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Issue 35 : May / June 2014

Pick me up Brighton, Worthing ,Lewes, Littlehampton and everywhere in between!

Complete Family Friendly Festival Listings Business Opportunities 3 pages of What’s On !!

Cover Photo-Abby Wilkes Photography

Recruiting Now “Music with Mummy”, the established & popular music education programme for babies & young children is looking for new people to setup & run groups in the area. • You choose when you work • Training & lesson material provided • Ongoing support from your own coordinator For more information:


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Whats inside? Welcome to our May and June edition which you will find jam

packed with What’s On events over the next two months. We also have a page full of Festivals which has something to offer for all ages. We also have the Business Opportunities page which I hope is of interest to you all, and if you have any job vacancies or a business you wish to advertise then please get in contact. As always May and June has our party feature and we have 3 pages packed full of party ideas, listings and features. The sun is now starting to shine so don’t forget to make use of the lovely South Downs and Beaches that we have here on the Sussex Coast and are lucky enough to enjoy. Take care

Lucy Front page picture by photo artist Abby Wilkes.

Abby won the West Midlands Master Photographer Award for her work with children three years in a row. She specialises in photographing children and families, creating art from life’s special moments. If you would like to book Abby for a photo shoot, contact her for information on: 07966 867 306. She travels throughout the UK and abroad on photo shoots.

How does a Ninja prepare for life’s ups and downs ? What happens when things go wrong for our children and how do we help them cope with the inevitability of life’s challenges and disappointments ? Its how we choose to view and handle these ups and downs that is key, because our reactions to events partly define us and affect the future.

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Local News Clubs & Classes Party Listings All you need to Party Business Opportunities Competitions Family Festival Listings What’s On

Families Sussex Coast covers: Brighton, Hove, Worthing, Lewes, Burgess Hill, Hassocks,East Preston, Rustington,Littlehampton and everywhere in between. Next Issue July / August: Advertising and editorial deadline is 7th June 2014. You can contribute to Families Sussex Coast through advertising, editorial and our whats on pages. Contact Families Sussex Coast 01903 620257

Design by Sanderswhite. Contact Printed by Warners Midlands Plc Please recycle your copy of Families Sussex Coast when you have finished with it.Copyright: Families Sussex Coast April 2014 . Data protection: If you send us your name and address in order to receive free samples or to enter a competition, we may supply your details to the company offering the samples or prizes. If you would prefer us NOT to do so, please state this clearly on your entry. Disclaimer: We take care preparing this magazine but the publisher and distributors cannot be held responsible for the claims of advertisers, nor for the accuracy of the contents nor for any consequence. Families Group: Families Sussex Coast is part of a group established in 1990 and headed by Families South West. All magazines in the Group are independently owned and operated under licence.

The Ninja are taught to adopt the mental tools of resiliency and determination. Like the uncut diamond is found in the earth life teaches it’s priceless lessons via example and experiences, and some of the most valuable are often found in the simple day to day, the seemingly mundane.Here’s a tiny snippet for you to reflect on from the Samurai /Ninja Centre in Brighton

1. Talk about empathy and what it means. compassion shifts our perspective and approach in a more emotionally mature direction.

2. Don’t do everything for the kids. Our self esteem grows bit by bit by contributing ourselves in small ways.

3. Allow them to be fully present in the hobbies they enjoy. Half the fun of horse riding is found in the grooming and the mucking out.

4. Teach them self reliance by problem solving. Share the fun of discovering answers to situations together. Leaning to be resilient doesn’t magically happen overnight for any of us. Be patient. Our children are inspired to learn it’s a quality by what they see and hear. The words, actions and deeds of parents, friends peers and role models in they’re lives. I believe its one of the most important qualities to enable us to contribute with real positivity toward a full and successful life what ever that is for each individual. Stuart Allison is chief instructor of the Samurai / Ninja Centre 49 New England Street

A full time Martial Arts School, Café, plus A range of extra Fitness Classes Yoga as well as offering wellness Therapies from massage, acupuncture and Osteopathy in centre in Brighton. Please contact us to find out more on 01273 570940.

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Local News



New directory A revolutionary local food project will take its first steps in Sussex this spring.

Local Food Britain ( is the start of a

nationwide online network, that will make it easier than ever for food lovers to seek out and share the very best produce and places to eat and drink. Speaking of her ambitious plan to create a virtual shop window for thousands of independent food and drink businesses, food specialist and writer Tracy Carroll says, “So many people want to support local, and the new network will make it simpler. Over the years, I have met with many hard-working people, from beekeepers to bakers and cafe owners, and it’s long been my dream to find a way of helping them to share their voices and get found by people who want to buy from them and, in turn, support the local economy.” Tracy chose Sussex as the starting point for Local Food Britain because it has one of the UK’s most thriving food communities. “There’s such a diverse landscape of sweeping countryside, quaint towns and rich shorelines making for an abundance of produce and activity,” she explains. Readers can search Local Food Britain by categories, such as bread, pies, butchers and tea shops. It also includes recipes and local food news. In addition, the site gives business owners the opportunity to connect with each other through a membership scheme, helping them to develop their trade and get noticed beyond their local town or village. Bookham Harrison Farms have already signed up, keen to promote their new Milk Churn café at Rudgwick near Horsham, as well as the range of speciality foods including Sussex Charmer cheese. Director Rob Bookham, says, “Local Food Britain will help to put our new café firmly on the Sussex map, and spread the word further afield about our unique products. It’s an exciting new concept and we’re proud to be one of the first to get on board.” To view the site, log onto Sussex Coast

will help residents find reliable services

The Princess Royal will visit this year’s South of England Show, celebrating British country life at the South of England Showground in Ardingly, on 5th June. The Princess Royal last visited the South of England Show when she was President of the South of England Agricultural Society in 2004.

FINDING a reliable tradesman or help around the home couldn’t be easier, thanks to East Sussex County Council’s Buy and Support With Confidence directory. The A5 booklet, the ninth edition published by the county’s Trading Standards team, contains information on scheme members as well as useful advice on consumer rights. Members of the two schemes are invited to advertise and this year’s directory features more than 100 businesses covering home improvement, motor services, professional services and care and support providers.

Buy With Confidence has 400 members

locally approved by Trading Standards, and Support With Confidence has approved over 130 providers of care and support, helping people live independently in their own homes. Councillor Rupert Simmons, East Sussex County Council’s Lead Member for Economy, said: “The publication of this booklet will help our residents find businesses they can trust, which is great news for the local communities. “The Buy and Support with Confidence schemes include businesses covering a wealth of services that have undergone rigorous checks by the county council’s Trading Standards Service and Adult Social Care team.” Consumers can request their free copy by calling the Buy and Support With Confidence team on

01323 463440 or by emailing

The directory can also be picked up from council buildings throughout the county including libraries and community hubs. Businesses or local care providers wanting to find out how they can join the schemes can contact the team on 01323 463440. For the full list of members on both schemes please visit;

With fun for all the family, highlights at the Show this year include the micro-sized Shetland Pony Grand National, heavy horse turnouts, show jumping, Fur & Feather displays with dozens of breeds of chickens and rabbits and the famous livestock display where hundreds of animals have their moment of glory. Last year children and parents enjoyed mingling with the hounds and huntsmen during the cavalcade of hounds in the Ardingly Ring; and for the three days of the show, the 150-acre showground comes alive with hundreds of competitions, from best cattle, sheep, pig and goat breeds, to countryside skills, including the Young Craftsman of the Year and the farriers’ horse shoeing competitions. World class show jumping and equestrian events also feature throughout the show, as well as entertainment and music, shopping galore and for foodies there is one of the most impressive food halls in the South East. FREE entry for children under 6 yrs. FREE parking and a regular bus shuttle service from Haywards Heath train station to the showground. For further information and for advance ticket discounts visit or telephone

01444 892700.

