Family Days Out in Sussex

Family Days Out in Sussex

There are so many fantastic places to visit and fun family days out to be had 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.

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* Family Farms
* Animals, Sealife and Nature
* Walking, Cycling and Open Spaces
* Places of Historic Interest and Gardens
* Museums and Galleries
* Railways, Buses and Boats
* Play Centres
* Adventure Parks and Family Fun
* Exploring Science
* Outdoor Pursuits
* Theatres and Cinemas
* Family Restaurants and Cafes
* Airports


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2Family Farms

Blackberry Farm Whitesmith near Lewes BN8 6JD. Set in 18 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside, home to over 200 friendly animals and wildfowl; 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’ indoor adventure playbarn and sensory zone, tractor rides, pony rides, family fun picnic area and baby area. Open every day 10am – 4pm in winter, 10am – 5pm in spring, summer and autumn, 01825 872912

Coombes Farm near Lancing BN15 0RS. Open for lambing from March 14th – April 19th in 2020. It is anticipated that around 1,200 lambs and 80 calves will 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 Rife Way, Ferring, Worthing BN12 5JZ. 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 a week, 01903 245078

Finches Family Farm Finches Lane, Haywards Heath. Family run smallholding open to visitors. Selling fresh free range eggs.

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 for toddlers – 10 year olds. Regular seasonal events. Open every day 10am – 5pm or until dusk in winter, 01403 700063

Heaven Farm Furners Green, Uckfield TN22 3RG. 100-acre farm with nature walks, wallabies, seasonal bluebell nature trail, tea room, gift shop, ice cream parlour and camping, 01825 790226

Knockhatch Adventure Park on A22 at Hailsham BN27 3GD. Animals, falconry, year-round indoor soft play at ‘Froggies’, children’s farm, go karts, outdoor playgrounds and paddling pools, Wave Runner water slide, ski slope, Knockhatch Mining Co motion simulator and Pirates Cove paddling pool. Special features at Halloween. See website for opening dates for each attraction, 01323 442051

Holmbush Farm Crawley Road, Faygate, near Horsham RH12 4SE. Indoor play area for ages 0 – 5 and tea room open weekdays all year round except public holidays, outdoor play area for ages 0 – 5 open during fine weather in the summer, 01293 851110

Middle Farm West Firle, Lewes, BN8 6LJ. Family farm with a small flock of sheep, lambing in spring, playground and play hay barn, animal handling sessions, farm shop, tea room and gift shop. Open April – October 9.30am – 5.30pm and November – March 9.30am – 5pm, 01323 811411

Plaw Hatch Biodynamic Farm Sharpthorne RH19 4JL. Working community-owned farm with organic farm shop, dairy, cheese store, butchery, garden and events, 01342 810652

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

Tablehurst Farm London Road, Forest Row RH18 5DP. Working farm hosting regular community events, with farm shop and café, free to visit and see how food is grown, 01342 823173

The Mac’s Farm Ditchling BN6 8TG. Working organic egg farm with family friendly campsite with fire pits, reptile rehoming centre, cocktail shack, PYO organic eggs & regular family events, 01273 845189

Tulleys Farm Turners Hill, Crawley RH10 4PE. Small collection of friendly furry animals; goats, rabbits and birds, plus a tea room. One of the country’s best rated Escape Rooms settings. Special events at Halloween. See 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 9.30am – 5pm, closed between Christmas and New Year, 01273 832201
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Animals, Sealife and Nature

Arundel Wetland Centre Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PB. Nature reserve in the South Downs with guided boat safari, where you can hand feed the collection of birds. Discover two adventure playgrounds, children’s weekend and holiday activities and a visitor centre with café. Open every day in summer 9.30am – 5.30pm and winter 9.30am – 4.30pm, 01903 883355

Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum Halland BN8 5AF. Have fun in the adventure playground, explore the willow tunnels, ride on the miniature railway (open on selected days at weekends and school holidays), visit the motor museum, feed over 100 species of birds on the wildfowl reserve, join in with special events or discover the ancient houses on a woodland walk. Open daily from late March until late October 10am – 5pm, winter opening most weekends and school holidays 10am – 4pm, 01825 840573

Blue Reef Aquarium Rock-A-Nore Road, Hastings TN34 3DW. Close encounters with seahorses, sharks, rays and hundreds of other aquatic creatures, plus reptiles and frogs. With incredible views from the underwater walk-through tunnel. Open from 10am Easter – October, last admission is at 5pm and November – Easter last admission is at 4pm, 01424 718776

Brighton Sea Life Centre Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1TB. The world’s oldest operating aquarium with over 1,500 creatures. Includes interactive rock pool experience, underwater tunnel and Rainforest Adventure. Book tickets online, or on the door, normally open from 10am, but see website as times vary depending on the season, general enquiries 01273 647708

Dunreyth Alpacas Adsdean, Funtington PO18 9DN. Book an Alpaca walking experience, plus friendly alpacas are bred in a variety of colours for their fibre and the manufacture of unique hand knitted garments which are sold in the shop, call between 9am – 12pm 07766 252310

Drusillas Park Alfriston Road just off the A27, BN26 5QS. Zoo, interactive displays, extensive adventure playgrounds, rainforest-themed carousel ride, Safari Express Train and Hello Kitty Secret Garden which includes three children’s rides; a specially designed Hello Kitty car ride, a teacup ride and a ‘Reach for the Sky’ hopper ride. Plus restaurants, cafes and a splash park in the summer. Open every day 10am – 6pm in summer and 10am – 5pm in winter, 01323 874100

East Sussex Falconry Wartling Road, Herstmonceux, Hailsham BN27 1RN. Experiences are run exclusively in the grounds of Herstmonceux Castle seven days a week. For sat nav use Wartling Road, not postcode, and follow signs to Herstmonceux Castle, book on 01323 485529

Huxley’s Birds of Prey Centre at Hilliers Garden Centre, Brighton Road (A281), Horsham RH13 6QA. Bird of prey flying displays, gardens and Meet an Owl. Open on weekends in winter, 11am – 4pm, and from Easter – October half term from Wednesday – Saturday, plus bank holidays from 11am – 5pm and Sundays 11am – 4.30pm, 01403 273458 or 07761 695876

Knockhatch Adventure Park on A22 at Hailsham BN27 3GD. Animals, falconry, year-round indoor soft play at ‘Froggies’, children’s farm, go karts, outdoor playgrounds and paddling pools, Wave Runner water slide, ski slope, Knockhatch Mining Co motion simulator and Pirates Cove paddling pool. Special features at Halloween. See website for opening dates for each attraction, 01323 442051

Mallydams Wood (RSPCA) 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. Open April – September 8am – 8pm, October – March 9am – 5pm, 0300 1230723

Middleton Common Farm Ditchling. Free flying butterflies from all over the world inside a 300 square foot polytunnel, 07531 922318

National Cat Centre and Nature Trail, Chelwood Gate, Ashdown Forest RH17 7DE. The largest cat rehoming centre in the UK, 2km nature trail, donkey field, lake, visitor centre with café and adoption centre. Open every day 10am – 4pm, 01825 741330

Pagham Harbour (RSPB) Local Nature Reserve, Selsey Road, Chichester PO20 7NE. Protected wetland bird and wildlife habitat and visitor centre running child-friendly educational activities and events, 01243 641508

Pulborough Brooks (RSPB) RH20 2EL. Located in the Arun Valley nature reserve, includes plenty of nature-themed activities from bug hunting to den building and pond dipping to bird watching. With guided walks, café and shop. Good access for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Visitor centre open every day 9.30am – 5pm, 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. Experiences include animal carer for the day and sensory safari. Visitor centre, coffee shop, gift shop, picnic area and lots of children’s holiday activities and events. Open daily 10am – 4pm, admission free, but donations are very much appreciated, 01825 840252

Stoneywish Nature Reserve Spatham Lane, Ditchling BN6 8XH. Meadows, wetlands and woodland full of native flowers and home to a wealth of wildlife. Plus farm animals, nature walk, play area and campsite. Open 10am – 5pm March – October, Friday – Monday in term time, school holidays open every day, 01273 843498

