Kids Fun File © Paul & Wendy Potton 1995.         

New Year’s Day Concert

Eastbourne Bandstand, Grand Parade.

11am-12.30pm

The dance band will be playing again, to get you all up and moving after all the Christmas excess. FREE entry.


Winter Steam Up

The Lavender Line, Isfield, near Uckfield.

11am-4.15pm.

There will be a half hourly service by steam train plus vintage vehicles on display in the car park. Footplate tasters available - enjoy the full round trip aboard the train with the driver and fireman for only £5.

Standard train fares: adult £9, child (3-15) £6, under 3s FREE. Family ticket (2+3) £28. Valid for a day of unlimited train rides.













1 January


8,9,10 January

Star Gazing Live 2013. BBC 2 8pm.

Live astronomy event. Brian Cox and Dara O’Briain will be your guides to the known universe. You can  watch the programmes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, download this FREE BBC Star Guide

and then go along to the local events below.

If you do all that, you should be a real astronomy buff by the end of the month!

12,13 and 19,20 January

Stargazing Live

Open Weekends at the Observatory.

Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux.

10am-5pm.

Normal admission applies: adult £8,

child (4-16) £6, family of 4 £24.70,

family of 5 £28.15.

www.the-observatory.org


18 January

Stargazing Evening at Michelham Priory

Upper Dicker, Hailsham. 5-8pm.

Stargazing Live event featuring the

Eastbourne Astronomical Society.

Telescopes on the barn terrace, display in the barn, children’s activities, astronomy talk with Q & A. Cafe open late.

Adult £2.50, child FREE.

01323 844224.

www.sussexpast.co.uk


19 January

Star Party at the Redoubt

Royal Parade, Eastbourne.

5-8pm.

View some of the wonders of the universe from the Gun Platform and listen to

an illustrated talk from

Eastbourne Astronomical Society.

01323 410300

www.eastbournemuseums.co.uk


19 January

Pentacle Drummers First Annual Wassail

Stone Cross Nurseries, Dittons Road, Pevensey. From 5.30pm.

Come along and be part of a new tradition, wassailing the apple trees. In an evening of family fun and live entertainment -

all for FREE!

There will be a torchlit procession, morris and belly dancing, live music, apple bobbing and other games, Uncle Bumble - children’s entertainer, face painting, bouncy castle and lots of drumming.

Event in aid of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service.

More info: Facebook/Pentacle Drummers










19 & 20, 24, 25 & 26 January

Haven Players present :

Red Riding Hood & The Big

(Not So Bad) Wolf)

Stone Cross Memorial Hall,

Dittons Road, Stone Cross.

Nightly at 7.30pm.

Matinees 19, 20 & 26 Jan at 2.30pm.

Local am-dram fun family pantomime by a group of amateur actors who’re so good they’ve even performed in the West End!

Adult £8, students £4.

Box Office (01323) 460174.

www.havenplayers.com


26 January

Moira House Open Morning

Moira House School, Upper Carlisle Road, Eastbourne.

10am-12.30pm.

Tour the school and meet current staff and pupils. Fun activities also available:

For girls in Reception to Year 5, there will be a free live magic show. For girls in Years 6 upwards, a variety of Art Activities in the Senior School. For competent swimmers aged 8 to 12, there will be a free lifesaving training session in the swimming pool, followed by fun play with paddleboards. All activities are FREE.

To book a tour and / or places for the activities, call 01323 644144.

www.moirahouse.co.uk


9 February

St Andrews Prep Open Morning

St Andrew’s Prep School,

Meads Street, Eastbourne.

9.30am - 12 noon.

No appointment necessary. Parents can chat with the Headmaster and other members of staff. If you are viewing the Nursery and Pre-Prep, you will be given a tour by the Head of Pre-Prep or a member of staff. Those parents interested in the Prep department will be given tours by the senior pupils and an opportunity to see the school in action.

