Our Care

Activities and fun

It’s important to have fun and to make great memories which is why we offer activities that the whole family can be involved in!

Meet our activities team

We have a wonderful team of Activities Co-ordinators who help families create special memories together, make new friends, and sometimes, do something they never thought they could!

Every day there is something different going on at the House: from sensory adventure stories, crazy foam messy play, VR gaming tournaments, creative arts and crafts and so much more.  We also bring the activities out into the community and meeting new families across Sussex and South East Hampshire.

What activities we do

Meet the team and have a look at some of the amazing activities that we've run at the hospice - and out and about!

The team like to bring in lots of exciting visitors to perform or run workshops with the children. Over the last year we’ve had:

  • Reptylers who bring lots of interesting creatures for the children to meet
  • Mr Bubble Pop himself, Malcolm, and his amazing bubbles
  • Magic Nick and his hilarious magic show, providing fun for all the family

Throughout the year there are lots of  events for families to attend. We recently topped off fantastic summer full of events with our Around the World fun day that we held in the Chestnut Tree House grounds, families journeyed around the world getting stuck in to loads of fun and exciting activities along the way.

Having fun in the hydrotherapy pool

Youth groups

Youth Group is our monthly group for teenagers, aiming to provide a fun and friendly space for our teens to hang out and socialise whilst engaging in some exciting activities. Previous Youth Groups include a Marvel cinema night, Hawaiian themed mocktail night and secret agent escape room night.

Sibling events

Sibling events are held over the holiday periods and include trips to Marwell Zoo, outdoor adventure centres and bowling. We also do activities such as crafts or splashing about in our hydrotherapy pool at the House. These days aim to provide fun, respite and escapism for the sibling of the children we care for.

Our services

Find out about what care services we offer to support the physical and emotional wellbeing of our children and young people.

What we offer

Read our Blog

What is sensory play?

Find out why sensory play is so valuable for children with complex needs - plus some hand hints for sensory play at home! Written by Elaine Ford, one of our amazing Activities Coordinators at Chestnut Tree House.

Sensory play explained