Family Days Out in Sussex
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 teenagers out and about into the Sussex countryside, visit local family farms, adventure playgrounds, museums, galleries and heritage properties plus lots more besides. Do let us know which are your favourites.
1066 Country Walk. Follow in the footsteps of William the Conqueror from Pevensey to Rye via Bexhill and Hastings.
Abbots Wood, signposted off the A22 between Hailsham and Polegate and signposted off the A27 at Wilmington. BBQ, play area, walks, there are 2 circular trails; one of 1.9 miles and the other just under a mile, contact 0300 0674464.
Aldingbourne Trust Country Centre, Blackmill Lane, Norton, Chichester PO18 0JP, great value activities from mini-golf to feeding the animals, woodland walks, award-winning café, 01243 542075.
Ardingly Reservoir, West Sussex, RH17 6SQ, walks and limited cycling/horse riding. Water sports Centre with pre-bookable activities. Contact Ardingly Activity Centre on 01444 892549.
Arlington Bluebell Walk and Farm Trail, Bates Green Farm, Arlington, Tye Hill Road, Polegate BN26 6SH. Open every day 10am to 5pm from Saturday 7th April until Sunday 13th May 2018. 8 different walks, farmer’s mini market, children’s quiz, refreshments, 01323 485151. Please check details as the weather may affect the blooming of the bluebells and the season may change.
Arlington Reservoir and Osprey Trail: a 2.5-mile circular walk, fishing, swimming and boating open 9am until dusk.
Arundel Castle & Gardens, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AB. Open from Friday 30 March– Sunday 28 October 2018, Tue – Sun; Mon in Aug and Bank holidays. 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, 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.
Beachy Head, walks, views and countryside centre , check website for summer opening times, these may vary due to weather but usually 10am-4pm 01323 737273.
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.
Bedgebury Pinetum, Goudhurst, 2,000-acre forest for walking, family cycling trails, mountain bike and dirt jump area, cycle hire, horse riding for TROT members, adventure play trail, Go Ape, 01580 879842/879820.
Bewl Water, Lamberhurst, TN3 8JH. Walking, cycling, fishing, model boating, boat trips, playground, crazy golf, laser challenge and mini ranger safari, (bridle path opening for cycling and horse riding is weather dependent) gates open 8am and close 30 minutes before sunset. Free entry Mon – Fri in winter, bike hire, 01892 890000
Black Cat Treasure Hunts, fun and affordable treasure hunt routes for families around Sussex, 07445 818996.
Boating from The Anchor Inn, Anchor Lane, Barcombe, Lewes BN8 5E. Hire a rowing boat for up to 6 people for an hour at a time. Summer only, 01273 400414
Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath RH16 1XP with outside adventure playground, woodland walks and children’s holiday activities. Open daily from 10am – 6pm (or dusk) between 20 March – 01 October 2018, plus Halloween 20 October to 31 October, 01444 450326
Boothland Wood, ancient woodland south of Uckfield for walks and cycling, 01825 762774.
Brighton Cycle Hire, under the station arches, bikes with child seats & benches can be booked, 01273 571555.
Buchan Country Park, recognised as one of the best green spaces in the UK since 2010. Great access for pushchairs and wheel chairs, numerous picnic sites, plenty of wildlife, fishing (contact Crawley Angling Society) and café shop open Sundays and bank holidays 12.30-4pm and other times as staffing permits. Free parking 01293 542088
Chailey Common, walks and horse riding, no cycling, 01273 471600 and 01444 831098.
Chesworth Farm, Horsham; walking, riding, cycling via network of footpaths and bridleways, BN18 9AB, 01403 256890
Crowborough Country Park, Osbourne Road. Beautiful 18-acre nature reserve, trail, ponds and picnic 01892 652907.
Cuckmere Valley, National Trust land, a haven for wildlife, High and Over hill, chalk horse and stunning views of the Seven Sisters and Cuckmere Valley 01323 423197.
Devil’s Dyke, Devil’s Dyke Road, Poynings, near Brighton. 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. 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, open dawn to dusk 01273 857712.
Eastbourne Walks, informative, historical, healthy and fun walking tours of the Sussex coast. Book via website, 07501891119
East Hill Park, Portslade, walled garden, full of mature shrubs and herbaceous borders, wildflower area, playground, football pitch, half basketball court, picnic area, wild gym, allocated dog-friendly areas. 01273 292929.
Friston Forest, Exceat, between Seaford and East Dean off A259, walking, cycling, mountain bike hire, horse riding with TROT permit, 0300 067 4464.
Gildredge Park & Manor Gardens, Eastbourne BN21 1HA, family park, playground, tennis courts, two cafés, one with play area.
Hampden Park, Eastbourne BN22 9QR Sports and recreation facilities include those for football, rugby, cricket, tennis, children’s playground and BMX skate facility. The northern part of the Park has a large lake, shady lawns and extensive area of semi-natural woodland. A café is in the centre of the Park with adjacent toilets open all year during busiest hours. Open all year. Free admission. Free parking. Bus stop at Park entrance in Decoy Drive. Hampden Park railway station 10-minute walk. A path suitable for wheelchairs circuits the lake.
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, Open-Spaces Uckfield, nature reserve along the river Uck, wetland habitat, 01825 762774.
Horsham Park, a haven of green spaces with a lake, wildlife and colourful flowerbeds. The Park House within the grounds has a sensory garden. Tennis courts, bowls green, skate park, orienteering course and a Trim Trail round the perimeter of the park, BBQ’s allowed in the park, picnicking and a well-stocked café, 01403 215256.
Hove Lagoon Paddling Pool, located between Kingsway & the seafront and close to an enclosed playground, skate park, crazy golf and beach café. 01273 290290 (seasonal).
Hove Park, almost 40 acres 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 (seasonal), café, 01273 292929.
Kings Road Paddling Pool, Brighton, mushroom spout & water pads, castles & toys plus sand, 01273 290290 (seasonal).
Motcombe Gardens, Eastbourne Old Town BN21 1PU, duck pond, sheltered lawns for picnicking, 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.
Park Wood, Hellingly, semi-natural woodland with walking trails, general enquiries visit website.
Peacehaven Big Park, skatepark, two playgrounds one aimed at toddlers and the other for older children, natural play spaces, footpaths & links to Downs, seating, grassed pitch, café.
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 292929.
Princes Park, Eastbourne BN22 7LL, putting, playgrounds, ‘Splashtastic’ (seasonal), model boating lake and café.
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, café, 01273 292929.
Railway Land Nature Reserve, Lewes, 25 acres of meadowland and woodland reclaimed from the old rail yards, award-winning Linklater Pavilion open to the public Sundays May-September 2pm-5pm, 01273 477101.
Rye Harbour Nature reserve, TN31 7TU, explore the saltmarsh, discover the local wildlife and history, information centre (10am – 4pm), open most days, 01797 227784.
Saunders Park, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 4AE, (by Sainsbury’s), play area, paddling pool (seasonal), community garden, basketball court, padding pool enquiries: Freedom Leisure 01273 290290
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.
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 canoeing 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.
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 and Sussex Wildlife Trust, 0300 3031053. You can get to Ditchling 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 292929.
