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Brighton Marina offer a glimmer of hope this Christmas with the launch of The Rooftop
@ Brighton Marina

This Christmas, Brighton Marina, in association with Peachy Productions, are
offering residents and the local community some light-hearted entertainment
with the presentation of The Rooftop @ Brighton Marina.

Over the next few weeks, the top level of Brighton Marina car park will be
transformed into an open air drive in cinema, complete with 40 igloos with
their own 50” TV screen, sound system, Christmas decorations and festive
lights. Fresh food and drink will be available from local on-site supplier Space
and Thyme, which will be delivered directly to the igloos.

Throughout the Christmas period, The Rooftop @ Brighton Marina will be
showing many iconic Christmas films including Home Alone, Disney’s A
Christmas Carol, Elf and Love Actually, to name a few. For children &
families, there will be an opportunity to see Father Christmas from the comfort
of the igloos from Tuesday 15th December through to Christmas Eve, 9.00 –
11.45am daily. Bookings via the website are essential.

Kirsty Pollard, Centre Manager for Brighton Marina said, “Residents of
Brighton and Hove need something to look forward to so we are delighted to
welcome our new winter attraction, The Rooftop @ Brighton Marina. This is a
really exciting addition which is set to compliment our already established
leisure businesses, whilst the popular Sunday Boot Market will continue in its
new home on Level 7 and 8 of the multi story car park.”

Kirsty continued, “ In these challenging times we wanted to focus on safe
socially distanced entertainment, the immersive igloos offer just that. Each
igloo accommodates up to 6 people, in line with government guidance, which
makes it a unique Covid-19 compliant experience. Over the next six weeks
and beyond, The Rooftop will deliver immersive & interactive entertainment,
which we hope will really create an enjoyable end to a difficult year.”
Phillip French, Managing Director of Peachy Productions commented, “We
know how hard the last 9 months have been and with the Rooftop we are
creating an outdoor drive in venue that the Brighton community can enjoy.
Using locally sourced suppliers and entertainment we want The Rooftop to be
enjoyed by the whole of the Brighton Community. Offering a flexible, safe
space, we will be delivering a wide range of live entertainment and movies as
well as delicious street food over the next 6 months.”
The first Christmas film kicks off on Friday 11th December at 19:00 with the
first showing of ‘The Holiday’ starring Cameron Diaz and Jude Law.

The Rooftop @ Brighton Marina goes live on Friday 11 December for the
open air cinema and Tuesday 15 December for the Father Christmas

Booking essential HERE.

Igloos and Cinema
Adult £17.50
Child (under 14) – £10.00
Father Christmas Experience (including igloo)
Adult – Free
Child – £10.00
There is a £40.00 deposit (minim of 4 persons), which will be deducted from
customer’s final bill. Local caterers Space + Thyme will be offering an array of
streetfood including vegetarian and vegan options.

Peachy Productions: The Rooftop @ Brighton Marina is designed and
managed by top event experts, Peachy Productions. Their vision over the
past 14 years is to deliver live events that bring a smile to people’s faces and
The Rooftop will be no exception! Their motto “Every event should be a
memorable experience”



Burning the Clocks Lantern Trail 2020 | 2-21 December

Brighton charity Same Sky today announces its first Burning the Clocks (BTC) lantern trail running from 2 to 21 December.

Using a mobile, participants solve clues to find the lanterns which are on display along the route of the famous parade. Starting in Trafalgar Street, the lantern trail replaces the annual winter solstice event, which was cancelled due to Covid restrictions.

To join the trail, participants  should visit on their mobile device or phone, where they will receive instructions and their first clue. Posters in the lantern hosts shop windows will show a code to unlock each lantern. Anyone finding all 12 lanterns will have a chance to win a limited-edition Graham Carter print of the ‘Luck Dragon’ worth £96.

Twelve regular BTC artists have been commissioned to create the lanterns that reflect different aspects of the annual celebration, including solstice, samba dancing and fireworks. The brightly lit lanterns will be on display in 12 independent shop windows from 2 to 21 December.

