Fun things for children to do to encourage Outdoor play. Get outside and enjoy the green open spaces and learn to appreciate nature and wildlife.

The Family Festival for 2014!

Family Festival Sussex

Elderflower Fields Festival

23rd 26th May 2014

With a wet winter behind us and the arrival of the spring, now is the time to get this great event in your diary. Elderflower Fields Festival is an idyllic way to spend the weekend with the entire family.  Super Early Bird tickets are all sold out although there are still Early Bird offers available for a limited time only. Read more

Importance of play

Outdoor PlayI have just read a really interesting article stressing the importance of play for children, where the author Dr Peter Gray compares human children to Carnivores and herbivores!  He says “There is a desperate need to give childhood back to children if we want our offspring to have happy productive and moral lives. We must allow more time for play not less, are you listening Michael Gove Secretary of State for Education”.


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Film – Project Wild Thing coming to Worthing

Worthing is on the map!  The Project Wild Thing film is coming to Sussex on 6th March! Project Wild Thing is a movement to get more kids (and their folks!) outside and reconnecting with nature.


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Junior Navigation Course

Children exploring natureA great opportunity this half term to get the children outside, exploring and learning essential navigation skills. Pied A Terre Adventures are running one of their popular Junior Navigation Course for 8 to 12 year olds on Monday 28th October 2013 at Devils Dyke.   Read more

William Penn School 13th in National biscuit wrapper recycling competition

Biscuit wrapper recycling postersHot news…. William Penn Primary School comes 13th in a UK wide biscuit wrapper recycling competition!

Sussex Green Living have been working with the William Penn Primary School in Coolham to launch and establish their TerraCycle recycling schemes, more information can be seen here. One of the waste resources they can recycle is sweet biscuit wrappers. The recycling scheme is sponsored by Mc Vitie’s, here are the competition results from TerraCycle……

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Going Green Family Style

Green familiesGoing green is something we all should do, not just us as individuals, but as whole families. We’re not talking Saint Patrick’s Day or yard beautification. We’re talking about energy conservation, renewable energy, recycling and sustainable living.

Going green as a family is not only good for the environment, but it can also end up being excellent for your long-term bottom-line. Want to know more? Here are some great tips to get you started. Read more

Biscuit wrapper recycling competition

School recyclingSussex Green Living is competing in the UK wide Biscuit Wrapper Recycling competition, the beneficiary being the William Penn Primary School in Coolham.  This competition is to see who can save the most used sweet biscuit wrappers (and brand) from landfill.  At the time of writing this blog we were 18th in the UK.  With a final push over the next 3 weeks we could be in with a chance of winning anything between £250 – £20 for the school, plus save all those biscuit wrappers from landfill.



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Eco friendly school lunch boxes

Waste free lunchPacking your child’s lunch allows you to save money, control what your child eats and help influence his dietary habits, all while avoiding the sometimes bad fare in school cafeterias. The traditional brown bags of days gone by are not only out of style in a modern lunch room, they are also a wasteful use of paper and are not the most efficient choice. Finding a green solution to the school lunch is easier than ever, and because eco-friendly choices are all the rage, these options are sure to make your child a school lunch trendsetter.


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Wildlife & Environmental Awareness Day 26 August 2013

Brent Wildlife HospitalBank Holiday Monday 26th August 10 – 4pm Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital, Cow Lane, Siddlesham, Nr Chichester, PO20 7LN – Wildlife and Environmental Awareness Day – “Redressing the balance”.  Although entrance is free, they would be grateful if you could give a tin of dog/cat food on arrival!


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Importance of social awareness for children

children and natureParenting comes with a wide array of responsibilities, not least of which is teaching kids the importance of social awareness and giving back to the community. Volunteering and actively working to help others not only helps to make a difference in your community and the world beyond it, but also helps to instil a sense of compassion and responsibility in your children. Read more

Families free bus tickets in the South Downs this summer

Greener travelThis summer, Sussex families who dread car journeys with kids can try the bliss of the Breeze Bus for free or half price, thanks to the South Downs National Park Authority, Brighton and Hove City Buses and Brighton and Hove City Council. The offer comes as new research shows that a fifth of Sussex parents travelling by car have felt their blood pressure rise and one in ten has been reduced to tears . A third of drivers have pulled over suddenly because of fighting and 38% have had their plans ruined by traffic. Read more

Forthcoming green events

Summer holiday fun


Looking for things to do this summer?  Here are three events which are free of charge and will get everyone into the great outdoors running around, letting off steam and having fun! Read more

Green Living Tips for Today’s Busy Families

Green HomeModern day families live a hustle and bustle lifestyle. Between driving kids to activities, working, shopping and maintaining a household, there is little time to think about the environment. Many decisions are made hastily and in the name of convenience because there is simply not enough time to plan for the long term and the big picture. Read more

National Playday outdoor free fun in Haywards Heath

Recycled masks

Wednesday 7th August 12 – 4pm

Entry free of charge

Come and join us for National Playday event in Victoria Park in Haywards Heath. The event aims to encourage young people and families to use the park and its facilities, the theme of the event being ‘Nature and the environment’.