Call 01323 733203.

www.standrewsprep.co.uk/Visiting-us-and-taster-days







Calendar
March 2013
21
Thursday
First Day of Spring
22
Friday
23
Saturday
CLUBS & SOCIETIES OPEN DAY
Enterprise Centre, Eastbourne.
11am-3pm. FREE entry.
Up to 20 clubs and societies will have table displays including:
Chess, tennis, scuba diving, writing, acting, kids’ activities and even
Scottish dancing! Some will be offering the opportunity to try activities.
Watch films by Eastbourne Moviemakers, speak to local published authors,
talk over amateur radio and see a model railway layout.
For all ages.









NEW PIRATE SHIP ADVENTURE PLAY AREA OPENS
Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park, Lottbridge Drove.
Open daily 10am-5pm.
EMSR re-opens for the Summer with a new installation to discover.
Find out more on our News page.
Park admission: adult £4.85, child (3+) £4.35, under 3s FREE,
family (of 4) £17.50.
(Admission includes ticket for one ride on the train).
01323 520229.

23 March-14 April
MEET THE OCTONAUTS.
Brighton Sealife Centre, Marine Parade, Brighton.
11.30am-4.30pm.
Meet Captain Barnacle and the crew of the Octopod
(the undersea heroes from CBeebies) along with real sea creatures.
Lots of activities, from quiz trails to storytelling, your own activity pack
and an Octonauts hat to take home.
Save £5 by booking online (tickets online from £9.10 incl. discount):
www.visitsealife.com/Brighton/plan-your-visit/events/Octonauts/
24
Sunday
25
Monday
25-28 March
BOOKSWAP WEEK
Old Town Children’s Centre, Ocklynge Junior School, Eastbourne.
9am-3pm.
Bring in your old books and borrow a new one… or two! FREE
01323 464570.
26
Tuesday
27
Wednesday
28
Thursday

NEW RUNAWAY TRAIN SIMULATOR RIDE
Knockhatch Adventure Park,  A22 west of Hailsham BN27 3JF.
10am-5.30pm.
Experience the breath-taking thrill of a runaway train journey through a labyrinth of
abandoned mine shafts, across rickety bridges and toward collapsed tunnels and
watch out for the Cave Spiders!
Find out more on our News page.
Park admission: adult £7.99, child (3-16) £9.49, child (aged 2) £3.99,
under 2s FREE, family (2+2) £31.99, extra child £6.99.
(
The prices are admission only, the above and some other attractions will incur an extra charge.)
01323 442051.
29
GOOD
FRIDAY

29 - 31 March
NEW EUROPEAN FOOD & CRAFT FAIR
Pier end of Eastbourne seafront.
Continental food and crafts.






29 March - 1 April
EASTER SCIENCE TRAIL.
Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux. 10am-5pm.
An alternative Easter Egg Hunt!
Follow the sheet of science questions that will lead you around the centre.
Answer all the questions correctly and claim your mini Easter egg prize.
Trail FREE with admission:
Adult £8, child £6, family (4) £24.70.
01323 832731.
www.the-observatory.org










29 March - 1 April
EASTER FUN AT KNOCKHATCH
Off the A22 west of Hailsham.
Open 10am-5.30pm.
Easter Egg Hunt and Easter fun.
Admission: adult £7.99, child (3-16) £9.49, child (aged 2) £3.99, under 2s FREE, family (2+2) £31.99, extra child £6.99.
www.knockhatch.com

29 March - 1 April
FREE ENTRY TO REDOUBT FOR OPENING WEEKEND
Redoubt Fortress & Museum, Royal Parade, Eastbourne BN22 7AQ.
10am-5pm.
FREE entry to the fortress to celebrate its opening weekend.
See the new “Stitch for Victory” exhibition  and visit the new Outpost cafe.
01323 410300

29 March - 1 April
CADBURY EASTER EGG TRAIL
Birling Gap, East Dean, BN20 0AB.
11am-3pm.
Follow the clues, answer the questions and complete the challenges
to find your way to a prize. Cost £2 per trail. Face painting available.
Egg & Spoon Race on 1 April.
Be part of the National Egg & Spoon Race. Come and decorate an egg
from 11am and join the race at 1pm.
Prize for the best decorated egg and for the winner of the race.
Entry to Birling Gap is FREE but car parking charges apply.
£1 for 1 hour, £2 for half a day, £4 for the whole day.
01323 423197.

