Places to Go in Sussex

Family Days Out in Sussex

شرح طريقة شراء وبيع الاسهم There are loads of fantastic places to visit and fun family days out in Sussex. We hope that the ideas on this page will inspire you to take your children and get out and about into the Sussex countryside, visit local family farms, adventure playgrounds, National Trust properties and lots more besides! Do let us know which are your favourites.

1Walking, Cycling & Open Spaces

اسعار اسهم قطر 1066 Country Walk from Pevensey to Rye via Bexhill and Hastings

الخيارات الثنائية أخبار السوق Abbots Wood, off A22 between Hailsham and Polegate, BBQ, play area, walks, there are 2 circular trails; one of 1.9 miles and the other just under a mile, 01582 211044

استراتيجية مضاعفة خيار ثنائي Ardingly Reservoir, West Sussex, RH17 6SQ, walks and limited cycling/horseriding.

خيار ثنائي الفيديو التعليمي Arlington Bluebell Walk and Farm Trail, Bates Green Farm, Arlington, Tye Hill Road, Polegate BN26 6SH, due to open Thurs 17 April to Sun 18 May in 2014 but check website before travelling as nature may take a different course! 8 different walks, farmer’s mini market, children’s quiz, refreshments, 01323 485151

30 ثانية ثنائي حساب خيارات العرض Arlington Reservoir and Osprey Trail 2 1/2 mile circular walk, open 9am until dusk, 01323 870810

الأستثمار في الذهب Arundel Castle, Gardens & Lakes, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AB, Open from 1st April – 2nd November 2014 from Tue – Sat, Mon in Aug and Bank holidays, The seat of The Dukes of Norfolk and set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds and gardens, Arundel Castle has been open to visitors seasonally for nearly 200 years. It is one of the great treasure houses of England, each having its own unique place in history and is home to priceless works of art. Come and see paintings and furniture, tapestries and stained glass, china and clocks, sculpture and carving, heraldry and armour in stunning room settings, 01903 882173

يعيش تداول الخيارات الثنائية Beachy Head, walks, views and countryside centre (open 10am – 4pm in summer only), 01323 737273

شراء اسهم قناة السويس الجديدة Ashdown Forest, Wych Cross, RH18 5JP,once a Norman deer hunting forest, now the largest free public access space in the south east – walking, Forest Centre and riding with a permit, 01342 823583

تاريخ الاسهم بشكل عام في الامارات Bedgebury Pinetum, Goudhurst, 2,000 acre forest for walking, family cycling trails, mountain bike and dirt jump area, cycle hire, horseriding for TROT members, adventure play trail, Go Ape, 01580 879842/879820

اسعار الذهب الان Bewl Water, Lamberhurst, TN3 8JH, walking, cycling, fishing, model boating, boat trips, playground, crazy golf and hydro balling, (bridle path opening for cycling and horseriding is weather dependent and currently closed due to the storms and bad weather), free entry Mon – Fri in winter, bike hire, 01892 890000

اسهم اسمنت القصيم Black Cat Treasure Hunts, fun and affordable treasure hunt routes for families around Sussex, 07445 818996

حساب التداول ممارسة الخيارات الثنائية Boating from The Anchor Inn, Anchor Lane, Barcombe, Lewes BN8 5EA, summer only, 01273 400414

ثنائي الخيار الروبوت المملكة المتحدة Boothland Wood, ancient woodland south of Uckfield for walks and cycling, 01825 762774 حسابات تداول الخيارات الثنائية Brighton Cycle Hire, under the station arches, bikes with child seats & benches can be booked, 01273 571555

برنامج الاسهم الاماراتيه Chailey Common, walks and horse riding, no cycling, 01273 471600 and 01444 831098

كيف اشتري أسهم وما هي أفضل الاسهم Chesworth Farm, Chesworth Lane, Horsham, walking, riding, cycling via network of footpaths and bridleways, BN18 9AB, 01403 731218/256890

Crowborough Country Park, Osbourne Road, 18 acre nature reserve, trail, ponds, 01892 652907

Cuckmere Valley, National Trust land, a haven for wildlife, High and Over hill, chalk horse, 01323 423197

Cuckoo Trail, 11 mile bridleway running from Heathfield to Polegate with an extension to Hampden Park in Eastbourne, 01273 481637 (ranger) or 01323 443126 (Wealden DC)

Devil’s Dyke, Devil’s Dyke Road, Poynings, nr Brighton. At nearly a mile long, the Dyke valley is the longest, deepest and widest ‘dry valley’ in the UK. Legend has it that the Devil dug this chasm to drown the parishioners of the Weald. On the other hand, scientists believe it was formed naturally just over 10,000 years ago in the last ice age. With a little exploring the Dyke’s story starts to reveal itself: The ramparts or walls of the Iron Age hill fort can be seen when you walk around the hill and the remains of the curious Victorian funfair can be found just a few minutes from the car park. Venture into the valley and you will discover a living carpet of flowers and a myriad of colourful insects, 01273 857712

Eastbourne Walking Tours from the bandstand, family friendly, also private and charity walks, ring to book in advance, 07910 697401 or 01323 734107

East Hill Park, Portslade, walled garden, full of mature shrubs and herbaceous borders, wildflower area, playground, football pitch, half basketball court, picnic area, 01273 292929

Forest Way, bridle and footpath running from East Grinstead to Groombridge, indirectly linked to the Worth Way from Three Bridges to East Grinstead, 01273 482670

Friston Forest, Exceat, between Seaford and East Dean off A259, walking, cycling, mountain bike hire, 01580 213044

Gildredge Park & Manor Gardens, Eastbourne BN21 1HA, family park, playground, tennis courts, 01323 410000

Hampden Park, Eastbourne BN22 9QR, lake, woodland, playground, bmx and skateboarding, arboretum, history garden, 01323 410000

Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve, 600 acres of ancient woodland, heathland and grassland together plus 3 miles of cliffs and coastline between East Hill and Fairlight. No cycling, 01424 451050 (main office) 01424 812767 (country park)

Hempstead Meadow, Uckfield, nature reserve, wetland habitat, 01825 762774

Hove Lagoon Paddling Pool, located between Kingsway & the seafront and to an enclosed playground & skate park, 01273 685692 (seasonal)

Hove Park, the park covers almost 40 acres and features a mix of large areas of open grass, mature trees, flower beds and recreational facilities. At the eastern edge of the Park is the ‘Fingermaze’, a piece of public sculpture carved into the park and lined with stone and lime mortar. The Fingermaze is a giant fingerprint which incorporates a Cretan labyrinth within its whirling design. Playground, football pitch, tennis courts, basketball court, miniature railway, café, 01273 290000

Kings Road Paddling Pool, Brighton, mushroom spout & water pads, castles & toys plus sand, 01273 685692 (seasonal)

Motcombe Gardens, Eastbourne Old Town BN21 1PU, duck pond, lawns, originally part of a farm yard the 9th Duke of Devonshire gave the garden to the town of Eastbourne in 1909. The pond is the source of the Bourne stream from which ‘East Bourne’ got its name. There is an historic round flint-built dovecote with a conical tiled roof standing on an upper level, 01323 410000

Park Wood, Hellingly, semi-natural woodland with walking trails, 03708 506506

Pooh Sticks Bridge and Pooh Corner Shop, on Ashdown Forest, Hartfield on B2026, 01892 770456

Preston Park, Brighton, largest urban park in the city with playground, football pitches, cricket fields, bowling greens, basketball courts, tennis courts, softball pitch, rounders/stoolball pitches (on request) and cycle velodrome, large rockery, chalet café, 01273 290000

Princes Park, Eastbourne BN22 7LL, putting, playgrounds, ‘Splashtastic’ (seasonal), model boating lake and Pistachios in the Park café open daily, 01323 410000

Queens Park, Brighton, wildlife garden planted by a local herbalist who runs workshops in the garden, grade two listed clock tower, built in 1915 from Redbrick and Portland stone, playground, tennis courts, wildlife pond and garden, cafe, 01273 290000

