Blunderbus – Hugless Douglas – Worthing Conaught Theatre


This weekend I was invited to attend a performance of Hugless Douglas, a Blunderbus adaptation of the popular children’s book by David Melling.


 I invited my 7 year old son and we had a little date to the theatre.

I was thoroughly impressed the whole time we were there, it was a busy show full of children excited to see Douglas.

The entertainment in the crowd before the show started, really got everyone in the mood to have a really good time!

The show had a beautiful, colourful set and although it was simple, it did a great job of taking the audience into the forest.


There was a level of humour running throughout the whole show that both children and adults really enjoyed, alongside the touching story of a little bear finding his perfect hug.

Bluderbus did an excellent job at keeping the show short enough to keep children engaged and animated but long enough to make us feel like we’d had a special day out at the theatre, the audience participation really got everyone involved in the show and brought another dimension to the entertainment.

The staff at the Conaught Theatre in Worthing were friendly, polite and helpful and the seating was comfy and we had a great view f the stage.

I would highly recommend that anyone with young children gets themselves to a Blunderus show and introduce the family to theatre in the most exciting way possible.

For more information, check out the Blunderbus website or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

For more information on Worthing Theatres please visit their website or Facebook or Twitter pages.

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Grow! Cook! Eat! – Fabulous Foodie Fun in West Dean.

Everyone loves a weekend of food, fun and festivities and if you take a trip to West Dean on the 4th-5th October that is exactly what is awaiting you at this years Grow! Cook! Eat! event.

Grow! Cook! Eat! is a celebration of the best of the British harvest, with the focus on seasonal and locally produced food, including the impressive harvest from West Dean’s own orchards, Walled Kitchen Gardens and restored Victorian glasshouses.

So what exactly can you expect from the event? I have all the info right here in the lead up to the celebrations.

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West Dean Gardens boast 90 acres of expertly cultivated and cared for gardens including the fully restored Walled Kitchen Garden, bountiful orchard and full to brimming Victorian gasshouses.

Visitors can see the impressive apple store with over 150 varieties of apple and pear and even taste a few selected types. 

Gardens Supervisor Sarah Wain will be joined in the Gardening Theatre by a host of well known gardening names including Mark Diacono of Otter Farm, known as ‘the Climate Change Farm’.

As you tour the gardens you’ll see the huge range of soft fruits grown and a display of perfect pumpkins and glorious gourds. 

This is a must see for all gardening enthusiasts. 

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Whether you’re a culinary whizz or a kitchen novice there is so much to see during the weekend 

ITV Daybreak chef Dean Edwards and This Morning chef Marcus Bean will play host to BBC’s Celebrity Masterchef contestant, astrologer Russell Grant.

BBC’s The Big Allotment Challenge Preserves Judge Thane Prince will be cooking her favourite seasonal recipes and sharing tips on how to get the best from your own garden harvest. Thane will be signing copies of her new book Perfect Preserves.

Chef Jeremy Pang, an expert in Eastern cuisine and contributor to BBC’s Simple Cooking with Nigel Slater, will also be appearing.

Local, food hero Rosemary Moon will be appearing to prepare some seasonal dishes and to sign copies of her new book A Feast of West Sussex..

For all those celebrity chef fans, I’m sure you’ll agree there are some real treats lined up for you. 



I challenge anyone to spend time surrounded by all the delights that will be on offer and not feel peckish! 

Well that’s just great! You’ll find yourself in the right place with lots of culinary delights to indulge in.





If that’s not enough for you, there will be live music, children’s activities and a loaded marketplace full of things to try and buy.


Planing your day

The event is on the 4th – 5th October

There are disabled facilities on site and disabled parking, please see here for details.

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome but please be aware it will be busy and there wil be loud music. 

How do I buy tickets for Grow Cook Eat?
Buy Early Bird Tickets online, by clicking here. Tickets are also available from the West Dean Gardens Shop.

How much are the tickets?
Tickets priced from £8.60 Adult; £1.00 Child (Early Bird price) or £10.40 Adult, £1 Child (On the Gate).

Can I get a refund if I can’t make it on the day?

No, we can’t accommodate refunds.

I haven’t received my tickets yet, what should I do?
If you ordered your tickets online you won’t be sent a hard copy ticket. You should have received an email confirming your purchase, please print and bring this confirmation email with you.

Are there any concessions available?
We are offering concessions to Friends of West Dean and discounts for Early Bird bookings.

When I print the pdf attachment it comes up too big and therefore does not show the full barcode?
As long as the booking reference can be seen that is ok.

What age range is a child ticket?
5-15 years old.

Is there a discount for OAP’s?

Do carers get in free with a disabled person?

What constitutes a ‘Friend’ ticket?
Only applies if someone has a ‘Friends’ membership but website not clear on this by the time you get to the ticket screen.

Its not clear online if it is possible to pay on the gate?
Yes it is possible to pay on the gate.

Is it cheaper to book online, rather than buying tickets at the gate?
Yes as long as a week before the event to qualify for early bird.

So come along and see the wonders that are on your doorstep, celebrate everything local and most importantly, have a blast!  