Players can also create and share a personal message when they unlock each lantern from their mobile, reflecting their hopes and dreams for the following 12 months. Traditionally, people taking part in the BTC parade carry homemade lanterns along Brighton’s streets before adding them to a bonfire on the beach at the end of the night. This moment is an opportunity to reflect on the past year and consider your personal wishes for the coming one.

John Varah, artistic director at Same Sky said: “Our new Burning the Clocks lantern trail is an exciting and safe alternative to the regular Brighton parade and something that everyone can get involved in. It’s a chance to get outside, have some fun and support our local artists who are among the many people in the city to have been so badly affected by this pandemic.”

The Burning the Clocks crowdfunder supports the funding of this trail and the artists’ commissions which has also been part-funded by the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund . The crowdfunder offers a range of locally made artisan Christmas gifts at different price points including limited prints, art works and Christmas star lanterns for window displays.

The new 2020 special edition print ‘Luck Dragon’ from regular artist and supporter Graham Carter can be purchase from the online shop. And for those missing their involvement in the parade, people can purchase (online shop) a simple lantern pack to make themselves and hang in their window to mark the winter solstice on 21st December and show their support for Brighton’s wonderful civic events and festivals. All proceeds will go to support the future of BTC in these uncertain times. Share what you made by posting your photos on Facebook or Instagram using #burningtheclocks, @sameskybtn.This is an exciting and safe alternative to our regular Brighton event, something that everyone in the city can get involved in, and we hope to return to the regular parade next year!

Ropetackle in the community

With Ropetackle closed for events during the November lockdown, we want to put our facilities to good use and help the local community. Working with Adur Community Gateway, Ropetackle volunteers will be cooking and freezing meals for distribution to vulnerable adults and families locally from 1st December.

Can you help?
By making a one-off donation to this appeal through the Charities Aid Foundation, you will help to cover the cost of ingredients and provide vital food security for those most in need. The more money raised, the more meals we can provide –  £10, for example, could cover the cost of nearly THREE meals – but any amount is greatly appreciated.

Your kind contribution will help us use our space meaningfully this lockdown, while helping someone out during these challenging times.

Thank you for your support! >>>> DONATE



Thousands of children seeking help from Childline over mental health, body image, gender and sexuality (Nov 9, 2020)

Nearly 43,000 Childline counselling sessions about mental and emotional health since lockdown was first enforced

  • Young people share that they don’t fit in or feel ‘normal’
  • Childline launches Nobody is Normal campaign to let children know they aren’t alone

Since lockdown measures were first introduced Childline has delivered nearly 43,000 counselling sessions about mental and emotional health, with children reaching out for help with issues including loneliness and low self-esteem.

The NSPCC, which runs Childline, can also reveal that the number of contacts about body image, gender and sexuality increased since the first national lockdown began at the end of March.

Childline’s volunteer counsellors have heard from many children who, after being cut off from important support networks, shared that they were feeling isolated, anxious and insecure.

Now with a second national lockdown in England underway, Childline is launching a new campaign called Nobody is Normal. It aims to help children understand that lacking confidence, feeling not good enough or that you don’t fit in, is a shared experience. Childline is encouraging them not to suffer in silence.

Developed with young people, the campaign features a bold new animation of a young boy who is struggling with anxiety while desperately trying to appear ‘normal’. Backed by Radiohead’s hit song Creep, it reminds young people that no matter how isolated they feel, they are not alone and Childline is here.

Childline has delivered higher monthly numbers of counselling sessions about a range of mental health-related issues since March, including low self-esteem, loneliness and worries about the world. Mental health remains the top reason young people get in touch with Childline, making up over a third of all counselling sessions delivered.

Since lockdown measures were first introduced in March, the monthly average number of Childline counselling sessions about eating and body image disorders increased by almost a third (32%) on the pre-lockdown average. Similarly, the monthly average number of sessions about sexuality and gender identity increased by 16% compared with the pre-lockdown average.

Counsellors have heard that some children have developed unhealthy eating behaviours for the first time such as binge eating and bulimia nervosa, and those with existing eating disorders have experienced worsened symptoms, or a relapse.

While the service has heard that lockdown gave some LGBTQ+ children the confidence to come out to their friends and family, others expressed fears about coming out and some young people were left unable to cope after receiving a negative response.

