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Welcome & Contents Families

Summer holidays are always exciting for little ones but can be costly for grown up pockets, so this issue we’ve got a fabulous feature on things to do that are lots of fun but don’t cost the earth. We’ve also got a feature on swimming and where to find a little splashy fun near you, so let’s pray for the sun to shine (but not be too miffed if it doesn’t). There’s also our brilliant what’s on guide that covers the whole summer so you have everything you need for a happy, fun-filled and action-packed six weeks. Happy summer holidays from everyone at Families Sussex Coast! Families Sussex Coast covers: Brighton, Hove, Eastbourne, Worthing, Lewes, Burgess Hill, Hassocks and everywhere in between. Next issue September/October 2011: Advertising and editorial deadline is 29 July. You can contribute to Families Sussex Coast through advertising, editorial and our what’s on pages. Contact Families Sussex Coast: 01273 231155 Families Sussex Coast, PO Box 5189, Brighton BN50 9WN Printed by: Bishops Printers, Families Sussex Coast is printed using paper from sustainable forests. The pulp is cleaned using an elemental chlorine free process. Please recycle your copy of Families Sussex Coast when you have finished with it. Copyright: Families Sussex Coast, June 2011. 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 publishers 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.

July / August 2011

What’s inside News and giveaways


Au pairs, school label giveaway, swedish clothes and more

Fifteen fabulous things to do this summer 6-7 Economical ideas to have fun in the summer holidays

Days out reviewed




Theme parks near and far

The benefits of swimming and where to find some splashy fun near you

Four best family festivals 10 Do something different with the kids this summer

Where I live


What’s on


Woodingdean, Brighton

About a hundred things to do this summer including Shaun the Sheep, Mr Benn, Zoolmpics, bugs and beasties and so much more!


ABC Au Pairs

me&i in the UK

me&i, a gorgeous range of kids clothes from Sweden is coming to the UK.

ABC Au Pairs

out light housework duties. The ‘traditional’ au

has been

pair will come to the UK for up to a year but

providing au pairs

increasingly, there are au pairs who wish to

from reputable

stay just for the summer so providing support

European partner agents to families in London

to families who simply need help during the

and the South East for 20 years. The au pair

school summer holidays.

programme is a cultural exchange whereby

me&i was founded by

a young adult lives as part of a family and, in

two Swedish mums

return for bed and board, acts as an ‘extra

in 2004 and their

pair of hands’ for the parent(s). They can look

clothes represent

after children over two years old and carry

Swedish design at its best – high quality, funky colours and cool prints and they are really comfortable to

Viva Paella!

for summer fairs and parties

wear. All the clothes

If you think an au pair may be for you, ABC proprietor Lucy Meek would be delighted to chat through your requirements and options. You can contact her on 0845 459 2162 or visit the website

Make a splash this summer

are tried and tested by children for both comfort

Launched last year by Brighton

Perfect for your

and looks.

business partners Jonathan

summer holiday or

and Melissa, Viva Paella creates

a visit to your local

With me&I, clothes shopping for the kids is a

a unique spectacle cooking

swimming pool,

relaxed affair. A me&i representative will come

paella al fresco at events. It is

Puddle Jumpers is

to you and showcase the clothes so you and

the perfect food solution for

your friends can get a really good look and feel. If you are thinking about returning to work or just want to change to a job that fits round your family, take a look at the company’s website as they are currently looking for people to join them as self-employed me&i representatives. To find out more contact 07725 030 821

a new swimming

school and country fairs, parties and weddings

aid for children which guarantees fun and

offering delicious paella at reasonable prices.

safety in the water. Water safety has never

Melissa said, ‘Viva Paella is totally mobile and

been so fun with the new range of bright and

can cater for up to 200 people even in the

colourful Puddle Jumpers that not only provide

middle of a field.’

parental peace of mind but that kids will love to wear. The comfortable fit with a no-chaff,

You can also find Viva Paella at WOWO

soft fabric cover allows for natural movement

campsite every Friday night, saving happy

and greater freedom, meaning children can

campers the chore of cooking after putting up

swim and explore with maximum confidence.

their tent. To book Viva Paella for your next

The Puddle Jumper costs £19.99 from

party or event contact on 07973 483674 or


“BAN mobile phones and wireless networks in schools” says the Council of Europe

A Council of Europe committee examined

What can you do?

evidence that electromagnetic radiations have


Visit www.familiesonline.

“potentially harmful” effects on humans, and for lots of

concluded that “immediate action was required

useful and jargon free articles,

to protect children.”

websites and recent media

They said that mobile phones and computers with wireless internet connections pose a risk

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nursery got WIFI? If not, it may still come

to human health and should be banned from

powerfully from next door! Check whether

schools. The committee said it was crucial

your house or school is situated next to a

to avoid repeating the mistakes made when public health officials were slow to recognise the dangers of asbestos, smoking and lead in petrol.

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which uses similar technology. Fears have been raised that electromagnetic radiation emitted by wireless devices can cause cancers and affect the developing brain.

Protect your children at home, don’t wait for things to change. Switch off your WIFI when you’re not using it.

The report highlighted the potential health risks of cordless telephones and baby monitors,

Inform yourselves. Has your child’s school or


Take action. Download a ready written letter to your MP from our website and write to him/ her, talk to parents around you, write to your school. Use Facebook or Twitter to comment and exchange views.

Joining the

Business Mums! Seven years ago Ann was faced with the dilemma of how to balance a career and family. She looked at ways to start her own business and franchise opportunities, but they seemed to involve large investment and high risk. She then discovered an opportunity in the health and wellbeing industry that uses the team marketing business model. Ann said, “I was shown a way that I could have my own business under the umbrella of large multinational company with an impeccable track record where there was a proven business building system but with really low start up costs. I now have the balance so many of us strive for – a successful home-based business that allows career progression, lifestyle and true balance”. If you are interested in finding out about an opportunity where you can have it all – family and a good career, financial security with low start up costs call Ann on 02392 984994.