Stanmer Park, Falmer off the A270 Lewes Road, Brighton, landscaped park with lots of walks, awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund last year the park will be undergoing numerous changes and upgrades (visit website for more details),plus Proud Country House with Kids’ Table dining on a Saturday, Stanmer Church, Nourish Community Farm and Stanmer Forge (opening times vary – email: [email protected]), Also Kid’s Fest at Easter from 30th March – 14th April, Free, 01273 292929.
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, café, 01273 290000
St Helens Park Local Nature Reserve, Langham Road Hastings, managed by St Helens Park conservation society.
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 café building with public toilets, including a disabled toilet.
Tilgate Park, Crawley, woodland, lake, picnic area, playground, nature reserve, water sports on the lake at weekends/school holidays, 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!
William Daly Recreation Ground, Polegate, BN26 5AY. Skate park, basketball court, football pitch, picnic area, miniature railways in Summer during weekends.
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. Own a Pony for the day and Young Farmers Holiday Clubs at half term and school holidays, 01825 872912. Open daily from 10am until 4pm in winter, 5pm in spring and autumn and 6pm in the summer.
Blackstock Farm, Grove Hill, Hellingly, Near Hailsham, BN27 4HF, a low-key nature friendly farm, a tranquil and peaceful setting where families can spend time together and enjoy the countryside. There are animals spread across a wide area so be prepared to meander and wander around to see the animals, bluebell woods and lakes with wildfowl. Small indoor & outdoor playground, open 7 days a week from 8am-5pm, 01323 848006.
Church Farm Tours at Coombes, near Lancing, open for lambing from March 10th – April 15th in 2018 – 1,200 lambs and 80 calves to be born at Church Farm. Book in advance for group tours during the summer, open some Sundays and school holidays for individual bookings, 01273 452028.
Ferring Country Centre, West of Worthing. Meet the farm animals, walk the nature trails and enjoy the café and garden centre. Special Riding Therapy Unit for those with learning and physical disabilities. Open 7 days, 01903 245078.
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.
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 790331.
Holmbush Farmworld, Holmbush Farm World, Crawley Road, Faygate. Near Horsham RH12 4SE, indoor playground (under 5 years) and tea rooms open weekdays all year round, outdoor play area open during fine weather in the summer months, if you wish to visit the farm you can book a tour with a minimum of 4 people, 01293 851110.
Middle Farm Countryside Centre, Middle Farm, Firle, Lewes, BN8 6LJ. Family farm (small flock of lambs), playground & play hay barn, animal handling sessions, restaurant and farm shop, open year-round from 10am – 5pm (last entry 4pm), 01323 811411.
Sharnfold Farm and Farm Shop, Hailsham Road, Stone Cross, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN24 5BU, 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, 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 9am – 5pm daily (closed 25 December to 03 January), 01273 488450.
Tulleys Farm, Turners Hill, Crawley RH10 4PE. Café, maize maze (in season) plus small collection of friendly furry animals, goats and small birds. Big Halloween celebrations, check their website for upcoming special events throughout the year 01342 718472.
Washbrooks Family Farm, Brighton Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9EF. Family farm with animals, tractor rides, indoor and outdoor play areas, tea rooms, open 9.30 – 5pm (closed between Christmas and New Year), 01273 832201.
Arundel Wetland Centre, 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 café. Open daily from 9.30am, 01903 883355.
Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum 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 until late October; 10am – 5pm; winter opening: most weekends and school holidays from 10am – 4pm, 01825 840573
Blackstock Farm, Grove Hill, Hellingly, BN27 4HF, open farm walks, small playground & small indoor soft play area, closed in winter, 01323 848006
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, last admission Easter to October 5pm, November to Easter 4pm, 01424 718 776
Brighton Sea Life Centre, Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1TB. The world’s oldest operating aquarium with over 1,500 creatures, interactive rock pool experience and underwater tunnel, new Rainforest Adventure, check website for opening times as they vary depending on the season, 01273 604234 or 0871 4232110 (booking line)
Drusillas Park, Alfriston Rd just off the A27, BN26 5QS. Zoo, interactive displays, extensive adventure playgrounds, Safari Express Train, Hello Kitty Secret Garden including 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, open daily 10am – 5pm or 6pm depending on season, 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 17 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. Open 7 days a week from 24th March-28th October 10am-5pm, 10am-6pm bank holiday weekends and West Sussex school holidays, please check opening times before travelling, 07510 970709.
Huxley’s Birds of Prey Centre, Located at Hilliers Garden Centre, Brighton Road (A281), Horsham RH16 6QA. Open on Sun in Winter, 11am – 4pm, and from Easter – October half term from Wed –plus bank holidays from 11am, Sundays 11am-4.30pm. Birds of prey displays, gardens, Japanese water feature, 01403 273458 or 07761 695876.
Knockhatch Adventure Park, On A22 at Hailsham, Hailsham BN27 3GD, animals, falconry, indoor year-round soft play at Froggies and children’s farm, 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. Special features at Halloween. 01323 442051 DISCOUNT VOUCHER IN THE FAMILY GRAPEVINE.
National Cat Centre & Nature Trail, Chelwood Gate, Ashdown Forest, RH17 7DE, the largest cat rehoming centre in the UK, 2km nature trail, visitor centre with Top Cat café and adoption centre, open daily from 10am – 4pm, 01825 741330.
Pulborough Brooks, (RSPB) RH20 2EL, located in the Arun Valley nature reserve, plenty of nature-themed activities from bug hunting, den building and pond dipping. Good access for push chairs and wheel chairs, visitor centre opens daily 9.30am-5pm, guided walks, café and shop 01798 875851.
Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, on B2192 between Ringmer and Halland BN8 5AJ; up to 1,000 animals enjoying a happy and peaceful life including horses, donkeys, goats, sheep, rabbits, chipmunks, tortoises, terrapins and exotic birds, animal carer for the day and sensory safari. Visitor centre, coffee shop, gift shop and picnic area. Open daily from 8am – 4pm, lots of children’s holiday activities, visits to the centre are free – donations very much appreciated, 01825 840252
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, April-September 8am to 8pm, October-March 9am to 5pm, 0300 1230723.
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. Nature trail open sunrise to sunset daily, visitor centre & café 9.30am – 5pm, 01798 875851.
Stoneywish Nature Reserve, Spatham Lane, Ditchling BN6 8XH, open 01 March – 31 October, Fri – Mon in term time, school holidays open daily 10am – 5pm, 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 Sun 11am – 4pm from Easter until Gala Day (2nd Saturday in September), 01825 762010.
The Llama Park at Ashdown Forest, Wych Cross, Forest Row RH18 5JN. 30-acre park with llamas, alpacas and reindeer, café, playground and shop. Open from 10am – 5pm daily, 01825 712040.
Tilgate Park Nature Centre, Crawley, Tilgate Park, Crawley, Nature centre (£3 for over 17′s and £2 for 2-16yrs), opening winter 10am – 4pm, summer 10am – 6pm, outdoor play area, woodland and lakeside walks, Smith & Western restaurant, fishing and boating with Dynamic Adventures, Golf Centre, 01293 552222.
Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down, Near Uckfield TN22 4HJ. Approx. 62 acres of woodland and nature trails, lots of children’s activities and wild camping, opening Wed – Sun, 9am – 5pm, check website for full details, 01825 830509.
Woods Mill Countryside Centre Woods Mill, Henfield BN5 9SD, headquarters of Sussex Wildlife Trust and an environmental education centre. The 13-acre nature reserve provides a peaceful setting comprising coppice woodland, meadows and a reed-fringed lake, pre-bookable holiday activities, open year-round except for two weeks at Christmas, free, no dogs, 01273 492630
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 10am – 4pm, weekends until 12 February 2018, 13 February – 17 February open all week, 18 February – 31 March open Wed to sun, please see website for summer opening times, 01424 775705 or 776787.
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 03 March – 31 October 2018, Saturday – Wednesday, open at weekends in November and early December (please check website before travelling), 01323 871961.
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 many different events planned for 2018, open February half term (local schools) and then from 07 March – 28 October 2018, Wed to Sun & bank holidays, plus every day during local school holidays, 10am – 5pm, last entry 4pm, 01798 831370. DISCOUNT VOUCHER FOR ENTRY IN THE FAMILY GRAPEVINE.
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, displays about Tom Paine and the Wealden iron industry. Open 1 February to 30 November 2018, winter 10am – 4pm, summer 10am – 5pm Sun, (11am-4pm opening on Sun & Mon and Bank Holidays), 01273 474610.
Arundel Castle and Gardens, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AB, Open from30 March – 29 October 2018 from Tue – Sun, 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, with its own unique place in history and is home to priceless works of art. See paintings and furniture, tapestries and stained glass, china and clocks, sculpture and carving, heraldry and armour, 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 11am – 4pm or 5pm (depending on time of year), 01435 882302.
Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum , Halland BN8 5AF. 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 (check website for timings), visit the motor museum, feed the birds on the wildfowl reserve or discover the ancient houses on a woodland walk. Open daily from 28th March until late October 10am – 5pm, winter opening most weekends and school holidays from 10am – 4pm, please check website before travelling, 01825 840573.
Bignor Roman Villa, Bignor, RH20 1PH. One of the largest Roman villas to be open to the public with fine mosaics, museum tearooms and gift shop, open daily 10am – 5pm, from 01 March to 31 October 2018, 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 daily (excluding 24/25 December) from 10.30am – 4pm or 5pm (or dusk, depending on time of year). 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 including an Easter Egg Hunt and crafts at Easter. Open daily from 10am – 6pm (or dusk) from 20 March to 01 October 2018, 01444 450326
Camber Castle, TN31 7TD, Henry VIII’s forgotten castle which guarded the entrance to Rye and Winchelsea harbours, sits in Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, unrestricted viewing from the outside, access via guided tours only, open on Saturday and Sunday, 2pm -5pm (last admission 4.30pm) in July, August and September, guided tours on the first Saturday of the month from July to September at 2pm, please check website before travelling. School visits can be arranged at any time, 01797 227784.
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 March – November, Wednesday to Saturday 1 – 6pm (12 – 6pm July, August, September) guided tours only. Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays 1 – 5.30pm, free flow tickets and therefore the best day to come with small children, please check website before travelling, 01323 811626.
CM Booth Motor Museum at Falstaff Antiques, 63 High Street, Rolvenden, TN17 4LP. Unique collection of 3-wheel Morgan cars plus other historic cars. Eleven Morgans are normally on display, dating from 1909 to 1935. Other vehicles include 1929 Ford ‘A’, 1929 Morris Van,1904 Humber tri-car, 1936 Bampton Caravan, 1911 P&M m/c sidecar, 1911 Premier m/c. Bicycles and tricycles, displays of toy and model cars, surrounded with auto-mobilia. 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 café, open 11am – 4pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays until 01 March 2018), 01243 542808.
Firle Place, Firle, Lewes BN8 6LP, new licensed tea rooms. House open 03 June- 30 September 2018, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and August Bank Holiday 2pm – 4.30pm; tearooms open on house opening days from 12.30, 01273 858307.
Fishbourne Roman Palace, Fishbourne Road West, Fishbourne, West Sussex PO19 3QR. Roman palace with the largest mosaics in situ in the UK, recreated formal gardens and family activities, Open daily from 01 February – October, 10am – 5pm, November- December 16 Sats and Suns only, 10am –4pm,01243 785859.
Glynde Place, Glynde BN8 6SX, home to the VIIth Viscount and Viscountess Hampden, is a magnificent Elizabethan country house sitting high on the Sussex Downs, looking over the Weald. Originally built in the mid-16th century, it has been lived in by only three families in more than 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. Limited opening days/dates in spring & early summer, guided tours only, no free flow admission, 01273 858224.
Great Dixter, Northiam, TN31 6PH, Tudor house with a famous 20th century Arts and Crafts garden, open 01 April, Tue – Sun plus bank holiday Mondays from 11am – 5pm (house 2pm – 5pm), 01797 252878.
Hastings Castle, Castle Hill Road, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 3QZ, visit the ruined castle, visit the dungeons and learn about life under siege in 1066 country, reopens 10 February 10am-4pm, please see website for further details, 01424 718776 / 01424 422964.
Hastings Lifeboat Visitor Centre, East Beach Street, The Stade, Hastings Old Town, January-March Tues-Sun 11am-3pm, April-May Tues-Sun 10am-5pm, June-August Mon-Sun 10am-5pm, September-December Tues-Sun 10am-5pm 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. The estate is also home to the Observatory Science Centre. Castle gardens & grounds are open: Saturday 03 March-October 2018 10am – 5pm, 01323 833816
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 www.treasuretrails.co.uk/sussex), tearoom. Open daily except Wed, 1pm -5pm (tea room from 11am), Garden opens 30 March, 01444 400589.
Jill Windmill, Clayton, South Downs BN6 9PG, built in 1821 and restored to full working order, open most Sundays and Bank Holidays (check website, as these days rely on volunteer stewards being available) from May – September, 2pm – 5pm, however the exterior is due to be painted in April during which time the windmill will be closed to the public, first open day should be in July2018, entry by donation, souvenir and tea shop.
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, November to February 10am to 3.45pm, March to October: 10am to 5.30pm, open 11am Sundays, Mondays & Bank Holidays, (closed Mondays in January) 01273 486290.
Merriments Gardens & Wild Bird Centre, Hawkhurst Road, Hurst Green TN19 7RA. The Garden is open daily from 10am – 5pm except Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm, 01580 860666 (probably more of an adults’ 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. Interactive medieval gallery in the 14th century Gatehouse. Open daily from 10 February – 21 December 2018, February 11am – 4pm, March-October 10.30am-5pm November & December 11am – 4pm, 01323 844224.
Newhaven Fort, Fort Rd, Newhaven BN9 9DS, the story of a Victorian Fortress and demonstrations of the Fort’s role during two World Wars. Explore the tunnels, gun emplacements, Blitz street shelter simulation, playground, Searchlight Café. Open every day from 12 February to 04 November 2018, 10am – 5pm, last admission one hour before closing. Dogs welcome on a lead. 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 2017. 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 31 March – 29 September 2018, 10am – 5pm. Closed Mon & Sun except bank holidays and special events, 01580 200888.