The Llama Park at Ashdown Forest Wych Cross, Forest Row RH18 5JN. 30-acre park with llamas, alpacas, goats, reindeer and other animals and birds, plus café, playground and shop. Open every day 10am – 5pm, 01825 712040

Tilgate Park Crawley, RH10 5PQ. Outdoor play area, hedge maze, tea shop, woodland and lakeside walks, Go Ape, Golf Centre, Smith and Western restaurant, fishing and water sports with Tilgate Watersports. Nature centre admission £3 for 2-16 year olds and £4 for adults. Open winter 10am – 4pm, summer 10am – 6pm, last admission 1 hour before closing, 01293 521168

Wilderness Wood Hadlow Down, near Uckfield TN22 4HJ. 62 acres of woodland and nature trails, lots of children’s activities, wild camping, café and shop. Generally open Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm term time, and every day in school holidays, see website for full details, 01825 830509

Woods Mill Nature Reserve Henfield BN5 9SD. Headquarters of Sussex Wildlife Trust and an environmental education centre with pre-bookable holiday activities. The 47-acre nature reserve provides a peaceful setting comprising coppice woodland, meadows and a reed-fringed lake. Open all year round, except for two weeks at Christmas, admission free, donations very welcome, no dogs, 01273 492630

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1Walking, Cycling and Open Spaces

1066 Country Walk follow in the footsteps of William the Conqueror from Pevensey to Rye via Herstmonceux and Battle.

Abbots Wood Arlington, Polegate BN26 6SL. Ancient woodland with walks, medieval lake, BBQ hire, picnic tables and play area, plus horse riding with a TROT pass 0300 0674880

Aldingbourne Trust Country Centre Blackmill Lane, Norton, Chichester PO18 0JP. Woodland walks, open farm, mini tractors, soft play, sand and water play areas and crazy golf, with award-winning café, open every day, see website for full details of opening times, 01243 542075

Ardingly Reservoir West Sussex RH17 6SQ. Walks and limited cycling/horse riding. Ardingly Activity Centre water sports centre with pre-bookable activities such as sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, rowing and raft building, 01444 892549

Arlington Bluebell Walk and Farm Trail Bates Green Farm, Arlington, Polegate BN26 6SH. Seven  different walks over three working farms, watch the cows being milked, animal petting corner, children’s quizzes, picnic tables and refreshments. Usually from April to May, but check details as the weather may affect the blooming of the bluebells, dogs on a lead, 01323 485151

Arlington Reservoir Covering some 245 acres, the reservoir is a nature reserve and has a partly paved, partly grassy walkway around it, open for fishing and boating. Open 9am until dusk.

Arundel Castle and Gardens Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AB. Open 1st April – 1st November 2020, Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm, plus bank holidays and Mondays in August. With restaurant, coffee shop, gift shop and 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, furniture, tapestries, stained glass, china, clocks, sculpture, carving, heraldry and armour in stunning room settings, 01903 882173

Beachy Head Countryside and Visitor Centre walks, shop and breath-taking views. Open late March – October, see website for full opening times, these may vary due to weather conditions, but usually 10am – 4pm, 01323 737273

Ashdown Forest Centre Wych Cross, RH18 5JP. Once a Norman deer hunting forest, Ashdown Forest is now the largest free public access space in the south east and the ‘home’ of Winnie the Pooh. Walks, forest centre and riding with a permit, 01342 823583

Bedgebury Pinetum Goudhurst. 2,000-acre forest for numerous walks, family cycling trails, mountain bike and dirt jump area, cycle hire, horse riding for TROT members, adventure play trail, cafe and Go Ape, 01580 879842

Bewl Water Lamberhurst TN3 8JH. Walks, aqua park, cycling, bike hire, fishing, boat trips, adventure playground, mini golf and laser tag challenge. Bridle path opening for cycling and horse riding is weather dependent. Regular seasonal events and café with soft play for 0-6 years. Gates open 8am and close 30 minutes before sunset. Admission free, open all year, see website for seasonal opening hours, 01892 628314

Black Cat Treasure Hunts fun and affordable walking, cycling or driving treasure hunt routes around Sussex for families and groups, choose a ready-to-use hunt or a personalised adventure.

Boating from The Anchor Inn Anchor Lane, Barcombe, Lewes BN8 5EA. Hire a rowing boat or pedalo for up to 6 people for an hour at a time. £3 each for under 14s. Operational from Easter, 01273 400414

Borde Hill Garden Haywards Heath RH16 1XP. With 17-acre garden, outdoor adventure playground, zip wire, woodland walks and children’s holiday and Halloween activities. Open daily generally 10am – 5pm and 10am – 6pm in July and August between 14th March and 1st November 2020. See website for further details on dates and times, 01444 450326

Boothland Wood ancient woodland south of Uckfield for walks and cycling

Brighton Cycle Hire located underneath Brighton railway station, bikes with child seats and benches can be rented, map and bike locks provided, 01273 571555

Buchan Country Park Horsham Road, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 9HQ. Regularly recognised as one of the best green spaces in the UK since 2010. Great access for pushchairs and wheelchairs, numerous picnic sites, plenty of wildlife, fishing via Crawley Angling Society. The Countryside Centre is open Sundays 12.30pm – 4pm and at other times as staffing permits. Free parking.

Chailey Common walks, horse riding and cycling on paths only, 01444 831098

Chesworth Farm Horsham RH13 0AA. Walks, Sussex Wildlife Trust Nature Tots timetable, bridleways, cycling via a network of footpaths, main paths are wheelchair accessible, open all day, free entry

Crowborough Country Park Tollwood Road TN6 2NH. Beautiful 16-acre nature reserve, tracks, ponds and picnic areas, 01892 652907

Cuckmere Valley BN26 5TT. National Trust land, open dawn until dusk, a haven for wildlife and great for kite flying, 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 a curious Victorian funfair can be found just a few minutes from the car park. Venture into the valley and discover a living carpet of flowers and a myriad of colourful insects. Open dawn until dusk, 01273 857712

Easthill Park Portslade. Walks, cafe, walled garden full of mature shrubs and herbaceous borders, wildflower area, playground, football pitch, half basketball court, picnic areas, wild gym and allocated dog-friendly areas, 01273 292929

Forest Way footpath, bridleway and cycle path running 10 miles from East Grinstead to Groombridge, with seats and picnic benches along the route. Indirectly linked to the Worth Way from Three Bridges to East Grinstead.

Friston Forest Exceat, west of Eastbourne off the A259, walks, cycling, mountain biking, horse riding with TROT permit, picnic tables, BBQs and children’s play area.

Gildredge Park and Manor Gardens Vicarage Road, Eastbourne BN21 1HA. Family park, playground, tennis courts, lawns, picnic tables and café.

Hampden Park Eastbourne BN22 9QN. Sports and recreation facilities including 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 path suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs circles the lake. There is a café in the centre of the park. Bus stop at park entrance in Decoy Drive. Hampden Park railway station is a 10-minute walk away. Open all year round. Free admission and free parking, 01323 410000

Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve Over 850 acres of ancient woodland, meadow and cliff top grassland, plus 3 miles of dramatic cliffs and coastline between Hastings and Fairlight.

Hempstead Meadow Open-Spaces Uckfield, nature reserve along the River Uck floodplain, important wetland habitat.

Horsham Park a haven of green spaces with ducks on the lake, colourful flowerbeds, a Sensory Garden and Human Nature Garden. There are tennis courts, a basketball court, football pitches, a large skate park, café, play area and a trim trail. BBQ’s and picnics are permitted.

Hove Lagoon Paddling Pool located on the seafront, with enclosed playground, beach café and picnic tables. Opening dates are seasonal, but generally open 10am – 6pm, 01273 290290

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 pitches, tennis courts, basketball court, climbing rock, table tennis tables, trim trail, seasonal miniature railway and café. Open every day.

Kings Road Paddling Pool Brighton, west of the West Pier, mushroom spout and water pads, castles and toys, plus sand. Opening dates are seasonal, but generally open 10am – 7pm, 01273 290290

Motcombe Gardens Eastbourne Old Town BN21 1PU. Originally forming part of a farmyard, the 9th Duke of Devonshire gave the garden to the town of Eastbourne in 1909. Includes duck pond and sheltered lawns for picnicking. 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. Main paths suitable for wheelchair access. Free entry.

