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ello and welcome to the Spring edition of the Family Buzz, which happens to be our 2nd anniversary issue! We've had lots of fun producing the magazine over the past two years, and we'd like to thank all of YOU, our readers, as well as our advertisers for making it such a success. The wonderful photograph gracing the cover of this issue has been supplied by Lolinne Karolyne, a very talented photographer, based in Kent, who specialises in taking charming, creative portraits of children. You can contact her on 07539 625411 or by email at To see more of her work, check out her website: We hope you enjoy the magazine and have a fun packed spring! - Jason & Debby The Family Buzz would like to thank the Hastings Printing Company for the excellent service they have provided, enabling us to bring you a great magazine.

CONTENTS 06. Event Listings 10. Child Care Section 14. Event Listings 16. Party Planning 18. Event Listings 20. Ask Alison 22. Active Kids 26. Event Listings Contact us: Tel - 01424 429 139 Sales - Editorial & listings - Twitter - @FamilyBuzzMag

No part of this magazine, including advertisements, may be reproduced in part or in whole, without explicit permission from the editor. The opinions expressed within the magazine are not necessarily those of the publishers but those of the individual contributors. The greatest of care is taken to ensure that all information published in this magazine is correct at the time of going to print. Readers should be aware that the Publishers cannot be held responsible for errors, omissions or inaccuracies. Please check details of all events with the organisers before attending.



Put a spring in your step this Easter Saturday as Alexandra Park comes alive for the fifth year of Spring Day @ the Park! From 11am-4pm, the park will be buzzing with the sights and sounds of spring.


All the familiar attractions will be there; funfair, bandstand music, displays, market, pop-up cafes and children's games along with some new items and a new theme! Organiser Louise Kelleher says: 'As we have had such a wet and wild start to the year, we thought that we should celebrate spring in all its glory. Obviously we are hoping for great weather for the day, but we will be holding some April shower-based activities including welly-wanging and umbrella art.' And as it's Easter Saturday, do eggspect some Easter madness too!

S P R I N G Bluebells, daffodils, snowdrops, blossom, spring lambs, easter bunnies, shops full of chocolate eggs and the clocks going forward. What's not to love about SPRINGTIME ? Delight the senses with a visit to Arlington Bluebell Walk. The Arlington Bluebell Walk, which takes in three working farms, has been delighting countryside lovers and raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for Sussex charities since it first opened in 1972. There are seven different walks to try, all of them offering the chance to see one of the most spectacular carpets of native bluebells in the UK. Seventeen charities will take part in the 2014 event, fundraising for their different causes by providing food and drink to walkers. To date, the Arlington Bluebell Walk has raised more than £500,000 ( todays value) for 60 local causes since the attraction opened to the public 42 years ago. The walks are open this year from the 17th of April until the 18th of May at, Bates Green Farm,Tye Hill Rd, Arlington, Polegate, BN26 6SH. Visit :

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WhaleFest 2014 The whales are coming to Brighton Brighton will be taken over by life-sized whales and dolphins this March as the world’s largest whale festival ‘WhaleFest’ visits the city for the third time. And there is no better opportunity to rub shoulders with giants than at this family-friendly event. WhaleFest takes place on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th March in the exhibition rooms of the Hilton Brighton Metropole. Here, thousands of people will come face to face with replica whales and dolphins, take virtual whale watching trips indoors, and immerse themselves in 360° submarine adventures. Guest speakers at the event include celebrity presenter Gok Wan, BBC Deadly 60’s Steve Backshall, BBC Coast’s Miranda Krestovnikoff, and the makers of TV’s ‘Spy in the Pod’. The event also features some of the world’s leading experts on whales and dolphins, including ‘The Woman Who Swims With Killer Whales’ Ingrid Visser, Sam Berg from the movie BlackFish, and actress Virginia McKenna OBE. The event launch day of Friday 14th March sees a life-sized killer whale make its way through the city before being ‘released’ back into the sea, a free stage show from CBeebies stars Andy and Sid, and an amazing interactive night-time projection of a singing humpback whale! WhaleFest is a non-profit event supporting the World Cetacean Alliance. For more information, visit: or telephone 01273 355011.

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BLACKBERRY FARM Children can literally ‘muck in’ at our new morning holiday clubs. Working alongside staff they will learn new skills and make new friends whilst outside in the fresh air!

Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, Amberley, Near Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT T: 01798 831370 E:

Spring Events at Amberley Museum MUMS CAN DO Sunday 30th March Hands on activities and experiences for Mums and the whole family. All Mums get free entry. CRAZY CHALK ACTIVITY DAYS Wednesdays 9th and 16th April Fun activities for accompanied children. BANK HOLIDAY EASTER MONDAY Monday 21st April. Come and try out our family Easter trail. One child free per paying adult.

SPRING STEAM AND VINTAGE FAYRE Sunday 11th May. A show for all the family: steam engines, vintage tractors, stationary engines and woodland crafts. FAMILY FUN DAY Wednesday 28th May Enjoy old fashioned family fun with games and activities for all ages. DADS CAN DO Sunday 15th June Give Dad an extra special treat with a range of challenging activities and crafts. All Dads get free entry.

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There is lots going on as we eagerly await the arrival of our Spring Babies. Very soon we will have piglets, kids and bunnies arriving along with some orphan lambs and look forward to sharing the enjoyment of bottlefeeding them with our visitors this Easter. We also have lots of eggs in the incubator so that we will have plenty of Easter chicks! Join us this Easter for egg hunts, real egg collecting, Easter quiz, face painting.. . in addition to our usual activities, tractor rides, pony rides, animal handling, animal feeding and indoor and outdoor play areas. Our café is open all day for light snacks, teas and coffees.

SPRING INDUSTRIAL TRAINS Sunday 27th April. For train fans of all ages: narrow gauge petrol, diesel, electric and steam locos in action.

