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Ten things for kids to do in (or near) Bognor Regis this summer

The holidays are here and whilst parents might initially be excited to see the back of the school run and kids happy to be out of the classroom, households across Sussex will soon be filled with the sounds of “I’m Borrrrrreed”.

So, we’ve put together 10 suggestions of activities your kids can take part in this summer that should soon put a smile back on everyone’s face!

In no particular order:

Air Arena trampoline park
With 74 trampolines, interactive activities and tasty food, this trampoline park in the heart of Chichester, will soon stop them bouncing off your walls!
For more info, CLICK HERE

The Base Skate Park
Set up in 2013 by two local parents who were desperate to find their children somewhere safe to skate, The Base now offers a welcoming environment for young people to practice their skills.
For more info, CLICK HERE

Amberley Museum
Located in the heart of the South Downs National Park, at Amberly museum kids can travel back in time and explore the South’s working past in a 36 acre former quarry and limeworks with interactive displays and activities.
For more info, CLICK HERE

Arundel Wetland Centre
Bring the wild to your staycation with a wetland adventure this summer. Get closer to nature, see unforgettable sights and leave the outside world behind. With wide-open spaces and wetlands full of the sights and sounds of nature, there’s plenty to see and do including a 20 minute guided boat safari.
For more info, CLICK HERE

Chichester Community Development Trust (CCDT)
CCDT owns and manages community buildings and land, safe-guarding these important spaces for the community, and reinvesting profits to create long-term economic, social and environmental benefits. They also run regular activities, classes and events throughout the year at their venues, both for residents and the wider Chichester community. In August, they’re running a Family Upcycling event giving people ideas and inspiration to make something new from something old.
For more info, CLICK HERE

Flip Out
Flip Out Chichester is the biggest Adventure Trampoline Park in Sussex with lots of attractions to entertain the whole family. As well as the trampolines you can also enjoy an amazing Ninja Assault Course, Wipe Out, Dropslide, 3 floors of Soft Play and much more!
For more info, CLICK HERE

South Downs Planetarium Science Centre
The South Downs Planetarium Trust is run by a dedicated team of volunteers and astronomy enthusiasts who have a passion for science and education and believe that learning should be fun! They opened to the public in 2001 and are one of the largest Planetariums in the British Isles. Every month, they provide public shows where visitors can experience the magic of the night sky with expert live commentary from one of their expert astronomers.
For more info, CLICK HERE

Harbour Park
Based in Littlehampton, Harbour Park offers a day out by the beach for younger families. The rides and attractions are designed for families with children between the ages of 2-12 and there are also great places to eat as well as traditional arcade games in the Arcade. It’s a great place to gently introduce your children to the delights of fun rides.
For more info, CLICK HERE

Out of Bounds
Over in Angmering, this all-weather entertainment centre offers indoor and outdoor activities for all ages including Adventure Golf, Foot/Disc Golf, Adventure Nets, Jumping Pillows, Clip ‘n Climb, Ten Pin Bowling, Soft Play and Open Laser Tag. Perfect for an active day out!
For more info, CLICK HERE.

Dramatis Holiday Workshop
Well, we couldn’t leave ourselves off the list 😉 Our Holiday Workshops are perfect for keeping boredom at bay! Whilst they all include games and activities to ensure children make new friends and develop their social skills, these five-day workshops are focused on a performance that pupils present at the end of the week. This summer, the theme is “Dastardly Descendants” which will means activities will be based around the trouble-making children of some pretty famous villains.
For more info, CLICK HERE

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Plays and Pinot: AUTUMN SEASON PLAYS ANNOUNCED

We’re giving our Plays and Pinot participants August off but are excited to announce the next season of plays!

The Autumn Season (incorporating Sept, Oct and Nov) is below with links so you can explore the play further and book your place.

Arrivals and Departures (by Alan Ayckbourn)
Thursday Lunchtimes (1.30pm to 2.15pm)
Thurs 2nd to Thurs 23rd Sept
To learn more about this play, CLICK HERE
To book, CLICK HERE

Habeas Corpus (by Alan Bennett)
Thursday Lunchtimes (1.30pm to 2.15pm)
Thurs 7th Oct to Thurs 28th Oct
To learn more about this play, CLICK HERE
To book, CLICK HERE

The Comedy of Errors (by William Shakespeare)
Monday Lunchtimes (1.30pm to 2.15pm)
Mon 1st to Mon 22nd Nov
To learn more about this play, CLICK HERE
To book, CLICK HERE

Neighbourhood Watch (by Alan Ayckbourn)
Thursday Lunchtimes (1.30pm to 2.15pm)
Thurs 4th to Thurs 25th Nov
To learn more about this play, CLICK HERE
To book, CLICK HERE

Blithe Spirit (by Noel Coward)
Thursday Evenings (7.30pm to 8.15pm)
Thurs 4th to Thurs 25th Nov
To learn more about this play, CLICK HERE
To book, CLICK HERE

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Free Taster sessions to celebrate the return of Act Your Age!

With lockdown restrictions lifting on 19th July, we’re delighted to confirm that our in-person drama group for adults will re-start again in September!