Take a trip

to Neverland

News & giveaways Families Spamalot is back

This summer,

Perform will be taking their 4-8 year olds on a trip to Neverland with Peter Pan, Wendy, John and Michael, Tinkerbell and the dastardly Captain Hook. Perform’s energetic team of actors, musicians and dancers will be with them every step of the way to inspire and encourage. With colourful costumes, original songs and live music, children will enjoy a fun-packed week putting together a show that will delight family and friends. Workshops will run on 8 -12 August in Hove and Horsham and following the performances, parents will be able to donate to Great Ormand

Theatre Royal Brighton has announced star casting for West End smash hit Spamalot, which will run from December 15 2011 until 14 January 2012. Marcus Brigstocke is to return as Arthur, King of the Britons and Todd Carty will once again play Patsy. Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and features cows, killer rabbits, French people and tunes like Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life. The show is suitable for children aged 10+.

Street Children’s Hospital, who own the rights to

If you book tickets before 31 August you can

Peter Pan. To find out more contact 0845 400

save £3 per ticket. Contact 0844 871 7650 or visit

4000 or email

Please call mum Off to school set We are all aware of how quickly young children can disappear in crowded places and how


We have 5 Easy2Name Off

frightening it can be for them and for you too.

to School sets to give away,

‘Please Call Mum’® is a range of temporary

each set is worth £17.90

tattoo transfers that can be personalised with a

and contains 30 waterproof

mobile number and applied easily and discreetly

stickers, 30 iron on name

to a child’s forearm. The tattoo transfers can

tapes, 1 set of shoe covers,

play a significant role in reducing the anguish

1 bag tag and 1 shoe bag.

experienced if young children become separated from accompanying adults. You can order your personalized tattoos online in time for the summer holidays by visiting


Zumba is the big dance craze of the moment and

To enter the draw simply send your name, address and phone number and please state clearly the name of your child and whether you require the shoe bag in red or blue. Entries to editor@familiessussex or Families Sussex Coast, PO Box 5189, Brighton BN50 9WN by 30th July. The full Easy2Name range can be seen at

your child can now have a Zumbatomic party. Zumbatomic parties fuse the best parts of Zumba Dance with dance styles and music from all over the world. Your child will learn fun dance routines, play games, win prizes and perform a show. “Watching my daughter surrounded by her friends, jumping with delight as they danced to a specially choreographed song for her 8th birthday was just one highlight of our Zumbatomic party” Gillian hosts Zumbatomic Kids Parties as well as teaching Zumba classes throughout the region. To find out more contact 07967 569549 or watch a Big Starz Party in Action on Facebook - “Zumba with Gillian Millar”.

July/August 2011


Fifteen simple but fabulous things to do this summer

by Joanna Moorhead

The sun is out, the school holidays are almost here. What are you going to do – ideally without spending a fortune – in the lovely, long (we hope!) summer ahead? Joanna Moorhead shares her top ideas for how to enjoy the days – and lay down some happy memories.


Visit a pick-your-own farm “That was the best day of my life,” says my daughter Miranda, 12,

of our trip a couple of summers ago to a pick-your-own farm. She loved


Go cycling Dust off your helmet, pump up your

tyres, and head for a spin through a local

everything about it: choosing which farm to go to beforehand, looking

park, along a canal bank, or along a cycle

online at what would be in season on our visit, running around picking

track. If you’re not sure what routes are

strawberries when we got there, and making jam and puddings with her

available in your area, check out www.

fruit when we got home afterwards. There are more than 600 pick-your- . Or, if you really don’t

own farms across the UK; to find some in your area, see

have any old bikes hanging around that

you can crank back into service, why not

“That was the best day of my life,” says my daughter Miranda, 12, of our trip a couple of summers ago to a pick-your-own farm.

investigate the possibility of hiring them for a day (or even a week) and exploring your neighbourhood in a whole new way? And if your kids are tiny, invest in a baby seat – my children loved nothing more, as toddlers, than the chance to ride across the common singing nursery rhymes on the front of my bike.


Image courtesy of Susanna Scutt

Build a den Den-building outside is as natural as breathing to most kids. Look

for spaces that are especially conducive to dens – woods, of course, are ideal. If you’re confined to the garden, find some props to get them started – a huge cardboard box is perfect. If you’ve not got one to hand, try asking a local builder or large store whether they have any packaging


you could have. And if it’s raining then kids can get creative with furniture, Organise a summer party Who needs a birthday - why not throw a summer party? It’s a lovely

way to spend a summer afternoon and evening. Simply text your friends, meet in the park with disposable barbies, hot dogs, cricket bat, football and away you go.


It’s not to late to get growing and you don’t need any more space

sowing the seeds, remembering to water them and then charting their progress from seedling to stomach. Make sure you choose seeds that are designed to be sown in July so try pak choi, new potatoes or winter radish. Stargaze!

Or even, if your kids are tiny, wild paddling? Nothing beats the

fresh, cool, vibrant feel of wild water on your face or even just between

Choose a night when the sky is very clear, and there’s no moon.

spent picnicking, and paddling, and even swimming in the streams and brooks around where my parents lived in west Yorkshire. For ideas of where to go to find wild water near you, see

Nothing beats the fresh, cool, vibrant feel of wild water on your face or even just between your toes.


Go rock pooling When the tide is out try rock pooling at the beach at Ovingdean,

Holywell at Eastbourne or the Birling Gap. Take a bucket, a net and if

Before you go out, look online or at a book about the constellations, and

you’re really keen get a seaside wildlife book to identify crabs, limpets,

choose a shape to look for that should be visible at the time of year, and

mussels, fish and types of seaweed.

in the area you’re facing. Look out for the brightest star in the night sky,


Sirius. If you’re an amateur at stargazing, start with a (relatively) easy constellation to spot, such as the Big Dipper. It might take a while to work things out, but stick with it – and once you’ve identified a constellation, you’ll always find it easy to spot. For added excitement, the Perseid meteor shower happens around the 12th August so you can spot shooting stars - magical!