29 March - 9 April
EASTER BUNNY HUNT.
Alfriston Clergy House, The Tye, Alfriston.
10.30am-4.30pm.
Search for the bunnies hidden around the garden and enjoy a chocolate reward.
£1.50 per bunny hunter.
Admission: adult £4.65, child £2.35, family £11.65.
nationaltrust.org.uk/alfriston-clergy-house  01323 871961.  

29 March - 10 April
EASTER AT DRUSILLAS
Drusillas Park, Alfriston.
10am-5pm.
Special guest appearances from the Fat Controller on 29 March,
Mike the Knight on 1 April, Tree Fu Tom on 3 April and
Katsuma from the Moshi Monsters on 10 April.
Plus new animal Tibao, the red panda, will be in residence next to the otters.
Family of 3 £47.99, family of 4 £63.99.
01323 874100.

29 March-14 April
EASTER AT LIME CROSS NURSERY
Lime Cross Nursery, Herstmonceux, BN27 4RS
Easter Egg Hunt
9am-3pm daily.
Find the egg shapes hidden within the grounds,
solve the puzzle clues and win a chocolate treat*!
Egg hunt runs daily throughout the school holiday and requires adult supervision.
£1 per child.  *Limited availability, whilst stocks last.
Easter Charity Draw
Win a fabulous 1½ foot tall Belgian chocolate Easter bunny
and help support our chosen charity, Demelza Hospice Care for Children.
Tickets £1 each.
Instagram Competition - win lunch for two!
For more details see our Facebook page or ask at the nursery.
Easter Sunday 31 March & Monday 1April
FREE Children’s Activities
11am-1pm & 2pm-3pm
FREE planting workshops and crafts for children – fun ‘hands on’ activities.
Learn the best way to sow seeds, how to look after them,
and take your own plant pot home to watch them grow.  
Create a bright butterfly or bee shape with colour, glue and
tissue to decorate your home.
Ages 4-11 years, adult supervision required.
01323 833229    
www.limecross.co.uk

GOOD FRIDAY WORKSHOP
St Mary’s Church, Old Town, Eastbourne.
9am-11.30am.
FREE Easter crafts workshop ending with short family service (parents welcome).
Ages 3-11 - under 7s must be accompanied.
01323 645225.










EASTER EGG HUNT
Sharnfold Farm, Hailsham Road, Stone Cross.
9.30am-5pm.
“Where is the Easter Bunny?” Egg Hunt.
There’ll be fun puzzles and challenges around the farm trail.
Meet the farm animals and catch the tractor and trailer rides
at 12 noon and 2pm each day.
Home-cooked food in the Coffee Shop.
Egg Hunt 10am-4pm, £3.75 per child.
www.sharnfoldfarm.co.uk

29 & 30 March
FREE CHILDREN’S FOOD FESTIVAL
Victoria Gardens, Brighton.
10am-4pm.
Icky sticky food, food bravery, tasters, hands-on workshops and lots of
FREE ticketed make and bake events.
Runs in conjunction with
BIG SUSSEX MARKET
New Road, Jubilee Street & Jubilee Square, Brighton.
Local food event featuring 80 local farmers, producers and restaurants.
www.brightonfoodfestival.com
30
Saturday
30 March - 21 April
EASTBOURNE FESTIVAL
Music, comedy, theatre and visual arts
(plus a 1940s and 50s charity cycle ride in period costume!)
Full festival calendar at eastbournefestival.co.uk  

