Preston Park (8 miles)
The largest urban park in the city with a great children's adventure playground, four football pitches and two cricket fields, bowling greens, tennis courts, velodrome and more.
Kings Road Playground (8 miles)
Kings Road Playground
Seafront adventure playground with natural sandpits, play equipment and a huge paddling pool May through September, plus cafe and deckchair hire. Bliss!
Bedelands Farm Nature Reserve (9 miles)
Bedelands Farm Nature Reserve
Ideal for a nature hike: oodles of wild flowers, and a diverse offering of improved, unimproved and coppice-managed woods to explore. Winner of 4 consecutive Green Flag Awards.
Hove Park (9 miles)
Almost 40 acres of park, with a mix of open grass, woodland, and flowerbeds, and a number of sports pitches and facilities, plus an adventure playground, climbing boulder, and miniature railway, as well as the intriguingly named Goldstone and Fingermaze...
Victoria Park Splashpad (10 miles)
Victoria Park Splashpad
A brand new splashpad graces this classic park plus adventure play equipment, paddling pool, skatepark, basketball area, trim trail and a free use ping pong table: why are you still sitting there?
Wilderness Wood (11 miles)
A family-run award-winning 62-acre woodland in the beautiful Sussex Weald, with family events and activities throughout the year. Get out there and enjoy a taste of rural sustainability in action!
Shinewater Park (13 miles)
Eastbourne's newest park, with 2 lakes and lots of green space to explore, loads of wildlife to discover, plus a playground, football field and Xtreme Supreme skate park! Free to visit, open all year, particularly great for bird watching!
Princes Park (14 miles)
2012 and13 Green Flag awarded, this extensive park offers multiple play areas, model boat racing, and water sporting opportunities. Cafe pavillion also on site, and regular events are held.
Tilgate Park (17 miles)
Has so much to offer from stunning lakes, lawns and gardens to miles of woodland and bridleways for long leisurely walks. Adventure playground, maze, nature centre with animals and water sports opportunities too!
Waterlea Adventure Playground (18 miles)
Waterlea Adventure Playground
Adventure Play Ground with an Adventure Cove theme offers indoor and outdoor facilities, parents seating, picnic area, refreshments, sports, pool, art and craft, huge outdoor play structure and a programme of daily events.
Creasys Drive Adventure Playground (18 miles)
Creasys Drive Adventure Playground
Adventure Play Ground with a Jungle theme offers indoor and outdoor facilities, parents seating, picnic area, refreshments, sports, pool, art and craft, huge outdoor play structures and a programme of daily events.
Southwater Country Park (19 miles)
Southwater Country Park
90 acres of Country Park with level surfaced paths for a lakeside walk and a selection of outdoor activities including an adventure-style play area, orienteering course, and tuition in canoeing and sailing.
Chesworth Farm (19 miles)
This 90 acre site is managed as a livestock farm, with numerous footpaths around. It is a great place for a car-free bike ride or walk and to experience the countryside and wildlife around you.
Millpond Adventure Playground (19 miles)
Millpond Adventure Playground
Adventure Play Ground with a Castle theme offers indoor and outdoor facilities, parents seating, picnic area and toddler area, refreshments, sports, pool, art and craft, huge outdoor play structure and a programme of daily events.
Broad Oak Park (19 miles)
Bexhill On Sea
Broad Oak Park
Best enjoyed with other features for a full day out, this is nonetheless a lovely park and ideal for picnicking, hiking and outdoor games.
Egerton Park (20 miles)
Bexhill on Sea
Recently refurbished with features including tennis courts, bowls green, boating lake, outdoor gym, play-zone for all ages, refreshment kiosk with outdoor seating, sculptures, picnic area, lawns, gardens and lakes with ducks and moorhens all within a few minutes’ walk of the seafront and town centre.
