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Separation anxiety is one of the main causes of sleep disorders and is a very common issue that I deal with.  Children live in the present and don’t have a concept of time so when we leave (even  for a few minutes) they can worry that we are not coming back. This can be very distressing for them and can lead to more clinginess and insecurities especially when they wake at night and we are not there. Here are a few suggestions that can help combat separation anxiety:

  • Introduce a comforter/cuddly toy or blanket for them to cuddle when we are not available.
  • Lots of extra attention in the daytime including hugs and cuddles. Close physical contact helps to make your child feel loved and secure.
  • Put up photos of mummy/daddy next to their bed.
  • Keep your routine consistent especially your bedtime routine. This really helps a child to feel settled and secure.
  • Communicate with your child. Let them know if you’re going out. Always say goodbye and that you will be back soon.
  • Frequently leave the room they are in but let them know you’re just popping to the kitchen etc. Make noise (whistling etc) so they can hear you and know you’re close by even though they can’t see you.

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Fancy winning a family day ticket to Halloween Shriek Week at Drusillas Park this half term? Just tell us who will be visiting the Park on Wednesday 30th October… there’s a clue below!

Good luck, competition closes on Friday 11 October!  Enter here

Get into the Spirit of Halloween at Drusillas Park

Put your nerves to the test and get ready to come face to face with g-g-g-ghosts and ghouls at Drusillas Park! Prepare yourself for a whole host of spine-tingling surprises and eerie entertainment. The award-winning zoo in East Sussex has plenty of fun events planned to keep your little horrors half term happy between Saturday 26th and Sunday 3rd November.

Venture through the creepy cobwebbed corridors of Haunted Heights into the terror-tory of sin sisters, Hocus & Pocus, as they play hide and shriek with the unsuspecting public! Step carefully as you pass this derelict castle, which towers high above the skyline of Drusillas, because deep inside lies a ghostly secret… knock on the trap door and discover the spook-tacular surprise within…if you dare…

Or take your chances in Mungo’s Adventure Maze; missing from the ancient tomb, a Mummy has been seen wandering through the shadowy pathways of the twisted maze…

Plus, don’t miss The Gruffalo (Wednesday 30th October) or the Creepy Crawly encounters in the Discovery Centre throughout the week.

Located just off the A27 in Alfriston, Drusillas Park is open daily from 10am. For more information, please telephone 01323 874100 or visit


T&Cs: One winner selected at random from the Sussex editions of the Family Grapevine magazine will win a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) for entry into Drusillas, for one day between Saturday 26th and Sunday 3rd November. No cash alternative.

Burgess Hill Girls is celebrating an outstanding set of GCSE results with well over half the exams graded 9 and 8 and a record 76% graded 9 to 7­. These results confirm Burgess Hill Girls delivers a consistently excellent performance at GCSE.

Students achieved highly across all subjects, with 65% of the cohort gaining at least seven or more grades 9 to 7, a 3% increase on last year. Particular congratulations go to girls whose results were all graded 9 and 8: Ruth Bewick, Isobel Critchley, Birdie Griffiths, Annabel Hogbin and Lucy Leete.

In creative subjects, Burgess Hill Girls is performing at the highest level with 100% of all entries graded 9 to 7. Alongside consistently strong results in STEM subjects, Burgess Hill Girls students really are tomorrow’s women given employers are increasingly looking for science and technology students with a creative streak.

Head Liz Laybourn said “What we are most proud of is the fact that these amazing academic results are just one part of a rich and diverse range of achievements. From Glyndebourne performers to champion linguists, national athletes to outward bound adventurers, technical theatre specialists to dedicated volunteers, a Burgess Hill Girls education is about far more than just academic results. We encourage every girl to actively challenge herself in new directions, building a profile that adds value in ways that results alone cannot measure. This year’s achievements are superb in every respect and I am immensely proud of all of them.”

There are still a few spaces left in the Schools Surf Life Saving Program which begins on June 3rd for six weeks leading up to the school holidays.

This successful scheme, now in its 9th year forms part of Paddle Round The Pier Beach Festival’s Outreach Program and is run in conjunction with Brighton Surf Life Saving Club.