Go wild swimming

your toes. Some of my happiest summer days as a mother have been Grow some veg

than a window-box, or a tiny space in your yard – and your kids will love


sofa cushions, rugs and pillows to construct the perfect cosy den.

Organise a rounders match Everyone loves a rounders match. Simply phone a few other

families, identify your park or space for the match, choose your day, and pitch up with the bats and balls, the post-markers, and the rugs and picnics for lunch. Make sure the teams are well-balanced in terms of age, ability etc, and play hard! It’s a wonderfully bonding experience.

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Find some splashy fun There’s nothing kids love more than

playing around in water and there’s plenty of ways to have some splashy fun (other than at the beach). See our article on page 9 on where to find paddling pools, water jets and fountains near you. Or you could set up a hose pipe, sprinkler system or paddling pool in your garden. Or invest in some water pistols or set up buckets and sponges and let the water war commence – but don’t expect to stay dry yourself.


Row a boat You can hire boats to row on the Ouse in Barcombe, Lewes.

Make sure the kids wear life jackets and take it in turns to row (so what if you end up going round and round? It’s all part of the fun.).


Go fishing Kids love fishing! Visit your local riverbank, lake or try the sea to

see where others fish to to see if they like the look of it. If your child seems keen, this might be a good time to invest in a fishing kit – but if you’d like to try it out without a big outlay, or your kids are young, go for a dipping net. And remember that, if you and your child take up ‘proper’ fishing, you’ll need a licence from the Environment Agency (


Borrow a dog You might own a dog already, of course, in which case just skip

this idea and go take him or her out for a walk instead! But if you’re not a dog-owner, and if you have a child or children, chances are that a dog would be a welcome guest – so why not invite one over, for the day or even for the weekend? We regularly foster two dogs, Rocco and George, while their owners are away: my children love the chance to take them for walks and to bath them and feed them. It’s all the fun without the ties – and without enthusiasm ever waning. To find your dog, just ask around: dog-owners need breaks too.

My children love the chance to take the dogs for walks and to bath them and feed them. It’s all the fun without the ties.


Fly your kite The sun is out, the sky is blue. There’s a breeze fluttering:

and what could be more fun than watching your child’s kite playing on the gentle wind? Kites don’t always fly first time, of course – they take practice. But most homes have at least one kite forgotten in a cupboard – or you can make your own, using dowelling and paper and glue. If you’re really keen, there are even professionals who’ll give you kite-flying lessons in windy spots across the country – see


Go for a walk We are spoilt for beautiful

walks along the coast, on the downs or woods. Be adventurous and try one that you haven’t done before. Take plenty of water, sarnies and chocolate to keep you going and plus shoes fit for the terrain and weather. Lots of walks incorporate tea rooms or pubs so look forward to a cream tea after your exurtions. Visit for more summer holiday fun.

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Days out reviewed... theme parks

Love them or hate them, the bright lights and rides of theme parks are pretty much guaranteed to have your kids jumping up and down with excitement. We’ve reviewed three near and far to try this summer hols.


It took us an hour and a


Brighton Pier

After a 45 minute journey, we arrive on probably

A sunny spring day meant it was quite busy but

one of the busiest days of the year. Unphased,

didn’t feel packed. With zero waiting time for

we go to explore and are pleasantly surprised

rides, plenty for those under seven and lots of

that it doesn’t appear to be too packed and the

bouncy energy zappers, the pier has plenty to

décor is nicely done. Our optimism is short-

entertain. For older kids there’s the roller coaster

lived, however, as most of the ‘fastrack’ (queue

and some really scary looking rides. Highlights

busters) have sold out and we struggle to find

for us were the helter skelter and dolphin derby

rides that you don’t have to queue over an hour

– which we won!

World of Adventures

half to get to Legoland near Windsor so it was going to have to be a good day. Happily it lived up to the effort it took to get there and we had a super day out. Stevie (aged 4 1⁄2) loved the water park the best and for me (aged 40+) it was the pirate falls. In fact, there was plenty for those aged 4 to go on so it’s a great park for little ones. We were very impressed with the driving school but overwhelmed by the jolly rocker with Stevie clinging to me, but at least he knows his limits now. You could definitely spend a good 12 hours here. Our regular Qbot saved us some queuing time but if you can afford it then the Qbot express is better. And the downside? Well it’s pricey, especially if you got the Qbot express which adds a hefty £40 on for each person. Our advice is to look out or the discount vouchers as Legoland is definitely worth a visit. Cost for a family of 4: £174 (includes regular Qbot (peak time) - book online). Kids under 3 go free. Families rating Kiddywink excitement ★★★★★ Value for money ★★ Parental happiness ★★★


for or rides that accommodate those under 1.2m. We did see lots of happy teenagers screaming on the rides so if you are older then this is probably more your scene. On the plus side, the zoo is a haven away from the commotion of the rides and

It felt expensive but that’s only because you are constantly digging into your pocket for more change and in comparison to other theme parks it actually compares well. Brighton Pier is the

the sealion show is a complete joy.

theme park right on your doorstep, without the

So our advice? Don’t go until you are over

eyes and please parents with the added bonus

1.2m, don’t go on hot sunny days and, if you

of candy floss.

can, don’t go in the school holidays.

hefty entrance fee or waiting times to thrill little

Cost for a family of 4: £40 (buy 30 tokens

Cost for a family of 4: £120.80 (includes

for £20 which gives you around 10 rides. We

fastrack aimed at the under 11s - book online)

estimate that £40 for the rides would be more

Kids under 1m go free.

than sufficient.) Not including candy floss!

