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Christmas at Drusillas Park
Award winning Drusillas Park offers a fun-tastic family day out that includes the best small zoo in Europe where you’ll come face to face with hundreds of exotic animals from monkeys and meerkats to penguins and pandas. But animals are just part of the Drusillas experience – kids will love riding on Thomas the Tank Engine, playing in Go Bananas and Go Wild, exploring in Eden’s Eye maze and experiencing our three new theme park rides in Hello Kitty Secret Garden. Book online using our Price Squeezer deal for the best value family day out in Sussex
Drusillas Park is located just off the A27 in Alfriston and is open from 10am daily.
Address:
Drusillas Park & Zoo, Alfriston Road, Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5QS | Tel: 01323 874100 |

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Visit Father Christmas in his Grotto at Fishers Farm Park
A much loved family attraction, the multi-award-winning Fishers is arguably the number one all-inclusive, all-year attraction in the heart of the West Sussex countryside.
Officially announced this year as one of the ‘Best Farm Attractions in the UK’ and with all rides and activities included in your admission, Fishers is undoubtedly the ultimate day out for any family, and promises a farm-tastic day of fun come rain or shine!
An Olympic Tractor Ride, Ghost Tunnel, Climbing Wall, Toboggan Run, Adventure Golf, Pony Rides, Animal Racing, Bottle-Feeding and more than 40 different rides and attractions...Fishers Adventure Farm Park is most definitely the number one choice for a jam-packed fun-filled family day out!
Address: Fishers Farm Park, Newpound Lane, Wisborough Green, West Sussex, RH14 0EG Tel: 01403 700063 | |

Nerf play at The Mega Blaster ArenaTHE MEGA BLASTER ARENA AT THE HOP FARM

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It is undoubtedly the future of ‘Nerf’ fun for all the family in a safe environment with the added bonus of the entire ‘Nerf’ Blaster range to play with, it is “Its Blast or be Blasted, R U Ready!
The latest craze to hit the UK is a soft Dart Tag game better known as ‘Nerf’. The purpose built indoor freestyle arena provides a safe environment for children to play together.  There is no pain involved in Dart Tag and children as young as 5 (when accompanied by an adult) can have fun in our Mega Blaster Freestyle Arena, the first of this style of arena in the UK. The concept is open play with all the latest high tech 'Nerf' products being used. We cater for children's parties, corporate events, schools and the hard core 'nerfers' from groups and clubs. Address: The Mega Blaster Arena, The Hop Farm Family Park, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 6PY Tel:01622 872068| |

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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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Let us take you on a fascinating journey through the original Victorian architecture of the oldest operating aquarium in the world from the coastline to the depths of the ocean. Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures. Every step will reveal something new, from a face to face encounter with sharks to a hands-on rockpool experience.
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White water spectacular - Pulham Falls (National Trust)
March - December 2014
See the magnificent Pulham Falls in full flow, just as our historic owners designed it! Twice a week you can witness this white water spectacular as the water crashes over the 10m rock face.
Address: Sheffield Park & Garden, East Sussex TN22 3QX. Tel: 01825 790231 |

Sculpture Exhibition - Borde Hill Garden
1st May - 30th September 2014 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Appreciate the Garden as a gallery. Exhibition of selected artists’ work.
Tel: 01444 450326 |
Borde Hill Garden, Balcombe Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1XP.

Hello Kitty at Drusillas Park
Tuesday 2nd September
Brand new for 2014, Hello Kitty will return to her home at Drusillas on 20 dates during the year! Visit her in her beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with the cutest girl herself. Plus no trip would be complete without a pampering in the Hello Kitty Beauty Parlour and a thrilling time on the Hello Kitty Secret Garden rides. Drusillas really is a fabulous Hello Kitty experience for the whole family.
Address: Drusillas Park, Alfriston, East Sussex BN26 5QS. T: 01323 874100 | |

Louie Spence at Drusillas Park
Wed 3rd September
Dancing on Ice Judge, dancer and West End theatre sensation Louie Spence will appear at Drusillas Park on Wednesday 3rd September to meet visitors and launch this year’s family pantomime at the White Rock Theatre, Hastings.
Address: Drusillas Park, Alfriston, East Sussex BN26 5QS. T: 01323 874100 | |

Murderous Games, Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum, Eastbourne
Sat 6th and Sun 7th September 10am - 5pm
Experience a Roman gladiatorial arena at the Redoubt and witness full combat and demonstrations of gladiatorial training. Charges apply. Booking advised.