Cherry Lane Adventure Playground (20 miles)
Cherry Lane Adventure Playground
Adventure Play Ground with a Wild West Town theme offers indoor and outdoor facilities, parents seating, picnic area, refreshments, sports, pool, art and craft, huge outdoor play structures and a programme of daily events.
Horsham Park (20 miles)
Landscaped Park with a lake and several age range specific play areas including various slides, climbing frames, sand pit and many more.
Grosvenor Park (21 miles)
There is an exciting and challenging play area which is well worth a visit, plus treats for explorers such as such as the lake and 'dripping wells'.
Bewl Water (21 miles)
is the southeast's largest reservoir. Today it is one of the top tourist destinations in Kent and Sussex. New are Tree Climbing and Model Boating. You can also enjoy our playground, children's fishing and high adrenaline activities such as Hydroballing, Fan Descender, Zip Wire and 3G swing!
Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest (23 miles)
Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest
Open every day, Bedgebury is the perfect place for kids to let off steam. The National Pinetum offers beautiful walks and picnics amongst the conifers. Bedgebury Forest features family cycling, mountain biking, Go Ape, riding, walking and adventure play. The Visitor Centre has a bike shop, refreshments and...
Haysden Country Park (24 miles)
Haysden Country Park
There are a wide variety of things to do at the country park, including walking, a children's play area, sailing, fishing and nature study. Pick your family project, pack your kit and make a day of it; and knowing you've got a beautiful backdrop take a camera!
Mewsbrooke Park (24 miles)
With miniature railway, pedal boats on the lake, adventure playground, kids' quiz trail, conservation area with info panels and 9 years of Green Flag Awards, this place is a treasure!
Alexandra Park (24 miles)
Features include a boating lake, bowls green, cafe, refurbished adventure playground, tennis courts, multi play area, formal flower and rose gardens, reservoirs for fishing, natural woodland and a miniature railway. Yay!
Arundel Wetland Centre (25 miles)
Arundel Wetland Centre
Visitor attraction and conservation area with wildfowl from around the world and birds tame enough hand feed. A superb setting to stroll round with picnic and children's activity areas, pond dipping and free daily crafts during summer holidays. Free boat rides through the Wetlands Discovery area too!
River Hill Himalayan Gardens (27 miles)
River Hill Himalayan Gardens
Discover the Everest trail in this magical, listed garden with incredible views across the Weald of Kent. Let your Little Sherpas' imaginations run wild in our new Himalayan Hideout, spend time building dens together, lose yourself in the Himalayan maze and perhaps even spot the elusive Yeti!
Knole Park (28 miles)
is a historic house and medieval deer park, a landscape hardly touched for hundreds of years. With a large number of free attractions on offer, including the Visitor Centre, Park Experience room, several exhibitions and the entire deer park, a visit to Knole makes for a wonderful, fun and affordable day!
Hotham Park (31 miles)
Crazy golf, miniature railway, boating lake, kids adventure play and full putting green.
Polesden Lacey (31 miles)
Highlights for kids include period dress up, nature trails, playground, loaner binoculars for the bird hides and a great range of exciting family activities and events on offer during school holidays.
South Downs National Park (32 miles)
South Downs National Park
Vast landscape welcoming family rambles, bike rides and exploration, plus for the more adventurous, there are paragliding, hang-gliding, golf, zorbing, mountain-boarding and a range of water sports available.
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve (33 miles)
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
A heady mix of terrains to explore, this is an SSSI due to it's unusual flora and fauna, and also offers visitor centres, bird hides, vintage military forts and stunning natural features: basically an adventure waiting to happen!
Hatchlands Park (34 miles)
Home of Wizard Wix's Willow Warren, the all natural adventure area for children. Also boasts Europe’s largest collection of keyboard instruments associated with famous composers, and more besides. Tours available.
Clare Park (34 miles)
Ideal for picnicking plus play on the tennis courts, multi purpose games area and the children's adventure playground. Maidstone's first Green Flag award!