Local News Be Part of Hove Carnival 2014

Hove Carnival

asset for Worthing and will put Worthing back on the map for watersports”. The club will officially open on the 12th July when the club will be open for visitors to look around.

Is back on Bank Holiday Monday, 26th May. Once again it is being organised jointly by Martlets Hospice and Hove Lions. The organisers are looking for local acts or groups to be part of the entertainment in the main arena. Speaking about the day, organiser Clem Hunnisett said: “We would like to give local groups the chance to perform and show off their skills. We are open to all suggestions from twirling majorettes and martial arts displays to fire-eating and falconry. Hove Carnival is a traditional family day out and we want the programme in the main arena to have something for everyone.” As always the Carnival will feature family favourites such as; Punch and Judy, a dog show and rides on Hove Park’s miniature locomotives. To get involved contact Clem Hunnisett on

01273 747 455.

Don’t forget....

Fathers Day on the15th June The National Trust are holding some Father’s Day favourites here are some ideas of what you could do:

Bateman’s - Father’s Day tea

Worthing Sailing Club prides itself on being a friendly, family-focused community club. There is a full program which starts in March and runs to November with race meeting every Sunday during this time and Wednesday evenings from May to August. Bug Club for junior sailors runs every weekend from May onwards for more information visit

Worthing Sailing Club receives the keys to the new Clubhouse


Sunday 15 June, 2.30pm-4.30pm If you imagine an afternoon tea at Bateman’s is just dainty cakes and pastries then you and your dad are in for a surprise. Instead there is a hot mini Yorkshire pudding with gravy, posh fish finger roll, homemade mini pasty, a rustic sandwich and the ever popular Bateman’s classic cream tea, washed down with a good strong cup of tea.Normal admission charges apply, £14.99 per person. Booking essential on 01435 882302

Bodiam Castle - BBQ

Sunday 15 June, 12pm-2pm Make your dad feel like king of the castle with a special Father’s Day BBQ outside the wharf tea room. BBQ items from £4.00 including free entry into the castle for dad.

Sheffield Park and Garden – BBQ and beer tasting Sunday 15 June, 12pm-3pm Treat dad to a BBQ lunch and beer tasting from a local brewery. Southern Classic Society will also have their vintage cars on show as an added bonus.Normal admission charges apply, £2.50 per BBQ item

Members of Worthing Sailing Club gathered on a bright sunny morning to receive the keys from Kier for the new clubhouse. The event was also attended by Mayor Bob Smytherman who said “The sailing club is a huge

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Clubs & Classes

How early should you book your September classes? By Joanna Parry

Rugby or ballet,swimming or gymnastics, drama or Brownies – whatever activity your child loves, how soon should you book for the Autumn term? While some of us are happy to wait until the very last minute to book our children’s classes, others prefer to book well in advance. It is certainly worth starting to look for classes early on – even as much as a whole term in advance ......Here’s why You won’t get stuck with a term of classes your child detests

Many classes offer trial sessions so if you make the most of them now you can be sure you are choosing what’s right for your child come September. Just because their best friend is doing trampolining doesn’t mean your child will love it.

Some activities are so popular that they have long waiting lists (some over a year long!). Book early to avoid disappointment.

You can avoid the mad panic of early September

It can be hard enough settling your child into nursery or getting them back into the routine of school, homework and getting up at the crack of dawn – the last thing you want to do is try to sort out clubs!

You’ll get your first choice of time slot

Some classes get so booked up that if you leave it until September the only time you’ll be left with is 7pm on a Friday night – not fun! It’s not unheard of for parents to be queuing outside swimming pools from 6am on the morning registration opens, just to get a workable slot. After-school activities affect the whole family and you don’twant to have to pick up from activities while your other children are desperate for their supper.

You’ll get a class that works for your family

More than one child can mean more than one activity on the same afternoon and much as we’d like to be in two places at one time, it’s just not possible. Planning in advance means less stress and more peace of mind.

You’ll get a class in a branch that is close to home

It’s often easier to walk than cramming everyone into the car again, let alone better for the environment

The Bug Club at Worthing Sailing Club

Bug Club provides fun sailing for 8 to 16 year olds at Worthing Sailing Club (WSC). The sailing sessions are run on Saturdays and Sundays from May through September for all abilities. While beginners can learn the basics of tacking, gybing and capsize recovery, the young sailors soon join in the games which make these manoeuvres automatic. The games progress naturally into race training and many of the competent juniors join the club races on Sundays. There is special support for the juniors to join in the Mid Week races and Friendly Fridays which are conducted some summer evenings. John (WSC Commodore) said, “In August we run whole week of summer school sailing, called Bug Week, for up to 30 juniors who enjoy a week of sailing and related fun activities.” “While enjoyment brings the youngsters back time after time, safety is paramount so all our youth activities are led by RYA Instructors.” The instructors ensure a safe learning environment while parents support is essential to handle the dinghies between the beach and the boat park. The juniors quickly take responsibility for rigging and storing the club boats. Bug Club started 4 years ago when Laser Performance brought a demonstration fleet of Laser Bugs to a Worthing Sailing Club Open Day. We bought all 6 of these wonderful little training dinghies on the day and Bug Club was formed. Each year the number of training boats has expanded with the big 4 man Bahia and now a fleet of 9 versatile Picos for 1 or 2 crew. Bug club is free to WSC family members and runs at times according to the tides. For more information on joining WSC Bug Club you can email or contact John Cooper on 07443 631651. Sussex Coast

Clubs & Classes

A selection of Clubs & Classes Water Sports Lagoon Watersports Hove: 01273 467568

Worthing Sailing Club

Worthing: 01903 249956

Adur Outdoor Activity Centre Shoreham: 01273 462928

Singing, Signing, Dance & Performing Arts

Little Dippers

Brighton: 0844 482 0222

Water Babies

Little Monkey Signers

Brighton: 01273 727088

Helen O’Grady Dance Academy

Cuckfield: 01444 458039

Shine Theatre Group

Hurstpierpoint: 01273 832855

Beach Theatre School

Shoreham By Sea: 01273 463111

Rockschools UK


Worthing: 01903 241740

Tatty Bumpkin

Worthing, Lancing, East Preston, Littlehampton, Rustington, Angmering, Findon: 01903 779279 Brighton: 01273 504505


Brighton: 01273 900059

Fleet Tutors

0845 644 5452

Lancing & Worthing: 01273 465554

Football and Rugby Clubs

Seafords Gymnastics Academy

Shoreham, Portslade, Patcham & Hove: 01293 226201 Seaford: 01323 749640

Seaford: 07923635823


Worthing: 01903 785785

Martial Arts

Scriven Martial Arts

Seaford: 01323 873753


Brighton & Newhaven: 01273 570940

Little Kickers

Pro Coaching Football Academy

Littlehampton: 01903 718400

Hove Rugby Club

Hove: 01273 505103


Worthing, Hove & Brighton: 0845 3133242

Sama Karate

Lots of venues throughout East & West Sussex

Brighton & Hove: 01273 973 410

Golf Lessons

Diddi Dance

Hurstpierpoint: 01273 835945 Hove: 01273 834028

Worthing – Brighton: 07730 576597

Lewes, Brighton & Hove www.lesfranglophones

Susanna Cassam – Music Tuition

Wickers Gym

Worthing: 01903 215951

Les Franglophones

Fitness, Yoga & Gymnastics


Jean Butterworth School of Dancing

Hove: 01273 92182www.onjourkicom

Spanish for Bright Minds

Worthing : 07817 463027 Brighton: 07793 932975

Worthing: 01903779 Brighton: 01273 559997

Bonjour Kidz

Angmering & Worthing: 02392 231007 Brighton,Lewes & Patcham: 01273 552454

Brighton: 01273 550587

Sing & Sign

Language Classes and Tutors

Tiny Tees Golf

Miss Becky’s Ballet

Sompting: 07847 334512

Pointe Rocks

Littlehampton: 01903 731877

Swimming Schools MXT Swimming School

the little swim school

Worthing: 01903 532765

The Little Swim School

Brighton: 01273 207992


• teaching toddlers and pre-school children water safety and swimming in warm private pools in Brighton& Hove, & Lewes.

