The school Summer holidays are almost upon us, and there are lots of exciting events that have been planned in the locality to entertain the whole family. We’ve compiled a list below of Days Out, listed in date order to make planning your exciting Summer schedule even easier. We’ve also collated the details of a wide range of exciting and informative Activity Workshops, where children can learn and explore – no parents necessary. Plus, we’ve also compiled a list of school holiday childcare clubs who offer childcare options, if these are needed. The details listed below are as up to date and accurate as possible, but please check directly to make sure that all is correct. Whatever you get up to, we hope you have a fantastic Summer…
School Holiday Childcare Clubs
Claremont School, Hastings, TN37 7PW – From exploring the 100 acres of grounds, building dens and discovering nature, or taking part in performing arts workshops and creative sessions, there is fun for everyone. Led by qualified teachers, play workers and forest school practitioners, sports leaders and life guards. From 6th July 2015, 8.30am – 4.30pm. For boys and girls aged 4 – 14. Information and booking form.
Boom Active, Helenswood Sports Centre, TN37 7PS – For children aged 5 – 11. This is a fitness programme for kids, with different themes every day. All children can take part regardless of fitness level and sporting interest, all led by experienced and qualified coaches. Information and booking.
Wild Woodland Weekend Club, Rye Saturday 25th July/Friday 28th August Monthly adventures in the woods for Wild Things aged 6 – 11. Parents not allowed! Build dens, cook on a campfire, play in the mud, learn some woodcrafts and play games. Held in a private woodland in Beckley. Meet at Swallowtail Hill farm 10.00 – 13.00 Booking essential. £10 per child. Bring a packed lunch. More information.
Light Fantastic Half day Workshop at Herstmonceux Science Centre Tuesday 28th July Can light dance and change? Discover ways in which we see, use and play with light in this interactive new workshop using science technology. 10.30 – 13.00, 14.00 – 16.30, £10.75 per child Ages 6 – 9. Booking essential.
Noisy Nature Half Day Workshop at Herstmonceux Science Centre Wednesday 29th July Is nature noisy? Come and explore the fascinating world of sounds with some cool experiments, fun investigations and noise galore. 10.30 – 13.00, 14.00 – 16.30, £10.75 per child. Ages 6 – 9. Booking Essential.
Meteorology Matters Half day Workshop at Herstmonceux Science Centre Thursday 30th July Have you ever wondered why weather is so changeable, how snow is made, or where the wind comes from? 10.30 – 13.00, 14.00 – 16.30, £10.75 per child. Ages 6 – 9. Booking Essential.
Summer Disney Morning, Little Stars School of Dance, Monday 3rd August, Ninfield 10.00 – 12.00 The morning will include dancing, arts and crafts, games, snack and drink. Fancy dress optional. For children aged 4 – 6. Contact Kirsty Mills on 07582 269164 to book or find out more here.
Young Photographers Masterclass Monday 3rd August – Friday 7th August , De La Warr Pavilion10am 13 – 18 years . Cost £100 Master a range of creative photographic techniques this summer – explore light, colour and composition. Experiment with shutter speed, aperture and exposure. Work with photographic artist Lindsey Smith to produce a portfolio of high quality images inspired by the architecture, exhibitions and location of the DLWP. More information.
Colour Kaleidoscope Half day Workshop at Herstmonceux Science Centre Tuesday 4th August A scintillating workshop focussing on what is light and colour. We look at colour, pigment, light, paint, shade, hue and tone. How does colour affect us and the environment. What do colours mean? How do we see colour? How colourful is our language? We will do some simple colour experiments, look at colourful facts and have some fun with colour and light by using optical illusions. Come and join us and get really colourful! 10.30 – 13.00, 14.00 – 16.30, £10.75 per child. Ages 6 – 9. Booking Essential.
The Family of the Sun Half day Workshop at Herstmonceux Science Centre Wednesday 5th August In this workshop you will learn about the planets and bits and pieces that travel around our Sun. You will design and make a Martian Lander to land an egg safely on the surface and test the design by dropping it from a great height. 10.30 – 13.00, 14.00 – 16.30, £10.75 per child. Ages 6 – 9. Booking Essential.
Rocketry Half day Workshop at Herstmonceux Science Centre Thursday 6th August Learn all about the mighty rockets that launch robot explorers to the planets and fly men and women into space. Make and launch your own balloon and water powered rockets. 10.30 – 13.00, 14.00 – 16.30, £10.75 per child. Ages 6 – 9. Booking Essential.