Parham House and Gardens, Storrington, Nr Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 4HS (satnav: use RH20 4HR). 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. Open 01 April to 14 October 2018, Wed, Thu, Friday, Sun and bank holidays, Sun only in October, gardens & big kitchen 12pm – 5pm, house from 2pm – 5pm, last admission 4.30pm (check website for seasonal changes), 01903 742021.
Petworth House and Park, GU28 0AE (sat nav use GU28 9LR), 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 multimedia guide and trails plus children’s activities in the house. House open 25 March – 4 November, 11am-5pm, 06 November – 31 December, 11am – 3pm, grounds, restaurant and shop open all year, 01798 342207.
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 only until 31 March, 10am – 4pm, then daily until early November, please check website further details, 01323 762604.
Polegate Windmill, Park Croft, Polegate, BN26 5LB, open Sun and bank holidays from Easter until the end of October plus Wed in August from 2pm – 5pm.
Preston Manor, Preston Drove, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 6SD. ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ Edwardian manor house, open 1 April to 30 September Tues – Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 2 – 5pm, last admission 4.15pm. Closed Mon (including bank holidays), 01273 292770/03000 290900.
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 – 5.30pm; Sun 12pm opening. Closed Mon except bank holidays, 01342 810479.
Priory of St Pancras in Priory Park, Cockshut Road, Southover, Lewes, BN7 1HP (Satnav use BN7 2XA). Here, in the 11th century, monks came from Cluny 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 tranquillity 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, historic and ghost audio walking tours available for hire, open daily from 10 February – end October 10am or 10.30am, closing 4pm, 4.30pm or 5pm depending on time of year, November, December & January open at weekends, please check website before travelling, 01797 226696.
Rye Castle Museum, the Ypres Tower, East Street, TN31 7JY, the Ypres Tower was built in the 14th century as part of the town’s defences, various exhibits include a replica of the gibbet with skull of John Breads, a new model of the changes in the local shoreline, and the Ypres Tower Embroidery, created by a team of stitchers and depicting the Tower’s roles through nine centuries of history — as defence, private home, prison, mortuary, museum. Also, Captain Pugwash Treasure Hunt and swords, armour and chainmail to view and helmets and costumes for children to try on, Museum opens at Easter please check website for times and special events, Ypres Tower open daily, 30 March – 31 October 10.30am – 5pm, 1 November – 29 March 10.30am – 3.30pm, 01797 226728.
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 10am – 5.15pm October – March (closed 24, 25 & 26 December) and 9.30am – 5.45pm April – September 03000 290900.
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, parkland open daily dawn till dusk, gardens 10am – 4pm winter,01 March-04 November 10am-5pm, family activities during school holidays, woodland play trail, 01825 790231.
Standen National Trust House and Garden, West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead, RH19 4NE, Arts and Crafts family home with Morris & Co interiors, great views, woodland walks and family woodland play area. Open all year, check timings on website. 01342 323029.
St. Mary’s House, Bramber BN44 3WE. Medieval house and 5 acres of gardens – still lived in. House open 30 April to 28 September 2018 on Sun, Thur & bank holiday Mon, plus Weds in August 2 – 6 pm (last entry at 5pm), private group visits by prior arrangement from April to end of September 01903 816205.
Wakehurst Place Gardens and Millennium Seed Bank, Selsfield Rd, Ardingly, West Sussex RH17 6TN. ‘Kew in the Country’, botanical gardens run by the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, with lots of walks (children especially love the Himalayan Garden), Adventurous Journeys natural play spaces, Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, restaurant, café, shop, open daily at 10am, 01444 894066.
West Blatchington Windmill, Holmes Avenue, Hove BN3 7LE. Take the family to this unusual c.1820 smock windmill built on a collection of barns on the outskirts of Brighton & Hove. Open May – September on Sun and bank holidays 2.30 – 5pm, 03000 290900.
West Dean Gardens, West Dean, Nr Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0QZ1. Highlights include 300-foot-long Edwardian pergola, newly restored Sunken Garden, walled kitchen garden, Victorian glasshouses and a beautiful parkland walk with views over the South Downs. Open Feb, Nov, Dec: Mon – Fri 10.30am – 4pm, Sat, Sun & Bank Hols 9am – 4pm, March – October: Mon – Fri 10.30am – 5pm, Sat, Sun & Bank Hols 9am – 5pm, 01243 818210.
Windmill Hill Windmill, open mainly 1st/3rd Sun 2.30-5pm plus bank holiday Mon from 16 April until 15 October, plus limited Christmas opening, please check website before travelling, 01323 833033.
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 10am – 4pm, weekends until 11 February 2018, 12 February – 18 February open all week, 19 February – 29 March open Wednesday-Sunday, please see website for summer opening times, 01424 775705 or 776787.
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 over 50 events planned for 2018, open February half term and then from 07 March – 28 October 2017, Wed to Sun & bank holidays, plus every day during local school holidays, 10am – 5pm, last entry 4pm, 01798 831370. DISCOUNT VOUCHER FOR ENTRY IN THE FAMILY GRAPEVINE.
Battle Museum, The Almonry, High Street, TN33 0EA, local history museum plus displays that include dinosaur footprints, artefacts from the Roman Bathhouse at Beauport Park, a Saxon battle-axe believed to be a unique relic of the Battle of Hastings, the world’s oldest effigy of Guy Fawkes and the story of the Battle gunpowder industry, as well as cases on the World Wars of the 20th Century, open 1 April – 31 October from Mon – Sat, 10am – 4.30pm, 01424 775955.
Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum, Halland BN8 5AF. Wildfowl reserve with vast collection of swans, geese, ducks, cranes & flamingos, Motor museum with over 100 veteran, vintage and classic cars, Miniature railway, (check website for timings) woodland trail, playground, tearoom. Open daily from 28th March until late October; 10am – 5pm; winter opening: most weekends and school holidays from 10am – 4pm, please check website before travelling, 01825 840573.
Bexhill Museum of Costume, Egerton Road, TN39 3HL, Costume Collection, Sargent Collection of local history and Motor Racing Gallery. Open Daily 1 February – early December, Mon, Sat, Sun, bank holidays 11am -5pm, Tue – Fri 10am – 5pm, please check website, 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 Thu; Sun & bank holidays open from 2pm – 5pm, free, 03000 290901.
Brede Steam Engine Society Waterworks Lane, Brede TN31 6HG – The Giants of Brede, museum of water heritage pumping machinery, mainly from the steam era, open first Saturday each month all year round plus Bank Holidays 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, telling the story of the fishing community in Brighton and seafront life. Open daily, run by volunteers, admission free, 07786 396179.
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Royal Pavilion, 4/5 Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1EE, history of Brighton, pottery, fashion & style, performance & more, mostly free, open Tue – Sun (open bank holidays except Christmas) 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 two working model railways, open Tue – Fri from 10am – 5pm, Sat 11am – 5pm, closed Sun & Mon, 01273 749494.
