Camber Sands (2 miles)
Mountainous sand dunes and vast expanses so even when it's busy you can find a space for yourselves. Good amenities.
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. Connected to Pelham Beach.
Dungeness Beach (9 miles)
Definitely for exploring, this is a visually dramatic shingle beach with RSPB hides and lots of local wildlife. No swimming, no immediate facilities.
Tankerton Beach (15 miles)
Good for swimming but not building castles, this is a pebble and shingle beach with an intriguing natural causeway to explore.
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.
Birling Gap (26 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.
Seaford Bay (30 miles)
Shingle beach with a few features to explore and good water for swimming with some lifeguard cover.
Brighton Beach (38 miles)
Long pebbly beach in a cove with safe shallow swimming and protection and natural windshield. Loads of once things to wander through nearby too including galleries, ice cream parlours and antique shops. Lovely!
Ramsgate Main Sands (40 miles)
Ramsgate Main Sands
Long sandy family beach with summer lifeguard cover and children's amusements, arcades and family dining.
West Bay Beach (40 miles)
West Bay Beach
Blue Flag Awarded sand and rock beach, with lifeguards during summer season. Good immediate facilities including cafes and shops, accessible toilets, tennis, putting, sailing and windsurfing.
Leigh on Sea Beach (41 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.
Margate Main Sands (41 miles)
Margate Main Sands
This timeless beach with tidal pool, children's rides and amusement arcades caters for families who want traditional seaside fun and entertainment. Seasonal 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.
Viking Bay (42 miles)
A curved, sandy bay ideal for family trips, with tidal pool, children's rides and surf school beachside, plus cliff top promenade and boardwalk with some children's rides.
Joss Bay (43 miles)
Sandy beach with chalk cliffs popular with families, swimmers and surfers with summer lifeguard cover and great immediate amenities.
Climping Beach (56 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 Mersea Beach (58 miles)
West Mersea Beach
A sandy pebbly beach great for crabbing, windsurfing and traditional beach days, with sandier shore at the eastern end where there's also a playground and some nature footpaths.
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...
Blackberry Farm (25 miles)
Loads of friendly animals plus tremendous outdoor play area with loads of fun features, huge undercover adventure play barn with baby area and sensory zone. This place is awesome!
Drusillas Park (26 miles)
Widely regarded as the best small zoo in the country - with brilliant play areas, Thomas the Tank Engine and close encounters in Lemurland and Lory Landing. Hello Kitty Secret Garden also offers the UKs first themed Hello Kitty attraction with 3 theme park rides, a Hello Kitty bedroom and a beauty parlour.
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! Great idea for things to do in Brighton with kids.
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).
Spring Barn Farm (33 miles)
Spring Barn Farm
so much to see and do! With indoor and outdoor play, daily activities schedule and facilities including MEGA 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!
Rye Castle Museum (< 1 mile)
Rye Castle Museum
A small independently run museum set in an early 14th century building with medieval gardens. Activities include a Captain Pugwash treasure hunt and dressing up in the basement! Kids are free entry.
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! Free to visit, but a charge for some events and exhibitions.
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.
Yesterdays World (11 miles)
is situated in the heart of 1066 country in the historic town of Battle in East Sussex. Discover 125 years of British living history magically brought to life through recreated shop and street scenes.
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.
How We Lived Then (23 miles)
How We Lived Then
The Museum has over 100,000 exhibits, collected over the past 50 years and now displayed on FOUR floors of authentic shops, room-settings and various displays covering 100 years of retail and social history from 1850 to 1950.
Seaford Museum (30 miles)
A deceptively small looking museum housed in a tower that was part of the defences built against the threat of Napoleon. Reasonably priced all weather attraction.
Brighton Museum And Art Gallery (39 miles)
Brighton Museum And Art Gallery
An important and eclectic collection housed in dynamic and innovative galleries, with fantastic interactive displays. Family events, plus children’s workshops held throughout the year, plus a changing programme of exhibitions. Free to visit.
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! There are over 10,000 toys and models on display with a priceless model train collection and many period antique toys.
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
Featuring fun pool with waves and flume, 25m gala pool and diving pool! Plus kids activities, parties, swim lessons and loads more during the school holidays.
Super Splash (22 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!
Uckfield Leisure Centre (27 miles)
Uckfield Leisure Centre
A family oriented tropical leisure pool featuring a fairly epic flume style waterside, an enclosed family bubble pool and a teeny tiny elephant water slide for tots. Lovely!
The Pells Outdoor Swimming Pool (32 miles)
The Pells Outdoor Swimming Pool
Heated outdoor spring fed pool with kids' rafts and other fun elements, plus children's paddling pool, sunbathing terrace, and a cafe. Open daily May to September. Splash and Play Group for under 5s and their families every Tuesday morning.
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. Classy!
Clambers Indoor Soft Play Centre (10 miles)
Clambers Indoor Soft Play Centre
With climbing frame, scramble nets, tarzan ropes, swing bags, ball ponds and a slide with a special play area for the smaller customer. Plus seasonal outdoor play area.
Jumbos (14 miles)
Bexhill On Sea
Classic soft and colourful adventure play for ages 2 to 8 or under 4ft7 (139.7cm), inside a leisure centre, offering children's sports courses, trampoline sessions and more. They do birthday parties too!
Treasure Island (23 miles)
Spacious 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!
Leos Play Den (23 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.
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.
Barneys Playbarn (28 miles)
Play frames and features for 5 to 12s, plus sensory room for children and young adults with learning disabilities.
Dinos (29 miles)
Indoor play facilities split into areas for under and over 5s, each zone boasting oodles of classic adventure play equipment plus air conditioning, cafe and sporting opportunities in the leisure centre.
Monkey Bizness Indoor Play Centre (31 miles)
Monkey Bizness Indoor Play Centre
Indoor children’s multi activity centre incorporating three play frames for 0 to 2 years, 2 to 5 years and 5 to 12 years, all of which have been designed by Europe's leading soft play manufacturer.
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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