Ideas to keep the kids occupied this Summer – clubs and workshops

17th July

The Summer holidays can be a real challenge for parents. Some parents are looking to find ways of having their children cared for, while other parents are searching for ideas to keep their children occupied during the long holidays. Parents of younger children often want to find activities they can share with their kids, and older children want more independence. Getting a good balance is all about finding the right options.

We have put together some ideas for you.

Elevate Tennis  – maybe your child is a budding Djokovic or Halep and the recent Wimbledon competition has fired up their interest in tennis or perhaps they would just like to try tennis and multisport activities. Elevate Tennis are running a range of sporting holiday clubs across the Summer, based at either Cross in Hand Tennis Club or Cooden Beach Sports Club.

The activity caters for ages 5-16.Elevate (Cross In Hand LTC) has been delivering quality tennis coaching to schools and clubs in East Sussex since 1997. They have a team of experienced, professional coaches who can support your child with the development of their game both at the holiday camps and during term time in group squads and with individual coaching. Coaches are LTA trained and qualified, first aid trained and insured.

Details of all Tennis Camps


East Sussex Dance Studio

If your child loves to sing, dance and act? Here is a fun week of activities for them ending in a show and party? This popular sell out annual Summer School is back from 19th to 23rd August – at East Sussex Dance Studios. All genres are covered plus fun arts and crafts too, with a show on the Friday. Ages 4 plus.

Book early to avoid disappointment limited spaces available open to everyone not just ESDS students. It’s a great place to make new friends with others who share a passion for performing arts.

It all takes place in their beautiful facilities with mirrored studios and a play park in 5 acres of land, located in Mayfield.

Booking essential. £100 for the week with a show on the last day.




Lucy’s Little Forest School delivers a huge range of woodland based activities for children and adults. Located at a magical site in the Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down, East Sussex, this is where all the activities are based.

As Forest School facilitators, teachers and bushcrafters they are passionate about the woods. Whether you’re a Family, School, Adult, or Birthday Party group, Lucy’s Little Forest School has a variety of sessions suited to you. Most sessions in the holidays are for both parent/carer and child, although some allow you to stay on site (there is a Cafe) and leave your child to enjoy the activity nearby.

Here are some highlights of what’s on:

Den Building for all the family – Join Mel and learn how to build a shelter than can withstand wind and rain as well as make it as camouflaged as you possibly can using natural materials we forage for in the wilderness. We will venture into the wood and get into teams and build a shelter to be proud of!

Bug Hunting – Come and create a small clay sculpture of an animal of your choice with fantastic Forest School Jack

Woodland Baking – Join us to make traditional damper bread in the wild with Mel your leader! As the bake off begins mixing and matching an array of ingredients for a taste sensation. Once we are all ready and have packed up all the baking equipment we will go into the wood and find a good spot to collect materials for a fire, and learn how to make a fire and cook dampers over the fire on a hazel/sweet chestnut stick.

Firecraft & Fondue – Learning to make and start a fire and then enjoy dipping fruit and marshmallows into a chocolate fondue

Click on the link for a full list of the many events on over the Summer.

List of Events


AB Stage School

A.B Stage School is a dance and performing arts school situated in Heathfield, High Street.

Offering classes in Ballet, Tap, Modern/Jazz, Lyrical, Pointe, Street, Aerial arts, Pole, Acrobatics, DanceFit, Performing arts, Singing, Strength and Flex and more. Their professional studio is fully equipped with barres, mirrors, a sprung floor, changing rooms and lots of specialised equipment.

They have a talented, experienced team of staff who can bring out the best in your child. They are running several fantastic weeks of holiday activities. These are split into:

Dance Camp 19-21st August focusing on new dance styles and suitable for age 6+ and no dance experience needed Cost £60

Musical Theatre  12-14th August – three days of song and dance routines and scripted pieces from the best musicals Cost £60

Master your tricks  15 -16 August – two days covering acrobatic skills and techniques Cost £40

Acro, Tumbling and Aerial 5-7 August – a workshop of aerial arts, learning skills, hoops and trapeze Cost £60

Summer Course Week  29 -2 August – dance, aerial, acrobatics, singing arts & crafts, circus,  animal meet & greet, face painting and lots of fun and games

Days run from 10-4pm and cost £100 for the whole week unless specified otherwise

Summer fun days 8-9 August for two days of arts,crafts and games Cost £30


Herstmonceux Science Centre – Bringing Science and Creativity to Life!

Holiday fun for children aged 6-8 years and 9-11 years. In addition to our daily activities, during the local school holidays we also offer fantastic workshops for children which are a great way to have fun and learn at the same time. They are fully interactive; children are totally immersed in carrying out experiments or making and creating (depending on the type of workshop). Many of the workshops involve an element of ‘Make and Take’ projects when the children are able to take what they have made home.

Specific workshops are aimed at age groups 6-8 years and 9-11 years. Please check the intended age group of your chosen workshop.

The workshops are intended for children only and we encourage adults to leave their children with us unless they have additional needs and require extra help and support. All our staff and volunteers are checked through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and our adult to child ratio ensures sufficient support throughout the workshop.

Workshops include: Cool Chemistry, The Chemistry Lab, Astronaut Academy, Crime Detectives, Man on the Moon, Alien Life, Spectacular Life and Colour, Earth and Beyond, Rocket Science, Red Planet Blue Planet and 3D Animation.

For further information about specific workshop pages click. HERE

SPECIAL OFFER:  Please note that the cost of the workshop is for the workshop only. If you would like to visit the Centre either after or before the workshop then you will have to purchase an entrance ticket. However, we are offering a special discounted rate of just £6 pp if admission to the Centre is purchased at the time of pre-booking a workshop (not including twilight workshops). This special offer admission applies to any adults who are dropping off children booked onto a workshop and who wish to stay in the Centre and any children within the same group that are not attending the workshop but wish to stay in the Centre (up to a reasonable limit).

FOR EXAMPLE: if the booking is for 1 child attending a workshop and staying in the Centre after the workshop, 1 child not attending the workshop and 1 adult, then you pay:

£12.75 for the workshop + £6 to stay in the Centre after the workshop = £18.75.
£6 for the adult
£6 for the extra child not attending the workshop

This discount only applies if pre-booked AT THE SAME TIME AS BOOKING THE WORKSHOP.

PLEASE NOTE: The special offer does not apply to twilight workshops

Booking is essential for all workshops.

King’s Church, Station Road, Heathfield – They will be running some great activities for kids from school years 6-10 during the holidays. Details below and CLICK here for more information.

Forest School ideas at Herstmonceux Castle

Herstmonceux Castle’s Forest School has a host of events on offer during the Summer including

Friday 26th July – Family Forest Fun, 10-12pm £10 per child ages 3 years and over.

​Monday 29th July – Holiday Club 10-3pm £25 per child, suitable for ages 6 years and over.

​Friday 9th August – Wizard Magic in the Woods (Family Forest Fun) 10-12pm £10 per child ages 3 years and over.

​Monday 12th August – Family Forest Fun 10-12pm  £10 per child ages 3 years and over.

​Monday 19th August – Family Forest Fun 10-12pm  £10 per child ages 3 years and over. to book.

Find out more.