Park Wood Hellingly, East Sussex. Semi-natural woodland with walking trails and 400m surfaced trail.

Peacehaven Big Park skate park, playgrounds, natural play spaces, climbing wall, seating, grassed pitch, café, footpaths and links to the South Downs.

Peter Pan Park, Madeira Drive, Brighton BN2 1EN. This is a seafront adventure playground for younger children with slides, water spouts, climbing apparatus, an open-air café and toilets. It has its own train stop on the Volks Electric Railway.

Pooh Sticks Bridge and Pooh Corner Shop in Ashdown Forest, Hartfield on B2026, TN7 4AE, 01892 771155

Preston Park Brighton. Largest urban park in the city with playground, football pitches, basketball courts, tennis courts, softball pitch, rounders/stoolball pitches (on request) and cycle velodrome, large rockery, walled garden and two cafés, 01273 292929

Princes Park Eastbourne BN22 7AE. Playgrounds, summer splash pad, boating lake and café. Open all year, free entry.

Queens Park Brighton. Wildlife garden planted by a local herbalist, grade two listed clock tower built in 1915 from Redbrick and Portland stone, playground, tennis courts, orienteering, wildlife pond, garden and café. Open all year, free entry, 01273 292929

Railway Land Nature Reserve Lewes BN7 2FG. Over 20 acres of meadowland and woodland reclaimed from the old rail yards, including the award-winning Linklater Pavilion. The nature reserve is open to the public 24 hours a day all year round and is accessible by wheelchair, 01273 477101

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve TN31 7TX. Explore the saltmarsh on a guided walk and discover the local wildlife and history. Nature Reserve office 01797 227784

Saunders Park Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 4AE (by Sainsbury’s). Play area, summer paddling pool opens each year in early May, Freedom Leisure 01273 685692

Seaford Head Local Nature Reserve BN25 4JQ. Cliffs, downland, grassland and a shingle beach are home to many nationally rare and significant species of plant, bird and insect. Enjoy peaceful walks and stunning views of the Seven Sisters and Cuckmere Valley.

Seven Sisters Country Park, Exceat, between Seaford and East Dean off the A259. 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, meandering river valley and open chalk grassland for walks, bird watching, rock pooling, cycling to the beach and canoeing on the meanders. With tea rooms and visitor centre, lots of children’s/family activities organised by Sussex Wildlife Trust. Visitor Centre opening times vary, open April – September every day 10.30am – 4.30pm, 0345 6080193

Shinewater Park Eastbourne BN23 8AT. Includes footpaths and cycle paths, playground, lakes, all-weather sports court, BMX and skate area, fishing with a permit. Open all year, free entry.

South Downs National Park and South Downs Way, including Ditchling Beacon, which is the second highest point in the South Downs National Park with spectacular views across the Weald. As the name suggests, Ditchling Beacon was one of a 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.  You can reach Ditchling Beacon via Breeze Buses which are open top in summer – weather permitting.

Stoneham Park Hove. Play areas, sandpit, community run café, football pitch and basketball court. Open all year, free entry, 01273 292929

Stanmer Park Falmer, off the A270 Lewes Road, Brighton. Landscaped park with lots of walks and two football pitches. Recently awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund, the park will be undergoing numerous changes and upgrades –  see website for further details. Plus Stanmer House, Stanmer Church, Stanmer Organics and Earthship Brighton.

St Ann’s Well Gardens not far from Hove seafront. Playground, tennis courts, orienteering and café. A wide range of native and exotic trees give the gardens their unique character and provide shelter and tranquility 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. Open all year, free entry, 01273 290000

St Helens Park Local Nature Reserve Langham Road, Hastings. Nature reserve managed by St Helens Park Preservation Society. Ancient woodland with an extensive network of footpaths.

The Helen Garden Dukes Drive, Eastbourne BN20 7XH. Playground, putting, bowls and petanque, seafront office 01323 410611

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 the sand area and paths through the grassy areas. Petanque terrain, skate park, table tennis tables, sensory gardens and café building with public toilets, including a disabled toilet.

Tilgate Park Crawley, RH10 5PQ. Outdoor play area, hedge maze, tea shop, woodland and lakeside walks, Go Ape, Golf Centre, Smith and Western restaurant, fishing and water sports with Tilgate Watersports. Nature centre admission £3 for 2-16 year olds and £4 for adults. Open winter 10am – 4pm, summer 10am – 6pm, last admission 1 hour before closing, 01293 521168

Uckfield Millennium Green access via New Road, Ridgewood or park at Ridgewood Village Hall. Hard surfaced path, dog free picnic area and lots of wildlife.

Undercliff Walk just over 5km from Brighton Marina to Saltdean, the walk can be used by both cyclists and pedestrians. Occasionally very wet when the waves come over the seawall!

West Park Local Nature Reserve Uckfield. Relatively small reserve covering just over 8.5 acres of woodland, grassland, marshy areas and sandstone outcrops. Boardwalks provide easy access around the site.

William Daly Recreation Ground, Brightling Road, Polegate. Miniature railway on summer weekends free to ride but donations very welcome.

Worth Way A 7 mile long shared-use route from Three Bridges to East Grinstead used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders and indirectly linked to the Forest Way which continues to Groombridge, 01293 542088

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4Places of Historic Interest and Gardens

 

1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and 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. See website for opening times, 01424 775705 or 01424 776787

Alfriston National Trust Clergy House and 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. See website for opening times, 01323 871961

Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre Station Road, 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 and woodland walks, plus many events planned throughout the year. See website for opening times, 01798 831370

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. The house also contains the Museum of Lewes history, and displays about Tom Paine and the Wealden iron industry. See website for opening dates and times, 01273 474610

Arundel Castle and Gardens Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AB. The seat of The Dukes of Norfolk, 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, furniture, tapestries, stained glass, china, clocks, sculpture, 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 11am – 4pm or 5pm depending on the time of year, 01435 882302

Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum Halland BN8 5AF. Have fun in the adventure playground, explore the willow tunnels, ride on the miniature railway (open weekends and school holidays), 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 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, museum tea rooms and gift shop, 01798 869259

Bodiam Castle National Trust 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. Lots of family friendly events, especially during school holidays. Castle open daily 11am – 4pm or 5pm (or dusk, depending on the time of year) excluding 24th and 25th December, 01580 830196

Borde Hill Garden Haywards Heath RH16 1XP. With outdoor adventure playground, zip wire, woodland walks and children’s holiday and Halloween activities. Open daily 10am – 6pm (or dusk) between March and October. See website for further details on dates, 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. The nature reserve manages the public access to Camber Castle. Open to the public on the first Saturday of August, September and October at 2pm for a guided tour. Some guided walks also include the interior of the castle. School visits can be arranged at any time. Check website before travelling, 07884 494982

Charleston Farmhouse Firle, Lewes BN8 6LL. Located in 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 – Saturday 11.30am – 5pm. Check website before travelling, 01323 811626

Chichester Cathedral The Royal Chantry, Cathedral Cloisters, Chichester PO19 1PX. Chichester Cathedral has welcomed people through its doors for over nine centuries. This beautiful building, and its services and events, are open to all, 01243 782595

CM Booth Motor Museum at Falstaff Antiques, 63 High Street, Rolvenden, TN17 4LP. Unique collection of 3-wheeled 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 and 1911 Premier m/c. Plus, bicycles and tricycles, displays of toy and model cars, and all surrounded with auto-mobilia. Open Monday – Saturday 10am – 5.30pm all year round, 01580 241234

Denmans Garden Fontwell BN18 OSU. Beautiful, artistically planted four-acre garden owned by Michael Neve and John Brooks. With plant centre and café. Open 10am – 4pm Tuesday – Sunday, 01243 542808

Firle Place Firle, Lewes BN8 6LP. An outstanding, privately owned country house in Sussex which dates from the time of Henry VIII but was substantially remodelled in the 18th Century. The house, gardens and notable collection of works of art and porcelain are of national importance and will ensure a day to remember, 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 February – October, 10am – 5pm, November – December, weekends only, 10am – 4pm, 01243 785859