Peachaven: 01273 583760

• all our teachers are fully qualified and insured.


• call 01273 207992 or visit

Hurstpierpoint: 01273 833101

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Party Listings

Fabulous parties at every age Joanna Moorhead guides you through what’s best, age by age 0-3: There’s just one word that matters here: simplicity.

Birthday parties for tinies can be marvellous, memorable affairs, but they don’t need to be elaborate or involve too much expense or entertainment. Concentrate on creating a fun, easy, safe space for the children – a soft play space with plenty of toys strewn around is ideal – and make sure the adults are well catered-for: if they stay calm, the children will as well.

4-6: At this stage parties can be a bit more ambitious and a time when it

is well worth investing in a great entertainer: they are experts, know how to crowd control while producing shrieks and honest laughs. However don’t assume that to put on a great bash you need to spend lots of money. A party at home or in the local park can be huge fun; traditional party games will be popular, and if you want to push the boat out a bit consider investing in a bouncy castle; or if home really isn’t a possibility, a soft play centre will be hassle-free, if more expensive. Themed parties are great for this age group, like Princess or Pirates Parties.


Older children like going out to party. To keep the costs down, encourage a smaller number of guests – think about a trip to the seaside or to an exciting adventure playground they’ve not visited before, and remember that the journey can be as much fun as the activity at the end of it. If you don’t mind spending a bit more, a trip to a climbing wall, an ice rink, a bowling rink or a go-karting centre can be wonderful fun too.

The golden rules Never have a party that lasts more than two hours. Party bags can be cheap as chips, thanks to charity and pound shops..... but always have them, they’re hugely popular!

7-9: Activities work a treat at this stage, whether you’re at home or in a

church hall or at a park. For a popular and low-budget option, think about a baking party at home – a cinema party or maybe a football or cheerleading party.

Sussex Princess Parties Ace Tec Leisure Just relax and enjoy your child’s party, as it is run from beginning to end by your fully themed entertainer providing a complete and magical party programme.

Depending on your choice of package parties include costume/ glitter makeovers and special photo portrait for all guests, special personalised photo journal for the birthday child, exciting themed craft activity, unique party games, music & dancing and animated story time. Also on offer are exciting extras such as themed table hire, Cinderella carriage rides and a themed party bag service. Choose from many characters including Snow White, Belle, Tangled, Bluebell the party fairy, Sally Pirate or their very own Princess Polly! 07954 967798

have been creating party smiles for over 25 years. Ace Tec can organise parties for children or adults and have also gained experience in assisting school fetes and fundraising events. Ace Tec can provide the equipment that you need to make your party a success, from bouncy castles and slides, to children’s discos with traditional games. Also, for adult parties you can hire fun-fair stalls or a fun casino. What’s more is there are no cancellation fees for bad weather. Ace Tec Leisure have kindly offered a special discount to all Families Sussex Coast readers. Please quote “Families Magazine” for your discount. Contact 01273 430431 or go to for more information and for up to date news, offers and competitions you can find them on Facebook as Ace Tec Leisure. Sussex Coast

Children’s fun fitness & stress free parties

Bee-fit have all the ingredients needed for a stress free party. Our team we will do all the hard work from invitations to party bags – while you enjoy the party! Bee-fit will plan a party to suit your needs, it can be a joint party, you can invite the whole class, you can hold it in a hall or in your garden – you can have a football party, a mini disco – with lights and glow sticks, you can come in your pyjamas or fancy dress or you can go all sporty with relay races & team games. The choice is yours. For full details please see our website or contact

Struggling for ideas for your child’s party?

Cheerleading, street dance or hula hooping parties are a great new way to entertain your child’s friends! It’s an exciting environment where your child and their friends will learn routines to their favourite tunes and will have the time of their lives! A performance will also be organised for the parents of the children to see what they have achieved. They will never forget their Razzle Dazzle cheerleading or dance party! For more information go to:

Party Listings

All you need to party Party entertainment Ace Tec Leisure

Bouncy castles, children’s discos, slides and more. Creating party smiles for over 20 years. 01273 430431


Activ8 Parties run for children aged 2-8 years. Parties include party games, obstacle courses, parachute games and active fun. 01903 785785

Animal Magic

Just 4 Kids Discos

Disco parties for ages 4-11 years. 07522 899820

Lagoon Watersports Parties

Windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, wakeboarding parties for age 6+. 01273 424842

Magic Martin

Magical miracles and entertainment. 01903 532413

Mobile petting zoo with over 37 species including Meerkats. 01323 482211

Mrs Nicsy Facepainting


Mick Casey Children’s Discos

Our party package includes 2 hours of party entertainment lead by our experienced staff, with traditional games, music, pass the parcel, parachute, balloons, washable tattoos, fun fitness equipment, and lots more. 01903 241740 or parties@

Brillo the Clown

For 3-8 year olds. Show with clowning, magic, unicycling and juggling. 01273 584544

Circus Brighton

Fire dancing and circus workshop with hooping, diablo, poi, stilt walking. 0800 433 4618

Clown Buz Children’s Show

Balancing, slapstick, magic, disco, clown faces and for bigger events a miniature car. 01903 244920

Dandelion Puppets

Wildlife stories and or games. 01273 857482

Fred’s Flying Circus

Clowns, magicians, fire-eaters and balloon modelling or a circus workshop. 07974 345679

Face painting for parities and events. 01403 240024 Including Tinker the Clown, children’s discos, bouncy castles and face painting. 01273 596908

Paul Winter Children’s entertainer Magic, puppets, balloon modelling, games, competitions and discos. 01273 676138

Perform Parties

Drama, dance and singing with games and themes for all ages. 0845 400 400

Robbie the Magician

Magic shows for children of all ages with a live rabbit! 01903 734171 or 0776542563

Tatty Bumpkin Brighton, Hove & Lewes

Tatty Bumpkin runs themed parties for birthday boys and girls from age 1-7, end your party on a calm relaxed note knowing your children have loved swimming with dolphins, found the pirates hidden treasure or a host of fun stories based around your child’s interests. 0845 680 8041

Tatty Bumpkin Worthing

Children’s Yoga Adventure Parties. Tatty Bumpkin is ideal if you are looking for an active party with a difference. Don’t worry no previous bendy experience required! Suitable

for children from 1-7 years, includes bespoke invitation, gift for birthday child and certificates for guests. 07817 463 027

The Party Princesses

Magical Princess Parties for your little girl. Different packages available to suit your needs.

