Family Events

Alice in Wonderland

Devonshire Park Theatre, Compton Street, Eastbourne

Wednesday and Thursday May 30 and 31, 4pm on Wednesday and 1.30pm and 4.30pm on Thursday

Tickets £16.50/u16s £13.50

In this fun-filled family musical, join Alice on an epic adventures as she takes a tumble down the rabbit hole into the wonderful world of Wonderland. She meets a zany bunch of new friends along the way – don’t miss the madcap fun of the Mad Hatters tea party, as well as helping the White Rabbit with his time-keeping and keeping Alice one step ahead of the treacherous Queen of Hearts.

Phone 01323 412000 or visit

Living History Day

Arundel Castle, Arundel

Thursday May 31, 10am-4pm

Set within the upper grounds, Keep and Stone Hall of Arundel Castle, this Family History Day is a chance to meet a variety of historical characters and a have a go at activities, including archery and fencing. There are also falconry displays, face painter and a story teller. Picture: Julia Claxton.

Phone 01903 882173 or visit

Puppetry Workshop with Long Nose Puppets & Joanna Neary

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

Thursday May 31, 10am and 1pm

Tickets £4/adults free

Children can create their own puppet and bring it to life. In the morning workshop from 10am-11am, 4-7-year-olds will design and make an insect and bring it to life with Joanna Neary (pictured) from 11am to midday. In the afternoon workshop from 1pm-2pm, 8-11-year-olds will make an insect and bring it to life from 2pm-3pm with Joanna Neary.

Phone 01273 464440 or visit

Digital Sound Makers

De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea

Thursday May 31, 2pm-5pm

Tickets £8. For ages 11-19

This half-day introduction to making music and sound with RaspberryPi is hosted by musician and educator Fingers Push Buttons. Participants can learn some of the basic principles of Raspberry Pi, assemble it for audio, learn how to use freely available softwares such as Sonic Pi and Pure Data to transform it into a unique instrument and make a performance or sound art installation. The workshop is for any young person with an interest in music, sound art, sound design, synthesis, audio manipulation and/or computing.

Phone 01424 229111 or visit

Dr Dolittle

Alexandra Theatre, Belmont Street, Bognor Regis

Thursday May 31, 2.30pm

Tickets £10.50. Age 7+

In this new family show, Dr Dolittle embarks on a magical musical adventure with original music, audience participation and puppets. Dr John Dolittle is a very famous doctor, a bit wacky because he didn’t like his human patients but then discovered his ability to talk to and understand animals…

Phone 01243 861010 or visit

Milkshake Live!: The Magic Story Book

Pavilion Theatre, Marine Parade, Worthing

Thursday May 31, 12pm and 3.30pm

Tickets £16/family of 4 £14.50/groups of 8+ £13

Starring characters such as Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam and many more, this all-singing all-dancing musical will ‘take audiences on a journey through the world’s favourite fairy tales’.

Phone 01903 206206 or visit

Living History Festival

Weald and Downland Living Museum, Town Lane, Singleton, Chichester

Saturday and Sunday June 2 and 3, 10.30am-5pm

During this weekend, visitors can experience 1,000 years of history from Saxon times to the 20th century, discovering what happened at a medieval tournament, how Saxon craftspeople made beautiful items, what were the sights and smells of a Tudor market and how did you survive in the Victorian era with little money? This year, the festival includes the centenary of the British Percheron Horse Society, with members of the society’s horses taking part in arena re-enactments connected with British history. The society will also display modern uses of the Percheron, including showing, competition driving, riding, plus farm and forestry work. Picture: Russell Cobb Photography.

Phone 01243 811363 or visit

The Floral Fringe Fair

Knepp Castle, West Grinstead

Saturday-Sunday June 2-3, 10.30am-5pm

Entry £7.50/u14 £2/u4 free

This eclectic, quirky, foodie, arty plantaholics wildlife event with a vintage twist takes place in front of the John Nash-designed Knepp Castle, built in 1806, on the 1,416 hectare Knepp Estate. New for 2018 is a steampunk twist. Visitors are invited to dress in vintage style and there’s a chance to buy food from local producers and enjoy a picnic by the lakes.

Phone 07939 272443 or visit

Skip’s After School Club – James and the Giant Peach

Theatre Royal, New Road, Brighton

Wednesday June 6, 4pm

Tickets £7.50. Ages 6-10

The session is inspired by Roald Dahl’s tale James and the Giant Peach. Look out for giant bugs, cruel aunts and a trip to the Big Apple in a Giant Peach. With warm-up games, a look on stage, themed drama and craft activities.

Phone 0844 871 7650 or visit

Awful Auntie

Theatre Royal, New Road, Brighton

Wednesday June 6, 7pm

Tickets £23.50. Age 5+

The tale by David Walliams of frights, fights and friendship is brought to the stage in a world premiere by the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny. When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea her life is in danger. Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own awful auntie! Picture: Mark Douet.

Phone 0844 871 7650 or visit

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