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A guide to our advertising packages and how we can help your business blossom.

We’re all about local here at Mumsnet West Sussex, whether it is an event or a service, a great shop or story we want to know about it and let everyone else know about it too.

We have a fair few tricks up our sleeves when it comes to promoting and advertising, we have several packages that we can offer or you can tailor something to suit you.

We have discounted rates for charities and offer rewarding rates for longer deals and returning customers.

Our standard rates are as follows. 


1 months advertising  on our homepage too be linked through to a website of your choice – £60 (this can be a self loaded advert or I can load it for you if you supply me with the artwork you want to use)

1 months advertising for a local charity  – £30

1 months space on our offers pages – to advertise an offer or competition you might be having, we also welcome exclusive offers for Mumsnetters – £30

An editorial or review on our WordPress space, written by the editor, this will be sent to you before publishing for approval – £20

 A mention in our monthly newsletter, this can link to a listing or advert you might have with us or a thread on our talk boards if you start one about your business or event – £10 with a purchase or an advert or offer.



Our current packages are as follows.

3 months advertising for the price of 2 with a mention in the newsletter free – £120

6 months advertising for the price of 4 with a mention in the newsletter – £240 

1 month advertising and 1 months offer space – £80 


Full package –

3 months advertising

3 months offer space

mention n the newsletter 

1 editorial on WordPress 



All our adverts, offers and wordpress pieces are automatically promoted trough our social media platforms and on our talk pages.

If there is something here you’d like to enquire about, or if you can’t find something to suit you and would like to discuss other packages or ways we can help please email me on  




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This Weekend, Why Not Have a Taste?

Yes! This weekend (14th – 15th June 2014) taste! Artisan Food Festival is coming to Chichester. 

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It’s time to celebrate local produce and local food champions in West Sussex and what better place than Oaklands Park, it’s a family friendly, foodie festival for everyone with free entry and activities for young and old.

So what can you expect to find? 


80 + Artisan food and drink stalls – Over the weekend there will be loads of local foodie favourites cooking up a storm, expect to find everything from funky street food to real ales and ciders.

Festival Bar – Enjoy a glass of something cold and delicious whilst sitting in the sun watching live music… what better way to spend the day!

imagesMain Stage – A great line up of live music, a real treat for the ears.

Vintage Village – Step back in time into a vintage shopping experience brought to you by Chichester’s very own Dawn Gracie.

Vintage Tea Room – If beautifully crafted cake and baked goodies are your thing, you’ll e wanting to head over to the vintage tea rooms to see the gang a Whipped and Baked, award winning culinary, creations that you wont want to miss.

Something for the KIDS – There is a huge amount going on for the little people in your life, they can have some cookery classes, check out the kids bake off and take a sprint on the bouncy castle fun run, there is also shows from some ‘cooler than cool’ clowns and rib tickling kids children’s comedy.

There is more... Whilst you have a fun day out with your family in the (hopefully!) June sunshine, rest assured that by taking part you’ll be helping to give back to the community, taste! is supporting Stone Pillow this year and helping homeless people transition back into employment and independence.

Stonepillow mission statement: “Stonepillow offers shelter, information and support to empower homeless and vulnerable individuals to make positive changes in their lives. It aims to create a safer environment that promotes social inclusion with practical assistance and without prejudice for all”.

Travelling to the Festival 

Stagecoach will be running a drop off and pick up bus service for only £2 return from Chichester bus station and Market Avenue.

There are also near by car parks if you fancy a stroll through the town first, check out the website for more details and a map to help you out.

Please click on any of the links above to be taken to the fantastic website for the festival that will give you all the information you’ll need.

You can also come and say hello on

Facebook –

Twitter –

Email –

Tel – 01243839316

Most importantly, have a great weekend, relish the fantastic talents we have in our community and enjoy yourselves!

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Here are some Champagne Cocktails you could be sipping on this summer if you enter our competition….

Picture the scene, it”s a summer evening and you’re sitting in you garden with friends, there is a lovely warm breeze and the sun has just begun to set, you have some of your favourite nibbles and some easy listening music is floating out of the stereo near by.. 

Now, if you enter our taste! competition and win yourself one of 3 bottles of champagne to celebrate the forthcoming taste! Artisan Food Festival in Chichester, you could rustle up one of these delightful champagne cocktails to make our picture complete. 

to enter our competition please click here and follow the instructions, it couldn’t be easier and you can enter once every day! Please note, you must be over 18 to enter this competition and please read terms and conditions before entering – Good Luck!


The Mimosa

The Mimosa is an old classic, it is a mild cocktail that is low in alcohol and high in vitamin C, it has a lighter, fresher taste and the triple sec gives it a little added extra. 



  • 1/3 cup (79 ml) chilled champagne
  • 1/3 cup (79 ml) chilled orange juice (freshly squeezed is best)
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) triple sec


The Classic Bellini 

Everyone has heard of the classic Bellini! It’s traditionally made with peaches and champagne mixed together for an elegant fruity fizz. This recipe can be done using fresh, really ripe peaches or you can use tinned ones, they’re best made up just before serving. 