Michelham Priory Historic House & Gardens Easter Fun Day

Sheffield Park and Garden

Circus skills, crafts & trail 21st April

Ancient Crafts Festival Get hands-on with history 4th & 5th May

Michelham Priory, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3QS 01323 844224

Cadbury Easter egg trail 18 - 21 April


Come and eggsplore Sheffield Park and Garden and complete our Cadbury Easter egg trail to claim your Cadbury chocolate Egghead prize £2.50 per trail. Normal admission applies

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Event Listings Hastings Music Festival 3rd to 22nd March Three weeks of musical competition culminating in a finale concert at the White Rock Theatre. For more information, visit:

Bumblebee Nearly New Sale 15th March, 10am to 12pm Willingdon Community School, Broad Rd, Eastbourne. Enjoy yummy homemade refreshments while browsing for a bargain. Day out with Thomas 15th,16th, 22nd & 23rd March Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenderden Station, Tenterden.Thomas the tank engine is pulling into the Kent & East Sussex Railway and bringing his friends along too. Silverhill Playgroup Charity Tabletop Sale 8th March, 10am to 1pm St Lukes Church Hall, Alma Terrace, Silverhill, Hastings. Come and have a look, a cup of tea and cake or some homemade soup. Tel 07939 113303 Tales for Toddlers 10th March, 10.15am & 11.15am De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill Free, fun-filled sessions of stories, rhymes, songs and creative activities. Bingo & Quiz Night 14th March, 7.30pm St Marys School & College, Wrestwood Rd, Bexhill. Fundraising bingo and quiz night, £42 for a team of 6 including a meal. Bingo and raffle tickets extra.

Spring Fair 22nd March, 10am to 4pm Leaf Hall Community Arts Centre, 51 Seaside, Eastbourne. Easter-themed fair with delicious goodies. The Great Armada Adventure 22nd - 23rd March Penshurst Place & Gardens, Penshurst, Tonbridge. Experience life at Penshurst Place as the militia prepares to ward off the Spanish Armada. Skilled costumed characters invite visitors to join them in the staterooms as they prepare the household for invasion. Hastings Half Marathon 23rd March from 10.30am The top half-marathon in the UK organised by Hastings Lions club. Come along and join in with the great crowd support.

Sport Relief Day 23rd March 9.30 am to 4pm Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham. Run 1, 3 or 6 miles for Sport relief and help raise money to change lives. Mothers Day at Yesterday’s World 29th & 30th March 89-90 High St, Battle. Mums go free at Yesterday’s World. Mothers Day Lunch at Bodiam Castle 30th March Bodiam, Nr Robertsbridge. Treat mum to a delicious three course lunch in the Wharf Tea Room. Mothers Day at Kent & East Sussex Railway 30th March Tenterden Station, Tenterden. Special Mothers day treat including a two hour return journey on a steam train with a ploughmans or cream tea. Mothers Day Tea 30th March Bateman’s, Bateman’s Lane, Burwash. Treat mum to a traditional English Tea at the beautiful home of Rudyard Kipling. Easter Egg Hunt 5th April - 20th April Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, Johns Place, Bohemia Road, Hastings. Free event.

Free assistance for unemployed Parents Positive Progress for Parents

Are you thinking about going back to work? Need a CV? Do you need advice on training or do you need new interview clothing? We offer FREE one to one advice and support for parents living in Hastings and Rother Call an Adviser for more information on 07741 271984 or 01424 718 491


Hastings Positive Progress for Parents is a new project from Tomorrow’s People, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund. Our aim is to support unemployed parents in the Hastings and Rother areas by advising them on where and how to start looking for training and employment. This is a tailor-made, individual service based on each person’s requirements and we are able to travel to various locations to make accessing the service easier. For more information or an appointment with an Adviser to discuss your needs please call 01424 718491 or 07741271984 and ask for Laura or Nick.

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4 & 5 May Science Museum Live The Energy Show £15 adult £12 under 12's family of four £48

30 May Alex Horne & The Horne Section £12.50 adult £10.50 under 12's family of four £40

30 & 31 July Horrible Histories Barmy Britain Part Two £12.50 adult £10.50 conc.

Be a hero for Chestnut tree house in Children's Hospice week Children's Hospice Week is the UK's only awareness and fundraising week for children with life-limiting and lifethreatening conditions and the services, like children's hospices, that support them. It takes place this year between the 13th and 20th of June, culminating with Hero Friday - a special day of hero inspired fundraising. Children's Hospices like Chestnut Tree House provide care and support for children not expected to reach adulthood and their families.

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You can get involved by taking part in Hero Friday (20 June) and helping to raise vital funds. All you need to do is to dress up as your favourite hero and make a donation or sponsor a friend or colleague to wear fancy dress for the day. Whatever you do it will help local children and families make the most of their precious time together. Visit for more information and get all your friends and family involved. Every penny you raise will make a lifetime of difference to local sick children and their families.

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Have you ever thought about what happens to the stuff you put down your toilet or your sink? Our seas are not in a good way at the moment. And on 10th October 2015, new European Union standards could mean the water at our beaches is unfit to swim in. The Clean Seas Please campaign is all about people coming together to make the water in our seas nicer. We want to raise awareness and understanding of the problems facing our nearby beaches at the moment. By making a few changes now, we can have a big impact. It is time for us to take action so that families in the local area can continue to enjoy days out at the beach for years to come. There are lots of little changes that we can make in our everyday lives to limit the pollution of our rivers and sea water. Many people are already helping by changing what they put down the toilet or sink, using a bin in their bathrooms for non-human waste and scraping fat / food waste off their dishes before washing up. A lot of different factors contribute to the pollution, such as waste water from washing machines or dish waters going into the wrong water pipes.