Christ’s Hospital Museum, Horsham RH13 0YP. Open on Tue and Thur & during term time, 01403 247444, call before visiting.
Crawley Museum Centre, currently closed whilst preparing to move to new premises at 103 High Street, permanent displays of Crawley’s history, from the Stone Age to the development of the new town, plus changing exhibitions, free, please see website for opening date and times, 01293 539088.
Cuckfield Museum, Queens Hall, High Street, Cuckfield, RH17 3EL. Open from 17 February, free entry but donations welcome. 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, De La Warr Café Bar and Kitchen serves kids menu and you can buy toys & gifts in the De La Warr store, disabled access and baby changing facilities, open every day 10am – 5pm, 01424 229111.
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, East Sussex, BN6 8SP. Exhibitions of the works of craftspeople and artists who were drawn to the village, newly re-opened from Tue – Sat 10.30am – 5pm and on Sun & Bank Hols from 11am – 5pm. See website for more information or call 01273 844744. Under 16’s free entry. Children’s activities – may need to be pre-booked.
Eastbourne Heritage Centre, opposite the Winter Gardens, BN21 4BT, discover Eastbourne’s rich heritage, see displays of original maps, pictures, artefacts & films, trace the development of ‘Elegant Eastbourne – the Empress of Watering Places’ a fashionable new Victorian seaside town into ‘The Suntrap of the South’, open on Saturdays up until Easter, 10am – 4pm, please see website for summer opening days and times, 01323 411189.
Eastbourne Lifeboat Museum, King Edward’s Parade, free entry, open weekends in January and February from 10am – 3pm, March seven days 10am – 4pm, April to October seven days 10am – 5pm, October to December seven days 10am – 4pm, 01323 730717.
East Grinstead Museum, Old Market Yard, Cantelupe Road, East Grinstead, RH19 3BJ. Includes footprint of an Iguanodon and Curator’s Corner with sand pit to dig for treasure, open from Wed – Sat 10am – 4pm, Sun and bank holidays 1pm – 4pm, 01342 302233.
Filching Manor Motor Museum, Jevington Road, Polegate, BN26 5QA, home to the Foulkes Halbard collection about the record breaking Campbell family’s achievements including Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird K3 world record breaking boat, along with other famous Campbell cars, boats and memorabilia, open only by arrangement to groups, 01323 487124.
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. 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 April to October Tue to Sat 10am – 5pm (4pm Nov – Mar) and Sun from 12noon – 5pm (4pm Nov – March), free, 01424 451052.
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, open daily all year except Sun, 10am – 4pm, 01424 427793.
Henfield Museum, Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, High Street, Henfield, BN5 9DB. Open from Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat 10am – 12noon, Sat 2.30 – 4pm also, Wed 2.30 – 4.30pm, closed bank holidays and bank holiday weekends, 01273 492507.
Horsham Museum, Causeway House, 9 Causeway, Horsham RH12 1HE. Open 10am – 5pm, Monday-Saturday, free admission. 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, Tue, Thu, Fri and Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 2 – 5pm, closed Wed. open on public holidays, free, 01273 290200
Hurstpierpoint Museum, Village Hall, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY, two large unmanned display cabinets containing local history items and information, open Mon, Tue and Wed 9am – 1.30pm, Thu and Fri 9am – 5pm, Sat 9am – 1pm, Sun closed, and open whenever the Village Centre is open, 07985201335
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 seven 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, open Tue – Sun (& bank holiday Mon) 11am – 5pm, closed all other Mon, 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, March to October 10am – 5.30pm, November to February 10am to 3.45pm, open 11am on Sun, Mon & bank holidays, (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 in one of the oldest Norman buildings in Sussex. Open May – October, Tue – Sat 10.30am – 4.30pm, 01273 462994
Newhaven Fort, Newhaven Fort, Fort Rd, Newhaven BN9 9DS, the story of a Victorian fortress and demonstrations of the fort’s role during two world wars. Explore the tunnels, gun emplacements, Blitz Shelter simulation, playground, café. Open daily from 12 February to 04 November 10am – 5pm, last admission 1 hr before closing, 01273 517622
Newhaven Local and Maritime Museum at Paradise Park, Avis Road, BN9 0DH, owned and operated by Newhaven Historical Society, opening 03 April 2018, see website for opening dates and times, 01273 515404
Petworth Cottage Museum, 346 High Street, Petworth, GU28 0AU. Estate worker’s cottage furnished as it might have been in the early 20th century, when it was occupied by a seamstress who worked at Petworth House. Run by The Petworth Cottage Trust, open Tue to Sat and all bank holiday Mon from 2 April to 31 October, 2pm – 4.30pm, (also open some bank holiday Mondays – please see website) 01798 343496/01798 342100
Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum, Royal Parade, Eastbourne, BN22 7AQ. The Redoubt Napoleonic fortress has stood guard on the South Coast for over 200 years. Discover history through the large military collection plus events and children’s military training ground. Also holds open-air cinema and ghost walks plus stargazing in the evenings. Re-opening March, check website for more details, 01323 410300
Rye Heritage Centre, The Old Sail Loft, Rye Strand Quay, Rye, TN31 7AY, the story of Rye set within the famous Rye Town Model sound and light show, plus historic and ghost audio walking tours for hire, and a host of working Old Pier amusement machines, re-opens 10 February 7 days a week 10am-5pm, please check website before travelling, 01797 226696
Rye Castle Museum 3 East Street, Rye TN31 7JY and Ypres Tower, Gun Garden, Rye TN31 7HH, Museum reopens at Easter (consult website for days and times), Ypres Tower open daily, 30 March – 31 October 10.30am – 5pm, 1 November – 29 March 10.30am – 3.30pm, 01797 226728
Seaford Museum in the Martello Tower, BN25 1JH, local history museum with children’s events in school holidays. Displays from a general store, dressmaker’s parlour, the contents of toy, chemist, ironmonger and photographer’s shops as well as Victorian schoolroom, Victorian kitchen and wartime kitchen, domestic appliances from the first half of the 20th century, early typewriters and copiers to computers plus radios and television sets. There is a working model of Seaford railway station in 1926. Opening times: building works began in October and has been closed since, please check website for updates, 01323 898222 (24-hour answerphone)
Shipwreck Museum, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, TN34 3DW, tells the stories of shipwrecks that have happened off the Hastings coast, explore shipwrecks, find out how you can find your own dinosaur remains on the beach and discover what global warming means for the coastline. Open November – March, Sat & Sun, 11am – 4pm; daily April – October 10am – 5pm, 01424 437452
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 1 February – 30 November; 10am – 5pm from March – October and 10am – 4.30pm in February & November, 01243 790 090
Towner, Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ, contemporary art museum with lots of family activities and events, gallery is open Tue – Sun from 10am – 5pm (plus bank holiday Mon), 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 01 Jan-23 Dec, 10.30am – 6pm during BST & 4pm during Winter, 01243 811348
