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Things To Do & Days Out in West Sussex
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Harbour Park is a free entry Adventure Park situated next to the award winning sandy beach at Littlehampton. Rides and attractions for all the family including outdoor rides, family arcade and an indoor soft play area.
Huxleys Birds of Prey Centre A wide range of birds from hawks to eagles, falcons to owls, and vultures to kites! Plus a gorgeous Japanese Water Garden. Note limited opening times.
Dunreyth Alpacas For a while now they have been training their young alpacas to walk to hand; thus enabling people to walk them about happily without training or experience.
Earnley Butterflies, Birds and Beasts Walk among Tropical Butterflies, see exotic Birds and get close to many Beasts while being protected from the British weather.
Woods Mill Nature Reserve A mixture of woodland and wetland habitats to explore plus the headquarters of the Sussex Wildlife Trust. There is always something to see, whatever the season. Free to visit.
National Cat Centre isn't only a place to adopt cats - it also has a great Visitor's Centre and a Nature Trail too.
Fishers Farm Park Officially announced this year as one of the ‘Best Farm Attractions in the UK’, Fishers Adventure Farm Park offers visitors the ultimate family adventure! With Animals, Rides, Theatre Shows and more: and all included in your admission price!
Washbrooks Family Farm A great environment for young children (up to the age of 8) to meet all their favourite farm animals under one roof and enjoy hours of play time in the large indoor and outdoor play areas.
Tulleys Farm Mini mazes, giant games, illusions and entertainments, explore the larger mazes at night by torch light and enjoy rides, trampolines and frisbee golf course! Loads of seasonal bonus fun plus animal patch and tea room. Lovely!
Littlehampton Museum A popular family attraction packed full of social history, inspiring art and fun interactive gadgets for all ages. Discover how Romans lived, learn about dramatic shipwrecks or enjoy one of our family friendly events! Group visits are welcomed, along with schools studying a wide range of topics, just contact...
Tangmere Military Aviation Museum Here you can see priceless historic aircraft such as Neville Duke's world record breaking Hawker Hunter, flight simulators where you can try your hand at flying, a full sized replica of the very first Spitfire prototype and more. Much more!
Bognor Museum All things Bognor, with almost every aspect of Bognor’s history is represented, from rocks and fossils millions of years old to the Ron Simpson Wireless Collection. Free admission.
Worthing Museum and Art Gallery Family friendly museum with lots to see including costumes, toys, a Victorian childrens nursery and lots of workshops and activities for families.
Wings Museum A World War Two remembrance museum with plenty of memorabilia and artefacts from that time to learn about and explore. Includes a plane fuselage and a bomb shelter to investigate.
Horsham Museum and Art Gallery Friendly museum telling the history of Horsham through a series of changing exhibitions plus permanent classic like the Gallery Of Toys and the cabinet of curiosities! A good little all weather attraction that is free to visit, great for grandparents.
Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre is a working museum with hands on activities for children and adults. Have fun riding on our train and buses around the museum; try your hand at printing, craft workshops and much more. Fun for all ages!
Hailsham Lagoon Leisure Centre Comprising a fantastic soft play centre, ten pin bowling and indoor leisure pool with a separate toddler area and flume with splash dance pool party every friday night!
Splashpoint With a main pool being 33 metres long and learner pool, diving boards, flume, sauna, steam room, sunbeds and, in the summer months, an outdoor Paddling Pool! One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for the best things to do in Sussex with kids.
The Triangle There's the shallow learner pool for toddler swimming with mum and dad. Small children can enjoy the beach area with a waterslide, animal water features and poolside spectator area plus thrill seekers get the main event: water sprays, waterfalls, rapids and high speed flume rides!
Westgate Leisure Centre A magnificient complex which contains 3 pools: main pool, leisure pool with 55m water slide and a dedicated toddlers' pool.
Arundel Lido offers a heated 25m outdoor pool, 5m splash pool with easy entry steps and link to main pool and large separate children's paddling pool.
Inspire Felpham Leisure centre with a 25 metre x 8 Lane Main Pool, a Teaching Pool with Disabled Access, a Flume Ride, the Waterside Cafe, and Oscars Soft Play Area.
The Dolphin Haywards Heath Leisure Centre with main pool and toddler pool plus an elephant slide for extra splashing.
The Pavilions In The Park Leisure centre with a 25m main pool, 12.5m teaching pool plus Leisure Waters with its heated indoor and outdoor pool areas, water channels, bubble beds, waterfall geysers and jets, flume, water confidence area, Jungle soft play area and cafe.
Findon Swimming Pool Supervised, heated, outdoor pool with a waterslide open annually from May and September. Extremely limited hours!
