Pedro, Sussex Green Living’s frog has hand picked some of his favourite local family events, environmental awareness What's on: fun & educational events in West Sussex

Saturday in every month10 – 12 noon – Green Coffee Morning and mini market with Ecover refill service at the Quaker Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham RH12 1SL (opposite Sainsburys). Bring your clean, dry, empty Ecover bottles and fill up with washing up liquid, all-purpose cleaner, fabric softener and laundry liquid.

January

21st 7.30pm – Talk on recycling and inspirational upcycling in West Sussex by Carrie Cort from Sussex Green Living to Southwater Horticultural Society, Southwater Village Hall.

26 -30th – Big Energy Saving Week

26 – 31st 9 – 5.30pm Waste Reduction Pop-up-shop in Swan Walk Shopping Centre, Horsham. West Sussex County Council and their voluntary Waste Prevention Advisors will be on-hand talking to the general public about ways their can reduce the amount of waste they produce and learn more about what can and can’t be recycled.  Sussex Green Living will have a display illustrating products which are made of recycled and upcycled materials. As well as running some craft sessions helping people to upcycle their Christmas waste. Learn more here.

27th 8pm –  Talk on recycling and inspirational upcycling in West Sussex by Carrie Cort from Sussex Green Living to Allan Fletcher Hall, Worthing.

30th all day – The Littlehampton Academy E.Y.E. Project Eco Summit. Sussex Green Living’s 100% recycled stand, Pedro and his recycled robots will be there, playing green games and giving ideas as to how people can lead a greener life.

February

2 February – 1 May – National Green Week, you can choose any week until during this time frame to be your Green Week. Participate for the whole week, a day, or just one lesson, reading or activity. Schools and groups are encouraged to take this opportunity to spend time with students discussing sustainability topics and exploring ways they can make a difference.

9 – 15th –  Go Green Week is People & Planet’s annual national week of climate action in schools, colleges and universities.

14 – 21st – National Nest Box Week

14th 12:30-4pm – Seed Swap/Sow & Grow Spring Fair at Oak Grove College, Worthing.  Sussex Green Living’s 100% recycled stand, Pedro and his recycled robots will be there, playing green games and giving ideas as to how people can lead a greener life. More information here.

21st – Transition Horsham Seedy Saturday (Seed exchange) at the Horsham Friends’ Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham RH12 1SL from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Sussex Green Living’s 100%, Pedro and his recycled robots will be there, playing green games and giving ideas as to how people can lead a greener life.

23rd – 8 March Fairtrade fortnight. 

March

5th 9.15 – 4pm – Our South Downs 2015 Teachers Conference at the South Downs Centre, Midhurst.  Sussex Green Living will be present with a stand and we are running three workshops entitled “Waste and Wildlife”.  This workshop will be a practical and fun session, showing how we can weave together biodiversity, environmental protection and upcycling.  More information here.

2 – 6th – Waste Week more information can be found here.

2 – 8th – Climate Change week.

21st – World Forestry Day. 

22nd – World Water Day.

28th 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm – Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event is held worldwide annually encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, from 8.30 to 9.30 pm on the last Saturday in March, as a symbol for their commitment to the planet. It was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide. Today, Earth Hour engages a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues. The one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement.

April

22nd – Earth Day’s 45th anniversary could be the most exciting year in environmental history. The year in which economic growth and sustainability join hands. The year in which world leaders finally pass a binding climate change treaty. The year in which citizens and organizations divest from fossil fuel investments and put their money into renewable energy solutions. These are tough issues but we know what’s at stake is the future of our planet and the survival of life on earth. On Earth Day we need you to take a stand so that together, we can show the world a new direction. It’s your turn to lead. So our world leaders can follow by example. More information about Earth Day Network here.

May

3 – 4th – Food & Folk Festival at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Town Lane, Chichester, PO18 0EU. The very best of the South East’s produce, crafts, books and plants will be showcased at our spring event. Enjoy cookery classes and demonstrations, traditional folk music, dancing and storytelling. There will be lots of tasty samples to try before you buy! Learn more here.

3 – 9th – Compost Awareness Week aims to encourage more people to realise the benefits of home composting and the great results that can be achieved by using peat-free composts containing recycled material. Throughout the week a variety of organisations will be encouraging people to give new composting activities a go. More information here.

8 – 10th – European Clean up days. Several clean-up campaigns have been implemented in Europe over the past years to tackle the litter problem. The European Clean-Up Day, intends to bring these initiatives together to have a Europe-wide clean-up event that takes place on the same day all over the continent; involving and reaching as many citizens as possible.

10th – The South Downs Green Fair at the Sustainability Centre, just over the boarder in Hampshire.  Families can try their hand at bushcraft, clay-sculpturing, green suppliers, seed swapping, music, food and much more. More information here.

18 – 24th – National Vegetarian Week joins people around the world, raising awareness to the ethical, environmental, health and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle.  Learn more here.