Families rating

Families rating

Kiddywink excitement ★★★★

Kiddywink excitement ★★★★★

Value for money ★★

Value for money ★★★★

Parental happiness ★

Parental happiness ★★★★

Summer fun Families

Splashing about this summer As summer is upon us Vicki Bates from the little swim school looks at some of the benefits of teaching your child to swim. Safety is the most obvious

remember a simple sequence of events. Many of my children’s first

benefit born out of the most

friendships were made in the pool, some of which are still flourishing ten

frightening statistic - drowning

years later.

is the third biggest cause of accidental death in children. It is reported that every week one school age child dies in a drowning incident. By teaching your child water safety and swimming skills from a young age you can help your child to help themselves if they end up in a dangerous situation. Swimming lessons are a fun way to discover water safety

For more information about the little swim school and their classes for pre-school children visit or call them on 01273 207992.

Outdoor splashy fun near you The sea can be scary for kids (and parents) so here are some ideas for where you can keep cool, get wet and have fun this summer holidays. Peter Pan’s playground. Madeira Drive, Brighton Kids tread on the buttons to get the water to shoot up. Great fun and a nice café in the playground.

rules and help your child become relaxed in the water – this helps children

Saltdean Lido

develop water confidence and respect for the water which in turn helps

The Artdeco lido at Saltdean offer great swimming, sand pit, baby pool

them remain safe and have fun for longer.

and café. Check the weather and opening before setting out.

The physical benefits that swimming lessons bring include increased

Saunders Park, Lewes Road, Brighton

fitness and coordination, improved joint mobility and increased muscle

The paddling pool is a feature of the newly refurbished park – definitely

strength. The supportive aspect of water is a wonderful equaliser - a child

worth a visit.

who may not enjoy running might find that they are able to kick through water with amazing agility. Children who are small or large for their age

Fort Fun Aqua Water Park, Eastbourne

often find their size is irrelevant in the water. Also cardio-vascular, lung and

Fort Fun in Eastbourne now has a family Aqua Water Park. There’s

blood capillary functions are increased during swimming which can lead

multiple slides, tilting buckets, interactive play panels, sprinkle showers,

to increased stamina, happiness, health and better eating and sleeping

snake tunnels and loads more.

patterns. The social benefits of teaching your child include early learning, confidence and friendship. Often children also begin to learn their colours, numbers and shapes from the various ‘props’ their swimming teacher uses. Badge and certificate reward systems for swimming achievements also increases a child’s sense of self esteem. For many children swimming lessons are their first social group where they learn how to make friends, share toys, take turns, listen and

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Hove Lagoon The paddling pool is in the children’s play area alongside the lagoon itself. Paddling Pool at the West Pier Part of the playground with a fantastic castle and right by the beach, but it does get extremely busy. Pells Pool, Lewes Lawn, sun terrace children’s paddling pool, rafts and other play equipment.


Four best family festivals Want to do something different with your kids this summer? How about giving them an experience they will never forget and take them to a festival? Romany from Festival Kidz recommends 4 of the most unmissable festivals for families this year:

1.Camp Bestival Dorset, 28-31 July 2011 Camp Bestival was created with families in mind. Billed as a Festi-holiday, your festival experience will be a cross between a retro Butlins Holiday Camp with all the fun and wacky eccentricity of a major music

aimed purely at under 10s and their families. There will be some great music alongside a jam-packed programme of youngster’s favourites. Rastamouse, Baby Loves Disco, Charlie and Lola, The Science Museum, Waybuloo, Yoga Bugs, Zingzillas and the Fairy School will be there along with all sorts of other free activities to keep little ones excited and awestruck all day long. And after a long day of non-stop fun you can go home a sleep in the comfort of your own bed – phew!

festival. Carefully planned programming from baby yoga and pre-school

Day tickets are £23 per person in

favourites like Mr Tumble, skate parks and chart-topping acts, to musical

advance or £30 on the gate. The

legends like Primal Scream and Blondie, means that there is something

price is the same for adults and

here for all ages. And you can also take advantage of the Boutique

children, with the exception of

Babysitting service ( if your kids want a

babies under 12 months who are

break from the festival action.

free. Discounted tickets are available

Weekend tickets start at £170 for adults and £85 for 11-17 year olds. Camp Bestival is FREE for children aged 10 and under but you must obtain a ticket.

2. Shambala Northamptonshire, 25-28 July 2011 This festival embraces families like a big warm comforting hug. Lots of provision for tiny ones: Family Yurt (for shelter, chilling out and bedtimes stories with cocoa), toddler play spaces, sandpits near the lake where you can relax with a pint on a sunny afternoon! Dedicated early years tent in the main festival with puppet shows, dance classes, workshops, and stay and play sessions. This year they have increased their activities for tweens and teens too so the whole family should have a great time.

for families and groups.

4. Guilfest Guildford, 15 to 17 July 2011 GuilFest 2011 features 7 stages of live music with a diverse line-up that includes Razorlight, Adam Ant, Chipmunk, James Blunt, Peter Andre, N-Dubz and Roger Daltrey. GuilFest also features theatre, comedy, street performances, and a fantastic children’s area. Guilfest is an independently run festival with a very friendly atmosphere, held in the

Weekend tickets are from £119 for adults, £79 for teens (ages 15, 16 and

beautiful surroundings of Stoke Park. And if the big-name entertainment

17 years) and £29 for children (ages 5 to 14 years inclusive). Under 5s are

all gets too much you can cool off in Guildford’s lido next door!

free but must be registered.

3. LolliBop Regent’s Park, London, 5 - 7 August 2011 If you and are worried about camping or think a whole weekend may be too much then LolliBop is a great introduction to the festival scene.


