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  • Leanne Ammon

Things to do near Lewes, East Sussex with the kids this summer!

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

It’s that time of year again, the kids are off school and you are wondering how to entertain them over the next 6 weeks! Here are some local events that may sark their interest.

Medieval Mayhem at Lewes Castle

Date: Every Thursday throughout the holidays

Take a trip back in time this summer with Medieval Mayhem at Lewes Castle & Museum, a great family day out in Sussex.

Every Thursday during the school holidays, from 27th July to 31st August, there will be a range of free, fun activities taking place across the site including an activity trail, dressing up and games. Try on real armour and explore artefacts from times gone by. Have a go at arts and craft activities, colouring in and more.

Explore the Sussex Museum of Archaeology, which is included in admission to the castle, which houses hundreds of fascinating items from around Sussex, from Stone Age axe heads to Bellarmine Jugs to keep witches away.

Lewes Castle & Museum is open from 10am to 5pm, with activities taking place from 11am to 3pm. All ages are welcome.

Free Family Learning Days at Raystede, Ringmer

Date: Various – see below

Animal Detectives

Wednesday 26 & Thursday 27 July, Wednesday 2 & Thursday 3 August, and Wednesday 9 & Thursday 10 August Raystede need your help! All the gates and doors at Raystede were left open – our animals could have escaped! Can you assemble an animal detective squad to keep watch over Raystede and to make sure this doesn’t happen again? Solve the problem including:

Which animals will be good at following a trail?

Which animals will be the best security guards?

Will you and your squad be good enough to catch the culprit?

After the fu you could explore the yurt garden to enjoy some fun films and have a go at making some treats and toys for your animals at home!

Solve the clues to find the poos!

Wednesday 16 & Thursday 17, Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 and Wednesday 30 & Thursday 31 August

Solve the cryptic clues to find out which animals are hiding the numbers around Raystede, make a mask of your favourite animal, enjoy a film show in our yurt cinema and join in the fun and games in the education garden!

Historic Hijinks at Fishbourne Roman Palace

Date: Various – see below

Get creative at Fishbourne Roman Palace this summer, with our fun, family-friendly activities.

On Thursdays during August, from 3rd August to 31st August, we’re hosting a range of free, fun activities taking place across the site including an activity trail, dressing up and games.

Thumbpot Thursday

3rd August

Prepare to be creative and make your own clay thumb pot, decorate it with traditional Roman patterns or your own unique design. £2 per person, pay on the day.

Make a Beeswax Candle

10th August

Try your hand at Roman spinning techniques to make a piece of woollen thread.

Spin a wick to make a Roman-inspired beeswax candle to take away. £2 per person, pay on the day.

Sculpt a Clay Bust

17th August

Unleash your inner Michaelangelo and sculpt a clay bust. Who will be your inspiration?

Will you go for a Roman figure, or perhaps a self-portrait? £2 per person, pay on the day.

Marvellous Mosaics

24th August

Write your name in the Roman alphabet and then create a mosaic frame around it.

Take it home to hang it on your bedroom door. £2 per person, pay on the day.

Roman Clay Lamps

31st August

Make a decorative clay oil lamp like the ones used to light the palace 2,000 years ago using replica Roman moulds. £2 per person, pay on the day.

Fishbourne Roman Palace is open from 10am to 5pm, with activities taking place from 11am to 4pm.

Summer Events at Bluebell Railway

Date: Various – see below

Shaun the Sheep Meet and Greet!

It’s time to meet Aardman’s loveable Shaun The Sheep who has travelled all the way from Mossy Bottom Farm to Bluebell Railway on the 22nd and 23rd July!

Have your chance to meet him at Kingscote Station at intervals on both days and don’t forget to bring your camera too! Meet the loveable Shan the Sheep at these set times:

11.00 , 12.00 , 1.00 , 2.00 & 3.00

You can also enjoy a story time performance from Shaun the Sheep at Kingscote Station on July 23rd at these set times:

11.00, 11.40, 12.30, 1.30 & 2.10

Shaun The Sheep Trail!

This year between 22nd July to 22nd August there will be an augmented reality Shaun the Sheep trail: ‘Hide & Sheep’, which you can enjoy when you visit! Download the app ahead of your visit, enter the location code 2230 and seek the Shaun markers across Sheffield Park, Horsted Keynes and Kingscote stations. Hop on and off the train to experience this most exciting adventure of ‘Hide & Sheep’. The event brings a fun new dimension to family days out filled with photo opportunities, explorations, and an end prize!

Dinosaurs at the Bluebell Railway!

Once again, there will be some spectacular Dinosaurs at The Bluebell Railway on the 1st and 2nd August at Sheffield Park! Why not mix the power of steam and dinosaurs at The Bluebell Railway and come meet them for yourself! They’ll roam the platform and trains from 10 am until 3.15pm. They will be appearing at:

10.00 AM – 10.20 AM

11.10 AM – 11.30 AM

12.30 PM – 12.50 PM

1.40 PM – 2.00 PM

2.55 PM – 3.15 PM

Teddy Bears Picnic featuring Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit will visit the railway on August 5th and 6th. This event will run alongside Teddy Bear’s Picnic event. Meet and greet Peter Rabbit at Kingscote Station on August 5th at these set times:

11.00, 12.00, 1.00, 2.00, 3.00

Peter Rabbit will also appear during story time sessions at Kingscote Station on August 6th at these set times:

11.00, 11.40, 12.30 ,1.30, 2.10

Peppa Pig at Bluebell Railway

The Bluebell Railway is delighted to announce that Peppa Pig is coming to the railway! Peppa Pig and her entire family will be available for a meet and greet, plus a photo opportunity on August 12th and 13th. Meet Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, George, and Peppa Pig during these intervals:

9.40,11.00, 12.20, 1.30 and 2.50

Into the Wild Festival 2023

Date: 25th – 28th August 2023 at The Chiddinglye Estate

Into the Wild is hosting the UK’s premier nature based festival, supporting people of all ages to come into the wild and have a brilliant life changing experience with some of the best workshops, talks and activities of any festival experience. The festival features over 200 brilliant workshops, wild crafts, delicious food and drink, an award-winning kids area, yoga classes, an outdoor theatre and much more.

We hope this blog has inspired you to go out and explore in and around Lewes with your little ones this summer!

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