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.
Seagrove Bay (24 miles)
Windsurfing, surfing, kayaking and sailing opportunities in safe waters by a shingle and sand shore.
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.
Shanklin Beach (30 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.
Seaford Bay (30 miles)
Shingle beach with a few features to explore and good water for swimming with some lifeguard cover.
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.
Earnley Butterflies, Birds and Beasts (12 miles)
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...
Washbrooks Family Farm (19 miles)
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.
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...
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...
Worthing Museum and Art Gallery (9 miles)
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.
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.
Inspire Felpham (4 miles)
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.
Findon Swimming Pool (8 miles)
Findon Swimming Pool
Supervised, heated, outdoor pool with a waterslide open annually from May and September.
Westgate Leisure Centre (9 miles)
Westgate Leisure Centre
A magnificient complex which contains 3 pools: main pool, leisure pool with 55m water slide and a dedicated 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...
The Pavilions In The Park (20 miles)
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...
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...
The Dolphin Haywards Heath (24 miles)
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...
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.
Play Leisure Agility Youth UK Ltd (9 miles)
Westows Adventure Play Area (17 miles)
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.
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.
Mini Mayhem (26 miles)
A clean and friendly soft play area for children aged from 0 to 10 years, located in the County Mall in Crawley.
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
Weald and Downland Open Air Museum (9 miles)
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,...
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...
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.
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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