Kids Gifts + Stocking Fillers (+ Perhaps Something For You) from Scout & Co, With a Special 15% LL Discount For Christmas

Darling little sockies with faces… By Petit Pattes. Gift box, £12 before discount

Scout & Co is an online destination for beautiful, design-led products for both kids and adults. It furnishes the under sixes with very tasty threads, and stylish toys that are the antithesis of our disposable culture. It’s run by three mothers, who have six children under the age of five between them (lawks!) and one of them, Nicky, lives here in Lewes.

Nicky contacted me a while back on Twitter for some family-friendly recommends for a weekend in Lewes as she was coming here from London to scout around the town with her co (see what I did there) and decide whether it was for her. She was staying in an Airbnb property and – blow me down – we only worked out it was my best friend’s place!

Dog Bingo! A canine version of the popular-with-old-dears game. Suitable for age 4+. Illustrations by Polly Horner, who lives in Rye. £19.95 before discount

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Christmas on Little Lewes: A Time for Giving

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One of the reasons I haven’t been writing this blog so much lately is because, with so much sad stuff going on in the world, I haven’t been sure what to say. So it’s strange that last week – of all weeks – the cat finally released my tongue.

I’ve been in a conflict about writing about cafés and beaches and play farms and National Trust properties, when people are arriving by the boatload from lands where everything they know and love has been blown to bits and when a city not far from here has been terrorised. It seems shallow and I’ve thought: frankly, who gives a f**k?

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Mooching Around: Shoreham-by-Sea, East Sussex


Sometimes it’s nice just to go somewhere for a potter – without an activity or agenda in mind. When I published the post about Shoreham Airport a few months back – before the horrific disaster as its air show over the summer – the director of the Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft (I know, I was a bit star struck!) commented on the Instagram picture and said that I should head to Shoreham town, because there were these houseboats there that he thought I’d love (he was right). Then another reader, Francine, chipped in and gave us not one but three café recommendations there.

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Heirloom Children’s Gifts: Beautiful Papier-Mâché Animal Heads by Lewes Artist Emily Warren

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For the longest time I’ve wanted to write a post about Emily Warren’s beautiful work. Emily is one of the great and talented girls I share a studio with here in Lewes, and she creates her animal heads under the eaves in the rooftop space above where I sit. Every so often she descends the ladder softly (she describes herself as a ‘quiet person’ on her Instagram profile, and indeed she is a stealthy rabbit!) with her arm around a zebra’s neck, or clutching a family of unpainted, long-eared hares.

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