Are you stuck wondering what to do this Easter and how you’re going to keep your kids entertained? Well look no further than this indispensable Easter guide, because we have it sorted. Brighton will not be short of action this Easter, thanks to this year’s Hijack Children’s Festival and Brighton & Hove Food Festival, both of which are hosting a range of workshops and activities to get involved in. Check out the full list of events happening below.

Festivals:

Hijack Children’s Festival 2014

Grumpy Man of Metal

Hijack has taken over Brighton and Hove Children’s Festival, and will be organizing numerous events across the city between Sat 12 and Mon 21 April this year. In participation with Brighton’s entertainment venue Komedia, the festival will encourage alternative ways to keep families entertained these Easter Holidays. There will be something for everyone and children will be able to participate in shows and activities created by some of the UK’s most prolific artists.

For film fans there will be a triple bill of Buster Keaton films along with live piano accompaniment at Dukes at Komedia, while music lovers can have their first taste of a live music gig, with energetic-noise-punk duo The Downing Street Years and support from the dreamy pop act No Middle Name. Brighton based metal artist Jon Mills will bring to life The Grumpy Man of Metal with spark flying demonstrations, and the newly commissioned show Ground Control puts technology into the hands of the audience, asking them to imagine how a new world might function if they were left in charge to start again, provoking long-lasting questions.

See the Komedia website for the full programme:

www.komedia.co.uk

Food:

Brighton Food and Drink Festival

As the biggest event of the Spring Harvest, this is a celebration not to be missed. There will be events occurring all over Brighton during the festival, including Sussex and The World Market where there will be over 100 food stalls guaranteed to be a feast for the senses.

There is the LIVE Food Show at Hove Lawns, which has a line-up packed with action. Top chefs will be showcasing their favourite dishes, as well participating in a number of cooking challenges, and other events including the finals of the Great Brighton Ice Cream Contest, the Brighton Mix Off cocktail competition finals, wine and produce tastings hosted by Discover the Origin, and a fun slot exploring tasty dishes you can make with leftover food, will all be added to this year’s programme.
You can expect a range of children’s workshops and food-making activities like Hungry Monkey’s Wonderful Food Journey and Wagamama Food Bravery Challenge, which will enable kids to get hands-on with unusual flavours and textures. You can also expect crafts and face painting!

For more information visit:
www.brightonfoodfestival.com
Fri 18 – Easter Saturday 19 April, 10am – 5pm at Hove Lawns

The Little Cook Club: Easter Chocolate Workshop

The Little Cook Club's Easter Chocolate Workshop

Designed especially for kids and parents, this workshop will teach you how to make delicious Belgian chocolates and quirky Easter-themed goodies.

For more info visit:
www.thegourmetcookclub.com
Sat 12 April, 4.30pm–6pm at The Garden Cafe, St Ann’s Well Gardens

Cookery Doodle Doo: Easter Baking Class

In this Easter Baking Class children will learn how to make delicious Hot Cross Muffins. Suited for children aged 3-10.

For more information visit:
www.cookerydoodledoo.com or call Katie on 07588692955 to book a place.
Sat 12 April, 11am-12.30pm at Cbabiesafe Nursery, 64 Palmeira Avenue, Hove

Cookery Doodle Doo: Create Your Own Cartoon Chick (and eat them!)

If you can’t make the Easter Baking Class, why not come along to this exciting chick-making workshop? Cookery Doodle Doo are raiding their online kid’s cooking shop to bring you professional sugar pastes, icings and crafty tools to teach children how to design and make show-stopping cake decorations. Suitable for all young baking enthusiasts.

Fri 18 April, 10am–4pm & Easter Saturday 19 April, 11am – 4pm at Cbabiesafe Nursery

Big Sussex Market

Come and explore one of the biggest local food events in the UK!

Sat 26 – Sun 27 April, 10am – 5pm on New Road, Brighton

Workshops:

ARTventures

ARTventures
This is a drop-in workshop which has a fantastic store of materials and fun activities for families to join in with.

Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk for more information.
Sat 5 April, 10:30am-3:30pm at Nymans, Handcross, Haywards Heath, West Sussex


Meeting Mr Boom Workshop

Darren Ellis Dance is offering a unique opportunity for young children and families to experience a fun and physical workshop together on the set of their new show Meeting Mr Boom! Aimed at kids aged 3-8.

