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The Muddy Guide: What’s On 12 – 18 Aug

Great value family wellness activities, a big vintage fair, Wuthering Heights performed outdoors, truffle and mosaic making workshops and Sussex safaris (yes really). All this and more in this week’s Muddy Guide plus heaps more events for kids in my growing bumper school holidays guide.

Sun & Moon Festival, Plumpton College, 14-21 Aug


This great value family wellbeing festival is on this coming week with hundreds of workshops and activities for both adults and children including aromatherapy, climbing, street dance, yoga, music, massage and artistic upcycling. How about a teen’s band camp, or a ‘Crazy Olympic Games’? A week’s festival entry with camping and all activities costs £160 for adults, £80 for 4-16 year-olds and under fours go free. Day passes covering workshops and all activities are £30 for adults, £15 for children over four. Rooms and full catering are also available for a higher cost.

Peppa Pig’s Surprise, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, Aug 17 – 18 


Peppa Pig, George and friends are back in Worthing in a brand new live stage show, with Peppa trying to guess what the surprise is that Mummy and Daddy Pig have in store for them. Costume characters, puppets and songs combine in this live action show for pre-schoolers. There are two performances on 17 Aug and three on 18 Aug. Tickets cost from £16.50 each, or £62 for a family of four.

Firle Vintage Fair, Firle Place, near Lewes, 13 & 14 Aug


Fancy pepping up your house, treating yourself to a unique new outfit, or just wallowing in all things retro? Get yourself over to Firle for this popular weekend to snap up decorative antique and vintage homewares, clothes, French linens, Gardenalia, and French furniture. There’s retro entertainment too with traditional swing jazz bands and dancing and you can relax with champagne or artisan beers served on the lawn and admire the vintage cars on display. Children aren’t left out either with traditional rides, a puppet show, story telling, wild flower wreath making and family craft workshops. The fair’s open 10.00am to £5.30 pm and entry is £5, or free for under 10s. You can even book a tipi for the weekend. A local tells me the roads get rammed so it’s best to take the transfer bus from Lewes.

BBQ lunch, Eggs to Apples, Hurst Green, Etchingham, 13 Aug


Muddy Stilettos award winning deli Eggs to Apples is a good place to eat at any time but they’ll be firing up the barbecue this Sat 13 Aug with meat from local Sheffield Farm and veggie alternatives on offer. It’ll be up and running for lunch between 12.00 and 2.30.

Loxwood Joust, Loxwood Meadow, Billingshurst, 13 & 14 Aug


I must admit this had passed me by until I drove through the area this week and saw signs for miles around! It’s your chance to tuck into a hog roast and ale and watch sword-on-sword action, archery and cannon firing from armoured knights. Despite the voilence there’s plenty of educational content with a Living History Village, where inhabitants live and work as they would have in the Middle Ages, a marketplace, with hawkers and wandering minstrels, plus dance troupes and a court jester. The dedicated Children’s Kingdom is a festival within a festival where kids can try archery and have fun with wound painting, sword school, a bouncy castle and a very un-pc sounding game of ‘pelt the peasant’. Adult’s advance tickets are £12 (£15 on gate), children’s £6 (£7 on gate).

Peter Pan All-day Spectacle, Groombridge Place, near Tunbridge Wells, until 31 Aug


photo by Matt Salmon photography

Meet the boy who never grow up, Captain Hook and Tinkerbell at this daily themed events with 15 and 45 min performances throughout the day plus musical workshops, boat rides and the chance for youngsters to get their faces painted. There’s heaps more too do besides with an enchanted forest, zip wires and more. Entry to Groombridge Place is £14.95 for adults, £10.95 for children and £45 for families.

Truffle Making, MADE, Brighton, 17 Aug


There are plenty of workshops on for children this summer, but here’s one for the grown ups. Learn how to make organic fine truffles with award winning chocolatier Chocoholly (mmm don’t mind if I do). You’ll make and taste ganache and experiment with flavours such as sea salt, rose, chilli and nutmeg and create a range of goodies to take home with you worth at least £25. The workshop starts at 12.00pm, lasts an hour and a half and costs £39. Participants also get 10% discount at the in-house coffee shop and gallery. Private workshops are available for other dates.

