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Drusillas Park and Zoo

Drusillas Park and Zoo

Widely known as the best small zoo in Europe, Drusillas Park offers a fun-tastic day out that includes hundreds of exotic animals, from monkeys and meerkats to penguins and pandas. However, animals are only half the fun! Kids will adore the themed adventure play areas including Go Wild!, Go Bananas! Amazon Adventure, plus there’s Hello Kitty Secret Garden and the ultimate splash pad experience, Get Wet! Don’t miss Drusillas Park’s brand new attraction for 2017, Go Safari! This totally wild new area is expected to open in June and will combine an African theme with three exciting children's rides; the Hippopotobus, Flying Cheetahs and the Safari Express train. Address: Drusillas Park & Zoo, Alfriston Road, Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5QS Telephone: 01323 874100.
MAY HALF TERM VISITORS Mon 29th May: Hello Kitty. Wed 31st May: Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol

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Sea Life Brighton

Sea Life Brighton
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NEW “CLAWS” EXHIBIT NOW OPEN AT SEA LIFE BRIGHTON
Meet the armoured division of the marine world! Learn about the amazing anatomy of crabs and find out what makes them one of the most powerful predators of the sea bed. The Claws exhibit hosts different crustaceans from around the world and features a Japanese spider crab, the largest arthropod in the world, with legs that can reach 12-feet across when fully grown. Address: SEA LIFE Centre, Marine Parade, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1TB. Tel: 08714 232110

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DOVER CASTLE

Dover Castle

WWII Weekend, 27th -29th May 2017. Soak up the atmosphere in the military encampments and get up close to a full size replica Spitfire at our biggest event of the year. Meet the Land Girls, visit the 1940s beauty parlour for a victory roll hairdo, then revive that wartime spirit with a lovely brew from the original NAAFI wagon. Step inside Mr Smith’s bombed out shop and discover the austerity of the war years from the Ministry of Food. Experience the German field hospital and don’t forget to keep your documents handy in case of inspection! With a live band playing music from the 40’s and plenty of hands-on activities for children including a brand new assault course – it’s English Heritage’s biggest event of the year and a real day to remember for all age. Address: Dover Castle,Castle Hill, Dover, Kent, CT16 1HU
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National Trust

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May Half Term at National Trust
With spring flowers in full bloom, warmer weather on the way and half-term school holidays to look forward to, it’s the ideal time to explore the outdoors and try new things. Bring the kids to our fun half-term activities in Sussex from photography workshops at Petworth to a smugglers trail at Bateman's. Find out more.
National Trust in Sussex: Alfriston Clergy House, Bodiam Castle, Bateman's, Sheffield Park, Nymans and Petworth House and Park.

NATIONAL TRUST MEMBERSHIP FROM JUST £9.25 PER MONTH FOR A FAMILY

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1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield.

1066 Battle of hastings, Abbey and Battlefield.

May Half Term Battle Bug Hunt and Storytelling
Sat 27th May - Sun 4th June 2017
Discover the mini beasts of the battlefield! Go beyond the battlefield walk and explore our special half term nature trail. In the abbey take a seat for storytelling, and join in the hands-on activities and crafts. For a memorable family day out in Sussex visit Battle Abbey, the site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings. An enjoyable way to discover more about the most famous date in English history.
Address: High Street, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0AD
ENGLISH HERITAGE FAMILY MEMBERSHIP FROM £8 A MONTH

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LONDON ZOO

Prepare to be wowed by wildlife this May half-term, at ZSL London Zoo’s new interactive stage show Gruesome Nature Live! From Saturday 27 May to Sunday 4 June, kids will be led on a sing-a-long adventure as they help ZSL’s zookeepers to welcome two intrepid explorers home from an epic journey to find the toughest species on earth. Visitors will discover a toad whose babies are born crawling out of its skin, a lizard that squirts blood out of its eyes to deter predators and are guaranteed to be astonished when the world’s toughest species is finally revealed. Presented by a troop of exciting characters and packed with fascinating facts about the weirdest and most impressive creatures on the planet, Gruesome Nature Live! will take place every day and invites kids of all ages to discover the more stomach-churning side of the animal kingdom. BOOK TICKETS NOW

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WHAT'S ON
EAST SUSSEX

 

MAY HALF TERM AND
WHAT'S ON EAST SUSSEX

Find out What's On during May Half term for the children.