Glynde Place Glynde BN8 6SX. Home to the VIIth Viscount and Viscountess Hampden, this magnificent Elizabethan country house sits high on the Sussex Downs, overlooking the Weald. Originally built in the mid-16th century, it has been lived in by just three families over 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. Check website for opening dates and private tours, 01273 858224

Great Dixter Northiam, TN31 6PH. Tudor house with a renowned 20th century Arts and Crafts garden, open April – October, Tuesday – Sunday, plus bank holiday Mondays 11am – 5pm (house open 1pm – 4pm), 01797 252878

Hastings Castle Castle Hill Road, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 3QZ. Visit the ruined castle and dungeons and learn about life under siege in 1066 country. Hastings Castle is closed until 15th February 2020, after which it will open every day from 10am – 4pm. See website for further details, 01424 422964

Hastings Lifeboat Visitor Centre East Beach Street, The Stade, Hastings Old Town, TN34 3FJ. Go to Hastings Old Town and the boathouse is near the harbour and fishing boats. Contact Shirley Hawley for group visits, 01424 425502. Don’t miss crew training; check the notice boards at the station for further details. Generally open daily 10am – 4.30pm, open weekends only in January and February. Shop open March – December, 01424 720828

Herstmonceux Castle Gardens and 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’ guide. The estate is also home to the Observatory Science Centre 01323 833816

High Beeches Gardens High Beeches Lane, Handcross, West Sussex RH17 6HQ (just off the A23). 27 acres of beautiful woodland and water gardens with tea room. Spy treasure trail available to download from www.treasuretrails.co.uk/sussex. Garden open daily April – October 1pm – 5pm except Wednesdays, last admission 4.30pm. Tea room open 10am – 5pm except Wednesdays, 01444 400589

Jill Windmill Clayton, South Downs BN6 9PG. Built in 1821 and restored to full working order, open most Sundays and bank holidays from May – September, 2pm – 5pm. Check website, as these days rely on volunteer stewards being available.

Lewes Castle and 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 – February 10am – 3.45pm, March – October 10am – 5.30pm, open 11am Sundays, Mondays and bank holidays (closed Mondays in January) 01273 486290

Merriments Gardens  Hawkhurst Road, Hurst Green TN19 7RA. The 4-acre RHS Partner Garden is open daily April – October 9am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 4.30pm, 01580 860666

Michelham Priory Upper Dicker, near Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3QS. See the foundations of the 13th century priory and explore the main house, tranquil moated gardens, watermill and play area. With numerous family activities during the summer. Includes an interactive medieval gallery in the 14th century Gatehouse. Open daily February – December, February 11am – 4pm, March – October 10.30am – 5pm, November and December 11am – 4pm. Check dates with venue before travelling, 01323 844224

Newhaven Fort Fort Road, 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 and playground, and visit the Searchlight Café. Open daily from early February, check website for dates and times. Dogs on a lead welcome, 01273 517622

Nymans House and Gardens (National Trust) Handcross, Haywards Heath, RH17 6EB. Natural play trail, lovely walks in the Millennium Wood and family programmes in school holidays. Gardens open daily all year round. Check website for opening times and dates for visiting the house, 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. Closed Mondays and Sundays except bank holidays and special events, 01580 200888

Parham House and Gardens Storrington, near Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 4HS (for satnav use RH20 4HR). Well-loved family home; just 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. Check website for opening dates and times, 01903 742021

Petworth House and Park GU28 0AE (for satnav 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. Grounds, restaurant and shop open all year round. Check website for exact house opening dates and times, 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 its towered walls still stand. It was the landing place of William the Conqueror’s army in 1066 and during the century following 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 10am – 4pm weekends only until late March, then daily until early November. See website for further details, 01323 762604

Polegate Windmill Park Croft, Polegate, BN26 5LB. Open Easter to October on Sundays and bank holidays, also Wednesdays in August 2pm-5pm. The mill will be open on National Mills Day on Sunday 10th May 2020.

Preston Manor Preston Drove, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 6SD. ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ Edwardian manor house. See website for opening dates and times, 01273 292770 or 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, open Sundays from 12pm. Closed Mondays except bank holidays, 01342 810479

Priory of St Pancras in Priory Park Cockshut Road, Southover, Lewes BN7 1HP (for satnav use BN7 2XA). During the 11th century, monks came here 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. Admission free, open all year round.

Rye Heritage Centre Strand Quay TN31 7AY. Includes the story of Rye, Rye Town Model sound and light show and a working collection of Old Pier amusement machines. Historic and ghost audio walking tours are available for hire. Open daily February – end October from 10am or 10.30am, closing at 4pm, 4.30pm or 5pm depending on the time of year. Open at weekends only in November, December and January. 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 a gibbet with the skull of the murderer John Breads, a new model of the changes in the local shoreline, and the Ypres Tower Embroidery, created by a team of embroiderers and depicting the Tower’s roles through nine centuries of history; as defence, private home, prison, mortuary and museum. There is also armour and chainmail to view, and helmets and costumes for children to try on. The Rye Castle/Ypres Tower is open daily, usually 10.30am – 5pm, last admission 4.30pm, 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 and 9.30am – 5.45pm April – September (closed at Christmas) 03000 290900

Sheffield Park and Garden (National Trust) 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. Walks, family activities and woodland play trail. Parkland open daily dawn till dusk, check website for further details of events, 01825 790231

Standen House and Garden (National Trust) West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead, RH19 4NE. Arts and Crafts family home with Morris and Co interiors, great views, woodland walks and family woodland play area. Open all year round, check website for dates and times, 01342 323029

St. Mary’s House Bramber BN44 3WE. Medieval house and 5 acres of gardens which are still lived in. Check website for opening dates and times, 01903 816205

Sussex Prairie Garden Henfield BN5 9AT. Britain’s largest ‘Prairie’ or ‘Naturalistic’ garden, with eight acres of stunning garden to roam around, 01273 495902

Wakehurst Gardens and Millennium Seed Bank Selsfield Road, Ardingly, West Sussex RH17 6TN. ‘Kew in the Country’, botanic gardens run by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. With lots of walks, children especially love the rocky Himalayan Garden. Explore the Adventurous Journeys natural play spaces, Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, restaurant, café and gift shop. Open daily at 10am, see website for details of events, 01444 894066

Weald and Downland Open Air Museum Singleton, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0EU. Fascinating collection of historic buildings dismantled from their original locations and reassembled in 40 acres of Sussex countryside, woodland walks, picnic areas and farm animals. Open January – 23rd December, 10.30am – 6pm during BST and 4pm during winter, 01243 811348

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 and Hove. Open May – September on Sundays and bank holidays, 2.30pm – 5pm, 03000 290900

West Dean Gardens West Dean, near Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0QZ. Highlights include a 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 May – September on Sundays and bank holidays only, 2.30pm – 5pm, 01243 818210

Windmill Hill Windmill (for satnav use BN27 4RT). The windmill is open 2.30pm – 5pm on most Sundays and bank holidays from Easter until mid-October. Check website before travelling, 01323 833033

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5Museums and Galleries

1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and 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. See website for opening times, 01424 775705 or 01424 776787

Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre Station Road, 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 and woodland walks, plus many events planned throughout the year. See website for opening times, 01798 831370

Battle Museum The Almonry, High Street TN33 0EA. Local history museum with 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, 01424 775955

Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum Halland BN8 5AF. Have fun in the adventure playground, explore the willow tunnels, ride on the miniature railway (open weekends and school holidays), 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 10am – 4pm, 01825 840573

Bexhill Museum of Costume, Egerton Road TN39 3HL. Features Costume Collection, Sargent Collection of local history and Motor Racing Gallery. The Museum runs a wide range of special events, activities and workshops throughout the year for children and families. See website for further details, 01424 787950

Booth Museum of Natural History 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 from dinosaur times. Open Monday – Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10am – 5pm (closed 12pm – 1.15pm), Sunday 2pm – 5pm, closed Thursdays, admission 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 of the month all year round, plus bank holidays 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 and Art Gallery Royal Pavilion, 4/5 Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1EE. History of Brighton, pottery, fashion and style, performance and more, mostly free. Open Tuesday – Sunday (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 Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 11am – 5pm, closed Sundays and Mondays, 01273 749494

Christ’s Hospital Museum Horsham RH13 0YP. Open on Tuesday and Thursday and during term time, call before visiting, 01403 247444

