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Child Friendly Brighton and Hove provides comprehensive and up-to-date listings for a wide range of child friendly things to do, places to visit, places to eat and drink, activities, places to stay and fun days out in Brighton and Hove. If you need some fresh ideas on what to do with your children today in Brighton and Hove, then this is the site for you. Find out what’s on for kids in Brighton today by checking the current and upcoming events page for a great range of events for children, special activities and child friendly festivals coming to our area soon. Or browse through the other links for weekly baby groups, toddler groups, special interest classes, fun days out, and places to eat in Brighton including child friendly pubs, restaurants, cafes and hotels (including kids eat / stay for free offers). Use the calendar as an alternative way of finding things to do in Brighton, and what’s happening on a particular date. This website is updated frequently (at least every week, sometimes on a daily basis), to keep the content accurate and current! For instance, some of the news, listings and events for kids added this week, updated on week beginning 18th August 2014: Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, Churchill Square’s Big Summer Read! The Fairy Tale Fair at Brighton Racecourse, The Five and the Prophecy of Prana at Brighton Dome, Me and My Cat at Brighton Dome, A Pirate Adventure – at The Old Market
And take a look at our expanding Featured Services and Retail section which has a wide variety of businesses including photographers, nannies, childcare and babysitters, local accountancy firms, and makers of children’s gifts and accessories (and much more!) If you are a provider of activities for children in Brighton and Hove such as parent and baby/toddler groups, activity classes, or you run a child friendly café, restaurant, pub or hotel, and you would like details to be listed on this site, please contact me. If you would like to see other child friendly categories listed here, please let me know! I also want to know if you have visited somewhere I have listed, and found it not to be child friendly after all.
Calling all Brighton book lovers: We want to know what is your favourite book of all time?
To celebrate the launch of Brighton’s Big Summer Read– a two-week long book extravaganza taking place at Churchill Square between the 8th and 24th of August - Child Friendly Brighton and Churchill Square have joined forces in a bid to find out:
What is Brighton’s favourite book of all time?
What is Brighton’s favourite children’s book of all time?
With a very special guest, children’s authors, story telling sessions and reading workshops, Brighton’s Big Summer Read has been designed to inspire people of all ages in the city to get reading.
Nominate your beloved book online via Child Friendly Brighton and you’ll automatically be entered in to a competition to win some fabulous prizes.
To give away, we have 3 prizes of:
A WHSmith Kobo Mini e-Readers and a signed copy of Abie Longstaff’s new book -The Fairytale Hairdresser and Snow White.
Abie Longstaff will be appearing at Churchill Square’s Big Summer Read this August.
How to submit your entries
Send your competition entries to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries must be received by 9am on Sunday 24th August. Please include your full name, email address, telephone number and postal address.
Terms and Conditions:
The prize is non-exchangeable, no cash alternative. Closing date for entries is Sunday 24th August, 9am. Entries received after this date and time will not be valid. The winners will be announced on childfriendlybrighton.co.uk within 28 days of the end of the competition, and will be notified directly by email (using the email address supplied when entering the competition) within 7 days of the end of the competition. Only one entry per person / per household. Personal details and email address will be used by the promoter to inform the winner that they have won. By entering, you agree to allow your name to be published on the website if you are a winner.
The brilliant ZIPPO’S CIRCUS – Britain’s Favourite Circus - is coming to HOVE LAWNS with a brilliant brand-new 2014 production titled ‘UNCHAINED’. Zippo’s will bring thrills and skills, gasps and laughs during its two-week summer season from 21st August to 2nd September. And you have a chance to see this top-quality traditional-style Big Top show for FREE!
The new show stars globally-renowned clowns the RASTELLIS and features equestrian princess SUMMER with her beautiful horses, as well as Guinness World Record-holding strong man HERCULES and the TROPICANA TROUPE of flying acrobats from Cuba.
Zippo’s have given us TEN FAMILY TICKETS, each for 2 adults and 2 children at any performance of the winners’ choice (subject to availability). COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED! CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 10 WINNERS OF FAMILY TICKETS! We hope you enjoy the show.
Brighton has a phenomenal array of family friendly festivals each year, and 2014 is no exception! Festival season will soon be well and truly upon us again. Brighton and Hove is home to some major and renowned festivals such as Hijack Children’s Festival, Brighton Festival, Brighton Fringe, and the Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival, and Child Friendly Brighton will be bringing you up to date news about them all.
Check the Latest News section for competitions, discounts off classes, activities and services exclusive to Child Friendly Brighton!
TRAVEL INFORMATION: The Brighton and Hove City Council has a great on-line travel planner, easy to use, it will plan your route to and from any location in the City (including walking, cycling, bus, train or car) so if you are not sure of some of the locations for activities listed on my website, please try out www.journeyon.co.uk. Brighton and Hove City council and Sussex Safer Roads Partnership provide excellent information packs & guides for parents, regarding road safety, covering all ages from toddler right up to teens. It produces road safety guides & training for pedestrians, cyclists and scooter training! Training sessions (child pedestrian and bikeability and scooter training sessions are held in schools as well as bikeability sessions in parks during the school holidays): Cycle training in Schools, & in parks during the holidays Bump to Toddler information pack
What to do when it’s raining!
Want some ideas for fun things to do with the kids when it’s raining in Brighton? Check out the categories in the “indoor activities” section for some activities appropriate for wet and windy weather! This site lists a great variety of groups and classes for babies, toddlers and pre-school children, such as music groups, arts and crafts, cookery, dance and drama. Or take your toddler to a soft play session. Our cinemas have weekly screenings specifically for children too, some with kids clubs! The museums in Brighton and Hove are running numerous free activities and events including ‘Big Draw’ sessions. And of course the Early Years sessions are still running (although admission charges apply for these). Throughout the autumn and winter months, and our libraries have regular free story time sessions and music groups such as Baby Boogie as well as craft activities and play sessions.
If you are looking for things to do, places to visit and stay in the wider Sussex region, there are some very useful on-line resources such as Visit Sussexwhich has a wealth of information all on one site!
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