Winchelsea Court Hall Museum, small local history museum about Winchelsea and the Cinque Ports, check website for opening times and what’s on, 01797 226642
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. Museum re-opens for the 2018 season on 3 March, 07769 688064
Beech Hurst Miniature Railway Beech Hurst Gardens, Haywards Heath, RH16 4BX. Half a mile of track run by volunteers, two tunnels and signals, Sat, Sun & bank holidays from 30 March for 4 days– last Sunday in September plus Wed during summer school holidays from 2 – 5pm. (Timetable on website)
Bentley Miniature Railway, one-mile track run by volunteers at Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum, near Halland, trains run every weekend of the year and East Sussex School Holidays, please see website for detailed timetable before travelling, 0845 8672583
Bluebell Railway, now fully operational from East Grinstead to Sheffield Park Station TN22 3QL, volunteer preserved steam railway. Opens from 10 February at weekends and school holidays in winter (February half term open every day). April – October open most days subject to special events taking place, consult website for the timetable of train services, 01825 720800
Breeze Buses, weekends and bank holidays to Devil’s Dyke (No 77). Once you’re there try a walk to Poynings (two miles), Upper Beeding (five miles and then take the 2A back), Patcham (three miles 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 78), where you’ll find open spaces to play or picnic, Stanmer House and Stanmer Museum which is open most weekend afternoons, 01273 292480
Brighton Marina Water Tours, Pontoon 5, West Jetty, Brighton Marina, Brighton, BN2 5UP, tours run by Ross Boat Trips around the harbour plus powerboat rides, 07958 246414 / 07836 262717
City Sightseeing – Brighton, this tour will give you a flavour of the city offering views of the striking Royal Pavilion, Regency architecture and Victorian aquariums to the famous Brighton Pier and i360 Observation Tower, tour departs from Brighton Pier, operating March – October, book online or via bus driver/street seller, 01273 886200
Dotto, Eastbourne’s Mini Train, runs along the seafront, hop on, hop off between Holywell Retreat and Sovereign Harbour, end March – beginning of November, 08456 002299
Eastbourne Kayak and Surf Hire, BN21 4BY, by the Wish Tower, open depending on weather, book by phone or email or just turn up, 07917 863791
Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Lottbridge Drove, Eastbourne, BN23 6QJ plus playground and lake, indoor model railway, picnic area, café, open daily from 24 March, check website for dates and timetables 01323 520229
Goffs Park Light Railway, Horsham Road, Southgate RH11 8PB, 1,250-foot-long miniature railway run by Crawley Model Engineers, open Sun 2pm – 5pm, Easter – October, 01293 528612
Hove Park Miniature Railway, BN3 7QA, runs approximately every other Saturday afternoon and bank holiday Mon from late March until late October, 2 – 5pm (check track days on website), operated by the Brighton and Hove Society of Miniature Locomotive Engineers.
Kent & East Sussex Steam Railway, Tenterden, Northiam and Bodiam Stations, vintage steam and historic diesel trains dating from Victorian times, special events including Thomas the Tank Engine days, some train services during half term week February, main season from March – October, please check website, 01580 765155/01580 762943 (24 hr talking timetable)
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, bank holidays, some weekdays in the summer and for special events (check public timetable) 11am – 5pm, 01825 750515.
Polegate and District Miniature Railway, Polegate, BN26 5AY. Runs most Sundays from May to mid-October. No charge but donations gratefully received, the railway is run and maintained by volunteers.
Sussex Voyages, Gate 3, Lower Quayside, The Waterfront, Sovereign Harbour Marina BN23 5UZ 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 a 15-mins service most days but is closed at present to allow heritage lottery works to take place, planned re-opening March 2018, please check website for more details, 01273 292718
Barney’s Playbarn, Bell Lane, Uckfield, for ages 0 – 12, height restriction 4ft 8ins, reduced rate toddler mornings Mon/Thu until 1pm term time, 9.30am – 5pm weekdays, 10am -6pm weekends, 01825 764575
Blackstock Farm, Hellingly, playbarn for toddlers – 7yrs, Blackstock Farm is open every Sunday as an open farm with a café and small soft play area, grounds open 10am – 3pm, café 9am – 4pm, 01323 848006
Dino’s, Downs Leisure Centre, Seaford, under 10’s, different areas for different aged children, open 9am – 6pm most days, varying on Mon, check website, 01323 490011
Funplex, The Hyde Business Park, Bevendean, Brighton, BN2 4JE, indoor softplay adventure centre & laser tag parties, open daily 10am – 6pm, 01273 957898
Froggies Indoor Soft Play at Knockhatch on A22 Hailsham Bypass, Hailsham BN27 3PR, with dedicated under 3′s toddler area, open 10am – 5.30pm, 01323 442051 DISCOUNT VOUCHER FOR ENTRY IN THE FAMILY GRAPEVINE.
Hailsham Leisure Centre, two soft play frames, for ages 0 – 10yrs, children must be under 148cm tall, separate play area for under 3′s, open daily 9am – 6pm, 01323 846755
Happyscamps Play Cafe, First Floor, 12 Swan Walk, Horsham, RH12 1HQ. Birth to 5 years, reopening summer 2018. 01403 754597
Leo’s Play Den, 1-3 Pevensey Road, Eastbourne BN21 3HJ, babies – 12yrs, open Mon –Sun 10am-6pm, 01323 749022
Lewes Leisure Centre, Ocean Adventure play area over three levels, under 8’s, open weekends 9am – 6pm, Mon, Wed 12.30pm – 6pm, Tues, Thu 1.30pm – 6pm, Fri 1pm – 6pm, unless booked for private parties, 01273 486000
Mini Mayhem, Unit FC, County Mall Shopping Centre, Crawley, RH10 1FP. Family-run soft play centre catering for children from 0-10 years. With four fun areas we operate a separate area for under 5’s and babies under 1 away from the main play frame. 01403 211311
Monkey Bizness, Cliffe Industrial Estate, Lewes, maze of play frames, toddler area for 2 – 5yrs and main frame suitable for 5 – 12yrs, open Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm, Sat & Sun 10am – 5pm, 01273 311566
My Skateworld, 16a Maple Road, Eastbourne, BN23 6NY. Indoor roller-skating rink with daily discos, games, pool table, air hockey, café area. Open 7 days 12pm – 8pm, 01323 738288
Old Boat Corner Community Centre, Hollingbury, Brighton, toys & outdoor play area, visit website for more details, Tue-Fri, 01273 540779
Out of Bounds, Golfers Lane, Angmering, BN16 4NB, THE family entertainment centre, Clip n’ Climb, bowling, softplay, footgolf, laser tag, adventure golf, open 7 days a week, 01903 788588
Pupstation Eastbourne, 3 & 4 Commercial Road, Eastbourne BN21 3XE, soft play adventure area for children aged 6 months – 12yrs, 01323 411527
Indoor adventure play at Fort Fun Adventure Park, Royal Parade, Eastbourne, BN22 7LQ, children u11’s, 01323 642833
Sama Circus City, 7 – 8 Circus Parade, Brighton BN1 4GW, soft play area for 0-11yrs or 5’2”, open Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm, Sat – Sun under 4’s area & café 9am – 6pm, Circus play frame & café 10.45am – 4.30pm, 01273 605335
S3 Studios, 64 Hammonds Drive, Eastbourne, BN23 6PW. Free running, foam pit, softplay, indoor climbing wall. Open 7 days a week, 12pm-9.30pm, 10am-7pm Sundays, 01323 332183
Sky High Trampoline Park, Meridien Estate, Peacehaven BN10 8JQ, wall to wall interconnected trampolines, plus walk the wall, aeroball, slam dunk and supersized airbag, toddler bounce, afterschool jump club, open sessions, adult fitness, 01273 580029