Schools are invited to send year 5,6,7 & 8 pupils along to experience a full day of beach Lifeguard training. The kids are taught safety in the ocean, basic lifeguarding skills (including the use of a rescue board, rescue tube and sea swimming techniques). This is then combined with CPR / basic first aid and an introduction to Surf Lifesaving as a sport. The lessons learnt here really do help to save lives and enables all participants to safely enjoy messing around in and about the water.

On average each year the the program reaches over 800 kids from across our region. The inner confidence gained by some of the children is amazing to witness and the event has incredible reports from carers, teachers and parents relating to the transformation in the youngsters wellbeing and attitude following the days experience.

To get your school involved please contact [email protected]

Are your child’s spots just itchy and sore or a symptom of something more sinister? Jackie Hall, team leader of Health at Hand nurses for AXA PPP healthcare gives you the lowdown on which spots to worry about.

1. Meningitis

This is the scary one every parent dreads. Remember though, a rash is often one of the last signs of meningitis or septicaemia, so do see a doctor if you are concerned about any of these symptoms:

What to look for
“A child with meningitis would normally be very unwell with reddish/purple spots which look a little like tiny fresh bruises on the skin – the key is that these do not blanch in colour when you press on them. The glass test is a very useful way to check,” explains Jackie. “This is if you press the side of a clear glass firmly against the skin and the rash doesn’t fade, it’s a sign of blood poisoning (septicaemia) and you should seek medical attention immediately. The rash may be harder to see on darker skin so check for spots on the paler areas, such as the palms of the hands, soles of the feet or the abdomen.”

How to treat it
If meningitis is suspected, then the child must go immediately to an Accident and Emergency Department.

Is it contagious?
Bacterial meningitis can be contagious and you will be advised by the professionals looking after your child of actions that need to be taken.

2. Slapped cheek syndrome

What to look for
This is caused by parvovirus and causes a bright red rash on the cheeks. It is accompanied by slight fever and the child will feel mild/moderately unwell but get better after a few days.

How to treat it
Slapped cheek syndrome is usually mild and should clear up without specific treatment. If you or your child is feeling unwell, you can try the following to ease the symptoms:

  • Rest and drink plenty of fluids – babies should continue their normal feeds. Dehydration poses the greater risk, particularly in the young.
  • For a fever, headaches or joint pain you can take painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Aspirin should not be given to children under 16 years old.
  • To reduce itchiness, oral antihistamines can be taken and/or emollients used – some antihistamines are not suitable for young children, so check with your pharmacist first.
  • Those who should contact a GP include: pregnant women exposed to anyone with slapped cheek syndrome or who have symptoms of the infection, those who have a blood disorder, a weakened immune system or those with symptoms of severe anaemia, such as very pale skin, shortness of breath, extreme tiredness or fainting.

Is it contagious?
The virus is spread by inhaling droplets that are sneezed or coughed out by someone infected or by touching a contaminated surface or object and then touching your mouth or nose. It’s very difficult to prevent slapped cheek syndrome because people who have the infection are most contagious before they develop any obvious symptoms. However, making sure that everyone in the household washes their hands frequently may help stop the infection from spreading.

Someone with slap cheek syndrome is infectious during the period before the rash develops. Once the rash appears, the condition can no longer be passed on. Unless you or your child is feeling unwell, there’s no need to stay away from school or work once the rash has developed. It is however a good idea to notify your child’s school about the infection, so children who develop early symptoms can be spotted quickly and vulnerable people can be made aware that they may need to get medical advice.

3. Chicken pox

What to look for
At first your child will seem a bit off-colour, they may be off their food and quite lethargic for a few days. Then a few, itchy, red, raised spots on the neck, face, chest or back or other body parts will start to appear. These turn into little fluid-filled blisters, which can be itchy and painful. The child can be infectious for several days before spots appear and for 5 days or more after spots become visible.

How to treat it
Chickenpox is usually mild and can be self-managed from home. Most people feel better within a week or so. But some people can become more seriously ill and need to see a doctor. There’s no cure but the treatment below can help relieve the symptoms while the body fights the infection.