Flying Fortress is a multi award winning indoor children's activity centre with one of the most exciting playframes on the South Coast. Children just love the slides, the mangles, the monkey bars and mums and dads can have just as much fun as the kids! The Cafe serves great food too with plenty of healthy options!
Amazon Adventure A great soft play centre, with a giant snake slide, aerial walkway, ball pool and dedicated toddler area. Height restriction: 4'11'' or 150 cm. Swimming and football here too!
Antics at The Triangle Soft play for the under 8s on an exciting 3 tier frame with varying features and activities, and a dedicated area for the under 3s.
Treasure Chest Soft Play Centre Bright and colourful pirate themed adventure soft play with age appropriate sections up to the age of eleven.
Mini Mayhem A clean and friendly soft play area for children aged from 0 to 10 years, located in the County Mall in Crawley.
Activus Worthing Now Activus Worthing! New indoor play adventures for all!
Arundel Castle There is nearly 1,000 years of history at this great castle, situated in magnificent grounds overlooking the River Arun in West Sussex and built at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel.
Weald and Downland Open Air Museum The open air museum covers 50 acres, with nearly 50 original historic buildings dating from the 13th to 19th centuries, along with gardens, farm animals, walks and a lake. These help the museum bring to life the homes, farmsteads and rural industries of the last 500 years.
Jill Windmill A working windmill, built in 1821, located in the South Downs National Park. Jill grinds flour when wind permits. Most suited to children over 7 years old. Recommended as PART of your full day out.
Look and Sea Visitor Centre Focused on the history of the river, harbour and seaside of Littlehampton, there are many interactive exhibits for children and adults alike.
South Downs Planetarium Science Centre Purpose built 100 seat Star Theatre, with planetarium projector dome and many fascinating features. Enjoyable and educational with excellent disabled access, plus library, workshop and image galleries. To infinity… and beyond!
Fishbourne Roman Palace What kid won't love the story of a buried palace discovered by accident? With audio visual displays, excavated treasures, the UK's largest collection of Roman mosaics and an authentic Roman Garden, this is one to explore ad arbitrium!
The Novium District museum built around the remains of a Roman bathhouse. Interactive hands on displays help reveal the local stories from the past. Great views of the city from the top. Free to visit.
Bignor Roman Villa The remains of a Roman villa, set in the centre of South Downs National Park. Home to some of the best preserved mosaics in England and nature filled walks nearby.
High Salvington Windmill A working post mill dating from the early 18th century, which still produces and sells flour. Children can visit for free and it's a charming leg stretch stop on the way to other things!
Uppark House and Gardens Exploring this grand house gives one the chance to learn about the disparity between upstairs and downstairs life in the 18th century… plus seasonal quizzes, tours and events. There's also a play area, a woodland climb to the Eco Bench and space in the meadow to play and picnic.
Ardingly Activity Centre Patient and enthusiastic staff are waiting to teach your family to sail, windsurf, fish or canoe in this gorgeous reservoir. Pre booking essential. Most activities are suitable for kids aged 7 and older.
Cobnor Activities Centre Canoeing, rafting, sailing, climbing, archery, mountain biking. Don't worry if you don't know what you want, they can talk you through it and they also do taster sessions! Let's try EVERYTHING!
K2 Crawley A staggering array of sports and leisure opportunities, from the under 8s leisure water, swimming and diving facilities, climbing rock, gynastics and martial arts rooms, football, squash, honestly whatever activity you want to do they have it!
Adur Outdoor Activities Centre Climbing and bouldering wall, watersports and other activities at this activity centre.
Deers Leap Bikes We are a mountain bike park that has 240 acres of trails ranging from family tracks to single track and even sections of north shore. With bikes for hire or test ride a new bike as well as a shop and service centre on site.
Go Ape Tree Top Junior A fun filled experience of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for all to enjoy. You'll take on crossings over trails and finish with one awesome zip wire.
Go Ape Tree Top Adventure Crawley The UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Award winning outdoor adventure activities. Families and friends can enjoy a day out like no other. Fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.
Out of Bounds is a family entertainment centre that offers Clip n’ Climb, TenPin Bowling, Soft Play, FootGolf, Laser Tag, Parties and Pitch and Putt. In addition our Basecamp cafe contains both Pizza Oven and Coastal Coffee.
The Base A friendly hotspot for skaters, bladders, boarders and scooter riders to shred it up on a spacious range of equipment suited for everyone from complete beginners to hard kneed pros! Plus bonus Nerf Nights!
AMF Bowling Worthing Modern 26 lane bowling centre offering first class facilities. With automatic scoring, lane bumpers, Pro Shop, snack bar, amusements and a fully licensed bar.
