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SEND Connect East Sussex

A newsletter providing information, advice and resources that support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), and their families.

December 2023

What's on in Sussex this Christmas

Are you looking for things to do with your family on the run up to Christmas? 🎅🎄

We have rounded up a few of the festivities in East Sussex. Most offer discounts if you have an East Sussex i-go leisure card.

Find out more about i-go on their website.

East Sussex i-go logo, with a christmas hat on.

Christmas Activities at Borde Hill

Check out the family Christmas activities taking place this weekend at Borde Hill in Haywards Heath!

Children can write their letters to Santa and explore the Garden on an uplifting Christmas story trail about ‘The Pony Who Dreamt of Being a Reindeer’.

🗓️ Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December 2023
🕥 Opening times: 10:00am to 3:30pm
📍 Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath, RH16 1XP

Visit the i-go website for more information.

*Please note that Borde Hill is closed for winter, and will be reopening on 10 February 2024. They are open especially for Christmas events throughout December*

letter to santa.

Winter Storytelling at Butser Ancient Farm

Head down to Butser Ancient Farm in Waterlooville for a festive afternoon of winter storytelling on Friday 8 December 2023!

The details are:
🗓️ Friday 8 December 2023
🕕 4:00pm to 6:00pm
📍 Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton Lane, Waterlooville, PO8 OBG
💰 If you have an East Sussex i-go card, you can select the visitor with carer ticket price of £12 as part of the i-go offer.

A bar will sell locally produced mead and a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Hot drinks and snacks will also be available to be purchased from the shop.

Register your place.

people around a fire storytelling.

Family Pantomime at White Rock Theatre

The Cinderella Pantomime at White Rock Theatre in Hastings is a family-friendly pantomime full of slapstick comedy and musical numbers.

The details are:
🗓️ Running between 25 December to 31 December 2023
📍 White Rock Theatre, Hastings, TN34 1JX
💰 i-go offer of one carer free entry and a free cup of tea applies

Wheelchair access is available in the auditorium. There is also a unisex disabled toilet on the lower ground floor, with enough space for a large electric wheelchair and a carer.

Book your tickets.


Meet Santa in the sky at Brighton i360

For a truly magical experience this Christmas, meet Santa and his elves in the sky at Brighton i360 throughout December.

🗓️ Running between 2 December to 24 December 2023
📍 Lower Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2LN
💰 i-go offer of FREE companion ticket applies to this event!

Standard tickets include:
➡️ A 25 minute festive pod journey
➡️ Meet and greet with Santa and his Elves
➡️ Gift for every child

Book your place.

Santa in the sky.

Relaxed Screening of Wish at Hailsham Pavilion

Head down to Hailsham Pavilion - Cinema and Theatre for a relaxed inclusive screening of "Wish"!

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Wish” is an all-new musical-comedy.

During the relaxed screening the music will play at a lower volume, the house lights will be left on a low setting, and they do not play any pre-show ads or trailers.

🗓️ Thursday 21 December at 10:30am
📍 George Street, Hailsham, BN27 1AE
💰 Tickets £5.00. Carers free of charge, including a complimentary tea or coffee

Find out more.

children in a cinema eating popcorn.

Join Snowy at SEALIFE Brighton

Snowy the snowman is inviting children and their families to take part in an interactive trail through the aquarium at the SEALIFE Centre in Brighton!

🗓️ Running between Friday 1 December to 31 December 2023

💰 i-go offer of one carer goes free applies

Adult (15+ Years) - Starting from £22.50
Child (3 to 14 Years) - Starting from £19.00
Under 3 – FREE

📍 SEA LIFE Brighton, Marine Parade, Brighton, BN2 1TB

Book your place.

fish in a tank.

You can visit our East Sussex Local Offer for SEND information.

The East Sussex Local Offer directory lists local and online activities and events, that are specifically for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), and their families.