The Wallflowers of Lewes

As the warmer weather gets into full swing, Lewes’s gardens give us lots of talking points around town. But in truth you don’t need to stickybeak over someone’s garden wall for talking points about plants. The ones that creep out through the fissures in the flint walls are strong little things that beg to be noticed. So here […]

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A Lewes legstretch on a rainy day

Hasn’t the weather been appalling over half term? OK, not so much the past couple of days but last Monday specifically? The cabin fever became too much for us, so we hoiked ourselves into waterproofs and walked into town. I kept being asked: ‘Where are we going?’. ‘Nowhere,’ was the answer. ‘We’re just walking.’

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Rolling Along at Bedgebury National Pinetum + Forest

I had a special day with just my older son last Tuesday – really rare and so treasured. It was half term (just FYI those of you whose tinies aren’t yet at school and hey, don’t worry that all the toddler activities stop. Trust me, just enjoy having nowhere to be!). We went to Bedgebury National Pinetum + Forest with […]

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Perfect Guests: Donna Collins-O'Brien's Preston Park, Brighton

Buried by deadlines a couple of months ago, I did a shout out for guest posts. I’ve had a couple of responses and am hoping more of these great posts will appear on Little Lewes as I continue to epically fail to keep it updated myself. One of those kindly souls was Donna Collins-O’Brien, who […]

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Rolling Along and Rockpools at Rottingdean

d I don’t know about you, but the past few weekends it’s felt like we’re chasing the sun. The days are getting shorter, the dry spells patchier. But this makes the sunny moments rewarding. When the sun comes out, so do we. (Actually, we are sort of fine with wet weather gear and parks in the rain […]

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Beachy Beauty: Normans Bay

A couple of months ago, Emily, who looks after my toddler son at the wonderful Lewes nursery Stepping Stones, shared with me her list of favourite things to do with her kids in Lewes. She described Normans Bay as ‘tucked between Bexhill and Eastbourne’ and ‘the closest sandy beach to Lewes‘. We’re so lucky to have so many […]

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Wildlife Jack's Top 10 Tips for Bug Hunting and Animal Tracking with Kids

Planning on exploring one or all of the three Lewes bug hunting spots recommended by the Kellies in their Perfect Guests post yesterday? You’ll need Wildlife Jack’s Top 10 Tips for Bug Hunting with Kids. 1. Bugs like it damp and dark. So look for areas with lots of rotting timber and nooks and crannies. […]

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Perfect Guests: Sarah Dyer's Hove

I’ve devised a new section called Perfect Guests. This will be a series of guest posts, in which people who do something with or for children as a job (and who I like, or like the sound of) give me the lowdown on their perfect day or activity. With their child/ren if they have any. […]

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Wishworks at The Festival of Water

Wishworks is performing their puppet show The Terror of the Deep at the Railway Land’s Festival of Water this Sunday, 23 June. From what I’ve heard about their shows – and read about this one – it sounds enchanting. In line with the festival’s aquatic theme, the show takes an irreverent look at marine conservation. […]

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