West Sussex School Holidays

We are here to help you prepare for the West Sussex school holidays – we’ll tell you exactly when they are this school year, so you never need to worry about taking a holiday during term time! School life can be busy, so take a look at our easy-to-read school calendar below with all the important school term dates you need to know.

We’ve also found the most popular West Sussex attractions for last year to give you inspiration for awesome family days out during the school holidays.

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West Sussex School Holiday Dates 2022/23

  • Term Starts: 1st September 2022
  • Autumn Term: 1st September – 16th December 2022
  • October Half Term: 24th October – 28th October 2022
  • Christmas Holidays: 16th December – 3rd January 2023
  • Spring Term: 3rd January – 31st March 2023
  • February Half term: 13th February – 17th February 2023
  • Easter Holidays: 3rd April – 14th April 2023
  • Summer Term: 17th April – 21st July 2023
  • May Half Term: 29thMay – 2nd June 2023
  • Summer Holidays Start: 21st July 2023

Bank Holidays: 2nd January 2023, 7th and 10th April 2023, 1st, 8th and 29th May 2023, 28th August 2023 and 25th and 26th December 2023.

Please note school holidays may differ from school to school and area. Please check with your school beforehand.

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West Sussex School Holidays 2023/2024

  • Term Starts: 1st September 2023
  • Autumn Term: 1st September – 15th December 2023
  • October Half Term: 23rd October – 27th October 2023
  • Christmas Holidays: 15th December – 2nd January 2024
  • Spring Term: 2nd January – 28th March 2024
  • February Half term: 12th February – 16th February 2024
  • Easter Holidays: 29th March – 12th April 2024
  • Summer Term: 15th April – 23rd July 2024
  • May Half Term: 29thMay – 2nd June 2024
  • Summer Holidays Start: 23rd July 2024

Bank Holidays: 2nd January 2023, 7th and 10th April 2023, 1st, 8th and 29th May 2023, 28th August 2023 and 25th and 26th December 2023.

Please note school holidays may differ from school to school and area. Please check with your school beforehand.

Top Things to do in the West Sussex School Holidays

young child hugging a sheep

Fishers Adventure Farm Park, Wisborough Green

If your kids are fascinated by life and work at the farm, we’ve got an attraction you’ll definitely want to put on your list of places to visit during the West Sussex school holidays. Animal feeding, animal handling, daily animal shows, indoor and outdoor animal viewing areas – Fishers Farm Park has got it all! By the end of the day, your kids will have turned into knowledgeable future farmers.

Planning to visit during the summer? Between May and September, Fishers Farm Park runs an awesome splash area and water zone. Splash Park is fun for all ages, even for adults.

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Newpound Lane,
RH14 0EG

Opening Times

10:00 - 17:00


Individual (ages 3 - 59) £19.95
2 year old (under 2s are free)
Senior (60 years+) £17.95

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a beach with beach chairs

West Wittering Beach, West Wittering

Speaking of summer , a real school summer holiday vacation calls for a trip to the beach and the best one to head to in West Sussex is, without a doubt, the beautiful West Wittering Beach. This area of the coast is sandy, so be sure to bring your buckets and spades, to be ready for castle building. Plus, at low tide, there are lots of good spots where the little ones can paddle in shallow water.

Into water sports? West Wittering Beach is also popular with surfers and windsurfers, so feel free to bring your board and have a go at catching a wave. Just want to chill out? Grab a cold coffee for you and an ice cream for the kids, relax and enjoy the sun!

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Pound Rd,
West Wittering
PO20 8AJ

Opening Times

Car park open from 06:30 - 20:30



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children pond dipping at WWT Arundel wetland centre

WWT Arundel Wetland Centre

Fancy getting out into the open, feeling the fresh air on your face and having the kids explore nature? A trip to the WWT Arundel Wetland Centre is a must!

You’ll be surrounded by ancient woodlands, deep in the Sussex Downs, overlooking Arundel Castle. Discover a series of quaint naturalised lakes, ponds and channels, that each offer wetlands habitats for wildlife and wildfowl from around the world.

The best part is that during the summer holidays you’ll find many family fun activities! From a discovery trail, craft activities and pond-dipping are on offer every day. You can also hand0feed the geese and ducks with Ducks Dinners available for a small charge!

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Mill Road,
West Sussex,
BN18 9PB

Opening Times

Monday - Sunday 10:00 - 16:30


Child (aged 4-11) £7.55
Adults £14.00

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kids running from school happy

Mark the West Sussex school holidays on your calendar, so you can always see what’s coming next and when. Then it’s time to explore! If you haven’t found what you were looking for in our suggestions, we have got lots of inspiration for you.

Are your children looking for an exciting day out? Then check out the theme park section of our website. Or find your nearest place to go quad biking and race around a forest dirt trail! Always wanted to try water sports? Find paddle boarding near you? Is there a rainy day forecast for your school half term? You can stay out of the rain and still have fun at an aquarium near you.

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