BUNNIES AND BEARS
Towner, College Rd, Eastbourne.
10.30-11.15am or 11.45am -12.30pm.
Under 5s creative workshop with a professional storyteller.
£2.50 per child.
Book 01323 434670.
townereastbourne.org.uk
31
EASTER SUNDAY
British Summer Time Begins







EASTER EGGSPRESS
Eastbourne Miniature Railway Park, Lottbridge Drove, Eastbourne.
10am-5pm.
Miniature train rides, model railways, adventure playground,
nature walk and FREE Easter egg for children.
Adult £4.85, child (3+) £4.35, under 3s FREE, family (of 4) £17.50.
01323 520229.
emsr.co.uk

FREE EASTER SUNDAY CONCERT
Eastbourne Bandstand, Grand Parade.
3-4.30pm.
Traditional Easter concert with the Eastbourne Silver Band.
You can book tickets in advance for FREE (if you want a seat)
or you can just stop by and listen on your way along the seafront.
01323 410611

THE DOTTO TRAIN IS BACK!
Usual service on the seafront for Spring / Summer season.

31 March-1 April
EASTER FUN DAYS
Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Hailsham.
10.30am-4pm.
Learn circus skills in the Big Top barn, prize garden trail and art activities
all included in the admission price.
Adult £7.50, child £4, concs £6.50, family £20 (2+2 or 1+4).
01323 844224.
 
Calendar
1
EASTER MONDAY
1-5 April & 8-12 April
CAN DRAW ART WORKSHOPS
Willingdon Community School.
9.30am-12.30pm.
Drawing workshops using various materials,
incl. pencils, soft pastels, charcoal and pen & ink.
Ages 5-16. £15 per session.
John Tyson:  candraw@hotmail.co.uk   07725 145920

LAVENDER LINE EASTER BUNNY HUNT
The Lavender Line, Islfield Station, near Uckfield.
Find all the bunnies hidden around the railway to claim your Easter egg.
(£2 per child.)
Steam train rides between 11am and 4.30pm.
Tickets: adult £9, child (3-15) £6, under 3s FREE, family (2+3) £28.
www.lavender-line.co.uk
2
Tuesday
2 - 5 & 8 - 12 April
SWIM SCHOOL
Moira House School, Meads.
Intensive swimming courses, beginners to intermediate.
£25 per week, £35 for ‘lengths’ class.
Download an application form from the website
moirahouse.co.uk or tel: 01323 636806.

2 & 10 April
SPRING AT SEVEN SISTERS
Pump Barn, Seven Sisters Country Park, Exceat.
10.30am-4pm.
Decorate eggs, make nest boxes and things for your house and garden, sow seeds and follow the woodland Easter trail to find out what is
stirring as spring unfurls.
Family drop in event for ages 5-11 (must be accompanied).
Suggested donation of £3 to cover materials.
01273 497561. sussexwt.org.uk

2 & 12 April
KNIGHTS & DRAGONS
Lewes Castle, High Street, Lewes.
10.30am-12 noon or 2-3.30pm.
Stories, dressing up and lots of things to make. For ages 4-8.
£4 per child, booking advised:  01273 486290.
Parents are free but children must be accompanied.
Castle admission: Adult £6.80, child £3.50, family £18.30 (1+4 or 2+2).  