A 14-year-old child told Childline:

“I think I’m transgender and I have no one to talk to. I have always been a tomboy and never fitted in with the girls. I was fine with it for a while, but recently I have become very uncomfortable with my gender and I’m really struggling. I feel stuck, I wish someone can help me.”

A young girl told Childline:

“I don’t know if it’s just me being sad because of lockdown, but I’ve been feeling really disgusting in my own body lately. All my friends have clear and beautiful skin with even tones, but mine is spotty and red and covered in freckles. I just feel like I’m always the odd one out”

Throughout the pandemic, Childline counsellors have heard from children who have shared that the crisis has affected their mental and emotional health.

Childline Founder, Dame Esther Rantzen said:

“The pandemic has cut children off from the reassurance many of them need. When young people are facing mental health issues such as anxiety or depression or are struggling with eating disorders or self-harm, they often hide it from their parents and families. A lockdown intensifies stress in all our lives, and the Childline team know from past experience that it has made many children feel especially isolated. 

“The Nobody is Normal campaign encourages any children feeling unable to discuss their anxiety and distress to reach out to Childline for support. Many young people are under immense pressure from social media to look and behave like everyone else, but the campaign recognises that we are all individuals, special and unique. If these tough times have caused children to feel an extra level of anxiety, we want them to feel confident to express their fears and share their worries, and know that Childline is still here for them.”

For more information visit & do watch the Nobody is Normal video


Wahaca Brighton – Street Mexican food | a review
(Nov 2, 2020)

Friday I was lucky enough to take my 12 year old son for meal at Wahaca Brighton. I always try to fit in a one-to-one when I can as I think it helps cement our relationship. He loves Mexican food so it was fairly easy to unglue him from the screen 😉 during half term.

We had a lovely lunch at Wahaca, where we sampled some gorgeous and tasty food. We both went for some tacos with some side orders. Their guacamole has been rated as the best by my 12 year old – who is quite an expert! We played the guessing game, trying to spot what went into Wahaca’s guacamole to try to replicate it 😉.

Wahaca is such a joyful & welcoming place and had some extra decoration for the celebration of the Day of the Dead [special celebration week will be running this week]. The staff were very helpful and friendly – even my son commented how nice they were. It is a lovely place to take the family out. They have a great children’s menu with a choice of tacos or quesadillas designed for up to 8 years old, and have colouring & games to keep the younger ones busy. The seating is spread out to ensure social distancing but it still feels very intimin & cosy.

However, Wahaca is much more then gorgeous food and a lovely place to dine. It is an eco-conscious restaurant. It sources it product in a sustainable way, which is becoming a very important criterion when choosing to dine out. Their meats are British, free range/grass fed, their fish are MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) sustainable and more than 50% of their menu is plant-based (sourced seasonally & organic). Wahaca is working hard to reduce its carbon footprint, using renewable energy and introducing innovative ways to reduce its environmental impact (heating water with the heat generated by their fridges/freezers, demand driven ventilation system & sensor lighting), they also have a zero-waste management policy where their food waste is converted in biogas & compost.

As we move to the Lockdown 2.0, if there is one place to visit before Thursday shutdown, visit Wahaca! and remember that Wahaca Brighton will be available for takeaway and via Deliveroo over the lockdown period.


Upside Down House Brighton – A Review

We finally made it to the Upside Down House Brighton last weekend!

How many times have we passed in front of this quirk upside down beach house and thought ‘we should have go’? Well if you are like us, still wondering… just do it!

It is really a fun, entertaining & multi-sensorial experience and the pictures you do, make great memories.
Before you get in, you have the anticipation wondering how it will really will feel like walking on the roof! Once inside you might feel a little seasick for the first couple of minutes as the floors are slightly slanted (a bit like being on a boat) but you quickly adjust to it (actually the kids didn’t feel anything). It took us sometime to figure out what to do… arms stretched out (reaching/pretending to holding something), one leg up (or 2, if you can!) seems to give the best effect. We took a tripod to do picture of all of us, but the friendly staff is more than happy to take pictures for you and give you some advice.