Another issue is bacteria in the droppings of the many seagulls on the beaches being washed into the sea so we need to think about our rubbish on the beach too. The less food seagulls have to eat, the less droppings they leave. We want as many people as possible to take responsibility for spreading the word. If we can overcome these problems as a community our beaches can be among the best in the country and remain lovely places for all to visit. Clean Seas Please is working with trades, businesses and most importantly the people of Hastings and Bexhill, and the surrounding area, to do as much as we can to help. We are involved in local events to promote the work that is already being done and to give more information about the campaign. The campaign is funded by the Environment Agency and managed by Hastings Voluntary Action and Rother Voluntary Action. If you want to find out more and support the campaign, go to, follow @cleanseasplease on Twitter and visit the Facebook page www.facebook. com/cleanseasplease

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Childcare When the time comes for your child to start childcare, it can be a difficult time for you and them. However, there are ways to make the transition easier, here are some tips from the NHS website to help parents navigate the process successfully: Tell your childminder or nursery all about your child. They’ll need details about their routine, likes and dislikes, feeding habits (particularly if you’re still breastfeeding) and so on. When you leave or collect your child, try to make time to talk and find out how things are going. Make sure that you and your childminder or nursery workers agree on important issues. It’s important that you take a similar approach to things like discipline and potty training. Allow your child to get used to it gradually. If you can, start by leaving your child for a short time and gradually build up the length of time that you leave them. You might begin leaving your child before you go back to work. Support and reassure your child in every way you can. The early weeks are likely to be difficult for both of you. A regular routine and a handover that’s as smooth as possible will help. It’s perfectly normal for your child to cry when you leave, but the crying usually stops once you’ve gone. Don’t hang around and, once you’ve left, don’t go back.

If you said you’d be back at a certain time, make sure you are. Share the experience. Chat to older children about what they’ve been doing while you’ve been away. Talk about the person or people who look after them. Show them it’s all part of normal life and something to look forward to. Make time. Whatever else you need to sacrifice (such as the housework), it’s vital to make time to spend with your child when they’re at home. Don’t feel guilty. Evidence shows that children do well in high-quality childcare. There’s no need to feel guilty about not being there all the time.

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St Peter & St Pauls Playgroup meets in the Church Room of St Peter and St Pauls Church, Parkstone Road. The staff are all fully trained and very experienced. There is a large, safe outside area with a good selection of equipment. The staff provide an exciting and varied curriculum including outings to the Library and Blue Reef Aquarium. Our Ofsted report said that the children respond very well to the warm, caring and very good humoured interaction of Staff. Children are accepted from 2½ and are entitled to 15 hours per week from 3+. Parents are always welcome to visit.

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Full day care 8.15-5.45 3 months - 5 years VACANCIES AVAILABLE 01424 774548

Established 42 years Open Monday & Thursday 9am to 3pm Wednesday, Tuesday & Friday 9am to 12pm

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A Fitting End to Trips, Slips and Messy Cuffs A NEW British brand, Infasense has created an innovative, patent pending, adjustable onesie for babies and toddlers. The Justafit has been specially designed to eliminate the hazards posed by conventional, off-the-shelf onesies, by providing a safer, more hygienic, comfortable and economical alternative. The product is the inspiration of Mumpreneur Caroline Driver, whose attention was drawn to the dangers of ill-fitting onesies during a routine visit from her family health visitor. Previous to this, she had witnessed the ‘flipper feet’ that emerged once her children began to crawl and toddle, and the ‘daily dunking’ of overly long sleeves in the breakfast cereal. The unique adjustable cuffs and ankles put an end to these problems, whilst ensuring the child’s safety; no more nasty trips, slips or messy cuffs caused by excess fabric. We all recognise that no two babies are the same, it’s therefore equally comprehendible that one size won’t fit all. Parents often experience a point in their child’s life where the shelf size doesn’t match their child’s growth rate; some 12 month old babies will require an 18-24 month sizing, whilst others a 9-12 month sizing,” explains Caroline. “The Justafit adjustable onesie provides a simple solution to this problem, and in turn, helps reduce risks posed by ill-fitting onesies, whilst enabling for growth with the child”. Made from quality hypoallergenic breathable cotton, the Justafit comes in five colourways and is available in five sizes from 6-months to 3-years (£19.99 RRP). You can find out more about Justafit at:

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St. Mary’s Nursery Quality Childcare for 1—5 years 

Open 8am—5pm

Homely environment

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Easy parking and access St Mary’s Church Hall, High Street, Battle. Telephone: 01424 772128

St. Mary's Nursery: Set amongst trees and woodland, next to battle's historic parish Church, St. Mary's Nursery is perfect for enjoying the outdoors. Inside the light and airy Church Hall (Set up by the committee through the Church) provides a busy yet homely environment to enable your child to play, learn and achieve, as well as areas for rest and quiet time. The nursery has a separate kitchen for preparing light meals and snacks and a secure outside play area. The nursery is accessible to all and is approached via the Church car park, offering a safe place for parents to drop off and collect children. We open 48 weeks a year, with an option to book full or part time places, including term time only.

Blacklands Playgroup For Children 2-5 years of age

Flexible dates and times Ofsted registered Government Funding Childcare Vouchers accepted

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Rainbow Playgroup is committed to providing a safe and secure, caring and happy environment for children. We aim to offer your child an atmosphere in which to grow, develop and thrive. We are Ofsted registered and open for children ages 2 to 5. We offer 15 hours of free government funding for every child who starts the term after their 3rd birthday, with flexible hours available to suit. We open 5 days a week 9am – 3pm for 39 weeks of the year, term time only. We have a safe fenced garden area with trampoline, sand pit and various play equipment.


We at St Helen’s are committed to the Early Years Foundation Stage learning statutory requirements and the development matters in the Early Years Frame work. We believe that play is vital for children. Quite literally, it is through play that babies and young children learn, grow and have fun. It helps them understand the world and to develop socially and emotionally. Singing songs, reading together, playing games with letters, numbers and exploring the world around them, while having fun with friends gives them a head start. It also develops their confidence and helps them become independent. We provide a fun and stimulating environment which will positively influence your child‘s learning and development. To find out more why not come along and see for yourself.      