Railway Land Nature Reserve, Lewes, 25 acres of meadowland and woodland reclaimed from the old rail yards, 01273 487798

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, TN31 7TU, explore the saltmarsh, discover the local wildlife and history, information centre (10am – 5pm), open daily, 01797 227784

Saunders Park, Lewes Road (by Sainsbury’s), play area, paddling pool, community garden, basket ball court

Seaford Head Local Nature Reserve, cliffs, downland, grassland and a shingle beach and home to many nationally rare and significant species of plant, bird and insect. Peaceful walks and stunning views of the Seven Sisters and Cuckmere River Valley, 01323 871095

Seven Sisters Country Park, Exceat, between Seaford and East Dean off A259, 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, meandering river valley and open chalk grassland for walking, rock pooling, cycling to beach and canoing on the meanders etc, tea rooms, visitor centre – open summer only and lots of children’s/family activities organised by Sussex Wildlife Trust, 0345 6080193

Shinewater Park, Eastbourne BN23 8AT, playground, lakes, all-weather court, BMX and skate park, fishing by permit, 01323 410000

South Downs National Park and South Downs Way, including Ditchling Beacon, which is the second highest point on the South Downs National Park with spectacular views across the weald. As the name suggests, Ditchling Beacon was one of the chain of fires lit to warn of impending invasions. It was once an Iron Age hillfort, with its steep northern slope used as a natural defence. It’s now managed by The National Trust andSussex Wildlife Trust, 0300 303 1053 You can get to Beacon via Breeze Buses, (open top in summer/weather permitting)

Stoneham Park, Hove, playground, community run café, 5-aside football pitch, basketball court, rock garden, 01273 290000

Stanmer Park, Falmer off the A270 Lewes Road, Brighton, landscaped park with lots of walks plus Stanmer House, Stanmer Church, Nourish Community Farm and Stanmer Forge (open on Saturdays), Free, 01273 290000

St Ann’s Well Gardens, not far from Hove seafront, wide range of native and exotic trees giving the gardens their unique character and providing shelter and tranquillity for wildlife. Nature conservation is important in the park – there are designated fenced off areas, a scented garden for the visually impaired and a well stocked pond with a biological filter system, playground, tennis courts, bowling green, cafe, 01273 290000

St Helens Park Local Nature Reserve, Langham Road Hastings

The Helen Garden, Eastbourne BN20 7XL, putting, boules, playground, 01323 410000

The Level, Central Brighton, playground with play opportunities for children of all ages and abilities, including those in wheelchairs. The whole area is fenced and has a water drinking fountain, bins and seating, including picnic benches. There is attractive but hard-wearing planting, grassy areas for informal play and trees for shade. Extensive sand play area, boardwalk running through sand area and paths through the grassy areas. Petanque terrain, sensory gardens and The Velo Cafe building has public toilets, including a disabled toilet. The Playbus also visits the Level on on Saturdays 11am-1pm, until 4th July, 01273 292733

Tilgate Park, Crawley, woodland, lake, picnic area, playground, nature reserve, watersports on the lake at weekends/school hols, Go Ape, Smith and Western restaurant, golf course & driving range, 01293 521168

Uckfield Millennium Green, access via Ridgewood Recreation ground, hard surfaced path, dog free picnic area and lots of wildlife

West Park Local Nature Reserve, Uckfield, relatively small – 11 hectares of woodland, grassland, sandstone outcrops. Can be muddy in winter!

Worth Way, bridle and footpath running from Crawley (Three Bridges) to East Grinstead and then indirectly linked to the Forest Way which continues to Groombridge, 01273 482670


Family Farms

Blackberry Farm, Whitesmith BN8 6JD – 18 acres of beautiful Sussex, home to over 200 animals and wildfowl who are all extremely friendly, most can be petted or fed by hand and there are always members of staff on hand to tell you all about them. There’s also a large outdoor play area, “Clucky’s”undercover adventure playbarn and sensory zone, family fun picnic area and baby area. Open daily from 10am until 4pm in winter, 5pm in spring and autumn and 6pm in the summer, NEW for 2014 are Own a Pony and Young Farmers Holiday Clubs at half term and school holidays, 01825 872912

Blackstock Farm, Grove Hill, Hellingly, Near Hailsham, BN27 4HF, animals, nature trails, indoor farm, play area including trampolines, zip wire, soft play, farm shop and cafe, 01323 848006

Church Farm Tours at Coombes, near Lancing, open for lambing from March 15th – April 21st in 2014 – over 1,000 lambs and 80 calves will be born here. Book in advance for group tours during the summer, open some Sundays and school holidays for individual bookings, 01273 452028

Fishers Farm Park, Newpound Lane, Wisborough Green, West Sussex, RH14 0EG, lots of animals and adventure playgrounds, summer splash attack and beach, indoor soft play area, toddler – 10yrs, open daily from 10am – 5pm, 01403 700063

Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill Road, Godstone, Surrey RH9 8LX, family farm, playgrounds, indoor playbarn, tractor rides, Woodland Maze etc, open daily from 10am – 4.30pm in winter and until 5.30pm from Feb half term until October half term, 01883 742546

Heaven Farm, Furners Green, Uckfield, TN22 3RG, 100 acre farm with nature walks, bluebell nature trail (in season), tea rooms, rural life museum, camping etc, 01825 790226

Holmbush Farmworld, Holmbush Farm World, Crawley Road, Faygate, Near Horsham RH12 4SE, indoor playground and tea rooms open daily from Feb half term; if you wish to visit the farm you can book a tour with a minimum of 4 people, 01293 851110

Lathe Barn Tearooms Childrens Farm, Donkey Street, Burmarsh, Romney Marsh, Kent TN29 0JN with children’s farm, picnic area, mini golf and playground, playbarn. Tea rooms only open in winter, farm etc open from spring 2014 – expected to be the end of March, 01303 873618

Middle Farm Countryside Centre, Middle Farm, Firle, Lewes, BN8 6LJ, family farm, playground & play hay barn, restaurant and farm shop, open year round from 10am – 5pm (last entry 4pm), 01323 811411

Seven Sisters Sheep Centre, East Dean, open 1st March – 5th May to coincide with lambing and again during school summer holidays from 5th July – 31st August, 10.30am-5pm, 01323 423302

Sharnfold Farm and Farm Shop, Stone Cross, farm trail, animals, play area, PYO, coffee shop, farm shop with traditional butcher, tractor and trailer rides every weekend and during school holidays, closed Mondays in 2014, 01323 768490

Spring Barn Farm, Kingston Road, Lewes BN7 3ND, Family Farm with animals, camping, playbarn, outdoor playground and maize maze (in season), open from 10am – 5.30pm, 01273 488450

Tulleys Farm, Turners Hill, Crawley RH10 4PE, cafe, maize maze (in season) plus small collection of friendly furry animals, goats and small birds, Turners Hill, big Halloween celebrations, 01342 718472

Washbrooks Family Farm, Brighton Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9EF, family farm with animals, indoor and outdoor play areas, tea rooms, 01273 832201

3Animals, Sealife and Nature

The Llama Park at Ashdown Forest, Wych Cross, Forest Row RH18 5JN. 30 acre park with llamas, alpacas and reindeer, cafe, playground and shop. Open from 10am, 01825 712040

Bentley Country Park Halland BN8 5AF, House, There’s a host of activities to keep everyone happy. Have fun at the adventure playground and explore the willow tunnels, ride on the miniature railway (open weekends and school hols , visit the motor museum, feed the birds on the wildfowl reserve or discover the ancient houses on a woodland walk. Open daily from mid March – 2nd November 2014 10am – 5pm; winter opening: most weekends and school holidays from 10am – 4pm, 01825 840573

Birdworld, Farnham Rd, Farnham GU10 4LD. 26 acre park with many unusual birds ranging from the massive Maribou Stork to tiny Sunbirds, Penguins, Owls, Parrots, Waterfowl and many other colourful species including new avocets for 2014, plus Jenny Wren Farm, Underwater Work Aquarium and play and picnic areas. Open from 10am until 6pm during British Summer Time and until 4.30pm during GMT but not all activites or shows are open on non high season dates, 01420 22992

