BIID Members trip to West Dean Arts and Craft Festival 2019

Friday 31st May 2019


Friday 31st May 2019


11:30am to 3:30pm


West Dean College of Arts and Conservation | West Sussex | Chichester | PO18 0QZ


  • BIID Members / £15.00

Cpd hours:



BIID Members plus their guests are invited to enjoy a day out at the 2019 West Dean Arts and Crafts Festival at West Dean College near Chichester in West Sussex.

West Dean College was established at West Dean House in 1971 by artist and poet Edward James, a major patron of the Surrealist movement. James feared that certain arts, and particularly the techniques of craftsmen, would be lost after the Second World War, as a solution James converted his family home into an educational community where the techniques of craftsmanship could be preserved and taught, restoration of old works could be carried out, and the creation of new art works could flourish.

The College is now home to a thriving community of artists and craftspeople and welcomes guests to enjoy their award-winning Grade II* listed gardens including a restored walled kitchen garden with 13 Victorian glasshouses, and 300 ft Edwardian pergola, designed by architect Harold Peto.


With the house only opened once a year (during the festival), guests will be able to enjoy a rare chance to take a self-guided tour of the historic West Dean House interiors, featuring works from the famed Edward James Collection. 

The festival also promises an outstanding showcase of arts and craft activities such as creative workshops, craft stalls and talks and demonstrations on a variety of art-based subjects. 

Please arrive at West Dean Garden Reception at 11.30am for registration with a BIID Staff Member. The rest of the day is yours to explore the house, garden and festival attractions.


  • Take a tour of rarely opened West Dean House and the collection of patron Edward James
  • Browse and buy unique handmade items and artworks from makers and designers
  • Get hands-on in a creative workshop and learn a new skill
  • Watch demonstrations in a variety of crafts
  • Explore the award-winning West Dean Gardens
  • Take a break with a selection of food and drink options


BIID members plus their guests are welcome to attend. If you are planning on bringing a guest, please purchase their tickets under your member registration.

About the venue

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation and West Dean Gardens are each accessible from separately signed entrances from the A286. Each has free parking with designated spaces for disabled visitors. The Gardens car park also has reserved parking for coaches.

For satellite navigation users key in the following postcode, PO18 0QZ to find West Dean College.

Travelling by train

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 and Gardens.

For information about train timetables, tickets and real-time train running, please contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 (calls charged at local rate) or visit the National Rail Enquiries website at

Additional information

Prices are not inclusive of VAT.

If you have any queries, please email the office at or call 020 7628 0255.

All BIID events and training courses are subject to standard terms and conditions which can be read in full below:

Terms and Conditions:

  1. If you wish to cancel your booking to a paid event, please send a refund request via Eventbrite. A full refund will be issued if your refund request is received 10 working days prior to the day of the event. 
  2. The full delegate fee will be forfeited for non-attendance (for any reason) without prior notice or cancellation of your booking.
  3. A replacement delegate nominated and confirmed by you is permitted, but must be confirmed in writing to prior to the event.
  4. If you wish to cancel your booking to a free event please do so via Eventbrite as soon as possible so that your ticket can be reallocated. 
  5. The BIID reserves the right to make changes to the programme.
  6. The BIID reserves the right to cancel the event if unavoidable circumstances arise.
  7. This event will be photographed and videoed. Attendance constitutes consent for these images/videos to be used, by the BIID and its partners, for promotional purposes.
  8. In compliance with the Data Protection Act, we must point out that the information on this form will be kept on a database.
  9. Your name may be shared with the venue. 
  10. These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed under the laws of England and Wales and you submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of England and Wales.