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Tel: 07925 926476 Blacklands Playgroup Our aim here at Blacklands Playgroup is to provide a secure and caring, safe and happy environment in which your child will learn and develop through play and a stimulating environment. Praise and encouragement are very important in helping children to succeed; we take children from the age of 2 to 5. We are Ofsted Registered, accept government funding and also take part in the Co-operative Employee Benefits Childcare Voucher Scheme. We understand that parents need flexibility when it comes to childcare and hours. We offer very flexible dates and times. We welcome parent’s visits and look forward to meeting you here at Blacklands. Please call Sharon Reeve (owner) to book an appointment: 07939 635799 Registered charity no: 1034010



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Best Breastfeeding Recipes Go ‘Byte’ Sized Create the ultimate breastfeeding-friendly ‘ready-meal’ from the convenience of a Kindle iPhone or iPad! It’s now easier than ever to cook-up an array of deliciously nutritious dishes for nursing mothers, with the arrival of a NEW digital cookbook and NEW ‘Sneak Peek’ sample recipe booklet from the multi-award-winning Contented Calf, making healthy, breast-milk promoting cooking, even more accessible than before! First published in 2011, The Contented Calf Cookbook by Elena Cimelli & Jassy Davis aims to support nursing mothers through a range of nourishing and convenient recipes that help promote milk production with the aid of lactogenic¹ rich ingredients. Many of the recipes can also be easily prepared in advance and stored in the freezer – ideal for time-poor parents! Breastfeeding can be demanding on energy levels; on average a mother will burn between 300-500 calories a day to produce milk. Eating sufficient calories and getting an abundant supply of nutrients is helpful in itself for lactation. The lactogenic¹ ingredients incorporated into The Contented Calf Cookbook recipes help to support the chemistry of lactation whilst ensuring the correct nutritional balance to satisfy both mother and baby’s needs. To find out more, visit

discover the Lodge Nursery We provide a happy, stimulating learning environment for children aged 12 months to 4 years. Open 8am to 6pm, 50 weeks of the year. Visit us on our drop-in Fridays from 9.30am to 11.30am to see the Nursery in action. Call us on 01323 733203 or email


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Event Listings Spring Family Fun Trails 5th April - 21st April Sheffield Park & Garden, Uckfield. Family fun trails around the garden throughout the Easter Holidays

Beatles Day 15 6th April from midday. White Rock Theatre, Hastings. Over 10 hours of music from The Beatles back catalogue performed live by 350 musicians. The event is held in aid of Macmillan cancer support.

Easter Holiday Fun 5th April - 21st April Penshurst Place & Gardens, Penshurst, Tonbridge. Families can join in an egg hunt with a twist, seek out WW1 carrier pigeons with hidden secret messages in a fun trail around the playground

Kids for a Quid 7th to 17th April Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenderden Station, Tenterden. Kids can ride the Kent & East Sussex Railway for just £1 when accompanied by a fare paying adult.

Outlaw Activities 5th April - 21st April Bodiam Castle, Bodiam, Nr Robertsbridge Will you be on the side of the law or the outlaws? Training, hunts, talks and archery plus craft activities.

Tales for Toddlers 7th April, 10.15am & 11.15am De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill Free, fun-filled sessions of stories, rhymes, songs and creative activities. Easter Bunnies 7th April, 2.30pm to 4pm Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down, Near Uckfield. Meet at the barn. Track real rabbits in the woodland and find their home, play rabbity

games and make a clay Easter bunny. £6 per child, adults free. The Lighthouse Keepers Cat 7th April, 2pm. Under ground theatre, below Eastbourne Library Delightfully funny family show based on the captivating Lighthouse Keeper Stories. Wild Beach for Families 8th April, 10.30am Meet at Rye Harbour Car Park. Enjoy family time putting up shelters on a beach making hot chocolate and playing games. Suitable for accompanied children over 5. Booking essential, contact: 01797 227784 Peppa Pig & George at Drusillas 9th April, Drusillas, Alfriston The cheeky pair make appearances at various intervals throughout the day.

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Hosting a Foreign Student Young people who have the opportunity to travel abroad perceive it as an exciting opportunity to broaden and enrich their lives. In Hastings we see more than 30 000 language students visiting the town, with the majority of those home stays. We believe the language student business contributes around £35m to the local economy. There are many language schools in Hastings and together with Sussex Police we work in partnership as members of HOSAC (Hastings Overseas Students Advisory Council) to safeguard all students that come to our town.

In conjunction with HOSAC, Sussex Police run ‘Operation Columbus’ throughout the year. We hold fortnightly meetings during the peak summer months to discuss ways in which we can make sure every student feels safe and welcome in Hastings, with more strategic planning and debrief meetings at the start and end of the main season. Most students stay with host families and the role of the ‘host’ has become more crucial to their

student visitor. Many families ‘host’ to broaden their experience and provide opportunities for their children; others do it for financial benefit. Hosting often leads to lifelong friendships. Here are some key tips should you wish to become a host family: •Encourage your student to speak English as much as possible in your home (especially if they are studying a language course). •Encourage your student to feel at home and treat him/her as a member of the family rather than just a lodger. •Try not to host more than one young person of the same native language unless by special agreement with the language school organisation. •Provide an environment in which it is possible for the student to carry on his/her studies. •Respect the student’s different cultural background and be sensitive to their needs. •Provide the student with a well balanced and appropriate diet taking into consideration any special requirements. •Maintain a close liaison with the language school and therefore be in a position to help resolve any problems that the student has during their stay. •Hold a Gas Safety certificate for your home. For more information on HOSAC please contact the HOSAC Liaison Officer –

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Our Top Tips for a successful kids party: 1: Set a budget and stick to it. This will help you determine whether to have a themed party at home, hire an entertainer or hire a venue. 2: Check through the current issue of Family Buzz for details of all the fantastic local businesses offering great party ideas! 3: Be organised. Write a list of what you want/need before you go shopping to help you stay on budget and avoid impulse buys. 4: Ensure your party doesn't clash with another event such as Mothers day or Easter as many of the guests may be busy elsewhere. 5: If you're planning an outdoor party,always have a 'Plan B', just in case the weather lets you down. 6: Be specific about start and finish times for the party, it's a good idea to plan for the party to last no longer than 2½ hours. It's surprising how long 2½ hours can feel in the company of 15 over-excited children! 7: Relax and have fun! Enjoy the special day and cherish the opportunity to watch your little one having the time of their life with all of their friends.

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Mini Cook Club from the SugarRush Baking Company


Are you looking for a course in the Sussex area to learn how to bake and how to decorate your cake? Contact us about our courses held at our exclusive SugarRush Baking Parlour in Hastings.

