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Whats on in August 2015

Lammas Celebration at Bodiam Castle

01/08/2015 - 01/08/2015
Sat 1 Aug 11-4pm We’ll be kicking off our summer of Building Bodiam with Lammas, the medieval festival of wheat harvest. They’ll be lots to do as we try out the bread oven built for us last year, and back by popular demand, our sheep chase with a twist.

Fish Keepers Weekend at Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings

01/08/2015 - 02/08/2015
Come and chat with one of our trained Aquarists to find out how to be a responsible fish keeper.

Summer Family Fun at Borde Hill Garden, Park & Woodland

01/08/2015 - 31/08/2015
In August we will have our Family Fun Days. No additional charge for these events, standard admission prices only. All month: Outdoor games. 3rd Aug: Tomfoolery Shows, 11th Aug: Busydays Face painting, 19th & 27th Aug: Tanya Arts & Crafts.

Building Bodiam - throughout August at Bodiam Castle

01/08/2015 - 31/08/2015
10:30 - 4pm Join us for a summer of Building Bodiam. See medieval craftsmen at work and learn about how this incredible castle was constructed.

Musical Sundays: Haywards Heath Concert Band at Borde Hill Garden, Park & Woodland

02/08/2015 - 02/08/2015
Bring along a picnic, relax and enjoy live music in a beautiful Garden setting (1-3pm). Standard admission charges apply.

Victory Street Art Project at Newhaven Fort

03/08/2015 - 03/08/2015
Throughout the season visitors will be able to attend art workshops to create the model from the very basic contours of the land to the more intricate streets and houses. Workshops are at 11.15am, 1.15pm and 3.00pm. Bookings to be made in advance. Contact the fort for more details.

Wild art workshop at Sheffield Park Gardens

05/08/2015 - 05/08/2015
11am to 12.30pm Create some wild art with natural materials. Part of the 50 things summer challenge. £2.50 per child plus normal admission. Booking essential on 01825 790231.

John Smith's Raceday at Brighton Racecourse

05/08/2015 - 05/08/2015
The opening day of our Festival of Racing, featuring the Brighton Mile, the feature race of the season! FREE return shuttle bus from Brighton Train Station. Gates open 12noon. 0123 603580 info@brighton-racecourse.co.uk Follow us on twitter @BrightonRace

Hello Kitty at Drusillas Park

05/08/2015 - 05/08/2015
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.

Knights and Princess Academy at Bodiam Castle

05/08/2015 - 06/08/2015
Every Wed and Thurs from 29 July through to 27 August, 10:30–4:30 Are you brave enough to complete our training to become a knight or princess of Bodiam Castle and receive your prize and certificate? £6.50 per child. Pre-booking essential on 01580 831324

The Fat Controller at Drusillas Park

06/08/2015 - 06/08/2015
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.

Summer Fun! at Fishbourne Roman Palace

06/08/2015 - 06/08/2015
Travel back in time nearly 2,000 years and experience life in Roman times! Lots of activities and things to make and do.

Frosts Ladies Day at Brighton Racecourse

06/08/2015 - 06/08/2015
Enjoy a day at Brighton Racecourse on Ladies Day with 7 thrilling race! FREE return shuttle bus from Brighton Train Station. Gates open 12noon. 0123 603580 info@brighton-racecourse.co.uk Follow us on twitter @BrightonRace

Checkatrade Festival Finale at Brighton Racecourse

07/08/2015 - 07/08/2015
Enjoy a day at Brighton Racecourse with 7 thrilling race! FREE return shuttle bus from Brighton Train Station. Gates open 12noon. 0123 603580 info@brighton-racecourse.co.uk Follow us on twitter @BrightonRace

Snail racing at Sheffield Park Gardens

07/08/2015 - 07/08/2015
11am to 12.30pm Choose your snail and watch it go! Part of the 50 things summer challenge. £2.50 per child plus normal admission. Booking essential on 01825 790231.

Chilli Fiesta - 20th Anniversary at West Dean Gardens

07/08/2015 - 09/08/2015
Celebrate with us! Join us for an exciting line up of entertainment, fireworks on Saturday and three day camping.

Roman Living History at Bignor Roman Villa at Bignor Roman Villa

08/08/2015 - 09/08/2015
Weapons and archery demonstrations of the Romans and ancient British. Meet Roman characters such as a Roman Soldier, Villa Owner, Gladiators, the Auger (teller of fortunes and the future), Slaves and Crafts folk Large picnic area and tea room serving drinks and cakes. Come and discover Bignor!

Roman Hawks and Helments at Fishbourne Roman Palace

08/08/2015 - 09/08/2015
Experience the thrill of falcons swooping through the sky, the grace of the hovering kestrel, and the pure power of hawks and owls flying to the fist. Discover more about the history of some of nature’s best predators, their breath-taking flights and how the Romans managed to tame them.