The Silly Simon Show

An exciting show with audience participation and magic, balloons and puppets. 01903 530880

Unique Kids Parties

Themed children’s parties, many themes to choose from. Includes discos and games. 01273 327551

Zaz family entertainment

childrens parties-bigger fun family events and/or clown Zaz & friends help school pta’s providing family entertainment whilst fundraising for your school. or

Patchwork Parties

Eco themed parties with fairies, superheroes, circus or crafts. Also provide food, cake and eco party bags. 07930 892733

The Pottery House café

Paint from a large selection including Disney characters, animals, clocks, trinket boxes, money boxes. Order food or bring your own. 01273 773697

The Pottery Fun Factory Worthing and Ferring Paint a mug, plate, bowl, character, moneybox. 01903 211322

Red Jelly Parties

Creative play parties for ages 6 and under. Party themes include magical mermaids, pirate adventure and blast off. Children decorate huge cardboard castles, rockets or make giant collages. 01273 930013


Arty Parties

A unique party where each child leaves with a gift - their own work of art. 07989 472760

Offering pottery painting and build a teddy bear parties, will also be offering clay building parties very soon! Either bring your own food for a party or it can supplied for you. The birthday child gets a hand print plate as a gift. 01903 532818 or on Facebook/Art-Ful

Made & Making

Sew Retro Parties

Craft Parties

Bespoke Birthday parties available for groups of 8 years old and over, lasting approximately 1.5 hours there are a list of ideas to choose from. Email sarah@madeandmaking. or

Hands-On Pottery Parties

Choose making with clay or painting to make your very own memento. 01273 300198


For age 7+. Sew retro come to you and you and your guests make a party bag out of recycled or vintage material. 07581 028706

Splodge Craft Parties

Craft and games, craft and jewellery and bear making. 01323 728230

The Painting Pottery Café

paint pots with friends in the party room. The birthday child will receive a piggy bank signed by all guests. Also learn to throw a pot party. 01273 628952 01903 620257 Sussex Coast


Party Listings

Party Venues Drusillas Park

Three great party packages for fun at the zoo – Explorers who can feed the penguins, Amazon Adventure, or Thomas Theme. 01323 874100

Wilderness Woods

The wood is a wonderful venue for parties. You can choose from a selection of party themes: Castaway, Woodland Monsters, Survive in the Wild, Fair & Elf Garden are just a few. Call Lucy 07766486548 or


Soft play area with party room, party food, just bring your own cake and party bags. 01273 690888


Parties for ages 1-5. Softplay, activities, songs and games. 01273 772900

King Alfred Leisure Centre

Parties can include bouncy castle, tiny terror trikes, football and pool

parties. 01273 290290

Knockhatch Adventure Park

activities on offer. At only £10 per child, The Outdoors Project provides lots of fun, adventure and great value for money. 07921 808392 info@

Parties in the park with all the main attractions including the soft play area, party food, bags and invites. 01323 442051

Washbrooks Farm

Monkey Bizness


Party room, food, invites and hours of Monkey Bizness fun! 08458 739645

Observatory Science Centre birthday parties

For ages 6-12. Includes the giant science equipment, a visit to one of the telescope domes, a fun science based activity and birthday tea.

The Outdoors Project

Kids are guaranteed to have a great birthday party with The Outdoors Project. Woodland adventures, Nerf wars, water bombs and shelter building are just a few of the

Book the barn room so kids can use all the facilities. Can provide food and party bags. 01273 832201 Softplay, bouncy castles, football with your own themed room, food, party bags – just bring your own cake. 01273 721338

Party Supplies Beautiful Bunting

Handmade cotton bunting including princess and pirate bunting. 01273 479464 Blackberry Cupcakes Uniquely designed cupcakes, cake pops and pie tarts for any occasion. 0789 9890092

Bubbles Party Shop

Everything you need for a party including balloons for ages 1 to 100! 41 Southwick Square, Southwick, 01273 593060

Tea Cups & Tiaras

Children’s table and chair hire and beautifully themed party décor kits to wow your guests – perfect for any celebration. Booking online only

Extreme Ventures

is a business created for family, with this in mind we aspire to provide everyone an experience to remember for years to come and ensure everyone has an adventure they will never forget.

We are a Tonbridge based organisation and provide outdoor adventures in and around Sussex and Kent at a variety of locations. We do not operate an activity centre but we do have access to the most amazing facilities including outdoor crags in Sussex & Kent near Tunbridge Wells, off road mountain biking in Kent and Sussex, abseiling and multi adventure courses near East Grinstead and coming soon short adventure breaks in the Peak District offering activities as far as you would want to travel. Extreme Ventures provides state of the art professional equipment, highly qualified and experienced instructors with insurance and Adventure Activity Licence. Ensuring everyone has a fun and safe activity at all locations whatever your occasion or personal expectations. Our programmes and packages are specifically designed to be flexible for each individual, family or organisation. We provide fun and unique climbing courses and climbing parties at a variety of locations in Sussex and Kent, adventurous family activities, children’s birthday parties, special events and much more to suit your needs all year round in any weather assuming it’s not sever with a qualified and experienced instructor. All Extreme Ventures adventure activities and climbing courses are suitable for children, adults, families and organisations within Sussex, Kent, Surrey and London

Telephone: 01732 446252 (m) 07835 528548 Email: Web: Sussex Coast

Business Opportunities Balancing family and work is one of the big issues facing parents today and finding a solution can be tricky.

When looking for a new career you need to take into consideration the hours, childcare and how much it will impose on your family time. It is important that it is hopefully a job that you will enjoy, there are some great websites that you can visit that are actually aimed at working parents. The companies advertising on these sites are aware of the restrictions that some parents might face and are offering vacancies bearing this in mind - what is also good about going down this avenue is that most of the jobs are still professional positions just maybe the hours are flexible, so as our children grow so can our hours grow if you wish to do so. Here at Families we aim to bring you a regular feature with businesses in your area who are looking for career minded people who are looking to start up their own business. If you wish to advertise your business or work opportunities here then please email;

Music with Mummy”

is coming to Sussex! ‘Music with Mummy’ Franchisee and Regional Coordinator Ann-Marie Woodley, has always had a love of singing & music.

Professionally she worked in a sales management position at a top IT company. After having her first baby, Ann-Marie still wanted to have a career doing something she loved while not sacrificing any of her valuable time as a new mum. “I attended ‘Music with Mummy’ classes with my daughter and we both loved them. When I found out about their franchise opportunities, I jumped at the chance. It was the perfect solution as the start-up costs and monthly franchise fees are really low. I also had the freedom of deciding where and when I held classes. I initially started with a few classes each week and then as my daughter started school, I had more time on my hands so could grow my business by adding more classes. 10 years later and Ann-Marie is not only one of our top franchisees but is also responsible for supporting other franchisees in her local area of Surrey. 2014 sees her turning her attention to Sussex. Ann-Marie explains, “As a family we love the Sussex area and spend many weekends here. We feel like Sussex is our second home and now that our children are that bit older; I am embracing this fantastic opportunity to bring ‘Music with Mummy’ here. If you have a love for music and are you looking for a role, to suit you and your family, then ‘Music with Mummy’ could be a perfect career for you! Sound interesting? Please do give me a call” 01276 670221, or

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Competition Time

WIN A FAMILY DAY OUT AT GOODWOOD RACECOURSE We are giving you and your family the chance to experience all the thrills of a day at the races. Over three magical days, the enchanting 1950s-themed August Bank Holiday weekend rekindles the nostalgic Summer Holidays of yesteryear to create the ultimate family day out.

