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Hidden Sussex

Moving somewhere new must be a scary experience, particularly if you are going to be living in a different country. It’s not something I’ve done before, nor something I can truly imagine. Lebara spend a lot of time and money on helping immigrants transition; click here for more information on the work they do. Very much on a smaller scale, I would like to introduce you to Sussex, where I live. We are so lucky to be surrounded by lush green countryside, hills, cliffs, and woodland areas; and right by the sea as well. There are many well-publicised attractions and a few hidden gems, and it is a selection of these lesser known days out that I would like to introduce you to today. Amberley Museum, Amberley A firm favourite with the children, there is so much to see and do here, with numerous ‘hands-on learning experiences.  Easy to get to by rail (the entrance – pictured – is right by the station) and road, Amberley Museum is one of the highlights of West Sussex. Harbour …

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Adventures in Amberley

The children and I ventured to Amberley today, all by ourselves. We went by train and, as we journeyed through the countryside, the children quietly colouring and reading, I contemplated home education again. The adventures we could have! Every part of today was a learning curve and the children wholeheartedly embraced it. Miss J’s face, upon reading the sign that told us where we were, was full of joy and excitement. I had expected them to be pleased to be out but nothing prepared me for their sheer enthusiasm for the day. Even the railway bridge was a cause for celebration! One of my favourite things about this museum is that there is such a focus on kinaesthetic learning, which is always a winner with my two. We’ve not visited since before the boy was born but the children, now four and six, are at such great ages for this kind of experience. Having said that, they were definitely among the youngest children actually wanting to participate in the activities. We started with a little …

Review – Octonauts Live – Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Yesterday, we took out two little cadets to the theatre for a very special show – Octonauts live! Full of energy and that oh so recognisable theme tune, the children were hooked on the show from the start.  They were bouncing in their seats, dancing in the aisles, and generally having a great time.  Audience participation was encouraged and the little ones made a lot of noise throughout. In case you don’t already know, the Octonauts are a bunch of deep sea friends that frequent CBeebies.  They are often found in our home; the boy has a soft spot for Peso the penguin!  They are best buddies who work together to protect the ocean and its plethora of beautiful creatures.  My favourite part of the show involved a few of these creatures.  There were jellyfish and blobfish and countless other fish; all puppets, but it was very nicely done. And the not-so-good bits?  Kwazii’s voice was really annoying, it was like Joe Pasquale and I found it grated rather a lot.  The only other thing I didn’t …

Review – Jack Frost’s Frozen Christmas – Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

You may (or may not) have noticed that all has been rather quiet on the blog front recently.  Alongside the usual Christmas craziness, we spent two weeks locked in with a tummy bug.  Such is life.  As a result, I missed the press night of Jack Frost’s Frozen Christmas at our local theatre.  Happily, James was still able to take the children, and invited our lovely friends, June and Imogen, along for the ride too.  Here’s what they made of the show: “Taking our seats in the front row, we eagerly awaited curtain up.  The show started with a sad, almost dramatic scene which made the kids wonder what they were in for.  Jack Frost took to the stage with menace and the youngest grabbed my hand in proper panto fear.  He needn’t have worried as we were then transported to the North Pole and were treated to elves, penguins and a talented ensemble singing and dancing in Santa’s workshop.  From this point the action didn’t let up. Marcus Collins, as Silly Billy, demonstrated why he …

Review – Aladdin – Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Nowadays, it’s all downloads and iTunes but, for most people over the age of 21, buying their first record is a memory that will never leave them.  Mine was, in fact, not a record, nor was it a CD.  That’s right; it was a cassette tape.  The very same thing that my six year old recently asked of her father, with a mixture of fear, disdain and confusion, “What…is that?”.  A sure-fire way to make a girl feel old!  I digress… I was 12 when I bought my first cassette, which was the debut single of a band I came to love – S Club 7.  Fast-forward fifteen (yes, it is that long) years and I’m taking my two children to see the band’s finest vocalist, Jon Lee, in Aladdin at our local theatre.  Joined by a cast that  includes Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists Kieran & Sarah (Genie of the Lamp and Slave of the Ring), and pocket rocket Terry Gleed (Wishee Washee), Lee shines in the lead role. With an impressive singing voice and charming smile, Aladdin is played …