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Reviewing Brighton Fringe Festival Kids Activities

I had a wonderful end to June and the Brighton Fringe Festival when my little niece’s school and nephew’s hove nursery broke up for half term and we all headed into Brighton to enjoy the best of the Fringe for kids! Although the festival is now packed up for the year, I thought I'd put together a review of the activities for anyone planning to take their kids next year. Enjoy and please add your own if I’ve missed any!

The Wonderful and Adventure Filled Woodland Tribe - Family Ticket - £36

My first entry is an activity that we went to early in June with the kids this year. It’s called Woodland Tribe and it is WONDERFUL. These guys set up an area with wood, tools and a couple of basic frames and then let kids come along and use their imagination to create an adventure playground! When we took my sister’s kids, we weren’t sure if they would enjoy it, but even though they couldn’t properly hammer or saw, they were in their element! They loved being in charge and learning about how to build things. They did us proud and loved every second of it, so we’ll definitely be visiting again next year!

Hove Carnival - Monday Funday - Free

Next on the list was Hove Carnival a FUNdraising event for The Martlets. Running on the bank holiday Monday from 12pm to 6pm, the carnival featured a variety of entertainment and events that were a massive hit with the kids. My niece and nephew especially loved the BMX show as they are both big fans of scooting down the skatepark. My niece was also super keen on the miniature smiley train for and it went down a storm with other tiny tots too. My nephew wasn't so keen on the train, but he had the laser tag arena for bigger kids! Whilst they were running around, my sister are I took full advantage of the food stalls, our favourite was Dead Good Burrito, which really was dead good!

Arrr we there yet? - Fabulous Fun With Pirates - £8pp

Everyone loves a pirate joke and kids absolutely adore circus acts, combine the two and you have Arr We There Yet! This Australian troupe put on an interactive comedy show, somewhat akin to a pantomime, but with more acrobatics, you can’t really go wrong here. This was the show that my niece and nephew were most excited for and us big kids were pretty stoked too! The guys from Head First Acrobats did not disappoint, there were laughs, gasps and most importantly no 'can we go yets'.

Junior Jungle - A Jungle Rave For Little Ravers - £8pp

This was the event us bigs were most excited for, a daytime jungle rave that was also appropriate for kids! The set up in the Spiegel Tent was fab, the tunes banging and the MC was very entertaining, what more could you want? Apparently a lot more was required from our reluctant ravers, who weren't keen on anything to do with the event. The music was too loud, there wasn't any face paint and they didn't want to dance. We ended up having a lovely time sitting in the sun in the surrounding garden and the kids played with the other tots. It may be worth assessing with your little is going to enjoy this kind of thing before buying tickets next year though!

Still To Come - Funk the Family Festival 2017 - Family Ticket - £30

This event is actually a little outside of the Fringe Festival, but I am so excited that I had to include it. The essence of Funk and the Family is very much in its name, this is an event for all the family with very funky beats! They have an incredible music line-up with the House Gospel Choir (I would go just to see them) and two-hour DJ set from Jazzie B the lead man of Soul II Soul. Aside from music there are lots amazing kids activities with Cirque Du Funk and Micro Scooter Wacky Races. To be honest, I am probably going to have to do a whole of this event by itself there’s so much going on! There’s even a raft of amazing food stalls…check it out.

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