Throughout May - Brighton Festival. Various outdoor performances take place in numerous locations across Brighton & Hove, and beyond.
Throughout May - Brighton Fringe City. The largest multi-arts festival in England which runs alongside Brighton Festival.
Fri 5th May to Sunday 4th June 2017: Spiegeltent
- Brighton, Old Steine. A pop up venue hosting music, cabaret, spoken word, children's events.
Thurs 18th May to Sat 20th May 2017: The Great Escape Music Festival
- Brighton
Sat 20th - Sun 21st May 2017: A Day Out with Thomas - Spa Valley Railway.
Sat 20th May 2017: Fortress of Knowledge - Redoubt Fortress.
Sat 20th May - Fri 26th May 2017: Eastbourne Sports Festival - Eastbourne Sports Park. Try a new sport for just £1!
Sat 20th May 2017: Wild Beasts and Birds in Willow - Seven Sisters Country Park Visitor Centre
Sun 21st May 2017: Mini Rally - Brighton, Madeira Drive. Hundreds of minis make the journey from London to Brighton.
Thurs 25th to Mon 29th May 2017: Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival
- Brighton
Fri 26th May - June 2017: The Hawkhurst Gang Trail - Batemans. Hunt for clues, solve the the mystery and claim your reward!
Fri 26th May - Sat 3rd June 2017: John Seale's Funfair - Eastbourne, Princess Park
Fri 26th - Mon 29th May 2017: Seafront Market - Eastbourne Seafront
Sat 27th May - Sun 4th June 2017: Battle Bug Hunt and Storytelling - 1066 Battle of hastings, Abbey and Battlefield
Sat 27th May 2017:
Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival - Eastbourne Seafront
Mon 29th May to Fri 2nd June 2017:  May Half Term is Pirate Week at Spring Barn Farm
Tues 30th May - Sat 3rd June 2017: Science Week May Half Term
- Redoubt Fortress
Tues 30th May 2017: Peasants' Revolt - Bodiam Castle. Book in to join one of our sessions and learn how to survive outside medieval justice and rely on the land.
Mon 29th May 2017: Sir Edward's Fair - Bodiam Castle. Medieval music and local craft stalls and some fun games and activities.
Mon 29th May 2017: Hello Kitty - Drusillas Park. Visit Hello Kitty in her beautiful themed house.
Wed 31st May 2017: Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol visit Drusillas Park

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JUNE WHAT'S ON EAST SUSSEX

Thurs 1st June 2017: Go WIld in the Woods - Seven Sisters Country Park Visitor Centre
Fri 2nd June - Sun 4th June 2017: Eastbourne Cycling Festival - Eastbourne, Western Lawns.
Sunday 4 June 2017: Classic Car Run
- Brighton. All cars over 25 years old are eligible. The event also includes the London to Brighton Kit & Sports Car Run, hosting a display of kit, sports and replica cars.
Sat 17th June 2017: Postman Pat and Family Fun - Spa Valley Railway.
Sat 17th & 18th June 2017: World War II Weekend
- Michelham Priory 10:30am - 5pm
Saturday 17 June 2017: Take Part Festival– Brighton. A celebration of community sport, dance and physical activity with events taking place across the city open to all ages and abilities with something to do for everyone.
Sun 18th June 2017: Race for Life - Eastbourne Sports Park.
Sunday 18 June 2017: British Heart Foundation (BHF) London to Brighton Bike Ride.

Sun 18th June 2017: Sunday Funday - Eastbourne, Sevenoaks Park. Free event and parking.
Sunday 25 June 2017: Capital to Coast Bike Ride. website

JUNE WHAT'S ON IN WEST SUSSEX.