  • Rest and drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
  • For a fever, painkillers can help, such as paracetamol. Ibuprofen shouldn’t be given to children with chickenpox as it can make them very ill and do not give aspirin to children under 16.
  • IMPORTANT: Always read the packet or leaflet that comes with the medicine to check it’s suitable and how much to take. Speak to a pharmacist or your GP if you’re unsure.

You can buy topical preparations to apply directly onto the rash or administer an oral antihistamine to help reduce itching and soothe the skin– some antihistamines are not suitable for young children, so check with your pharmacist first.

An antiviral medicine called Aciclovir may be recommended if there is a risk of severe chickenpox and you already have symptoms. It ideally needs to be started within 24 hours of the rash appearing.

Is it contagious?
Chickenpox is highly contagious and can make some people very ill, so it’s important to try and avoid spreading it to others. If you or your child has chickenpox, stay away from nursery, school or work until all of the blisters have dried up and scabbed over. This usually happens five or six days after the rash first appears. You may continue to have spots on your skin for another week or two, but you’re no longer contagious if the spots are dry and scabby.

Certain people are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if they become infected with chickenpox. These include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Newborn babies
  • People with weakened immune systems
  • People in these groups should avoid contact with people with chickenpox and consult their GP if there is a risk that they have become infected.
  • Chicken pox can be spread through contact with objects that have been contaminated with the virus, such as toys, bedding or clothing. You can prevent it spreading by cleaning any objects or surfaces with a disinfectant and wash any infected clothing or bedding regularly.

4. Measles

Measles is a highly infectious, unpleasant viral illness that has some characteristic features to distinguish it from other viruses. Furthermore, it has the potential to cause serious complications.

What to look for
A mass of red spots break out around the neck, behind the ears and face but can appear elsewhere too, including the inside of the mouth. Measles can result in serious complications but, thanks to vaccination programmes, the incidence of outbreaks is low.

Initial symptoms of measles can include:

  • A runny or blocked nose
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Sore, red eyes that may be sensitive to light
  • A fever
  • Small greyish white spots in the mouth
  • Aches and pains
  • Cough
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tiredness, irritability and a general lack of energy

How to treat it
You should contact your GP as soon as possible if you suspect that you or your child has measles. Its best to phone before your visit as your GP surgery may need to make some arrangements to reduce the risk of spreading the infection to others. There’s no specific treatment for measles, but the condition usually improves within 7 to 10 days. If the symptoms of measles are causing discomfort for you or your child, there are some things you can do to treat these while you wait for your body to fight off the virus.

  • Rest and drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
  • Paracetamol or ibuprofen can be used to reduce a fever and relieve any aches or pains if you or your child is uncomfortable. (Aspirin should not be given to children under 16). Speak to your pharmacist if you are not sure which medications are suitable for you child.

Is it contagious?
Stay away from work or school for at least four days from when the measles rash first appears to reduce the risk of spreading the infection. It’s important to avoid contact with people who are more vulnerable to the infection, such as young children and pregnant women.

You can avoid catching measles by having the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Measles is unlikely in people who are fully immunised or who have previously contracted the infection. Vaccination with one dose of the combined measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine should provide about 90% immunity. However, vaccination with two doses of the MMR vaccine, as indicated by the UK Childhood Immunisation Programme, is thought to provide close to 100% lifelong immunity.

Data suggests that the people most likely to present with measles are younger people who have not received the MMR vaccine and who have not been previously exposed to the virus. In the past, there has been measles endemic, but since the introduction of the MMR vaccination, this has become relatively rare. However, in recent years, the infection has become more prevalent due to a failure of uptake of vaccination.

5. German measles (rubella)

What to look for
This is usually a mild illness with small red spots appearing on the face at first and then spreading to other parts of the body. Other symptoms include swollen glands and a cold-like illness. It’s rarely seen nowadays in the UK, thanks to routine vaccination. It is, however, of serious concern if a pregnant woman catches the virus in the first 16 weeks of pregnancy because it can cause birth defects in her baby.