2-5 & 8-12 April
MOHO DISCOVERY CAMPS
Moira House School, Meads, Eastbourne.
9am-4pm, ages 5-12.  
Exciting activities including trampolining, ultimate frisbee, mask-making,
theme days, and more, plus weekly outings.
£25 per day or £95 week commencing 2 April, £110 week commencing 8 April.
01323 636800 Email: jhafernik@moirahouse.co.uk
3
Wednesday
LEAF HALL EASTER WORKSHOP
Leaf Hall Community Arts Centre, Seaside, Eastbourne.
10am-2pm.
Easter Cookery - Biscuits and chocolates.
£3 per child. (Must be accompanied).
www.leafhall.co.uk

TEENS TOO - COOK A GOURMET BURGER
The Cookshelf, North Street, Eastbourne.
From 10.30am.
Learn how to make a healthier burger with fresh ingredients and fresh herbs,
then finish it off with a lovely pudding.
£30 pp.  01323 732280.  Book online: info@thecookshelf.co.uk

3 & 5 April
SEVEN SISTERS HOLIDAY CLUBS
Seven Sisters Country Park, Exceat.
10.30am-2.30pm both days.

3rd: Survival Of The Fittest!
Brush up on woodland survival skills.
Fire-lighting, tracking and trailing, foraging for wild food,
cooking and shelter building.
Ages 7-11. £16 per child. Booking essential.

5th: Wild About Bushcraft.
Set up a woodland camp, light a fire, prepare food to cook on it
and master the skills and tools you need to survive in the wild.
Ages 12-15. £16 per child.
Book 01273 497561. sussexwt.org.uk

3 - 6 April
FAME: THE MUSICAL
Congress Theatre, Carlisle Road, Eastbourne.
2.30pm & 7.30pm.
Rattonians Youth Group’s production of this musical
based on the 1980’s iconic film, set in La Guardia High School
for Performing Arts.
Tickets £12.50 - £15. 01323 412000. eastbournetheatres.co.uk
4
Thursday
RABBITING ON
Raystede, B2192 between Ringmer & Halland
(opposite the East Sussex Gliding Club).
10am-2pm.
A Raystede Rangers event for animal crazy 8-12s who want to
learn about their favourite pets.
Arts and crafts, games, trails (and rabbits!)
£15. Book 0844 8751252. raystede.org
5
Friday
6
Saturday
FAMILY BUSH CRAFT
Seven Sisters Country Park, Exceat.
10.30am-2.30pm.
Parents and kids (ages 7-11) can learn basic bush craft skills together;
fire lighting, shelter building, tool use and cooking.
£13 per person.
Book 01273 497561.
www.sussexwt.org.uk
7
Sunday
8
Monday
9
Tuesday
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
Seven Sisters Country Park, Exceat.
10.30am-2.30pm. Bush craft camp.
Learn how to use the wild things around you to survive in the wild,
and find out what other wild things lurk nearby!
Ages 7-11. £16 per child.
Book 01273 497561. www.sussexwt.org.uk

9 - 11 April
SCIENCE FUN WORKSHOPS
Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux.
Tues 9th: Man in the Moon, 10.30am-1pm
or 2-4.30pm, ages 6+, £9.95.
Wed 10th: Mysterious Moon Twilight Workshop, 2-8pm, ages 9+, £20.95.
Thurs 11th: Rocketry,10.30am-1pm or 2-4.30pm, ages 6+, £9.95.
Book 01323 832731. www.the-observatory.org
10
Wednesday
LEAF HALL EASTER WORKSHOP
Leaf Hall Community Arts Centre, Seaside, Eastbourne.
10am-2pm.
Easter Arts and Crafts. £3 per child. (Must be accompanied).
www.leafhall.co.uk

FREE SPRING WATCH NATURE TRAIL
Gildredge Park, Eastbourne.
10am-12.30pm or 1.00-3.30pm
Discover minibeasts, wildlife and birds.
Search for lichens, moss and animal tracks.
Lots of activities and great fun for the whole family.
 Sessions will be led by an Education Officer,
formerly with the National Trust and the Natural History Museum.
Free to all parents, grandparents, carers and children.
Suitable for ages 6-11. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.
Call Nikki on 720072 to book a place.
11
Thursday
EASTER EGGS AND SPRING CHICKS
Raystede, B2192 between Ringmer & Halland.
10am-2pm.
An event for animal crazy 8-12s who want to learn about
their favourite pets - go on a REAL egg hunt!
Arts and crafts, games, trails. £15.
Book 0844 8751252. raystede.org