19 – 23rd – National Walk to School Week is a great way for schools to raise awareness of the benefits of sustainable transport and the data collected as part of the event can be used to inform key areas of the school’s Travel Plan. More information here.

22nd – International Day for Biological.

22 – 25th – Elderflower Fields Family Festival at Pippingford Park in the Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. The Elderflower Fields Festival is a quality and great value family festival in the heart of the beautiful Sussex countryside. It is a magical weekend of activities in an exciting and safe environment, designed especially with families and children in mind.   More information here.

29th 11 – 5pm – Brighton Science Festival  on tour half term family fun at Billingshurst Community Centre, Roman Way. More information can be seen here.

30 – 31st – The Floral Fringe Fair at 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.  Sussex Green Living’s 100% recycled stand, Pedro and his recycled robots will be there, playing green games and giving ideas as to how people can lead a greener life.  More information here.

June

5th – World Environment Day is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. World Environment Day activities take place all year round but climax on 5 June every year, involving everyone from everywhere.  Learn more here. There are lots of resources for schools here.

1 – 5th – Oxfam Water Week.

7th – Open Farm Sunday is a fantastic opportunity for everyone, young and old, to meet the farmers who grow their food and care for the countryside.  Search for a farm to visit here.

8 – 14th – National School Grounds Week.

8th – World Ocean Day people around the planet celebrate and honor the body of water which links us all, for what it provides humans and what it represents. Be a part of this growing global celebration!  More information here.

15 – 21st – Recycle Week brings a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling. Now in its 17th year, this established and highly regarded annual campaign continues to educate and stimulate behaviour change.  It gives people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work and school.

11 – 12th – Eco Technology Show, The Brighton Centre, Brighton.  The Eco Technology Show is an exhibition and conference showcasing low carbon technologies across domestic, commercial and public buildings, energy, transport and lifestyle sectors. It highlights how we can all embrace new developments in technologies to save money and deliver genuine benefits to both business and communities on-going.

July

August

5th – National Playday is a day when thousands of children and their families get out to play at hundreds of community events across the UK. From small-scale events to thousands of children taking over Trafalgar Square – Playday is celebrated by each community in a way that suits them.  Find out more here.

7th-9th – The Big Wild Sleepout is all about spending a night in nature’s home to raise money and help save our wildlife.  Join family or friends for a fun sleepout in your back garden or at your local RSPB reserve. Put up a tent, make a shelter or sleep under the stars and discover a whole world of wildlife on your doorstep. More information here.

16th-23rd August – Sun and Moon Festival, this is a family wellbeing festival which is taking place at Plumpton College (South Downs).  We are going to be there delivering Green Play workshops for the children. More information here.

September

5th-6th September – Into the Trees Pippingford Park, Nutley, East Sussex, TN22 3HW. This is a fabulous new event which aims to get children and their families into the great outdoors to have fun and learn about their environment. Supported by Sussex Wildlife Trust, High Weald AONB, Conservators of Ashdown Forest and Earth Restoration Service. More information here.

6th September – Brighton Permaculture Trust tours, Stamner Park, Brighton. More information here.

18th-21st September – Beachwatch Big Weekend takes place once a year. Volunteers beach clean and get involved in a survey which is organised by the Marine Conservation Society and is the biggest beach clean up event in the UK.  To find out more or locate your nearest event visit this website.

19th September – Worthing’s Coastal Heritage & Sustainability Fair: & Great British Beach Clean/Annual Litter Survey 2015 in Worthing.  Location: Beach House Grounds for Fair & Promenade from Pier to Esplanade for Beach Clean. Community briefing at 10am until about 3.30pm.  Beach Clean runs from 11.00 –  12.00. More information here.

TBC – Clean up the World Weekend aims to inspire and empower communities to clean up, fix up and conserve their environment. Learn more here.

TBC – Waste less and live more week aims to raise awareness that environmental and social issues in our food system are interlinked and tackling these issues together is a far more effective solution. Learn more here.

27th 11 – 5pm – Apple Festival, Stanmer Park, Brighton.  A wonderful, annual family event in and around the orchards of Stanmer Park. Apple Day features masses of apple-themed activities including: orchard tours, food & drink, storytelling, children’s activities, music, apple identification, fruit tree growing advice, fruit from our orchards to buy, a range of stalls selling local produce and a lot more. Not to be missed… the sun always shines!  Free entry (£5 parking charge). More information here.

27th 10 – 4pm Apple Festival, King George V Playing Fields, Bucks Green, Rudgwick, RH12 3JJ.

October

TBC – World Food Day join the global movement to end hunger. Be a part of the solution and take action in your community and around the world.  Help to end hunger.

November

TBC – The European Week for Waste Reduction is an initiative aiming to promote the implementation of awareness-raising actions about sustainable resource and waste management during a single week.

28th 10am – 4pm – Horsham Fairtrade Christmas Market at St. John’s RC Church Hall in the centre of Horsham.  Sussex Green Living’s Green Stand will be selling goods made by and sold on behalf of the Philippine Community Fund.

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