The Sussex Green Living mascot Pedro and his recycled robots will be playing green games, to include:

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Moving into the Ecological Age

Fossil fuelOut with the old and in with the new we say!  It is time we move away from using ancient sunlight (unsustainable fuel sources) such as coal, gas and oil and we all need to harness the renewable energy of wind, sunlight and the sea.  I read this wonderful letter in the West Sussex County Times last week and thought I must share it with you.  Written by Nicola Peel an Environmentalist whose home is in Pulborough, West Sussex.  She spends her summers giving talks and working with schools and her winters in the Amazon doing incredible environmental work. Read more

Visit wonderland Pooh House and Gardens

27th and 28th April 2013 11am – 5pm

Tucked away in the idyllic West Sussex village of Fittleworth is the magical one acre wonderland of Pooh House and Gardens.

Family outdoor event SussexOutdoor play for children

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The Floral Fringe Fair 2014

Knepp Castle 2014

Date: Sat 31st May – Sun 1st June 2014

Venue: Knepp Castle, West Grinstead, West Sussex, RH13 8LJ

The Floral Fringe Fair is a traditional outdoor event on a county estate.  The Fair aims to inspire people to make their gardens wildlife friendly.

What visitors said about the event in 2013 “A quirky, foodie, arty, plantaholics wildlife event with a vintage twist!” Read more

Half term outdoor play

Aldingbourne Trust


The Aldingbourne Trust is one of the magical hidden treasures of Sussex. Take your children this half term, have fun and support this fantastic charity.

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Our treasure hunt in the Gruffalo Woods!

On New Years Day we had fun in the secret Gruffalo Woods near Storrington, West Sussex doing a treasure hunt……

Gruffalo Woods

Learn more about our family treasure hunts and geocaching here.  If you would like to be kept informed about future treasure hunts or geocaching events with other families email us and we will keep you informed about forthcoming dates and events.

We want you, the people of Sussex, to take some ownership of Forward your suggestions for events, videos, parks and green spaces etc to be added to “your” site.

“Greening Sussex by Sussex families”


Family fun in the countryside

Fittleworth geocachingDo you love getting out into the countryside? Inhaling fresh air, feeling the wind and sun on your face?  Do you need to occupy and exercise your children but be mindful of your weekly spend?  Well you can achieve all this and get some mental and physical exercise for your family by simply going for a walk in our wonderful countryside.  Then why not try geocaching? Read more

Come and buy some Green Christmas Presents

William Penn Xmas fayreXmas Fayre – Thursday 8th November 7 – 9pm

  • Would you like to raise money for a local school?
  • Would you like to raise money for a fantastic charity who support deprived families in the Philippines?
  • Would you like to get ahead of yourself with some Christmas presents, rather than have a last minute rush?
  • Would you like to buy some green/environmentally friendly Christmas presents?
  • Then come to the William Penn Primary School Xmas Fayre!

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Fabulous family festival fun!

Over the Moon Green family festival

Over the Moon Festival, a green and family-friendly event
Celebrating music, art and environmental awareness
On Friday 14 September until Sunday 16 September, 2012
Location: Hempstead Lane, Hailsham, East Sussex


Jim Mitchell, the festival organiser, says: ‘Over the Moon is an
Over the Moon - green family event opportunity for people to come together, get creative and have a wild time while learning how to live a more sustainable life.’

Alternative talks and workshops will be delivered by expert speakers at the forefront of their fields. These will include talks on environmental issues from Flemich Webb, environmental journalist and adventurer, the men behind Cadoo, the world’s only social network on sustainable living, and Tom Chute from 10:10 Brighton and Hove, who will give you advice on how to reduce your carbon footprint. Read more

Geocaching – the modern day treasure hunt


Modern day treasure huntFancy adding an extra dimension to your days out? Then give geocaching a go. Put simply, geocaching is a modern, high-tech take on a treasure hunt and has become something of a worldwide Read more

Earth Day Poem

I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.
Each blade of grass,
Each honey tree,
Each bit of mud,
And stick and stone
Is blood and muscle,
Skin and bone.
And just as I
Need every bit
Of me to make
My body fit,
So Earth needs
Grass and stone and tree
And things that grow here
That’s why we
Celebrate this day.
That’s why across
The world we say:
As long as life,
Is dear, is free,
I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.

By Jane Yolen


Earth Day – What is it all about?

Protecting the planetEarth Day is on Sunday 22nd April.   Earth Day is a Birthday!  Just like a birthday is a special day to celebrate a person, Earth Day is a special day that celebrates the Earth.  On this day people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities in 175 countries around the World campaign through events.  Their aim being to raise consciousness about the way our modern lives are affecting the planet and celebrate the wonder of our Earth.  It is a great way for children to think about the environment and conservation.

Pedro, the folks from Sussex Green Living, friends and family are meeting in Coneyhurst (it was going to be the Human Nature Garden in Horsham Park however due to the weather, a change of location) to have a picnic and play lots of outdoor games.  Join us if you fancy!

Activities will include:

  • Decorating nature masks made out of recycled materials.
  • Bring along a yoghurt pot or two which you have already decorated, then plant it up with flowers which will attract wildlife into your garden or herbs to eat.  Soil and seeds provided.
  • Recycling race – where the children learn about recycling in a fun and competitive way.
  • Football and  games.

And any other ideas you want to throw in!

To get the address and directions email us on

To learn more about Sussex Green Living and watch a video about 10 ways you can easily green up your lives why not take a look at our videos on this page

You might also like to download our Sussex Green Living guide to 25 Sustainable Living tips.  All you need to do is register in the Members’ Zone here, you will be emailed a password, then you can access lots of free members downloads additional site pages, content and free resources only available to members.  Go for it join this Green network now!