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Whats on in May 2015

Courageous in Conflict - Study Day at Newhaven Fort

23/05/2015 - 23/05/2015
Sussex Military History Society's annual study day returns to the Fort with a series of lectures. Tickets cost £15 and are available directly from Sussex Military History Society www.sussexmilitary.org.uk

Wild bunch week - snail races at Sheffield Park Gardens

23/05/2015 - 23/05/2015
Workshops 11am to 12.30pm. £2.50. Booking essential on 01825 790231. Experience nature's outdoor playground during May half-term. Throughout the week there will be a mixture of workshops and self-led activities for you and your family to enjoy together.

Local Villages Weekend at Amberley Museum

23/05/2015 - 24/05/2015
A community event for local villagers to visit their Museum and see what’s new. Locals are welcome to pre-book stalls: show us your craft, tempt us with your shop, demonstrate your trade. Everyone is welcome and those living in the Storrington, Steyning, Amberley area will benefit from reduced entry.

Weekend Pond dipping at Arundel Wetland Centre

23/05/2015 - 24/05/2015
Visit our Pond Explorer station to explore the underwater world of bloodworms, nymphs and whirlygigs! Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times There is wheelchair accessible pond dipping. 11-1pm & 2-4pm Included in your WWT admission: Adults £11.95, Concession £9.50, Childre £6. Under 4 free. Members: free

May Half Term is Pirate Week at Spring Barn Farm! at Spring Barn Farm Park

23/05/2015 - 31/05/2015
Raise the Jolly Roger and set sail for Pirate Week at Spring Barn Farm all May Half Term Sat 23rd-Sun31st May 2015. Nine days of pirating fun including bouncy galleon, walk the plank, Squark's treasure chest quiz as well as all the fun of the farm!

Half Term Activities at The Observatory Science Centre

23/05/2015 - 31/05/2015
Open daily 10 am - 6 pm. Last admission 4 pm. Local Half Term School Holidays: From Saturday 23rd May - Sunday 31st May In addition to our hands-on exhibits, during the school holidays there will be daily telescope tours and science shows. These are included in your admission price. - Telescope Tours usually at 12pm, 2pm & 4pm - Science Show usually at 11am, 1pm & 3pm Please note that the number and times of telescope tours and science shows may vary. Outside of school holidays we offer telescope tours but times of these tours will vary.

Downy Duckling Days at Arundel Wetland Centre

23/05/2015 - 31/05/2015
Spring brings the pitter-patter of tiny webbed feet to Arundel Wetland Centre. Watch for wild ducklings, goslings and cygnets wandering the reserve. Try some daily ducky activities and pond dipping. WWT Arundel Wetland Centre admission price: Adults £11.95, Concession £9.50, Childre £6. Under 4 admitted free. WWT members: free

Sow a seed at Nymans

23/05/2015 - 31/05/2015
Come and complete number 41 of your '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4' by planitng a seed. We will provide you with the seed, pot and compost so you can watch it grow into an edible plant. £1.50 per plant. Available daily, normal garden admission applies.

Ancient Oceans at Brighton SEA LIFE Centre

23/05/2015 - 31/05/2015
Find out about the fascinating history of the ocean and the evolution of mesmerising sea life creatures! A host of exciting activities will take place during this themed week including a fossil dig, talks, a charity rowathon in aid of turtle conservation and an Ancient Oceans trail around the Centre!

Half Term History Challenge at Yesterdays World

23/05/2015 - 31/05/2015
Come along and join in the fun at Yesterdays World this half term. Children can enjoy taking part in our history challenge looking for cartoon historical figurers hidden amongst our recreated shop window displays. All children who complete the challenge will receive a free gift.

Nature Trail with talks and activities at Borde Hill Garden, Park & Woodland

23/05/2015 - 31/05/2015
Activities, talks and sessions with nature and wildlife as a theme. Complete the nature trail around the Garden, finding clues and solving puzzles. Daily events 11am-3pm

May Games at Bodiam Castle

23/05/2015 - 31/05/2015
Come and play with us as we rediscover medieval toys and games. You can also join Happening History for toy-making workshops between Tue 26 and Sun 31 May. 11am - 4pm Sat 23 May to Sun 31 May (half term week) Workshop £5 per child. Pre-booking recommended on 01580 831324

Wild bunch week - mud kitchen at Sheffield Park Gardens

24/05/2015 - 24/05/2015
Workshops 11am to 12.30pm. £2.50. Booking essential on 01825 790231. Experience nature's outdoor playground during May half-term. Throughout the week there will be a mixture of workshops and self-led activities for you and your family to enjoy together.

Music in the Garden at Borde Hill Garden, Park & Woodland

24/05/2015 - 25/05/2015
Bring a picnic and enjoy live music in the garden. From 12.30-3.30pm each day.

