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Stanmer_Park_consultationBrighton & Hove City Council, working with key stakeholders for the Estate has developed a long term draft Masterplan with the aim of restoring and protecting Stanmers’ historic buildings and landscape, enhancing its natural features, addressing any issues and making it more accessible to all.

They are running a six week consultation to gauge opinion and shape a future bid to fund the restoration project to the Heritage Lottery Fund and other funding bodies. For more details visit:


Back by popular demand, join Dr Matt Pope for this fascinating insight into Hollingbury Hillfort and its history. Wednesday 19th March 11am – meet at the Hollingdean Sure Start Centre, Brentwood Road.

Hillfort walk - Dr Matt PopeThe walk will start from the Childrens Centre  (№ 50 bus stops opposite) at 11.00am, is about two and a half miles over moderate terrain (although probably not buggy friendly). We would ask walkers to arrive about 10.45am to register for the walk. New Healthwalkers will need to complete a simple health questionnaire.

There is no charge to go on the walk but in order to gauge numbers, please email if you intend coming. For information on this and all other Healthwalks, visit the council’s Healthwalks webpage or telephone 292574 or 292564

pumpkinFree event for everyone at half term! Friday 1st November – 11am to 3pm at Hollingdean Children’s Centre

Get involved in preparing vegetables for a hearty soup. Enjoy a short healthwalk around the local area, returning to eat the soup. There will also be Halloween arts and craft activities to take part in.

This summer, you and your family can ride the Breeze Bus to family favourites including Devil’s Dyke, Ditchling Beacon and Stanmer Park for FREE during National Parks Week (29th July – 4th August), and then at half price for the rest of the summer holidays. Find out more at the Visit Brighton website.

The Right Here project is putting on a new activity called Walk and Talk.

The activity will be group walks with 6 young people (16-25) at a time, who have been experiencing social isolation and challenges with meeting new people or being in groups. Each participant will initially meet 1:1 with a counsellor to discuss their feelings about the walk and any barriers, doubts, fears etc which they might be experiencing. On the day of the walk itself, the 6 participants will be accompanied by the two counsellors who have been meeting the participants 1:1, who will offer support along the way, as well as a youth worker (and a volunteer assistant) who will lead the walk, including facilitating some ice breaking and team building games. A day or two after the walk, the participants will meet with one of the counsellors again 1-1 to talk about how the day went for them. A few days after that, the group of participants will meet again as a group for some facilitated reflection on their experiences of the walk and meeting each other. Read the rest of this entry »

FHBW - external site Sunday 23 June 2:30pm.  FHBW are conducting a circular walk exploring Burstead Wood and Hollingbury Wood. Meet at the start of Hollingdean Golf Course access road off Ditchling Road (opp Woodbourne Avenue).  This is a free event – there will be a small charge for refreshments after the walk. For more details, visit the FHBW website or Facebook page.

Brighton Mummers logoThis year, Hollingdean based theatre company, The Brighton Mummers are once again leading the blessing of our apple trees on January 5th 2013. Meet at the Sure Start at 4pm. Bring pots & pans to make a noise with and bring your homemade lanterns! (instructions at

Parents should carry a torch and make sure everyone is dressed up warm for the walk to Stanmer Park, where this year’s King & Queen will lead a torchlit procession from the old orchard to the Home farm orchard. Please make your own arrangements for transport home from Stanmer Park. If you wish to meet at Stanmer, make your way to the old orchard for 6pm. Map at

Friday 2nd November 11am – 3pm
Free event at Hollingdean Park, Brentwood Road.

pumpkinMeet at the Sure Start Centre to help prepare the soup, then off for a stomp around Hollingdean Park and then back to eat the soup.  Make Halloween arts and crafts and for those 8+ take part in the Hollingdean Skate Jam at the new ramp.

Just turn up and take part for all ages. Part of the council’s Active For Life Autumn half term programme.


Hollingbury Woods after the 1987 stormSunday 14th October 2pm – 3.30pm

Council Rangers are organising a walk at Hollingbury and Burstead Woods to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Great Storm in 1987. Discover how it affected the area and how the woods have recovered over the last 25 years. Free event – all welcome!

Meet at the car park at entrance to Hollingbury Golf Course – Ditchling Road.


healthwalks logoHealthwalks are recruiting volunteers to lead their programme of 14 weekly walks including the Wednesday Hillfort walk in Hollingdean. We will be running a certified training day on October 12th in Hove for new leaders. If you can commit to at least one walk per month, can manage a 40+ minute walk and enjoy being sociable then get in touch. For an application form go to or call Darren Currell 01273 292574/64.

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