Family Events

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

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.

Phone 01903 206206 or visit

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

Norman Knights Tournament

Arundel Castle, Arundel

Saturday and Sunday July 14 and 15, 10am-4.30pm

A tournament of foot combat is held on the upper grounds of Arundel Castle, set beneath the 12th century Keep and oldest part of the castle. A tented encampment includes a variety of crafts and demonstrations of the period, and there will be a falconry display, have-a-go-archery for the over-8s  and a story teller.

Phone 01903 882173 or visit

David Walliams: The Midnight Gang

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester

Wednesday July 18, 6pm-9pm

Admission charges apply/tickets must be booked. Age 7+

The Midnight Gang is a bestseller by David Walliams and Heartbreak Productions comes to the museum with a theatrical premiere adapted for the outdoor stage. Heartbreak invites you to the grand opening of The Lord Funt Hospital Playground, a spectacular new play area for the convalescent child. Tom and his friends will be there, too, but you might know them best as The Midnight GangWhen everyone else is sweetly sleeping, they gather in the middle of the night in the name of magic, mischief, and memory making. Join Heartbreak and the gang on this crucial mission to overcome our greatest fears and uncover the magic ingredient to a fantastic friendship. Visitors can bring chairs, blankets and picnics.

Phone 01243 811363 or visit

Working Animals Show

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester

Saturday-Sunday July 21-22, 10.30am-5pm

Admission charges apply

The show focuses on traditional and modern working breeds in an entertaining and informative way, for visitors of all ages.

Phone 01243 811363 or visit

Southern Classics Society Car Show

Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath

Sunday July 22, 10am-4pm

Normal admission charges apply

An array of classic cars will be displayed on the South Lawns courtesy of the Southern Classics Society.

Phone 01444 450326 or visit

Jousting & Medieval Tournament

Arundel Castle, Arundel

Tuesday-Sunday July 24-29

Competitors fly in from around the world to compete in full plate armour atop specially trained horses, some of which have appeared in Peaky Blinders and Poldark. As well as the excitement of the tilt rail, there will be gruelling hand-to-hand combat challenges and a host of crafts, displays and entertainment, all taking place in medieval style encampments. Picture: Julia Claxton.

Phone 01903 882173 or visit

Sharp Shots Photo Workshop for 7-11-Year-Olds – Nature Photography

Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath

Wednesday July 25, 10.30am-1pm

£39/camera rental £5. Booking essential

Youngsters can capture the beautiful natural surroundings of Borde Hill through a camera lens. They’ll be looking for bugs and small wildlife to record through lenses and learning how shutter speed and focus makes the photos really sharp. They We will also be photographing all the trees and plants, learning how to compose interesting, well thought-out images through camera lenses.

Phone 01444 450326 or visit

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