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A classic treat for all ages, this popular event has a wide choice of traditional entertainment, an old-fashioned funfair featuring a carousel, helter-skelter and big wheel, plus plenty of live music. The Lennox Enclosure also has a choice of bars, covered grandstand seating and the children’s playground, presented by Butlin’s. All of this is on offer at Goodwood’s beautiful racecourse, which is situated just four miles north of Chichester, providing stunning views over the Sussex Downs and beyond. Simply enter our competition and you could be lucky enough to win a family package in the Lennox Enclosure on Saturday 23 August. This prize will include admission for two adults and up to six children plus complimentary access to all entertainment. You can bring a picnic, explore the exciting playground and watch all the racing action from directly by the rails as you savour a family afternoon to remember. To stand a chance of winning one of three family tickets, simply answer the following question:

In which county would you find Goodwood Racecourse? A: Surrey B: Hampshire C: West Sussex

Please send your answers to Entries close at midday on Friday 27 June. Terms and Conditions apply. Good luck!

2 Half Price Vouchers Offer! Do you fancy doing something creative? One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, CATS returns to the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne from 20 – 31 May. Families Sussex Coast has a family ticket for 4 people to give away in this free competition. Based on T.S Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking adaptation CATS is directed by Trevor Nunn; it is a stunning stage musical and an ideal introduction to the sheer joy of musical theatre for all ages. Featuring one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most memorable musical scores including Memory, spectacular set design, extraordinary costumes and stunning choreography, CATS is a uniquely magical musical. To book tickets for CATS call the box office on 01323 412000 or online

For your chance to win a set of 4 tickets to Wednesday 21 May, 7.30pm performance of CATS at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, answer the following question and send your entry and daytime telephone number to email:

Question: Which composer wrote CATS? Usual terms and conditions apply including only one entry per household, competition tickets apply to advertised date only. Closing date: 14/05/2014. Sussex Coast

Made and Making run a fabulous selection of workshops covering sewing, crochet, knitting, needle felting, china decoration and more. What’s more they are offering readers two half price vouchers so that you can come along and get creative with a friend or relative. Made and Making is based in the picturesque village of Ditchling and have a very inspiring workroom. From the moment that you reach the door you are greeted by a cotton reel wreath and hand embroidered shop sign. Step inside and the walls are covered with all manner of projects to captivate and inspire. By the time you come to leave you will have a fresh set of skills and a head full of ideas. Workshops run through out the year and cater for adults and children, with some lovely Mother & Daughter joint sessions too. Plus they also organise bespoke sessions for craft groups, birthday parties and hen parties. To find out more visit their website at and if you would like to see for yourself pop over to their facebook page www.facebook.commadeandmaking where there are photo’s a plenty. Email for your chance to win a voucher.

Family Festival Listings

Family Festivals in Sussex Never has the month of May been this much fun, with family friendly festivals running throughout the month there will be something to suit everybody! Have a look in the What’s On pages for June as that is pretty action packed as well!

May 3rd – May 25th Brighton Festival see below listings

Saturday May 3rd – 1-4pm

Pitch Perfect A glittering showcase of young and emerging talent presented in and around the Royal Pavilion Estate. Sound City, Pavilion Gardens FREE

Saturday 3rd May, from 10:30am

Children’s Parade Start Brighton Festival the way you mean to go on: with an explosion of fun, colour, music and style. The parade – probably the largest of its kind in Europe – always gets things off to an exhilarating start, and this year the arts provide the inspiration for the 83 schools and 5,000 young people involved. Location: Kensington Street FREE

Sun 4 May, 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Get Set to Write a Story! When faced with writing a story, there’s nothing wrong with staring out of the window and thinking, argues Savages author and agony uncle Matt Whyman. But how do you turn your ideas and daydreams into a story? In this workshop, Matt will show you how to make sense of those thoughts so you can turn an idea into words full of heart and soul. Age 12 – 14 Location: Brighton Dome Founders Room - £6

Sat 10 May, 2pm

Angie Sage Come and meet bestselling author Angie Sage as she talks about the Araminta Spookseries. Araminta is a girl who lives in a haunted house, has ghosts and ghouls for friends, and gets up to all sorts of spooky adventures. In this fiendishly fun event, find out where Araminta came from, where this feisty goth girl is going next and how you can create your own silly, scary stories. Black clothes and stripy tights optional! Ages 7+ Location: Sallis Benney Theatre - £6

Sat 10 May, 4pm

Darren Shan Meet the master of horror and dare to be scared with Darren Shan as he talks about his 12-book Zom-B series. Featuring a grisly zombie apocalypse packed with classic Shan action, a fiendishly twisting plot and hard hitting storyline, each book is short, fast-paced and bloody. This thrilling combination of breathtaking twists and thought–provoking moral questions will have every Shan fan on the edge of their seat! Age 13+ Location: Sallis Bennet Theatre - £6

Sun 11 May, 10.30am

Marcia Williams - From Shakespeare to WWI Let Marcia bring Shakespeare’s plays to life with her fun and lively comic strip books. Then with the help of Archie from Archie’s War – a child’s scrapbook of World War I – she will help you discover what it was really like to live through the Great War. Ages 7+. Location Sallis Benney Theatre- £6

Sunday 11th May, 12.30pm Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell Join the best-selling duo behind The Edge Chronicles, Fergus Crane and Muddle Earth to discover what has inspired their colourful characters and wondrous worlds, and hear them talk about their brand new science fiction series, Scavenger, as well as their exciting new ventures into the world of the Edge. Ages 10+ Location: Sallis Benney Theatre - £6 Sunday 11th May, 4pm

The Professor McGonagall Tea Party Quiz Do you know your quaffle from your quidditch? Hagrid from Hedwig? Join Peta Taylor for afternoon tea and questions on all your favourite books – including the Professor’s special Hogwarts round. A magical afternoon guaranteed! Max 6 in a team, ages 6+. Location: Sallis Benney Theatre - £8

Saturday 17th May & Sunday 18th May

Enhanced Dance to Disguised Music With vigorous choreography, elemental music and strange balloon figures descending from above, this is weird and witty dance that stretches the limits of movement and unleashes the imagination. Location: The Old Market Adults £9, Child £6, Family £25 (2 adults, 2 children)

Sunday 18th May, 2pm & 5pm

Ida Barr’s Mash Up Musically pitched somewhere between Lady Gaga and Lord Haw-Haw, Ida Bar is the world’s only old-time music hall artiste turned Rap superstar. Location: Brighton Dome Cinema - £8

Thursday 22nd & Friday 23 May, 7:30pm, Sat 24 May, 2:30pm & 7:30pm Pirates of the Carabina Flown is confidently choreographed chaos. Amidst the mayhem, the performers fly, fling, spin and swing across the set in perfect time, all accompanied by an original score played live. It’s big, beautiful and bonkers – an experience to excite the whole family. Location: Theatre Royal Brighton £10, £15, £17.50, £20, under 26s £15, Under 16s Half Price, Festival Standby £10

Thursday 22 May, 1.30pm

The Sleeping Army Young City Reads – the ‘Big Read’ for children of Brighton & Hove – returns! This year young story–lovers are invited to read, share, discuss and celebrate The Sleeping Army

by Francesca Simon, author of the hugely popular Horrid Henry series. Ages 8-11. Location: Brighton Dome Concert hall - £3

Saturday 24th May, 10.30am

Florentine and Pig Shiver me timbers! Florentine and Pig are setting sail on a pirate adventure, and they want you to come too! Authors Eva and Jess invite you to enjoy 45 minutes of fun, including pirate crafts and activities and a reading of Florentine and Pig and the Lost Pirate Treasure. Age 4+. Location: Brighton Dome Founders Room - £6

Saturday 24th May, 12.30pm

Tom Percival In Herman’s Letter, the latest picture book by writer and illustrator Tom Percival, Herman the bear embarks on an epic journey to deliver a very special letter and ensure that his friendship with Henry the raccoon really is forever. Tom is going to talk about Herman’s adventure in a creative event: prepare to get crafty and remember to bring your imagination! Age 5+. Location: Brighton Dome Founders Room - £6