Before you head out to the Upside Down House, make sure your phone/camera is recharge, you have enough memory room for your pics and that you book your tickets in advance online or at the kiosk. The great thing is that you book for a particular day, not a particular slot which gives extra flexibility; you might need to wait a bit for your turn (we actually didn’t have to wait long at all). All Covid 19 measures are well in place – hand sanitizers, social distancing with a maximum of 6 people per floor; you need to wear a mask whilst walking around but can take it off for the pictures.

It’s actually a great time to visit the Upside Down House this week as the house is all SPOOOOKY for Halloween, so dress up and have some FUN!


Young Cricketers Raise Over £7,000 for St John’s Park
(Oct 22, 2020)

Young cricketers at Burgess Hill Girls have successfully completed the Sussex Three Peaks challenge, helping to raise over £7,000 for the ‘turn St John’s Park green’ campaign.

The ‘turn St John’s Park green’ campaign has been initiated by Burgess Hill Cricket Club (BHCC) to improve the playing conditions at their home ground, St John’s Park in Burgess Hill. The project will cost £39,000 and result in a much improved, high standard sports facility for anyone in the local community using the park for leisure or sporting activities.

Burgess Hill Girls pupils, Lalana (7), Sanaya (7), Sophie (8), Anna (8), Georgie (age 11), and Ella (12), who play for the BHCC Girls’ cricket teams, decided they wanted to help out. On the 17th October, together with their families and other team members, the girls completed the Three Sussex Peaks of Ditchling Beacon, Wolstonbury and Devil’s Dyke. In the process they have raised over £7,000 for the ‘turn St John’s Park green’ campaign, enabling Stage 1 of the project to commence.

Lalana, has raised over £600 in her own right, far surpassing her target of £250.

“I really love playing cricket so walking the Three Peaks to raise money for my cricket club was fun. It was a hard but amazing day…with lots of walking. The best part was when we saw my friends from the team during the walk. I feel proud.”

Matt Charman, Membership Secretary of Burgess Hill Cricket Club, is stunned by the amount raised:

“This is all completely bonkers but absolutely brilliant. I am so very proud of this group, our youngest girls’ team. Ranging from 7 to 12 this is one determined group of girls. They have made their families and friends so proud – what little legends!”

To support the ‘turn St Johns Park green’ campaign, please donate HERE


BOAT hosts a Christmas Season for the first time ever!
(Oct 21, 2020)

2020 has presented us with a lot of firsts, and this Christmas, BOAT has decided to go one further. For the first time ever, we are producing in-house not one, but two Christmas productions, in rep: The Snow Queen by Tatty Hennessy and Hansel and Gretel? (A Postmodern Pantomime) by Luke R. Franics. These outdoor, socially-distanced and Covid-compliant shows last one hour each and play from 8th-24th December.

We are transforming our site into a festive paradise, with fairy lights, Christmas trees and cosy fire pits. We encourage visitors to wrap up warm, bring blankets, umbrellas and something dry to sit on, and treat yourself to a mulled wine at the bar before settling down to enjoy the show. These may very well be the only Christmas shows in Brighton this year, so whether it’s a gorgeously re-told classic fairy-tale, or a musical deconstruction of the traditional pantomime, there’s something for you at BOAT this Christmas!

by Tatty Hennessy after Hans Christian Anderson | Directed by Lucy Jane Atkinson
Greta’s brother, Kay, has been acting strange. He’s mean and moody and won’t play games. The Snow Queen must have snatched him, and left an imposter in his place! With her new friend, the wise-cracking, fame-hungry talking Crow to guide her, Greta must set out across the snow to search for her brother in the Snow Queen’s palace and bring him home in time for Christmas.
Funny, magic and full of surprises, this new modern adaptation of The Snow Queen is a perfect family Christmas adventure. So wrap up warm, grab a mulled wine from the bar, and enjoy this socially-distanced festive treat.
Dates: 8th-24th December | Times: 5pm (2pm Sundays)
Prices: £12 Standard, £10 Concession, £8 Child, £35 Family of 4
Age recommendation: 2+ | Duration: 1 hour

(A Postmodern Pantomime)
by Luke R. Francis | Directed by Will Mytum

Bill and Toni have just met and fallen head-over-heels for each other. Problem is, they’ve met on stage, and Bill’s been plucked from the audience to play Hansel … with Toni playing her sister Gretel. This is the least of enigmatic director Mal Sixsmith’s troubles, as Simon the Dame demands his role be expanded beyond its paltry fourteen pages.
Featuring musical numbers from Cardi B to Kate Bush, Hansel And Gretel? asks the important questions: what is postmodernism? What is pantomime? Is this really a kid’s show, or just a load of pretentious twaddle?
Honestly? Probably, yes. But there is a rapping dragon, so it’s worth coming just for that.

