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Things To Do & Days Out in East Sussex
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Drusillas Park Widely regarded as the best small zoo in the country - with brilliant play areas, Thomas the Tank Engine and close encounters in Lemurland and Lory Landing. Hello Kitty Secret Garden also offers the UKs first themed Hello Kitty attraction with 3 theme park rides, a Hello Kitty bedroom and a beauty parlour.
Brighton Sea Life Centre offers a fun and educational day out whatever the weather. With over 150 species and 57 displays, you will be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable day for the whole family! Great idea for things to do in Brighton with kids.
Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings Take the ultimate undersea safari at Blue Reef Aquarium. Enjoy close encounters with seahorses, native sharks, giant octopus and hundreds of other amazing aquatic creatures. Don't miss the amazing tropical underwater walkthrough tunnel! Informative, entertaining talks and feeding displays throughout the...
Blackberry Farm Loads of friendly animals plus tremendous outdoor play area with loads of fun features, huge undercover adventure play barn with baby area and sensory zone. This place is awesome!
Ashdown Llama Farm Over 100 beautiful llamas and alpacas, a small herd of reindeer, horses, donkeys, sheep, pigs and poultry! Plus 2 adventure play areas and a bouncy castle, and you can walk with llamas or ride and walk donkeys!
Seven Sisters Sheep Centre The farm is packed full of animals and with loads of things to do, you can be sure that adults and children alike will have a great experience to remember.
Spring Barn Farm so much to see and do! With indoor and outdoor play, daily activities schedule and facilities including MEGA speedy slides, pedal tractors, go karts and jumping pillows; plus a host of wonderfully cute and friendly animals, we can't wait to meet you!
How We Lived Then The Museum has over 100,000 exhibits, collected over the past 50 years and now displayed on FOUR floors of authentic shops, room-settings and various displays covering 100 years of retail and social history from 1850 to 1950.
Toy and Model Museum Underneath the arches at Brighton Railway Station there is a veritable treasure trove of toys! There are over 10,000 toys and models on display with a priceless model train collection and many period antique toys.
Brighton Museum And Art Gallery A significant and eclectic art collection housed in dynamic and innovative galleries, with fantastic interactive displays. Family events, plus children’s workshops held throughout the year, plus a changing programme of exhibitions. Free to visit!
Hove Museum and Art Gallery one of the most family friendly and accessible museums in the south east with an unusual Indian gateway in its grounds. It houses one of the finest craft collections in the country plus the Wizard's Attic!
Bexhill Museum Main galleries include Costume and Motor Racing heritage as well as local archaeology and history, dinosaurs and fossils, natural history and geology, social history and cultures of other lands, local arts and crafts.
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery A varied and exciting collection spanning many themes and ages. 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 much more.
Shipwreck Museum With fascinating family friendly exhibits of local historic shipwrecks, and a Cretaceous gallery with everything from dioramas and footprints to fossils and a preserved 138 million year old fish! Free to visit, but a charge for some events and exhibitions.
Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum A woodland where you can wander amongst a collection of prehistoric reconstruction buildings. A woldfowl reserve with an amazing collection of ducks, geese, swans and a Motor Museum with a superb collection of vintage and classic cars.
Fishermans Museum Housed in a disused church this is a wonderfully atmospheric exhibition of local maritime history including a full size lugger and a wealth of art and artefacts.
Seaford Museum A deceptively small looking museum housed in a tower that was part of the defences built against the threat of Napoleon. Reasonably priced all weather attraction.
Rye Castle Museum A small independently run museum set in an early 14th century building with medieval gardens. Activities include a Captain Pugwash treasure hunt and dressing up in the basement! Kids are free entry.
Uckfield Leisure Centre A family oriented tropical leisure pool featuring a fairly epic flume style waterside, an enclosed family bubble pool and a teeny tiny elephant water slide for tots. Lovely!
Sovereign Centre Leisure Pools Featuring fun pool with waves and flume, 25m gala pool and diving pool! Plus kids activities, parties, swim lessons and loads more during the school holidays.
King Alfred Leisure Centre Lots of family fun sessions available in this pool, plus ride the large flume water slide, but only if you're over 8.
Freedom Leisure On site there is a large swimming pool, soft play area that can accommodate children from birth to 11 years old. There is also a state of the art 8 lane bowling alley.
Bexhill Leisure Centre A fun family swim starts with water and only gets better when there's a flume slide and wave machine! With soft play and sports also on site, you can't go wrong!
The Pells Outdoor Swimming Pool Heated outdoor spring fed pool with kids' rafts and other fun elements, plus children's paddling pool, sunbathing terrace, and a cafe. Open daily May to September. Splash and Play Group for under 5s and their families every Tuesday morning.