Saturday 24th May, 2.30pm

Nicola Davies What would you do if you had to take care of a baby manatee or teach a bear cub to return to the wild? Nicola Davies’s Heroes of the Wild series of animal stories, based on real conservation projects, shows just how hard it is. Come and hear this award-winning writer and former presenter of The Really Wild Show talk about her popular nature books and her latest story, The Promise. Age 6+ Location: Brighton Dome Founders Room - £6

Sunday 25th May, 10.30am & 1.30pm

I Believe in Unicorns Tomas hates reading, but his world is turned upside down the day he is dragged into his local library and meets the Unicorn Lady... Add your own bit of magic by bringing a children’s book to add to Tomas’ library, and swap it for another afterwards. A magical storytelling show. Ages 6-11. Location: Brighton Dome Studio Theatre - £7

Sunday 25th May, 4pm

Geek Girl Holly Smale spent two years as a teenage catwalk model before finding her smart and sassy voice in teen fiction. Her acclaimed and hugely popular novel Geek Girl, about the model misfit Harriet Manners, was the UK’s number one debut novel of 2013, shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013. Come and hear Holly talk about her geek-but-chic heroine, as well as her own journey to becoming an author. Age 10+. Location: Brighton Dome Studio Theatre - £6 Tickets from all of the above events can be brought from TheTicket Office: 01273 709709 or on the website:


23rd-26th May

Elderflower Fields the Family Festival The Elderflower Fields Festival has been completely designed for families with kids in mind, and is back for the third time in 2014 after becoming a huge success in previous years. The ‘Urban Woods’ activities are designed to give kids a flavour of sports and pursuits more normally associated with an urban or extreme environment, including skateboarding, climbing, slack lining, mountain biking and Parkour, and newly introduced for this year there is kayaking, raft-building and tree climbing. There is also a Sports Camp that will include volley ball, archery, ultimate Frisbee, rounders, stoolball, hockey and an assault course. For the adults there is a Woodland Spa, a cocktail bar, fantastic local food stalls and live bands. Weekend Adults tickets £95 and children £45

24th May – 8th June

Adur Fesitval 2014 A celebration of arts and community across the district. Two weeks of arts, literature, music, comedy & theatre. This year the theme is STRANGE CREATURES! Events, workshops and activities happening in Lancing, Sompting, Southwick, Shoreham, Fishersgate, Kingston Buci & Coombes. Anyone can register an event as part of the festival as long as it takes place in Adur and falls within the festival dates. On the 24th May there will be a district wide celebration to launch the festival.

Saturday 24th May – 8th June

Steyning Festival 2014 Starting with the Children’s parade on the 24th May, there will also be a visit from Julia Donaldson, Messy play, family fun day and afternoon, craft events and much more, some of the events are free some charge a small fee, visit the website for further info:

Saturday May 31st, 1pm

Woolbeding Parkland hosts Festival in the Park 3 Daft Monkeys, are headlining at a new festival in one of the South Downs’ most picturesque settings, Woolbeding Parkland near Midhurst. Festival trade stalls, children’s entertainers, food outlets and a beer tent provided by local brewery Langhams are on hand to ensure everyone has a great time. Location: Woolbeding Parkland, parking on site - Advance tickets: £5 for adults and £3 for children (aged five and under are free). On the day: £8 for adults, £4 for children. Tickets available at: html ,or from Simon Goodale on 07580 105571, or the Midhurst Hub (The Tall Dog) in Church Hill, Midhurst. For further information email: or call Simon Goodale on 07580 105571.

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What’s On

What’s On Every Day

Arundel Wetland Centre

lovingly restored by enthusiasts. Refreshments available & souvenir shop. Adults £1 and accompanied children free!

4th May

Three Forts Challenge

The Recreation Ground Hill Barn Way, Worthing -10.00am

Regular Daily events. Arundel open from 9.30am – 5.30pm 11.00am – 4.30pm Boat Safari Tour 2.00pm – Diving Duck Feed The Wetlands hold various family friendly events which are often seasonal.To see what is coming up over May & June visit

Every Saturday Car Boot Sale

Adur Recreation Ground Shoreham By Sea Turn up from 7am to get a pitch

3rd – 5th May

Foodies Fesitval

Hove Lawns, Brighton 11.00am – 7.00pm With top chefs cooking in the Chef’s Theatre; wine, beer, and cocktails in the Drink’s Theatre; join top pastry chefs in the brand new Chocolate, Cake, Bake and Preserves Theatre, and kids can learn to cook too in the Children’s Cookery Theatre.

3rd – 4th May Modfest

Brighton Racecourse

Everyone is welcome at ModFest. This is a festival aimed for all ages. There is music to suit each incarnation of Mod as well as looking forward to how the next generation will evolve and develop Mod aesthetics for their own tastes.

Marathon or half marathon race, this is a 27 mile marathon route known as ‘The Tough One’. With 27 miles of mixed terrain and climbs of 3450 feet over the South Downs, including Cissbury Ring, Devil’s Dyke & Chanctonbury Ring.

10th May

Johnny Loves June’s Vintage & Handmade Fair

The Shoreham Centre, Shoreham By Sea - 11.00am – 4.00pm Lots of stalls selling vintage and handmade loveliness. Clothes, furniture, collectibles, memorabilia, jewellery and textiles plus pop-up vintage style tea shop and live entertainment

10th May

Shoreham Farmers Market

The award winning Shoreham Farmers’ Market sells local Sussex produce and takes place every second Saturday of the month.

11th May

Dotty the Dragon

Connaught Studio, Worthing 11.00am and 2.00pm Blunderbus presents a clever new show with a blend of live music, fabulous puppets and storytelling. Ages 3 to 7.

11th May

Spring Steam and Vintage Fair

Amberley Working Museum –

10.00 – 5.00pm

3rd – 5th May

Southwick Spring Fair

Southwick Green from 10am - 4pm There will be Food & Drink, Art & Craft stalls, Charity fundraising stalls, bric-a- brac stalls together with other attractions and arena displays on.

A show for all the family with so much to see from steam engines, vintage tractors and stationary engines to woodland crafts.

4th May


Komedia, Brighton 2.00pm

A dance party for kids and a social event for adults too. As the event falls on May 4th, it’s a Star Wars fancy dress party with top prizes. The event is hosted by adance instructor teaching classic moves and hoola hoop skills. Plus free face painting, baby play area, complimentary healthy snacks and a licensed bar.

4th May – 18th May – 1st June & 15th June High Salvington Open Windmill Day 2.30pm - 5pm. Open afternoon with guided tours of the working mill, granary & windpump

11th May

Antiques and Collectors Fair Worthing Leisure Centre

On Sunday 11th May, Worthing Leisure Centre will be hosting their first ever Antiques and Collectors Fair with further dates already booked into the diary. Welcoming well in excess of a million customers per year, Worthing Leisure are used to holding large scale events. There is easy access to stalls, a separate trade entrance and a large car park on site. There is also a great café serving a wide range of food and drink. As this is their first fair, Worthing Leisure are offering stallholders a one Sussex Coast

off, half price taster whereby a charge of just £12.50 will be made per stall (normal price £25). If you are a stallholder, book your space today whilst places are still available by calling 01903 502237.

17th and 24th May

legged! There will be attractions such as: A bouncy castle, other children’s rides & games, Raffle, Tombola, Dogs Trust Merchandise and refreshments including a Beer Tent! There’s also Have-A-Go Agility & a Doggy Dash for your 4-legged friends, along with plenty of games for the grown ups too!

