Wakehurst | Day Out With The Kids

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  • Ardingly
  • Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Attraction Information

Wakehurst are perfect for little explorers who are fascinated by the natural world. There's so much to do here that's just for kids!
Pick up a passport and start your adventure. Will you head to the mysterious talking totems? Although they look hundreds of years old, they were carved by local craftspeople and make different music and sounds when you tap them! See if you can play a tune with them.
Clamber up the climbing poles to see what creatures are hidden inside. After, if you want to have a little bit of a break, settle into the living woven willow structures for a sitdown. Designed by a willow artist and a local basket-weaver, these structures are great for play or rest.
Follow your nose to the Scents of Direction garden. Here, in the growing season, the garden comes alive with colour, perfume, and magic! You'll need all your senses to find the bronze seed capsule hidden somewhere within!
There are beams to balance on in the woods, a trunk hopping challenge, and even a massive labyrinth for your kids to explore! Afterwards, take your passport to the Millennium Seed Bank to be stamped and see what else you can discover.
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Opening hours

10.00am - 6.00pm (March to October) 10.00am - 4.30pm (November to February)


General Admission
Day ticket: £14.50 
Young people day ticket (17 - 25): £7.50

Travel & Contact Information


Wakehurst, Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TN, England

Phone number

01444 894 066



Click here to visit Wakehurst's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

There are 3 cafes onsite serving everything from bacon sandwiches to homemade cake!

Yes, Wakehurst is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Wakehurst has not told us if they are fully pushchair friendly.

Wakehurst has not told us if they are dog friendly.

Additional Info

Anything else I should know?

There is an onsite shop

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