Easter Egg Hunt, Sunday April 8

Arrangements are now in place for our second Easter quiz for children up to the age of 13. Last year’s event was really successful, everyone had a great time, although the heat meant that both children and choccy eggs had to be kept cool!

As before, each child will be given a question sheet (different questions than last year’s) and will have to hunt down the answers which will be dotted around the park. The questions will all relate to the park in some way: its history, flora, fauna or architecture – so not only will it be fun, it will also give children a better understanding of our beautiful park. There will be two question sheets for two age-groups and everyone will have a small prize. There will be also be a drawing area where a picture of something in the park can be created – the most interesting picture for both age-groups will win a special prize.

The event will start at 11am and we’ll be there until the eggs run out (last year we ended the event at about 2.30pm). We’ll be in a marquee next to the children’s playground.

Harvest’s Spring Seedling Swap

Sunday 20 May, 10am-1pm
Come and swap or buy seedlings for your garden! Have you got some spare seedlings you’d like to swap for some new and different varieties? Or perhaps you had the best intentions to sow some seeds but just didn’t get around to it? Join us for the swap, plus family-friendly activities by our vegetable garden in Preston Park. Organised jointly by the Food Partnership’s Harvest project and Brighton & Hove Organic Gardening Group.

More information

Parking in the park – an update

We have received the following from Fiona Stokes, Parks Project Officer for City Infrastructure:

Dear All

Thank you for your considered responses to the consultation.

The result of the Environment, Transport & Sustainability Cabinet Members Meeting on 24th January 2012 was a recommendation to support the proposals with an agreement to revise the maximum number of hours that one can park in the park for up to 6 hours.

A further opportunity to view and consider the detailed proposals which will control parking in the park will be advertised in the local press, on the council website and around the park from the 2nd March, for 21 days until the 23rd March.

Kind regards


January in the park

The newly-laid hedge

You may remember this hedge was laid last Spring. There has always been a hedge here, as far back as records go. Without leaves, the structure of the hedge is clear to see.

Newly-planted elm

This picture shows one of the newly-planted trees in the park. In the background are other trees also recently planted.

New path in the Rock Garden

This path is in the process of being laid at the back of the Rock Garden.

The former Ladies Bowls Pavilion

Ladies Bowls Pavilion, Preston Park

A happy new year to you all!

Would you be interested in using this building? The former Ladies Bowls Pavilion, next to the Rotunda in Preston Park, has two good sized rooms and facilities. If so, please contact us on info@friendsofprestonpark.org with brief details of what it is you would use the building for and a phone number.

Upcoming events at Preston Manor

Preston Manor

Hidden House: Behind the Scenes at Preston Manor
9 December 11am-12.30pm, Friday 27 January 11am-12.30pm, Wednesday 15 February 11am-12.30pm & 2-3.30pm, Thursdays 15 March and 12 April 11am-12.30pm & 2-3.30pm
£10.50, members £8.50, includes admission, book in advance
Discover Preston Manor’s hidden history. Go behind the door marked ‘private’ and see parts of the house off the public route. Tea and biscuits included.

An Edwardian Christmas
Saturday 10 December
11am-1.30pm £11, members £9.50 includes coffee and cake
An illustrated talk exploring how the Edwardians celebrated Christmas, set in the comfort of this Edwardian house. Learn about jolly festive customs, traditions and gift ideas, and enjoy seasonal readings.

The Victorian Séance
Fridays 3 February, 9 March, 13 April
8-9pm £12.50, members £10.50
In November 1896 a séance was held at Preston Manor. Séances became the ultimate fashionable Victorian after-dinner entertainment. This new event looks at what séances were and why they thrilled their audiences.