Climping Beach (2 miles)
Shingle beach popular with windsurfers, summer lifeguard cover provided. Quite an isolated beach but connected to the East Beach which holds several awards
West Wittering Beach (14 miles)
West Wittering Beach
Blue Flag awarded beach with lifeguard in summer, a few facilities but a nicely natural feeling area.
Hayling Island Beach (18 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.
Brighton Beach (20 miles)
Long pebbly beach in a cove with safe shallow swimming and protection and natural windshield.
Frensham Great Pond (25 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.
Seaford Bay (30 miles)
Shingle beach with a few features to explore and good water for swimming with some lifeguard cover.
Shanklin Beach (32 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 (33 miles)
Windsurfing, surfing, kayaking and sailing opportunities in safe waters by a shingle and sand shore.
Birling Gap (35 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.
Eastbourne Beach (38 miles)
Sand, shingle and pebble beach with water sports and swimming opportunities. Many local features.
Hastings Beach (51 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.
Hengistbury Head Beach and Reserve (53 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.
Camber Sands (57 miles)
Mountainous sand dunes and vast expanses so even when it's full you can find a space for yourselves.
Bournemouth Alum Chine (58 miles)
Bournemouth Alum Chine
Blue and Green Flag awarded sandy beach with very safe swimming and pirate themed adventure playground.
Sandbanks Beach (62 miles)
Regular Blue Flag award winner with literally everything you could want for a family beach day.
Swanage Beach (62 miles)
This Blue Flag awarded bay is normally calm and sheltered and good for swimming, sailing and scuba diving.
Studland Beach and Nature Reserve (62 miles)
Dungeness Beach (67 miles)
Definitely for exploring, this is a visually dramatic shingle beach with RSPB hides and lots of local wildlife. No swimming, no immediate facilities.
Durdle Door Beach (72 miles)
Durdle Door Beach
Grand and famous landscape with sandy beach and acceptable swimming though no lifeguard cover.
Leigh on Sea Beach (73 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.
Dunreyth Alpacas (13 miles)
For a while now they have been training their young alpacas to walk to hand; thus enabling people to walk these young alpacas.
Huxleys Birds of Prey Centre (20 miles)
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.
Fishers Farm Park (14 miles)
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!
Littlehampton Museum (2 miles)
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 Museum staff!
Amberley Working Museum (5 miles)
Amberley Working Museum
contains a wide range of exhibits, ranging from transported-based collections, such as the Southdown bus collection and the village garage, to industry based collections, also has narrow gauge train running round the site.
Bognor Museum (5 miles)
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.
Tangmere Military Aviation Museum (6 miles)
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!
Arundel Lido (2 miles)
offers a 25m main outdoor pool, 5m splash pool with easy entry steps and link to main pool and large separate children's paddling pool.
Westgate Leisure Centre (9 miles)
Westgate Leisure Centre
A magnificient complex which contains three pools: main pool, leisure pool and a toddlers' pool.
Splashpoint (10 miles)
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 (21 miles)
For those just starting out in the water there's the shallow learner pool, where children can take their first steps to swimming with mum and dad nearby. Small children can enjoy the beach area with a waterslide, animal water features and poolside spectator area. Finally, thrill seekers can venture into the main pool with water sprays, waterfalls, rapids and high-speed flume rides.
Hailsham Lagoon Leisure Centre (36 miles)
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!
Flying Fortress (1 miles)
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 (8 miles)
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.
Pickles Burgess Hill (22 miles)
Pickles Burgess Hill
Multi level indoor adventure climbing maze packed with features, plus toddler area and outdoor play equipment.
Antics at The Triangle (22 miles)
Antics at The Triangle
Soft play for the under 8s on a three tier frame with varying features and activities, and a dedicated area for the under 3s.
Treasure Chest Soft Play Centre (27 miles)
Pickles East Grinstead (32 miles)
Pickles East Grinstead
Multi level indoor adventure climbing maze packed with features, plus toddler area and outdoor play equipment.
Playworld at Kings Centre (32 miles)
Playworld at Kings Centre
Multi level adventure play facility and climbing structure with all the modern and classic features on expects from balls to tunnels via slides! Maximum height of 1.38 metres, with a separate area for entertaining under 3s.
Arundel Castle (2 miles)
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.
Look and Sea Visitor Centre (2 miles)
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 (9 miles)
South Downs Planetarium Science Centre
Purpose built 100-seat Star Theatre, with planetarium projector and dome and many features. Enjoyable and informative, it'll be space space space til bedtime!
The Novium (9 miles)
is a district museum built around the remains of a Roman bath house. Interactive hands-on displays help reveal the local stories from the past
Fishbourne Roman Palace (10 miles)
Fishbourne Roman Palace
The story of the Palace's modern rediscovery is told in an entertaining audio-visual programme and also in the site museum, with the addition of fascinating artefacts from the excavations along with plans, reconstruction drawings and models. Family events days sometimes held.
Jill Windmill (20 miles)
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.
High Sports Midhurst (13 miles)
High Sports Midhurst
Indoor Climbing Centre with opportunities for the smaller climber - ring for more details. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do in Sussex with kids
Cobnor Activities Centre (13 miles)
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.
K2 Crawley (25 miles)
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 you want to do (so long as its energetic) they have it! And a creche! A day's worth, if you have the energy!
High Sports Crawley (25 miles)
High Sports Crawley
Indoor Climbing Centre with opportunities for the smaller climber - ring for more details. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with children
Ardingly Activity Centre (26 miles)
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.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Best Beaches near Ford 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 West Sussex can enjoy the great day out as well.
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