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Until 4 August

National Parks Week

If you live with something as beautiful as the South Downs

on your doorstep, surely you’d want to celebrate.

There are fun activities organised by the National Trust

every Wednesday (10am-12.30pm) during August up at Birling Gap.

These include a smuggler-themed day, rockpooling, kite flying and fossil hunting. Only £3 per child!

You can also try wild camping at Frog Firle Farm on 26 July and 2 August,

with rangers on hand to tell you about the stars at night and the

park’s nocturnal creatures.

Finally, there’s a list of 21 things that every child should do at least once

before they go to senior school at:

Until 11 August

National Marine Weeks

Celebrate your good fortune of living by the sea with lots of fun

activities and events on the Cuckmere at

Seven Sisters Country Park.

The Holiday Club at Seven Sisters on 30 July “Claws & Tentacles”

involves rockpool snorkelling and creating beach art.

Plus the Family Drop Ins on 2 & 9 August have coastal trail and

beach art activities.

There are more seashore ideas at the Wildlife Trusts website.

Go on a strandline scavenger hunt, make salt dough sea creatures  

and a shark puppet and play the hungry dolphin game.

All of August

Woodland Trust Big Summer Challenge

The lovely people at the Woodland Trust have come up with

150 ideas for things to do this summer and have even provided

FREE resources for them.

You can download a DIY kit for a pirate scavenger hunt or a fairy hunt,

build your own woodland theatre inside a box

 and download your own summer adventure log book

to name only three of the 150 activities on offer.

It’s almost too good to be true!


Kids’ Party Nights at Eastbourne Bandstand

7.30-8.30pm, Eastbourne seafront.

Fun evenings dancing and singing along to favourite songs

from Mamma Mia, Glee and more. Free face painting. Advance tickets:

Adult £4, child £5.

£5/£6 on the door.

Tuesday & Thursdays

Punch & Judy

Wish Tower slopes, Eastbourne seafront.

Every Tuesday and Thursday 12.30pm and 2pm.

You know summer has definitely come when there’s Punch & Judy

on the Wish Tower slopes -

and it’s FREE.

All together now: “That’s the way to do it!”

1 - 6 August

Gerry Cottle’s Circus

Princes Park, Eastbourne.

A new show with 50 acts in 100 minutes, to celebrate 50 years

in show business.

Illusionists, skaters, acrobats and clowns. Tickets from £7.

9 - 11 August

RSPB’s Big Wild Sleepout

Back gardens everywhere!

Discover the secret world of nature on your own doorstep by spending a night outdoors and even raising funds for a good cause.

The RSPB are encouraging everyone to spend at least one night this weekend sleeping out under the stars.

They’d like you to listen to the night sounds, feel the wind on your face and marvel at the night sky.

They believe that once everyone has done this they’ll realise how wonderful our local natural world is and feel inspired to protect it.

So, if you’ve been uncertain about going on a proper camping holiday,

just pitch a tent in your back garden, warm up some baked beans

and give it a try. You never know, you may be converted!

10 - 11 August

Hands On History Weekend

Redoubt Fortress, Royal Parade, Eastbourne.


Try on military uniforms from throughout history,

join workshops and watch re-enactors.

Plus cannon firing at noon every day in the summer and

replica WWII paintball guns (including a Vickers machine gun and a bazooka!) to shoot. Small charge applies to paintball guns.

Admission: Adult £6, child £4, family £15.

15-18 August


Eastbourne. 10am-6pm.

FREE airshow.

Red Arrows every day: Thurs & Fri 4pm, Sat 5pm, Sun 3pm.

(Need to confirm on the day).

Fast jets, aerial and parachute displays, wing walkers,

land attractions and arena displays.

Beach Play Zones with kids’ attractions.   

24-26 August

England’s Medieval Festival

Herstmonceux Castle.  

Knights jousting, huge daily castle sieges with archers, horses & cannon; Medieval village, minstrels, musicians, jesters, hog roasts,

craft stalls and more.

Medieval banquet on Saturday & Sunday.

26 August

Alfriston Fair

The Tye, Alfriston. 12noon-4pm.  

Traditional village fair with old-fashioned games of skill

like toss the bale, bowl for a pig and wellie-throwing,

plus kids’ pony rides and bouncy castle.