  • 1 bottle of chilled champagne
  • 2 fresh peaches (or 1 tin of peaches) 

Simply liquidise your peaches (after removing the stones!) and add the purée to a glass and top up with your favourite champage.  


As a little added extra, if it’s hot and you fancy something ice cold, you can mix both these recipes and freeze them in ice lolly moulds to make a grown up frozen treat! 






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Our Business of the Week! – Dribble Stop Tops

I’m sure all parent’s will agree that amongst the cute smiles, the tiny outfits, the heart melting scent of a new baby, there is also a somewhat unglamorous side to it all.

One such point in this is dribbling, babies drool! They put things in their mouths to have a chomp and to discover the world! A side effect of that is soaking wet vests, t-shirts and all those other items of tiny clothes you’ve lovingly picked out and dressed them in, this also leads to a wet chest that can make delicate skin sore.

So what’s the answer? Most bibs can be tugged off and continual wiping with a cloth can add to the soreness and discomfort…

Luckily, 2 mums come to your rescue and so began,



The mission was to create a product that would alleviate the problem, a product kind to mums and safe for little ones. Finally after many more cups of coffee and with the help of an old sewing machine, our first top was made and IT WORKED!

So these two ladies worked hard into the night and after lots of testing and the odd hour snatched between nursery and bedtimes they finally did it, through sheer determination and a passion for their cause, Dribble Stop Tops are now on shelves in all Kiddiecare stores and on-line at – they are sold in packs of 2 for £13.99


So how does it work? …. 


  • A Pocket made of Specialised Waterproof Material with Skin-Like Breathability – is hidden inside the top which completely covers and protects the Dribble Zone (chest area).
  • The Unique Extra High Neckline – Ensures maximum coverage.
  • Our Discreet Dribble Stop Protection – Acts as a barrier & helps stop dribble soaking through to baby’s delicate skin.
  • Soft Cotton Jersey – Is the only material in contact with baby’s skin ensuring they remain comfortable as well as, safe & dry.

Simply replace your baby’s regular top or vest with a Dribble Stop Top. Sizes 0-3ms, 3-6m, 6-12m, 12-18m, 18-24m. Available in packs of 2 white or 1 white & 1 stripe (pink or blue).

Parent friendly too!….

  • No More Constant Clothing Changes = A lighter changing bag
  • Fewer Changes = Less washing & less ironing
  • Tumble Dryable = Convenience
  • Safe Protection = Peace of mind for those nap times & nursery days
  • No more disturbed sleeps (due to cold wet chests) = more sleep for you

It is really simple and it works! Who knew keeping your baby comfortable and dry could be this much of a breeze?

If you’re interested in finding out more about Dribble Stop Top, you can find them below;





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Daily Bread …. It’s taken a few weeks but I think I’ve cracked it!

I pledged to myself that I would master a daily loaf of bread, it was always something that evaded me despite being handy in the kitchen. 

I have worked (not really work as such..) tweaking and twerking (not literally, I’m no Miley!) to get a recipe that not only gives me consistent results but one that I am also happy to share with you all without fear of being flamed for producing a soggy bottom or a dry crust… 

So, here it is, my daily loaf, please try it and stick exactly to the instructions and let me know ow it works out for you. 🙂 


Ingredients – 

500 grams strong bread flour (this can be white, wholemeal (although I recommend making sure its 100% strong brown), pre seeded or a mixture of many) 

1 tsp salt

1 sachet (7g) of dried yeast 

1 tsp vitamin c powder (optional) 

2 tbsp Oil (this can be Olive Rapeseed, Peanut, Hemp, Sunflower, anything goes) 

2 tbsp of extras (oats, seeds, nuts, herbs, etc etc etc)

325 ml of warm water


1. Put your everything except the water into a large bowl, give the bowl a jiggle to mix it around a bit and then add the water.

2. Get your hands in there and give it a really good mix until it comes together into a dough, leave it for 5 minutes. ( Note. I use this time to make tea!)

3. Lightly dust a clean surface with flour and begin kneading, stretch the dough back and forward and give it a good working over, now I’m sorry to be a nag, but you HAVE to do this for 10 minutes, it gets a bit boring and you get arm ache but it’s necessary, I find roping in a child at this point is always handy. 

4. put the kneaded dough back into the bowl and leave it somewhere warm, covered in clingfilm or a damp tea towel for a minimum of 1 hour, no less, no peaking! (again with the nagging right?!) 

5. After the hour, you’ll find your dough has grown and puffed up, excellent! You now need to punch it, seriously, work out any daily anger and punch it, you need to know all the air you just created back out of it.

6. You can pre heat the oven at this point, I have an electric fan oven, I set it to 160 degrees.

7. Now shape the dough int whatever you want, rolls, a standard loaf, baguettes, make a hedgehog if that is your thing, pop it on a tray (line it with some baking parchment) and leave it in your warm place again for 20 minutes.

8. Bake for around 40 minutes until your house smells divine and it’s looking like a tasty loaf.


This possibly looks like way more work than it is so please don’t be out off, even if you make one a week, it tastes so much better than a shop bought loaf and it’s got no nasty, unpronounceable  ingredients in it.  

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