Cool Chemistry Full day workshop at Herstmonceux Science Centre Tuesday 11th August/Wednesday 12th August Find out what makes things fizz, bang and pop in some crazy experiments. 10.30 – 16.00 £21.75 per child. Ages 6 – 9. Booking Essential.
Captivating Chemistry Full day workshop at Herstmonceux Science Centre Thursday 13th August Chemistry is definitely fun, especially when trying to find out what makes a bang! Come and try some crazy chemistry experiments. 10.30 – 16.00 £21.75 per child. Ages 6 – 9. Booking Essential.
DLWP Young Artists, De La Warr Pavilion Monday 17th – Wednesday 19th August 10am Ages 8 – 12 years, costs £75 for 3 day course. Enjoy 3 days of exciting creative activities with arist Beccy McCray using Bridget Riley’s exhibition as a springboard to play and experiment. Using materials such as spray paints, stickers and wool, to create playful artworks both indoors and out. More information.
Be an Astronaut Half day workshop at Herstmonceux Science Centre Tuesday 18th August Get prepared as an Astronaut on a journey to space, getting to space and living in space – it will be out of this world! 10.30 – 13.00, 14.00 – 16.30, £10.75 per child. Ages 6 – 9. Booking Essential.
Car Power Half day workshop at Herstmonceux Science Centre Wednesday 19th August Faster, faster, faster! But how? Design and build your own model car and try different ways to make it move; gravity, balloons, batteries! Which one is the best? 10.30 – 13.00 and 14.00 – 16.30, £10.75 per child 6-9 years morning only and 10 – 13 years afternoon only. Booking Essential.
K’Nex Construction Half day workshop at Herstmonceux Science Centre Thursday 20th August Design and build a model using a K’Nex construction kit. We are sorry, but on this occasion you will not be able to take your model with you. 10.30 – 13.00, 14.00 – 16.30, £10.75 per child. Ages 6 – 9. Booking Essential.
22nd July – 3rd September The Jungle Book Trail, Batemans 10am – 4pm Tickets £1.50 Have fun in the garden of Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling. The Jungle Book characters are hiding in the garden, follow the trail and find them all to win a Jungle prize! Phone Fiona Hancock on 01435 882302
23rd July – 31st August Myths, Legends and Fairytales at Groombridge Place Daily theatrical performances will captivate visitors and children can have fun as they take part in a number of interactive activities alongside famous characters including Snow White, Robin Hood and the Little Mermaid. The events will change every week, but each day, visitors can enjoy watching 3 different plays which are each shown twice a day and take part in three different activities which also take place twice a day. Children can meet their favourite characters as they roam the grounds between performances. New for Summer 2015 will be Mega Blaster World, where children can enjoy Nerf Gun Fun in a purpose-built arena, or get wet in the two Supa-Soaker arenas. A firing range will also be open daily. More information.
25th July – 2nd September Building Bodiam, Bodiam Castle Visit Bodiam Castle this summer and you can walk around our medieval tented village. Here you’ll be able to see all the craftsmen and women busy at work creating things for the castle, just as they would have back in 1385. See Ash the Armourer and Jim the Potter busy at work, plus many other crafts throughout the holidays. More information.
25th/26th July A Day out with Thomas, Kent and East Sussex Railway Come and meet Thomas and his friends. An excellent day out for all Thomas fans with plenty for the whole family to enjoy. Included in your ticket price is a 1 hour 10 minute ride to Northiam Station behind one of the Railway’s trains, the chance to enjoy a ride behind Thomas on Annie and Clarabel along the platform at Tenterden; fun with Thomas and Friends station scenarios, meet the Fat Controller and enjoy a fun-packed programme of activities including Punch and Judy with Uncle Myles, his magic show with Billy the magic rabbit, walkabout fun with Charlie the Clown, face painting and roundabout rides. Enjoy watching Thomas on the big screen. More information and booking.
25th July Bexhill Carnival Parade Carnival Procession leaving Buxton Drive at 1pm, arriving at the Polegrove from 4pm. This year’s theme is ‘Superheroes and Villains’ More information.
25th/ 26th July Knight’s Tournament , Battle Abbey Marvel at our noble knights as they take on the ultimate medieval tournament. Swords will be wielded, archery skills tested and helmets battered as these skilled men are put to the test in each nail-biting round. Soak up the sights and sounds of medieval encampments as food is cooked on open fires and the past is brought to life as medieval folk go about their daily lives. Laugh at our sill jesters and listen to the merry musicians. Entertain yourself with the hands-on circus skills. Get yourself a coloured flag to support your favourite knight! More information.