May Games - Sir Edward's Fair at Bodiam Castle

25/05/2015 - 25/05/2015
A fun day for all the family with lots of games and activities, from trying on knights' armour to exploring local craft stalls. 11am - 4pm Monday 25 May (Whitsun bank holiday) Separate charges apply for each activity. Traders call 01580 831321 to book a pitch.

Seven Wonders of the Solar System. 3.30pm at South Downs Planetarium

25/05/2015 - 25/05/2015
As space in our star theatre is limited, visitors for the public presentations are strongly advised to book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets may be reserved by telephoning the Planetarium on 01243 774400, or the ticketline on 07818 297292.

Wild bunch week - den building at Sheffield Park Gardens

25/05/2015 - 25/05/2015
Workshops 11am to 12.30pm. £2.50. Booking essential on 01825 790231. Experience nature's outdoor playground during May half-term. Throughout the week there will be a mixture of workshops and self-led activities for you and your family to enjoy together.

Mosaic Mayhem! at Fishbourne Roman Palace

25/05/2015 - 25/05/2015
A day of mosaic activities for all ages, guided tours, demonstrations of mosaic making, make an edible mosaic and add a piece to our giant mosaic design!

Steam Up Day at Amberley Museum

25/05/2015 - 25/05/2015
For steam fans of all ages, come and delight in road and rail steam.

Hello Kitty at Drusillas Park

25/05/2015 - 25/05/2015
Hello Kitty will return to her home at Drusillas on 20 dates during the year! Visit her in her beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with the cutest girl herself. Meet and greet opportunities will operate at intervals throughout the day.

Captain Black Cat Treasure Hunt at National Cat Centre

25/05/2015 - 31/05/2015
Help Captain Black-Cat find his treasure by cracking codes hidden in our Nature Trail and win some treasure. This is an outdoor event, so please wear suitable clothing. £2 per child. 10am - 3.00pm daily - No need to book.

Children's Craft Morning at National Cat Centre

25/05/2015 - 31/05/2015
Come and get crafty at the National Cat Centre. A morning of crafting fun for children of all ages. Please wear appropriate clothing - it could get messy! Children must be accompanied by an adult. £5per child to include refreshments

Wild bunch week - tree climbing at Sheffield Park Gardens

26/05/2015 - 26/05/2015
Workshops 11am to 12.30pm. £2.50. Booking essential on 01825 790231. Experience nature's outdoor playground during May half-term. Throughout the week there will be a mixture of workshops and self-led activities for you and your family to enjoy together.

The Fat Controller at Drusillas Park

26/05/2015 - 26/05/2015
The Fat Controller will be causing a locomotion when he alights at the Park to take control of the efficient running of the Thomas & Friends™ railway. Make tracks to Tidmouth Hault and enjoy photo opportunities with Sir Topham Hatt himself.

Lunchtime Concert at Chichester Cathedral

26/05/2015 - 26/05/2015
Come and hear Caroline Clipsham playing the piano and Bryony Moody playing the cello at a lunchtime concert at Chichester Cathedral. Free entry, all are welcome. 1.10pm - 2.00pm

Car Power Children's Workshops at The Observatory Science Centre

27/05/2015 - 27/05/2015
Wednesday 27th - 'Car Power' half day workshops Faster, faster! But how? Design and build your own model car and try different ways to make it move; gravity, balloons batteries! Which one is the best? Time: 10.30am - 1pm and 2pm - 4.30pm (age specific see below) Cost: £10.75 per child - this is for the workshop ONLY Age: 6-9 years MORNING ONLY; 10-13 years AFTERNOON ONLY BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Peppa Pig and Daddy Pig at Drusillas Park

27/05/2015 - 27/05/2015
New for 2015, Daddy Pig will accompany the lovable Peppa Pig on a trip to Drusillas Park. Don’t miss the popular pair as they appear at intervals throughout the day.

Wild bunch week - wild animal tracking at Sheffield Park Gardens

27/05/2015 - 27/05/2015
Workshops 11am to 12.30pm. £2.50. Booking essential on 01825 790231. Experience nature's outdoor playground during May half-term. Throughout the week there will be a mixture of workshops and self-led activities for you and your family to enjoy together.

Half Term Family Fun Day with Hawking About at Amberley Museum

27/05/2015 - 27/05/2015
Enjoy old fashioned family fun with games, crafts and activities for all ages.

Saturn, Lord of the Rings. 3.30pm at South Downs Planetarium

27/05/2015 - 27/05/2015
As space in our star theatre is limited, visitors for the public presentations are strongly advised to book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets may be reserved by telephoning the Planetarium on 01243 774400, or the ticketline on 07818 297292.

Pirates & Princesses Adventure Cruises at The Wey & Arun Canal

27/05/2015 - 27/05/2015
Join the fun of a themed Pirates & Princesses trip. Come suitably dressed and help defeat the pirates and rescue the princess! Trips last 1½ hours and depart at 10.30am, 12.30 and 2.30pm. Tickets: £10 per person to include light refreshments for everyone, and treasure for the children. Booking in advance is recommended.