Battle of Britain Day - Newhaven Fort
Sunday 7th September
Join us for a day of 1940s celebration and commemoration. Plenty of live music from Fort favourites The Swingtime Sweethearts, and Puttin' on the Blitz barbershop quartet, as well as military vehicles and a number of living history displays to get you in that 1940s mood!
Newhaven Fort, Fort Road, Newhaven, East Sussex,BN9 9DS T: 01273 517622 |

The Fat Controller at Drusillas Park
Sunday 7th September
The Fat Controller will be causing a locomotion when he alights at the Park to take control of the efficient running of the Thomas & Friends™ railway. Make tracks to Tidmouth Hault and enjoy photo opportunities with Sir Topham Hatt himself.
Address: Drusillas Park, Alfriston, East Sussex BN26 5QS. T: 01323 874100 | |

Paper making with Kate Baker-Brown - Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft
Sunday, 7th September Times: 12:00, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. (Session 1hr) Families all ages
Hand-made papers have a special quality all of their own and no two sheets are the same.  Come and enjoy this ancient process of paper making as a family. Using a mould and deckle you will make sheets from partly processed plant fibres and decorate them individually.  The workshop will be taught by Kate-Baker-Brown who is a local book maker. £5 per child (parents free) Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, Hassocks, East Sussex BN6 8SP

Little museum visitors - Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft
Friday 12th September Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm Families: 2-5 years
Fun, hands-on creative sessions for the mini-visitor and parent. Packed full of sticking, drawing, storytelling and object discovery. Each workshop will have a different theme and focus and will be run by early year's specialist Alison Martin. Book ahead now or pay on the day! Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, Hassocks, East Sussex BN6 8SP

Hello Kitty at Drusillas Park
Saturday 13th September
Brand new for 2014, Hello Kitty will return to her home at Drusillas on 20 dates during the year! Visit her in her beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with the cutest girl herself. Plus no trip would be complete without a pampering in the Hello Kitty Beauty Parlour and a thrilling time on the Hello Kitty Secret Garden rides. Drusillas really is a fabulous Hello Kitty experience for the whole family.
Address: Drusillas Park, Alfriston, East Sussex BN26 5QS. T: 01323 874100 | |

Hop Festival - Kent & East Sussex Railway
Sat 13th & Sun 14th September
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Medieval Weekend - Michelham Priory
13th September 10:30am - 5pm
Come and learn about Medieval living at the Michelham Priory Medieval Weekend living history displays, Have-a-go Archery, Archery competition, Medieval Traders, Story Telling, Wandering Minstrels, Falconry, BBQ, Bar and much more!
Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3QS. 01323 844224 |

Create your own newspaper with The Loop Children's Newspaper - Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft
Saturday 13th September Time: 11:00am – 4:00pmFamilies: 8+ years
This exciting workshop lets you make your very own newspaper. Drawing, writing, editing and printing! Participants create a small paper of their own news; including writing and illustrating their own articles. You will then print an edition of ten of the paper on a beautiful Risograph printer. In the end you will be able to sell or give away (if you are feeling very generous) a copy of your own news. £5 per child (parents free) Drop-in session. Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, Hassocks, East Sussex BN6 8SP

DMAC (Ditchling's Monday Art Club) Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft
Monday 15th September Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pmYoung people 14+ years
DMAC is a place for young creatives to make, discover, share and discuss art, architecture and culture. Get inspiration for art projects and portfolios and try out new techniques. Run by local artist Ruth Gaskell, who shares her knowledge of different art forms and is full of creative ideas. Perfect for anybody taking GSCE art and beyond.These are regular sessions that run mostly every other week on a Monday. Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, Hassocks, East Sussex BN6 8SP

Family Raceday - Plumpton Racecourse
Sunday 21st September 2014
Join us for our September Family Raceday which includes, 7 Action Packed Races, Free Race Programme, Children's Funfair, and Free Parking.
Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton, East Sussex, BN7 3AL