Crawley Museum Centre 103 High Street, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 1DD. Permanent displays of Crawley’s history, from the Stone Age to the development of the new town, plus changing exhibitions, admission free. See website for opening dates and times, 01293 539088

Cuckfield Museum Queens Hall, High Street, Cuckfield RH17 3EL. Open from February, admission free, 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 and family events. De La Warr Café Bar and Kitchen offers a kids’ menu and you can buy toys and gifts in the De La Warr store. With disabled access and baby changing facilities. Open daily 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. Under 16s free admission. Children’s activities may need to be pre-booked. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10.30am – 5pm, Sundays and bank holidays 11am – 5pm. See website for further information, 01273 844744

Eastbourne Heritage Centre opposite the Winter Gardens BN21 4BT. Discover Eastbourne’s rich heritage, see displays of original maps, pictures, artefacts and films, and trace the development of ‘Elegant Eastbourne – the Empress of Watering Places’ a fashionable new Victorian seaside town into ‘The Suntrap of the South’. Open Saturdays until Easter 10am – 4pm, see website for summer opening dates and times, 01323 411189

Eastbourne Lifeboat Museum King Edward’s Parade, Eastbourne BN21 4BY. Admission free, open all year round, see website for opening times, 01323 730717

East Grinstead Museum Old Market Yard, Cantelupe Road, East Grinstead RH19 3BJ. Includes the footprint of an Iguanodon and Curator’s Corner with sand pit to dig for treasure. Open Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday and bank holidays 1pm – 4pm, 01342 302233

Filching Manor Motor Museum Jevington Road, Polegate BN26 5QA. Home to the Foulkes Halbard collection concerning 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 prior arrangement to groups, 01323 487124

Hastings Museum and 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 and 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 – October Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm (4pm November – March) and Sunday 12pm – 5pm (4pm November – March) admission free, 01424 451052

Hastings Fisherman’s Museum Rock-a-Nore Road TN34 3DW. Original lugger, photos, models, stories, paintings and nets. Open daily, admission free, donations requested, 01424 461446

Hastings Flower Makers’ Museum 58A High Street TN34 3EN. Displays of original tools and materials from the artificial flower-making trade. Open daily all year round 10am – 4pm except Sundays, 01424 427793

Henfield Museum Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, High Street, Henfield BN5 9DB. Open Monday – Saturday, check website for times, 01273 492507

Horsham Museum Causeway House, 9 Causeway, Horsham RH12 1HE. Open 10am – 5pm, Monday – Saturday, admission free. Closed on Sundays and bank holidays, 01403 254959

Hove Museum and Art Gallery 19 New Church Road, Hove BN3 4AB. Toys, cinema, local history and fine art, lots of children’s activities. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 2 – 5pm, closed Wednesdays. Open on public holidays, admission free, 01273 290200

Hurstpierpoint Museum Village Hall, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY. Two large unmanned display cabinets containing local history items and information, open Monday – Wednesday 9am – 1.30pm, Thursday and Friday 9am – 5pm, Saturday 9am – 1pm, plus accessible when the Village Centre is open, closed Sundays, 07985 201335

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 WW1 and the 1960′s. Open Tuesday – Sunday and bank holiday Mondays 11am – 5pm, closed all other Mondays, 01424 728377

Lewes Castle and 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 – October 10am – 5.30pm, November – February 10am – 3.45pm, open 11am Sundays, Mondays and 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, Tuesday – Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm, 01273 462994

Newhaven Fort Fort Road, 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 and café. Open daily February – November 10am – 5pm, see website for dates and times, 01273 517622

Newhaven Local and Maritime Museum at Paradise Park, Avis Road BN9 0DH. Owned and operated by Newhaven Historical Society, see website for opening dates and times, 01273 515404

The Novium Museum Tower Street, Chichester PO19 1QH. Built over the remains of a Roman bathhouse and with three floors of fantastic exhibitions. The Novium Museum tells the fascinating story of Chichester District and its rich heritage. It looks after 500,000 artefacts, both on display and in storage. Located close to the cathedral and opposite Chichester Library, admission free, 01243 775888

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 Tuesday – Saturday and all bank holiday Mondays from April – October 2pm – 4.30pm. See website for further details on opening dates, 01798 343496 or 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. See website for further details, 01323 410300

Rye Heritage Centre Strand Quay TN31 7AY. Includes the story of Rye, Rye Town Model sound and light show and a working collection of Old Pier amusement machines. Historic and ghost audio walking tours are available for hire. Open daily February – end October from 10am or 10.30am, closing at 4pm, 4.30pm or 5pm depending on the time of year. Open at weekends only in November, December and January. 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 a gibbet with the skull of the murderer John Breads, a new model of the changes in the local shoreline, and the Ypres Tower Embroidery, created by a team of embroiderers and depicting the Tower’s roles through nine centuries of history; as defence, private home, prison, mortuary and museum. There is also armour and chainmail to view, and helmets and costumes for children to try on. The Rye Castle/Ypres Tower is open daily, usually 10.30am – 5pm, last admission 4.30pm, 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 an ironmonger’s, chemists, toy and photographer’s shop, as well as a Victorian schoolroom, Victorian kitchen and wartime kitchen. Domestic appliances from the first half of the 20th century include early typewriters, copiers, computers, radios and television sets, 24-hour answerphone, 01323 898222

Shipwreck Museum Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings TN34 3DW. Stories of shipwrecks 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, Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 4pm, daily April – October 10am – 5pm, 01424 437452

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum Tangmere, near 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. Among the many attractions are numerous interactive displays and several aircraft simulators for visitors to experience. Open daily February – November, 10am – 5pm March – October and 10am – 4.30pm February and November, 01243 790090

Towner Devonshire Park, Eastbourne BN21 4JJ. Contemporary art museum with lots of family activities and events. Gallery is open Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm (plus bank holiday Mondays), admission free, 01323 434670

True Crime Museum Palace Court, White Rock, Hastings TN34 1JP. Displays of forensic evidence depicting violent events related to serial killers, gangsters and more, 01424 420115

Weald and Downland Open Air Museum Singleton, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0EU. Fascinating collection of historic buildings dismantled from their original locations and reassembled in 40 acres of Sussex countryside, woodland walks, picnic areas and farm animals. Open January – 23rd December, 10.30am – 6pm during BST and 4pm during winter, 01243 811348

Winchelsea Court Hall Museum High Street, Winchelsea TN36 4EA. Small local history museum about Winchelsea and the Cinque Ports. See website for opening times and events, 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 the Russian Front, 07769 688064

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6Railways, Buses and Boats

Beech Hurst Miniature Railway Beech Hurst Gardens, Haywards Heath RH16 4BB. Almost half a mile of track run by volunteers; includes two tunnels and automatic signals. Operating 2pm – 5pm weekends and bank holidays from April – end September, plus Wednesdays during summer school holidays. See website for timetable which is published in spring each year.

Bentley Miniature Railway Ringmer, Lewes BN8 5AF. One mile of track run by volunteers at Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum, near Halland. Trains run every weekend from April – September, plus East Sussex school holidays. See website for detailed timetable before travelling, 0845 8672583

Bluebell Railway from East Grinstead to Sheffield Park Station TN22 3QL. Volunteer preserved steam railway. See website for the timetable of train services, 01825 720800

Breeze Buses no 77, weekends and bank holidays from the Palace Pier to Devil’s Dyke. Once there take a walk to Poynings (2 miles), Upper Beeding (5 miles) and catch the 2A bus back, or Patcham (3 miles) and catch the 5A bus back, 01273 292480

Breeze Buses no 79, weekends and bank holidays from Ditchling Beacon to Brighton Station. The Beacon is the second highest point on the South Downs with spectacular views across the Weald. Once there take a walk to Patcham (3.5 miles) and catch the 5A bus back, or Lewes (5.5 miles) and catch the 28/29 bus back, 01273 292480

Breeze Buses no 78, weekends and bank holidays from Old Steine to Stanmer Park. You’ll find open spaces to play or picnic, plus Stanmer House and Stanmer Museum are open most weekend afternoons, 01273 292480

Brighton Marina Water Tours Pontoon 5, West Jetty, Brighton Marina BN2 5UP. Tours run by Ross Boat Trips around the harbour and along the coast, plus powerboat rides, 07836 262717

City Sightseeing Brighton, this tour will give you a flavour of the city, offering views of the striking Royal Pavilion, Regency architecture, Brighton Marina, Victorian aquarium, famous Brighton Pier and i360 Observation Tower. Tour departs from the Palace Pier. Operating April – October, book online or via bus driver/street seller.

Dotto Eastbourne’s Mini Seafront Train runs along the seafront, hop on, hop off between Holywell Retreat and Sovereign Harbour. Operating on weekends from end May – end June and every day July – early September, dog friendly, 03456 002299

Eastbourne Kayak and Surf Hire BN21 4BY, under the Wish Tower, open depending on the weather, book by phone or email or just turn up, 07917 863791

Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Lottbridge Drove, Eastbourne BN23 6QJ. With adventure playground, maze, lake, indoor model railway, picnic area, shop and café. Open 10am – 5pm, 4th April – 1st November 2020, 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 Sundays and bank holiday Mondays 2pm – 5pm, late March – late October, 07517 184543

Hove Park Miniature Railway The Droveway BN3 6LS. Operated by the Brighton and Hove Society of Miniature Locomotive Engineers. Runs approximately every other Saturday afternoon and bank holiday Monday from late March – late October, 2pm – 5pm, check track days on website.

Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway Tenterden, Northiam and Bodiam Stations. Vintage steam and historic diesel trains dating from the Victorian era. Special events include Thomas the Tank Engine days, some train services during February half term week and in December, main season late March – early November, check website for timetable, 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. Trains run from 11am – 4.30pm, Sundays, bank holidays, some weekdays in the summer and for special events, check public timetable for further information, 01825 750515

Polegate and District Miniature Railway Polegate BN26 5AY. Runs most Sundays 2pm – 5pm, from May – September. The railway is run and maintained by volunteers, there is no charge, but donations are gratefully received.

Shoreham Harbour Lifeboats Kingston Beach, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 6RN. Visit the lifeboat station and its state of the art Tamar all weather lifeboat. The boathouse on Kingston Beach consists of a large boat hall, crew training room, proper drying facilities for wet crew kit, changing facilities and a viewing platform for the public. Open 10am – 2pm Monday – Friday and 10am – 4pm Saturday and Sunday, free to visit, donations very welcome, 01273 596376

Uckfield and East Grinstead British Rail Lines Leave the car behind and explore Sussex by train – stopping at stations all over Sussex and along the Sussex coast.

Volks Electric Railway Madeira Drive, Brighton. The UK’s oldest electric railway, hop on, hop off along the seashore, trains run from Easter – end of October, dog friendly, 01273 292718

Wey and Arun Canal Canal Centre located behind the Onslow Arms in Loxwood RH14 0RD. From March runs every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday Monday until October, except Easter Sunday and Monday. All canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and small craft are welcome on the canal, 01403 753999

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Antics Softplay Triangle Way, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 8WA. Antics is an indoor soft play adventure zone, which promotes fun and healthy play for under 12s, max height 140cm (4ft 7ins), in a safe and clean environment. With 3 tiers to explore, kids will love the excitement, adventure and creative play that Antics offers. Open Monday – Friday 9am – 5.30pm, Saturdays 9am – 1.45pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays 9am – 4pm. Toddler time 0 – 4yrs in school holidays 9am – 10am, 01444 876000

Barney’s Playbarn Bell Lane, Uckfield TN22 1QL. For 0 – 12 year olds, height restriction 142 cm (4ft 8ins), 9.30am – 5pm weekdays, 10am – 6pm weekends, reduced rate toddler mornings Monday & Thursday until 1pm term time, 01825 764575

Dino’s Downs Leisure Centre, Seaford BN25 4QW. For under 10’s, different areas for different aged children. Open every day, check website for opening times, 01323 490011

Dolphin Cafe Pasture Hill Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1LY. Sports centre cafe with soft play area for under 8s, 01444 447816

Fort Fun Adventure Park Royal Parade, Eastbourne BN22 7LQ. Indoor adventure play for under 11s, 01323 642833

Funplex The Hyde Business Park, Bevendean, Brighton BN2 4JE. Indoor softplay adventure centre and laser tag parties, open daily 10am – 6pm, 01273 957898

Fun Abounds Bell Lane, Uckfield TN22 1QL. Trampoline centre with café, 01825 768479

‘Froggies’ Indoor Soft Play at Knockhatch on A22 Hailsham Bypass, Hailsham BN27 3PR. Features dedicated under 3′s toddler area. Open 10am – 5.30pm, 01323 442051

Happyscamps Play Café 1st Floor, 12 Swan Walk, Horsham RH12 1HQ. For 0 – 5 year olds, 01403 754597.

Hailsham Leisure Centre Vicarage Lane, Hailsham BN27 1BA. Two soft play frames, for 0 – 10 year olds, children must be under 148cm tall (4ft 10ins), separate play area for under 3′s. Open daily 9am – 6pm, 01323 846755

High Places Pavilions In The Park, Hurst Road, Horsham RH12 2DF. An array of activities and packages such as wall climbing and high wall jumping with a variety of courses and obstacles. Closed in the winter, see website for details, 01403 219219

High Places The Triangle, Triangle Way, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 8WA. Colourful arena featuring 16 fun themed climbing walls towering over 20 feet high, each showcasing striking designs. Book in advance or attend an open session, 01444 876000

JumpIn Inflatable Fun 5-7 Jubilee Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9TL. All ages welcome, soft play and parties, 01444 241595

Kings Centre Café Moat Road, East Grinstead RH19 3LN. Sports centre cafe with soft play area, 01342 328616

Leo’s Play Den 1-3 Pevensey Road, Eastbourne BN21 3HJ. For 0 – 12 year olds, open Monday – Sunday 10am – 6pm, 01323 749022

Lewes Leisure CentreOcean Adventure play area Mountfield Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2XG. Soft play over three levels, for under 8’s, with dedicated baby and toddler area. Open daily 9am – 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 0 – 10 year olds. With four fun areas, a separate area for under 5’s, and babies under 1 away from the main play frame. Open Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.30 pm and Sunday 11am – 5pm, 01293 538377

Monkey Bizness Cliffe Industrial Estate, Lewes BN8 6JL. Maze of play frames, toddler area for 2 – 5 year olds and main frame suitable for 5 – 12 year olds, open Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 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. Monday closed, check website for opening times on other days, 01323 738288

Out of Bounds Golfers Lane, Angmering BN16 4NB. Family entertainment centre, Clip ‘n’ Climb, bowling, soft play, footgolf, laser tag and adventure golf. Open 7 days a week, 01903 788588

Play Time below 3 Eaton Gardens, Hove BN3 3TL. Children’s role play centre offering fun and stimulating role play for young children to grow their imagination and creativity. Children can visit a variety of role play areas and small world activities and be a builder, a pirate, a vet, a teacher or a dragon! Monday – Saturday 4 sessions daily between 9.30am – 5pm, 07784 849268

Sharky’s Soft Play Henfield Leisure Centre, Northcroft, Henfield BN5 9QB. The soft play is open for children up to 12 years old. Sibling discount available, 01273 494984

Peacehaven Leisure Centre Magic Castle, Greenwich Way, Peacehaven BN10 8BB. Two level soft play area for children under 10 or max 145 cm (4ft 9ins), open Monday – Sunday 9am – 6pm unless booked for parties, 01273 588858

Pupstation Eastbourne 3&4 Commercial Road, Eastbourne BN21 3XE. Soft play adventure area for children aged 6 months – 12 years, 01323 411527

Sama Circus City 7-8 Circus Parade, Brighton BN1 4GW. Soft play area for 0 – 11 year olds or max 158 cm (5ft 2ins), open 7 days a week 9am – 6pm, check FB page as weekend opening times may vary due to private hire, 01273 605335

S3 Studios 64 Hammonds Drive, Eastbourne BN23 6PW. Free running, foam pit, soft play, indoor climbing wall. Open 7 days a week, Monday – Saturday 12pm – 9.30pm, Sundays 10am – 7pm, 01323 332183

Softplay Zone, 2-8yrs, open daily, Kings Centre, East Grinstead, 01342 328616

Tiny Tim’s Hangleton Community Centre, Harmsworth Crescent, Brighton BN3 8BW. Soft play on three levels, for children up to 9 years old. Weekdays daily drop-in generally 9.30am – 5pm, 01273 292962

Treasure Chest Faraday Road, Crawley RH10 9PX. For children up to 11 years old, must also be under 148cm (4ft 10ins), 01293 549009

Treasure Island Royal Park, Eastbourne BN22 7AE. Buccaneer’s soft play area on two levels, babies – 12 year olds. Open daily 9.30am – 6pm, 01323 411077

Urban Jump Heathfield TN21 8AW. Trampoline park, ninja warrior track, soft play, toddler area and café. Open 9am – 8pm, 7 days a week, 01435 863277

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Adventure Parks and Family Fun7

Black Cat Treasure Hunts fun and affordable walking, cycling or driving treasure hunt routes around Sussex for families and groups, choose a ready-to-use hunt or a personalised adventure.