JULY WHAT'S ON EAST SUSSEX

Sat 1st July 2017: Relay for Life - Eastbourne Sports Park.
Saturday 1 to Sunday 2 July 2017: Race for Life Stanmer Park.

Saturday 1 to Sunday 2 July 2017:- Pretty Muddy Held in Stanmer Park. This event is a women's only obstacle race raising money for Cancer Research UK.
Sat 1st - Sun 2nd July 2017: Steam Festival - Spa Valley Railway
Saturday 1 to Sunday 2 July 2017: Paddle Round The Pier - Hove Lawns. Europe's biggest free beach and watersports festival This event features the best in water, street and urban sports, live music, children's entertainment and have a go opportunities, plus the fantastic location adjacent to the beach.
Sun 2nd July 2017: Vintage Bus Running Day - Eastbourne Railway Station
Sat 8th - Sun 9th July 2017: 999 Emergency Services Display - Eastbourne, Western Lawns.
Sun 9th July 2017: Tour of Sussex Cycle Race - Eastbourne Seafront.
Sat 15th - Sun 16th July 2017: Beachlife Festival ft Eastbourne Extreme - Eastbourne, Princess Park and Eastern Seafront.
Sat 15th July 2017: Planes, Trains and Airships - Redoubt Fortress.
Sat 15th July 2017: Hello Kitty - Drusillas Park
Sat 15th July 2017: Introduction to the Wild Flowers of Sussex - Seven Sisters Country Park Visitor Centre.
Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd July 2017: Creepy Crawlies Weekend - Drusillas Park
Tues 25th July 2017: Kids Disco Party - Eastbourne Bandstand
Wed 26th July 2017: Peppa Pig and George - Drusillas Park.
Thurs 27th July 2017: Hello Kitty - Drusillas Park
Friday 28 July to Monday 28 August 2017: Brighton's Big Screen. Brighton's free beachfront cinema
Sat 29th - Sun 30th July 2017: Hot Air Balloon Festival - Eastbourne, Hampden Park.
Sat 29th - Sun 30th July 2017: Lammas Festival - Eastbourne, Western Lawns.

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AUGUST WHAT'S ON EAST SUSSEX