Blue Reef Aquarium, Rock-A-Nore Rd, Hastings TN34 3DW. Close encounters with seahorses, sharks, giant octopus and hundreds of other aquatic creatures plus underwater walk-through tunnel, open from 10am, 01424 718 776

Brighton Sealife Centre, Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1TB. The world’s oldest operating aquarium with over 1500 creatures, interactive rockpool experience and underwater tunnel, 01273 604234 or 0871 4232110 (booking line)

British Wildlife Centre, Newchapel near Lingfield RH7 6LF. Open every weekend and bank holiday year round (except Christmas/Boxing Day) and daily during school holidays, there are 40 or so native wildlife species on display at the centre including snakes, rats, polecats, pine martens, deer, red aquirrels, owls, 01342 834658

Drusillas Park, Alfriston Rd just off the A27, BN26 5QS. Zoo, interactive displays, extensive adventure playgrounds, Thomas the Tank Engine Train. Open from 10am. New Hello Kitty Secret Garden will be opening in spring 2014. Set in an English country garden,it will include three children’s rides; a specially designed Hello Kitty car ride, a tea cup ride and a ‘reach for the sky’ hopper ride. There’s also a Hello Kitty house and beauty parlour. Drusillas is also hoping to introduce maned wolves and pallas cats to the park later in the year, 01323 874100

Earnley Butterflies, Birds and Beasts, 133 Almodington Lane, Earnley, Chichester, PO20 7JR. Walk among tropical butterflies, see exotic birds and get close to many beasts. Wander through a maze of seventeen covered theme gardens, see the artefacts from the shipwrecked HMS Hazardous sunk in 1706 and walk through the 20th Century in the Rejectamenta Nostalgia centre. Limited opening in winter, from 10am – 5pm between 15th March – 2nd November 2014, 01243 512637

Huxley’s Birds of Prey Centre, Falcon Lodge, Sedgwick Lane, Horsham RH13 6QD. open on Sundays in Winter and from Easter – October Half Term from Wed – Sun plus bank holidays from 10am , birds of prey displays, gardens, Japanese water feature, 07792267490 or 07761695876

Knockhatch Adventure Park, On A22 at Hailsham, Hailsham BN27 3GD, animals, falconry, indoor year round soft play at Froggies, go karts, outdoor playgrounds and paddling pools, Wave Runner water slide, Knockhatch Mining Co motion simulator and Pirates Cove paddling pool (check website for opening dates for each attraction), ski slope, 01323 442051 (DISCOUNT VOUCHER for entry in all the Sussex Family Grapevines)

National Cat Centre & Nature Trail, Chelwood Gate, Ashdown Forest, RH17 7TT, the largest cat rehoming centre in the UK, 2km nature trail, visitor centre with Top Cat cafe and adoption centre, open from 10am, 01825 741330

Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, on B2192 between Ringmer and Halland, approx 1000 animals enjoying a happy and peaceful life including horses, donkeys, goats, sheep, rabbits, chipmunks, tortoises, terrapins and exotic birds. Visitor centre, coffee shop, gift shop and picnic area. Open daily from 10am – 4pm, lots of children’s holiday activities and regular monthly toddler group from March – October (£3), visits to the centre are free – donations very much appreciated, 0844 875 1252

RSPB Mallydams Wood, Peter James Lane, Fairlight, Hastings, TN35 4AH, wildlife rehabilitation centre, education centre and woodland nature reserve. Guided walks, badger watching, local visits and residential stays, 0300 1230750.

RSPB Pulborough Brooks, Pulborough RH20 2EL, Visitor Centre and reserve is open all year and boasts a great variety of habitats including wetlands, woodland, and heathland and is a haven for a wide range of wildlife, cafe, 01798 875851

Stoneywish Nature Reserve, Spatham Lane, Ditchling BN6 8XH, open 1st March-31st October 2014 Open Fridays – Monday in term time, school holidays open daily; meadows, wetlands and woodland full of native flowers and home to a wealth of wildlife, as well as farm animals and play area, camp site, 01273 843498

Sussex Horse Rescue Sanctuary, Hempstead Lane, Uckfield TN22 3DL. Open Sundays 11am -4pm from Easter until Gala Day (2nd Saturday in September), 01825 762 010

Tilgate Park Nature Centre, Crawley, Tilgate Park, Crawley, Nature centre (free in winter, £2 for over 17′s and £1 for 2-16yrs), outdoor play area, woodland and lakeside walks, Smith & Western restaurant, fishing and boating with Dynamic Adventures, Golf Centre, parking charge, 01293 521168

Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down, Near Uckfield TN22 4HJ. 62 acres of woodland and nature trails, lots of children’s activities and wild camping. Open Fri – Sun in termtime and daily during school holidays – check website for full details, 01825 830509 Closed from 22 April – 11 May inclusive for the new owners to settle in.

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Mill Street, Arundel BN18 9PB. Nature reserve in the South Downs, with guided boat safari, hand feed the collection birds, Pond Skaters play area, children’s holiday activities, visitor centre with cafe. Open daily from 9.30am, 01903 883355

Woods Mill Countryside Centre, Woods Mill, Henfield BN5 9SD, headquarters of Sussex Wildlife Trust and an environmental education centre. The nature reserve provides a peaceful setting comprising coppice woodland, meadows and a reed-fringed lake, pre-bookable holiday activities, open year round except for 2 weeks at Christmas, Free, no dogs, 01273 492630


Places of Historic Interest & Gardens

Alfriston National Trust Clergy House & gardens, The Tye, Alfriston, Polegate, Sussex BN26 5TL, rare 14th-century Wealden ‘hall-house’ and cottage garden with children’s activities during the school holidays. Open weekends only 1 – 16 Mar & 3 Nov – 21 Dec, 17 Mar – 2 Nov open Sat – Wed, open Good Friday, 01323 871961

Anne of Cleves House and Museum, 52 Southover High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1JA. Visit the medieval, half timbered house, a gift to Anne of Cleves from Henry VIII; discover how the Tudors and Elizabethans lived, worked and relaxed at home. It also contains the Museum of Lewes history, Tom Paine and the Wealden iron industry. Open 1st March to 30th November 10am to 5pm (11am opening on Sundays & Mondays), 01273 474610

Arundel Castle, Gardens & Lakes, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AB, Open from 1st April – 2nd November 2014 from Tue – Sat, Mon in Aug and Bank holidays, The seat of The Dukes of Norfolk and set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds and gardens, Arundel Castle has been open to visitors seasonally for nearly 200 years. It is one of the great treasure houses of England, each having its own unique place in history and is home to priceless works of art. Come and see paintings and furniture, tapestries and stained glass, china and clocks, sculpture and carving, heraldry and armour in stunning room settings, 01903 882173

Bateman’s National Trust House, Bateman’s Lane, Burwash, East Sussex TN19 7DS, former home of Rudyard Kipling with gardens, walks, watermill and tea-room. Lots of children’s activities during the school holidays, open daily from 1st March – 31st December 2014 (closed 25th/26th Dec) from 11am – 5pm (or dusk), 01435 882302

1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey & Battlefield, High Street, Battle, East Sussex TN33 0AD. English Heritage insight into the Battle of Hastings and 1066 – explore the abbey ruins and the award-winning audio exhibition which brings to life the dramatic story of the Norman Conquest, open weekends until 16th Feb & 22 Feb – 31 Mar 2014, Mon – Fri during Feb half term, summer opening times not yet available so check website , 01424 775705

Bentley Country Park Halland BN8 5AF, House, There’s a host of activities to keep everyone happy. Have fun at the adventure playground and explore the willow tunnels, ride on the miniature railway (open weekends and school hols , visit the motor museum, feed the birds on the wildfowl reserve or discover the ancient houses on a woodland walk. Open daily from mid March – 2nd November 2014 10am – 5pm; winter opening: most weekends and school holidays from 10am – 4pm, 01825 840573