Brighton Karting at QLeisure London Road, Albourne, West Sussex BN6 9BQ. 800 metres of pure adrenaline plus some of the finest facilities in the country make QLeisure outdoor karting well worth a visit. A fast, furious, frenetic and exhilirating track that will provide you with plenty of challenges and an invigorating race for you and your friends, 01273 834403

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 and chess tables, 01273 693636

Brighton Palace Pier rides, amusement arcades, indoor Palace Play area with a height restriction of 0.9m – 1.8m plus toddler area for under 0.9m, food outlets and 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 for up to 26 miles, 03337 720 360

Drusillas Park Alfriston Road just off the A27, BN26 5QS. Zoo. Interactive displays, extensive adventure playgrounds, Safari Express Train, Hello Kitty Secret Garden which includes 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 the season, 01323 874100

Eastbourne Pier one of the finest examples of a Victorian pier, Eastbourne’s stunning seafront landmark is fully open for business with a new walkway, 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 in summer, theme park rides, indoor soft play, adventure golf, outdoor role play village and inflatables, 01323 642833

Globalls Unit 8, Ground Floor, Mermaid Walk, The Waterfront, Brighton Marina BN2 5WA. Brighton’s very own 12-hole indoor ultraviolet crazy golf courses. Based on a Jurassic or Tropicana theme, players can enjoy putting amongst wonderful life size neon glowing sculptures and vivid wall art. Fully air-conditioned, perfect for any day of the year. See website for opening times and dates, 01273 911510

Go Ape Tilgate Park, Crawley RH10 5PQ. The high ropes course features a Tree Top Adventure and a Tree Top Junior, 0845 643 9215

Harbour Park Amusement Park Windmill Road, Littlehampton BN17 5LH. Rides for all ages, adventure golf, arcade, picnic greens and 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. Open winter 10am – 4pm, summer 8.30am – 10pm weather permitting, 01424 437227

Knockhatch Adventure Park on A22 at Hailsham BN27 3GD. Animals, falconry, year-round indoor soft play at ‘Froggies’, children’s farm, go karts, outdoor playgrounds and paddling pools, Wave Runner water slide, ski slope, Knockhatch Mining Co motion simulator and Pirates Cove paddling pool. Special features at Halloween. See website for opening dates for each attraction, 01323 442051

Out of Bounds Golfers Lane, Angmering BN16 4NB. Family entertainment centre, Clip ‘n’ Climb, bowling, soft play, footgolf, laser tag and adventure golf. Open 7 days a week, 01903 788588

Paradise Park Family Leisure Park Newhaven, East Sussex BN9 0DH. Planet Earth museum, Dinosaur Safari, Paradise Gardens including mini Sussex models and gardens, Plant House and Local Maritime Museum, Play Zone including miniature train and crazy golf. Open daily 9am – 6pm, 01273 512123

Phileas Foggs World of Adventures Sussex House, Crowhurst Road, Brighton BN1 8AF. Phileas Fogg’s World of Adventure will give you and your family memories you will never forget. Be wowed by the 16 amazing locations built by the same team that created film sets for Star Wars, James Bond and Harry Potter. The experience is designed with a pantomime tone and easier challenges for the younger participants, it is recommended that an adult supports children under 7 to achieve some of the challenges. Your adventure includes 16 fantastic sets, Pantomime experience and 10 fun challenges, 01273 007799

Southwater Country Park Southwater RH13 9UN. Located next to the Downs Link off-road trail, stroll around to the Dinosaur Island playground or hire bikes, canoes or kayaks, 01403 734424

Smugglers Adventure St Clement’s Caves TN34 3HY. Explore the sandstone caves in search of smugglers, bootleggers and warring gangs – prepared to be scared! Open early February – 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 and private parties, for 6 years+, 01273 672222

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8Exploring Science

Observatory Science Centre Wartling Road, Herstmonceux BN27 1RN. Hands-on science and discovery with 100+ interactive exhibits both indoors and out, telescope tours and regular children’s and family workshops. The centre is open every day, check website for dates and times, 01323 832731

South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre Kingsham Road, Chichester PO19 8RP (southern end of Chichester High School campus, sat nav PO19 8AE). Volunteer-run educational outlet, not open to casual visitors, but welcomes group visits from clubs and societies, plus makes eight or nine presentations to the public every month, times and days vary, 01243 774400

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10Outdoor Pursuits

Arena Pursuits Rosemary Lane, Flimwell TN5 7PT (near Bewl Water). 6 years+, family quad bike trek, family paintball games, assault course, team tasks and clay pigeon shooting, 01580 879614

Bewl Water Outdoor Centre Lamberhurst TN3 8JH. Rock climbing, aqua park, cycling, bike hire, fishing, boat trips, camping, mini golf and laser tag challenge. Gates open 8am and close 30 minutes before sunset. Admission free, open all year, see website for seasonal opening hours, 01892 628314

Blackland Farm Grinstead Lane, East Grinstead RH19 4HP. Climbing, zipwire, abseiling, canoeing, archery, low and high ropes and orienteering, 01342 810493

Bowles Activity Centre Eridge Green TN3 9LW. Charity for experience and adventure, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, kayaking, archery range and indoor heated pool, 01892 665665

Buzz Active Royal Parade, Eastbourne BN22 7LD. Residential stays at Bushy Wood near Hailsham and windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding and sailing in the sea at Eastbourne and/or in the river at Cuckmere Haven. Opening hours vary according to the season, 01323 417023

Extreme Ventures Stanley Deason Leisure Centre, Wilson Avenue, Brighton BN2 5PB. Indoor climbing walls and abseiling. Harrison Rocks Outdoor Climbing, Groombridge, rock scrambling and rock climbing, 07835 528548 or 01732 446252

Go Ape Tilgate Park, Crawley RH10 5PQ. The high ropes course features a tricky Tree Top Challenge and a gentler Tree Top Adventure, 01603 895500

High Places The Pavilions In The Park, Hurst Road, Horsham RH12 2DF. An array of activities and packages such as high ropes, wall climbing and high wall jumping with a variety of courses and obstacles. Closed in the winter, see website for details, 01403 219200

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Southwater Watersports Southwater Country Park, Cripplegate Lane, Southwater, West Sussex RH13 9UN. Canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, raft building, orienteering, sailing, team building and family activities, 01403 734424

Tilgate Park Watersports The Boat House, Tilgate Drive, Crawley RH10 5PQ. With a wide range of activities in and out of the water and acres of countryside to discover. Rowing boat hire, canoeing, kayaking, raft building, stand up paddle boards, mountain biking, orienteering and open water swimming, 01293 665709

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actor rgbTheatres and Cinemas

Brighton Centre King’s Road BN1 2GR, box office 0844 847 1515, general enquiries 01273 290131

Brighton Dome Church Street BN1 1UE. Theatre and concerts, 01273 709709

Brighton Little Theatre Clarence Gardens BN1 2EG. Not-for-profit theatre company staging at least 10 plays a year, box office 0844 888 0432

Chequer Mead Theatre De La Warr Road, East Grinstead RH19 3BS. Purpose-built venue for music, comedy and drama, plus a cafe/bar, function spaces and classes, box office 01342 302000.

