The Muddy Sussex half term guide
After lockdown fatigue are you all out of ideas to amuse the kids this half term? Look no further. From aliens to street dance classes we know what’s on in Sussex
Distant Worlds & Alien Life, South Downs Planetarium, Chichester, 26 October
ET phone home! But seriously what could alien life be like? Fire up their imaginations with this fascinating immersive show presented by top scientists at the Planetarium.
FOR THE FOOTIE MAD
Brighton & Hove Soccer Schools, various dates & venues throughout Sussex
Got a wannabe Grealish? Burn off some of that endless energy and improve their skills with a football club run by the premier league pros. Age 5-13.
FOR DANCING QUEENS (AND KINGS!)
Universal Street Dance Camp, Maresfield, 25-6 October
Run by professional dancers and choreographers including Lily Louisa Fields who’s worked with Rita Ora and Dua Lipa, these full day dance camps are perfect for budding Ashley Banjos. Age 7-17.
FOR FUNNY THEATRE FANS
Horrible Histories Barmy Britain, The Hawth, Crawley, 27-30 October
Kids love the squeamish stuff and you can always rely on Horrible Histories to cover all the ick and gore from the past to keep them interested. And its educational. Win Win.
FOR NATURE MAD LITTLE ONES
Hettie the hedgehog Adventure Trail, 23-31 October, Standen
Get the teenies out from under your feet whatever the weather with a nature trail at the beautiful hillside garden at Standen with small prizes at the end. Yay!
FOR HANDS ON HISTORY BUFFS
Horrible Tales, Weald & Downland Museum, Chichester, 25-29 October
Home to BBC show The Repair Shop, this open air Museum over 40 acres gives kids the chance to literally get their hands dirty learning about the grim jobs of the past.
FOR MINI MO FARAHS
Kids & Me Half Term Running Games, Alexandra Park, Hastings, 29 October
Doing the couch to 5k? No excuse with these family running sessions at the park. Children run free with paying adults with prizes for the best fancy dress.
FOR ESCAPE ROOM ADDICTS
Mystery at the Manor, Preston Manor, Preston Park, 23-31 October
Older ones can turn detective to with this immersive experience for groups with escape-room style puzzles at the historic manor house near Brighton.
FOR CRAFTY TYPES
Where the Wild Things are workshop, Theatre Royal Brighton, 23 October
Wonderfully imaginative arts & crafts, making & playing, themed around the children’s classic for little ones who love the book.
FOR ANIMAL LOVERS
Shriek week, Drusillas Park, Polegate, 23-31 October
All week Halloween happenings at this wonderful wildlife park. Spook the kids in the haunted house or with creepy crawly encounters. Yikes!
FOR WOULD BE WIZARD AND WITCHES
Wizards of Once Halloween Quest, Battle Abbey, 23-31 October
Explore the abbey grounds with a trial inspired by Cressida Cowell’s bestselling books. Go in frightful fancy dress and maybe win a prize.
FOR TRICK OR TREATERS
Spot the pumpkin, Petworth House, 23-31 October, Bat Box Building workshop 26 October
Petworth is beautiful anytime of year, but get the kids involved with their pumpkin hunt and Bat Box Building crafting fun. Enjoy!