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Eastbourne is the new hotbed of talent for young performers!

Hot on the heels of local girl, Isabelle Allen’s, success in “Les Miserables”, two more local youngsters are performing alongside famous British actors.

Oscar Lloyd and Toby Murray, who both attend Eastbourne’s Theatre Workshop are currently appearing in the BBC’s period drama adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse’s “Blandings”.

For a sleepy seaside resort, we certainly have more than our fair share of young stars!

VisitEngland has launched a Facebook app to encourage people to enjoy their own country.

Running the Beachy Head Marathon, Boxing Day at the Bandstand and Afternoon Tea at the Grand Hotel have already been proposed, so you can vote for them, or even suggest a new awesome local activity that you think others would enjoy. They are open for entries until 1 March.

You can look up VisitEngland on facebook or go to their website

There are all sorts of ideas for adventures in other parts of the country - you never know what might surprise and inspire you!

And the 2013 Animal Oscar Award  

goes to…

You guessed it … the meerkats scooped the “Best Animal”

Award at Drusillas Zoo at their recent event to rival the

Academy Awards.

Clementine, the beautiful black lemur scooped

“Best Leading Lady” and the rainbow lorikeets quite rightly

won the award for “Costume Design”.

It’s not hard to see why!

The “Lifetime Achievement” award went to Barney,

the capuchin monkey, who was born in the zoo 23 years ago and is well-loved for his cheery outlook on life.

All these creatures at Drusillas are clearly capable of putting on a show that rivals anything that Hollywood can offer!

As of the 4th March 2013 the new shop will be at:

26 Cornfield Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4QH  

(right next to Pizza Express).

The telephone number will remain the same

(01323) 722432 - but it's a bigger shop where Kirstie will be able to do lots more new things - are there’s more room for cupcake parties!

Pop in to the Towner’s Fuse Box before Friday 22 February to view the mysterious Enchanted Forest installation that was created by 130 local youngsters and their parents at last Saturday’s “BBC Your Paintings” event. They worked together to create giant mermaids, two headed monsters, shiny 3D giraffes and iridescent 3D elephants to inhabit the glowing green forest.

This artwork was inspired by the artist Christopher Le Brun’s painting of a winged horse in a mythical forest, called “February 1982”.

If you can’t make it to the Towner on time, Ed Boxall, one of the Towner’s artists, has put up a number of photos of the installation on his blog

Really Scrumptious Cake Company has moved from the Enterprise Centre

Could your child star in a new children’s film?

The Harry Potter movies' casting directors are looking for boys and girls aged 7-13 for a new

BBC film version of "Swallows & Amazons" by Arthur Ransome.

Filming will start this summer. No acting experience or specific sailing standard is required  

so if you enjoy acting and love sailing it's worth contacting them!

If you’re interested, you can email a recent photo of your child and

their age plus any queries to:   

This is a press release from 2011 about the film, although it’s a bit out of date,

it gives you a good idea what to expect:

BBC to make Swallows & Amazons into a film

Enter the Enchanted Forest at the Towner

Thinking about booking a summer holiday?

Don’t forget that you can find out exactly when each of the school holidays begin on

our School Holidays page.

You can also find out when the next edition of Kids Fun File will be delivered to your child’s school.

If you have a pre-school child, copies are also available from the Tourist Office, children’s libraries,

your local nurseries and children’s centres.

New attractions coming to Eastbourne this Spring.

Local businesses have been working hard over the winter months to make sure

there will be new and exciting things for you to enjoy this year.

The good news for mums is that these new attractions will not only get your kids out and about,
but will also fire up their imaginations and encourage lots of creative play.

Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park has new Pirate Ship play structure for kids

to clamber over and re-enact scenes from

“Pirates of the Caribbean”.

Along with the miniature steam train rides, the line-side nature walk and the children’s adventure playground,

this is an excellent place for the kids run around and

let off steam (apologies for the pun!)

Older and braver kids can now have a go on the
new Runaway Train simulator ride
at Knockhatch Adventure Park, which opens on 28 March. Experience how it would feel to race through abandoned

mine shafts and over rickety bridges in a runaway

mining company train, accompanied by all the
swaying and jolting you’d expect (plus some Cave Spiders
you might not). There’s a quick preview in the video on the right.

It’s part of a new Knockhatch Mining Company area of the park.

The new Mineshaft Cafe (Cornish pasties, hot pies and ice cream)

is now opens and a Panning for Gems attraction will arrive shortly.

They’ve opened a lovely new Outpost cafe at the newly refurbished Redoubt Fortress, too.

Over the winter months the Redoubt has had a complete overhaul and you can come and see it in all it’s freshly painted glory for FREE on their opening weekend: 29 March-1 April.

You can also have another chance to see the excellent
“Stitch for Victory” exhibition while you’re there.

After they’ve been pirates at EMSR and and Wild West gold miners at Knockhatch, the kids can play in the Redoubt fortress - pretending to defend our coast from invading armies!



According to 'The Times' newspaper,

Eastbourne not only claims to be the sunniest place in Britain, it:

“lets you make the most of the sun; it has an elegant prom, ice cream parlours aplenty

and watersports such as kite surfing".

Recognition at last!

Help Eastbourne attractions feature in a national poll of the top

” 100 Things To Do Before You Go Abroad”.



On 24 March, passengers were able to travel on the Bluebell Railway all the way from Sheffield Park

to East Grinstead for the first time since 1958.

A project that had taken 39 years and cost £12 million was finally completed.

The first train left the platform with a band playing “Congratulations” and hundreds of spectators who had turned out in the bitter cold to witness the historic event.

There will be a two week festival over the Easter break, to celebrate the re-opening of the line.  For more details visit:

You can watch a short video from ITV local news about this story here: