Have a wheely good time at Mid Sussex Play Days

Mid Sussex District Council is offering local children and their families a free afternoon of fun and activities in Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill and East Grinstead.

The Council has organised a variety of sports, games and creative activities for local families to enjoy on 1, 2 and 9 August as part of Play Day 2017.

The theme for this year’s Play Day fun is Wheels in Motion and children will have the chance to take part in cycle races or challenge fellow speed demons in a solar powered miniature car Grand Prix.

Youngsters can learn about local history by visiting a real Gypsy Vardo, the traditional horse-drawn wagon that was used by British Romani people as their home. There’s also the chance to take a trip on a miniature railway in Burgess Hill or trek with miniature ponies and carriages in Haywards Heath and East Grinstead.

Creative children will be able to make their own spinning and swirling toys that can be decorated with elaborate patterns using a Spirograph. Youngsters will also be able to learn new skills, with trained Circus performers on hand to show them how to juggle, hula-hoop, tightrope walk, master the art of poi and walk on stilts.

A specialist immersive theatre company, Goat and Monkey will invite children to join them for the adventure of their lives as an imaginary steam train ride turns into a gripping treasure hunt. Using wireless headphones, they will follow the main character's journey aboard their quirky local steam train, seeking out treasure around the site, before confronting the Knucker Dragon in the final dangerous task. Each child will have their own book to take away, so they can remember the day that they helped set the wheels in motion and worked together to challenge the dragon!

This year there will also be a Sports Fair with local sports clubs demonstrating their activities and encouraging children to have a go. Budding athletes will be able to take part in a mini sports day, competing in a variety of track and field games like foam javelin throwing, standing long jump, mini hurdles and the 25m sprint.

“This will be the fifth year we have celebrated National Play Day by hosting free events in all three of our towns and the activities just keep getting better and better,” said Councillor Gary Marsh, Cabinet Member for Service Delivery.

“Last year we had over 2,500 young people and families come along over the three days and we received some terrific feedback from parents and children who wanted to say how much they had enjoyed themselves.

“We have some tremendous fun planned for our 2017 Play Days at the start of August. There’s no need to pre-book, so please just come along on the day and join us for our free Wheels in Motion themed events, as well as the classics like our bouncy castle and face painting.”

The free Play Day events will be held at:

• Victoria Park in Haywards Heath from 11am until 3pm on Tues 1 August

• St John’s Park in Burgess Hill from 11am until 3pm on Weds 2 August

• King George’s Field in East Grinstead from 11am until 3pm on Weds 9 August

Kids will get stamps for taking part in each activity and by completing their card they will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win the first prize, a one month Family Leisure Centre Membership donated by Places for People Leisure.

Play Day is a celebration of children’s right to play and a campaign to highlight the importance of play in children’s lives. The 2017 events have been organised by Mid Sussex District Council with support from Clarion Housing, Burgess Hill Town Council, East Grinstead Town Council, Haywards Heath Town Council and the East Grinstead Youth Council.

For more information contact Regina Choudhury, Mid Sussex District Community Development Officer on 01444 477495 or email



    Royal Observer Corps Post/ Nuclear Bunker Open Days 2017

Bank Holiday Monday 29th May 11am - 5pm

15th July 11am -5pm

16th July 10am - 2pm

6th August 11am - 5pm 



The Attic Art Club

 The Attic Art Club Original Art Fair

Date:   Friday 29th September - Sunday 1st October 2017

Opening Times:

Friday 29th September, 12 noon to 8pm
Refreshments served 6pm - 8pm 

Saturday 30th September, 10am - 5pm

Sunday 1st October, 10am - 5pm 


FREE but voluntary contributions to Dame Vera Lynn's charity for children with cerebral palsy.

We shall also be serving tea and coffee and cakes throughout the exhibition, proceeds to go towards the charity.

Original works of art for sale, including paintings, sculpture, woodwork, glassware, jewellery and cards. 


After its recent sell-out smash opening in Cuckfield, naughty new Sussex comedy, 'Bridge To Farce' is now swinging its way to the Players Theatre, in Hurstpierpoint, from the 2nd - 5th August. Tipped to make it all the way to London's West End, the fast moving comedy play lifts the lid on some outrageous suburban shenanigans!
Bridge To Farce PosterWritten in Sussex, by Richard Willis & Paul Ruse, this new play was first produced in Cuckfield this summer - and it is available to licence for your group too! With great feedback from the Cuckfield shows why not come see our extra shows in nearby Hurstpierpoint (just off the A23)?

The fun revolves around politically ambitious Margaret and her long-suffering husband Norman, who are expecting a new couple into their bridge circle. When wife-swapping beginners Barry & Angie arrive by mistake, both couples spend an alarming evening at cross purposes!

As well as glowing praise and feedback from audiences such as “West End standard”, “absolutely hysterical”, “truly professional” and “a must see!” An independent reviewer from NODA said it was a “well-rehearsed, slick production by an extremely talented group”.

Produced by the Cuckfield Dramatic Society (CDS), this is their first collaboration with the Players Theatre. CDS Chairman Peter Bowman, comments "When a show is this well received it's wonderful to be able to take it to a new audience so soon and The Players Theatre is a terrific venue, allowing audiences to get close to the action”.

Steve Somers, Hurstpierpoint Players Chairman, said, "We're delighted to offer this hilarious new comedy a well-deserved second run, and for the Players Theatre to host our friends from CDS for the first time. It's an exciting development and a sure sign that local theatre is thriving".
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Tickets: or 01444 848156
Price per ticket: £10 (2 or more tickets on Wednesday £9. Online booking fee just £1)
Location: Players Theatre, 147 High Street, HURSTPIERPOINT, BN6 9PU
Doors open: 19:00 and Show Starts 19:30

For more information contact
Twitter: @CuckfieldDrama
Facebook: /CuckfieldDramaticSociety

Also available is the poster/flyer for the show
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Rain or Shine Theatre Productions present Twelfth Night


Thursday 27th July 2017 in Cuckfield Recreation Ground.

Tickets are now on sale 

Price includes a booking fee. 

Tickets also available from the Parish Office.




     Art Exhibition & Sale

 29th September to 1st October run by Attic Art Club ( more details to follow) 




Book Festival- 7th and 8th October at Queens Hall, more details to follow.