Summer Holiday fun

See what’s going on to keep the little ones entertained this Summer

Arundel WTT has a LEGO brick animal trail for the whole family to enjoy this summer. From 20 July – 1 September you have the chance to become a Wetland Explorer and discover 14 GIANT LEGO brick animals on the UK’s only wetland brick animal trail, with 3 NEW MODELS never before seen at WWT Arundel! Head to Wetland Brick HQ where you can have fun in the ‘brick pit’ and pick up your free ‘Brick book’ and get set for an action-packed LEGO exploration!

Chawton House has a children’s Intrepid Explorer trail for them to discover, as well as outdoor games.  A photography day also runs on August 15thhelping children learn how to take great photographs, whether using a smartphone or point & shoot camera. More information:

Pallant House Gallery is hosting a range of workshops and activities for children: Free Range Saturdays where children can explore the gallery in their own way – quickly, slowly, quietly, loudly!  Expect a warm welcome and plenty of art and nature activities to get stuck into, all inspired by the Ivon Hitchens ‘Space through Colour’ exhibition. There are also Digital Drawing, Sculpture, Printmaking, Architecture and Painting workshops for various age groups. Pallant House Gallery is also taking part in the Summer Passport Challenge in association with other attractions in the area. To take part in the Summer Passport Challenge, all you have to do is pick up a Passport from each participating venue during July and August or simply download using the following link, choose where you would like to visit and while you're there, collect a stamp on your passport.  See for more information and to download the passport.

Chichester Cathedral is giving young visitors a chance to get stuck into various free of charge self-guided trails during the summer holidays.  From Amazing Animals, where you can look for the Cathedral’s hidden animals, to the Wonderful Water, Heraldry, Spire, Safari, Let’s Explore the Cathedral trail, or Up, Up and Away (26th July only, £2.50 per child) – lots to see and do, and the Cathedral is also participating in the Summer Passport challenge, so you can collect a stamp on your passport.

Chichester Festival Theatre, also part of the Summer Passport, is holding events such as a pre-show talk by the Director of Oklahoma, Theatre Tours, an Oklahoma-themed sing-a-long picnic in Oaklands Park (song sheets provided!), Musical Theatre Workshops, and storytime sessions.  You can get a stamp on your Summer Passport here too!

At The Novium Museum, young visitors can get involved with Seaside Craft, as well as storytime sessions linked to their current exhibitions Hollywood Rome, and Sea’s The Day. Drama workshops are also on offer, and you can have your Summer Passport stamped here.

Weald & Downland Living Museum, another place to get your Summer Passport stamped, is running Wonderful Wednesdays throughout August. There are lots of opportunities to get hands-on and activities will vary every week, so come back and try something new! Activities run from 11am-4pm and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. On two mornings (Tuesday, 30 July and Thursday, 22 August) the Museum will be opening its doors from 9am. This is designed for visitors who prefer a quieter visit, and a time when there are no dogs on the Museum site. These mornings are designed to be autism-friendly. There are also lots of events running as part of the Museum’s Summer Season, including family friendly film and theatre

Chichester Canal is running its scheduled boat trips daily, during the holidays, as well as special Fish & Chip and Afternoon Tea Cruises.  Indulge the family and enjoy the reflections on the water and the unique views of the cathedral and South Downs, especially magical in the sunset. As you glide past the wild flowers and reed beds, watch out for herons and kingfishers in their natural habitat. 

Fishbourne Roman Palace invites you to join in their Summer Fun, each Thursday in August. Travel back 2000 years and experience life in Roman times with lots of craft activities and things to make and do. This is another place where you can collect a stamp for your Summer Passport.

As well as scheduled trips aboard their solar powered vessel, Solar Heritage, where you can enjoy the beauty of Chichester Harbour, Chichester Harbour Conservancy, in partnership with Christian Youth Enterprises is running a Crabbing Competition on 2nd August at 11am – bring a crabbing line and bucket if you can, and there will be prizes for the winners.  More information here

Goodwood Family Race Day returns for the August bank holiday weekend, with a traditional fairground, a petting zoo, donkey rides, Punch and Judy shows and face painters. There’s a spectacular firework display, fire performers, stilt walkers and a LED ribbon performance on the Friday night, and children under 17 go free with paying adults. Tickets here:

Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower is running a special trail encouraging youngsters to learn about other Towers around the world and attractions within the spectacular view. Visitors can have a go at Spinnaker Tower themed puzzles and activities and collect stickers along the way, all for your very own Spinnaker Passport!  New to Spinnaker Tower, test out one of our adrenaline experiences! ‘Altitude’ is a sky-high virtual reality experience for those with a head for heights. ‘The Drop’ is a harnessed descent from the waterside landmark – feel the rush as you leap from a platform 25 metres above sea level! (Ages 11+)

Marwell Zoo unveils new additions to its interactive Brickosaurs expedition – a collection of 50 life-like LEGO®  brick dinosaurs on display around the park. The baby T-Rex is one of five new ROARsome LEGO® brick dinosaur species which are being unveiled at the Hampshire-based zoo on Thursday 18 July. Other new LEGO®  brick models include a towering four-metre tall Plesiosaur, a super spikey 1,500kg Stegosaurus, a colourful Mochlodon and five bird-like Archaeopteryx.

Amberley Museum’s family trail leads visitors around their site, and allows you to enjoy activities and discover the South’s industrial heritage. Learn about technology through the years, and have fun riding our narrow-gauge train and historic bus around the 36 acre site.

Arundel Castle hosts the longest jousting tournament in the world on 23-28 July. The highlight of Arundel Castle’s open season, Medieval Jousting Week promises nothing less than a true clash of the titans with plenty of fierce rivalries along the way. Family History Weekend (17-18 August) is an opportunity for children of all ages to meet historical characters including a Norman knight, a pirate and a Palaeolithic man.Activities such as have-a-go archery, mini catapults and a craft tent will spread across the upper grounds and a falconer and storyteller will demonstrate their dazzling abilities.August Bank Holiday weekend will take visitors on an epic adventure through history with 12,000 Years of Combat. The three-day spectacular will showcase the heritage of Sussex and the Castle, providing visitors of all ages the opportunity to meet characters from the past and watch combat demonstrations including a showdown featuring gladiators, crusaders and knights in the ultimate ‘who would win’ fight.

South Downs Planetarium has a series of special events happening the summer under the banner MoonFest – a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the first manned landing on the moon. Come and look through telescopes, handle a space rock, hunt the meteorite, play the fun space quiz and get involved in the interactive games and puzzles.  Try out virtual reality headsets and marvel at the large 3D moon globe.  See special shows, films and presentations, and lose yourself in the stunning full-dome images and breath-taking videos whilst highly experienced and enthusiastic lecturers take you on a mind-blowing journey through space.



Posted on July 17th 2019Category: General News