A Day Out With Thomas - Kent & East Sussex Railway
Sat 27th & Sun 28th September
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Paper cutting with Lydia Crook - Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft
Saturday 27th September Time: 11:00am – 2:00pmAdults and young people: 16+ years
You can do so much with a piece of paper - fold it, bend it, curve it, cut it, rip it, roll it, colour it . . . oh and write on it! In this workshop internationally acclaimed paper engineer and illustrator Lydia Crook will share her unique paper cutting techniques enabling you to create your very own ornate paper cutting to take home with you. Lydia will be on hand to guide you through the whole process of sketching a design, using a scalpel safely and mounting the cutting ready to be framed. £25 inc. materials and refreshments Booking essential. Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, Hassocks, East Sussex BN6 8SP

Hello Kitty at Drusillas Park
Sunday 28th September
Brand new for 2014, Hello Kitty will return to her home at Drusillas on 20 dates during the year! Visit her in her beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with the cutest girl herself. Plus no trip would be complete without a pampering in the Hello Kitty Beauty Parlour and a thrilling time on the Hello Kitty Secret Garden rides. Drusillas really is a fabulous Hello Kitty experience for the whole family.
Address: Drusillas Park, Alfriston, East Sussex BN26 5QS. T: 01323 874100 | |

DMAC (Ditchling's Monday Art Club) - Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft
Monday 29th September Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pmYoung people 14+ years
DMAC is a place for young creatives to make, discover, share and discuss art, architecture and culture. Get inspiration for art projects and portfolios and try out new techniques. Run by local artist Ruth Gaskell, who shares her knowledge of different art forms and is full of creative ideas. Perfect for anybody taking GSCE art and beyond. These are regular sessions that run mostly every other week on a Monday. Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, Hassocks, East Sussex BN6 8SP


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Autumn Seeds & Berries plant walk - WWT Arundel Wetland Centre
Thurs 4 Sept Time: 11-12 noon
Arundel Wetland Centre’s wildflower expert Sheila introduces you to the fruits and seeds of the autumn and shares how they benefit  wildlife of the Arun Valley.  Walk is included in your admission price to WWT Arundel: Adults £11.95, Concession £9.50, Childre £6. Under 4 admitted free. WWT members: free
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WWT Arundel Wetland Centre, Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PB is open from 9:30-4:30pm seven days a week. Call 01903 881530 for more information on events or visit

Saturday Night Jazz - - Petworth House & Park
Sat 6th September 7pm - 11pm
Tuck into a delicious 2-course supper whilst listening to the fabulous George Regis Jazz Band. £35 a ticket. Booking essential on 01798 342207. |
Address: Petworth House, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 OAE. Tel: 01798 342207 |

Harvest & Brewing Weekend - Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
Saturday 6th - Sunday 7th September 2014 Time: 11.00 - 4.00
Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Chichester, PO18 0EU. T: 01243 811363

Dragon Boat Festival - Tilgate Park, Crawley, RH10 5PQ
Sunday 7th September
Some of the biggest and best businesses in the Gatwick Diamond will race head to head with up to 30 teams. Spectators and the local community are welcome to join in fun family activities and a full day of entertainment. For times and information visit www.stch.org.uk

Family Fun Race Day - Fontwell Park
Sunday 7th September From 12 noon
Plenty of free entertainment for the children including fun fair rides, boucy castles, zorbing, face painters and of course 8 thrilling races. Admission charges apply, under 18's go free. For more information and buy tickets

Family ARTventures - Nymans, Handcross RH17 6EB
Saturday 6th September 10:30am - 3:30pm
Enjoy a wonderful family activity in the Potting Shed,, be inspired by your surroundings and get creating, Free event, admission charges apply.

Town Show and Family Fun Day - Rosemead Park, Littlehampton BN17 6FE
Saturday 13th September 12 noon - 5pm.
'The Nuts', supported by Emily Johnston, will provide the musical backdrop on the stage. Plus bingo, a pet farm, climbing wall, the horticultural and craft show, over 50 stalls and much more. For more information visit

Heritage Open Day - Free Admission! - Petworth House & Park
Saturday 13th September 10am - 5pm
Not only is it free entry, but we throw open the doors to some of our 'hidden' areas.
Address: Petworth House, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 OAE. Tel: 01798 342207 |

Heritage Open Days - Free Admission! - Bignor Roman Villa
Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th September
Heritage Open Days - Free Admission! This year Bignor Roman Villa will again take part in the National Heritage Open Days scheme by welcoming visitors totally free of charge for two days - Saturday 13th September and Sunday the 14th September. Take advantage and come and enjoy this hidden gem.
Bignor Roman Villa, Bignor, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 1PH T: 01798 869259 |