Act Your Age is perfect for those who are nervous about performing on stage or learning lines as the focus is on bringing together like-minded people who are keen to explore the world of acting through script reading.

Each week, we’ll work through different scripts from the worlds of TV, Film and Theatre and will also take part in some drama based games and activities. Led by Dramatis Principal, Suzy Duxbury, sessions will include some drama theory as well as tips and tricks.

Act Your Age runs in 3 month terms, and the upcoming Autumn Term (incorporating September, October and November) starts on Wednesday 8th September.

A Morning session runs in Bognor Regis (at the Regis Centre) and an Evening session runs in Chichester (at Roussilion Park). Each term (which consists of approximately 12 sessions) costs £180.

To celebrate the return of in-person get togethers, we’re running two FREE TASTER sessions (one in Bognor and one in Chichester) on Wednesday 18th August! This gives you the opportunity to come along and try it out for yourself. No pressure to sign up, just come along and give it a whirl!

To confirm your attendance at a FREE TASTER sessions OR to book for the full Autumn term, please see our BOOKINGS page.

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Keep your kids occupied at our Summer Holiday Workshop!

After rave reviews of our Easter Holiday workshop, ‘Can’t Stop the Beat’, we’re excited to announce our next Holiday Workshop. Darstardly Descendents will keep kids aged 8-11 entertained over the Summer break and give parents a break from the “I’m bored” chorus that often hits homes around mid August!

Our Holiday workshops are lots of fun, with a range of games and exercises to encourage positive play between children. They are also great for bringing kids out of their shell and building confidence.

But don’t just take our word for it, here are a couple of the things parents of previous pupils from our holiday workshops have said:

“You’ve definitely brought out a beautiful new side to her. I swear it’s like looking at a different child! Thank you so much, I can’t wait to see how she progresses”
Christina (Mother of Megan)

She has repeatedly said she doesn’t want the week to end and how glad she is she is doing the workshop. Thank you!”
Ruth (Mother of Eva)

Our Darstardly Descendents workshop is based around a well known film about the trouble-making children of some pretty famous villains. From Jafar’s son (in Aladdin) and the Evil Queen’s daughter (in Snow White) to Cruella’s son (in 101 Dalmatians) to the daughter of Maleficent (in Maleficent), the workshop offers pupils’ the perfect opportunity to learn about character development.

Alongside drama games and exercises that include improvisation and role play, pupils will work towards putting on their own performance at the end of the week that will be filmed so family members can see what they’ve been up to.

Mon 9th to Fri 13th August 2021
9.30am – 3.30pm
The Regis School, Bognor Regis
Ages 8-11
£150 per child
To secure your spot, visit our BOOKINGS page.

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Dramatis shortlisted for a V2 Radio Local Business Award!

Last month, V2 Radio announced it would be celebrating local businesses that have survived and thrived during lockdown with a ‘Hats off to Sussex businesses’ awards campaign.

Working with Growth Animals, an ethical marketing agency, V2 radio is continuing their crusade to champion Sussex-based businesses. Members of the public have submitted their nominations of local organisations whose positive actions have shone in the past year, and people are now invited to vote for the winner of each of the three categories.

We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for the ‘Digging Deep’ category which was designed to shine a light on independent businesses who have “overcome adversity and pivoted their offering during the lockdown to adapt to the changing market conditions”.

Thank you to everyone who has nominated us so far…but we’re up against some strong competition so we now need your help to get the most votes!

Voting will close at midnight next Tuesday 8th of June with winners announced mid-June LIVE ON AIR!!!

The winning company from each category will receive a bespoke radio advert aired on V2 Radio, the consultation and digital marketing services of Growth Animals Marketing, and their own V2 Radio ‘Hats off to Sussex businesses’ trophy. 

We would love such an accolade so please do vote for us by CLICKING HERE!

FULL LIST OF SHORTLISTED BUSINESSES:

Category 1 Shortlist: Digging deep

Independent businesses who have overcome adversity and pivoted their offering during the lockdown to adapt to the changing market conditions.

Dramatis
Throughout the pandemic, the brilliant Suzy at Dramatis worked hard reaching out to local adults and young people to run drama activities and play readings, quickly switching in person interactions to online. Dramatis have provided cheerful, lively and inspiring sessions during the bleak months when many people, of all ages, felt isolated and demoralised.

Eden Hypnotherapy
During lockdown, the amazing Sarah Jane, founder of Eden Hypnotherapy, took to social media to totally transform her holistic therapy business. Sarah Jane hosted sessions on Zoom, enabling people with mental health challenges to positively change their attitudes all around the world, which she continues to do now alongside her face to face work.

Nick Clark Children’s Magicians
Significantly impacted by Covid-19, the generous Nick quickly diversified offering online magic shows and discos, in exchange for a donation to charity. This meant that children, who found lockdown so difficult, could still enjoy being entertained, and many charities benefited, including Chestnut Tree House, Pacso and Trussel Trust Foodbank.

