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Animazing work with young people and families in East Sussex to create exciting and unique interactive experiences.

From our children's television and film exhibitions in Hailsham and Eastbourne, to our recent interactive theatrical productions in Hellingly Country Park, and our various animation and video workshops.

Our extensive collection of memorabilia from classic children's television provides inspiration for our original creations, and form the centrepiece of our public exhibitions.

What's Coming Up

CSI: Hellingly

CSI: Hellingly 2023

Thieves have escaped from the Hellingly Community Hub having stolen a collection of priceless jewels on display from the collection of Lady Hellingly and fled into the woods of Hellingly Country Park.

Join the Crime Scene Investigators in this interactive 1-hour theatrical experience and help our detective collect evidence, catch the thieves and recover the jewels.

Review CCTV, look for fingerprints and shoemarks, collect DNA, witness statements and prove the suspects guilty.

Sign up to take part on Saturday 16th or Sunday 17th September 2023. Part of Hailsham Festival.

Adults £5 Children £4

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Enchanted Forest

Hellingly Interactive Adventures

Following the success of our Enchanted Forest Adventure in 2022, we are planning 3 brand new family experiences.

Brave local families helped our young adventurers to lift a wicked witch's curse in this interactive 1-hour theatrical experience in the beautiful woods of Hellingly Country Park.

Will you join one of our new adventures and solve a jewel theft, brave creepy crawlies or help Santa's elves pepare for Christmas?

Look out for updates and how to book in 2023.

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Our Collections

Muffin the Mule, Sooty and Sweep


Some of the earliest characters from children's TV were puppets, like Muffin the Mule and Sooty & Sweep.

Thunderbird 2 and Thunderbird 4


We've recreated the secret Tracy Island runway of Thunderbird 2 and Thunderbird 4 filmed under the ocean.

Wallace and Gromit


From Trumpton, Clangers and Bagpuss to Danger Mouse and Wallace & Gromit.

Moon Rover

ASA Moon Rover

Built from an old ride-on lawnmower and converted to battery power.


The Hyperdrive

Our huge junk-model space ship was built from recycled parts, complete with working lights and engines.

Hyperdrive Interior

Hyperdrive Interior

A junk-model built during one of our workshop sessions from old PC parts and LEGO.


Visitors to Animazing 2019

Story of Children's Television

Our free exhibition telling the story of children's television which ran for 6 months at The Pavilion on Eastbourne seafront closed in 2021 when the Coronavirus pandemic hit.

We're still looking for a venue for our next major exhibition, but continue to work on new displays and other exciting projects until then.

One day we hope to open a permanent visitor attraction in the area dedicated to bringing family-friendly film and television to life for everyone.

Explore some of the many interactive exhibits we have below.

Puppet Studio

Be a Puppetteer

Can you make a string puppet walk, wave or dance? It's not as easy as it looks.

Clay Characters


Create and animate your own character in our easy to use Animation Studio.

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Make It Studio


Try presenting a live TV show in our fun-themed Make It art studio.

Forced Perspective Table

Giant's Table

Sit down at our giant's table and see how characters are made to look like giants in films like Harry Potter.

Green Screen Winter

Green Screen

Will you walk with dinosaurs, swim with turtles, explore space or take a Flight over Eastbourne in our green screen studio.

Sound Effects Studio

Sound Effects

Explore a huge library of sound effects and create your own in our fun Foley Studio.


Isabel and Jack explain the Coronavirus

During lockdown we continued to make fun and educational videos here at Animazing HQ.

Life in Medieval times

Making homework fun during lockdown.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel AnimazingTVUK for more fun videos.

About Us

Hailsham Animazing Exhibition 2016

Once upon a time...

Animazing founder Paul Young started collecting children's TV memorabilia in 2008 and held the first Animazing exhibition at Gallery North in Hailsham in 2016.

Isabel making the Clangers planet

Team Animazing

We have 3 volunteer board members, Paul Young, Lucy Dean and Jim Byford.

In 2020 we employed our first paid staff, Exhibition Assistants Jenny and Mary.

Paul manages Animazing on a day-to-basis, and the family are always keen to get involved.


Piggy Bank


Admission to our exhibitions is usually free and our workshops are priced to be as inclusive as possible. We're a not-for-profit social enterprise and donations are always a big help.

Previous Partners and Supporters

We are hugely grateful to all our previous partners and sponsors who have supported us since we started in 2015.

Hellingly Parish Council
Wealden District Council
Eastbourne Borough Council
Hailsham Town Council
Hailsham Festival
Ribs & Co
Hailsham Pavilion Cinema
Mother Goose Swim School
Dippy Doodahs
Callenders Restaurant
Crane & Co
Knockhatch Adventure Park
Neptune Hailsham
Smythe & Barrie
Gallery North
Devonshire Collective
Euro Self Drive
JWD Removals
Train Times Model Shop
Polegate Equestrian Centre
Denis Bonnici Electricians
Personal Jewellery Service
Devonshire West Big Local