Kids Fun File © Paul & Wendy Potton 1995.         


National Walking Month

Walking for just 30 minutes a day keeps you fit, reduces stress, improves concentration and keeps you healthy.

We all know that walking is good for us, we just need motivation. Well, there’s plenty of that over at www.livingstreets.org.uk

So get on those walking shoes and get a bit of practise in time

for Walk to School Week on 20 May.


Share A Story Month

This month, why not celebrate stories in all their forms?

You can read a story, tell a story, make up stories, draw pictures

of favourite stories or even just get your first library card.

There’s lots to inspire and entertain for kids of all ages at

www.wordsforlife.org.uk/5-7/fun




1 May

May Day

1 May is traditionally considered the first day of summer.

 In days gone by, a maypole would have been erected and would

be decorated with colourful ribbons.

There used to be one colour of ribbon for the boys and one for

the girls. The youngsters would then dance around the maypole weaving around each other until the all the ribbons were plaited around the maypole.

The prettiest girl in the village would be selected to be the May Queen and she would be crowned with a garland of May flowers.

This is an Old May Day song to sing

(in case you fancy resurrecting the tradition!)

“All around the Maypole we will trot

From the very bottom to the very top.

First come the buttercups,

Then come the daisies.

First come the gentlemen,

Then come the ladies.”




3 May

Eastbourne Bandstand Tribute Shows

Summer Season begins

The ever-popular Tribute Nights begin on 3 May with

“A Night of Dirty Dancing”, with a firework finale.

This is followed on 10 May by a Bon Jovi Tribute Night.

Tickets in advance are adult £7.50, child £5.25.

You’ll find the full listing at:

www.eastbournebandstand.co.uk/whats-on/tributes




4 & 5 May

Magnificent Motors

Western Lawns, Eastbourne, 10am-4pm.

Biggest FREE motoring spectacular on the South Coast,

with over 500 vintage and classic cars, motorbikes, buses, commercial & military vehicles.

Live music, funfair, stalls and entertainment.

Plus - new this year -

Drive-in movie screening of the Italian Job, 6.30pm Saturday.

www.visiteastbourne.com/magnificent-motors




4 - 6 May

Eastbourne Ancestors

Gildredge Park, Eastbourne.

Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday & Monday 10am-5pm.

England’s foremost Anglo-Saxon living history group will be setting up camp in their tented village to recreate life in Saxon times.

See how our Saxon ancestors went about their daily life and find out about their crafts and weapons.

FREE event.




6 May

Great Sussex Duck Race

River Ouse, Lewes.

80 toy ducks (all sponsored by Sussex businesses)

will be racing down the river.

The family that has chosen the winning duck will win a day out in Brighton, with lunch, Sea Life Centre and cinema tickets.

Listen to Sovereign fm on the day to hear who wins,

or get to Lewes and watch as the drama unfolds!




11 & 12 May

National Mills Weekend

Annual opportunity to visit windmills and water mills that are not usually open to the public.

Polegate and Stone Cross Windmills will both be open, as will Michelham Priory Watermill.

Things for kids and their families to see and do

plus the possibility of refreshments!

Check the exact details for each mill at:

www.nationalmillsweekend.co.uk




11 May - June

Schools & Colleges Exhibition at the Towner

Towner, Devonshire Park, Eastbourne.

More than 1,000 children and young people from across Sussex have created their own original portraits.

Step into the Towner portrait booth, discover the stories

behind the paintings and become the star of your own

Towner collection painting!

FREE event.




23 May

BBC Antiques Roadshow

The BBC are coming to Eastbourne to film an episode of the Antiques Roadshow at the Bandstand from 9.30am-4.30pm.

Bring along your treasures!

Specialists will be on hand to offer advice and valuations.

FREE entry.




24 May - 1 June

Fun Fair at Princes Park

2-9pm.

The fun fair will be in full swing at Princes Park for half term.

Rides include dodgems, Matterhorn, Orbiter, Big Wheel,

kiddies rides and side stalls.

Fun for all ages.

FREE entry to fair.




25 May

Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival

This year’s theme is “Sussex by the Sea” and the carnival procession route will be from Fisherman’s Green

to the Western Lawns. Starts 6pm.

Live music and entertainment throughout the day.




25 & 26 May

Eastbourne Sports Festival

in association with the NSPCC.

Wide range of activity taster sessions for only £1 each activity,

a chance to sample some local land and water-based sports.

1,000 people took part last year and this year’s event is all set

to be even bigger!

Go to: www.eastbourne.gov.uk/leisure/sport/council/eastbourne-sports-festival

for an activity timetable and check on facebook for updates.



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Calendar
NATIONAL DAYS, LOCAL FESTIVALS & SEASONAL FUN
MAY 2013
National Walking Month
Share A Story Month
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
1
May Day
2
3
Bandstand Summer Tribute
shows begin
4
Magnificent Motors ~
Eastbourne Ancestors
5
6
May Bank
Holiday
Great Sussex Duck Race
Lewes
7
8
9
10
11
National Mills Weekend ~
Towner Schools Exhibition
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
Walk to School Week
21
22
23
BBC Antiques Roadshow
24
Fun Fair
Princes Park
25
Eastbourne Carnival ~
Eastbourne Sports Festival
26
27
Spring Bank
Holiday
28
29
30
31