Stoke Park (36 miles)
Includes an 18th century walled garden, a boating pond; paddling pool; terrific crazy golf course; a children's play area and more. Playground suitable for 4 to 8 year olds.
Painshill Park (37 miles)
An 18th century Georgian landscape with an exciting range of Fun Family and Kids Only events throughout the year. During the school holidays there are adventures and craft workshops for families to enjoy
Swanley Park (37 miles)
A traditional town park with play areas, paddling pool, sandpit, boating lake, railway, cafeteria, bouncy castle and battery bikes all set in 60 acres of parkland.
Bluebell Hill Picnic Site (38 miles)
Bluebell Hill Picnic Site
A simple, pleasing site on which to take a family ramble, spot some of the millions of mini beasts and enjoy a picnic with excellent views. Explore the Neolithic long barrow remains for an imaginative and educational boost!
Chichester Harbour Conservancy (39 miles)
Chichester Harbour Conservancy
A designated area of outstanding natural beauty, this is a muddy little wonderland for little ones of all sizes to explore: go fishing and crabbing, visit the Roman Palace, bird watch, seal spot, or take a trip on a solar powered catamaran and sneak up on the waterfowl!
Beacon Wood Country Park (39 miles)
Beacon Wood Country Park
Ideal territory for hunting mini beasts, including green woodpeckers, sparrow hawks, foxs, squirrels, butterflies and colourful dragonflies! A naturally wild day out!
Belair Park (39 miles)
A pretty park with pretty awesome facilities including a skate park, an adventure play area,tennis courts, a lake, sports pitches and a wildlife area!
Wimbledon Sprinkler Park (40 miles)
Wimbledon Sprinkler Park
Large park with a crazy golf course, 2 adventure playgrounds, water sports centre and beach volleyball, sports facilities and parkland, plus new summer interactive splash pad and sprinkler park!
Danson Splash Park (40 miles)
Danson Splash Park
Wet and dry play areas with interactive water features and adventure playground combination features! Safe perimeter fencing and good facilities within a popular public park that's free to visit!
Bushy Park (40 miles)
The second largest of the Royal Parks, home to iconic landscaping, free roaming deer, a great children's adventure playground including sandpit and seasonal events.
Richmond Park (41 miles)
One of England's Royal Parks, iconically landscaped, boasting several playgrounds, and over 700 wild deer within the grounds. Lots of wildlife to spot, great for walks, biking, and horse riding. Free to visit.
Greenwich Park (41 miles)
One of the Royal Parks, boasting over 180 acres of grassland, the observatory and a children's adventure playground.
North Downs Way National Trail (42 miles)
North Downs Way National Trail
A 153 mile (246km) National walking Trail offering some of the finest scenery in South East England. Watch ferries cross the channel, discover churches, abbeys and castles, visit beautiful villages and more. A number of circular walks available.
Brickfields Country Park (42 miles)
Brickfields Country Park
Reclaimed from the remains of a Victorian brickworks and clay diggings, this country park is less than eight acres in size, making it one of the smallest in the country, but well worth a visit.
Bishops Park (42 miles)
A unique offering for London with not only interactive splash pad, playgrounds, skate bowl and sports facilities, but also it's own urban beach! You can also enjoy river walks, meadow strolls, and moat, sculpture and rose gardens beside the ornamental lake.
Alice Holt Forest Woodland Park (43 miles)
Alice Holt Forest Woodland Park
There's so much to do! You can walk, cycle, play or just have a picnic in these lovely woods. Experience life in the trees with Go Ape, take a relaxing break in our cafe and finish your visit with a quiet stroll in one of the more remote parts of the forest.
Rainham Marshes (43 miles)
A medieval marsh near London with loads of wildlife to look out for and a lovely eco friendly visitor centre full of interesting facts. Two hides plus several viewing platforms for bird watching.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Play Parks and Great Outdoors near Lewes 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
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