Super Splash Come down and have fun in the sun on the multiple slides, tilting buckets, interactive play panels, sprinkle showers, wet play structure, snake tunnels and loads more!
Bexhill Leisure Pool A nice sized local pool with a flume water slide and a wave machine, plus gym, sauna and cafe. Ideal for a treaty play trip or a serious swim session: or both!
Clambers Indoor Soft Play Centre With climbing frame, scramble nets, tarzan ropes, swing bags, ball ponds and a slide with a special play area for the smaller customer. Plus seasonal outdoor play area.
Monkey Bizness Indoor Play Centre Indoor children’s multi activity centre incorporating three play frames for 0 to 2 years, 2 to 5 years and 5 to 12 years, all of which have been designed by Europe's leading soft play manufacturer.
Funplex A 3 level playframe which includes a 4 lane astra slide, a softball cannon arena and a maze area with a spiral slide. For toddlers there's a 2 level playframe with its own slide, a ball pool and a large baby area.
Ocean Adventure Indoor Play Area Marine themed indoor pay facility with 3 large levels of main frame fun plus a dedicated toddler and baby zone too. Slither down the sea serpent slide, rescue friends from the Octopus's tentacles and scale the seaweed bridge of doom!
Dinos Indoor play facilities split into areas for under and over 5s, each zone boasting oodles of classic adventure play equipment plus air conditioning, cafe and sporting opportunities in the leisure centre.
Jumbos Classic soft and colourful adventure play for ages 2 to 8 or under 4ft7 (139.7cm), inside a leisure centre, offering children's sports courses, trampoline sessions and more. They do birthday parties too!
Treasure Island Spacious indoor adventure play, parkland with paddling lagoon and shipwreck adventure playground, plus 8 hole golf with extraordinary themed landscaping: all with a pirate theme. Yar!
The Play Station Eastbourne Let your children spend hours in their kaleidoscope of colours amongst super slides, tremendous tunnels and other fun but challenging obstacles with a dedicated toddler zone.
Leos Play Den Multi level adventure play frame with all the classic and contemporary features from slides and balls to swings, climbing, tunnels, plus separate toddler spot and sports area too. Now with added face painting and balloon modelling!
Westows Adventure Play Area Indoor play centre with lots of space to run around including a 2 level soft play area, separate under 4s area, football pitches, bouncy castle and toys.
Barneys Playbarn Play frames and features for 5 to 12s, plus sensory room for children and young adults with learning disabilities.
Brighton Sewer Tours Fit over 11s welcomed to explore the 150 year old tunnels beneath the city, learning the fascinating history of the sewers. Suitable for bigger kids, aged 11 years and older.
Smugglers Adventure Join notorious smuggler Hairy Jack as he leads you through acres of underground caverns, passages and tunnels on a voyage back through time to the heyday of smuggling!
Pooh Corner Home to the world's largest collection of 'Pooh-phernalia', Pooh Corner is also the 'gateway' to beautiful Pooh Country. To visit the actual 'Pooh Places', collect a FREE Map before you start your 'EXPOTITION' to find them. There are no charges and they are open...
Newhaven Fort offers an exciting and varied day out at this award winning attraction. The massive walls, ramparts, tunnels and gun emplacements all fire the imagination and help visitors experience what life was like living in a Victorian Fortress, as well as understanding and learning about the First and Second World Wars.
Lewes Castle 1,000 year old Norman Castle to explore with stunning panoramic views from the top. Next door, in the Barbican House Museum, you'll be able to learn more about the history of the area through interactive and static displays.
Michelham Priory and Gardens Historic house, gardens, forge and watermill surrounded by a beautiful moat. Explore 800 years of history, with hands-on activities and living history displays. Plus brand new playground and interactive Medieval gallery!
Booth Museum of Natural History Get really hands-on with natural history in the interactive Discovery gallery and at the many events and activities for families and children!
Battle Abbey Here you can walk the site of the battle of Hastings and stand on the very spot where King Harold met his fate! Atmospheric abbey ruins to explore, plus a great interactive exhibition to see in the Visitor Centre.
Royal Pavilion A royal pleasure palace and gardens with a mixture of British and Indian architecture. Multimedia guides included in entry price. Free entry for local kids. Family activities available.
Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum Visit a cool Napoleonic Fortress that is over 200 years old, with the largest military collection of its kind in the South of England. Tours are included in entry price and are run twice per day, plus military costume dress up and quizzes for kids!