Dates: 8th-24th December | Times: 7.30pm (4.30pm Sundays)
Prices: £15 Standard, £12.50 Concession, £10 Child, £45 Family of 4
Age recommendation: 8+ | Duration: 1 hour


At Home With Science This Half Term – BRIGHTON SCIENCE
(Oct 21, 2020)

Prepare for lift off! Our half-term festival begins Friday 23rd, till Sunday November 1st…

Are you at home with science? With your permission, science will be at home with you for an hour or so during our week of interactive online events for families. Our heroes will Zoom through the ether, materialise in your home, brew up a cup of teach, and help you drink it down, with a slice of dry, crisp humour and nuggets of information. Lots of food for thought!

We’ll be exploring why your eyes have a mind of their own, why dinosaurs happened, why they stopped happening, and why that was generally a good idea. Tricks for halloween, magic with water and epic struggles with a piece of paper. You’ll be joining in, making stuff, doing experiments and playing games with your computer screen – all from the comfort of your own home.

For the serious minded, we’ll find out more about coronavirus, climate change, and how it impacts the oceans, how evolution works, how your guts digest, and digging into the table of elements.

See the full programme of events here.


South of England Showground to host Winter Fair 2020

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd November 2020

9am – 5pm on 21st and 9am – 4pm on 22nd

South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex

The South of England Agricultural Society is delighted to announce that its ever-popular Winter Fair will return to the South of England Showground in Ardingly, West Sussex, on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November 2020.

The Society and it’s Showground have been deemed ‘Good to Go’ by Visit England and so the weekend event, will run from 9am – 5pm on 21st and 9am – 4pm on 22nd November all within government guidelines to ensure the safety of all visitors. With this in mind, certain elements of the Winter Fair will vary to adhere to Covid-19 safety measures. However, firm favourites remain, and the event will offer the perfect opportunity to get the Christmas preparations sorted whilst enjoying a festive family day out.

Visitors can shop till they drop with a plethora of artisan goodies from local, independent traders. For food and drink lovers, there’s mouth-watering gin liqueurs, homemade jams and chutneys, gourmet pies, cheeses, wines and handmade Christmas puddings and chocolates.

For those looking for unique gifts and stocking fillers there’s everything from wooden toys, artwork, jewellery, lovingly produced leather and cashmere fashion, to natural soap, grooming gift sets, stunning home accessories, Christmas decorations and more.

It’s not just about the shopping though; families are sure to enjoy the live music, festive entertainment, and of course the traditional funfair.

Corrie Ince, Show Director at The South of England Agricultural Society, commented:

“The Winter Fair is a great opportunity for us to showcase wonderful regional artisan producers, and in turn offers our visitors a unique shopping experience where they can purchase gifts, home decorations, seasonal food and drink, and of course treats for themselves you wouldn’t find on the high streets.

“It’s been a tough year for all, and we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone to the showground. We hope that families come along and enjoy a wonderful festive day out together, all in the knowledge that they are helping the Society as a charity. Every ticket to the event we sell really does make a difference in helping us continue to showcase the countryside and it’s produce to the public. As well as support those involved in agriculture and other related land-based industries, from inspiring schoolchildren to learn about the land, and offering travel bursaries for people working in the farming sector, to helping with funding towards agricultural research and projects.”

For the protection of everyone at the event, tickets to the Winter Fair 2020 will be limited and should be booked at HERE before arrival to ensure entry, and to avoid queues. Tickets are available from and cost £6.75 for adults and £5.85 for senior citizens/students (inclusive of 10% online discount until 20.11.20). Under 16s go free