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Who misses their old clubbing days, when life was all about going out till dawn and having fun! Now, just a trip to the 24 hour supermarket is about as close as many parents get to a night out!

But fear not as the answer is in sight!

Who’s up for a family friend rave?

For three hours this December, the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne will be transformed into a mini-festival for Mums, Dads and of course little ones, featuring credible live DJs, alongside a wealth of kids entertainment, including soft play, Lego, craft and games, with live visuals and of course a fully licensed bar… all set in a beautiful, contemporary art gallery in Eastbourne on a Sunday afternoon!

The Tot Rockin’ Beats concept was created by Dan Flanagan, who also runs Don’t Believe the Hype, (“the Magazine for Dads That Were the ‘70s and ‘80s Kids”) two years ago. 30 events later it’s proved a spectacular success story. Not only has it reignited many a tired parent’s love of a good night (afternoon!) out but, as a non-profit organisation, it’s committed to the idea of community.

As a mother of two this sounded like a great family activity, so we caught up Dan to find out more…

“It’s perfect for children of all ages! Instead of ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ we have DJs spinning hip-hop, funk and soul classics, so Mums and dads can have a glass of wine or a beer, and then hit the dancefloor with their kids.”

The National Lottery and the Arts Council have also both recognised Tot Rockin’ Beats’ potential with recent successful funding grants.

“It’s raving with a social conscience,” says Dan “That’s what hip-hop was originally about when it started in the Bronx in the 1970s – music, art, dance, community – and we stick with that idea.”

It sounds like it has all the benefits of an amazing festival, except you don’t have to camp and you don’t need to worry about paying the babysitter or getting home for bedtime! That works for me!

If you don’t want to miss out on this unique event, make sure you book your tickets here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/totrockinbeats-we-could-be-heroes-eastbourne-tickets-50690099452

Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
Sunday 9th December 2018, 2-5pm
Tickets from £6 – £11 (plus booking fee)

If you  are looking to see Father Christmas before he sets off on his Christmas Eve adventure, check out our special list of locations below….

If you would like to submit a new location, please email us!



Santa at Knockhatch
8 – 23 December (selected dates)
Come and visit Santa in his special grotto at Knockhatch, Hailsham Bypass, Hailsham, BN27 3GD, 01323 442051

Santa’s Grotto at Drusillas Park
17 November – 23 December (selected dates)
Experience the winter magic first hand at Drusillas Park this year! Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5QS, 01323 874100

Santa’s Sweet Factory
24 November – 23 December (selected dates)
Visit Santa in his sweet factory and discover an enchanting land where imagination comes to life,
Paradise Park, Newhaven, BN9 0DH, 01273 512123

Santa Specials at Spa Valley Railway
Weekends from 1 – 24 December
Meet Santa and receive a gift, facepainting and spot the snowman competition, West Station, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5QY, 01892 537715

Santa Specials at the Bluebell Railway
Weekends from 1 – 24 December
A Christmas visit to the Bluebell Railway is a magical experience, Sheffield Park Station, Uckfield, TN22 3QL, 01825 720801

Santa’s Grotto at Monkey Bizness
From 24 November (selected dates)
Unit 27 Cliffe Industrial Estate, Lewes, BN8 6JL, 01273 311566

Santa’s Grotto at the Enterprise Shopping Centre
1 – 24 December (selected dates)
Station Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 1BD

Magical Millbrook Grotto
24 November – 24 December (selected dates)
Visit Santa in the Magical Millbrook Grotto, Tubwell Lane, Jarvis Brook, TN6 3RJ. Outdoor Event.

Santa’s log cabin at Priory Meadow Shopping Centre
22 November – 24 December
Come and meet Santa in his log cabin, which will be situated in Queens Square, Hastings, TN34 1PJ 

Breakfast with Santa
15 & 22 December, 9am
Full English Breakfast, unlimited hot drinks and juices, a visit to Santa’s Grotto and a present for all children, The Holly Blue, Hailsham Road, BN24 5BU, 01323 763212

Breakfast with Santa, Mrs Claus and the Elves
1 – 24 December (selected dates)
Enterprise Shopping Centre, Station Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 1BD

Breakfast with Santa’s Elves
Thursday 20 December, 9.30am
Enjoy a pancake breakfast, plus use of soft play or watch a Christmas film. Treasure Island, Royal Parade,  Eastbourne, BN22 7AE, 01323 411077

Lunch with Santa
3 – 24 December (Mondays & Fridays), 10am- 12noon
Christmas themed buffett, face painting and a gift from the man himself! Monkey Bizness, Unit 27 Cliffe Industrial Estate, Lewes, BN8 6JL, 01273 311566

Teatime with Santa
23 December, 5pm
Come enjoy a visit from Santa before he sets off! The Holly Blue, Hailsham Road, BN24 5BU,
01323 763212

Early booking is advised as Santa is proving to be popular at all venues. Please contact the venue directly for prices and availability, before you travel.

Remember to visit our events pages for further updates on what is happening across our region

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List last updated 07.11.18.

As the summer school holidays come to an end, does anyone else feel like they need another holiday to get over it?

Well apparently we’re not alone as a study of over 2,000 mums in Britain has revealed that nearly 50% of mothers are taking time out for holidays with their girlfriends, in a bid to relax and recharge their batteries, and recover from their tiring family lives.

If your household is anything like mine, then filling the six week break with activities is a complex job of juggling work, holiday clubs and of course play-dates, so it’s not surprising that we are all frazzled by the end! So, in order to get those ever so special lie-ins, it also reveal that that mums are booking breaks without their children more regularly, as a way to reconnect with old friends.

One fifth said they used the break to do more grown-up activities like visiting museums and getting time to read a good book, whilst almost 70% considered the getaway a crucial experience for maintaining their sanity against the pressures of being a modern mum!

I think “mumshine” might be my new favourite word!