Wuthering Heights, Nymans, near Haywards heath, 14 Aug / Field Place, Worthing 24 Aug


Emily Bronte’s classic story of love, passion and class boundaries comes not quite to the wild moors of Yorkshire but to Nymans’ lovely gardens near Haywards Heath. Chapterhouse Theatre Company is presenting the stage version of the famous novel, adapted by award winning writer Laura Turner. Can Catherine and Heathcliff’s everlasting love bring happiness or will the very forces of nature and the moors tear them apart? Hmm I’ve a sneaking suspicion it doesn’t end well. And who’s that rapping at the window? The performance runs 6.30 – 8.30pm, gates open at 5.30pm for picnics. Tickets cost £15 for adults, £10 for children. Book on 0844 249 1895. Don’t forget Nymans is also currently hosting the V&A Vivian Leigh exhibition too so if you come early you can also see that. Wuthering Heights will also be on at the Field Place, Worthing on 24 Aug and Nymans will be staging Much Ado about Nothing on 21 Aug.

Weave a Willow Circlet for Children, WWT Arundel, 11 & 18 Aug


Children can make a willow circlet for their head or a wall and decorate it with wetland plants at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust at Arundel. Wildflower expert Sheila will take the class, also weaving in tales of the various uses of plants and some of the more curious facts and folklore surrounding them. This is a drop-in activity at the Wetland Secrets Building (so you get to mooch and get a cuppa on your own) with no additional charge on top of admission. There’s a wildflower walk for adults at 11am on the same dates.

Children’s mosaic making, Dairy Studio, Old Malling Farm, Lewes, 16 Aug 


This fun workshop for the over eights helps them develops design skills. They’ll come away with mosaic tile of their own. It costs £24.00 and runs 9.30am to 1.00pm. Check out the website for other courses for youngsters including a regular teen’s art class which runs throughout the year.

Half-Day Knepp Safari, New Barn Farm, near Horsham, 14 Aug


You don’t have to go to Africa to go on safari this summer; here’s one you can take right here in Sussex. OK, you might not be ticking off the big five but you’ll be on the look out for seasonal dragonflies and butterflies, will stop at refuges for slow-worms, grass-snakes, toads, field-mice and voles and are very likely to see herds of longhorn cattle, Exmoor ponies, Tamworth pigs and red and fallow deer which roam the estate. Knepp’s safari vehicles are all-terrain, open-sided 14-seaters. The estate also has tree-platforms with panoramic views. The safari costs £35 per person (including a tea and cake stop) and is suitable for over 12s. There were only two spaces left on the 14th last time I looked but more are coming up on 18 and 22 Sept.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic / Crafty little Creatures, Slindon Estate, near Arundel, 12, 24 Aug


Slindon near Arundel has allsorts to keep the kids amused these holidays. On 12 Aug is the Teddy Bears’ Picnic – bring food and a bear to the gathering at Northwood with activities thrown in (11.30am – 2.00pm, children £4, adults free). For Crafty Little Creatures, on 24 Aug, kids can paint their own woodland dwellers and decorate Northwood with clay green men. (1.00 – 3.00pm, children £5, adults free). Book places for all activities on 01243 814730.


Introduction to Fused Glass Workshops, Little Beach Boutique, Brighton, 4 Sept and 9 Oct 


The Little Beach Boutique homewares and giftshop in Brighton has some great workshops and this one’s hot stuff. You’ll create little glass art works that can be put in the kiln so the layers fuse together resulting in a wall panel and set of coasters. I tried something similar once and it worked really well – the panel I produced still graces one of my shelves. The workshops cost £60 and runs 11.00am to 4.00 pm. Call Suzanne on 01273 697275 or email [email protected] Gift vouchers for the classes are also available.


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