Observatory Science Centre A famous astronomical observatory with plenty of hands on and interactive exhibits indoors and out, and a range of events and activities. Plus daily telescope tours held during Summer holidays: out of this world!
Preston Manor Pleasingly authentic Edwardian mansion to explore with over 20 rooms open to public, plus Ghost Tours for the brave and gorgeous Preston park right next door with all it's play features: bonus!
Bodiam Castle Pleasures for all tastes: an absolute classic fortress, a thrilling interactive audio adventure, live costumed characters from the past and scenic grounds by the moat with ducks after your picnic. Best. Castle. Ever!
Knockhatch Ski and Snowboard Centre Skiing and Boarding with the new Powderpac Softer Surface 110m main slope along with Nursery Runs and Drag Lifts. Child friendly, over 8 years catered for!
Knockhill MBC (Mountain Board Centre) Mountainboarding combines elements from snowboarding, skateboarding and mountain biking, they can be ridden anywhere from grassy hills, and woodland areas to the concrete jungles of big cities. Plus grass sledges for the young ones.
Fun Abounds Trampoline Centre Trampolining classes and courses to suit all ages and abilities. Keep fit on the trampoline, birthday parties, play sessions for all and a cafe area so you can have a break and stop wobbling!
Hunger Games Training Camp Outdoors in beautiful woodland and based around the story of the film, a fun packed day for all the family, you;¢ll not only learn you how to survive the game but it;¢s also educational, including first aid, wildlife identification and much more.
Arena Pursuits is a fantastic outdoor pursuits centre hosting a wide range of exciting events for 6-18 year olds. Choose from activities such as Quad Bike Trekking and Early Learning Driving to Adventure Parties, Paintball and Bushcraft. Fun for the whole family!
Sky High Trampoline Park is an indoor trampoline park with 11,000sq ft. of wall-to-wall, interconnected trampolines. It’s the ideal place for energetic kids!
The Lanes: Eastbourne The little ones love knocking down a skittle or two and there's so much more here, a great idea during the cold and rainy weather and another option for kids' parties. Plus new swimming pool!
Freedom Leisure Bowl On site there is a state of the art 8 lane bowling alley. There is also a large swimming pool, and soft play area that can accommodate children from birth to 11 years old.
Bowlplex Brighton Play either traditional tenpin or modern UV Glow Bowling, both with gutter yards and ramps for the kids. Plus arcade with video gaming and pool tables. All weather, all age, all ability fun!
Brooklands Go Karts Mini Moto Circuit A flexible use track with choice of two circuits suitable for learner and advanced, so if they're new to it don't fear! Also have two kart sizes to suit junior and adults.
The Brighton Treasure Trail Go on a treasure hunt in Brighton with this self guided themed Treasure Trail. The route will lead you and your family on a merry adventure as you explore the seafront and solve the clues.
Curious About Hastings is a unique day out with two treasure hunt style walks of discovery to keep the whole family intrigued. Answer clues and find pictures, whilst reading stories about this infamous, glorious seaside town. Buy or instantly download the booklet then explore in your own time.
The Lewes Treasure Hunt Treasure Trail A great way for the whole family to explore and enjoy the sights and sounds of Lewes. Follow the Trail and solve the clues on this self-guided treasure hunt themed mystery.
British Airways i360 British Airways i360>/b> is the tallest moving observation tower in the world - right here in Brighton! Opening July 2016.
Bluebell Railway Great Steam engine journeys through the Sussex countryside and offer many seasonal specials which appeal particularly to children.
Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway One eighth scale Steam and diesel train journeys for nearly a mile around the beautiful park. Alternatively stretch your legs with a gentle stroll around the 5 acre lake or enjoy adventure playground, tots village, indoor and outdoor model railways!
The Lavender Line The line is now just a mile long and starts at Isfield station, stopping at the new Little Horsted station before returning.
Cliff Railways The charming West Hill Lift is the UK's steepest funicular railway and a source of immense local pride.
East Hill Cliff Railway Provides access to Hastings Country Park which overlooks the Old Town and Rock a Nore. The lift provides views over the Stade, home to the largest beach launched fishing fleet in Europe.
Volks Electric Railway The world's oldest operating electric railway offers a scenic jaunt along the beach for one and a quarter miles, stopping at an aquarium and a great playground.
Wilderness Wood A family-run award-winning 62-acre woodland in the beautiful Sussex Weald, with family events and activities throughout the year. Get out there and enjoy a taste of rural sustainability in action!
Shinewater Park Eastbourne's newest park, with 2 lakes and lots of green space to explore, loads of wildlife to discover, plus a playground, football field and Xtreme Supreme skate park! Free to visit, open all year, particularly great for bird watching!