Steyne Gardens 10.30 am – 4.00pm

26th May

17th May

Lancing 8.00am – 4.00pm A great day out for all the family with over 450 stalls

Brighton Toy & Model Museum

26th & 30th May

Worthing Get Cycling Roadshow

A host of cycling related activities which are free for all the family to try

Lost in the Toy Museum

4.00pm – 7.30pm Some of the toys are lost – come and help us find them. Art play, readings, wooden train set, child-friendly Meccano and more.

17th May

Worthing’s Emporium Market

Montague Place 9.00am – 5.00pm The Emporium hosts an outdoor market offering craft, food, upcycled and vintage goodies. Mooch for a bargain or shop for your larder, every 3rd Saturday of the month.

18th May

London to Brighton Mini Run

Maderia Drive Brighton Annual London to Brighton Mini run with thousands of Mini enthusiasts taking part.

24th, 25th & 26th May Castle Siege

Arundel Castle – 10.00am – 5.00pm It is 1475 and Edward IV is King of England. Once again tensions have arisen between England and France, and seizing the opportunity a French force has crossed the channel, seized the Kings Ordinance (artillery) and surrounded the castle at Arundel. This three day event will show the importance of artillery in taking a castle and as a battlefield weapon. Skirmishes between the two sides, craft displays, costumes and armour of the period combine to make this an entertaining event for all the family. This event promises a Bank Holiday Weekend filled with drama, action and sounds of torrid 15th Century battle.

24th May

Traditional French Market

Shoreham 9.00am-5.00pm

The traders come from Normandy and offer a wide range of top quality products. These are generally local and regional cheeses, bread freshly baked every day, patisserie products, olives and dried fruits, handbags, jewellery, Provencal soaps

25th May

Shoreham Dog’s Trust Open Day & Fun Show

Shoreham 12.00 – 4.00pm Dogs Trust Shoreham’s Annual Open Day and Fun Dog Show is a great day out for all the family, two & four

Beach Green Market

Hello Kitty at Drusillas

Visit her in the beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with

26th May

Hove Carnival

Hove Park 12.00pm A fun packed carnival for all the family. Don’t miss the dog show, fun fair rides, birds of prey, cake competitions to mention just some of the events on offer - FREE

27th May

James Campbell’s Comedy for Kids

The Old Market, Hove 2.00pm A hilarious stand up comedy show for children, for anyone who likes comedy without the rude words. Tickets are £8 on the door or £7 if booked in advance.

27th – 30th May Dinosaurs!

Littlehampton Museum Dinosaurs once roamed the south coast of England, and youngsters are encouraged to come along to the Museum to learn more about these fascinating beasts, get their hands on real dinosaur bones and get creative! Places must be booked in advance.

28th May

Little Howard’s Big Show for Kids

Connaught Studio, Worthing 2.00pm From BBC1’s Little Howard’s Big Questions, real human Big Howard and animated six year old Little Howard present a unique family comedy show. ages 6+

28th May

Family Fun Day

Amberley Working Museum

10.00 – 5.00pm It’s National Family Week so why not gather everyone together for a day of old-fashioned family fun come rain or shine? There will be games and activities for all ages.

28th May

What’s On? Peppa Pig Visits Harbour Park

31st May

14th June

Peppa Pig will be making appearances at intervals throughout the day, starting from 1pm. Entry will be via Go Unlimited ride wristbands and ‘10 ticket’ ride books purchased in advance online or at site on the day. With the stamp you receive you will have the opportunity to meet and greet Peppa Pig and take some photos. Definitely another one for the family diary!

Charmandean Centre, Worthing 10.00am – 4.00pm Dealers offering a fantastic selection of traditional antiques, furniture, vintage clothing, homeware, jewellery, retro, art deco, reclamation items, art and lots more from all eras. . In house cafe and licensed bar. Admission for adults £2, children under 12 free.

Worthing Promenade 11.00am – 6.00pm Book a table with your family or a group of friends for a fantastic day of fun and games with entertainment and competitions to book your space email

Littlehampton 10.00am

29th May

Pirates & Smugglers Day

Arundel Castle 10.00am – 5.00pm Set on the Lower Lawns at Arundel

Castle, this family day will be an opportunity to find out about the Smugglers of Sussex and the pirates who menaced waters around the world. With The Yarnsmith of Norwich story teller, have-a-go-fencing, and pirates-a-plenty demonstrating crafts, weapons and activities of the 18th Century, this lively event will entertain all ages.

Nellie Craft Antique and Vintage Fair

31st May & 1st June

Act Kids Theatre: Revolting Rhymes to Teenage Kicks

The Old Market Hove ACT presents a celebration of Children & Young Peoples’ Theatre with 6 classic pieces ranging from Fairy Tales with a Roald Dahl twist to Girl Gang Rappers. Sat: 2pm, 7pm. Sun: 8pm, £7/£5.

Party on the Prom

14th June

Worthing Children’s Parade

Splashpoint 10.00am Worthing’s 7th Children’s Parade promises to be bigger and more exciting than ever. The theme this year is musicals and the parade will be full of colour, excitement and the infectious beat of samba music.

14th & 15th June

Shoreham Summer Food & Drink Festival

The Emporium hosts an outdoor market offering craft, food, upcycled and vintage goodies. Mooch for a bargain or shop for your larder, every 3rd Saturday of the month.

21st June

A Night to Remember

Worthing Leisure Centre Midnight – 7.00am A sponsored ladies only walk in aid of St Barnabas House. You can choose to walk our original 13.1 mile route, our 7 mile route or 20 miles! Registration is just £15, which includes your Night Pack (our exclusive pink t shirt, goodie bag and torch), refreshments en route and breakfast on your return. Register now at uk/stb or call The Events Team on 01903 706355

21st June

Goring Gap 9.00am Open to anyone of any ability to register -

Shoreham 9.00am – 4.00pm A celebration of great food and drink from around the world, with food tastings and over 80 traders taking part. Live music playing throughout the weekend.

wonderful creatures to found around SussexSouthwick Library 5.00pm - 7.00pm With screaming demons in Wealdon copses and dragons lurking in bottomless ponds; ghosts and madmen to witches and wise women, Michael O’Leary reveals many of the hidden horrors of Sussex.

6th June

14th & 15th June

22nd June

Brighton Centre – 6.00pm Global pop sensations Little Mix will be embarking on their biggest UK tour to date, £33.50 a ticket.

31st May

Kemp Town Carnival

Parham Park The Sussex Game & Country Fair offers plenty of action and entertainment for the whole family, with children’s features including crossbows, countryside workshops and traditional funfair. There are over 200 top-quality trade stands selling everything for the home and garden, and visitors can also take time out to relax at the picnic area and enjoy superb live entertainmen A great family day out, with the main arena, gundog events, food festival, have a go activities including fishing and clay pigeon shooting. Children under 15 free, adults £13 if you book early.

Steyne Gardens Ladies only walk, jog, dance or run along Worthing’s promenade in this 5K event for breast cancer. A really amazing morning to be part of. To register visit:www.

29th May

Strange Creatures – the weird and

South Downs Mountain Biking Event

This is a fully marked course around the South Downs, an off road Mountain Bike Event with a food station to ‘refuel’ and markers along the way. Start and finish in Angmering. Collect your T Shirt, £5.00 voucher for South Downs Bikes and many other things in your goody bag at the end. Register on

31st May & 1st June

Worthing Annual Rowing Regatta

Splash point 10.00 am – 4.00pm Come and support your local rowing club as they race around the pier – a great family day out!

