South East kids' festival promises healthy fun in the sun! | Action Medical Research

South East kids' festival promises healthy fun in the sun!

23 April 2007

The first giant children’s carnival of its kind ever to be staged in the South East will take place in June this year.

Organisers hope “Kidz Stuff” will prove such a hit that it will become an annual event. And in a twist from the usual party staples such as a funfair, climbing wall and bouncy castle, Kidz Stuff will feature some gentle educational fun to please parents and children alike. Jamie Oliver’s favourite dinner lady – Nora Sands – is even expected to attend.

Leonardslee Gardens, one of Sussex’s most stunning locations, will play host to the event and organisers expect the spectacular woodland site to be overtaken on Saturday and Sunday June 2 and 3, with attractions ranging from fairground rides to readings by children’s authors.

There will even be a children-only “silent disco” on offer, sponsored by festival co-promoters Mercury Radio, of the kind made fashionable by trend-setting music festivals like Glastonbury.

Television scientist Heinz Wolff has promised to help put young scientists through their paces and there will be an opportunity to find out more about nature and even take part in a Wallaby hunt! There will also be a highly interactive fun-filled family show providing environmental awareness, cultural diversity and other global issues.

The carnival is being organised by Horsham Rotary Club and aims to raise funds for Sussex-based charity, Action Medical Research which funds research into a range of conditions including premature birth – the biggest killer of babies under a year old in the UK.

The carnival runs between 10am and 7pm on both days and ticket prices also allow access to the fabulous woodland gardens of Leonardslee.

Organiser of the event John Le Rossignol, from Horsham Rotary Club and Adam Proto Managing Director of event management company Terbell, said: “The South East won’t have seen anything quite like this event before. We’ve got loads of attractions to keep children happy all day long, whatever the weather. Parents will also be catered for with a craft fair and displays of riverboats and vintage and unusual vehicles.

“We are also mindful that most parents are quite discriminating about how they like their children to spend their leisure time and so we hope mums and dads will be pleased by the sheer spread of activities that will be on offer.

“Children can have fresh air and fun as well as time to sit quietly and enjoy a good story in special tepees set up especially for the carnival. And we promise to tire them out in the trampoline trailer too. What more could parents ask?”

If you want your children to be in at the start of a new tradition for the South East, Kidz Stuff is for you.

Advance tickets can be ordered from the box office of Capitol Theatre, Horsham, by calling 01403 750220 or online at Advance prices are between £4 and £6 including a free makeover and coffee to all mums courtesy of Beales of Horsham.

Tickets will cost £7.50 on the door.

For the latest festival information including a detailed list of activities and ticket prices, visit


For information on the event:
John Le Rossignol
Horsham Rotary Club
Tel: 01403 754005

For information on Action Medical Research:
Heather Forse
Communication and Campaigns
Action Medical Research
Tel: 01403 327478

1) Action Medical Research is a national charity, which is dedicated to building a healthier future for everyone. The Charity is funding research into many serious diseases and conditions, including premature birth, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, osteoporosis, sickle cell disease, Parkinson’s disease and stroke.

2) Action Medical Research has been making breakthroughs for over 50 years, and its life-saving work benefits babies, children and adults. The Charity’s successes include helping develop the UK polio vaccine, ultrasound scanning in pregnancy, the hip replacement operation, and discovering the link between taking folic acid and preventing spinal bifida.

3) Touching Tiny Lives is Action Medical Research’s new campaign to give the most vulnerable babies in this country a better start in life. More research is needed to ensure that all babies, especially babies born prematurely, grow up healthy. Touching Tiny Lives aims to raise £3 million to help fund a range of vital research.

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