Core Skills in Wildlife Photography - WWT Arundel Wetland Centre
13-14 September
Time: 10am-4pm
This is an intensive 2-day workshop covering the key skills required to master wildlife photography with David Plummer. This workshop is open for all users of Digital SLR cameras at all levels.  £165 pp includes admission to Arundel Wetland Centre. Booking is essential. Address: WWT Arundel Wetland Centre, Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PB is open from 9:30-4:30pm seven days a week. Call 01903 881530 for more information on events or visit

Evening Bat Walk at WWT Arundel Wetland Centre
Thurs 18 Sept
Time: 6:30pm
Join this guided evening walk to watch pipistrelle bats emerge at dusk. Track bats with our detectors and watch Daubenton bats feeding over the water. £12 pp. Booking is essential.Address: WWT Arundel Wetland Centre, Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PB is open from 9:30-4:30pm seven days a week. Call 01903 881530 for more details or visit


Encounters - Petworth House & Park
Sat 20th - Sun 21st Sept 11am - 3pm
Catch evocative glimpses, and overhear conservations between our 1820's costumed servants as they go about their daily work. Free event (normal admission charges apply).
Address: Petworth House, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 OAE. Tel: 01798 342207 |

Bus Show and Riders Day - Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre
Sunday 21st September
See and ride on, a variety of historic buses. A wonderful day of nostalgia for everyone.
Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, Amberley,near Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT.T: 01798 831370 |

Colour in Historic Homes - Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
Sunday 21st September 2014 Time: 11.00 - 4.00
Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Chichester, PO18 0EU. T: 01243 811363

Pirates & Smuggler Day - Arundel Castle
Sunday 21 September, 2014
Set at the end of the 18th Century, this lively event sees a band of notorious Pirates and Smugglers position themselves in Arundel Castle’s Keep. They will be pitted against the Queen’s 2nd Regiment of Foot which has been sent to help deal with the rogues and villains. Castle visitors can witness the opposing sides battling for control of the Castle. Arundel Castle, High Street, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9AB. T:01903 882173 |

Early Boat and Butty at WWT Arundel Wetland Centre
Sun 21 Sept
Visit the WWT Arundel reserve in the quiet morning for a tranquil guided boat trip and a peaceful start to your day. Bacon OR egg butty with tea or a filter coffee afterwards. 8am, £15 pp for boat ride and breakfast only – admission price required if you stay past 9:30am. Admission price to WWT Arundel: Adults £11.95, Concession £9.50, Children £6. Under 4 admitted free. WWT members: free. Booking is essential. Address: WWT Arundel Wetland Centre, Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PB is open from 9:30-4:30pm seven days a week. Call 01903 881530 for more details or visit

Spot the Spaniel & Big Dog Walk - Petworth House & Park
Sun 28th September 11am - 4pm
Bring along your four-legged friend to Petworth Park to celebrate our long association with Spaniels, browse our countryside stalls and take part in scurries, competitions and general doggy fun! Embrace Autumn in style and come along to the family 'Spot the Spaniel' fun day. Four-legged friends will love the have-a-go activities, canine competitions and doggy demonstrations and enjoy the range of fabulous food and stalls to browse. Join in with the Big Petworth Park Dog Walk too, in support of our local charity Canine Partners. Entry to Spot the Spaniel is free. To enter The Big Dog Walk, please visit: www.caninepartners.org.uk/events/bigdogwalk
Address: Petworth House, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 OAE. Tel: 01798 342207 |

AUTUMN FORAGING & ESTATE LIFE - Parham House and Gardens
28th September 10.30am – 5.00pm
Food and drink exhibitors, traditional woodland crafts, guided deer spotting, fungi walks and an insight into Parham estate life. Adults £10 / Senior Citizens £9 / Children £5 & Under 5’s Free.Includes access to the House and Gardens. Parham House & Gardens, Storrington, nr Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 4HS. Tel: 01903 744888 |


• National Trust Memberships From just £6.07 per month for a Family
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.

• JOIN THE RSPB From just £4.58 per month for a Family
RSPB Reserves in Sussex: Pulborough Brooks, Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve, Adur Estuary, Fore Wood and Broadwater Warren.

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