LolliBop has all the fun and atmosphere of a major festival but it is

Weekend tickets start from £110 for adults, £60 for 12-15 year olds. Children aged 11 and under are FREE. Day tickets, camping and campervan passes also available. For details of more family-friendly festivals near you, check out the interactive Festivals Map on

Where I live Families

Where I live... Woodingdean, Brighton Every issue of Families magazine we ask you about where you live – what’s it like, your favourite place to go and things to do both here and further afield… Dawn Banks lives near the race course in Woodingdean, overlooking the

Favourite outing (in this area)

fields and the sea with her husband and two children Berri, aged 5 and

We love visiting Spring Barn Farm Park. On a sunny day its a great place

Pablo aged 4. Dawn works as a garden designer, designing family friendly,

to hang out, play, see the animals and eat nice food.

fun and natural gardens.

Favourite café I have to say that the Queens Park cafe is very good, excellent value and excellent cakes and sandwiches.

Favourite park I am a lover of Queens park in Hanover. It offers a bit of everything.

Favourite restaurant We really like the Hanover Pub in Queens Park Road. They have recently opened a pizza restaurant and do stone baked pizza which the kids love.

Favourite big day out (any area) Hever Castle was a real winner - in the warm weather the kids really enjoy the water maze.

What was your best day out last year We thoroughly enjoyed climbing at Harrison’s Rocks (near Tunbridge Wells). Kids tried a little climbing and played about. Lovely setting, took a picnic and just hung out - everyone liked the day.

Favourite holiday destination By far it was India. We went there Christmas just gone and we are going back this year.

Favourite shop

It’s a fabulous place to go, people are so

The children really like going to the garden centre (Wyevales) as they love

friendly and adore the children. The natural

to go into the aquarium area and look at all the fish and I love walking

beauty and wildlife had the children very

round and looking at the plants.

excited. The food was fab (and not one of us got Deli Belly) and it was all very chilled out.

Favourite club or class We are members of the Esporta club and its great. The kids learn tennis and swimming and as members can do the free circuits and they also love to play in the grounds or in the soft play.

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Contact Dawn about garden design by visiting or call 01273 699186.


Our What’s On pages are put together several weeks beforehand and whilst we aim to be as accurate as we can, there may be some changes. Always contact the venue in advance to check details.


The Mr Men and Little Miss Party Road Show Mr Benn

17-18 August Pavilion Theatre, Worthing Mr Benn’s world is turned upside down when he stumbles across a small dusty shop overflowing with costumes. As if by magic, the shopkeeper appears and shows Mr Benn into a changing room containing a special door that leads to extraordinary adventures. 01903 206206

The Go! Go! Go! Show 20-21 August Congress Theatre, Worthing

Shaun the Sheep

14-17 July Theatre Royal Brighton Come and join Shaun and his friends in their very own live show. All your favourite characters from the hit BBC show will be here including Bitzer, Shirley, Timmy and the rest of the flock in this magical, fully choreographed music and dance extravaganza. 08448 717 650

Straight Up 2011 16 July Brighton Dome

Led by JP Omari and his team, this year’s youth dance event showcases some of the city’s most talented young hip hop dancers and features special guest performances from Freedom Movement (Nottingham), Urban Strides (the street dance specialists) and winners of Sky 1’s Got to Dance 2011 - Chris & Wes! 01273 709709

Anything Goes 20-30 July

Congress Theatre, Eastbourne The Rattonians present the fabulous musical comedy Anything Goes. Set aboard a ship sailing from New York to London in the 1930’s, Cole Porter’s stunning score is packed with show stoppers including the title song Anything Goes, You’re The Top, I Get a Kick Out of You to name but a few. . 01323 412000


Airbourne Brilliant air show along Eastbourne seafront and it’s free! 11-14 August

Step into a magical world and explore the outer reaches of the cosmos in this interactive environment for young people with and without learning difficulties or physical challenges. 01273 709709

Worthing’s talented young performers present a fabulous display of dance, singing and drama. The Jean Butterworth School of Dancing students are regional competition winners aged between 3 and 16 years. 01903 206206

Where is Stickman A countryside adventure with the Sussex Wildlife Trust! 26 July

9 July Founders Room, Brighton Dome

9-10 July Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

Mr Benn The magic, the shopkeeper, the music - much loved nostalgia, 17-18 August.


The World’s a Stage

favourites Our top picks for July and August

An all-new pop musical for kids featuring five fantastic new pop stars, a sock-eating Fluffalope and the permanently confused Mr. Baffled. 01903 206206

High School Mania

25 August Pavilion Theatre, Worthing A vibrant cast will take you on a voyage of pure exhilaration in celebration of the high-octane, high-energy, highexcitement hits from High School Musical 1, 2, and 3! 01903 206206

The Jungle Book

25-27 August Connaught Theatre, Worthing Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther must take Mowgli to the safety of the man-village but the jungle is full of danger as they venture on a journey which teaches them true friendship. 01903 206206

Summer Ice Spectacular A night at the Musicals 25 August - 4 September

Congress Theatre, Eastbourne World class ice skating blends with some of the greatest songs and melodies ever written to create a dazzling production. 01323 412000

30 August Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

The Mr Men and Little Miss family are celebrating their 40th birthday with a brand new party show! 01903 206206

Cinema Big Scream!

Duke of York Cinema, Brighton Every Wednesday morning at 11am mums, dads and carers with babies under one can enjoy a great film at the Duke of York Cinema, Brighton. See website for films.