Tues 8 April, 1pm & 3pm at the Corn Exchange

Whizz Bang Pop

Brighton-based entertainment team Whizz Bang Pop will be providing fun-filled mini 20 minute workshops for kids. The afternoon promises magic, puppets, songs and dance.

Visit their website for more of what to expect: www.whizzbangpop.co.uk
Fri 18 – Easter Saturday 19 April, 11am – 3pm

Ice Age: Early Years Workshop

For 2-5 year olds and their parents, this workshop will involve activities, a story and a museum expedition where kids can get hands-on with the exhibits. If you miss out on this workshop, you can join the Lions and Tigers and Bears workshop at the Booth Museum on Fri 25 April 10:30am-12pm.

Wed 22 April, 10:30 am -12:00pm at Royal Pavilion Gardens

Baby rangers at the Raystede Centre

Drop-in with your toddlers and pre-schoolers for a morning of singing, signing, sensory games and new experiences, all aimed at boosting your child’s confidence and developing their love for animals.

Tues 29 April,10am – 11am at Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, The Broyle, Ringmer, East Sussex

Outdoors Events:

Spring Explorers Trail

Follow the trail in Nymans Woods to gather clues and solve the puzzle to claim your prize.

For further information, visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Sat 5 – Fri 11 April at Nymans, Handcross, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Mini Mile Races

The Mini Mile Races will see up to 3,000 runners aged between 7 and 17, raising money for Barnado’s, a charity dedicated to helping children. A Teddy Bears Picnic is promised (weather dependent!) with Barney Bear making an appearance! There will also be a colouring competition with some lovely prizes to be won. It should be a great family day out.

For more information click here: www.barnardos.org.uk
Sat 5 April, 11am at Preston Park

The Outdoors Project

The Outdoors Project will be offering inspiring adventure clubs for the Easter school holidays.

Visit www.theoutdoorsproject.co.uk for more details on individual clubs.
Mon 7 – Fri 11 April at Hove Park

Snapper Jaxx Kids Club

Snapper Jaxx Kids Club at Churchill Square offers FREE interactive entertainment for active kids the first Sunday of every month. Here you will find live shows, storytelling, songs, adventure play, craft sessions and much more – a great way to keep the kids happy on a rainy day in Brighton! No booking is required, simply come along on the day and have loads of fun.

Activities:

The Fairy Tale Fair

Why not fall down the rabbit hole and explore this whimsical themed craft fair in Brighton? The fair will comprise of over 35 stalls selling handmade crafts. You can also expect face painting and Alice in Wonderland themed cakes, as well as Easter treats with tea and coffee served on vintage china.

Find out more:
www.thefairytalefair.wordpress.com
Sat 12 April, 10.30am – 4.00pm at Patcham Methodist Church, Ladies Mile Road, Patcham

Egg Hunts – Easter isn’t Easter without an egg hunt!
Fairy Tale Fair
Hove Museum’s Egg-citing Activities

The Satin Bower bird is collecting blue objects to decorate his nest. Your job is to help him find blue clues planted around the museum and as a reward, there will be an Easter prize up for grabs.
Hove Museum will host its very own egg hunt this year along with an array of egg-citing craft activities. Drop in for a spot of fun and come home with your very own handmade Easter card, bonnet or badge.

Sessions: 10.30am-12pm & 1-2.30pm
Mon 7 – Thur 17 April at Hove Museum and Art Gallery, 19 New Church Road, Hove

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail

See how many eggs you can find hidden in the garden, and go ahead and collect your Cadburys chocolate Egghead prize.

For further information, visit:
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Sat 12 – Mon 21 April, 10.30am – 3.30pm at Nymans, Handcross, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Chicken Week at Raystede

Take a trip to Raystede Animal Welfare Centre and spend Easter with the resident animals in a range of fun-filled events between the 14th and 17th April, including Easter Eggs and Spring Chicks, where kids will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Raystede’s work and meet the famous chicks.

For further information on any of the Raystede events, visit:
www.portal.raystede.org

Preston Park’s Easter Egg Hunt

It’s Preston Park’s Easter Egg Hunt time again! This year the hunt will take place on Easter Sunday (20 April), and welcomes all children aged 12 and under. Enter a drawing contest or track down the answers to a fascinating Preston Park quiz to win yourself an Easter Egg. Meet by the Children’s Playground at 11am.

