If you live around Hastings, or are heading there over Easter, be sure to catch the yarn bombing fun on the pier.
Schools, community groups, clever knitters and artists have produced a brilliant temporary exhibition of seaside-themed art with pirates, mermaids, gulls, crabs, even fish and chips rendered in wool.
It’s up until just after Easter but it’s bound to look better the earlier you go, before it gets too rained on.
Have you given a thought to summer camping yet? Those yurts, lodges and cool glampy sites get booked up waaaaay in advance, so to give you the early heads up, here are the 25 best places to start your search. There are spots in Sussex, Surrey, Kent and further afield as chosen by the people in the know – us regional Muddy editors.
Hollington Park Clamping ,Woollen Hill, nr Newbury
If you love the idea of getting back to basics, but can’t quite bring yourself to sleep on a deflating air mattress, pitch up at Hollington Park Glamping near Newbury.
Theatre for kids, teens and adults, music, vintage shopping, an Irish slanted race day and a giant dog walk – all on this week and all in the Muddy Guide. Plus things of a fishy and fairytale theme to book ahead.
Abigail’s Party, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, Mon 20 – Sat 25 March
If there were a Desert Islands Discs for TV, Abigail’s Party – the Mike Leigh play about the 70s drinks party from hell – would be in mine.
When I heard something arty was poised to shake up Eastbourne I had to go and check it out.
The new DC1 gallery and cafe at 67-69 Seaside Road has been opened by the Devonshire Collective, which also has new artists’ workshops in the town. (The name Devonshire comes from the Devonshire Ward in which it’s based). The cafe/gallery a smart modern space with exposed brick and sci fi looking air con units and it will be displaying a rolling programme of exhibitions.
See that door? Can you reach your coat? Then out you go and create merry mayhem around Sussex with my picks of the week’s best entertainment…
Mardi-gras celebrations or learning how to fillet a fish? Kids’ theatre or an Oscar night film quiz? Plenty going on this week and some fun to book ahead in your trusty Muddy Guide. Entertaining kids for the school hols? You’ll be wanting my half term guide.
Hastings Fat Tuesday, Fri 24 – Tues 28 Feb
The five-day Hastings Fat Tuesday music festival is the UK’s largest Mardi Gras celebration.
Planning a trip to London this half term or soon after? Check out what some of the big museums and attractions in the capital (and just outside) have running at the moment. In fact some of these are on into Easter and beyond.
Robot Zoo, Horniman’s Museum, London SE23, Sat 11 Feb – Sun 29 Oct
It doesn’t get much cooler than a robotic zoo. Let’s be fair it needs to be impressive to schlep deep into south east London.
Science, theatre, craft and music workshops, trails and much more to help you keep kids amused this half term. Some are drop offs, some are even free. Grab your diary and get plotting.
Babe – The Sheep Pig, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, 23 – 25 Feb
The book was called The Sheep-Pig, the film was called Babe and now the stage show is Babe – The Sheep Pig.
In a dry January, when the weather has turned totally pants and summer seems an age away, we can take solace by gorging on potential holidays. Here’s a set of lovely cabins from Forest Holidays that are great for family or friends time in the UK with ingredients for a break that’s luxe but active, rural but not too holiday campish and with enough tree cover that the weather’s not going to matter too much.
The festival season feels a long, long way off right now (although we wouldn’t say no to a pear cider if you’re offering) but these days you’ve got to book mega early if you want to be happy campers come summer. Many of the biggies sell out in a flash – has anyone managed to score Glastonbury tickets in years? But the good news is lots of the local events still have availability, plus most of them are family friendly.