28th July/5th August/11th August/ 13th August/19th August/25th August/27th August/31st August Hello Kitty House, Drusillas The much-loved character Hello Kitty is returning to her home at Drusillas. Visit her in her beautifully themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with the cutest girl herself. Meet and greet opportunities will operate at intervals throughout the day. More information.
29th July/30th July Tree Climbing, Batemans 11.00am – 4pm Two highly-skilled and friendly instructors can help all ages reach new heights in a fantastic tree within Bateman’s. They will teach you how to enter a tree’s canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, whilst being securely attached in a harness at all times. If you’re feeling brave, you can abseil back down! Max. of ten participants. Suitable for ages 6 and above. Costs £18.50 per participant per hour slot. Booking essential, phone Fiona Hancock on 01435 882302 More information.
29th July – 27th August Every Weds and Thurs Knight and Princess Academy, Bodiam Castle The popular Knight and Princess Academy will be opening its doors again this Summer. Bring your budding knight or aspiring princess to complete the training and gain their certificate and prize. Four sessions a day at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm. Places can be booked in advance by calling 01580 831324. Normal admission charges apply. £6.50 per child. More information.
29th July Moths for all ages, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve 10.00 Bring the family to learn about the moths that fly around the reserve at night and look at the moths that were caught in our moth trap last night. Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre. Wheelchair accessible. No booking necessary. Donations appreciated. More information.
29th July Ben and Holly in the Events Arena, Drusillas The enchantment of the Little Kingdom will be cast over Drusillas as Ben Elf and Princess Holly return to the park. Enjoy some meet and greet magic as the popular pair leave visitors spellbound at intervals throughout the day. More information.
30th July/6th August/17th August/29th August The Fat Controller in the Events Arena, Drusillas The Fat Controller will be causing a locomotion when he alights at the park to take control of the efficient running of the Thomas and Friends railway. Make tracks to Tidmouth Hault and enjoy photo opportunities with Sir Topham Hatt himself. More information.
1st August/2nd August First World War weekend, Batemans 11am – 4pm Free Event (normal admission charges apply) Experience life on the Western Front as John Kipling did. There will be re-enactments throughout the day and an encampment with ammunition store, field ambulance, aeroplane, mess tent etc. Children can have a go at making a dog tag or cap badge. (Separate charges apply) For more information phone Fiona Hancock on 01435 882302.
1st August – 9th August Hastings Old Town Carnival Week The Grand Carnival Procession will be on Saturday 8th August at 5pm, staring at Rock-a-Nore. More information.
1st August Sunset Screenings – E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, De La Warr Pavilion 8.30pm Films are shown on the sea-facing wall at sunset. Dress up warm and bring something to sit on. Free. More information.
2nd August Lift the Lid: Colour and Movement De La Warr Pavilion 1 – 4pm For all the family, Free, donations welcome Playful drop-in activities which highlight themes from the Bridget Riley exhibition, supported by our friendly gallery staff and volunteers More information.
2nd August Rye Maritime Festival Head down to Strand Quay between 11.30 and 17.00 for a mixture of maritime exhibitions, demonstrations and live entertainment, all in celebration of Rye’s nautical heritage. Attractions will include the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, RNLI Sea Cadets, Environment Agency, children’s entertainment, plus local fish cooked on-site, beer tent and non-stop live music. Boats of all types will be moored on the Strand and decorated especially for the occasion. The festival attracts visitors from other ports around the coast and even France and the Netherlands. More information.
4th August /11th August/18th August/25th August Birds of Prey at Battle Museum 1066 Falconry will be at Battle Museum of Local History with additional art activities for young people. More information.
5th /12th August Play Days in the Park, Alexandra Park, Hastings Free large community play event, by the bandstand. Families are asked to bring a picnic and dress for mess and outside weather, all activities on site are free of charge. The activities on offer this year will be a water slide, tree climbing, den building, a pirate show, clay, den building, mud pie mixing, a doll’s hospital area, dinosaur island, under 5’s area, football, tennis and multi-sports. Free.
5th August Minibeasts, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve 13.30 Bring the family to find out about the weird and wonderful world of minibeasts. The hunt is suitable for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Rye Harbour Car Park. Booking essential. £3 per child. More information.