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Our course prices include the ingredients and equipment to make your masterpiece, you just need to bring the fun! Details of our forthcoming courses:

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Devine Cupcake Parties

Mobile Cupcake Parties !

Messy fun for kids of all ages, our parties are available in your home or in a local party venue such as a village hall. Everything you need for a great party (Including floor protectors) We have a wide range of party packages, please see our website for full details:

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Hold your children’s birthday party at the White Rock Theatre and your birthday boy or girl can become a singing sensation, star performer or dazzling dancer! Put your child and their guests in the spotlight on their special day. Great entertainment and fantastic fun. The most theatrical party ever! Choose from: Popstar, Cheerleading, Princess and Pirate. Our parties are suitable for ages 4-12 and a maximum of 25 children per party and a minimum of 10. For further details and p prices p please call

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Event Listings Easter Holiday Workshops 11th April, 11am-1pm for 5-8yrs and 2.30pm - 4.30pm for 9-12yrs. Towner Gallery, College Rd, Eastbourne. Design and build a home using lots of different materials. Booking required.

Easter Fun Day 21st April. Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Hailsham. Circus skills workshop, trail in the gardens, face painting, arts & crafts.

Your Country Needs You 12th & 13th April Redoubt fortress, Royal Parade, Eastbourne. World war 1 recruitment, training and kit, re-enactments, drill, target practice.

Bluebell Walk 30th April & 7th May Sheffield Park & Garden, Uckfield A guided walk around a little known part of the estate. Walk wood runs across the top of the garden.

The Great Eggcase Hunt 18th April, 2.30pm Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre, Rye Harbour TN31 7TU. Easter Egg hunt with a difference - look for mermaids purses on the beach. Suitable for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. No booking necessary.

Jack in the Green Festival 2nd to 5th May Hastings Castle & throughout Hastings. A festival of Morris and other traditional dance with visiting teams from all over England and Europe. Procession on Bank Holiday Monday with dancing, singing and Street Entertainment.

The Lighthouse Keepers Cat 18th April, 2pm. St Mary in the Castle, Hastings. Delightfully funny family show based on the captivating lighthouse Keeper Stories. Battle Marbles Matches 18th April From 10am Battle Abbey Green, Battle. Local teams compete in this traditional, annual competition dating back to 1945. Spectators of all ages can join in on the “All comers� board. For more information, visit:


Magnificent Motors 3rd and 4th May Western Lawns, Eastbourne Motoring spectacular featuring over 600 vintage and classic vehicles. Free event. Ancient Crafts Festival 4th May. Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Hailsham. Exploring crafts through history and pre-history, lots of hands-on activities. Science Museum Live - The Energy Show 4th & 5th May De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill An explosive family theatre for curious minds. Suitable for everyone aged 7+. Spring Steam and Vintage Fayre 11th May Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, Houghton Bridge, Arundel. A show for all the family with so much to see from steam engines, vintage tractors and woodland crafts. Tales for Toddlers 12th May, 10.15am & 11.15am De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill Free, fun-filled sessions of stories, rhymes, songs and creative activities.


Sussex Rocks The aim of Sussex Rocks is to offer young musicians the opportunity to play and perform as part of a rock/pop band.

We offer five days of music-making with exceptional tutors, packed with workships and activities to challenge and inspire guitarists, bass players, drummers, vocalists and keyboard players. Search for "SussexRocks" on Facebook and YouTube


Our expert tutors will guide you in all aspects of your playing and offer several master classes in various techniques throughout the week. Students can choose to participate in all of these or just those which are of interest to them. We cover all styles of music from rock, pop, folk, blues, electric and acoustic. We offer a week long Summer School and two or three workshops throughout the year. We always have a fantastic end of week gig for family and friends so that the students can show off their skills.

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Music Lessons Hastings SINGING, GUITAR AND PIANO TEACHER Songwriting, theory and home recording sessions One to one tuition and whole classes to both adults and children with structured lessons to suit you. Covering topics that you feel will benefit you most, whether it's theory lessons, scales and arpeggios, acting through song or vocal health. Lessons for everyone whether you are starting from the beginning or if you just want to perfect your performance techniques, lessons will be fun and educational. Please call for more information:

07577 466803

First Lesson Half Price

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Ask Alison...

Alison Waterhouse has worked with children with Additional Educational Needs for the past 22 years in both mainstream and the private sector. Initially, she trained as a Special Needs Teacher and has worked in a variety of schools and educational settings. Alison now works as an Independent Educational Consultant for Special Educational Needs and Emotional Well being in both the Independent sector and mainstream. She is involved in staff training for Young Minds and Releasing Potential and she has an Educational Psychotherapy practice. For more information, please visit In her regular “question and answer” page she’ll be using her experience to help readers & their children with educational concerns or problems. If there’s something you’d like to ask Alison, email your question to :

Dear Alison, We have a son in Year 3 at primary school who has just been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder. The Occupational Therapist who assessed him has given school a Sensory Diet for them to use in school. Can you help us understand what this is and should we be doing something at home? Sensory Processing refers to how people use the information provided by all the sensations provided by the body and the external environment. We tend to think of all the sensations separately however they all come together to give us a picture of the world and our place within it. Our senses integrate to give us an understanding of who we are, where we are and what is happening around us in the world. Our brain takes these incoming signals about sights, sounds, textures, smells, tastes, balance and movement and helps us understand our sensory experiences which then allows us to respond and behave appropriately. Walking through a wood on a bright summer’s day you might smell damp moss and look around to find it. You might remember the feeling of it from childhood and stop and touch it. Professionals have found that different sensory preferences and intolerances affect play, work, learning, social interactions and everyday activities such as dressing and eating for some children. For children with a Sensory Processing Disorder their responses to sensory stimulation may be out of proportion to the experience. For instance the walk through the woods and the smell of moss might be too much and cause them to feel sick. They may be over responsive, under responsive or engage in sensory seeking behaviours. People with sensory difficulties have great difficulty working out what is going