Tiny Tim’s, Hangleton Community Centre, Harmsworth Crescent, Brighton BN3 8BW, soft play on three levels, up to 9yrs, weekdays daily drop-in generally 9.30am – 5pm, 01273 292962
Treasure Chest, Faraday Road, Crawley, RH10 9PX. For children up to the age of 11 (must also be under 148cm in height). 01293 549009
Treasure Island, Royal Park, Eastbourne BN22 7AE, Buccaneer’s soft play area on two levels, babies – 12yrs, open daily 9.30am – 6pm, 01323 411077
Urban Jump, Heathfield, TN21 8AW. 9am – 8pm 7 days a week. Trampoline park, ninja warrior track, softplay, toddler area, café. 01435 863277
Westows Indoor Play & Football Centre, Hove, BN3 5HX, two level soft play area and a separate soft play area for under 3s, height restriction 4’10”, Term time: weekdays 9.15 – 6pm, weekends 10am – 6pm, Holidays: weekdays and weekends 10am – 6pm, 01273 721338 (Closing early April, pending new venue)
Black Cat Treasure Hunts, fun and affordable treasure hunt routes for families around Sussex, walking, cycling or driving, 07445818996
Brighton Marina BN2 5WA, shops, restaurants, bars, cafés, bowling, cinema, fitness, casino, children’s rides, mini-golf, boat trips, fishing, sailing, diving, free outdoor ping pong & chess tables, children’s drop in basketball on 3rd/5th/10th & 11th April from 11am-5pm, 01273 693636
Brighton Palace Pier, rides, amusement arcades, new indoor Palace Play area with a height restriction of 0.9m – 1.8m plus toddler area for under 0.9m, food outlets, souvenirs, 01273 609361
British Airways i360, seafront near the West Pier, 162m tower with passenger viewing pod climbing to 138m making it the tallest moving observation tower in the world. 360-degree views of the Sussex coastline up to 26 miles, 03337 720 360
Drusillas Park, Alfriston Road just off the A27, BN26 5QS, zoo & extensive adventure playgrounds, 01323 874100
Eastbourne Pier, limited facilities but reopen for business after devastating fire in July 2014, 01323 410466
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 7LQ, Aquasplash Land (seasonal), theme park rides, indoor soft play, adventure golf, outdoor role play village, inflatables 01323 642833
Globalls, Unit 8, Ground Floor, Mermaid Walk, The Waterfront, Brighton Marina, BN2 5WA, ultraviolet mini golf course. Based on a Jurassic theme, players can enjoy putting amongst wonderful life size neon glowing dinosaurs and vivid wall art. Open Mon-Thur midday-10pm, Friday midday-11pm, Saturday 10am-11pm, Sunday 10am-10pm, currently operating a turn up and play option with a wait time of around 15 minutes, 01273 911510
Harbour Park Amusement Park, Windmill Road, Littlehampton BN17 5LH. Rides for all ages, adventure golf, arcade, picnic greens, soft play area, 01903 721200
Hastings Adventure Golf, Hastings Old Town Seafront, TN34 3AJ, a complex of 3 x 18-hole miniature golf courses, providing facilities suitable for players of all ages this is the National Centre for Miniature Golf in the UK and the home of the annual World Crazy Golf Championships every October. Opening times: winter 10am – 4pm, Summer 8.30am – 10pm (weather permitting), [email protected]
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 FOR ENTRY IN THE FAMILY GRAPEVINE.
Out of Bounds, Golfers Lane, Angmering, BN16 4NB, THE family entertainment centre, Clip n’ Climb, bowling, softplay, footgolf, laser tag, adventure golf, open 7 days a week, 01903 788588
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, open every day 9am – 6pm, 01273 512 123
Sky High Trampoline Park, Meridien Estate, Peacehaven BN10 8JQ, wall to wall interconnected trampolines, plus walk the wall, aeroball, slam dunk and supersized airbag, toddler bounce, afterschool jump club, open sessions, adult fitness, 01273 580029
Smugglers Adventure, St Clement’s Caves, TN34 3HY, explore the sandstone caves in search of smugglers, bootleggers and warring gangs – prepared to be scared! Reopens 13 February until early November, times vary, 01424 422964
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, beach volleyball, beach soccer, tag rugby, clubhouse for hire & private parties, 6yrs+, 01273 672222
Brighton Sewer Tours, the tour takes you along narrow, whitewashed corridors and up and down metal ladders to see the route of the day’s waste and storm water, which flows to a treatment plant to the east of the city before being pumped safely out to sea. Starts at the Pier and you emerge through a manhole in the middle of Old Steine Gardens, see website end of February for 2018 tour dates, 11yrs+, advance booking required.
Observatory Science Centre, Wartling Rd, Herstmonceux BN27 1RN, hands on science with 100+ interactive exhibits both indoors and out, telescope tours and lots of children’s and family workshops. The centre is open every day from 27 January – 2rd December 2018. 10am – 6pm (5pm in winter months). Last admission two hours before closing, 01323 832731
South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre, Kingsham Road, Chichester, PO19 8RP (southern end of Chichester High School campus, sat nav PO19 8AE) not open to casual visitors but group visits for clubs and societies etc, plus eight or nine presentations to the public every month but times and days vary, more info on public showings 01243 774400, ticket hotline for group bookings 07818 297292
Amazon Outdoor Events at Knockhatch Adventure Park, Hailsham, paintball events, off-road karting, It’s A Knockout games etc, 11yrs+, 0844 2570433/01323 442051
Arena Pursuits, Rosemary Lane, Flimwell TN5 7PT (near Bewl Water), 6yrs+, family quad bike trek, family paintball games, bush craft etc, 01580 879614
Bewl Water Outdoor Centre, Lamberhurst, Kent TN3 8JH water sports, rock climbing and residential centre, 8yrs+, 03000 415200
Blackland Farm, East Grinstead RH19 4HP, climbing, zipwire, abseiling, canoeing, archery, orienteering etc, 01342 810493
Bowles Activity Centre, Eridge Green TN3 9LW, charity for experience & adventure, ski slopes, rock crags, ropes courses, archery range, indoor pool, 8yrs+, 01892 665665
Buzz Active, Royal Parade, Eastbourne, BN22 7LD. Open 7 days, 9am – 5pm. Windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding in the sea at Eastbourne and in the river at Cuckmere Haven. 01323 417023
Extreme Ventures, rock climbing, abseiling, bouldering, mountain biking, high/low ropes, team building etc, 07835 528548 or 01732 446252 DISCOUNT VOUCHER IN SPRING MAGAZINE
So Sussex, outdoor activities e.g. canoeing, mountain biking, fishing, woodland activities etc, 07739 050816
Brighton Dome: Concert Hall, Corn Exchange, BN1 1UE, Studio Theatre, theatre, concerts, 01273 709709
Brighton Little Theatre, Clarence Gardens, BN1 2EG, not-for-profit theatre company staging at least 10 plays a year, 0844 888 0432 (box office); 01273 777748 (enquiries)
Brighton Rep Theatre @ The Globe, Middle St, Brighton BN1 1AL, 0845 0171077
Cineworld, Brighton Marina Brighton Marina BN2 5UF, eight screens, 0871 200 2000 (booking line)
Cineworld Crawley Leisure Park, RH10 8LR, 15 screens, 0871 200 2000
Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the UK’s flagship theatres, renowned for the high standard of its productions. It welcomes children and families and is proud to be a member of Family Arts Standards. Baby changing facilities are provided along with special refreshments and high chairs in the Café and lots of space in the foyers for buggies and lively toddlers. Workshops and holiday activities designed to explore the productions on and beyond the stage are also on offer.