7th August/21st August Extreme Stunt Show, The Oval, Hastings Awesome monster trucks, high flying motorbikes and BMX teams battle it out as BIG AIR is the name of the game. Prepare to be astounded as our very own Extreme BMX team, show you how it’s done with excessive pedal power. Check out their bunny hops, barspins, 360’s, tailwhips, flairs and of course, the backflip. 19.30 More information.
8th August Sunset Screenings – Labyrinth, De La war Pavilion 8.30pm Films are shown on the sea-facing wall at sunset. Dress up warm and bring something to sit on. Free. More information.
8th August Bexhill Annual Model Railway Exhibition, St.Richards Catholic College 10.00 – 17.00 The annual Bexhill Model Railway Exhibition. Layouts, sales stands, refreshments. Adults £4, Children £2, Family £10. More information.
8th August Winchelsea Summer Fete and Dog Show, Cricket Field, Winchelsea Winchelsea’s traditional summer fete and dog show will take place on the cricket field (beside the A259) overlooking the Brede Valley. Craft stalls, games, raffle, tombola, teas, Pimms Bar and BBQ, all to the accompaniment of the Battle Town Band. All proceeds will be donated to local charities. Token entry fee per person and free car parking. More information.
9th August Caught in a trap! Rye Harbour Nature Reserve 10.00 Another chance to find out about the huge variety of moths found at the nature reserve when Chris opens the moth trap. Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre. No booking necessary, donations appreciated. More information.
10th August Tales for Toddlers – with Rebecca Fifield, De La Warr Pavilion 10.15 and 11.15 am Come and join our performance artists for a session filled with making stories, song and dance for children aged 18 months – 5 years old. £2.50 children (18 months – 5 years), £1 siblings, £1 adults Babies under 18 months accompanying an older sibling are welcome to join the group. More information.
11th August Rockpool Ramble, Pett Level 14.30 Explore the shore at Pett Level with a search in the rockpools for fascinating marine creatures. Please wear wellies or sturdy shoes suitable for paddling in the sea. Suitable for accompanied children aged 4 – 12. Meet alongside the Smuggler Inn on Pett Level Road. Booking Essential £3. More information.
12th August Family Fun Day, Michelham Priory Traditional family fun, children’s activities, teddy bear’s picnic and more. 10.30am – 17.00am More information.
12th August Mud, Glorious Mud, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve Explore the saltmarsh looking for crabs and minibeasts hiding in the mud. Wellies advisable. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 1 mile walk. Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre. Booking Essential. £3 per child. 14.30 – 16.00 More information.
12th August – 18th August 7 Moscow State Circus, Glyne Gap Field Zhelaniy – an awe-inspiring new show from ‘the world’s most famous circus’ based on the Russian folklore story of Cvetik – Semicvetik, or “the flower with seven colours”, by Benjamin Losin, where each of the flower petals represent a wish and is the perfect backdrop for the talented circus performers. More information.
12th August Fireman Sam in the Events Arena, Drusillas Don’t be alarmed if the fun refuses to be extinguished when Fireman Sam pays a visit to Drusillas Park. Come and see everyone’s Hero Next Door, as he appears at intervals throughout the day. More information.
13th August Pond Dipping at Castle Water, Rye Join us for a walk across fields to Castle Water to see what creatures are lurking amongst the reeds. We should hopefully find newts, water beetles, medicinal leeches and water scorpions! Suitable for accompanied children aged 14.00 – 16.00 Meet at Brede Lock. Booking Essential. £3 per child. More information.
13th – 16th August Airbourne – Eastbourne International Airshow, Eastbourne Seafront The world’s biggest free airshow, which can be enjoyed from the beach, or up on Beachy Head. The line-up this year includes military fast jets, helicopters, parachutists and displays from aerobatic teams, including the Red Arrows. More information and flying schedule.
15th August Mallydams Annual Open Day, Fairlight 10.30- 16.00 The ever – popular Annual Open Day, which is a great day out for all the family. Take a walk along the woodland trails, find out more about our work of caring for and rehabilitating wild animals, and take part in fun activities. Free Parking nearby. More information.
15th August Rye Country Show, Lea Barn Farm, Rye 08.00 – 17.00 Rye Country Show including Horse and Dog Show, Country Fair with stalls and attractions and a Classic Car Show. Great fun for all the family. From bouncy castle, face painting, Pimms Bar, Live Music, Terrier Racing, Have a Go dog agility and Dog Grand National, Coakham Bloodhounds, 1066 Falconry and much more. In aid of St.Michael’s Hospice. More information.