Bignor Roman Villa, Bignor, RH20 1PH. One of the largest Roman villas to be open to the public with fine mosaics, open daily March – October, 01798 869259

Bodiam National Trust Castle, Bodiam, near Robertsbridge, East Sussex TN32 5UA. Story book castle – the exterior is virtually complete and the walls rise dramatically above the moat – there are battlements to explore and spiral staircases to climb. Castle open weekends until 9th Feb 2014 and then daily until 31st Dec (excluding 25th/26th Dec) from 10.30am – 5pm (or dusk). Lots of family friendly events especially during school holidays, 01580 830196

Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath RH16 1XP with outside adventure playground, woodland walks and children’s holiday activities. Open daily from 10.30am – 6pm (or dusk) between 22nd March – 2nd November 2014 (closed 26th July for wedding), 01444 450326

Camber Castle, TN31 7TD, Henry VIII’s forgotten castle which guarded the entrance to Rye and Winchelsea harbours, unrestricted viewing from the outside, interior is open 2pm on the first Saturday of the month from July – September for a guided tour. School visits can be arranged at any time, 01797 227784

Chartwell National Trust House, the much loved home of Winston Churchill, Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent TN16 1PS. The rooms remain much as they were when he lived here with pictures, books and personal mementoes. Entrance is by timed ticket. House and Studio are open daily from 1st March – 2nd November 2014. The Garden, exhibition, shop and restaurant are open year round from 11am – 5pm (or dusk), 01732 868381

Charleston Farmhouse, Charleston, Firle, Lewes BN8 6LL, Bloomsbury in Sussex.Charleston was the home and country meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury group. The interior was painted by the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, and together with their collection forms a unique example of their decorative style. Open 26th March – end October 2014 Wednesdays to Saturdays 1 – 6pm – guided tours only. Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays 1 – 5pm, free flow tickets and therefore the best day to come with small children, 01323 811626

CM Booth Motor Museum at Falstaff Antiques, 63 High Street, Rolvenden, unique collection of 3-wheel Morgan cars plus other historic cars. Open Mon-Sat 10am – 5.30pm all year, 01580 241234

Denmans Garden, Fontwell BN18 OSU. Beautiful four acre garden owned by Michael Neve and John Brooks. Artistically planted. Plant Centre and cafe, open 9am – 4pm all year around, 01243 544064

Down House (the home of Charles Darwin), Luxted Road, Downe, Kent, BN6 7JT. Open weekends until 16th Feb & 24th Feb – 31st March, Wed – Sun during Feb half term, summer opening times not yet available so please check website, 0870 333 1181 (customer services) or 01689 859119 (site phone)

Emmetts National Trust Garden, Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 6AY, An Edwardian estate owned by Frederic Lubbock, the garden was laid out in the late 19th century and contains many exotic and rare trees and shrubs. Traditional children’s games available. Open daily 1st March – 31st December 2014 (not 25th/26th Dec), 10am – 5pm (or dusk), 01732 750367

Firle Place, Firle, Lewes BN8 6LP, open June – September, Sunday – Thursday 2 – 4.30pm (check for exact opening days in 2014), 01273 858307

Fishbourne Roman Palace, Fishbourne Road West, Fishbourne, West Sussex PO19 3QR. Roman palace with marvellous mosaics, recreated formal gardens and family activities, open February – 15th December, 10am – 4pm (5pm March – October), 01243 785859

Finchcocks House, Gardens & Musical Museum, Goudhurst, Kent TN17 1HH, a fine Georgian manor in Kent, houses Richard Burnett’s celebrated collection of over 100 keyboard instruments: harpsichords, pianos, organs and many more. Open Easter – end of September: Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays and Wednesdays & Thursdays in August. House open 2pm – 6pm, garden 12.30am – 6pm, 01580 211702

Glynde Place, Gynde BN8 6SX , home to the VIIth Viscount and Viscountess Hampden, is a magnificent Elizabethan country house sitting high on the Sussex Downs, looking out over the weald. Originally built in the mid 16th century, it has been lived in by only three families in over five centuries. Extensive alterations and improvements were carried out in the 18th century, including building the new stable block, adjacent church and the distinctive wyverns gates by Richard Trevor, Bishop of Durham. Today, Glynde Place offers a glimpse of life in a traditional English country house, from its origins over 500 years ago to the present day. It has recently undergone a two year restoration programme. Open May & June on Wed, Thu & Sun plus Bank Holiday Mon in May and Aug, 01273 858 224

Great Dixter, Northiam, TN31 6PH, Tudor house with a famous twentieth century Arts and Crafts garden, open 1st April – 26th October, Tue – Sun plus Bank Holiday Mons from 11am – 5pm (house from 2pm), 01797 252878

Groombridge Place Gardens and Enchanted Forest, TN3 9QG, animals , enchanted forest with giant swings, zip wires and Crusoe’s World, animals (including a zedonk!), canal boat ride, daily Birds of Prey displays (except Mondays). Open weekends only in March and then daily from 31st March – end October, 10 – 5.30 (or dusk), 01892 861444

Hastings Castle, Castle Hill Road, Hastings, East Sussex TN34, visit the ruined castle, visit the dungeons and learn about life under siege in 1066 country, closed Nov – Feb, Feb/Mar open weekends only, Easter – end October open daily, 01424 42296

Hastings Lifeboat Visitor Centre, The Stade, Hastings Old Town, open daily 10am – 4.30pm except Jan/Feb when open weekends only, 01424 425502

Herstmonceux Castle Gardens & Grounds, Hailsham BN27 1RN, magnificent moated castle, set in 500 acres of beautiful parkland and superb Elizabethan gardens. The Castle is not open to the public, however guided tours are conducted at an extra charge and subject to availability. Lots of special events, see What’s On. Open: 12th April – 2nd November 2014 10am – 6pm (5pm in Oct/Nov), 01323 833816

Hever Castle, Hever, Nr Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG. Gardens/maze, playground, water maze (take a change of clothes!), open daily 15th February – 2nd November (Wed – Sun after half term in Feb/Mar), seasonal opening for some attractions, 01732 865224

High Beeches Gardens, High Beeches Lane, Handcross, West Sussex RH17 6HQ (just off A23). 27 acres of beautiful woodland and water gardens, spy treasure trail (download from, tearoom. Open daily 1pm -5pm (tea room from 11am), except Wed, mid March – 2nd November, 01444 400589.

Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 ONT. Romantic moated manor house built nearly 700 years ago surrounded by gardens and woodland walks. The house and garden is open daily from 1 March – 31st December from 11am – 5pm (3pm in Dec), estate open all year, 01732 810378

Jill Windmill, Clayton, South Downs, built in 1821 and restored to full working order, open most Sundays and Bank Holidays from May – September, 2 – 5pm, entry by donation, souvenir and tea shop.

Knole National Trust House, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0RP. Built as a palace in a medieval deer-park, Knole was owned by the Archbishops of Canterbuy, the Tudors and the Sackville family who still live here. The Estate Office tells the sotry of Knole in the 20th century, changing exhibitions in the Orangery, guided walks in the Parkland, family holiday activities, the show rooms are being converted to create Knole Studios, conservation studio, learning centre and cafe. For full opening schedule check online, 01732 450608

Leeds Castle, Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent ME17 1PL. Leeds Castle has been a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England’s medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion; an elegant early 20th century retreat for the influential and famous; and in the 21st century, it has become one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain. Open daily 10am -4pm with a few dates when its closed for private functions, 01622 765400 (Children visit for FREE on wet weather days before 31st March 2014 – check at 9.30am if it has been declared a Wet Weather Day!)

Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum, 169 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1YE. Climb to the top of this 1,000 year old Norman Castle for stunning views across Sussex. In the Barbican House you’ll find the Museum of Archaeology and a mini cinema which tells the story of Lewes from prehistoric to medieval times. Open daily, Tuesday-Saturday 10am -5.30pm and Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays, 11am -5.30pm (closed Mondays in January), 01273 486290

Merriments Gardens & Wild Bird Centre, Hawkhurst Road, Hurst Green TN19 7RA. The Garden is open 29th March – mid October 2014, open from 10am Mon – Sat and 10.30 on Sun, 01580 860666 (probably more of an adult’s day out)

Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, near Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3QS. Tranquil, moated gardens, see the foundations of the 13th century priory and explore the main house, watermill, play area and family activities during the summer. A new interactive medieval gallery in the 14th century Gatehouse. Open daily from 15th Feb – 19th Dec 2014, 11am – 4pm (winter) 10.30am – 5pm (summer), 01323 844224

Newhaven Fort, Newhaven Fort, Fort Rd, Newhaven BN9 9DS, the story of a Victorian Fortress and demonstations of the Fort’s role during two World Wars. Explore the tunnels, gun emplacements, Blitz Shelter simulation, playground, cafe. Open daily 10.30am – 6pm (5pm in Oct), 1st March – 3rd November, 01273 517622

Nymans National Trust House and Gardens, Handcross, Haywards Heath, RH17 6EB. Gardens open daily all year, house open from 1 March – 31 October 2014. Family programme in school holidays, natural play trail and lovely walks in the Millennium Wood, 01444 405250

Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst, near Wadhurst, East Sussex TN5 7HE. English garden located on the Sussex and Kent border in the heart of South East England’s garden country. Pashley offers a sumptuous blend of romantic landscaping, imaginative plantings and fine old trees, fountains, springs and large ponds. Open 1st April – 30th September 2014. Closed Mon & Sun except Bank Hols and special events, 01580 200888

Parham House and Gardens, Storrington, Nr Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 4HS. Well-loved family home – only three families have lived here since its foundation stone was laid in 1577 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I with collections of period furniture, needlework and paintings. Deer park with award winning gardens. Parham House & Gardens are open every Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday in April and October, and from May to September on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, check website for times, 01903 742021

Petworth House and Park, GU28 0AE, the vast late 17th-century mansion is set in a beautiful 283-hectare (700-acre) deer park, landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown and immortalised in Turner’s paintings. Inside, the house contains the National Trust’s finest collection of pictures, with numerous works by Turner, Van Dyck, Reynolds and Blake, ancient and Neo-classical sculpture, fine furniture and carvings by Grinling Gibbons. The servants’ quarters contain fascinating kitchens and other service rooms. Family multi media guide and trails plus children’s activities in the house. House open 15 Mar – 5 Nov 2014 (closed Thu/Fri; Grounds open 11 Jan – 31 Dec from 10.30, 01798 342207

Polegate Windmill, open Sundays and Bank Holidays from Easter until the end of October plus Wed in August.

Pevensey Castle, Castle Road, Pevensey, East Sussex BN24 5LE, with a history stretching back over 16 centuries, Pevensey Castle chronicles more graphically than any other fortress the story of Britain’s south coast defences. Beginning in the 4th century as one of the last and strongest of the Roman ‘Saxon Shore’ forts, two-thirds of whose towered walls still stand. It was the landing place of William the Conqueror’s army in 1066. During the century after the Conquest a full-scale Norman castle, with a great square keep and a powerful gatehouse, was built within one corner of the fort. In the 1250s the towered bailey wall was constructed, and soon put to the test during the great siege of 1264. Open weekends until 31 March; summer opening times not yet announced, 1323 762604

Preston Manor, Preston Drove, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 6SD. ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ Edwardian manor house, open 1 April to 30 September Tues-Fri 10am-5pm Sun 2-5pm, last admission 4.15pm. Closed Mon (including Bank Holidays) & Sat, 01273 292770

Priest House, North Lane, West Hoathly, West Sussex, RH19 4PP. 15th century hall house with a traditional cottage garden. Once owned by Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell, Anne of Cleves, Mary I and Elizabeth I, it is now furnished with 18th and 19th century country furniture and the garden is planted with 170+ culinary, medicinal and household herbs. Open March – October 10.30am to 5.30pm; Sunday 12pm opening. Closed Mondays except during August and Bank Holidays, 01342 810479

Priory of St Pancras in Priory Park, Lewes, Here, in the 11th century, monks came fromCluny in France to establish the first Cluniac priory in England. The Priory survived for 450 years until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1537. The site with its evocative remains retains an air of tranquility and serenity. The sweep of the South Downs which frame the site provides a spectacular setting for an afternoon out. There is much to see at Priory Park. Interpretation panels allow you to walk in the footsteps of medieval monks and imagine how the buildings once looked. A recreated herb garden grows plants that monks would have used for medicinal, culinary and ceremonial purposes. Free entry, open all year.

Rye Heritage Centre, Strand Quay, TN31 7AY, story of Rye, Rye Town Model sound and light show, working collection of Old Pier amusement machines, Open daily 10am, 01797 226696

Rye Castle Museum, the Ypres Tower, East Street, TN31 7JY

Royal Pavilion, 4/5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1EE. Built for the Prince Regent, later King George IV, in stages between 1787 and 1823, the Royal Pavilion is remarkable for its exotic oriental appearance both inside and out. This magnificent royal pleasure palace was revered by fashionable Regency society. Open daily 10.30am – 5.15pm October – March and 9.30am – 5.45pm April – September, 03000 290900

Scotney National Trust Castle, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 8JN, garden, house and estate, Estate walks open all year, house, old castle and gardens open daily from 15 Feb -31 Dec form 10am, entrance to the house by timed ticket, 01829 893868 or 01892 893820 (infoline)

Sheffield Park and Garden, TN22 3QX, informal landscape garden laid out in the 18th century by ‘Capability’ Brown and further developed in the early years of the 20th century by its owner, Arthur G. Soames, open daily until 4pm or 5.30pm (or dusk), family activities during school holidays, woodland play trail, 01825 790231

Sissinghurst National Trust Castle & Gardens, Biddenden Road, Nr Cranbrook, Kent TN17 2AB. A ruin of an Elizabethan manor house which gained international fame in the 1930s when Vita Sackville West and Harold Nicolson created a garden here. Estate walks are open all year, otherwise the gardens are open 15th March – 31st Dec 11am – 5.30pm (or dusk). Probably more of an adult day out! 01580 710700

Standen, West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead, RH19 4NE, Arts and Crafts family home with great views, woodland walks and family woodland play area. Open from 15th Feb – 31 December from 10am, 01342 323029

St. Mary’s House, Bramber BN44 3WE. Medieval house and 5 acres of gardens – still lived in. House open daily between May and end of September on Sundays, Thursdays & Bank Holiday Mondays, 2 – 6 pm (last entry at 5 pm), more widely open for pre-booked groups, 01903 816205

Uppark House and Garden, South Harting, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 5QR. Built in the 17th century and restored in 1989 after a fire the elegant interior houses a Grand Tour collection, fascinating servants quarters and tunnels, house and garden trails and 270 year old doll’s house. Open from 16 Mar – 2 Nov except Fri/Sat from 11am – 4.30pm, 01730 825 857

Wakehurst Place Gardens and Millennium Seed Bank, Selsfield Rd, Ardingly, West Sussex RH17 6TN. ‘Kew in the Country’, botanical gardens with lots of walks (children especially love the Himalayan Garden), Adventurous Journeys natural play spaces, Millennium Seed Bank, restaurant, open daily from 10am, 01444 894066

West Blatchington Windmill, Brighton. Take the family to this traditional windmill on the outskirts of Brighton & Hove. Open May – September on Sundays and Bank holidays 2.30-5pm. 01273 776017

West Dean Gardens, West Dean, Nr Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0QZ1. Open daily from 10.30am to 4pm (5pm summer), 01243 818210

Windmill Hill Windmill, open 1st/3rd Sun pm plus bank holiday Mon from 6th Apr until end of Oct, 01323 833033

Wisley, RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, GU23 6QB, Open Daily from 10am, 01483 224234 or 0845 260 9000