MFA Bowl Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. This MFA Bowl (previously Lakeside Superbowl) has 16 lanes!
Hollywood Bowl Crawley Tenpin bowling plus for extra fun there's the Play For Prizes redemption gaming lounge, the modern video gaming arcade, the classic skill based amusements and an honest to goodness karaoke bar. Me-me-me-me-meee….
Big Apple Horsham Superbowl Simple but addictive to play, even the youngest of the party stands a fighting chance when you use the ball rolling ramps and the pop up gutter guards: classic family fun!
Q Leisure Activity centre for older kids offering go karting (and a Kids Karting club), quad biking, archery and clay pigeon. Groups are welcome. For kids of 8 years and older.
TeamSport Indoor Karting Brighton providing an indoor karting experience for ages 8 and above, to come and enjoy 450m of racing on a fantastic track. Activity days include tuition and competitions which run through the school holidays!
TeamSport Indoor Karting Crawley Keep the kids active on an epic 400m indoor karting circuit in Crawley for kids from 8 years old. Our family and kids karting events are a great opportunity to get in the drivers seat and experience adrenaline-fuelled racing fun.
Chichester Treasure Trail Suitable for the whole family, explore Chichester with this self guided themed Treasure Trail. Follow the Trail whilst searching for the answers to the clues to find the location of the long lost treasure!
The Arundel Mystery Treasure Trail There’s something fishy going on in Arundel and it’s up to you and the kids to solve the clues and reveal the truth behind the mystery on this self-guided detective themed Treasure Trail.
Chichester Harbour Water Tours Ride the rescue vessel Wingate through a variety of local eco systems with informed tour guide, go family fishing for a half day with everything you need included, or catch the ferry across the channel and visit historic Bosham town. Or all of it!
Beech Hurst Park Miniature Railway Half a mile track of 5" gauge train track which is elevated: the kids love it!! Only runs on weekends. Great idea if you are looking for family days out in west sussex.
Solar Heritage Welcome aboard our solar powered catamaran. Take a trip through Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with an informative commentary. On-board the engines are virtually silent as you glide along admiring the view and getting up close to the wildlife and habitats that make this place so special.
The Chichester Ship Canal Runs 4 miles from the Southgate basin to the Chichester Harbour at Birdham. This tranquil haven starts within easy walking distance from the railway station, bus terminus and city centre. A wide range of birds and fish inhabit the canal area.
South Downs Light Railway is a miniature railway where real steam engines pull trains with sit-in carriages. In the waiting room teddy bears sit ready to be taken on a train ride. On the journey you’ll see Snow White and other favourite children’s characters. Each journey takes about 7 minutes running every 15 minutes.
Arundel Wetland Centre Visitor attraction and conservation area with wildfowl from around the world and birds tame enough hand feed. A superb setting to stroll round with picnic and children's activity areas, pond dipping and free daily crafts during summer holidays. Free boat rides through the Wetlands Discovery area too!
Bedelands Farm Nature Reserve Ideal for a nature hike: oodles of wild flowers, and a diverse offering of improved, unimproved and coppice-managed woods to explore. Winner of 4 consecutive Green Flag Awards.
Hotham Park Crazy golf, miniature railway, boating lake, kids adventure play and full putting green! Plenty to keep small to medium sized munchkins happy for an afternoon!
Chichester Harbour Conservancy A designated area of outstanding natural beauty, this is a muddy little wonderland for little ones of all sizes to explore: go fishing and crabbing, visit the Roman Palace, bird watch, seal spot, or take a trip on a solar powered catamaran and sneak up on the waterfowl!
Tilgate Park Has so much to offer from stunning lakes, lawns and gardens to miles of woodland and bridleways for long leisurely walks. Adventure playground, maze, nature centre with animals and water sports opportunities too!
Victoria Park Splashpad A brand new splashpad graces this classic park plus adventure play equipment, paddling pool, skatepark, basketball area, trim trail and a free use ping pong table: why are you still sitting there?
South Downs National Park Vast landscape welcoming family rambles, bike rides and exploration, plus for the more adventurous, there are paragliding, hang-gliding, golf, zorbing, mountain-boarding and a range of water sports available.
Cherry Lane Adventure Playground Adventure Play Ground with a Wild West Town theme offers indoor and outdoor facilities, parents seating, picnic area, refreshments, sports, pool, art and craft, huge outdoor play structures and a programme of daily events.
Creasys Drive Adventure Playground Adventure Play Ground with a Jungle theme offers indoor and outdoor facilities, parents seating, picnic area, refreshments, sports, pool, art and craft, huge outdoor play structures and a programme of daily events.