Princes Park 2012 and13 Green Flag awarded, this extensive park offers multiple play areas, model boat racing, and water sporting opportunities. Cafe pavillion also on site, and regular events are held.
Hove Park Almost 40 acres of park, with a mix of open grass, woodland, and flowerbeds, and a number of sports pitches and facilities, plus an adventure playground, climbing boulder, and miniature railway, as well as the intriguingly named Goldstone and Fingermaze...
Broad Oak Park Best enjoyed with other features for a full day out, this is nonetheless a lovely park and ideal for picnicking, hiking and outdoor games.
Preston Park The largest urban park in the city with a great children's adventure playground, four football pitches and two cricket fields, bowling greens, tennis courts, velodrome and more.
Alexandra Park Features include a boating lake, bowls green, cafe, refurbished adventure playground, tennis courts, multi play area, formal flower and rose gardens, reservoirs for fishing, natural woodland and a miniature railway. Yay!
Kings Road Playground Seafront adventure playground with natural sandpits, play equipment and a huge paddling pool May through September, plus cafe and deckchair hire. Bliss!
Egerton Park Recently refurbished with features including tennis courts, bowls green, boating lake, outdoor gym, play-zone for all ages, refreshment kiosk with outdoor seating, sculptures, picnic area, lawns, gardens and lakes with ducks and moorhens all within a few minutes’ walk of the seafront and town centre.
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve A heady mix of terrains to explore, this is an SSSI due to it's unusual flora and fauna, and also offers visitor centres, bird hides, vintage military forts and stunning natural features: basically an adventure waiting to happen!
Seaford Bay Shingle beach with a few features to explore and good water for swimming with some lifeguard cover.
Eastbourne Beach Sand, shingle and pebble beach with water sports and swimming opportunities. Many local features.
Hastings Beach Sand and shingle beach with good swimming and lifeguard cover. Many features and facilities at one end, quiet at the other. Connected to Pelham Beach.
Camber Sands Mountainous sand dunes and vast expanses so even when it's busy you can find a space for yourselves. Good amenities.
Birling Gap Chalk and shingle beach good for rock pools, fossil hunting and safe paddling, very popular with surfers and kite fliers, excellent local walks with loads of butterflies in season.
Brighton Beach Long pebbly beach in a cove with safe shallow swimming and protection and natural windshield. Loads of once things to wander through nearby too including galleries, ice cream parlours and antique shops. Lovely!
The Painting Pottery Cafe is a fun place for all ages. Choose pottery ranging in price from £5 to £40 and decorate. We glaze and fire then you collect a couple of days later or have it posted. Can’t wait? Then use acrylic paints! Help is on Hand!
Knockhatch Adventure Park This diverse attraction offers Playgrounds, Birds of Prey, Rowing Boats, Animals, Reptiles, Giant Sky Leap Slide, Indoor Soft Play, Toboggans, Trampolines, Crazy Golf, plus lots more. At extra cost and weather permitting, Go-Karts, Laser Adventure Game, Driving School and Rodeo Bull!
Brighton Pier A great Victorian pier with fairground attractions, 3 bars, over 30 food kiosks, traditional seaside stalls, 2 amusement arcades, rides suitable for all the family and a world famous fish and chip restaurant. Great idea for things to do in Brighton with kids.
Fort Fun Indoor play, outdoor play, water play, sand play, rides, live shows, role-play village and a fabulous splash park! More fun than you can shake a stick at!
David Lloyd Bowling and Laser Quest boast 20 Ten Pin bowling lanes and a terrific multi floor Laser Quest Arena! Plus American style Pool, Cafe and Sports Bar. Open Everyday from 9:30am to 11pm.
Laser Quest Eastbourne An adrenaline pumping game, combining the classic game of tag and hide and seek with a high tech twist. Hit sensors on your opponents pack to gain warrior status in our two storey dungeon themed arena. Anyone from 6 years to 100 can join in and battle against family and friends.
LaserZone Tackle multiple opponents in this 3k sq ft arena, where everyone is armed to the teeth with infra red phasers! No mess, no bruises, no contact: just a living computer game you'll never forget playing! Awesome!
Battlezone Laser Hastings An awesome outdoor laser tag venue offering realistic war games: hide in the undergrowth, find a sniper spot in a tree, and hit the dirt when the smoke bombs go off! Played with harmless infra red rays in all weathers!
Peter Pans Adventure Golf An attractive and fairly easy 18 holes with half pipe tunnel, slopes and drop throughs for fun, right next to the Peter Pan's Playground. It's also close to a stop on the Volks Electric Railway, so it's easy to tie the whole lot together for a full day out!