Museums & Galleries

1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey & Battlefield, High Street, Battle, East Sussex TN33 0AD. English Heritage insight into the Battle of Hastings and 1066 – explore the abbey ruins and the award-winning audio exhibition which brings to life the dramatic story of the Norman Conquest, Open daily but check before you leave home, 01424 775705

Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, Station Rd, Ford, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9LT, home to a collection of listed buildings and monuments, many of which have been rescued from around Sussex. There are also vintage vehicles, rural crafts, woodland walks plus lots of events, open Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm and every day during West Sussex School Holidays. 01798 831370

Battle Museum, The Almonry, High Street, TN33 0EA, local history museum, open 1st April – 31th October from Mon – Sat, 10am – 4.30pm, 01424 775955

Bentley Country Park Halland BN8 5AF, House, Wildfowl reserve with vast collection of swans, geese, ducks, cranes & flamingos, Motor museum with over 100 veteran, vintage and classic cars, Miniature railway, Woodland trail, Playground, Tearoom. Open daily from 18 Mar – 3 Nov 2013 10.30am – 5.30pm (house from 29th Mar, 12noon); November – March weekends and school hols only and the house is closed, 01825 840573

Bexhill Museum of Costume, Egerton Road, TN39 3HL, Costume Collection, Sargent Collection of local history and Motor Racing Gallery. Open Daily 3rd Feb – 7th Dec, 01424 787950

Booth Museum of Natural History, Brighton, 194 Dyke Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 5AA. Quirky celebration of natural history including magnificent display of stuffed birds, butterflies and fossils and bones dating back to dinosaur times. Open 10am – 5pm daily except closed Thursday and Sundays open only from 2pm – 5pm, Free, 03000 290900

Brede Steam Engine Society Waterworks Lane, Brede TN31 6HG – The Giants of Brede, museum of water heritage pumping machinery, Open Saturdays all year around from 10am – 4pm, 01323 897310

Brighton Fishing Museum, 201 Kings Road Arches, The Lanes, Brighton BN1 1NB. 27′ traditional Sussex fishing boat, plus prints, photos and fishing memorabilia from 1700′s onwards. Open daily, Free, 01273 723064

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Royal Pavilion, 4/5 Pavilion Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1EE, history of Brighton, pottery, fashion & style, performance & more, mostly free, open Tue – Sun 10am – 5pm, 01273 290900

Brighton Toy and Model Museum, 52-55 Trafalgar Street, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4EB. Under the arches of Brighton station. Over 10,000 toys and models including 2 working model railways, Open Tuesday-Friday from 10am – 5pm, Saturdays 11am – 5pm 01273 749494

Brooklands Aviation & Motor Museum, Brooklands Rd, Weybridge KT13 0SL. Open Daily 10am – 5pm, 01932 857381

Buckley’s Yesterday’s World, 89-90 High Street, Opposite Battle Abbey, Battle TN33 0AQ , life size street scenes & shop displays. Open Daily, 01424 775378

Christ’s Hospital Museum, Horsham RH13 0YP. Open on Tuesdays & during term time, 01403 247404

Crawley Museum Centre, Goffs Park House, Old Horsham Road,Crawley RH11 8PE, Open Weds & Sun 2pm–4pm, free 01293 539088

Cuckfield Museum, Queens Hall, High Street, Cuckfield, open Wednesday to Friday from 10am – 12:30pm; on Saturdays from 10am – 4pm, Closed mid December to mid February, 01444 473630

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea TN40 1DP, Grade I listed Modernist icon and an international centre for contemporary arts on the seafront with exhibitions, theatre, music, family events etc, open from 10am – 5pm in the winter, and longer during events and in the summer. De La Warr Cafe Bar and Kitchen serves kids menu and you can buy toys & gifts in the De La Warr store, disabled access and baby changing facilities, 01424 229111

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, East Sussex, BN6 8SP. Newly re-opened from Tuesday – Saturday and Bank Holiday Mondays from 10:30am-5p.m. and on Sundays from 12pm – 5pm. See for more information or call 01424 229100. Under 16’s free entry. Children’s activities – may need to be pre-booked.

Eastbourne Heritage Centre, opposite the Winter Gardens, BN21 4BT, permanent exhibition about Eastbourne plus temporary exhibits including: Picture Postcards – the Eastbourne watercolour views of AR Quinton and James Owen – 7 May- 28 July; Sporting memories of Eastbourne (including the Olympics) – 4 August – 27 October, 01323 411189

Eastbourne Lifeboat Museum, King Edward’s Parade, free entry, open weekends in Jan and Feb from 11am – 2pm , in March until Summer Time begins from 10am – 3pm and then throughout Summer Time from 10am – 5pm; From end October open 10am – 4pm, 01323 730717

East Grinstead Museum, Old Market Yard, Cantelupe Road, East Grinstead, RH19 3BJ. Open from Wednesday- Saturday 10am – 4pm and on Sundays and Bank Holidays from 1pm to 4pm, 01342 302233

Filching Manor Motor Museum, Jevington Road, Polegate, BN26 5QA, open only by arrangement to groups, 01323 487838

Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, Johns Place, Bohemia Road, TN4 1ET. A rich mix of fine paintings and china, the cultures of other lands, well-known personalities such as John Logie Baird and Robert Tressell, and a contrasting view of local wildlife today and as it would have been 150 million years ago. There are plenty of special features for children, with fossils that transform into dinosaurs, prehistoric crocodiles and fish, a diorama of local animals and birds, Native American Galleries complete with tipi and buffalo, and a display on Hastings born conservationist, Grey Owl. The most spectacular part of the Museum is the magnificent Durbar Hall constructed for the Indian and Colonial Exhibition of 1886 as part of an Indian Palace. Open Tue to Sat 10am – 5pm (4pm Nov – Mar) and Sun from 12noon – 5pm, 01424 451052 FREE

Hastings Fisherman’s Museum, Rock-a-Nore Road, TN34 3DW, original lugger, photos, models, stories, paintings, nets etc, open daily, Free – donations requested, 01424 461446

Hastings Flower Makers Museum, 58A High Street, TN34 3EN, displaying original tools and materials from the artificial flower-making trade, 01424 427793

Hastings Old Town Hall Museum, High Street, TN34 1EW, introduction to the history of the Old Town, 01424 451052

Henfield Museum, Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, High Street, Henfield, BN5 9DB. Open from Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat 10am – 12noon. Closed Bank Holidays, 01273 492507/01273 493155

Horsham Museum, Causeway House, 9 Causeway, Horsham RH12 1HE. Open 10am – 5pm, Monday-Saturday. Closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays, 01403 254959

Hove Museum & Art Gallery, 19 New Church Road, Hove BN3 4AB. Toys, cinema, local history & fine art, lots of children’s activities. Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2-5pm, closed Wednesdays. Open on public holidays, FREE, 01273 290200

How We Lived Then, Museum of Shops, 20 Cornfield Terrace, Eastbourne, BN21 4NS, 100,000 exhibits displayed on 4 floors of authentic shops, room-settings and with various displays covering 100 years of shopping and social history, open daily from 10am, closing times vary according to season, 01323 737143

Hurstpierpoint Museum, Village Hall, Hurstpierpoint, 01273 834251

Jerwood Gallery, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings TN34 3DW, The permanent home of the Jerwood Collection of 20th and 21st century British art. On display in 7 dedicated rooms, the collection comprises paintings as well as works on paper and prints by British artists working between the WW1 and the 1960′s, closed Mondays, 01424 728377

Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum, 169 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1YE. The Museum of Sussex Archaeology and a mini cinema which tells the story of Lewes and the Castle from prehistoric to medieval times, open daily, Tuesday-Saturday 10.00-17.50 & Sunday, Mondays & bank Holidays 11.00-17.50 (Closed Mondays in January), 01273 486290

Marlipins Museum, High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5DA, the story of Shoreham’s maritime and local history. Open 1st May-1st November Tuesday-Saturday 10.30-16.30, 01273 462994

Music & Dolls’ Collection, Chichester, Church Road, Chichester,West Sussex, PO19 4HN, Open Daily, 01243 372646