Both measles and rubella are viral, however, the infection with rubella is usually mild by comparison, (symptoms include a rash and swollen lymph glands) but the likelihood of developing complications is rare. The main risk is contracting rubella in pregnancy.

How to treat it
You should always contact your GP if you suspect rubella. It’s best to phone before your visit as your GP surgery may need to make some arrangements to reduce the risk of spreading the infection to others. There’s no specific treatment for rubella. The condition is usually mild and improves without treatment within 7 to 10 days. If the symptoms of rubella are causing discomfort for you or your child, there are some things you can do while you wait for the infection to pass.

  • Rest and drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
  • Paracetamol or ibuprofen can be used to reduce a fever and relieve any aches or pain. (Aspirin should not be given to children under 16). Speak to your pharmacist if you are not sure which medications are suitable for you child.

Is it contagious?
While you have rubella, it’s important to reduce the risk of spreading the infection to others. If you or your child has the condition, you should avoid work or school for four days from when you first develop the rubella rash.

In rare cases, rubella can cause serious problems in an unborn baby, so you should also try to avoid contact with pregnant women for four days from the start of the rash. If your pregnant and develop a rash or have been in contact with someone who has a rash, contact you GP or midwife immediately.

6. Impetigo

What to look for
This often begins as a red patch of skin often around the nose or mouth but can occur anywhere on the body. The red patches then become a crusty/brownish colour after a few days.

It is caused by overgrowth of skin bacteria and can easily be cleared by antibiotics, although spreads easily if left untreated.

Speak to your GP if you think you or your child may have symptoms of impetigo. Impetigo isn’t usually serious, but it can sometimes have similar symptoms to more serious conditions such as cellulitis so it’s important to get the correct diagnosis.

How to treat it
Impetigo usually gets better without treatment in a few weeks. However, treatment is often recommended because it can reduce the length of the illness to around 7 to 10 days and can reduce the risk of spreading the infection to others.

Hygiene measures alone even for small, localised lesions are not recommended. The main treatments prescribed are antibiotic creams or oral antibiotics and duration of treatment is usually one week.

Is it contagious?
During treatment it’s important to take precautions to minimise the risk of impetigo spreading to other people or to other areas of the body. Most people are no longer contagious after 48 hours of treatment or once their sores have dried and healed. It’s important to stay away from school or work until then.

To help prevent the risk of infection spreading:

  •  Wash and loosely cover the sores.
  • Avoid touching or scratching the sores.
  • Avoid contact with new born babies, preparing food, playing contact sports, or going to the gym – until the risk of infection has passed.
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Washable toys should be washed – thoroughly wipe non-washable toys.

7. Eczema

What to look for
Dry/inflamed patches of skin typically form on creases of elbows and behind knees, but can occur anywhere on the body.

How to treat it
Treating eczema fundamentally involves breaking the scratch-itch cycle and replenishing the moisture content of the skin. It will normally respond well to the regular use of emollients/moisturisers and topical steroid preparations for flare ups. It is not possible to “overdose” on moisturisers and what may work for one person, may not for another. Steroid preparations are useful in managing flare-ups but should be used as prescribed. There are also specific bath additives/shower gels/soaps that are targeted to help manage eczema.

Is it contagious?
Eczema is not contagious. It is a chronic skin condition, most prevalent in childhood.

8. Molluscum

What to look for
Little crops of raised, fluid-filled blisters can occur anywhere on the body or limbs. These spots are harmless and the child will not be unwell but they are contagious and spread by person to person contact.

How to treat it
It can take up to 18 months for these to clear. Usually no treatment is needed as they clear on their own.

Is it contagious?
Resolution is spontaneous but it is contagious. It can be spread through close direct contact. If you become infected by the virus and spots appear on your skin, the virus can also spread to other areas. It is not known how long someone with molluscum is contagious for, but it is thought the contagious period may last up until the last spot has completely healed.

9. Allergic wheals

What to look for
These are blistery, reddish, raised blotches to the skin which can appear rapidly on different parts of the body. They tend to be itchy and are usually due to exposure to an allergen e.g. animal hair/dander, grasses or foods/additives.