Pier Road Coffee and Art
The clever team at Pier Road Coffee and Art adapted the business so that artists, who like many were negatively impacted by the situation, still had a way to reach a wider audience to showcase and sell their work. The coffee shop pivoted to provide an excellent delivery service of afternoon tea and cakes and ran competitions to engage with the local community.

T&T Fruits
Despite no longer being able to sell from their usual local markets, T&T Fruits did not let the pandemic stop them. Embracing the situation, supporting all the local communities and those especially who could not get to supermarkets or get deliveries. Launching a website and advertising on social media, to offer an array of fresh produce delivered the next day.

Category 2 Shortlist: Reaching out

Organisations who have been outward-looking when the lockdown hit, who have, despite challenges, supported the community and gone above and beyond to help.

Apple Van Hire
Apple Van Hire has been open throughout the crisis, dedicated to those in need. Including helping desperate supermarkets to stock local stores, supporting NHS workers, and reuniting victims of domestic abuse with their families. Described as “a real gent”, the owner has given unconditionally, without a thought for his own safety and all with a smile.

UK Harvest
The wonderful team at UKHarvest stepped up and delivered over 1 million meals to people in need, even without the usual volunteer support in the warehouse or as many drivers due to COVID restrictions. Dedicated to eliminating food poverty and waste through important education and the redistribution of quality surplus food, the team have worked tirelessly.

Angmering Village Greens
Throughout the pandemic, Nic and Nicole have delivered quality service and produce, going the extra mile ensuring their customers were able to easily access fresh fruit and veg. Nothing has been too much trouble and Nic has regularly kept in touch with customers, particularly those who were vulnerable, to ensure everyone had everything they needed.

Brent Lodge
Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital treats, rehabilitates and responsibly releases injured wildlife casualties and orphans in Sussex. Despite the pandemic and lockdown the team soldiered on, continuing to help as many animals as they could, whilst adhering to challenging lockdown restrictions.  

Cathedral Wealth Management
Those at Cathedral Wealth Management used initiative and community spirit to reach out and help others during COVID times. From local medicine and food runs, to international aid to orphans in Africa, even more vulnerable because of the pandemic, the team worked hard to help as many people as possible, looking outwards and putting others first.

Crimsham Farm
Crimsham Farm is a community farming project, spearheaded and run by Veterans of the Armed Forces and young adults with learning difficulties. With a great attitude to mental health, Crimsham Farm has been especially welcoming over the past year, supporting all children, but especially those with anxiety or those who have difficulty interacting socially. 

The Lamb Inn
Despite having to close their business for much of the lockdown period, owners of The Lamb Inn, Brian and Elaine, organised donations for local hospital workers, a book and puzzle swap to raise funds for local charities and donating their food stocks to those in need. Volunteers at the lifeboat station, Brian and Elaine are renowned for their warmth and generosity.

Tylers Trust
Despite being in lockdown and not having the community of volunteers to support its work and funding, Tyler’s Trust never stopped reaching out to the families of ill children during the pandemic.  It found ways to support them at a time when they needed it more than ever, with doorstep deliveries of gifts, treats, activities, food, cleaning supplies, the list goes on…

Pinks Parlour
Owner Katy and her employees at Pinks Parlour have been described as an “amazing local asset.” In her Ice Cream shop, Katy consciously employs people from all parts of the local community and treats every customer with care and attention. Katy regularly supports local events and is always the first to help with fundraising and getting exposure for good causes.

Squire Model and Craft Tools
Squires went the extra mile for local schools throughout the pandemic. They kept key worker children busy with art and craft projects, dropping them straight to schools that needed them. Despite the shop being closed, the team often did local deliveries for free to keep elderly and vulnerable customers safe and occupied with craft projects during lockdown.

Category 3 Shortlist: Just did it

New businesses, formed in lockdown despite the unstable economic conditions and risk and have held their nerve and given it their all to make their business a success.

Chichester Flowers
Even with the challenging economy, Chichester Flowers bravely opened up a brand new business in the middle of a lockdown, determined to make a success of their business to give local people a job when employment was hard to find. The florists proudly sell locally grown flowers and are determined to support the local economy to bounce back.

Springboard to Business
The launch of not-for-profit initiative Springboard to Business in 2020 has enabled the young entrepreneurial people of our community to get together and learn how to become the best business people they can be. The team had the courage to start this incredible young network and support service for those in their early careers wanting to start their business.

Midnight Blush
Tenacious business owner Rosie got the keys to her new business venture the day the second lockdown was announced. She worked relentlessly to reach customers via live shopping events, collaborating closely in partnerships with other businesses. `’Rosie hasn’t just survived lockdown as a new business, she has thrived, been creative and never gave up.`’

Mitchells Travel
Mitchell’s Travel did their absolute best despite the circumstances, bravely setting up their new shop despite there being travel bans and restrictions. Going above and beyond helping their own customers rebook their holidays, keeping them informed with all the latest guidelines and even assisting those who did not book through them get their money back.

Copper Pan Fudge Company
The copper pan fudge company is a determined and fearless independent local business who, despite the pandemic, have managed to rework their business and even open up a shop in the most uncertain times. They are constantly innovating, offering new products and really getting to know what their community wants and needs, both online and locally.