Loads of great things to see & do in Brighton & Hove and wider Sussex!
Great for families!
Widely regarded as the best small zoo, award-winning Drusillas Park in East Sussex offers a fun finding-out day out for all the family!
With over one hundred different animal species in naturalistic environments, there is plenty to enthral everyone from the youngest to the oldest visitor. Animals include the popular meerkats where children can climb inside a dome to get really close, as well as penguins, otters, beavers, gibbons, a range of monkeys and a walk-through bat enclosure to name but a few.
Lemurland allows visitors to get nose to nose with a friendly group of ring- tailed lemurs and you can watch many of the animals being fed at the Keeper Talks that run throughout the day, such as the penguins at 11.30am and 4pm daily. Plus don’t miss Lory Landing for the opportunity to get up close and personal with a flock of rainbows lorikeets; a brightly coloured parrot native to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia.
Animal lovers can also see some new faces at the Park following the arrival of some tiny new bundles. Amongst the baby boomers making their debut is Adaeze, a black and white colobus monkey, a Sulawesi black crested macaque named Tambo and a funky lar gibbon, with many more arrivals expected this springtime!
However, animals are only half the experience. The brilliant play areas including Go Wild! and Go Bananas! have masses of climbing, sliding, jumping and swinging fun thoughtfully separated for different age groups. The interactive maze, Eden’s Eye, takes visitors on an adventure style quest through a host of different worlds. Indoors there is Amazon Adventure, a state-of-the-art soft play complex plus the Thomas & FriendsTM train offers unlimited rides all year round.
Check out the Drusillas website for the line-up of celebrity visits for 2012 including Bob the Builder (11 April), Fireman Sam (5 June) and the ZingZillas (25 July).
Located just off the A27 at Alfriston, Drusillas Park is open all year round (except 24, 25 and 26 Dec) from 10am until 5pm (last admission 4pm) in winter and from 10am until 6pm (last admission at 5pm) in summer. For further details please telephone 01323 874100, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.drusillas.co.uk
Enjoy the freshest sushi and Japanese- inspired hot food at Brighton’s brilliant Moshi Moshi. Pull up a chair at the sushi train conveyor belt or choose a table on the funky outdoor deck whilst you sample the award-winning sustainable menu. Delicious!
Open daily from noon. Moshi Moshi, Bartholomew Square, Brighton, BN1 1JS. To book call 01273 719 195 or visit www.moshibrighton.co.uk
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Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival ‘Spring Harvest’ 30 March - 9 April 2012 The first outing of 2012 for the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival – the biggest food event on the south coast. With local produce firmly at its heart, events include the Sussex Beer Festival, Cakes & Bakes Festival, Restaurant Week, International Chef Exchange gala dinner, Sussex Gourmet Bus Tour, Big Sussex Market, Live Food Show, Children’s Food Festival and the first ever Brighton Fish Festival. The festival returns in the Autumn from 7 - 24 September. www.brightonfoodfestival.com
Brighton Festival 5 - 27 May 2012 For three weeks the city comes alive with an exhilarating mix of music, theatre, performance, film, debate, visual arts and unique outdoor experiences – 143 events in total. Guest directed by actress Vanessa Redgrave, the Brighton Festival is one of UK’s leading annual arts events. www.brightonfestival.org
The Great Escape 10 - 12 May 2012 Billed as Europe’s Festival for New Music, the Great Escape returns to Brighton for three days of musical madness at venues across the city. Renowned within the music industry as the place to see new and emerging talent, the Great Escape is now in its 7th year and this May will feature over 300 singers and bands. Get in! www.escapegreat.com
Brighton Japan Festival 23 June - 1 July 2012 Following the success of last year’s Brighton Japan Festival, this year promises to be even bigger and better. The festival hub is located in Bartholomew Square outside Moshi Moshi where you’ll find a host of music, arts and cultural events (and food!). Meanwhile you’ll find a wide range of activities at events at venues including Brighton Dome and the Duke of York’s Cinema. The opening weekend is a traditional Moshi Matsuri whilst the close weekend goes completely bonkers with the Asahi Anime Festival. www.brightonjapan.com
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