How to treat it
Antihistamines such as Piriton can be helpful in reducing symptoms and progression. Most often the rash settles quickly over 24 hours but if there is associated swelling of the face, lips or any breathing problems, call 999.

Is it contagious?
Allergic wheals are not contagious. This is because allergic reactions are a result of the unique response of each individual’s immune system to certain triggers. Substances that cause a reaction in one person may not cause a reaction in someone else.

10. Neonatal heat spots

What to look for
These small red spots with a tiny white pimple on top appear on the face, neck and upper chest. They are the result of immature sweat glands becoming blocked when the baby gets hot. They are very common and usually of no concern and will disappear after a few months.

Find out more about the child health care options available to your family. You can also discover more information in AXA PPP healthcare’s pregnancy and childcare centre.

Grab your goggles, slip on a lab coat and get stuck into the Kew Science Festival at Wakehurst.

This is the third Kew Science Festival at Wakehurst and is back by popular demand!

With over 350 scientists and work spanning over 100 countries, Kew is a global leader in plant and fungal science; from carrying out exciting plant discovery expeditions in Colombia, to vital conservation work in biodiversity hotspot Madagascar, and unearthing the fundamental impacts of plants on our daily lives.

This year’s scientific extravaganza will not only focus on the vital importance of conserving the world’s plant biodiversity, but will bring to life, for all ages, the crucial value of plant and fungal science.

The two-day festival is a rare chance to experience vital plant and fungal science first hand and find out what Kew scientists are doing to protect rare and threatened species.

Set in and around the world-renowned Millennium Seed Bank, the festival features marquees on the lawns and will house an extensive programme with something to intrigue everyone.

  • It is also the perfect chance for adults to enjoy our NEW exhibition Surviving or Thriving – an exhibition on plants and us, in the atrium of the seed bank.

Festival highlights

Cryo Corner

Prepare to be amazed at what’s happening inside the vats of billowing nitrogen! Discover how Kew scientists are pioneering new techniques to conserve seeds that can’t be banked in the normal way. Watch ice-cream being made with liquid nitrogen. Science doesn’t get much cooler!

Discover DNA

What does DNA look like? Come and find out for yourself and try your hand at extracting DNA from a strawberry.

Gastronaut: The Wildest Food Show on Earth

TV presenter Stefan Gates’ extraordinary live show about food and science. A blend of bizarre plant biology with explosive chemistry, sensory perception and phenomenal physics to reveal the shocking secrets behind the food we eat every day.

Behind the Scenes Tours of the Millennium Seed Bank

A rare chance to go behind the scenes and uncover the subterranean secrets of the most     biodiverse place in the world. Book early on the day as spaces are limited

More than a Mushroom

Do you want to be a part of the Wood Wide Web? Let our giant fungus introduce you to the wonders of Kingdom Fungi, help you communicate with each other and join the most extensive network ever imagined! A dynamic and interactive installation from Kew’s outreach project, Grow Wild.

Science Café, shows, workshops and more

A programme of inspirational workshops and award-winning shows will keep you enthralled. Drop in to the Science Café and hang out with TV presenter Simon Watt for a series of family games, quizzes and Q&As to get you thinking

Google Goggles – Virtual Field Trip

Experience for yourself what it feels like to be a scientist on a field trip. Step into a virtual landscape with the help of our 360-degree Google Goggles to follow in the footsteps of our conservation scientists.

Wild Science

Explore Wakehurst’s extraordinary wild landscape and uncover how we carry out science in the gardens and in the wild – from the crops grown on site for research, to the conservation of rare plants and seeds. Join a Pollinator Walk, go on a Fungi Quest, and find out how some of our most important, rare and threatened trees measure up for size.

Honey Detective

Become a honey detective and match the honey to the plant it comes from – just why do different bees seek out certain plants? The best-tasting chemistry lesson you’ve ever had! Plus, take a peek inside a live bumblebee colony.


Food and drink will be available all weekend.

