4 things we’re doing this July in Sussex


1. Babes in the Wood Pirate Adventure, 26 July, Chichester, West Sussex

The lovely ladies behind Chichester Forestry School really deserve a post all to themselves and I will do one when I get the chance. I love love love everything about the forestry school ethos and these guys make it so fun and exciting for the little ones – their sessions start at 2 years old which is younger than most of the ones I found, and my little adventurers adored it through the winter. Unfortunately we had to stop our term sign-ups due to other commitments, but the good news is they do one-off sessions through the holidays. We’ll be heading to their pirate themed event which The Fox will DEFINITELY embrace whole heartedly.


Ah Hoy There!

Head to their Facebook page to find out more


2. Medieval Jousting Tournament at Arundel Castle, 25-30 July, West Sussex

We are so lucky to have a castle on our doorstep (the boys can see it from their bedroom), especially one as beautiful and well maintained as Arundel Castle. People come from all over the country to visit – and July is the perfect time with kids. For five days during the week the castle hosts the Arundel International Jousting Competition, as knights from around the world gather to test their skill at mounted combat wearing full armour. The tournament is accompanied by craft displays and entertainment so the kids are sure to love everything about it!


3. Through The Door Family Festival, Weald and Downland, Chichester, West Sussex 29-30 July

The Weald and Downland Living Museum is a wonderful museum for kids to explore – a large park with a number of traditional buildings alongside traditional activities. Plenty of space to explore and picnic!

In July they are hosting Through The Door Festival for the first time, with a tagline of ‘Imagine, Play, Create and Explore’ – the Fox and Bear will be in their element! The festival sets to offer children the opportunity to run wild with their imagination through woodland trails, fun fair rides, climbing walls, circus skills classes and art workshops.

Accompanying teddy bears have the opportunity to turn their paws at extreme sports with a zip wire set-up especially for furry friends!!

Tickets on sale here.


The Bear at the museum last year… mummy particularly loved the flower crown craft! 

4. A stay in a tree house, Fair Oak Farm, Mayfield, East Sussex

This one we are very excited about. A very thoughtful gift from my parents for an adventurous family like ours! The tree house is in Fair Oak Farm, Mayfield, East Sussex – luxurious self catering up in the trees. I sense that the boys will love it! Watch this space for a review after our stay….

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