Jack the Knife: In the Shadows of Whitechapel at The True Crime Museum

28/05/2015 - 28/05/2015
Join John Eddleston, an expert on the Whitechapel Murders and the author of "Jack the Ripper - An Encyclopaedia", as he unravels the mysteries surrounding the iconic case of ‘Jack the Ripper’. 7pm - 10pm Tickets - £10 per person Book seats in advance on 01424 420115

Wild animal week - bug hunting at Sheffield Park Gardens

28/05/2015 - 28/05/2015
Workshops 11am to 12.30pm. £2.50. Booking essential on 01825 790231. Experience nature's outdoor playground during May half-term. Throughout the week there will be a mixture of workshops and self-led activities for you and your family to enjoy together.

Hello Kitty at Drusillas Park

28/05/2015 - 28/05/2015
Hello Kitty will return to her home at Drusillas on 20 dates during the year! Visit her in her beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with the cutest girl herself. Meet and greet opportunities will operate at intervals throughout the day.

Peppa Pig Visit at Harbour Park

28/05/2015 - 28/05/2015
Peppa Pig will return to Harbour Park on 28th May 2015. She will once again be making appearances at intervals throughout the day, starting from 1pm. Entry will be Free via Go Unlimited Wristbands and Ride Book purchases. All those purchasing the Go Unlimited Wristband and Ride Book for or on 28th May will have the opportunity to see Peppa Pig and don’t forget to bring your cameras! For more detailed information leading up to this event, please keep an eye on our Facebook page and website.

Space Junk Challenge Children's Workshops at The Observatory Science Centre

28/05/2015 - 28/05/2015
Thursday 28th - 'Space Junk Challenge' half day workshops How crafty creative can you be? Join in to make,paint your own space creation which will be combined to make a giant space size montage. Time: 10.30am - 1pm and 2pm - 4.30pm Cost: £10.75 per child - this is for the workshop ONLY Age: 6-9 years BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Art workshop with John Thompson: Bluebell Woods at Nymans

28/05/2015 - 30/05/2015
Workshops available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10:30am - 3:30pm. Enjoy relaxed and informal painting workshops for all levels, and take home your own artwork. All materials (plus tea/coffee and cake) provided. £60 per person. Bookings essential, 01444405250.

Wild bunch week - giant nest building at Sheffield Park Gardens

29/05/2015 - 29/05/2015
Workshops 11am to 12.30pm. £2.50. Booking essential on 01825 790231. Experience nature's outdoor playground during May half-term. Throughout the week there will be a mixture of workshops and self-led activities for you and your family to enjoy together.

Springtime Stars, Moon and Planets. 7.30pm at South Downs Planetarium

29/05/2015 - 29/05/2015
As space in our star theatre is limited, visitors for the public presentations are strongly advised to book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets may be reserved by telephoning the Planetarium on 01243 774400, or the ticketline on 07818 297292.

Wild bunch week - wild art at Sheffield Park Gardens

30/05/2015 - 30/05/2015
Workshops 11am to 12.30pm. £2.50. Booking essential on 01825 790231. Experience nature's outdoor playground during May half-term. Throughout the week there will be a mixture of workshops and self-led activities for you and your family to enjoy together.

Falconry Display and Hawk Walks at High Beeches Garden

30/05/2015 - 30/05/2015
Watch the display and enjoy a Hawk walk through this beautiful woodland garden.

Falconry Display and Hawk Walks at High Beeches Garden

30/05/2015 - 30/05/2015
Watch the flying displays and take a hawk for a walk in the beautiful woodland garden.

Weekend Pond dipping at Arundel Wetland Centre

30/05/2015 - 31/05/2015
Visit our Pond Explorer station to explore the underwater world of bloodworms, nymphs and whirlygigs! Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times There is wheelchair accessible pond dipping. 11-1pm & 2-4pm Included in your WWT admission: Adults £11.95, Concession £9.50, Childre £6. Under 4 free. Members: free

British Eventing Horse Trials at Borde Hill Garden, Park & Woodland

30/05/2015 - 31/05/2015
Dressage, Cross Country and Showjumping in the Parkland, including marquees with stalls. Dogs welcome on a lead.

Wild bunch week - journey sticks at Sheffield Park Gardens

31/05/2015 - 31/05/2015
Workshops 11am to 12.30pm. £2.50. Booking essential on 01825 790231. Experience nature's outdoor playground during May half-term. Throughout the week there will be a mixture of workshops and self-led activities for you and your family to enjoy together.

Desiree Hart - Wildlife Artist in Residence at Arundel Wetland Centre

31/05/2015 - 31/05/2015
Drop by and chat with our wildlife artist-in-residence while Desiree displays her work in the main gallery. 10am – 5pm, included in your WWT Arundel Wetland Centre admission price with pond dipping and boat trip: Adults £11.95, Concession £9.50, Childre £6. Under 4 admitted free.