Saturday morning Kids’ Club

Duke of York cinema, Brighton Starts 10.30am with drawing and a competition with a film at 11am. 9 July: Spirited Away 16 July: Tangled Check website for films for the rest of July and August. 0871 704 2056

Saturday morning pictures Connaught 2 Screen, Worthing Every Saturday at 10.15am 9 July: Mars needs Mum 3D 16 July: Hop 23 July: Prom Check website for films. 01903 206206

Activities and events

Storytime Every week

Hove Library Fridays at 10.15am 01273 290700 Jubilee Library Wednesdays 10.15am 01273 296960

Story Magic

Sensory story telling for children with special needs Last Saturday every month Jubilee Library, Brighton Discover the magic of sensory stories particularly suited to children with profound and multiple learning disabilities. 01273 296960

Tots That Rock

Mondays and Fridays 10.30 - 11.30am The Bridge Inn, High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea Singing and dancing and chat with other mums, dads and carers. Just turn up. 07961 363658

Mumpreneurs Networking Club

July 8: Lime House Cafe, St Pauls Church, Worthing July 14: Chambers Bistro Old Town Hall, Shoreham July 15: David Lloyd Centre, Brighton Marina July 15: The Woolpack Inn, West Street, Burgess Hill


15-17 July The Basement, Kensington Street, North Laines, Brighton A display of personal collections from Brighton and Hove residents – such as dolls, stickers, stamps, shopping lists, snow globes and elastic bands. 01273 292536

Open garden Story time and singing Every week day at 4pm and singing Friday at 10.30am

The Book Nook, First Avenue, Hove 01273 911988

Sing out!

Every Monday 7pm St Michael and All Angels Church Hall, South Street, Lancing A light-hearted sing. All welcome. 01273 464440

16 July, 1-6pm Martlets Hospice Garden, Wayfield Avenue, Hove The hospice garden has been transformed. The centre of the garden has been designed as a courtyard with wide paths and seating areas to enjoy the sunshine or shade. Flower beds are a mix of delicate acers, perennials and fragrant shrubs like lavender. In a shady corner there is a Japanese-style seating area with bamboo and gently trickling water. There will be a performance by Brighton Male Voice Choir from 2pm.

What’s on Families

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Brighton Carnival

An evening of musical magic inspired by the natural world at Woods Mill. Come and be led around our flagship nature reserve where at different points there will be musicians and singers to entertain you. 01273 497561

Enjoy and join in the carnival by the seafront.

16 July Wood Mills, Henfield

Portslade Infant Community Summer Fair 16 July, 11am - 2pm Locks Hill, Portslade A fun day for all with a Wild West themed fair, lots of stalls, raffle, tombolla, crafts for all ages to enjoy, performances by the children and entertainment by Childrens Parties Sussex. 07706 896360

24 July Madiera Drive, Brighton

Wild Woodies Summer Holiday Club Age 7-11 25 July Seven Sisters Country Park, Seaford

A weekend Festival of Chemistry to celebrate The International Year of Chemistry 2011. Includes fun activities, science shows and forensics workshops. 01323 832731

Zoolympics Challenge

Age 6-11

25 July Seven Sisters Country Park, Seaford

Get involved in fire lighting, shelter construction and cooking. Use the woods around the camp to find natural materials that can be used to make and create things to build and decorate your camp with. 01273 497561

Bugs and Beasties Summer Holiday Club 27 July Stanmer Park, Brighton Walk through the woods looking at amazing natural colours, patterns and shapes. Make a giant sculpture in the woods and produce your own work of art from natural materials to take home. 01273 497561

Drusillas Park The enchantment of the Little Kingdom will be cast over Drusillas for one day only, with Ben Elf and Princess Holly. 01323 874100

Age 6-11

Age 6-11

26 July Wood Mills, Henfield

28 July Wood Mills, Henfield

Walk through the woods looking at amazing natural colours, patterns and shapes. Make a giant sculpture in the woods and produce your own work of art from natural materials to take home. 01273 497561

Use tools to make things from green wood and other natural materials. Enjoy trying out some useful survival skills. Learn and practise safe fire lighting to make your own hot drink! 01273 497561

Summer holidays

Where is Stickman

Splash FM Garden Party

26 July Seven Sisters Country Park, Seaford

Wild Woodies Summer Holiday Club - Out and About in the Woods

This is a great town garden with interest and variety. It has a beautiful bonsai shelter and raised flower beds including an array of roses.

start here 22-23 July Steyne Gardens, Worthing

The biggest tribute festival on the South Coast.

Broadwater Carnival 23 July Broadwater, Worthing

Stalls and displays from 10am and carnival procession from 1pm.

Bungee on the Beach 23 July Hove Lawns

Ideally located for a perfect day out for family and friends watching people bungee.

July /August 2011

Age 5-7

Take a journey stick to explore the woodland and then whittle your own stickman into life while sitting round the camp fire, then collect materials to build a shelter for him. To finish the morning cook pastry over the fire to eat. 01273 497561

Whiskers and Wet Noses 26 July Raystede Animal Centre, Ringmer

Join the Raystede team for a discovery day about animal senses. Follow a sensory trail around the site and play games to discover how our furry, feathered, slimy and scaled friends see the world. 01825 880461

31 July Brooklands Pleasure Park

Wadars will be turning Brooklands Pleasure Park into Hong Kong for the day by staging the towns first ever Dragon Boat Racing Festival.

27 July

Bugs and Beasties Summer Holiday Club

July 17, 11.30am - 4pm 18 Chorley Avenue, Saltdean

Dragon Boat Racing Festival

Ben and Holly at Drusillas

Bugs and Beasties Summer Holiday Club I’m a Survivor Welcome to the Woods

Open garden

30-31 July The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux

26 July

Zany Zone

Wild Woodies Summer Holiday Club Age 7-11

Eastbourne A packed two days filled with outdoor pursuits on land, water and in the air. From the Urban Shadows dazzling visitors with their daredevil parkour displays to the Animal Relentless Bike Tour performing wheelies, jumps and stunts in their purpose built arena.

Every Tuesday evening there is a tribute concerts for kids - Glee, Hannah Montana, Abba and High School Musical.