16th August Sunset Screenings – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, De La Warr Paviliion 8.30pm Films are shown on the sea-facing wall at sunset. Dress up warm and bring something to sit on. Free. More information.
18th August Leo and Ralph from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the Events Arena New for 2015, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Leo and Ralph will appear at Drusillas Park for one day only. Join the dynamic duo in the Events Arena as they meet visitors and pose for pictures at intervals. More information.
19th August World War II day – Remembering 1945, Michelham Priory Michelham pays tribute to the war years with displays, activities, entertainment and talks. Discover the role that Michelham played during WW II by visiting the display gallery in the main house. Get up close to the veteran vehicles and artefacts; enjoy the sounds of Manta Rose singing in the barn, visit the living history displays, but watch out for Viv the Spiv! Free children’s trail and hands on activities throughout the day. Usual admission fees apply.10.30am to 17.00 More information.
19th/20th August Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom Live on Stage, De La Warr Pavilion Performances at 13.00 and 16.00 on both days. “Somewhere, hidden amongst the thorny brambles is a little kingdom where everyone is very small.” With actors, masks and colourful costumes this beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family. Stalls £15.50, £13.50 concs (incl u16’s) £54 family of 4
26th August Peppa Pig & George in the Events Arena, Drusillas Join in the excitement and snorts of laughter as the lovable Peppa Pig embarks on a Drusillas Park adventure, with her brother George. The cheeky pair will be making appearances at various intervals throughout the day. More information.
26th August Big Barn Circus Day, Michelham Priory Come and see Hazee’s Crazee Circus, where the children become part of the show. 10.30 – 17.00 More information.
29th August Sunset Screenings – The People’s Disney Choice, De La Warr Pavilion As part of the De La Warr’s 80th birthday celebrations, they are inviting you to tell them which Disney/Pixar film you would most like to see on the big screen outside the Pavilion this summer. All you have to do is click on this link and select your favourite films. The film with most votes gets a screening on August 29th at sunset. Free. More information.
18th August Wild Art, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve 10.00 – 12.00 Arts and crafts on the beach, using natural materials. Suitable for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre. No booking necessary. Donations appreciated. More information.
20th August Rockpool Ramble, Pett Level 10.00 – 11.30 Explore the shore at Pett Level with a search in the rockpools for fascinating marine creatures. Please wear wellies or sturdy shoes suitable for paddling in the sea. Suitable for accompanied children aged 4 – 12. Meet alongside the Smuggler Inn on Pett Level Road. Booking Essential. £3 per child.
21st August One Giant Step: the Moon comes to Hastings! The Stade, Hastings 19.00 – 23.45 Free Event. A public engagement event dedicated to the Moon, with talks by astronomy professionals Melanie Davies and William Joyce, both fellows of the Royal Astronomical Society. There will be a rare chance to look at – and hold – real Moon rocks returned to Earth by Apollo Mission astronauts. If skies are clear before sunset, the evening will start off with some solar viewing through dedicate solar scopes. There will also be a Moon Rocks Workshop, Telescope Clinic and making your own Star Wheel. More information.
21st August Shrimping at Rye Harbour 10.00 – 11.30 Use our shrimp nets to catch shrimps, crabs and flat fish in the sea at low tide. Please wear shoes and clothes suitable for paddling in the water. Suitable for accompanied children aged 5 and over. Booking essential. Charge £3 per child. Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage. More information.
25th August Treasure Trail at Rye Harbour 10.00 – 13.00 Follow a map and clues to complete the trail and win a prize. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop-in event. Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre. Charge £2 per trail sheet. More information.
29th August – 31st August England’s Medieval Festival, Herstmonceux Castle Come and enjoy the largest and most authentic celebration of the colourful Middle Ages in Britain. Experience the true sights, sounds and flavours of medieval England. Includes full-contact jousting knights, twice daily battles with hundreds of armoured combatants, cannon fire and a trebuchet and five stages with music and theatre throughout the day. More information.
30th August Family Pond Dipping and Birdwatching at Castle Water, Rye 14.00 – 16.30 Join SWT and SOS for a walk to Castle Water to hunt for water-beetles, backswimmers and leeches in our ditches and then look for terns, gulls, ducks and waders from our birdwatching hide. Pond dipping nets and binoculars provided. Suitable for all ages. Meet at Brede Lock. Donations appreciated. More information.
31st August Bexhill 100 Classic Car Show 10.00 – 16.00 The annual classic car show is scheduled for August bank holiday Monday. More information.