Family Events

Aliens, Zombies and Monsters! The Weird World of Aaron Blecha

Hove Museum & Art Gallery, 19 New Church Road, Hove
Until Tuesday September 4, 10am-5pm
Free admission
Popular children’s writer and illustrator Aaron Blecha reveals the tricks of his trade in this fun display. The Hove-based creator is best-known for books like Goodnight, Grizzle Grump! and the Shark School series and in this display will give museum visitors a peek into the process behind his work – starting from initial ideas and doodles to creating characters and finished books. Picture: Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove.

Read our feature on Aliens, Zombies and Monsters.
Phone 0300 029 0900 or visit

Bear Grylls Survival Academy: Family Survival Course

Cowdray Estate, Midhurst

Course dates: April 21-22, May 5-6, June 9-10, June 23-24, July 14-15, August 4-5, August 11-12, August 18-19 and August 25-26

Designed to inspire fathers, sons, mothers and daughters, the 24-hour outdoor adventure is delivered by a range of instructors, handpicked by Bear Grylls, teaching a range of techniques. The Cowdray Estate was chosen as a location for its varied terrain, including dense woodland, a long stretch of the Rover Rother, lakes and steep difficult ground. Bear says, “I am super excited our Survival Academy is running at Cowdray. The courses on the estate are designed to be both challenging and empowering. They require courage, determination, positivity and a ‘never give up’ attitude.”

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Peter Rabbit (PG)

Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing

Saturday April 28, 10.15am

Tickets £2.50

This adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden is a new version of the Beatrix Potter characters starring James Corden, Domhnall Gleeson and Rose Byrne.

Phone 01903 206206 or visit

Sundae Club

Komedia, 44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton

Sunday April 29, 11am (doors at 10.30am)

Tickets £7/kids £7 (minimum one adult per 3 children)/family of 4 £27. Ages 2-8 and families

This children’s theatre show is followed by a creative craft workshop or visa versa. Bring your own picnic, and ice cream sundaes will be available, writes Jack Smith.

Phone 01273 647100 or visit

Hastings Jack in the Green Festival

Hastings Old Town, Hastings

Friday-Monday May 4-7

The annual Jack in the Green Festival is a four-day May Day celebration that has been described as “thee celebration of Morris dancing and traditional merriment, centring on the symbolic figure of Jack in the Green and culminating in a wild costumed parade – one of the most bizarre in Britain”. It includes music from local bands, historic and social events, and family fun. The weekend culminates on May Bank Holiday Monday with the Jack in the Green parade, which begins at 9.45am at the Fisherman’s Huts in Rock-a-Nore Road in the Old Town, and finishes on the West Hill, where there will be traditional folk dancers and music. The festival ends with the ‘slaying’ of Jack to release the spirit of summer for this year. Among the artistes and performers are ceilidh band Banter with caller Fee Lock taking participants through the dances, Rottingdean country singers The Copper Family, singer and fiddle player Molly Evans with multi-instrumentalist Jack Rutter, Hastings a-cappella vocal harmony group Now and Then, Hastings female harmony group Rattlebag, ceilidh band Take the Biscuit with caller Sheena Mason, Sussex/Kent band Wakin’ Snakes, which has an Early American and cajun sound.

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Cowdray Open Golf Day

Cowdray Golf, A272, Midhurst

Saturday May 5, 10am-3pm


In a family event, this open day is a chance to explore Cowdray Golf, an 18-hole course, and a chance to introduce youngsters to the game of golf. The day consists of tours around the club, a trick-shot show from Dean Davis, putting and long drive competitions, free golf clinics with gold pros, glitter tattoos for children and a barbecue.

Phone 01730 813599 or visit

Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Monday May 7, 2pm and 4.30pm

Tickets £12.50

Under the sea, out on the farm and into the jungle, these terrific tales are woven together with live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best-loved titles: Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze. Funky moves, toe tapping tunes and giggles are guaranteed!

Phone 01293 553636 or visit

Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Monday May 7, 2pm and 4.30pm

Tickets £12.50/family of 4 £46/groups of 6 or more £11.50 each. For all ages

From the books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler come these terrific tales featuring live music, puppetry and colourful characters from their best-loved titles including Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze.

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An Introduction to the Ancient Art of Chinese Tea Ceremony for Teenage Girls

Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down

Saturday May 12, 2.30pm-4.30pm


Dive into the ancient Chinese tradition of Gung Fu Tea Ceremony with Hannah Mae Dawson, a local woman’s work facilitator and healer with a passion for tea. Hannah introduces the ways of the east and allows the tea to draw participants into an experience where time becomes a place of ceremony and timeless discovery.

Phone 01825 830509 or visit

Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Thursday May 17, 1.30pm and 4pm

Tickets £14.50

Join Sarah and Duck and a host of your favourite friends as they plan a birthday party for Scarf Lady in their garden. Told through a fantastic blend of puppetry, storytelling and music, Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday will take you and your children on a magical adventure.

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