26 July, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 August 7.30-8.30pm Eastbourne Bandstand

Drusillas Park Test your prowess against the animal kingdom by taking part in the Zoolympics Challenge Day. 01323 874100

Drop-in for some crafty experiments. 01323 832731

16-17 July

Curious about Chemistry

Get involved in fire lighting, shelter construction and cooking. Use the woods around the camp to find natural materials that can be used to make and create things to build and decorate your camp with. 01273 497561

25 July, 1, 8, 15 and 22 August The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux

Eastbourne Extreme

Kids Summertime Special

Age 7-11 28 July Seven Sisters Country Park, Seaford Spend a day in the woods around the camp fire. Help light a fire, and enjoy some campfire food. Find out who you are sharing the woods with and using tools and natural materials make your own woodland creature to take home. 01273 497561

Bugs and Beasties Summer Holiday Club Welcome to the Woods Age 6-11 29 July Stanmer Park, Brighton Use tools to make things from green wood and other natural materials. Enjoy trying out some useful survival skills. Learn and practise safe fire lighting to make your own hot drink! 01273 497561

Lammas Festival 31 July - 1 August

Western Lawns, Town Centre and Seafront, Eastbourne A pageant of morris dancing, carnival giants and live music from traditional and folk-rock to modern jazz.

Bugs and Beasties Summer Holiday Club Age 6-11 2 August Wood Mills, Henfield Hunt for minibeasts in the undergrowth and in the pond. Explore how they move, feed and are adapted for survival. Make a weird and wonderful beastie of your own to take home. 01273 497561

Living in Space half day workshop Age 6+ 2 August The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux Learn how we keep astronauts alive and what it is like to live in space. You will prepare your own space meal. 01323 832731

Peppa Pig Month 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 August Drusillas Park

August heralds the start of Peppa Pig month at Drusillas Park, when this cheeky favourite will be making appearances. 01323 874100


Living and Working in Space - full day workshop Age 9+

East Worthing Festival

3 August The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux

Fun for all the family in Homefield Park. Admission free. Bouncy Castle, mega car boot sale, all sorts of displays and refreshments available.

Find out how to stay alive and even walk in space. Make your own space meal, discover what it would be like to wear a spacesuit and how astronauts work. 01323 832731

Bugs and Beasties Summer Holiday Club Age 6-11 3 August Stanmer Park, Brighton Hunt for minibeasts in the undergrowth and in the pond. Explore how they move, feed and are adapted for survival. Make a weird and wonderful beastie of your own to take home. 01273 497561

Worthing Play Day 3 August Broadwater, Worthing

6 August Homefield Park, Worthing

Animal Art

9 August Raystede Animal Centre, Ringmer Inspired by the animal world, let your creative juices flow on this arty summers day. Contribute to a big piece of art on site and make a natural sculpture to take home. Be prepared to get messy! 01825 880461

Marine week with the Sussex Wildlife Trust 8-12 August Seven Sisters Country Park

A week of learning about crabs, the shore, the sea and pirates in a range of events. 01273 497561

11 August The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux

Recycle rubbish into some fabulous hand-made paper. 01323 832731

Perseids Open Evening 12 August The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux

The Perseids meteor shower occurs as Earth passes through the outskirts of a cloud of debris from the comet SwiftTuttle. The dust and bits of rock left behind burn up if they enter the earth’s atmosphere, leaving a bright stream. These burning streams are also known as shooting stars. 01323 832731

Open garden

August 13, 11am - 5pm 22 Cranmer Avenue, Hove This garden is inspired by the idea of edible landscaping. Here you will find cornflowers next to courgettes, violas amongst the strawberries and flowers with the beans. This gives the garden a lovely vibrancy but it still retains its cottage garden roots.

Funfair rides, bouncy castle, music from Splash FM. Bring your own picnic but there will be food available to buy.

Rocketry half day workshop

Netherlands National Circus

9 August The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux

Princes Park Flying trapeze, original clowning, stylish and daring aerialists and acrobats, mystifying illusions.

Learn all about the mighty rockets that launch robot explorers to the planets and fly men and women into space. Make and launch your own balloon and water powered rockets. 01323 832731


Rocketry full day workshop

Worthing International Birdman Competition

3-9 August

Bugs and Beasties Summer Holiday Club I’m a Survivor - Get me out of Here! Age 6-11 4 August Wood Mills, Henfield

Create a shelter to survive in the woods and get to know the trees. Enjoy trying out some useful survival skills. Learn and practise safe fire lighting to make your own hot drink! 01273 497561

Wild Woodies Summer Holiday Club - Spinners and Weavers

Age 6+

Age 9+ 10 August The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux The rocket is the only engine that will work in space. Today you will make and launch a water-powered rocket which you will float back to Earth by parachute. You will also make and race simple rocket powered cars. 01323 832731

Age 7-11 Practice your fire lighting skills. Try your hand at weaving a corn dolly and use your skill with tools to make a spinner to take away with you. 01273 497561

Bugs and Beasties Summer Holiday Club I’m a Survivor - Get me out of Here! Age 6-11 5 August Stanmer Park, Brighton

Create a shelter to survive in the woods and get to know the trees. Enjoy trying out some useful survival skills. Learn and practise safe fire lighting to make your own hot drink! 01273 497561

13 August Central Brighton Enjoy the spectacular parade from Madeira Drive to Preston Park. Kids get in free to the event with a paying adult.

13-14 August The Pier, Worthing

There is nothing like this gathering of Birdmen to thrill all with its fun and serious attempts to win the £10K prize for the longest flight. Watch the spectacle for free!

The Family of the Sun half day workshop Age 6+ 16 August The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux

Learn about the planets and bits and pieces that travel around our Sun. You will design and make a Martian Lander to land an egg safely on its surface and you will test your design by dropping it from a great height. 01323 832731

4 August Seven Sisters Country Park


Paper making half day workshop Age 6+

Airbourne 11-14 August

Eastbourne Seafront The world’s biggest free seafront airshow returns in August with 4 days of spectacular flying and its all FREE! Featuring the best of the RAF and international display teams across the eight miles length of seafront and over national beauty spot Beachy Head.