De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Grade 1 listed Modernist icon & arts centre with family shows, music & theatre, 01424 229111
Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Preston Circus, Brighton, BN1 4NA, Kids Club on Sat am; Toddler Time for pre-school children; Big Scream! screenings for parents with babies under one, 0871 902 5728 (box office)
Eastbourne Theatres: Congress Theatre (temporarily closed for renovation, due to reopen 2018 – please check website), Devonshire Park Theatre, Royal Hippodrome, Winter Garden, 01323 412000 (box office)
Hailsham Pavilion, George Street, Hailsham BN27 1AE, theatre, live music & cinema, 01323 841414
Hawth Theatre, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ, main theatre and Studio plus exhibition spaces, 01293 553636
Komedia Brighton, 44-47 Gardner St, North Laine, BN1 1UN, comedy, cabaret, music, 0845 293 8480 (box office)
Lewes Little Theatre, Lancaster Street, Lewes BN7 2PX, 01273 474826 (opens a week before each production)
New Venture Theatre, Bedford Place, Brighton BN1 2PT, box office 01273 746118, general enquiries 01273 808353
Picture House Uckfield with Kids Saturday Morning Movies 10.30am, 01825 764909
Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, community-run arts venue, exhibitions, film club, music, spoken word, 01273 464440
Royal Hippodrome, 102-112 Seaside Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3PF. Historic theatre dating back to 1883. Regular children’s shows throughout the year. 01323 802020
Seaford Little Theatre, 4 Steyne Road, Seaford BN21 1HA, tickets from Stitch, 13 Broad St, 01323 351882, general enquiries 01323 490444
The Nightingale, 29-30 Surrey Street, BN1 4GH, opposite Brighton station, new writing, performance and dance
The Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove BN3 1AS, music, theatre, dance, comedy, 01273 201801 (box office)
Theatre Royal, New Road, Brighton BN1 1SD, with Skips Club After School Club, monthly events for 6 – 10yrs; Family Workshops; front and backstage tours with a guide and an app, using iPads that you are lent. This family friendly interactive tour lets you see what happens backstage when a show is on, explore hidden parts of the building not open to the public, meet characters from the past and staff from the present and experience what it’s like to perform on stage in front of a packed audience! Suitable for families with children 7yrs+, Sat 10.15 from March – June, 0844 871 7627 (box office)
Wick Theatre Company (new website under construction) at the Barn Theatre, Southwick Street, Southwick, BN42 4TE, box office 01273 597094
Underground Theatre, 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne BN21 4TL, box office 0845 289 1980
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, answerphone messages 01273 890 035
Chestnut Meadow Camping & Caravanning Park, luxury park, near Bexhill, bookings from 11 January, campsite opens to public from 26 April, 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, open 29 March-05 November 2018, booking 01892 664827
Fairfields Farm, Eastbourne Road, Westham, Pevensey, East Sussex BN24 5NG, open 29 March, taking bookings now, 01323 763165
Forest Garden Shovelstrode, Shovelstrode Lane, Ashurst Wood RH19 3PH. Yurt camping, 07956 815458/07957 621672
Heaven Farm, Furners Green, Uckfield, TN22 3RG, tents from 1 May, touring caravans all year, 01825 790226
Horam Manor Touring Park, Horam, Heathfield TN21 OYD, open March to October, 01435 813662
Norman’s Bay Camping and Caravanning Club site, Near Pevensey Levels, BN24 6PR, open 29 March – 05 November, 01323 761190
Plaw Hatch Farm Walk, Old Plaw Hatch Farm, Sharpthorne, RH19 4JL, (groups only) 01342 810201
Saddlescombe Farm Backpackers Campsite, BN45 7DE (grid ref: TQ273113) just off the South Downs Way near Devils Dyke, on National Trust land, open 1 April – 30 September, 01273 857712
Scotts Farm, West Wittering, 30 acres, walking distance of the beach, 01243 671720
Stoneywish Nature Reserve Camping, Spatham Lane, Ditchling BN6 8XH, camping available all year round, 01273 843498
The Secret Campsite, Barcombe, BN8 4TD, real camping with nature, tents only plus secret shelters to hire, opens March, check website for booking details, 01273 401100
The Macs Farm, Ditchling BN6 8GT, quirky campsite with fire pits, football pitch, rescue reptiles, cocktail horsebox, The Outdoors Project activities on Sundays for children, 01273 845189
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 eco camping & Shepherd’s Hut (available all year), Heathfield, 01435 810390
Wowo Campsite, Wapsbourne Manor Farm, Sheffield Park TN22 3QT, complete with shepherd’s huts and Mongolian yurts! 01825 723414
Wyld Wood Campsite, Wyld Woods, Jackies Lane, Newick BN8 4FB, self-pitch & luxury yurts, campfires, hot showers & wi-fi, 01825 508495/078212 75012
Hive Community Centre & Café, Stoneham Park, Hove, homemade cakes, lunches, coffees etc, 01273 911010
Love Cake Café, Meads Street, Eastbourne, BN20 7RH. Freakshakes, children’s play corner, regular craft sessions. 07825 678438
MADE, North Rd, family friendly coffee shop with arts & crafts workshops, 01273 243726
Tennis in the Park Tennis Café, Gildredge Park, Eastbourne, BN21. Huge outdoor children’s play area.
The Art House Café, Eastbourne, drop-in creative venue set over two floors. Great coffee and artisanal breakfasts, lunches and treats. They provide a range of artistic activities for all ages, 01323 728691.
The Garden Café, St Anns Well Gardens, Hove, homemade locally sourced food, open 8am – 5pm daily, 01273 735187
The Ladies Mile, Patcham, family pub, events, function room to hire, 01273 554647
The Villas Coffee, Clarendon Villas, Hove BN3 3RE, coffee with soft play, toys etc, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, find on Facebook
Tomato, Dolce & Salato, The Level, family run Italian Café/Restaurant, authentic Italian food, 01273 270707
Brighton City Airport (Shoreham), Cecil Pashley Way, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5FF, 01273 467373, Visitor Centre open weekdays 10am – 3pm, 12noon – 3pm and pre-bookable tours conducted by volunteers 01273 441061
Brighton Scenic, pleasure flights, 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.