‘No excuse for bored children this summer’

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AIRBOURNE dominates this weekend – serving up its annual festival of free fun – but there is plenty else on offer in Eastbourne over the coming weeks for parents looking to help make the most of their children’s school holidays.

Also taking place this weekend, for example, is a traditional family funfair in Princes Park. Running today (Friday) until Sunday there will be the usual array of rides and side shows, from dodgems to candy floss and all that is in-between.

And it seems Princes Park is the place to be this summer. Having already staged a big screen event on the day of the Olympic Torch visit, shown live coverage of London 2012 and hosted the Moscow State Circus, the seafront setting is also the venue for an appearance of one of the most exciting and fastest growing motorsports shows in Europe.

Taking place on Tuesday, August 28, the Extreme Stunt Show boasts monster truck mayhem and back flipping motorcross bikes flying through the air and is unlikely to be like anything else seen on the Sunshine Coast in recent years.

For anyone who wants something more quintessentially English, Punch and Judy shows are being run at the Redoubt every Tuesday until August 21 between 10am and 12noon and 2pm and 4pm.

Children will also be able to have a go at making their own puppets and trying out other Victorian seaside past times at the fortress. Eastbourne Borough Council’s play ranger will also be there, along with all of her toys and there will also be giant board games to play with, including chess, draughts, ludo and dominoes for people to try their hand at.

The council’s head of tourism, Councillor Neil Stanley, said, “There’s so many fun and exciting events happening in Eastbourne over the summer holidays that there is no reason for kids to get bored this year.

“From Punch and Judy at the Redoubt, plus many more drop-in activities or an Extreme Stunt Show for thrill seekers of any age.”

More information on what is going on during the holidays is available online at www.visiteastbourne.com or by calling 0871 663 0031.

Have we missed any events? Let us know by emailing eastbourne.herald@trbeckett.co.uk.