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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Elderflower Fields – The Family Festival

Pippingford Park, Nutley, Uckfield

Friday-Monday May 25-28

Tickets £1-£130

This is an award-winning three-day festival for families with children, billed as a wild weekend adventure with music, sports, nature and the arts. On Dragonfly Hill is the Dragonfly Stage where bands play, theatre shows are staged and sports including mountain boarding and disc golf are played. It’s also the stage for the Sunday family picnic on Sunday. The Nightjars is an eclectic corner of the festival, home to the Woodland Stage, which is a venue for smaller, more intimate performances, a spoken word tipi called the Wowpow, the Woodland cafe and bar and the Green People Woodland Spa. In the Lazy Glades, families can wind their way through sunlight-dappled glades to find food vendors, family activities and a shady spot to relax. The Urban Woods host woodland sports and adventures including skateboarding, climbing, slacklining, parkour and more. The Tumbledown Meadows host sports and adventure activities, and this year there is the new Leapfrog Lawns, home to the Arts Camp, where crafty activities, silly sports and a science dome are located.


Castle Siege

Arundel Castle, Arundel

Saturday-Monday May 26-28, 10am-4pm

It is 1474 and England’s new king Edward IV has secured the throne during the wars of the Roses. The scenario is that a French raiding party has seized the castle. The Earl of Arundel is with the king and the English must take the castle back.  Visitors will experience aspects of a 15th century siege, with fully armoured knights fighting, replica cannons firing and a tented encampment.

Phone 01903 882173 or visit

Steyning Festival

Various venues in Steyning, Bramber, Beeding, Ashurst, Washington and Ashington

Saturday-Saturday May 26-June 9

Local, national and international talent is showcased during a fortnight of diverse programmed events, an artistic festival run by the community with the community and for the community. The programme covers theatre, music, visual arts including an art trail, walks and tours, literature, talks and community events.

Phone 01903 812062 or visit

Dog Show

The Kennels, Kennel Hill, Goodwood, Chichester

Monday May 28

Entry £5/pre-registration required

As this Dog Show returns to The Kennels and the Duchess’s Paddock, there will be several activities for owners and their dogs, plus a chance to treat your dog to some doggy ice cream. Show classes include Best Puppy, Veterans, Junior Handler up to 16 years, Best Pedigree, Prettiest Bitch and Best in Show. The Fun Classes include Best Trick, Fancy Dress, Most Like Owner, Waggiest Tail, Dog Judge Would Like To Take Home and Most Handsome Dog.

Phone 01243 755132 or visit

Wildfires Festival

Wiston House, Steyning Road, Steyning

Monday-Wednesday May 28-30

Tickets £4-£99

Wildfires is a festival that brings communities together from around the country and the globe to experience God’s presence. During the three days, participants spend time together partying, praying, worshipping, growing in community and welcoming the Spirit into their midst. Spaces are devoted to delving deeper into the heart of who we are and who God is, with children and youth work prioritised. There’s a Wildfires camping village with communal areas and marquees, and participants have access to the Big Church Day Out South on May 26 and 27.

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Grow Your Own – Children’s Holiday Activity

Tuppenny Barn, Main Road, Southbourne

Tuesday May 29, 10am-2pm

£20/£15 for siblings

In this fun activity day for half-term, take home a beautiful homemade vegetable garden from this workshop at Tuppenny Barn, a community project promoting sustainable working practices. Led by its education officer Abi, children aged six and above will learn what it takes to be an organic gardener, make their own scarecrows to scare off pests, participate in seasonal cooking and plant their own vegetable garden to take home. Children will need a packed lunch plus indoor and outdoor clothing/footwear for all weathers.

Phone 01243 377780, email or visit

Sharp Shots Photo Workshop for 7-11-Year-Olds – Capturing Colour

Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath

Tuesday May 29, 10.30am-1pm

£39/camera rental £5. Booking essential

Youngsters learn how capture the colour of Borde Hill’s blossoms and garden through understanding camera mechanics and composition. Students will learn which camera settings to use when and how to take sharp, super colourful photographs.

Phone 01444 450326 or visit

Dear Zoo Live

The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham

Tuesday May 29, 1pm

Tickets £15. Age 2 upwards

Dear Zoo, the timeless children’s classic book, makes its stage premiere. Rod Campbell’s bestselling lift-the-flap book was first published in 1982 and has sold more than eight million copies worldwide. This production unfolds with child-engaging puppets, music and lots of audience interaction.

Phone 01403 750220 or visit

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