Sun 20 April, 11.00am – 2.30pm at Preston Park Playground

Rockinghorse Children’s Easter Egg Hunt

What better way to enjoy Easter Monday than participating in the Pavilion’s very own Egg Hunt in the Royal Gardens? Earn chocolate eggs by completing fun challenges as you explore the grounds of this historic royal palace. This event is suitable for children aged 12 and under, and all proceeds will be donated to Rockinghorse Children’s Charity.

Mon 21 April, 11.00am – 2.30pm at Royal Pavilion Gardens

Music:

B Starz

The B Starz Academy is welcoming all budding performers aged 6-16, to come and experience something new and exciting during the school holidays. Join the cast of B Starz Easter Show, an adaptation of the Wizard of Oz with songs from the hit West-End musical Wicked.
For more information, visit their website:
www.bstarz.co.uk
Mon 7 – Fri 11 April, 10am-3.30pm

Performances and Shows:

Tin Soldier

Tin Soldier

Rod Burnett, an internationally renowned puppeteer and storyteller, uses his formidable skills in a faithful retelling of Hans Andersen’s masterpiece. Clockwork toys, hand carved puppets, live music and atmospheric lighting bring this story vividly alive. Often funny, sometimes melancholy, this is a spellbinding performance for all ages, raising questions regarding love, danger, ageing and how extraordinary things can happen in our imagination.

To discover more, visit: www.ropetacklecentre.co.uk
Sat 5 April, 2.30pm at the Ropetackle Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea


Hansel & Gretel

An Easter family treat for ALL ages! Based on the ever-popular German story, first recorded and published by the Brothers Grimm in 1812, Hansel & Gretel combines the amazing magic, sets, costumes, and scripts synonymous with LP Creatives.

For show times, visit:
www.ropetacklecentre.co.uk
Sat 12 April at Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea

Meeting Mr Boom

A fun-filled show for all the family performed on an inflatable set that explores themes of isolation, developing relationships and the challenges we face as we adapt to changes within ourselves and our environment, creating a need to evolve our sound and movement language.

Visit www.brightondome.org for more info.
Tues 8 April, 1pm & 3pm at Corn Exchange, Brighton

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo

Direct from the West End, Dinosaur Zoo brings awesome prehistoric creatures to the stage as you’ve never seen them before. Dare to get up close and personal with cute baby dinos and fang-tastic giants. Observe and interact with these extraordinary life-like dinosaurs in this imaginative and hilarious live show. Age 3+.

Tues 8 April, 5.30pm, and Wed 9 April, 11am & 2pm at Concert Hall, Brighton Dome

Boxe Boxe Compagnie Kafig

Strength meets elegance in Compagnie Käfig’s spirited jumble of hip-hop and fisticuffs. In this show, eight exceptional performers blend dance and the noble art of boxing. It draws on the theatricality of the boxing ring, where gloves morph into puppets and punch balls explode like balloons. The performance is heightened by the accompanying live music performed onstage by Schubert, Ravel, Philip Glass and Glenn Miller in an exciting string quartet. Guaranteed to be an Easter treat for all.

Thurs 17 April, 7.30pm, Good Friday 18 April, 3pm at the Concert Hall, Brighton Dome

LEO

Leo at The Old Market

Described as “the mind-bending international hit show”, LEO is a solo physical theatre piece that challenges our sense of gravity and reality through the clever interplay of superlative acrobatic performance and high-tech video projection. Universally appealing to adults and children alike, this is the funny, intriguing and moving journey of a seemingly ordinary man whose world becomes physically unhinged. Recommended for ages 6+.

Thurs 17- Sat 26 April, 11am at the Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove

Also why not take the opportunity at Easter to visit some of these places in Brighton? Here are our top 3 destinations this Easter:

Druscilla’s Zoo

Enjoy a great family outing at one of the top tourist destinations in East Sussex. Located in the heart of the Sussex countryside, a trip to Druscilla’s is the perfect getaway for families with children. Get nose-to-nose with nature and experience the most memorable fun finding out day out you can possibly imagine.

For more information, visit:
www.drusillas.co.uk

Sealife Centre

Located on the Brighton Seafront, delve underground and explore the beautiful marine life, offering a fantastic insight into life below the waves. Discover the new Rainforest Adventure, where you can climb through mangrove roots to join rainforest inhabitants such as freshwater terrapins, turtles, deadly piranhas and poisonous dart frogs!

www.visitsealife.com

Painting Pottery Café

This is a brilliant family day out where you get to choose from a big selection of pottery, apply your own designs, paint it, and get to take home your very own masterpiece.

www.paintingpotterycafe.co.uk