What’s Happening in Brighton and Hove & Surrounding Areas Issue #2

What’s Happening in Brighton and Hove & Surrounding Areas Issue #2

09 Jun 2017 Posted by: Guest blogger


Welcome to my second issue of the local Brighton & Surrounding Areas KalliKids newsletter! I hope you enjoyed the half term and found my first newsletter helpful in finding some great activities to do. Keep in touch with my local Facebook page too for more information and pictures.

Last week in the half term we visited Buchan Country Park in Crawley. An excellent place for walking, dog-friendly, watching wildlife and enjoying a picnic.


There were a number of sculptures dotted around the park, which was great fun hunting for. My 10-year-old daughter, Isabella, particularly enjoyed that as well as walking through the woodland looking out onto a beautiful scenic lake.

A ‘doggy dipping pond’ was the most exciting part for our water-loving Labrador, Nero. 

The highlight of the half term for our little family was being whisked off by surprise to Paris for a short break to celebrate my 40th birthday!

Travelling on the Eurostar to central Paris, visiting the Eiffel Tower and many other famous landmarks, it was a truly remarkable end to a fabulous half term holiday!


the weather

The weather next week is not looking too bad. Creeping up to 24 degrees and so far, no forecast for rain!

parks and recreation

Easthill Park in Portslade, Brighton, has a large number of attractive features that include a beautiful walled garden, full of mature shrubs and herbaceous borders.


The War Memorial provides a focal point for the well-attended Remembrance Sunday Parade, and the new 'wild gym' will help you stay fit while enjoying the park! And a neighbouring small farm with horses and other animals. 

Another great place to visit and sample the delights of the beautiful Sussex countryside is Stanmer House.

Offering an 18th Century Georgian Manor House, you can enjoy a family picnic or dine in the reasonably priced dog-friendly restaurant inside or outside in stunning the garden.

We love to visit the neighbouring village with its small chapel for those interested in 18th-century architecture and quaint picturesque cottages with the most beautiful flower beds and gardens. If you are like me and love to take pictures, the scenery is a photographer’s delight!

at the theatre

Tractor Ted: The adventures of Tractor Ted, who, as you might have guessed, is a tractor. Where: Duke of York's Picturehouse, Brighton on Mon 19 Jun, 11:00 and Dukes at Komedia, Brighton on Tue 20 Jun, 11:00

Bring Your Own Baby Comedy: Bring Your Own Baby Comedy is the UK's premier baby friendly comedy club! We provide soft flooring, toys, buggy parking, and baby changing at all of our venues so that your baby is happy… and you can relax and be entertained by the funniest comedy stars in the country!

Our lunchtime shows feature a brand new line-up. Where: Komedia, Brighton from June until October, book tickets early so not to disappoint!

Children's Art Week: Dream Your Gallery: The gallery becomes a blank page as children are encouraged to draw, doodle and make marks around the space for the duration of the workshop. Where: Fabrica, Brighton on Monday 12th June.

The First Hippo on the Moon: David Walliam's children's book about two big hippos and one enormous dream – which of them can make it to the moon first? Where: Theatre Royal, Brighton, on 4th/5th/6th July

Worthing Theatre

Chichester Festival Youth Theatre (11th June – 11th July), Kin: Summer of Circus (16th June – 17th June), Acrojou - The Wheel House: Summer of Circus 9 (17th June – 22nd July)


For more events, click here.

at the cinema

Odeon Brighton

FOR THE OLDER KIDS - Check listings for days and times:

Beauty and the Beast (PG), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (12a), King Arthur: Legend of The Sword (12a), Lion (PG), My Cousin Rachel (12a), Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (12a), Wonder Woman (12a), NT Live: Peter Pan (PG), Take That Wonderland (from 9th June), The Shack (12a) 

FOR THE LITTLE ONE’s – Check listings for days and times:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (U), Boss Baby (U, Smurfs: The Lost Village (U), The LEGO Batman Movie (U)

For family discounts and tickets: http://www.odeon.co.uk/family-value/

fairs and events

Wedding & Craft Fair on July 2nd, 2017 at 10:30am at Lancing Manor Leisure Centre

Brighton Kite Festival 2017 on 8th July, 11am to 5pm at Stanmer Park


Funk the Family Festival on 18th June, 11am to 7pm at Hove Park


activities and offers

There are a couple of fabulous deals from KalliKids accredited providers this week:

Are you looking for 3 more hours of energy each day?

Are you fed up of dragging yourself through the day? Or perhaps weight loss, or lack of, is beginning to get on your nerves and knock you down. Nourish2Nurture offer you personalised nutrition and health programmes to get you back on your feet.

Win a bottle of Organic Baby Massage Oil in June with Lucy's Angels Baby Massage!

All babies booked in throughout June will be entered to win a bottle of Organic Monkey Hello Mellow Baby Massage Oil!

Fathers Day Mini Photos Sessions with Lavender Blue Photography.

Mini Sessions are a perfect gift for Fathers day or even if you would just like to update your photos of your gorgeous family.


RUN Camp - Summer bookings open now!

Our exciting summer camps are open for bookings. Times and dates to suit all your needs. We are Brighton based, call now to confirm your place.


Calling All Perfectionists!

It is normal to feel nervous about exams but the fear around not being perfect and getting it wrong are huge if you're a perfectionist. Living with it is exhausting. It will drive you crazy or at worst make you anxious. Is this you or your child?

Brighton & Hove City Council. The events diary has information on activities in Brighton & Hove with a focus on community and family-friendly things to do.

other news

The Great Get Together is a brilliant reason to do something in your school to encourage community cohesion and celebrate diversity. 

Schools up and down the country are already planning their get together events and assemblies: in Jo’s hometown of Batley in Yorkshire schools from different communities are coming together for a big sports day and picnic.

During the half term, we enjoyed getting creative! My 10 year old daughter loves crafts and here she made a DIY sock bunny, she named ‘Mockimo’, using an old sock, rice and ribbon. If your little one is stuck on what to get for Father’s Day, this is a great personalised gift for him!


I look forward to sharing some more creative ideas with step by step guides in a new exciting blog coming your way soon!

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