Mutant Toys or just a bit of hacking?

Have you ever watched Toy Story and thought that mutant toys were awesome?  Lindfield Arts Festival 2017  will give you the opportunity to bring an old toy to a Toy Hacking Workshop on 9th September and make it new.  Everything will be supplied but you are encouraged to start saving your old toys to transform them into hybrids.  

Children can turn abandoned, tired and unloved toys into downright bonkers and truly unique creations. Lindfield Arts Festival will have a stand on Village Day where there will be a collection point for old toys to be hacked during the Festival! 

Special sponsorship packages are available if your business would like to contribute to the local community Festival. 

Email enquires@lindfieldartsfestival.com  or call Stix: 07868 879084 for more information.

Face Painting and Nail Art

Children’s face painting by Circus Brighton from 11.00am

All facepaints are ‘Snazaroo’ which means they are water based and wash off with soap and water.  Turn up, and queue!  £2.00 per face

There will also be a nail painting stall.

 

Stiltwalking

Lindfield Arts  Festival are delighted to welcome Circus Brighton to this year’s street festival. 

Opening the Festival will be stilt walkers, throughout the day you will see circus performers based by the Red Lion .

Come along and try your hand at circus skills and watch the scheduled performances.

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Lindfield Arts Festival is particularly interested in the development of circus skills for young and old and will offer the community the chance to try out tightrope walking – good for balance and co-ordination, juggling, hula hooping, plate spinning and more.

There will also be a ballooning workshop and a wandering balloon artist to enthrall you. balloons More information for you nearer the time. However, be prepared to be amazed.

Circus Brighton schedule

Lindfield Arts  Festival are delighted to welcome Circus Brighton to this year’s street festival. 

Opening the Festival will be stilt walkers, throughout the day you will see circus performers based by the Red Lion.

Come along and try your hand at circus skills and watch the scheduled performances.

stilt walking

Lindfield Arts Festival is particularly interested in the development of circus skills for young and old and will offer the community the chance to try out tightrope walking – good for balance and co-ordination, juggling, hula hooping, plate spinning and more.

There will also be a ballooning workshop and a wandering balloon artist to enthrall you. balloons More information for you nearer the time. However, be prepared to be amazed.

It’s messy time!

A Guest Blog by Discover & Be.

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Looking for a fun, interactive event for you and your children at this year’s festival?

Join the Discover & Be team for a jam-packed session of multisensory messy play, music and more! There will be a host of activities all based around the fantastic – and highly topical! – theme of trains and transport.

The session will be full of engaging and entertaining activities suitable for children from 6 months – 4 years old (although older siblings are more than welcome!):

  • Get busy in our small world cereal construction site with railway track
  • Do some super messy painting using the wheels of a car
  • Build your own train track
  • Clamber across our stepping stones, and take a crawl through the tunnel
  • Take a selfie in our Thomas the Tank Engine photobooth
  • Learn your shapes and colours as you create your own colourful train
  • Sing some terrific transport tunes
  • Hear the story of The Runaway Train by Benedict Blathwayt

All Discover & Be sessions (held weekly in Cuckfield, Scaynes Hill, Newick and Portslade) are packed with creative, hands-on learning experiences, music and movement, imaginative play and expressive messy play. Come along and join in the fun!

In the meantime, why not try out some of these fun transport-related activities at home?

If you’ve got a bit of space inside, or the weather is still being kind, grab some bubble wrap and make a fab bubble wrap runway, ideal for zooming cars, trains, any other wheeled toy you might have or, indeed, feet! Of course, the bubbles make a great noise as they’re burst all in all making it super sensory fun. Check out the instructions courtesy of Hands On As We Grow.

How about something more creative? Clare’s Little Tots website suggest attaching your pens (or crayons) to your toy cars and using them to make colourful pictures. Here’s how they do it.

If your children are into imaginative role playing an activity like this one will keep them happy: this is an airplane sensory bin (although you can adapt it to whatever toys you have at home).

Check out the instructions on the link above or just get creative with whatever is lying around at home. As you can see, this sensory pit has coloured rice and cotton wool clouds, but there are other ways of creating an activity like this:

  • How about a water based one complete with boats?
  • Or maybe a construction site equipped with diggers?
  • Here’s another example of a sensory construction site and shows how you can use bits and bobs from around the house (namely a tray from the shed and some pasta in this case!).

Finally, back to some more art and craft ideas, all based around trains:

Hopefully these ideas have inspired you to have a go at home but do come down and join in the session on the 17th September from 4-5pm. We look forward to meeting you!

 

Discover & Be run multisensory messy play sessions every week in Scaynes Hill (Monday), Newick (Tuesday), Cuckfield (Friday) and Portslade (Friday). Discover & Be, through their team of experienced primary school teachers and a music specialist, also offer private academic and music tuition, and organise themed parties for children. Find them online:

 