Museum of Naval Firepower, Priddys Hard, Heritage Way, Gosport PO12 4LE. Open Daily April-October 10am – 5pm; November-March 10am – 4pm, 023 9250 5600

Newhaven Fort, Newhaven Fort, Fort Rd, Newhaven BN9 9DS, the story of a Victorian Fortress and demonstations of the Fort’s role during two World Wars. Explore the tunnels, gun emplacements, Blitz Shelter simulation, playground, cafe. Open daily 10.30am – 6pm (5pm in Oct), 1st March – 3rd November Sat/Sun only, 01273 517622

Newhaven Local and Maritime Museum at Paradise Park, Avis Road, BN9 0DH, during BST the museum is open from 2pm – 5pm at weekends and 2pm – 4pm weekdays. Usually during GMT open from 2pm – 4pm at weekends only,

Petworth Cottage Museum, 01798 342100

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 3LJ. Mary Rose Museum and world famous ships HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860 plus new for 2014, HMS Alliance, the only remaining WW2 era British ocean going submarine. Also including the National Museum Royal Navy Portsmouth, Action Stations and Harbour Tours, there’s plenty to see and do. Open daily 10am – 6pm; November (5.30 Nov – March), 02392 728060

Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum, Royal Parade, Eastbourne, BN22 7AQ. The Redoubt has stood guard on the South Coast for over 200 years. Discover history, events and new children’s military training ground. Open every day from 1st April – 16th November 2014, 10am – 5pm. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays, 01323 410300

Royal Armouries, Royal Armouries Museum, Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, Fareham, PO17 6AN, this imposing Victorian fort is home to the Royal Armouries national collection of artillery – The Big Guns. Restored to how it would have been in the 1890s visitors can access most aras of the fortifications and see how the Fort would have operated, new visitor centre, new café and new galleries, including the magnificent Voice of the Guns gallery. Open April – October 10am – 5pm, November -March 10am – 4pm, 01329 233734

Royal Marines Museum, Eastney Esplanade, Southsea, Hampshire PO4 9PX, explore the fascinating history of the Royal Marines. Take a walk through history from 1664 and learn about the lives of the extraordinary people who have become Royal Marines. Follow a recruit through training and on to deployment around the world, then creep through the jungle, marvel at the medal collection and take a trip down memory lane in our WW2 home front kitchen. Finish your day in our award winning café The Quartermaster’s Kitchen and our Museum shop and enjoy our seafront location. Open Mondays/Tuesdays, closed in winter, 023 9281 9385

Rye Heritage Centre, The Old Sail Loft, Rye Strand Quay, Rye, TN31 7AY, Open Daily from 10am – 5pm (4pm Winter), 01797 226696

Rye Castle Museum 3 East Street, Rye TN31 7JY and Ypres Tower, Gun Garden Tye TN31 7HH, Summer: Museum open weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays from 10.30am – 5pm, Ypres Tower open daily, 01797 226728

Seaford Museum in the Martello Tower, BN25 1JH, local history museum with children’s events in school holidays. Opening times 2014: Easter – Late October: open Suns and Bank Holidays from 11am – 1pm and 2.30pm – 4.30pm, Weds and Sats from 2.30pm – 4.30pm; Late October – Easter: open Suns and Bank Holidays from 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm, 01323 898222 (24 hour ansaphone)

Shipwreck Museum, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, TN34 3DW, explore shipwrecks, find out how you can find your own dinosaur remains on the beach and discover what global warming means to the coastline. Open Nov – March 11am – 4pm Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays. April – October Open every day, 01424 437452

Smugglers Adventure, St Clement’s Caves, TN32 3HY, explore the sandstone caves in search of smugglers, bootleggers and warring gangs – prepared to be scared! 01424 422964

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, Tangmere, Nr Chichester, PO20 2ES, home to an impressive display of historic aircraft and a unique collection of aviation memorabilia stretching from the First World War through to the Cold War. Amongst the many attractions are numerous interactive displays and several aircraft simulators for visitors to experience. Open daily from February 1st – November 30th. March – October: 10am – 5.30pm and February & November: 10am -4.30pm, 01243 790 090

The Old Town Hall Museum, High St, Hastings provides an introduction to the history of the Old Town of Hastings. The displays take the form of a walk back in time, covering all the key moments in the Old Town’s history including the clearances of the 1930s, the rise of the Victorian resort, the town as a Napoleonic garrison, the notorious fraudster Titus Oates, the role of the Cinque Ports as well as the fires, floods and raids of the Middle Ages. An audio tour is available. Open Tue – Sat from 10am – 5pm (4pm Nov – Mar) and 12noon – 4pm on Sun, 01424 451052 FREE

Towner, Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ, contemporary art museum with lots of family activities and events, open Tue – Sun from 10am – 5pm (plus Bank Holiday Mondays), Free, 01323 434670

Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0EU. Fascinating collection of historic buildings dismantled from their original location and reassembled in 40 acres of Sussex countryside, woodland walks, picnic areas and farm animals. Open 2nd January – 28th Febuary 2014 10.30am – 4pm Wednesday, Saturdays and Sundays (daily during Feb half term). Open Daily 1st March – 22nd December 10.30am – 6pm (4pm) Winter, 01243 811348

Winchelsea Court Hall Museum, local history museum, open 1st May – 30st September, Tuesday – Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm, Sundays from 2pm – 5pm, 01392 714559

Wings Museum, Unit 1, Bucklands Farm, Balcombe, West Sussex RH17 6JT. WW2 remembrance museum with a fascinating insight into life in WW2. Variety of themed displays of original memorabilia and relics relating to the Home Guard, Battle of Britain, Blitz, Home Front, RAF, Bomber Command, 8th USAAF, D-Day and Beyond the Russian Front. Open every Sat/Sun from March – end of October.


Railways, Buses & Boats

Beech Hurst Miniature RailwayHaywards Heath, Half a mile of track, two tunnels and signals. Runs Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays from April 5th – October plus Wednesdays during summer school holidays from 2 – 5pm. (Timetable on website)

Bentley Miniature, at Bentley Country Park, near Halland, open Sundays year-round, Saturdays mid March – October, and school holidays, 01825 840573

Bluebell Railway, now fully operational from East Grinstead to Sheffield Park Station TN22 3QL, volunteer preserved steam railway. In 2014 open weekends and school holidays in winter (Jan – Mar and Nov – Dec), Feb half term and April – October open most days subject to special events taking place, 01825 720800

Brighton Marina Water Tours, Ross Boat Trips around the harbour and powerboat rides, 07958 246414

City Sightseeing – Eastbourne and Beachy Head, departs from Eastbourne Pier, tours restart Mar 2014, book online or via bus driver/street seller, 07808 713957

Dotto, Eastbourne’s Mini Train, run along the seafront from end of March until 3rd November 2013, hop on, hop off between Holywell Retreat and Sovereign Harbour, 0871 2002233

Eastbourne Kayak and Surf Hire, by the Wish Tower, open from late April until late September 2014 depending on weather, 07917 863791

Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway BN23 6QJ plus playground and lake, indoor model railway, picnic area, cafe, open daily from 5th April – 3rd November 2014, 01323 520229

Goffs Park Miniature Railway, Horsham Road, Southgate, Sundays 2pm – 5pm, April – October, 01293 528612

Hove Park Miniature Railway, runs approximately every other Saturday afternoon and Bank Holiday Mondays from 22nd March until 25th October 2014, 2 – 5pm, operated by the Brighton and Hove Society of Miniature Locomotive Engineers.

Kent & East Sussex Steam Railway, Tenterden, Northiam and Bodiam Stations, vintage steam and historial diesel trains dating from Victorian times, special events including Thomas the Tank Engine days, 01580 765155

Lavender Line, Isfield TN22 5XB, preserved railway – travels for a two mile round trip between the village of Isfield and Worth halt near Uckfield. At Isfield you will find the headquarters of the Lavender line which includes the original Victorian station and signal box. Open Sun, and bank holidays, 11am – 5pm, 01825 750515 SANTA SPECIALS at weekends in December.