A fantastic opportunity to own a business which fits round you and your family!
The Family Grapevine magazine is an established & profitable franchise business publishing a family listings directory three times a year in the Brighton & Hove area. It is backed by a comprehensive website, a popular Facebook page & a strong, loyal advertising base.
I am reluctantly putting the business up for sale because I recently moved to Somerset and it  really isn’t feasible to be running a Brighton-based business long-term from the depths of Exmoor!
In summary, the Brighton & Hove Family Grapevine is:
** An established business which is celebrating 10 years in 2019
** Popular with advertisers & readers
** Perfect for parents wanting to run their own business working flexible hours from home
** Ideal for parents with children at school & able to work around 30 hours per week in term-time (the business is designed to require less hours during the holidays)
** Backed by a friendly franchise group with other editions & editor-owners in Sussex, Surrey & Kent
** Available for an investment of £7,500 with a staged payments available

If you have always wanted to run your own business which you can make fit round you and your family then this could be just the opportunity you’ve been looking for. To find out more – or just to have an informal chat about whether this could be the perfect business for you – please contact Katherine on: 01643 841249 or  07702 016674 [email protected]

There is also more information about running a Family Grapevine on our Group Family Grapevine website

babytodd’s Bump, Baby & Toddler Show is returning to The South of England Showground on 9th March. We heard from the Show Organiser, Sarah O’Connell, who is super passionate about spreading word of the show and just how it all came about……

“We are a Sussex family who decided to take the bull by the horns after a reflective afternoon reminiscing about our parenthood journey. With 8-year-old twin girls, our experience had helped us realise and appreciate the need for offering a platform so that local families can meet their local and national suppliers and services. You don’t know what you don’t know, so by offering the show to Sussex and surrounding families they can become better informed about what is on offer to them and actually meet and connect with the people behind the businesses and websites. We now have some big names joining us too.

With so much on offer, the online options can be overwhelming. High Street store closures mean that families’ options for where they can see, touch and feel are limited when buying in Sussex. At such a special time in the family’s journey, we were keen to share everything under one roof and with a range to choose from. So, babytodd was born!

Life as parents can be really busy, we certainly didn’t come up for air, and we hadn’t appreciated just how much was available to us until much later into parenthood. We are super passionate about sharing an occasion where businesses, who are often otherwise based online, can engage with their customers and for everyone to understand the quality and passion that the exhibitors put into what they offer.”

What can people expect?

“A day, an occasion, an experience to enjoy with family and friends. 3 floors of everything for bump, baby, toddler and more. From prams to nappies, weaning to teethers, nursery & playroom furniture, slings to skincare, toys to classes and so much more. The show offers:

  • A unique blend of exhibitors sharing their products and services – Local & national suppliers
  • Show buggy park and sling library, so families can enjoy the show with their little ones
  • Informative workshops, including Paediatric First Aid and Sleep Support
  • Fun Taster Sessions for the little ones including Baby Yoga and Story Time
  • Fully stocked baby change facilities and quiet feeding area
  • Refreshment hub for a yummy lunch and treats
  • A Goodie Bag for the first 100 pre-registered families to check in on show day

A perfect excuse to hit the pause button, and enjoy a relaxing day where you can submerge yourself in your family and savour the special moment.”

What feedback have you had from previous shows?

“95%* of families attending would recommend the show and 100%* of the exhibitors taking part would do the same. Families loved the show’s blend and quality of local and national exhibitors. When asked at our Sept 18 show, families were very positive about what they saw and asked for ‘more’ of the same, so we are adding an extra floor and exhibitors are expanding their stand spaces.

The family friendly facilities are a big hit too! Workshops with insightful and important information sharing. Fully stocked baby changing areas throughout the venue are a great way to share exhibitor’s products. Families love sharing time in the Taster Sessions and activities for little ones.

As the Show Organiser, we live and learn with each show and develop the show every time to improve and cater for the needs of the families and exhibitors taking part. The show has grown each time and has therefore relocated with each show, but we are very pleased to have found a long-term home at The South of England Showground. We can’t wait to welcome the families back and meet new show visitors too.”

How can people book?

Simply visit our website to Pre-Register.

Pre-Reg Price: £5
On the Door Price: £7.50
Under 16’s free

Facebook @babytoddshows – Insta @babytoddshows – Twitter @babytoddshows

*of those interviewed.