31st May

Adur Outdoor Activity Centre Open Day Shoreham 10.00am – 3.00pm

An Open Day where you can try out all our activities for a special price! Activities include Climbing, Kayaking/ Canoeing, Archery and Cycling.

31st May

Special Little Things Market

Arcade Road, Littlehampton 10.00am – 4.00pm A free event held on the last Saturday of every month in Evans Garden Court Yard Arcade Road in Littlehampton. Local Artists & Artisan Crafters will be exhibiting their products, with live music and bistro dining. Tel: 01903 722666 if you are interested in having a table.

1st June

Worthing & District Harriers Open Road 10K Race

Little Mix

7th June

Kemp Town Village 10.00am – 7.00pm This year’s Carnival will have something for the whole community with a brand new children’s parade, circus skills, street theatre, break dancing, the grand custard pie fight, belly dancers, choirs and much more. Other entertainment includes magicians, children’s entertainment, live graffiti art, creative workshops, tug’o’war, Morris Dancers, fine ales and ciders, barn dancing, Arts, Crafts and other great market stalls, wonderful foods and the annual Parade of Flowers returns.

8th June

Lions Donkey Derby & Classic Vehicle Rally Buckingham Park, Shoreham 11.00 – 5.00pm The Lions Donkey Derby and Family Fun Day has been a regular feature of the Shoreham scene for 36 years and offers fun for all the family, and raises funds for local charity.

8th June

Curious Creatures

Connaught Studio, Worthing 2.00pm Using puppets, comedy, slapstick and live music to uncover the mysteries of the animal kingdom – ages 5+.

Sussex Game & County Fair

15th June

Dads Can Do

Amberley Working Museum 10.00 – 5.00pm Give Dad an extra special treat. Fun and challenging activities locomotive footplate rides and hands-on crafts.

15th – 21st June

WOW – Worthing World of Words Festival

Focussing on local Worthing and Sussex based writers, performers, playwrights and film-makers, Worthing WOW will present a diverse range of events at the Connaught Studio, Pavilion Theatre and various venues around the town for one whole week From films to poetry reading, book fair and family picnic. For details see Worthing Theatres Guide or go to

21st June

Worthing’s Emporium Market

Montague Place 9.00am – 5.00pm


I believe in Unicorns

Connaught Studio, Worthing 2.00pm Micheal Morpurgo’s enchanting tale is brought to like in a magical iinteractive show set in a library filled with books. ages 5+

Worthing’s Race for Life

21st and 22nd June

Medieval Tournament

Arundel castle 10.00am – 5.00pm The Knights, Squires, Archers and Men-at-Arms of Raven Tor will meet in Tournament over this June Weekend. With competitions using a variety of weapons, the free-style fighting of the combatants will be the nearest reproduction of tournament combat seen outside of the 15th Century. With Distant Trumpets Story Teller, falconry display, archery display and competition, and a large tented encampment of crafts and displays, there is plenty to see and experience over the weekend.

28th June

Armed Forces Day

Littlehampton Seafront 10.30am – 5.00pm Having established a reputation for staging one of the most impressive Armed Forces Day in the country, this year’s event will be no exception. Celebrating the brave men and women, both past and present, who serve or have served our country.

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What’s On

National Trust Alfriston Clergy House 3rd June


Early bird opening

Beat the crowds and visit before normal opening times.

17th June


NGS day and garden tour

The garden is open in aid of the NGS, with a special tour at11.30am.


7th & 28th June 11.00am – 1.00pm

Summer garden tours and tea

An insight into how Kipling transformed this garden on a tour with our Head Gardener. Includes cream tea. £10 Booking essential: 01435 882302

15th June


Father’s Day tea

A hearty afternoon cream tea including mini Yorkshire puddings, pasties, rustic sandwiches and more. £14.99 Booking essential: 01435 882302

Bodiam Castle

24th & 25th May 11am-4pm

Fathers’ Day BBQ

Make your dad feel like king of the castle with this special BBQ. Booking essential: 01580 831320

Birling Gap

28th & 30th May

11am-1pm or 2-4pm

Big bug week – the big sweep at Birling Gap

It’s time to get right up close to those ugly bugs on a big sweep workshop. Child £3 Booking essential: 01323 423197

Standen 21st June


Midsummer Eve garden tour Evening garden tour, with champagne on the terrace. £12 Booking essential: 01342 323029

Devil’s Dyke 10th June

6.00pm – 9.00pm

Wolstonbury Orchid safari

An evening walk on this enigmatic hill looking for up to 10 species of orchid. Adult £3, child £3 Booking essential: 01273 857712

27th May –1st June

11am-4pm Adventures in archaeology Help us uncover our history and see what archaeologists have found here. 50p - £3 for some activities

10th – 11th May


Family Activity Weekend Seed Planting

Roll up your sleeves and get stuck into some gardening. Come along to make your own little paper pot and plant vegetable seeds to take home and grow on. Don’t forget to collect a sticker for your 50 things scrapbook. Free event normal admission charges.

24th May – 1st June 10.30am – 3.30pm

Scary Beasts

A trail for our young explorers to look for the hidden beasts within the gardens. There is an additional £2 per trail.

Petworth House

16th May


Night In the Museum

3rd May – 4th May Family ARTventures


Come and enjoy our wonderful family activity in the Potting Shed, be inspired by your surroundings and get creating. Booking essential: , 01444 405250 free event normal admission charges.

15th June

12.00pm – 2.00pm Sussex Coast

Join the woods team for a walk through Nymans woodlands taking in the splendid displays of bluebells and other spring wild flowers. Free event normal admission charges.


Build a 5* ‘buglins’ hotel, make a 3D beast, and decorate a pair of butterfly wings to fly away with. Get creative and learn about how to make a home for wildlife in this interactive, hands-on workshop. Booking Essential 01798 342207. Ages 3 – 11.

29th & 30th May Wild in the Park!


Start ticking off some of your ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4s’ with tree climbing, den building and bug hunting. The guided walk will take you to some of the best spots in Petworth Park to complete your challenges. Booking Essential 01798 342207. Child £2 (Must be accompanied by an adult) suitable for 5-11 year olds.

Wakehurst Place 1st – 31st May

Spring Lambs at Wakehurst

Wakehurst is home to a flock of 50 Southdown sheep and lambing will start at the beginning of May. Around 50 lambs are expected and visitors will be able to see them take their first steps and meet Wakehurst’s shepherd to learn more about the flock. Free event normal admission charges.

Lotions & Potions

26th May A family fun day to celebrate St Augustine Day at this annual fair. 50p - £2 for some activities

Woodland Walks – Bluebells and Wildflowers

26th May & 28th May

27th – 30th May 11.30 – 4.30pm

Join in the medieval fun and see how many of your 50 things you can do.

Sir Edward’s Fair

or 2.00pm – 3.00pm


May games and 50 things


6th – 11th May 11.00am-12.00pm

In a place where statues become real, where portraits climb down from their frames and the ghosts return to haunt the corridors, who knows what, or rather who, you might encounter? Light snack and drink will be provided. Booking Essential 01798 342207. Adult £5, Child £10 (Must be accompanied by an adult).

Make a meadow inspired fizzy bath bomb, find out about the Victorian meanings of flowers and make a daisy spinner to take you on voyage of discovery to our meadows. Normal admission charges plus £2 per participant.

Families Sussex Coast May-June 2014  

The really useful magazine for families with children. Covering Brighton, Worthing ,Lewes, Littlehampton and everywhere in between!

Families Sussex Coast May-June 2014  

The really useful magazine for families with children. Covering Brighton, Worthing ,Lewes, Littlehampton and everywhere in between!