May is a brilliant month to enjoy some quality time together as the schools break up for a week from 25th May. The weather will hopefully be getting warmer and nature is treating to us spring blossom and bluebells – it’s a beautiful month to get out and about! We’ve rounded up local events and activities that are on in 1066 Country, to help you make the most of your precious time. If you hear of any more, or are an event organiser, please get in touch and we can add more events to the list:
23/05/2015 Michelham Bowmen Living History Camp & Archery Competition at Michelham Priory The Michelham Bowmen will be here all weekend with their living history camp and archery competition. Have a go Archery on the South Lawns. More information.
23/05/2015 – 31/05/2015 Peter Pan comes to Groombridge Place A magical event starring Peter Pan, the mischievous boy who can fly and never grows up. He will be joined by other Neverland characters including Hook, Smee, Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily, Indian Chief, Wendy, John, Pirates, the Lost Boys and the Crocodile and Pan’s Shadow. There will be 3 different plays performed every day. There are also craft activities, bungee trampolines (where kids can fly!), a magician, a resident storyteller etc. Open daily from 10am to 5.30pm. More information.
23/05/2015 – 31/05/2015 Half Term Trail at Michelham Priory More information.
23/05/2015 Channel 5’s Milkshake Party Party Live! at the White Rock Theatre This brand new stage show features lots of Milkshake characters and 2 of the presenters. There will be classic and new Milkshake tunes and other popular hits too. Starts at 1pm, tickets range from £11.50 to £13.50. Find out more.
23/05/2015 – 31/05/2015 Squire School at Battle Abbey Kids can put their sword and shield skills to the test in this fun challenge for kids. A knighthood awaits the brave and noble who complete a series of tasks set by the King. Have you got what it takes to make it through Squire School? There’s also storytelling, creative kids crafts and a Norman and Saxon quest involving exploring the ruins. For prices and more information.
23/05/15 – 25/05/2015 Be a Bewl Water Pirate! Pirates are invading Bewl for the Bank Holiday weekend, and you’re invited to join them. You might be lucky enough to win the Best Dressed Bewl Pirate competition if you come dressed to swashbuckle! There’ll be a Pirate Treasure Hunt for all the family, complete with prizes at the end. Activities and games provided by the Entertainment Team. Standard admission of £8 per car (up to 5 people) More information.
23/05/2015 – 25/05/2015 Birds of Prey at Battle Museum Visit the Museum, which is in the Almonry at the top of the High Street, and see 1066 Falconry, with additional activities for young people. Find them here.
24/05/2015 Aliens Love Underpants at the De La Warr Pavilion This well-loved hilarious tale based on the best-selling children’s book by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort is wonderfully brought to life on stage for the very first time. With stunning effects, madcap action, original music (and lots of aliens of course!) this is great fun for all the family. For Ages 3 and Up. Tickets are £12.50, a family of four is £45. Find out more information, and find out how to win tickets in an art competition here.
24/05/2015 – 25/05/2015 Battle Medieval Fayre Come along and enjoy the event in its 25th year! There will be talks by Hands on History, and an opportunity to try on medieval armour and weaponry. Battle’s Knights of the Realm will be performing and on Monday, the May Queen and dancers from Battle and Langton School will lead the parade down the High Street at 1pm accompanied by the Section 5 Drummers. After the crowning of the May Queen at about 1.30 pm, there will be maypole dancing. Other attendees will be 1066 Falconry, and 1066 Lacemakers. There will also be a chance to throw a pot, and games and facepainting too. No admission charge, but tempting trinkets and food will be available. Find more information here.
24/05/2015 – 25/05/2015 Danny the Champion of the World at the White Rock Theatre Come and join the London Contemporary Theatre as they put on the well-loved Roald Dahl story as we follow the journey of a young English boy, Danny, and his father William – the most exciting father a boy has ever had. Suitable for ages 5+. Tickets range from £12.00 – £15.00. Find out more information here.
26/05/2015 – 31/05/2015 Toy making workshops at Bodiam Castle Kids can have a go at making their very own medieval toy to take home, with Happening History. Suitable for Over 5’s. Workshop places can be booked in advance on 01580 831324, or on the day subject to availability. £5 per child per workshop. Find out more.
26/05/2015 Children’s Bird Watching at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve The pools are alive with thousands of nesting gulls, terns and waders. Come along to see if you can spot some of the fluffy chicks peeping out of their nests. An approximately 2 mile walk, suitable for accompanied children aged over 5. Meet at Rye Harbour Car Park from 14.00 – 16.00. Booking is essential . £3 per child.
27/05/2015 Creepy Crawlies at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve Go a-hunting with the warden, Chris, as he takes a closer look at the fascinating and bizarre world of insects and spiders. Approx 1 mile. Suitable for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre 14.00 – 15.30. Booking Essential, £3 per child.
28/05/2015 Pond Dipping at Castle Water 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. An approximately 2.5 mile walk. Suitable for accompanied children aged 4 – 12 (must be able to walk the 1.2 miles to the water) Meet at Brede Lock 13.30 – 15.30 Booking is essential. £3 per child.
28/05/2015 Free Fun Felt Making Workshop During the workshop, you will be guided through basic felt-making techniques and introduced to the process required to make a piece of flat felt using the shapes, textures and patterns found around the Pier as inspiration. This workshop is open to all and all materials are provided. These workshops are led by Barbara Powell-Jones. Bookable (10 places per session) Sessions start at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for Ages 6+ Find out more here.
29/05/2015 Wild Woodland Holiday Club A whole day of holiday fun at Swallowtail Hill. There will be a campfire, games to play and try our hand at some woodland crafts. Bring a packed lunch. Suitable for ages 6 – 11. Parents/carers do not accompany children. Meet at Swallowtail Farm 10.00 – 15.00. Booking is essential. Charge £20 per child (£17 for members of Sussex Wildlife Trust) To find out more visit here.
30/05/2015 Wild Woodland Weekend Club Monthly adventures in the woods for Wild Things aged 6 – 11. Build dens, cook on a campfire, play in the mud, learn some woodcrafts and play games. Each month is a little different and a little fun. Held in a private woodland in Beckley, just outside of Rye. Meet at Swallowtail Hill Farm 10.00 – 13.00 Booking is essential, £10 per child (£8.50 for members of Sussex Wildlife Trust) Find out more here.
30/05/2015 Medieval Archery with Wolfshead Bowmen The Wolfshead Bowmen come to Michelham Priory and bring the past to life. There will be a medieval encampment, demonstrations of combat with weapons, skill archery display, have-a-go archery for all the family with one-to-one instructions with 6 arrows for £2.00. Find out more here.