Camber Sands (2 miles)
Mountainous sand dunes and vast expanses so even when it's full you can find a space for yourselves.
Dungeness Beach (8 miles)
Definitely for exploring, this is a visually dramatic shingle beach with RSPB hides and lots of local wildlife. No swimming, no immediate facilities.
Hastings Beach (9 miles)
Sand and shingle beach with good swimming and lifeguard cover. Many features and facilities at one end, quiet at the other.
Sunny Sands Beach (22 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.
Eastbourne Beach (23 miles)
Sand, shingle and pebble beach with water sports and swimming opportunities. Many local features.
Tankerton Beach (30 miles)
Good for swimming but not building castles, this is a pebble and shingle beach with an intriguing natural causeway to explore.
Seaford Bay (30 miles)
Shingle beach with a few features to explore and good water for swimming with some lifeguard cover.
Botany Bay (42 miles)
Popular for surfing and canoeing this Botany Bay (there are several) is a pure sandy delight with especially well inhabited rock pools to explore.
Leigh on Sea Beach (42 miles)
Leigh on Sea
Leigh on Sea Beach
When the tide comes in it is excellent for swimming, windsurfing and sailing, but has no lifeguard cover at any time. Next to a town so all facilities nearby. Voted in the Top 100 British Beaches - lovely sandy beach which stretches for 7 miles from Leigh to Shoeburyness
Frinton on Sea Beach (61 miles)
Frinton on Sea Beach
Good swimming with some lifeguard cover, nice sand and excellent fossil hunting territory close by. Deliberately traditional, no arcades, etc.
West Wittering Beach (72 miles)
West Wittering Beach
Blue Flag awarded beach with lifeguard in summer, a few facilities but a nicely natural feeling area.
Knockhatch Adventure Park (22 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!
Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings (9 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.
Drusillas Park (26 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!
Brighton Sea Life Centre (39 miles)
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!
Seven Sisters Sheep Centre (27 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 (31 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).
Shipwreck Museum (9 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!
Fishermans Museum (9 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.
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery (10 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.
Yesterday's World (11 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.Discover FIVE FLOORS WITH OVER 150,000 NOSTALGIC ARTIFACTS,EVOCATIVE SOUNDS & SMELLS OF THE PAST,VIRTUAL & INTERACTIVE EXHIBITS, ALL WEATHER ATTRACTION • OPEN ALL YEAR
Bexhill Museum (14 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.
The Observatory Science Centre (18 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 - CafÃÂ¯ÃÂ¿ÃÂ½ - Shop - Free Parking -Above all it's FUN! For all ages.
How We Lived Then (23 miles)
How We Lived Then
The Museum has over 100,000 exhibits, collected over the past 50 years by Jan and Graham Upton, and now displayed on FOUR floors of authentic shops, room-settings and with various displays covering 100 years of shopping and social history from 1850 to 1950.
Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum (27 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.
Toy and Model Museum (39 miles)
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.
Brighton Museum And Art Gallery (39 miles)
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.
Bexhill Leisure Centre (14 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.
Freedom Leisure (21 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.
Sovereign Centre Leisure Pools (22 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!
Uckfield Leisure Centre (27 miles)
Uckfield Leisure Centre
Tropical leisure pool and waterslide, bubble pool and more typical leisure centre facilities
The Pells Outdoor Swimming Pool (32 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.
Saltdean Lido (35 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.
Clambers Indoor Soft Play Centre (9 miles)
Clambers Indoor Soft Play Centre
Clambers Soft Play Centre - climbing frame, scramble nets, tarzan ropes, swing bags, baall ponds and a slide with a special play area for the smaller customer.
Jumbos (14 miles)
Bexhill On Sea
Classic soft and colourful adventure play for ages 2 to 8 or under 4ft7, inside a centre offering children's sports courses and more.
Treasure Island (23 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!
The Play Station Eastbourne (23 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.
PlayZone Indoor Play Centre (29 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
Monkey Bizness Indoor Play Centre (31 miles)
Monkey Bizness Indoor Play Centre
is an indoor childrenâ's 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. Meant to be one of the best playcentres in Sussex.
Ocean Adventure Indoor Play Area (32 miles)
Thanks for all the great things to do and Best Beaches near Rye 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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