W: Discoverandbe.com

F: facebook.com/discoverandbe

T: twitter.com/discoverandbe1

I: instagram.com/discoverandbe

E: info@discoverandbe.com

Baby ballet

What: Workshop
Where: United Reform Church, Back Hall
When: 11am and 1.30pm, Saturday 17th September
Who: Children aged 6 months to 6 years
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<span style=”color: #ff00ff;”>babyballet</span> is a fun, award-winning pre-school dance concept for girls and boys from <span style=”color: #000000;”>6 months to 6 years.</span> <a title=”babyballet schools in the UK” href=”https://www.babyballet.co.uk/find+a+Class/” target=”_blank”>With schools right across the UK</a>, babyballet dance classes allow babies, toddlers and young children to enjoy the physical and social benefits of ballet, song and dance in a safe, caring, positive and informal environment.  With a real focus on learning through play, the unique <a title=”The babyballet syllabus” href=”https://www.babyballet.co.uk/About+Us/The+babyballet+syllabus/” target=”_blank”>babyballet syllabus</a> offers four key stages of ballet and tap classes where every child can build their confidence and social skills, learning manners, discipline and respect while developing their basic ballet technique, coordination, musicality, balance, posture and rhythm.
babyballet’s fully qualified, friendly and engaging <a href=”https://www.babyballet.co.uk/About+Us/Our+Teachers/” target=”_blank”>dance teachers</a> are joined in class by the babyballet bears<span style=”color: #000000;”>, Twinkle &amp; Teddy,</span> who help to encourage all the little stars to interact and share as they learn to dance without any pressure. We hope you have a fantastic day and come and join in our taster classes!

The experiences that inspire me

A Guest Blog by Eve Ainsworth.

I never planned to write for young adults. I just knew I wanted to write SOMETHING. Writing seems to run through my blood, it feeds me and keeps me warm – and for a long, long time I just wrote the odd ideas that popped into my head – often underdeveloped and not really thought through in detail. But they were ok and they fed my addiction.

Things changed when I started working in a local secondary school. Again, this was not on my list of plans. In fact, when I left the same school at eighteen, I swore that I would never EVER return. But after years of unfulfilling and uninspiring work, I needed something different – so I decided to take the leap and work with teens – and thank goodness I did.

My new job meant that I was working directly with young people and also witnessing some of the real issues they were facing. It was a job I absolutely loved. It soon became clear to me that I could utilise my work in my writing and create stories that represented some of the very real and very concerning problems that face teenagers today. And so 7 Days, a book about the realities of bullying, was written, shortly followed by Crush, a book about toxic and controlling relationships.

I am a true believer that life takes you down a particular path for a reason. Years ago, I would have never expected to be writing books for teens, but now it seems a very natural and enjoyable route for me. This is not to say that I think you should only write what you know – but having experience in certain areas can feed your passion and make the writing so much more authentic.

Above all you need to enjoy what you do. Always.

 

Eve has written two Young Adult novels – Seven Days and Crush – both published by Scholastic. Seven Days was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal.

Eve is giving an author talk at Lindfield Arts Festival on Saturday 17th, 1.30-2.30pm in the URC. Register now to save your seat! Suitable for ages 11+

Discover and Be for little children

Discover & BeWhat: Messy Play Sessions

When: 17 September, 4-5pm for children – from 6 months to include their older siblings

Where: United Reform Church, Back Room

Discover & Be provide innovative and inspiring educational services for children in Sussex. They currently run multisensory play sessions for you and your child in three venues: Scaynes Hill, Newick and Cuckfield. The sessions are packed with creative, hands-on learning experiences, music and movement, imaginative play and expressive messy play. Sessions are suitable for children from 6 months – 4 years, and all are welcome to try their first session for free.

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For older children they offer private tuition, in both academic subjects as well as music. If your primary age son or daughter is in need of extra coaching in a particular subject, such as English or maths, give Sheila a call to discuss how Discover & Be can help you. Always fancied learning the ukulele, or perhaps honing your vocal talents? Rhiannon has many years experience of both music and teaching, so she will have you or your child performing your heart out before you know it!Discover & Be

Looking for a personalised birthday party, perhaps with a special theme unique to your child? We can help! Discover & Be offer bespoke children’s birthday parties so if you’ve got a dinosaur-loving six year old, or your toddler is in to all things on wheels, they can theme your party around a favourite subject. Activities, songs, games, messy play and more – there’ll be a host of fun for you and your guests.

To find out more, visit www.discoverandbe.com or call Sheila on 07980 565 632 or Rhiannon 07472 521 161

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Silhouette Show

Date – Friday 16th September 2016
Time – 20:00- 23:00 hrs
Venue – Stand Up Inn

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The Silhouette Show are a three part vocal harmony group, based in Sussex, paying tribute to the music of the 1900’s to the 1960’s.

Karen, Chloe & Sarah have come together with a shared love of retro and vintage music, to create an Andrews Sisters-esque trio that delivers all the hits of the day, from Vera Lynn to Chubby Checker, from Billie Holiday to The Temptations, and everything in between. In their vintage glitz, and with their playful choreography, The Silhouettes will take you from 1900 to 1960.

Whether you prefer the shake and rattle of rock and roll, or the morale-boosting melodies of the War Time Classics, The Silhouettes will have you jiving to ‘Jailhouse Rock’ one minute and swaying to ‘We’ll Meet Again’ another.
So get your glad rags on, and clear those lungs, for a musical tribute you won’t forget!

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If you need anything else from us please do not hesitate to ask. Our website is www.vintagetrio.co.uk. Our twitter is @qualityvintage and our facebook is /TheSilhouetteShow

Clare and Emma’s creative workshop lanterns

At the information point, in the High Street, come and admire Clare and Emma’s handiwork.  The lanterns of withy and tissue will be displayed alongside the graffiti installation on Sunday 18th September.

Clare and Emma’s creative workshop lanterns