Millpond Adventure Playground Adventure Play Ground with a Castle theme offers indoor and outdoor facilities, parents seating, picnic area and toddler area, refreshments, sports, pool, art and craft, huge outdoor play structure and a programme of daily events.
Waterlea Adventure Playground Adventure Play Ground with an Adventure Cove theme offers indoor and outdoor facilities, parents seating, picnic area, refreshments, sports, pool, art and craft, huge outdoor play structure and a programme of daily events.
Horsham Park Landscaped Park with a lake and several age range specific play areas including various slides, climbing frames, sand pit and many more.
Southwater Country Park 90 acres of Country Park with level surfaced paths for a lakeside walk and a selection of outdoor activities including an adventure-style play area, orienteering course, and tuition in canoeing and sailing.
Chesworth Farm This 90 acre site is managed as a livestock farm, with numerous footpaths around. It is a great place for a car-free bike ride or walk and to experience the countryside and wildlife around you.
Mewsbrooke Park With miniature railway, pedal boats on the lake, adventure playground, kids' quiz trail, conservation area with info panels and 9 years of Green Flag Awards, this place is a treasure!
Wakehurst Gardens opens the door for children to learn all about nature through a series of fun challenges and adventures!
Climping Beach Pebbly beach popular with windsurfers, with summer lifeguard cover provided. Cafe, loos, fish and chips and windsurf school all on hand. Sorted!
Little Gems Pottery Painting Simply pick a pre-made ceramic piece and paint and decorate it however you wish. You can paint your babies hands or feet and print them onto a mug. We also offer birthday parties! Our paint your own pottery studio is suitable for children and adults of all ages.
Fun Pots Pottery painting studio. This is a creative, indoor activity for children and adults alike, offering the chance to make a special gift, or just take time out for yourselves. Children’s parties catered for too!
Art-Ful is a Pottery Painting Cafe. Clay Workshops, Pottery Painting Parties, Build a teddy bear. Drop in cafe with great food and music. Baby hand and foot imprints in clay. After school clay clubs. Decopauge.
Ceramic Shack Pottery Painting Studio is a family orientated Pottery Painting Studio, in the heart of Horsham. Choose an item to paint from our wide range, we also help you with hand and foot prints and birthday parties.
Little Crafters Pottery Studio has a motto: if it isn't messy, it isn't fun!
The Worthing Lido is a free entry Amusement Park situated on Worthing seafront 200yds from the pier. There are is something to do for all the family including outdoor kid’s rides, family arcade, souvenir shop and a café with superb sea views.
Jungle Paradise Adventure Golf features a nicely themed adventure putting course with water features and a raft ride, crashed plane, beasties in the bushes and a naughty elephant! Plus a foot golf course!
Footgolf at the home of the Jungle Paradise Adventure Golf Course, is a special bonus for afternoons only: a multi holed oversized golf course played with feet and football!
Lazer World A fun laser tag war gaming experience with harmless ray guns, cool maze and fun effects for everyone over 6 years. Plus great autism friendly session once a month!
Butlins - Bognor Regis Including Splash Waterworld, live entertainment in the Skyline Pavillion, fun fair, go karts, crazy golf, Discovery Studio and Character Theatre! Day guests welcome when space is available, so why not have a mini holiday!?
Arundel Riding Centre Offering lessons, hacking, lead rein introductory hacks and pony parties! BHS approved.
Willowbrook Riding Centre Approved by the Association of British Riding Schools, Willowbrook offer lessons beginning at just 2 and half years, plus pony mornings, menage access and guided hacking on the beautiful Sussex Downs. Well loved horses ideal for kids.
Jewels Stables Approved by the Association of British Riding Schools, offering private woodland hacking, lessons, Own A Pony days plus pony care courses and stable management training.
Lavant House Stables Our Open Mornings are an opportunity to look around the Stables, meet the team plus ponies, horses, donkeys and find out more about all the things we do! Entry and fun family activities are all Free at our Open Mornings!
Apollo Lasertag Lasertag arena and party centre offering pay and play tag with a large arena for you to run about shooting your opponents like a loon!
Laser Quest Horsham Exhilarating laser tag in a 21st century battle zone for over 6s! Stalk your opponents through an exciting ultra violet labyrinth in this cool futuristic action game. Birthday party packages available too!
Norfolk Gardens Mini Golf offering a 9 hole pitch and putt course plus a separate 9 hole crazy golf course, plus tennis courts, exotic gardens and a cute miniature railway connecting to Mewsbrooke Park.
Sharksville Adventure Golf is a 9 hole Mini Adventure Golf course for the whole family. Shipwreck themed and situated on the beachside. Challenge the whole family and see who can get closest to par.