Breeze Buses, open top buses run everyday in summer to Devil’s Dyke (No 77). Once you’re there try a walk to Poynings (2miles), Upper Beeding (5miles and then take the 2A back), Patcham (3miles and then catch the 5A bus back), 01273 292480

Breeze Buses, take the bus to Ditchling Beacon (No 79), the 2nd highest point on the South Downs with spectacular views across the weald. Once you’re there try a walk to Patcham (3.5 miles and then catch the 5A bus back) or Lewes (5.5 miles and then catch the 28/29 bus back), 01273 292480

Breeze Buses, take the bus to Stanmer Park (No 25 or 78), where you’ll find open spaces to play or picnic, Stanmer House and Stanmer Museum which is open most weekend afternoons, 01273 292480

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, the world’s smallest public railway, 01797 362353

Sussex Voyages, Gate 3, Lower Quayside, The Waterfront, Sovereign harbour Marina BN23 5YZ rigid inflatable and power boat trips from Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne, summer season, 01293 888780

Uckfield & East Grinstead British Rail Lines – leave your car behind and explore Sussex by train – stopping at Oxted & Hurst Green, Lingfield, Dormans, East Grinstead, Ashurst, Eridge, Crowborough, Buxted, Uckfield,

Volks Electric Railway, Madeira Drive, Brighton, the world’s oldest operating electric railway operates most days between April to September, 01273 292718

7Adventure Parks and Family Fun

Black Cat Treasure Hunts, fun and affordable treasure hunt routes for families around Sussex, 07445818996

Brighton Marina: shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, bowling, cinema, fitness, casino, children’s rides, mini-golf, boat trips, fishing, sailing, diving, free outdoor ping pong & chess tables. Get your 2014 Brighton Marina Gold Card, exclusive offers at over forty marina venues plus you could win a Mini First, Hatchback (terms & conditions apply). Registration is free online, 01273 693636

Brighton Palace Pier, Brighton 01273 609361

Chessington World of Adventures, Leatherhead Road, Surrey KT9 2NE, 0870 444 7777

Diggerland, Roman Way, Medway Valley Leisure Park, Strood, Kent ME2 2NU 08700 344437

Drusillas Park, Alfriston Road just off the A27, BN26 5QS, zoo & extensive adventure playgrounds, 01323 874100

Eastbourne Pier, restored camera obscura, amusements, soft play, glass blower, crafts, Victorian tea rooms etc, 01323 410466 CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Flamingo Park, East Beach Street, Hastings, TN34 3AR, rides and attractions for all the family, 01424 715133

Fort Fun Adventure Park, Royal Parade, Eastbourne, BN22 7LU, Aquasplash Land (seasonal), theme park rides, indoor soft play, adventure golf, 01323 642833

Harbour Park Amusement Park, Windmill Road, Littlehampton BN17 5LH. Rides for all ages, adventure golf, arcade, picnic greens, soft play area, 01903 721200

Knockhatch Adventure Park, On A22 at Hailsham, Hailsham BN27 3GD, animals, falconry, indoor year round soft play at Froggies, go karts, outdoor playgrounds and paddling pools, ski slope, some activities not available during the winter, 01323 442051 (DISCOUNT VOUCHER in all the Sussex Family Grapevines)

Legoland, Winkfield Road Windsor Berkshire SL4 4AY, telephone bookings 0871 222201

Paradise Family Leisure Park, Newhaven, East Sussex BN9 0DH. Planet Earth museum, Dinosaur Safari, Paradise Gardens including mini Sussex buildings and landmarks, Plant House and Local Maritime Museum, Play Zone including miniature train and crazy golf, 01273 512 123

Thorpe Park, Staines Road. Chertsey KT16 8PN, 0871 663 1673

The Brighton Wheel, Daltons Bastion, Madeira Drive, Brighton, BN2 1TB – There’s no better way to take in the beauty of Brighton and the south coast than from the top of the Brighton Wheel, the city’s latest attraction. Open 10am – 11pm, 01273 722822

Treasure Island, Royal Park, Eastbourne BN22 7AE, Buccaneer’s soft play, adventure golf, outdoor adventure park and paddling lagoon (summer only and weather dependent), 01323 411077

Yellowave Beach Sports, Brighton beach, volleyball, beach soccer, tag rugby,new clubhouse for hire & private parties, 6yrs+, 01273 672222


Exploring Science

Observatory Science Centre, Wartling Rd, Herstmonceux BN27 1RN, hands on science with 100+ interactive exhibits both indoors and out and lots of children’s and family workshops. The Centre is open every day from 1st February 2014. 10am – 6pm. Last admission 2 hours before closing, 01323 832731

South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre, Kingsham Road, Chichester, PO19 8RP, group visits and limited public presentations – more info on 01243 774400 Ticket hotline: 07818 297292


Camping & Hostels

Blackberry Wood, Streat Lane, Streat near Ditchling BN6 8RS at the foot of the Downs near Hassocks and Plumpton, no phone bookings or enquiries but book online.

Chestnut Meadow Camping & Caravanning Park, luxury park, near Bexhill, 01424 892361

Crowborough Camping and Caravanning Club Site, Goldsmiths Recreation Ground, TN6 2TN, located next to the leisure centre and close to a playground with recreation hall, parent and child room, 01892 664827

Fairfields Farm, Eastbourne Road, Westham, Pevensey, East Sussex BN24 5NG, 01323 763165

Forest Garden, Shovelstrode Lane, Ashurst Wood RH19 3PH. Yurt Camping, 07957 621672

Heaven Farm, Furners Green, Uckfield, TN22 3RG, 01825 790226

Horam Manor Touring Park, Horam, Heathfield TN21 OYD, 01435 813662

Norman’s Bay Camping and Caravanning Club site, Near Pevensey BN24 6PR, 01323 761190

Plaw Hatch Farm Walk, Old Plaw Hatch Farm, Sharpthorne, RH19 4JL, (groups only) 01342 810201

Saddlescombe Farm Campsite, just off the South Downs Way near Devils Dyke, 01273 857712

Scotts Farm, West Wittering, walking distance of the beach, 01243 671720

Stoneywish Nature Reserve, Spatham Lane, Ditchling BN6 8XH, open 1st March-31st October, 01273 843498

The Secret Campsite, Barcombe, BN8 4TD, real camping with nature, tents only plus secret shelters to hire, 01273 401100

Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down, Nr Uckfield TN22 4HJ, wild camping in beautiful woodland glades, complete with fire pit and cooking grill, shelter and rustic furniture, 01825 830509

Wimbles Farm Wild Camping & Shepherd’s Hut, Heathfield, 01435 810390

Wowo Campsite, Wapsbourne Manor Farm, Sheffield Park TN22 3QT, complete with Mongolian yurts! 01825 723414


Outdoor Pursuits

Adur Outdoor Activities Centre, Brighton Road, Shoreham-by-Sea
BN43 5LT, climbing, kayaking & canoeing, climbing wall, archery, 01273 462928

Amazon Outdoor Events atKnockhatch Adventure Park, 11yrs+, 0844 2570433

Arena Pursuits, near Bewl Water, 6yrs+, 01580 879614

Bewl Water Outdoor Centre, Lamberhurst, Kent TN3 8JH watersports, climbing and residential centre, 8yrs+, 01892 890716

Blackland Farm, East Grinstead RH19 4HP, climbing, zipwire, abseiling, canoeing, archery, orienteering etc, 01342 810493

Bowles Activity Centre, Eridge Green TN3 9LW, ski slopes, rock crags, ropes courses, archery range, 8yrs+, 01892 665665

So Sussex, outdoor activities eg canoeing, mountain biking, woodland activites etc, 07739 050816



Shoreham Airport, Cecil Pashley Way, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5FF, 01273 467373, Visitor Centre and prebookable tours: 07508 184424

Brighton Scenic, guided sightseeing tours departing from Shoreham Airport, 07918 902721

These listings are prepared well in advance , so please check days and opening times before travelling, many attractions close at least one day a week.

Cartoons drawn by Lesley Harvey.