Musical Sundays: Brighton & Hove City Brass at Borde Hill Garden, Park & Woodland

09/08/2015 - 09/08/2015
Bring along a picnic, relax and enjoy live music in a beautiful Garden setting (1-3pm). Standard admission charges apply.

Hello Kitty at Drusillas Park

11/08/2015 - 11/08/2015
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.

Fireman Sam at Drusillas Park

12/08/2015 - 12/08/2015
Don’t be alarmed if the fun refuses to be extinguished when Fireman Sam pays a visit to Drusillas Park. Come and see everyone’s Hero Next Door, as he appears at intervals throughout the day.

Raft building workshop at Sheffield Park Gardens

12/08/2015 - 12/08/2015
11am to 12.30pm Set sail on one of our lakes with a mini raft made of natural materials. Part of the 50 things summer challenge. £5.00 per child plus normal admission. Booking essential on 01825 790231.

Knights and Princess Academy at Bodiam Castle

12/08/2015 - 13/08/2015
Every Wed and Thurs from 29 July through to 27 August, 10:30–4:30 Are you brave enough to complete our training to become a knight or princess of Bodiam Castle and receive your prize and certificate? £6.50 per child. Pre-booking essential on 01580 831324

Free Children's Summer Games Afternoons at National Cat Centre

12/08/2015 - 12/08/2016
Weds 29 July 2-3.30 Weds 12 Aug 2-2.30 Weds 26 Aug 2-2.30 Come along for free summer fun. There will be giant Jenga, Giant noughts and crosses, 3 legged races, whizz ball, hula hooping, dress up race plus lots more!

Hello Kitty at Drusillas Park

13/08/2015 - 13/08/2015
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.

Summer Fun! at Fishbourne Roman Palace

13/08/2015 - 13/08/2015
Travel back in time nearly 2,000 years and experience life in Roman times! Lots of activities and things to make and do.

Victory Street Art Project at Newhaven Fort

15/08/2015 - 15/08/2015
Throughout the season visitors will be able to attend art workshops to create the model from the very basic contours of the land to the more intricate streets and houses. Workshops are at 11.15am, 1.15pm and 3.00pm. Bookings to be made in advance. Contact the fort for more details.

Vintage & Steam at Weald & Downland Open Air Museum

15/08/2015 - 16/08/2015
A traditional Steam Festival, with vintage and commercial vehicles, classic cars, living wagons, plus working steamrollers, lorries, model boats and miniature railway. Visit the vintage fair and take a ride on the steam-powered carousel. There will be vintage music, a themed tea tent, local crafts, traditional demonstrations and arena displays.

Musical Sundays: Pavlos – String duet at Borde Hill Garden, Park & Woodland

16/08/2015 - 16/08/2015
Bring along a picnic, relax and enjoy live music in a beautiful Garden setting (1-3pm). Standard admission charges apply.

The Fat Controller at Drusillas Park

17/08/2015 - 17/08/2015
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.

Leo & Raph from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Drusillas Park

18/08/2015 - 18/08/2015
New for 2015, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Leo and Raph will appear at Drusillas Park for one day only. Join the dynamic duo in the Events Arena as they meet visitors and pose for pictures at intervals throughout the day.

Hello Kitty at Drusillas Park

19/08/2015 - 19/08/2015
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.

Knights and Princess Academy at Bodiam Castle

19/08/2015 - 20/08/2015
Every Wed and Thurs from 29 July through to 27 August, 10:30–4:30 Are you brave enough to complete our training to become a knight or princess of Bodiam Castle and receive your prize and certificate? £6.50 per child. Pre-booking essential on 01580 831324

The Last Match at Newhaven Fort

20/08/2015 - 20/08/2015
This is not just a story about cricket; it’s a story about the poignancy of the last fading moments of peace as children were being evacuated and troops mobilised. Performances at 4.00pm and 7.00pm. Tickets are available now from Newhaven Fort, priced at £7.00/£4.00 concessions. Call in or ring 01273517622

Summer Fun at Fishbourne Roman Palace

20/08/2015 - 20/08/2015
Travel back in time nearly 2,000 years and experience life in Roman times! Lots of activities and things to make and do.

Hello Kitty at Drusillas Park

23/08/2015 - 23/08/2015
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.

Heavy Horses at High Beeches Garden

23/08/2015 - 23/08/2015
Heavy Horses from the Working Horse Trust will be working on the wildflower meadow from 11am. Plants for sale, Rapkyns Nursery, crafts and produce for sale.

Family Fun Raceday at Brighton Racecourse

23/08/2015 - 23/08/2015
Enjoy a day at Brighton Racecourse with 7 thrilling race and free kids entertainment - also kids go free! FREE return shuttle bus from Brighton Train Station. Gates open 12noon. 0123 603580 info@brighton-racecourse.co.uk Follow us on twitter @BrightonRace

Musical Sundays: String Quartet at Borde Hill Garden, Park & Woodland

23/08/2015 - 23/08/2015
Bring along a picnic, relax and enjoy live music in a beautiful Garden setting (1-3pm). Standard admission charges apply.

