Family Events

Elizabeth Ilive: A Woman Ahead of Her Time Exhibition

Petworth House and Park, Petworth

Until Tuesday January 1

Normal admission applies

This interactive exhibition explores the remarkable achievements of a pioneering woman who lived at Petworth House from the 1780s. Discover more about Elizabeth Ilive’s scientific endeavours with a reimagining of the laboratory she developed at Petworth House.

Phone 01798 342207 or visit

Basement and Tunnel Tours

Royal Pavilion, 4/5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton

On Mondays from September 3 until December 17 (excluding October 22), 10.30am-11.45pm

£13/members £11. Book in advance

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the basement and tunnel of the Royal Pavilion and discover more about life below stairs for the servants, from the rat catcher to George’s principal private secretary.

Phone 0300 029 0900 or visit

Skeletal: The Scaffold of Life

Booth Museum, 194 Dyke Road, Brighton

Friday September 7-Wednesday January 23


This display by photographer Tim France shows images of rare and unusual specimens from the museums’ extensive collection of skulls. Picture: Tim France.

Phone 0300 029 0900 or visit

Tractor Ted

Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea

Fridays September 21-November 23, 11am

Tickets £3

Join Tractor Ted and his real life friends on the farm. Farmer Tom and cheeky Midge, the dog, are hard at work as they get to meet carrot harvesters, forestry machines and cows on the farm. Sing along to the new songs and have a giggle as Les gets into all sorts of trouble on the farm.

Phone 01273 464440 or visit

The Midnight Gang by David Walliams

Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester.

Saturday-Saturday October 13-November 3, 2pm and 7pm

Tickets from £10. Suitable for ages 7+

A bang on the head during a cricket match at his boarding school has landed 12-year-old Tom in the children’s ward of the spooky Lord Funt Hospital. Luckily, he’s not on his own with the child-hating Matron and the scary-looking Porter. George, Amber, Robin and Sally are in there too, and they’re not taking things lying down. When the lights go out and the clock strikes twelve, they’re off. But will they let new boy Tom join their forbidden midnight adventures through the hospital’s labyrinthine realm? This inventive tale of fun, friendship and the importance of kindness is adapted from the biggest-selling children’s book of 2016 by David Walliams (pictured below). This new stage version is by Bryony Lavery, with music and lyrics by renowned musician and composer Joe Stilgoe (The Jungle Book, 2017). It’s directed by Dale Rooks, whose production of Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild (Festival 2015) won the UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People.

Read our feature on this year’s Chichester Festival programme.

Phone 01243 781312 or visit

Elizabeth Ilive’s Hair-Raising Laboratory Trail

Petworth House and Park, Petworth

Saturday-Sunday October 20-28

Trails £3/normal admission prices apply. Age 5+

Elizabeth Ilive’s science experiment has gone horribly wrong and she need your help. Journey around the Pleasure Grounds and help her find a solution to fix her experiment by solving creepy clues. Living at Petworth from the 1780s, Elizabeth Ilive built a laboratory at Petworth House and she was no stranger to experiments.Will you assist her in her work and solve this spine-tingling trail? Pick up the trail from the car park or Church Lodge reception.

Phone 01798 342207 or visit

Crafty’s Halloween Spooktacular

Alexandra Theatre, Regis Centre, Belmont Street, Bognor Regis

Monday October 22, 2pm

Tickets £10.50/family £40. Age 2-7

In a 45-minute song-filled action-packed performance, Crafty the Crow invites all his friends to see the treasured Golden Pumpkin, on show at his Halloween Spooktacular. But this year someone has been up to no good, because the Golden Pumpkin has been stolen. Come in your scariest Halloween costume and help Sally the Scarecrow solve the mystery of the ghostly goings-on at Crafty’s Halloween Spooktacular – then play Trick Or Treat with Crafty afterwards and receive a special Halloween present. Songs include Ghostbusters, The Monster Mash, Everybody Do This, If You’re Scaredy And You Know It, Row, Row, Row Your Boat and more.

Phone 01243 861010 or visit

Halloween Crafts

Petworth House and Park, Petworth

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday October 23, 24 and 25, 11am-4pm

£2 per child/normal admission prices apply

Dress to distress at Petworth House and Park and have a go at making some creepy craft to take home. Drop in to the Orientation Point in the Pleasure Grounds and let your creativity run wild. Surrounded by all sorts of spooky decorations, there is fearsome face-painting and you can get yourself a temporary tattoo. There are colouring sheets available as well as menacing monster shapes to decorate. If you’re after a Halloween masterclass, then have a go at making a pumpkin garland, paper jack o’lantern, a hanging bat or a yarn-wrapped mummy.

Phone 01798 342207 or visit

Family Fun Time Magic with Jonathan Cann

Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea

Wednesday October 24, 2pm

Tickets £7/family of 4 £26

Jonathan Cann presents a fun-filled family show of magic and illusion – but most of all, fun! He will need lots of helpers so who knows, you may end up being part of the show. Part science, part magic – but which is which?

Phone 01273 464440 or visit

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly

The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham

Wednesday October 24, 2.30pm

Tickets £11. Age from 2

The People’s Theatre Company bring one of the world’s best loved nursery rhymes to life just in time to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Pam Adams’s best-selling book. This show has been written especially for grown-ups to enjoy with their children as this most charming of tales comes complete with a feast of singalong songs including If You’re Happy and You know It and Incy Wincy Spider, and colourful animal characters.

Phone 01403 750220 or visit

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