Brighton charity, Same Sky, invites local support to keep the much-loved winter solstice event running

Brighton charity Same Sky this week launches its crowdfunder for Burning the Clocks 2018, offering exclusive gifts in order to raise £5,000 and help secure the future of Burning the Clocks.

Taking place from 6.30pm on Friday 21 December 2018, the Burning the Clocks parade runs from New Road to the seafront, with around 2,000 participants and more than 20,000 onlookers.

Depending on the size of their donation, crowdfunding investors will be rewarded with personalised lanterns, the privilege of lighting the event’s bonfire or a 3-course dinner for two at The Ivy in the Lanes.

For the third successive year, ARKA Original Funerals will support Burning the Clocks with ‘In Memory’ lanterns for those who have lost a loved one during the year. These packages, each worth £100, include a lantern workshop invitation, joining the parade and the reading of the chosen loved one’s name during the fireshow finale.

Local restaurant, The Chilli Pickle, is sponsoring the event, adding a donation of £1 to every table bill from 1 November until 21 December, which will go towards helping Same Sky reach their fundraising target for this year’s Burning the Clocks. Same Sky will also be partnering with childhood bereavement charity, Winston’s Wish, offering local young people a lantern-making workshop, so that they can join the parade and remember their loved ones in this special way.

Burning the Clocks receives no guaranteed funding and relies on fundraising and support from local business and the community to raise the costs needed to cover the event, which is in excess of £30,000. Anyone watching the parade is encouraged to put any spare cash into the donation buckets on the night to help fund the event and secure its future.

John Varah, Same Sky artistic director, said: “We’re bringing our crowdfunding initiative back for the sixth consecutive year, as it goes such a long way to keeping Burning the Clocks alive.

“Each year Same Sky relies on the generosity of the general public to make donations along the event route, as well as supporting our online crowdfunder. Our Winter Solstice parade has been an iconic part of Brighton’s calendar for more than two decades, but we rely on the support of local residents and sponsors to make it happen.

“We’ve had a bit of a turbulent year, having lost Same Sky’s home, our artistic studio – but this has made us even more determined to ensure the event remains a part of the city’s winter offering.”

The theme for Burning the Clocks 2018 is ‘Remembrance’. Event organisers Same Sky have created a large-scale lantern in the shape of a heart for this year’s event. This will be surrounded by smaller Remembrance hearts carried by procession-goers on the night of the parade.

As in previous years, Brighton residents can purchase lantern packs to take part in the parade (costing £30-£33, available from early November). Lantern packs contain materials, instructions and four wristbands for four people to take part in the parade. They will be available for purchase at Brighton Pavilion, HISBE supermarket in York Place, the Wood Store on Elder Place and Book Nook in Hove.

Local artist Graham Carter has generously created a new limited edition print for Burning the Clocks for the sixth year running. These are also on sale to raise funds, with 80 limited edition designs created around this year’s theme of ‘Remembrance’.

For more information on purchasing lantern packs and Graham Carter’s prints, visit Same Sky’s Facebook page – Businesses and restaurants interested in getting involved with the event as a sponsor or participant should contact [email protected].

Mini Athletics is a unique new initiative. Developed by a sports scientist and primary school teacher, our programme offers fun, play-based yet structured activities based on the fundamentals of athletics for 2-7 year olds. We believe a positive introduction to sport at an early age is key to developing a healthy and active lifestyle.

Mini Athletics enhances physical literacy, social and cognitive skills, as well as building confidence, awareness and independence – equipping young children with essential life skills for their journey at preschool, school and beyond!

Our classes offer 45 minutes of non stop action using unique games and activities to teach basic athletic skills in a fun format. Activities are tailored to athleticism and cognitive abilities of three age groups.

  • Develop basic athletic skills that can be used in all sports throughout life
  • Improve agility, balance and coordination
  • Boost confidence and motivation
  • Learn how to share, follow instructions and reflect
  • Allow imagination and creativity to flow
  • Make new friends and enhance social skills
  • Have LOADS of fun!!!

Classes at various venues across Brighton and Hove. Free taster available.

Find out more at or