Join the fun at Cats Protection

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Families can keep school holiday boredom at bay with a host of fun activities for children this summer.

The charity will be holding free activity sessions at its centre in Lewes Road, Chelwood Gate, Wednesday August 26 from 2pm until 3.30pm.

Games are recommended for children aged over five and will include Giant Jenga, a toy tombola, three-legged and egg and spoon races, and a host of other fun activities. Adult supervision is required at all times and games will be held indoors if wet.

If that’s not enough, the centre is also playing host to an enchanting world of fairies and elves until the end of August to keep younger visitors entertained.

The Fairy Magic event will be held every day until Monday August 31 from 10am until 3pm. For just £2, children will be able to collect their Fairy Forest activity kit or Pixie Spotting Package from the Visitor Centre before embarking on a walk around the nature trail in search of the magical folk.

Packs will contain lots of environmentally-friendly activities, including instructions to make a wand and how to set up a fairy tea party or pixie picnic using natural materials.

Cats Protection’s Visitor Centre Manager Dee McDonald said: “What better way can there be to spend a summer’s afternoon than enjoying traditional fun and games in our beautiful surroundings?

“Make the most of it by bringing a picnic or visit our cafe for lunch and stay for the whole day.”

Cats Protection’s National Cat Centre is open seven days a week from 10am until 4pm and is a great free day out whatever the weather this summer.

Situated in the heart of the Ashdown Forest, visitors can stroll the tranquil nature trail, with its secret fairy ring and native flora and fauna.

As well as a shop and cafe with children’s play area, visitors can also meet some of the 150 cats currently looking for a new owner at the National Cat Adoption Centre.

The National Cat Centre is situated in Chelwood Gate, on the A275 between Wych Cross and Danehill.

To find the centre using a SatNav, please use the postcode RH17 7DE or for a map and directions please visit

For more information about the games afternoons or Fairy Magic event, please call 01825 741 370 or email

Report contributed by Cats Protection.