Brighton Beach (< 1 mile)
Long pebbly beach in a cove with safe shallow swimming and protection and natural windshield.
Seaford Bay (11 miles)
Shingle beach with a few features to explore and good water for swimming with some lifeguard cover.
Birling Gap (16 miles)
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.
Climping Beach (18 miles)
Shingle beach popular with windsurfers, summer lifeguard cover provided. Quite an isolated beach but connected to the East Beach which holds several awards
Eastbourne Beach (19 miles)
Sand, shingle and pebble beach with water sports and swimming opportunities. Many local features.
Hastings Beach (32 miles)
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.
West Wittering Beach (33 miles)
West Wittering Beach
Blue Flag awarded beach with lifeguard in summer, a few facilities but a nicely natural feeling area.
Frensham Great Pond (37 miles)
Frensham Great Pond
While not technically a beach at all, as far as manmade inland varieties go it's a sterling effort: vast 13th century lake with sandy beaches, woodland trails and heavy on the natural wildlife.
Hayling Island Beach (37 miles)
Hayling Island Beach
Boasts the International Blue Flag, and the Solent Water Quality Award in recognition of its high standards. Good for swimming and water sports, and is also a Site Of Scientific Interest.
Camber Sands (38 miles)
Mountainous sand dunes and vast expanses so even when it's full you can find a space for yourselves.
Dungeness Beach (48 miles)
Definitely for exploring, this is a visually dramatic shingle beach with RSPB hides and lots of local wildlife. No swimming, no immediate facilities.
Shanklin Beach (51 miles)
A safe and sheltered sandy beach with good waters and spectacular views. Plenty of local facilities and there's a lift to the cliff top where the views are even better.
Seagrove Bay (52 miles)
Windsurfing, surfing, kayaking and sailing opportunities in safe waters by a shingle and sand shore.
Sunny Sands Beach (61 miles)
Sunny Sands Beach
A hugely popular sandy beach at the eastern end of the Stade and Folkestone Harbour. It is a firm favourite with families throughout the summer, with good facilities nearby including WCs and cafés, pubs and beach shops.
Leigh on Sea Beach (61 miles)
Leigh on Sea
Leigh on Sea Beach
Regularly voted in the Top 100 British Beaches, a lovely sandy beach which stretches for 7 miles from Leigh to Shoeburyness, excellent for swimming, windsurfing and sailing.
Tankerton Beach (62 miles)
Good for swimming but not building castles, this is a pebble and shingle beach with an intriguing natural causeway to explore.
Hengistbury Head Beach and Reserve (72 miles)
Hengistbury Head Beach and Reserve
Sand and pebble beach with safe swimming and windsurfing away from the cliffs, part of a huge nature reserve great for exploring and wildlife spotting. Area served by land train.
Knockhatch Adventure Park (17 miles)
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 Sea Life Centre (< 1 mile)
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!
Drusillas Park (13 miles)
Widely regarded as the best small zoo in the country Drusillas Park offers a fun finding-out day out. Brilliant play areas including Go Wild! Go Bananas! and Amazon Adventure. Take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine plus close encounters in Lemurland and Lory Landing. It's no ordinary zoo!
Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings (32 miles)
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 day.
Spring Barn Farm (6 miles)
Spring Barn Farm
is a farm which is oozing with fun. With indoor and outdoor play activities and facilities including super 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.
Seven Sisters Sheep Centre (16 miles)
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.
Ashdown Llama Farm (18 miles)
Ashdown Llama Farm
Over 100 beautiful llamas and alpacas, and a small herd of reindeer. Lovely views, picnic area, adventure play area, museum, Alpaca Knitwear and South American Crafts Gift Shop, Coffee Shop, Walking with Llamas (pre booking required).
Brighton Museum And Art Gallery (< 1 mile)
Brighton Museum And Art Gallery
Set in the heart of the city's cultural quarter, Brighton Museum is located in the Royal Pavilion gardens. Its rich collections and exciting exhibits are dynamically displayed in stimulating surroundings. Entrance is free.