Space and Astronomy full day workshop Age 9+

Bugs and Beasties Summer Holiday Club - Wildlife in Colour Age 6-11 16 August Woodmills, Henfield For wildlife colour matters, whether you are a bright red lady bird or a speckled brown sparrow. Investigate how nature uses colour and make your own colourful creature. 01273 497561

Bugs and Beasties Summer Holiday Club - Wildlife in Colour Age 6-11 17 August Stanmer Park, Brighton For wildlife colour matters, whether you are a bright red lady bird or a speckled brown sparrow. Investigate how nature uses colour and make your own colourful creature. 01273 497561

Evening Batwalk

18 August Arundel Wetlands Centre Watch the pipistrelles emerge at dusk and track up to 5 species with bat detectors to learn their different calls. Watch the bats feeding over Swan Lake. 01903 883355

Bug Hunt Age 6+

18 August The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux Bugs are everywhere, especially in our wood! But what do they look like under a microscope? Come and find out. 01323 832731

Zippos Circus 18-30 August

Hove Lawns Summer circus.

RAFA Shoreham Airshow 20-21 August Shoreham Airport

Air displays and extensive static displays, arena displays, classic cars and trade stalls throughout the weekend. A family day out with lots of attractions.

Earthship Tours

21 August Stanmer Park, Brighton Experience the eco-build and be inspired to respond to climate change.

16 August The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux

Cool Chemistry full day workshop

A huge subject made fun! Make your own telescope and comet as well as designing and building your own spacecraft to land safely on Mars. Learn about the planets and even look at the Sun through the solar telescope (weather permitting). 01323 832731

23 August The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux

Age 6+

Find out what makes things fizz, bang and pop in some crazy chemistry experiments. 01323 832731

Caring for Small Creatures

23 August Raystede Animal Centre, Ringmer Find out about the smallest animals at Raystede and find out what they need. Have a go at making the perfect home for a tiny creature and discover ways to keep them happy and healthy. 01825 880461

Captivating Chemistry full day workshop Age 9+ 24 August The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux Come and try some crazy chemistry experiments. 01323 832731

K’NEX construction half day workshop

To call the Wind, to Strike the Butterfly 26 March - 9 July Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

Artist and printmaker Carol Wagstaff uses the museum’s collections to influence a new body of work.This exhibition will display her interpretations alongside the range of works that have inspired her from across our eclectic range.

My Jam Jars and Other Memories: Sculpture by Roger Edwards 26 May to 3 September Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

30 large stone sculptures based on crabs, spiders, woodlice and other crawling bugs that you find in dark corners.

Age 6+ 25 August The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux

Early years Age 2-5 Brighton and Hove Museums Sessions include art and stories. 01273 290900

The Art of Giving 9 April - 9 October Towner Gallery Eastbourne

Celebrating ongoing philanthropy with works on show that range from a rarely seen 16th century triptych to a contemporary light sculpture donated after Towner’s opening exhibition by Ivàn Navarro.

7 June - November 2011 Brighton Museum and Art Gallery Colourful prints provide astute insights into the politics, dress, manners and social life of the Regency period. 03000 290900

Radical Bloomsbury:

The Art of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, 1905-1925

Mr Watt, Grumpy Man of Metal

18 March - 28 September Hove Museum and Art Gallery Mr Watt, Grumpy Man of Metal, lives in a metal world and makes metal things – a crab’s bicycle, a flying machine, a new kind of trumpet - an exhibition of metal pieces that will appeal to adults and children alike. 03000 290900

Behind the scenes at Preston Manor 15 July and 20 August

Preston Manor, Brighton For the first time ever Preston Manor opens hidden parts of the house on these very special new tours. 03000 290900

Churchill Square Farmers Market

Every Wednesday 10am-4pm

Mermaid Market Saturdays and Sundays 11am-4pm

Brighton Marina Square

Brighton Farm Market

British painting, exploring the relationship of the Bloomsbury artists and avant-garde art from 1905 to 1925. 03000 290900

Croquet on the Lawn 23 July - 28 August Preston Manor

Book in advance. Play croquet Alice in Wonderland-style, with flamingos for mallets and playing cards for hoops! 03000 290900

26 July, 9 August Preston Manor

Image © Jon Mill

Farmers’ markets

16 April to 9 October 2011 Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

Play at the Manor

Design and build a model using a K’nex construction kit. 01323 832731

Galleries and museums

What’s on Families

George IV and his Friends

Learn games played in days gone by, from Victorian to modern times. 03000 290900

Studio Days

26 July 10.30am-12.30pm (ages 5-8), 1.30-3.30pm (ages 8-14) Brighton Museum and Art Gallery Free, drop-in sessions Spend time with our artist, exploring different approaches to portrait painting. Dupports the Radical Bloomsbury exhibition. 03000 290900

Studio Days

28 July 10.30am-12.30pm, 1.30-3.30pm Hove Museum Free, drop-in. Create a character and explore ways to make stories with our artist, taking inspiration from the Mr Watt, Grumpy Man of Metal exhibition. 03000 290900

Every Saturday 9am-3pm North Road, Brighton

Upper Gardner Street Market Every Saturday 7am-5pm Upper Gardner Street, Brighton

Shoreham Farmers’ Market

Second Saturday every month 9am-1pm East Street, Shoreham-by-Sea

Worthing Farmers’ Market

Fourth Saturday each month South Street Square, Worthing 01903 203252

Lewes Farmers’ Market First Saturday every month

Cliffe Pedestrian Precinct, Lewes 01273 470900

Motcombe Village Farmers’ Market

Last Sat each month 10-1pm Community Wise, Ocklynge Road, Eastbourne 01323 722924

Southwick and Shoreham Country Market Every Friday 9.15-11am Porter Room, Southwick Community Centre Homemade cakes, plants, fresh eggs, handmade crafts and gifts. Get your event listed in Families Sussex Coast magazine:


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