As the temperature rises to glorious heights, it’s ice lollies at the ready here at Sussex Living!

With the school summer holidays nearly upon us, Hanna Lindon provides us with some top tips on keeping the kids (and adults!) happy. If you’re needing inspiration, have a look from page 38 at part one of our fun children’s activities feature.

If you’re looking for a fun filled family day out, watching the showjumping and lots of activities besides, turn to page 79 for two free tickets to Hickstead.

Are you about to jet off on a summer adventure? On page 44 we have the essential packing guide to ensure you are holiday ready. Have a look at the Stitch in Time feature on page 46 to see if you fancy adding some statement pockets to your summer wardrobe. On page 48 we continue in the relaxation mode with our Body Buzz feature about the benefits of massage.

This July, celebrating her 75th birthday, soul singing sensation Madeline Bell talks to Lisa de Silva about her fascinating and successful career. The article, on page 50, is packed full of stories and combined with the amazing pictures kindly supplied by Ans van Heck Photography, it makes for a great read about the highs and lows of the music industry. Happy birthday Madeline!

Is your bedroom feeling tired? From page 28 we have a variety of fabulous ideas on how to revamp and wake up your bedroom style for a fresh and invigorated look. Some of these simple and quick changes could make all the difference to your room.

Ruth Lawrence had a very memorable and ennobling visit to a signing by the Bomber Boys at the Wings Museum in Balcombe, and she also attended a RAF Association meeting at the Haywards Heath branch. Read about the veteran’s incredible stories of surviving the odds in the face of adversity on page 68.

From us all at Sussex Living, we hope you enjoy reading this issue, and wish all our readers and advertisers happy, sunny (fingers crossed) July!