on inside and outside their bodies. For example a child with difficulty integrating tactile (touch) input may avoid unpleasant touching experiences – like getting his hands dirty in sand or with paint. Whereas another child may crave this touch experience and actively seek it out. A Sensory Diet is a carefully designed activity plan that provides a child with the sensory input they need to stay focused and organised throughout the day. It is put together by the Occupational Therapist. This may mean keeping things calm or increasing levels of arousal. As adults we often fiddle or jiggle a knee to stay focused or even chew gum to stay awake. We will have a soak in a hot bath to unwind. Children each have an individual set of needs that the sensory diet identifies and then puts in place through the use of activities throughout the day to meet these needs. The activities help restructure the Childs nervous system over time so that they are more able to manage their environment and regulate themselves more easily. Dear Alison, We have a daughter who has just gone into reception who has difficulties talking. School have said that they are very concerned that this will impact on her future progress academically. When she was in Nursery the staff there told us that they were not concerned about her and that she would get better as she grew older. We don’t know what to believe. What should we do? Thank you for your letter. I have chosen your letter as speech and language difficulties seem to have been a theme over the past months. Schools are very aware of the importance of speech and language and embed a variety of

activities within lessons to both strengthen and develop language. Sometimes for some children specific difficulties emerge. To help them identify what the difficulties are they will undertake a range of diagnostic assessments (assessments that help them identify specific areas of difficulty.) In school two main assessments are used – Speechlink which identifies specific speech articulation needs and Languagelink which looks at how language is used as well as understanding. These assessments are undertaken by either SENCo’s or trained Teaching Assistants. Once the assessment is carried out a specific programme is generated for staff to follow with the child. At this point most schools will meet with parents to talk about what the assessment has highlighted and to ensure that they have things at home to work on with their child to support this. After the individual programme is completed then the child is retested to see the progress they have made. If at this point no progress has been made or school is still concerned then schools can make a referral to the Speech and Language Therapists within the NHS. At the moment Speech and Language Therapists are incredibly busy and referrals can take several months so this way of screening and working helps put something in place to support children within school. It also helps school staff describe and illustrate the difficulties the child has when referring them. I am aware that some schools feel that specialist help from Speech and Language Therapists is invaluable and so they choose to use Independent Speech and Language Therapists to support staff and children as soon as difficulties have been identified rather than just wait for an appointment.

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What is Educational Psychotherapy? For parents whose children are struggling at school, stuck in their learning, anxious or depressed, who have stopped thriving or are acting out, life can become overwhelming, full of worry and confusion as they try to find help for their children. Educational Psychotherapy is a powerful approach to addressing these issues. It is a way of meeting the child’s individual learning needs, which in turn positively affects their ability to cope within the classroom. Educational Psychotherapy is a way of working with children which combines teaching with therapeutic exploration of the emotional factors triggered by learning. It is recommended for children and young people who have become ‘stuck’ due to complex emotional barriers to learning and development. Barriers to learning and development may manifest themselves as: • Poor attitudes to learning based on attachment patterns, • Failure to learn, • Withdrawal, • Difficult behaviour, • Difficulty with social interactions and friendships, • Violence or aggressive outbursts, • Physical symptoms, • Anxiety, • Difficulties with transitions,

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Restlessness and an inability to focus, An inability to make good use of the learning environment or the teacher.

Educational Psychotherapy produces real benefits in children’s emotional well being and their capacity to learn and engage with schools. By helping children and young people overcome these emotional barriers to learning, their self esteem, resilience and skills for learning are strengthened and engagement, positive relationships and sense of well being are promoted. For more information, contact Alison on: 01580 881 271 or

Educational Psychotherapist Qualified Teacher and S.E.N.C.O

Is your child struggling at school? Are they ‘stuck’ in their learning? Behaviour causing concern? Educational Psychotherapy is a specialised educational and therapeutic intervention recommended for children and young people with complex emotional barriers to learning and social development. Phone: 01580 881 271 E-mail:

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Are you one of the 40% of parents* that engaged a tutoring service for your child? If so, how can you be sure your child is making progress? At Genie Tutors we know parents are important partners in their child’s learning and success. That’s why we guarantee to keep you informed about your child’s progress.

Call Teresa now on on 01323 700777 for your free consultation and assessment.

discover their LOVE of learning St Andrew’s Prep provides a happy, stimulating environment where children aged 12 months to 13 years discover both what they enjoy and where they excel. Opportunity, choice, discovery and space - all in one stunning location Call us on 01323 733203 or email *

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Active Kids If you're keen to keep your kids fit and active, we've got plenty of ideas to keep them on the go over the next few pages. What better way to keep them healthy than finding them an active hobby which enables them to learn new skills as they're exercising. They'll be having so much fun they wont even notice themselves getting healthier. Dancing, swimming, gymnastics, football, martial arts, rugby, there's certainly no shortage of options!

We're having a ball! Come and see what all the fun's about Football and Rugby for children 18 months - 7 years Classes in: Eastbourne � Hailsham � Seaford � Lewes FREE trial class available NEW AREAS opening soon in East Sussex call Bev for details: 01323 749640 or email:

We're having a ball! Little Kickers and Little Rugby are fun filled football and rugby programmes executed in a friendly, pressure free environment. We run football and rugby classes for girls and boys aged 18 months to 7 years all over the country and the world. Our classes, that are conducted by qualified FA coaches, teach the children invaluable life skills such as listening, sharing, taking turns and teamwork. Much emphasis is put on simple learning concepts such as colours and numbers and helping the


children concentrate on basic balance, agility and coordination. Little Kickers and Little Rugby recognise that every child is an individual and feel they develop best with children of their own age hence the classes are broken down into four age groups. If your child would like to have a go at a fun Little Kickers or Little Rugby class ring Bev on 01323 749640 for a free trial class. &

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The Hastings Stage Studio School for the Performing Arts HAVE FUN



Mr Peter's Swimming School Run by Peter Vörös (MPhil) STA Aquatic Tutor

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Expert and unrivalled tuition in Ballet, Tap, Street, Jazz, Modern Dance, Drama, Singing, Mime, Public Speaking, Musical Theatre, Pilates & Adult Classes

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Battle School of Dancing Ballet, Modern and Tap

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STA Swimming Teacher courses from age 14