Tues 1st August 2017: Seven Sisters Wild Beach Holiday Club - SevenSisters Country Park Visitor Centre
Wed 2nd August 2017: Danger Mouse at Drusillas Park
Thu 3rd - Sun 6th August 2017: Diesel Galas at Spa Valley Railway
Thu 3rd August 2017: Hello Kitty at Drusillas Park
3rd August 2017: Knights and Dragons
- Lewes Castle 10:30am - 3:30pm
Sat 5th & Sun 6th August: Model Yacht Euro Grand Prix at Princes Park
Sat 5th & Sun 6th August: The Fort Awakens at Redoubt Fortress
Sat 5 August:
Pride Annual Parade and Party - Brighton, Preston Park.
Sun 6th August: Sunday Funday at Eastbourne Seaside Recreation Ground
Tues 8th August 2017: Hello Kitty at Drusillas Park
Tues 8th August 2017: Kids Disco Party at Eastbourne Bandstand
Tues 8th August 2017: My Wildlife Adventure at SevenSisters Country Park Visitor Centre
Wed 9th August 2017: Leo & Raph from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Drusillas Park
9th August 2017: Pirate & Pirate
- Michelham Priory 10:30am - 5pm
Thu 10th august 2017: Hello Kitty at Drusillas Park
Thu 10th August 2017: Seven Sisters Wild Woodies Holiday Club at SevenSisters Country Park Visitor Centre
10th August 2017: Heroes and Dragons
- Lewes Castle 10:30am - 12:30pm
Sat 12th August 2017: Wobbly Ditches & Splodgy Banks at Redoubt Fortress
Sat 12th & Sun 13th August 2017: Teddy Bears Weekend at Spa Valley Railway
Sun 13 August 2017:
Brighton Big Dog - Brighton, Stanmer Park. A day of cycling activity, suitable for both beginners and those experienced in trail cycling.
Tues 15th August 2017: Seven Sisters Wild Woodies Holiday Club at SevenSisters Country Park Visitor Centre
Wed 16th August 2017: Chase and Marshall from PAW Patrol at Drusillas Park
16th August 2017: Wildlife Wednesday
- Michelham Priory 10:30am - 4:30pm
Tues 17 August to Mon 28 August 2017: Zippos Circus - Hove No1. Lawn.
17th August 2017: Dinosaurs and Dragons - Lewes Castle 10:30am - 3:30pm
Thu 17th August 2017: Hello Kitty - Drusillas Park
Thu 17th August 2017: My Woodland Adventure - Drop In Event at SevenSisters Country Park Visitor Centre
Sun 20th August 2017: Airbourne Fireworks - Airbourne, Eastbourne Seafront.
Tues 22nd August 2017: Wild Play in the Woods - Seven Sisters Country Park Visitor Centre
Wed 23rd August 2017: Peppa Pig & George - Drusillas Park
Wed 23rd August 2017: Seven Sisters Wild Woodies Holiday Club - SevenSisters Country Park Visitor Centre
23rd August 2017: Big Barn Circus Day - Michelham Priory 10:30am - 5pm
Thurs 24 August to Mon 28 August 2017: Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival.
24th August 2017: Knight and Dragon - Lewes Castle 10:30am - 3:30pm
Thu 24th August 2017: Hello Kitty at Drusillas Park
Sat 26th - Mon 28th August 2017: Spa Valley’s 20th Birthday! at Spa Valley Railway
27th August 2017: 'Dotty the Dragon'
- Michelham Priory 5:30pm - 7pm
Mon 28th Aug - Sat 2nd Sept 2017: Hello Kitty at Drusillas Park
Wed 30th August 2017: The Gruffalo at Drusillas Park
Thurs 31st August 2017: Hello Kitty at Drusillas Park
31st August 2017: Digging for treasure
- Lewes castle 10:30am - 12 midday.

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SEPTEMBER WHAT'S ON EAST SUSSEX

Sat 2nd September 2017: National Speed Trials - Brighton. This historic Brighton seafront event has been running since 1905. The event on the first Saturday of September this year allowing spectators to watch over 200 cars and motorcycles travel along Madeira Drive racing against the clock. The organisers are Brighton & Hove Motor Club.
Sat 2nd September 2017: Shinewater Funday at Shinewater Park
Sun 3rd September 2017: MG South Downs Run Eastbourne, Western Lawns
Sat 9th & Sun 10th September 2017: Medieval Weekend - Michelham Priory 10:30am - 4pm
Sat 9th September 2017: See Paddington & Family Fun! at Spa Valley Railway
Sat 9th & Sun 10th September 2017:
Eastbourne Steampunk at Eastbourne Seafront
Sun 10th September : Ace Café Reunion - Brighton, Madeira Drive. 40,000 motorbikes descend on Brighton in a celebration of biking and the original Ace Café on London's North Circular.
Sat 16th to Sun 17th September 2017: Fiery Foods Festival - Brighton, Victoria Gardens.
Sun 17th September 2017: Brighton and Hove Triathlon. Swimming, Cycling and Running for thousands of participants along Hove seafront.
Sun 24 September 2017: Apple Day - Brighton, Stanmer Park There is a charge for parking at this event, but the event itself is free. Suitable for the whole family.

SEPTEMBER WHAT'S ON IN WEST SUSSEX.
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National Trust

From just £9.25 per month for a Family

Whether you’re looking to discover historic houses, roam in beautiful gardens or wander through stunning countryside, National Trust membership is your key to unlimited unforgettable days out.

Properties in Sussex: Alfriston Clergy House, Batemans, Bodiam castle, Cuckmere Valley, Devil's Dyke, Lamb House, Monk's House, Nymans Gardens, Petworth House & Park, Sheffield Park, Saddlescombe Farm and Newtimber Hill, Standen, Uppark House & Garden, Wakehurst Place.

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