Summer Afternoon Racing at Brighton Racecourse

24/08/2015 - 24/08/2015
Enjoy a day at Brighton Racecourse with 7 thrilling race! FREE return shuttle bus from Brighton Train Station. Gates open 12noon. 0123 603580 info@brighton-racecourse.co.uk Follow us on twitter @BrightonRace

Summer Afternoon Racing at Brighton Racecourse

25/08/2015 - 25/08/2015
Enjoy a day at Brighton Racecourse with 7 thrilling race! FREE return shuttle bus from Brighton Train Station. Gates open 12noon. 0123 603580 info@brighton-racecourse.co.uk Follow us on twitter @BrightonRace

Hello Kitty at Drusillas Park

25/08/2015 - 25/08/2015
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.

Much Ado About Nothing at Newhaven Fort

25/08/2015 - 25/08/2015
Oddsocks’ Much Ado About Nothing is a high octane musical version of Shakespeare’s witty battle of the sexes featuring wellknown UK hits from the best music decades. Doors at 6.45pm, performance begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are £13 (£11 Concessions) and are available from Newhaven Fort on 01273 517622.

Peppa Pig and George at Drusillas Park

26/08/2015 - 26/08/2015
Join in the excitement and snorts of laughter as the lovable Peppa Pig embarks on a Drusillas Park adventure, with her brother George. The cheeky pair will be making appearances at various intervals throughout the day.

Knights and Princess Academy at Bodiam Castle

26/08/2015 - 27/08/2015
Every Wed and Thurs from 29 July through to 27 August, 10:30–4:30 Are you brave enough to complete our training to become a knight or princess of Bodiam Castle and receive your prize and certificate? £6.50 per child. Pre-booking essential on 01580 831324

Free Children's Summer Games Afternoons at National Cat Centre

26/08/2015 - 26/08/2016
Weds 29 July 2-3.30 Weds 12 Aug 2-2.30 Weds 26 Aug 2-2.30 Come along for free summer fun. There will be giant Jenga, Giant noughts and crosses, 3 legged races, whizz ball, hula hooping, dress up race plus lots more!

Hello Kitty at Drusillas Park

27/08/2015 - 27/08/2015
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.

Summer Fun! at Fishbourne Roman Palace

27/08/2015 - 27/08/2015
Travel back in time nearly 2,000 years and experience life in Roman times! Lots of activities and things to make and do.

Woodland & Charcoal Weekend at Weald & Downland Open Air Museum

27/08/2015 - 31/08/2015
For five days a traditional early 20th century earth clamp will be built, tended and then dismantled on Bank Holiday Monday at the Museum. Woodland management demonstrations will also be held throughout the event.

Family Activities - ’Wonderful Water’ at Chichester Cathedral

28/08/2015 - 28/08/2015
Have fun completing a 'Wonderful Water' trail in the Cathedral and collect a prize from the shop. Decorate or weave a beautiful rainbow fish and make your own collaged seaside scene. 10:00am - 3:00pm Last entry at 2:30pm £2 per child

Victory Street Art Project at Newhaven Fort

28/08/2015 - 28/08/2015
Throughout the season visitors will be able to attend art workshops to create the model from the very basic contours of the land to the more intricate streets and houses. Workshops are at 11.15am, 1.15pm and 3.00pm. Bookings to be made in advance. Contact the fort for more details.

The Fat Controller at Drusillas Park

29/08/2015 - 29/08/2015
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.

England's Medieval Festival at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle

29/08/2015 - 31/08/2015
23rd Spectacular Year. Open daily 10am - 6pm (Rain or Shine)The largest and most authentic medieval festival in the UK; where visitors can step back in time for the day or the weekend.For information contact info@mgel.com or 020 8150 6767.

Golden Anniversary Picnic at Borde Hill Garden, Park & Woodland

30/08/2015 - 30/08/2015
Bring a picnic and join us in celebrating our 50th anniversary of opening to the public as a Charity. 10% discount on tickets bought at least two weeks in advance. 60’s dress up theme. ‘BB Collective’ 60's Band from 12.30pm till 3.30pm.

Hello Kitty at Drusillas Park

31/08/2015 - 31/08/2015
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.

Fishy Stock Take at Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings

31/08/2015 - 06/09/2015
The annual stock take takes place this week at Blue Reef with our very own ‘fishy census’! Blue Reef is inviting you to volunteers to help spot and record the number of certain species including seahorses, sharks, octopus and lionfish. The experts at Blue Reef will then do an official check and the child who most accurately reports the population of each of the animals will win a year’s free membership!