07869 323 107 01323 721 431 Dancing Divas are fun dance clubs for all ages and abilities in Hastings and Rye. Children meet either in Hastings on a Saturday morning or Thursday after school in Rye. Adults get their turn on a Tuesday at St Mary in the Castle, in Hastings. Dancing to the tunes that we all like to boogie around the kitchen to when we are cooking dinner. We offer discounts for siblings and should your children attend different clubs. Our first session is always free. To complement our dance classes, we offer a selection of children’s birthday parties, details of these can be see on our website These too are priced according to your pocket. For more information contact Gina on 07703 573494

At Battle School of Dancing we offer classes in the main dance disciplines for children aged three to young adult. Learn ballet, modern and tap in a fun atmosphere with the emphasis on learning in a non-competitive environment. The school has been established since September 1994, and has a hundred plus pupils. We hold small friendly classes Tuesday to Friday. Dancing is an excellent way of building confidence and an understanding of music. It also builds physical development, coordination, social skills and imagination. First lesson free. Contact Sarah Holt A.I.S.T.D for details. 01424 773806 or

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fun for all the family get everyone involved in a fantastic day out!

• swimming flumes, waves, inflatables, family fun sessions & lessons available

• holiday activities sports, games, arts & crafts, trips out, swimming, soft play, bowling

• ten pin bowling • crèche • birthday parties • sports courses


Find freedomleisure centres in Hailsham, Bexhill, Hastings & Rye. Phone 0845 337 4040 or visit to find your active alternative!

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Mobile Sof tplay Hire, Play Sessions & Classes We bring the FUN to your chosen VENUE! Softplay hire service: with colourful soft play shapes, ballpool, tunnels, slide and more! Ideal for 0-5 year olds. Happyjacks play sessions: great fun for 0-4 year olds. Happyjacks Tumblers: fun pre-school movement classes for children from 6 mths – 4 years. Happyjacks Circuits: circuit training for 31/2-7 year olds. PLUS affordable, pay as you go gymnastics for 5-12 year olds. First class FREE!


Our programme of gymnastics offers activities for babies through to our Elite gymnasts. We start with daily drop-in play sessions through to structured classes with qualified coaches.

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01424 444615

Contact Stacey on - 07812 452153

Based in Rye Sport Centre Splitz Dance Academy offers classes for children aged 2 ½ years upwards. Lessons are offered in ISTD Ballet, Modern, Tap and Musical Theatre with Mums Bums & Tums on offer for parents also! First Lesson is Free and students can participate in ISTD Exams, Competitions, Fetes, and Annual Productions or just join in class for fun and confidence building. Please contact Stacey for more information on 07812 452153


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                                         

  The instructors at The Martial Arts Centre        Eastbourne, Bexhill and Hastings are highly     trained and fully qualified having passed   instructor courses and are officially recognised     by the World Kuk  Sool  Association (WKSA). •  •  • They are •fully insured and CRB checked. On •  •  offer is instruction in the traditional Korean •  • •  • •   martial arts of• Kuk Sool Won, as seen on ITV’s •  ‘Let’s Get• •  Gold’. Our syllabus includes hand   and foot strikes, blocking and sparring, joint   locking, throwing, empty hand and weapons            forms, pressure points, throwing,       falling and            Instructors              much more… Our are dedicated to          your progress and development and will ensure             that you receive thevery best that traditional             martial arts training can offer. They continually  strive to help students reach and maintain   their own personal goals as well as our aims of    Health, Fitness, Respect, Discipline, Confidence    and Self-Defence.   






Now running "Little Ninja" classes designed   especially for 4-6 year olds to get them into martial arts training in a fun and exciting way!

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Event Listings Spring Holiday Fun 24th May - 1st June Penshurst Place & Gardens, Penshurst, Tonbridge. Craft activities, WW1 paintballing, dressing up in WW1 uniforms and have your family photo taken with the Hands on History team. Kids for a Quid 27th to 30th May Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden Station, Tenterden. Kids can ride the Kent & East Sussex Railway for just ÂŁ1 when accompanied by a fare paying adult. Big Art Club - Graffiti Stencilling 28th - 30th May, 10am De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill Lean more about Graffiti stencilling with artist Tom Goulden. Suitable for young people aged 10-14. For full details, visit:

Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival 31st May, 4pm Royal Parade, Eastbourne The theme for 2014 is "Rio by the sea". The route will take the carnival from Western Lawns to Princes Park. For more information, visit: Steve Hewlett & Friends 6th June, 7.30pm White Rock Theatre, Hastings. Fresh from his stunning appearance on Britain's got Talent, Steve and his cast of zany characters bring you a brand new show to delight and amaze the whole family. Bananas in Pyjamas 14th June, 1pm White Rock Theatre, Hastings. It's party time in Cuddlestown park, plenty of audience participation and slapstick fun, can you help the banana detectives solve the case ?

Aegon International Tennis Tournament 14th to 21st June. Devonshire park, College Road, Eastbourne. Enjoy world class tennis action from the top men and women of the WTA and ATP tour in this exciting, preWimbledon tournament. Regularly attracting tennis stars from the worlds top ten, coverage will be beamed across the world by the BBC. Commercial and Military Vehicle Show 22nd June Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, Houghton Bridge, Arundel. A wonderful exhibition of commercial and military vehicles including those from the emergency services. Guaranteed fun for transport fans of all ages.

Swimming Lessons are available at the Sovereign Centre 50 weeks of the year, for children and adults from six months plus. Lessons cater for all levels and abilities, from complete beginners through to more experienced swimmers who are looking to improve their stroke, technique and stamina. Swimming teachers encourage children to enjoy the benefits of swimming, and ensure children have confidence in the water and are given the essential water safety skills for living by the sea.

The Sovereign Centre are taking bookings for the March term which runs from the 17th March to the 25th May 2014. Lessons can be paid for by the course or children and adults can enjoy the extra benefits of becoming a swimming lessons member, including free parking and unlimited swimming outside of lessons! For more information on the Sovereign Centre’s swimming lesson programme visit www. or to enrol your child on the learn to swim programme call 0845 267 1200.