Clair Hall Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN. An events and entertainment venue in the heart of Mid Sussex, 01444 455440

Cineworld, Brighton Marina BN2 5UF. 8 screen cinema, booking line 0330 333 4444

Cineworld Crawley Leisure Park RH10 8LR. 15 screen cinema, booking line 0330 333 4444

Chichester Festival Theatre Oaklands Park, Chichester PO19 6AP. 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, 01243 781312

De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill On Sea TN40 1DP. Grade 1 listed Modernist icon and arts centre with family shows, music and theatre, box office 01424 229111

Duke of York’s Picturehouse Preston Road, Brighton BN1 4NA. Kids’ Club Saturdays at 11am, Toddler Time Mondays at 11am, Big Scream screenings for parents/carers with babies under one Wednesdays at 10.30am, box office 0871 902 5747

Eastbourne Theatres Congress Theatre, Devonshire Park Theatre, Royal Hippodrome, Winter Garden, box office 01323 412000

Hailsham Pavilion George Street, Hailsham BN27 1AE. Theatre, live music and cinema, box office 01323 841414

Haywards Heath Music Society St Wilfrid’s Church, Haywards Heath RH16 3QH. Virtuoso International musicians performing live and local, 01444 456227

Hawth Theatre Hawth Avenue, Crawley RH10 6YZ. Main theatre and Studio plus exhibition spaces, 01293 553636

Komedia Brighton 44-47 Gardner Street, North Laine BN1 1UN. Comedy, cabaret and music, box office 01273 647100

Lewes Little Theatre Lancaster Street, Lewes BN7 2PX. Opens a week before each production, 01273 474826

New Venture Theatre, Bedford Place, Brighton BN1 2PT. Box office 01273 746118, general enquiries 01273 808353

Orion Cinema Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX. Cinema with art deco facade and 2 screens showing the latest mainstream releases, 01444 243300

Picture House Uckfield High Street, TN22 1AS. Features Kids Saturday Morning Movies at 10.30am, box office 01825 764909

Ropetackle Arts Centre Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 5EG. Community-run arts venue, exhibitions, film, live music, dance and spoken word, box office 01273 464440

Royal Hippodrome 108-112 Seaside Road, Eastbourne BN21 3PF. Historic theatre dating back to 1883. Regular children’s shows throughout the year, box office 01323 802020

Seaford Little Theatre 4 Steyne Road, Seaford BN25 1HA. Tickets from Seaford Tourist Info Office, 37 Church Street BN25 1HG, 01323 897426

The Capitol Theatre North Street, Horsham RH12 1RG. A multi-purpose arts venue with a 410-seat theatre, 2 cinema screens, studio theatre, meeting room and gallery space, box office 01403 750220

The Old Market Upper Market Street, Hove BN3 1AS. Music, theatre, film, dance and comedy, box office 01273 201801

Theatre Royal New Road, Brighton BN1 1SD. With Skips Club after school club, monthly events for 6 – 10 year olds, family workshops, front and backstage tours with a guide and an app using loaned iPads. 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 7 years+, Saturdays 10.15am from March – June, box office 0844 8717627

Wick Theatre Company Barn Theatre, Southwick Street, Southwick BN42 4TE. Box office 01273 597094

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Bluebell Railway The Bessemer Arms, Sheffield Park Station, Station Approach, East Sussex TN22 3QL. Family pub/restaurant with children’s activity lunch boxes, 01825 720800

Cats Protection Lewes Road, Chelwood Gate RH17 7DE. Family friendly café with children’s lunch boxes in summer, 01825 741370

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling BN6 8SP. Café and children’s trails, 01273 844744

Dolphin Cafe Pasture Hill Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1LY. Sports centre cafe with soft play area for under 8s, charges apply, 01444 447816

Heaven Farm Furners Green, Uckfield TN22 3RG. Café with climb-on tractors and free ranging chickens, 01825 790888

Home Coffee House The King’s Church, 33-35 Victoria Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9LR. Large café with toddlers’ soft play area, 01444 244215

Kings Centre Café Moat Road, East Grinstead RH19 3LN. Sports centre cafe with soft play area, 01342 328616

Latchetts Farm Creamery serving handmade ice creams, chocolates & traditional sweets, Heaven Farm, Furners Green, 01825 791692

Love Cake Café Meads Street, Eastbourne BN20 7RH. Freakshakes, children’s play corner, regular craft sessions, 07707 766629

Molly’s Coffee Shop Rottingdean Undercliff Walk, Brighton BN2 7AZ. Breakfast, coffee, lunch, home-made cakes and soups, 01273 309322

Notcutts Garden Centre Common Lane, Ditchling BN6 8TN. Large family café with seasonal events, 01273 846844

Nymans House and Gardens (National Trust) Handcross, Haywards Heath, RH17 6EB. Family friendly café with children’s activity lunch boxes, 01444 405250

Sharpthorne Organic Café Top Road, Sharpthorne, East Grinstead RH19 4PQ, 01342 811321

Sheffield Park and Garden (National Trust) Sheffield Park, Uckfield TN22 3QX. Family friendly café with children’s lunch boxes, 01825 790231

Slake 20 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH. Independent café opposite Lindfield pond, 07540 538391

Standen Barn Café (National Trust) West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead RH19 4NE. Family friendly café with children’s activity lunch boxes, 01342 323029

The Art House Café 34 Grove Road, Eastbourne BN21 4TR. Drop-in creative venue set over two floors. Great coffee and artisanal breakfasts, lunches and treats. They provide a wide range of artistic activities for all ages, 01323 728691

The Coach and Horses School Lane, Danehill RH17 7JF. Family pub/restaurant with sandpit, swing and slide, 01825 740369

The Farmers Lewes Road Scaynes Hill, Haywards Heath RH17 7NE. Family pub/restaurant with large children’s play area, 01444 831899

The Garden Café St Ann’s Well Gardens, Hove BN3 1RP. Homemade locally sourced food, open 8am – 5pm daily, 01273 735187

The Ladies Mile Mackie Avenue, Patcham, Brighton BN1 8RA. Family pub, events, function room for hire, 01273 554647

The Mug Tree Tea Room Ship Street, East Grinstead RH19 4EF. Award winning, breastfeeding friendly café with craft activities & themed events, 01342 457100

The Red Lion Chelwood Gate, Haywards Heath RH17 7DE. Family pub/restaurant with children’s play area, 01825 740836

The Snug Stoneham Park, Hove BN3 5HJ. Homemade cakes, lunches and coffees.

The Sportsman Cuckfield Road, Goddards Green BN6 9LQ. Family pub/restaurant with children’s play area, 01444 233460

The Tennis Cafe Gildredge Park, Eastbourne BN21 1HD. Café with huge outdoor children’s play area.

The Villas Coffee 21-23 Clarendon Villas, Hove BN3 3RE. Coffee with soft play and toys, Monday – Friday 9am – 4.30pm.

The Wheatsheaf Wheatsheaf Road, Henfield BN5 9BD. Family pub/restaurant with large wooden pirate ship, swings and kids’ menu, 01273 492077

Tomato, Dolce and Salato The Level, Brighton BN1 4ZN. Family run Italian café/restaurant, authentic Italian food and soft play corner, 01273 270707

Tory’s Café in the Park RH16 4HT. Meet, eat & play in Victoria Park, Haywards Heath, 01444 458795

Trading Boundaries Elephant Cafe, Sheffield Green TN22 3RB. Family café with outdoor play area, 01825 791310

UpCountry Garden Centre Lewes Road, Scaynes Hill RH17 7NG. Café with outdoor play area, climb-on tractor and double decker bus, 01444 831311

Wakehurst Ardingly, Haywards Heath RH17 6TN. Family friendly café with children’s lunch boxes 01444 894066

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11Airports

Brighton City Airport (Shoreham) Cecil Pashley Way, West Sussex BN43 5FF, 01273 467376. Visitor Centre open weekdays 10am – 3pm, weekends 12pm – 3pm, for tours conducted by volunteers, book on 01273 441061

Brighton Scenic pleasure flights, guided sightseeing tours departing from Shoreham Airport, 01273 978757

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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.

If you have any additions, updates or deletions, please email [email protected]

Cartoons drawn by Lesley Harvey 07722 236741.

Page updated February 2020