11 April - 19 May
ARLINGTON BLUEBELL WALK
Bates Green Farm, Tye Hill Road, Arlington BN26 6SH.
10am-5pm, closed Mondays except Bank Holidays.
River, woodland and bluebell walks.
See farm animals and cows being milked.
Free parking, picnic area, refreshments.
Family (2 + up to 4) £12.
01323 485151. www.bluebellwalk.co.uk

11 & 12
TOTAL RUGBY COURSE
Eastbourne College Field, Old Wish Road.
9.30am-3.30pm both days (lunch included).
Two day rugby course for children aged 7-14 (in appropriate age groups),
led by qualified coaches. All standards welcome.
£65 for two days. Book 07966 680710.
12
Friday

FREE EASTER FAMILY DROP IN
‘Masks and Forest Creatures’.
Towner, Eastbourne.
11.30am-3pm.
Make masks and costumes for forest animals; bears, deer and rabbits.
All ages, children must be accompanied.
£2 donation suggested for materials.
01323 434670. www.townereastbourne.org.uk

FREE DANCE AND DRAMA EVENT
Langney Village Hall,
Etchingham Road, Eastbourne.
10am-4pm. Ages 11-18.
Eastbourne & Wealden YMCA will be providing acting and dancing
workshops with a professional coach.
The challenge is to create a musical in one day!
Singers, actors, dancers and prop makers are all invited.
No experience is necessary. The day is FREE and lunch will even be provided.
For more info contact Jacy or Maureen on 01323 411718.
13
Saturday
14
Sunday
15
Monday
16
Tuesday
17
Wednesday
18
Thursday
19
Friday
EASTBOURNE SHOUT!
Western lawns, Eastbourne seafront.
From 6.30pm.
FREE mass community sing-along.
Just come along and join in singing “Do You Hear the People Sing?”
and other show stoppers from famous musicals.
More details from www.eastbourneshout.com

19-21 April
CONTINENTAL MARKET
Between the pier and the bandstand, Eastbourne seafront.
20
Saturday
ST GEORGE’S SPRING FAYRE & CHURCH TOWER OPEN DAY
St Mary’s Parish Church, Old Town, Eastbourne.
12 noon - 5pm.
Craft stalls, music, entertainment, licensed bar and
refreshments in the Old Parsonage.
Lots of children’s activities, including a juggling workshop.
On this day only, you can climb the church’s bell tower to see how
the bell ringers do their work. Climb even higher to see the bells,
the giant clock mechanism and the amazing views of Old Town.
A truly unique experience!
Entry to Fair: adult £1, children FREE.
All proceeds will go toward the “Historic Old Town” Christmas event.

MODEL RAILWAY EXHIBITION
St Andrew’s Church Hall, Seaside, Eastbourne.
10am-4.30pm.
10 working layouts, a ride-on steam railway, stalls and refreshments.
Adult £2.50, child £1.50, family (2+2) £6.
21
Sunday
JAMIE & ANNA LIVE
Congress Theatre, Carlisle Road, Eastbourne.
11am & 2.30pm.
The ultimate boys versus girls challenge!
Starring Jamie Rickers and Anna Williamson from Nickelodeon’s ‘Camp Orange’. Interactive show for the whole family, where local youngsters aged 10-14
will be pitted against each other in a boys v girls competition filled with
crazy slime and custard pies.
Tickets £11.50, family (2+2) £44. 01323 412000.
If you’re aged 10-14 and would like to take part visit eastbournetheatres.co.uk
and check local press nearer the time for details of auditions.
22
Monday
23
Tuesday
St. George's Day
24
Wednesday
25
Thursday
26
Friday
SHAOLIN WARRIORS - RETURN OF THE MASTER
Congress Theatre, Eastbourne.
27
Saturday
28
Sunday
29
Monday
30
Tuesday