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Join Chestnut Tree House for a 4 mile or 10 mile walk under the stars! Back for 2014 and now in its fifth year, join Chestnut Tree House and hundreds of women for Eastbourne's annual walk under the stars. Night to Remember is our annual midnight walk in aid of Chestnut Tree House, the only children’s hospice in Sussex. Registration is now open at www.nighttoremember. New for 2014, we have introduced a 4 mile route to coincide with our existing 10 mile route, giving you the option to choose your distance. Over the past four years, 2400 ladies have taken to the streets and seafront of Eastbourne and have raised a collective £292,000 for Chestnut Tree House, which has made a huge difference to the lives of the children and families using our services. The walk will start at the Sovereign Centre in Eastbourne and registration is £20 per person, which includes a ‘Night Pack’ (our exclusive Night to Remember t-shirt, torch and medal), fundraising pack and refreshments en route. Register before Friday 14 March and qualify for our special early bird registration fee of £15! Registration closes on 2 May and you cannot register on the night – so get the girls together now and register to be one of our brightest stars! Please visit for more information and to register.


The soft play offers a range of exciting, fun, energetic and adventurous play for children aged 6 months to 14 years. Let your children spend hours in our kaleidoscope of colours amongst super slides, special toddler area, tremendous tunnels and other challenging obstacles whilst you relax with a superior blend coffee and one of our homemade cakes in our fresh and comfortable coffee shop.


3 and 4 commercial Road, Eastbourne BN21 3XE

T: 01323 411527

Loyalty card available. Birthday Parties. Excellent facilities - best soft play in the area. Regular special events and theme days. See our facebook page to keep up to date with photographs and more details. CALL OR VISIT THE WEBSITE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR PARTY PACKAGES

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Now we are 10... Unbelievably, 2014 is the tenth anniversary of eat @ cafes, and they will be celebrating in style throughout the year, with more of their familiar events and menus and some new stuff too! Director Louise Kelleher says: ‘We are delighted to be able to celebrate this landmark for the business, particularly as it hasn’t always been easy. Opening our first branch seems like a very long time ago and it was a real learning curve for us all, as well as being great training for our busier locations. Trading in recent times has been affected by some very erratic weather, but we have achieved a great deal and we are very proud of our business, the fantastic staff who work so hard throughout the year, and our wonderful community of customers and friends.’

picnic. Says Louise: “We are still finalising our events calendar for the year, but whatever we do, as always, everyone’s invited to join in the celebrations”. And there’s some innovations at both eat @ branches too this year: A new floor and big outdoor umbrella have been installed at eat @ the park and the menu has been upgraded to match the surroundings as well. And eat @ the Stade will be looking after a new stock of outdoor toys and astroturf which will make the Open Space even more of a draw for children and families.

The celebrations begin with Spring Day @ the Park on 19th April and carry on throughout the year with plenty of summer events and activities including bandstand concerts, open air cinema and even a giant outdoor

Fully licensed cafe with Outdoor Games and programme of events on the Open Space

Breakfasts, great meals, home made cakes and much more! Vegetarian, vegan and non-gluten menu items available. Drop by days and check out10am our new cafe and new menu Open 364 a year from Mon-Fri, 9am Weekends. open 10am Mon-Fri, 9am Saturdays! Weekends Late night opening for Stade T: 01424 447116

Kellys Cornish scooped icefrom creams our charming Delicious Ice cream, giftware & local crafts our from beautiful seaside kiosk kiosk


Relax and bring the whole family. We have a large garden with a fantastic, adventure play area for the children plus indoor arcade games to keep them entertained when the sun’s not shining!

Our Famous Carvery Just

£4.95 with this voucher

Mon-Fri Lunchtimes only usually £8.95

The Star Inn offers a fantastic range of food, including our famous carvery! The best joints of meat, roasted to perfection, with a choice of three succulent roasts and a vast array of steamed vegetables. With a varied childrens menu and some delicious vegetarian options, we have something for the whole family!


Welcome to The Car Wash Diner

Tel: 01580 860370

The perfect blend of Diner nostalgia and modern cuisine. Fabulously family friendly diner, join us for homecooked breakfast, lunch and dinner. Milkshakes, floats, burgers, hotdogs and much more. Sun-Thurs: 09:00 - 17:00 Fri-Sat: 0900 till late Car Wash Diner • London Road Hurst Green • East Sussex • TN19 7QY


The next issue of the Family Buzz will be published in July, and the copy deadline date will be Friday the 13th of June. If you want to know more about our great value advertising packages, give Debby a ring on:

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On the 1066 Country Walk Route. A traditional, family run pub set in the Sussex countryside, just outside Hastings in the delightful village of Three Oaks. Offering real ales, fine wine and properly prepared, home-cooked food, Nigel, Elaine and family look forward to welcoming you soon at The Three Oaks.

See you in the summer, 'till then, make sure you come and find us on Facebook !

Food Served 12-9pm, specials menu updated daily Lunch Menu available Mon-Fri 12noon to 2pm 2 Courses for just £6.75 Family & Dog Friendly (Doggy treats available)

Quiz Night every Tuesday, 8pm

01424 813303 The Three Oaks Pub, Butchers Lane, Three Oaks, Hastings, TN35 4NH

Bizzybirds is a networking club for businesswomen, holding relaxed and informal meetings in Hastings.

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TALK IS CHEEP bizzybirds 30 network group for women

26th March, 23rd April & 21st May, 10am to 11.30am White Rock Theatre, Hastings. £5 per meeting (inc. tea/coffee and guest speaker), to book your place, please call or email Lucy or Debby: Debby - 07773 884878 Lucy - 07549 807426 get buzzing online at






In a class of its own


T: 01424 813813

the east sussex school of performing Arts presents...

A new family musical based on the fairy tales of the

brothers grimm

wednesday 9th April at 7pm Thursday 10th at 2pm & 7pm de la Warr pavilion tickets: £13.50 & £11.50 under 14’s £8.00 concessions and group rates available


box Office:

01424 229 111

for further information visit the esspa website at

the east sussex school of performing arts


grimm pickings is a devised musical created by teena & james symonds

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