Family Events

Aliens, Zombies and Monsters! The Weird World of Aaron Blecha

Hove Museum & Art Gallery, 19 New Church Road, Hove
Until Tuesday September 4, 10am-5pm
Free admission
Popular children’s writer and illustrator Aaron Blecha reveals the tricks of his trade in this fun display. The Hove-based creator is best-known for books like Goodnight, Grizzle Grump! and the Shark School series and in this display will give museum visitors a peek into the process behind his work – starting from initial ideas and doodles to creating characters and finished books. Picture: Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove.

Read our feature on Aliens, Zombies and Monsters.
Phone 0300 029 0900 or visit

Bear Grylls Survival Academy: Family Survival Course

Cowdray Estate, Midhurst

Course dates: April 21-22, May 5-6, June 9-10, June 23-24, July 14-15, August 4-5, August 11-12, August 18-19 and August 25-26

Designed to inspire fathers, sons, mothers and daughters, the 24-hour outdoor adventure is delivered by a range of instructors, handpicked by Bear Grylls, teaching a range of techniques. The Cowdray Estate was chosen as a location for its varied terrain, including dense woodland, a long stretch of the Rover Rother, lakes and steep difficult ground. Bear says, “I am super excited our Survival Academy is running at Cowdray. The courses on the estate are designed to be both challenging and empowering. They require courage, determination, positivity and a ‘never give up’ attitude.”

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Guided Tours of the Elizabethan Mansion

Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath

Mondasy-Fridays June 18-22 and June 25-29

Tickets £4

As part of Borde Hill’s 125th anniversary celebration, there’s an opportunity to have a guided tour of the Elizabethan mansion, which has been home to the Stephenson Clarke family for more than a century.

Phone 01444 450326 or visit

Four Nations Medieval Tournament

Arundel Castle, Arundel

Saturday and Sunday June 23 and 24, 10am-4.30pm

The knights, squires, and men-at-arms of Raven Tor Living History Group meet in a Medieval Foot Tournament representing England, France, Poland and Denmark. With competitions using a variety of weapons, the free-style fighting of the combatants will be the nearest reproduction of tournament combat seen outside of the 15th century. With a story teller, falconry display, have-a-go-archery and a tented encampment of crafts and displays. Picture: Julia Claxton.

Phone 01903 882173 or visit

Skip’s Club Family Workshop – Mexican Fiesta

Theatre Royal, New Road, Brighton

Saturday June 23, 10.30am

Tickets £7.50

Artist Nicola Benge takes children join a trip across the seas in this hot and spicy celebration of Mexican culture and festivals with music, dancing and crafting. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The two-hour session includes a look on stage and drinks and biscuit.

Phone 0844 871 7650 or visit

The Gruffalo’s Child

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Monday and Tuesday June 25 and 26, 2pm and 4.30pm on Monday and 11am and 2pm on Tuesday

Tickets £13/family of 4 £40. Age 3+

Internationally acclaimed theatre company Tall Stories is on tour with The Gruffalo’s Child, which showcases the production’s new set and costumes ahead of a Christmas season in the West End. One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist… does he? This musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning sequel to The Gruffalo contains songs, laughs and lots of fun.

Phone 01293 553636 or visit

Show Dogs (PG)

Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing

Saturday June 30, 10.15am

Tickets £2.50

Max, a macho, solitary Rottweiler police dog is ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog in a prestigious Dog Show, along with his human partner, to avert a disaster from happening. The film stars Will Arnett, Stanley Tucci and Alan Cumming. This is a screening for children and their families only.

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Family Concert

Assembly Room, The Council House, North Street, Chichester

Saturday June 30, 3pm-4pm

Tickets £5/children up to 18 £2/family of 4 £10

Leonard Bernstein’s deeply held belief in the transformative power of music was captured in his legendary Young People’s Concerts, and this concert is held as part of the Bernstein In Chichester Festival marking the centenary of the birth of the West Side Story composer. Hosted by Chichester Chamber Concerts and supported by Cavatina Chamber Music Trust, it features the Camarilla Wind Ensemble (pictured) and there’s a chance to meet the musicians and their instruments: flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon and horn. There will be plenty of music, including Bizet’s Carmen and Bernstein’s West Side Story. There will be a competition for the best picture or poem inspired by the concert, prizes, and time for children to do some drawing and colouring inspired by the music (drawing materials will be provided). Picture: Carina Wright.

Read our feature on the Bernstein In Chichester Festival.

Phone 01243 781312 or visit

The Giant Balloon Show

Pavilion Theatre, Marine Parade, Worthing

Sunday July 1, 11.30am-2pm

Tickets from £6.50

This crazy one-man show sees the performer end up inside a giant balloon. Audiences can expect balloon sculptures, a high-energy hilarious performance, an 80s soundtrack and, of course, a giant balloon!

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Dinosaur World Live!

Pavilion Theatre, Marine Parade, Worthing

Friday-Sunday July 13-15, 4pm on Friday, 10am and 1pm on Saturday and 11am on Sunday

Tickets £14/family of 4 £50. Age 3+

Dinosaur World Live! brings dinosaurs to life on stage in an interactive show for all the family and returns after last year’s tour with a new triceratops. Using puppetry to bring remarkably life-like dinosaurs to the stage, the show presents a host of impressive pre-historic creatures including Tyrannosaurus rex, along with a giraffatitan, microraptor, segnosaurus and triceratops. Written and directed by Derek Bond, the show introduces Miranda, daughter of palaeontologists, who grew up surrounded by dinosaurs on a far-away island off the coast of South America. The cast includes Elizabeth Mary Williams, as Miranda, and Alexandra Harman, and puppeteers Darcy Collins,  Liam Wright, Samantha Arends and Chris Milford. Derek says, “It’s an inspirational show – it fires the imagination, and teaches you things you might not know about famous dinosaurs like T-rex and triceratops, but also introduces you to dinosaurs you might not have heard of like microraptor and segnosaurus.Each performance is followed by a post-show meet and greet where audience members have the opportunity to meet some of the dinosaurs in person.

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