Toy and Model Museum (< 1 mile)
Toy and Model Museum
Underneath the arches at Brighton Railway Station there is a veritable treasure trove of Toys and Models.
There are over 10,000 toys and models on display with a priceless model train collection and many period antique toys.
Hove Museum and Art Gallery (2 miles)
Hove Museum and Art Gallery
Hove Museum is 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.
Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum (13 miles)
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.
Bentley also has a range of resident craftworkers, a fun childrens adventure play area with living willow tunnels, a minature steam railway, gift shop, cafe and picnic area.
How We Lived Then (19 miles)
How We Lived Then
has over 100,000 exhibits, collected over the past 50 years and now displayed on 4 floors of authentic shops, room-settings and with various displays covering 100 years of retail and social history from 1850 to 1950.
The Observatory Science Centre (21 miles)
The Observatory Science Centre
Hands-on science and discovery in former home of the Royal Greenwich Observatory - Childrens Workshops and activities - Indoor/Outdoor - Interactive Exhibits - Water Play Areas - Discovery Park with giant sized exhibits - Spectacular Science Shows - Children?s Birthday Parties - Cafe - Shop - Free Parking -Above all it's FUN! For all ages.
Bexhill Museum (26 miles)
Bexhill On Sea
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.
Yesterday's World (28 miles)
Bringing the Past to Life. An amazing journey through history with life-size street scenes and shop displays!
NEW for 2013 the Royal Family Display. See life size wax figures of the Queen, Prince Phillip and Prince Charles.
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery (31 miles)
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.
Fishermans Museum (32 miles)
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.
Shipwreck Museum (32 miles)
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!
King Alfred Leisure Centre (2 miles)
King Alfred Leisure Centre
Lots of family fun sessions, to ride the large poolside slide, children must be over the age of 8 years and at least 1.2m in height.
Saltdean Lido (4 miles)
Outdoor swimming facility with a cascade in the centre and a diving board. With its tea terrace, sun deck, cafe and distinctive styling it's the only lido to be featured in the Design Museum in London.
The Pells Outdoor Swimming Pool (8 miles)
The Pells Outdoor Swimming Pool
Heated outdoor pool with kids' rafts and other fun elements. Also has children's paddling pool, sunbathing terrace and a cafe. Open May to September.
Uckfield Leisure Centre (15 miles)
Uckfield Leisure Centre
Tropical leisure pool and waterslide, bubble pool and more typical leisure centre facilities
Freedom Leisure (18 miles)
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.
Super Splash (19 miles)
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!
Sovereign Centre Leisure Pools (20 miles)
Sovereign Centre Leisure Pools
The Sovereign Leisure Centre has something for everyone, splash in the fun pool with waves and flume, swim in the 25m gala pool or dive into the diving pool!
Bexhill Leisure Centre (26 miles)
Bexhill on Sea
Bexhill Leisure Centre
- offers a great swimming experience for the whole family. The pool has a flume and wave machine making it the ideal place for having fun in the water - they also offer soft play, parties and kids activities.
Funplex (2 miles)
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 is a 2 level playframe with its own slide, a ball pool and a large baby area.
Ocean Adventure Indoor Play Area (8 miles)
Monkey Bizness Indoor Play Centre (8 miles)
Monkey Bizness Indoor Play Centre
is an indoor childrens multi-activity centre incorporating three play frames for 0-2s, 2-5s and a 5-12s all of which have been designed by Europe's leading soft play manufacturer.
PlayZone Indoor Play Centre (11 miles)
PlayZone Indoor Play Centre
A new indoor football pitch or a ZigZag interactive walls party. With a bouncy castle and climbing frame plus baby area, there's something for everyone
The Play Station Eastbourne (19 miles)
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 (19 miles)
Leos Play Den
Multi level adventure play frame with all the classic and contemporary features from slides and balls to swings, climbing, tunnels and more. Separate toddler spot and sports area too.
Treasure Island (19 miles)
Spacious two level 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!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Best Beaches near Brighton with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in East Sussex can enjoy the great day out as well.
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