other annual events include music concerts, student exhibitions and artists’ talks.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Wheelchair user accessible

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun

TripAdvisor

Map & Directions

Public Transport Directions

If you are travelling by bus, from either Chichester or Midhurst direction, please note the number 60 bus stops very close to the West Dean Gardens entrance. However the stop is not marked on the stagecoach timetable or on their website. Therefore, if travelling from the Midhurst direction it is the stop after the West Dean Gardens entrance, and if travelling from Chichester direction it is the stop after The Dean Inn, in West Dean village. Visitors may enter the Gardens via the nearby pedestrian gate. Direct train services to Chichester are available from London Victoria. Connecting buses (Stagecoach number 60) are available from the bus station (adjacent to the train station), alternatively a taxi rank is situated outside the station. It is a 10-15 minute journey to West Dean College.

Awards

  • Tourism South East Award -14/15 Bronze Award - Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 14/15 Bronze Award - Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2014
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2018 Tourism South East Member 2018 2018

Opening Times

March - October (1 Mar 2018 - 31 Oct 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Friday10:30 - 17:00*
Saturday - Sunday09:00 - 17:00*
November, December, February (1 Nov 2018 - 28 Feb 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Friday10:30 - 16:00*
Saturday - Sunday09:00 - 16:00*
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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