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East Sussex School Holidays: Things to do, activities and ideas

Dela Gonon

8 January 2021

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Ever found yourself realising it’s the last day before school’s out and you haven’t yet made any plans? Don’t worry, we won’t let you face the school holidays unprepared! Here are the East Sussex school holiday dates, followed by 5 awesome local attractions to visit with the kids. How’s that for a school holiday planning starter pack?

East Sussex School Holiday Dates 2020/21

  • Term Starts: 4th September 2020
  • Autumn Term: 4th September - 18th December 2020
  • October Half Term: 26th October - 30th October 2020
  • Christmas Holidays: 21st December - 1st January 2021
  • Spring Term: 4th January - 1st April 2021
  • February Half Term: 15th February - 19th February 2021
  • Easter Holidays: 2nd April - 16th April 2021
  • Summer Term: 19th April - 23rd July 2021
  • May Half Term: 31st May - 4th June 2021
  • Summer Holidays: 24th July - 31st August 2021

East Sussex School Holiday Dates 2021/22

  • Term Starts: 2nd September 2021
  • Autumn Term: 2nd September - 17th December 2021
  • October Half Term: 25th October - 29th October 2021
  • Christmas Holidays: 20thDecember - 3rd January 2021
  • Spring Term: 4th January - 1st April 2022
  • February Half Term: 14th February - 18th February 2022
  • Easter Holidays: 4th April - 18th April 2022
  • Summer Term: 19th April - 22nd July 2022
  • May Half Term: 30th May - 3rd June 2022
  • Summer Holidays: 23rd July - 1st September 2022

Kids playing outdoors

Top Things to do in the East Sussex School Holidays

Drusillas Park, Alfriston

OK, if you’ve got animal lovers at home you simply must visit Drusillas Park. Rated Europe’s best small zoo, it’s home to hundreds of animals from all over the world. There are two walk-through exhibits to explore: Lemurland and Lory, plus a few exciting add-on animal experience for those who want to get up-close with the animals.

But Drusillas is not just a zoo; it also has various exciting adventure play areas, packed with family theme park rides and kid-friendly activities. From the teacups ride at Hello Kitty’s Secret Garden to the speedy Flying Cheetahs at the Amazon Adventure - there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Fort Fun, Eastbourne

Fort Fun is a great option, no matter the weather, so you can come anytime during the East Sussex Holidays and you’ll still have a great time. From mini golf, to a giant bouncy pillow, to a Diggerland sand pit and a Splash Park, your little ones will have plenty of outdoor activities to keep them running around the whole day.

Indoor fun isn’t lacking either! There’s a multi-tier soft play structure, featuring a ball pit to jump into and a 3-lane slide where your little ones can compete to see who reaches the floor first. Fort Fun organises awesome special events, so we advise you to check what’s on before making a final decision when you want to go.

Smugglers Adventure, Hastings

Forget pirates; smugglers were the real deal in Hastings in the 18th century! Smugglers Adventure is an epic historic attraction which will take you on a journey through a labyrinth of tunnels used by the local smugglers. Led by Notorious smuggler Hairy Jack, you’ll learn about the tales of the past and you’ll meet over 70 life-sized smuggler character.

This interactive experience also features a games area, a subterranean theatre and a fascinating smuggling museum filled with artefacts. You’ll have plenty to discuss on your way back home, that’s for sure!

Hastings Beach, Hastings

Once the summer portion of the East Sussex school holidays comes along, it's time to put your swimsuits on, grab a spade and a shovel, and head out to Hastings Beach. This beautiful, wide, shingle beach is the perfect place for a day of tanning, a family walk, or a picnic. At low tide, lots of sand is uncovered, so if you drop by in morning, you’ll have plenty of materials to build yourself an impressive sand castle.

While you’re there, it’s worth going for a stroll along the Hastings Pier. It’s an irreplaceable part of the seaside charm with its little shops offering souvenirs and tasty treats.

Knockhatch Adventure Park, Hailsham

Farmyard animals and playgrounds - that’s Knockhatch Adventure Park in a nutshell and it’s pretty much all you need to keep the kids happy during the East Sussex school holidays. The little ones will not only have the chance to feed and pet some of the usual furry farm animals, but also to meet the beautiful owls in the Owl Sanctuary.

Knockhatch Adventure Park offers enough adventure to go around for everyone! From a dino-themed indoor playbarn, to 4 awesome play areas, mini golf and a boating lake outdoor, we’d say playtime is sorted.


Ready to pack even more adventure into the East Sussex school holidays? The best way to search for attractions near you is to look for your postcode on the Day Out With The Kids. Give it a try!

 

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