Drusillas Park & Zoo
Widely known as the best small zoo in Europe, Drusillas Park offers a fun-tastic day out that includes animals, adventure play and rides! With the zoo at the heart of Drusillas you’ll come face to face with hundreds of exotic animals, from monkeys and meerkats to penguins and pandas. However, animals are only half the fun! Your little monkeys will adore themed adventure play areas including Go Wild!, Go Bananas!, Amazon Adventure and Get Wet! - the ultimate splash pad experience! And don’t miss both Hello Kitty Secret Garden with three popular rides or the roar-some attraction Go Safari! where you’ll soar into the skies with the exciting Hippopotobus and Flying Cheetah rides or adventure through the zoo on the Safari Express train.
Forthcoming Events 2018:
Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July: Creepy Crawlies Weekend
Tuesday 24th July: Hello Kitty
Wednesday 25th July: Skye and Rubble from PAW Patrol
Thursday 26th July: Peppa Pig & George
Wednesday 1st August: Spider-Man
Thursday 2nd August: Hello Kitty
Wednesday 8th August: Hello Kitty
Thursday 9th August: Catboy and Gekko from the PJ Masks
Tuesday 14th August: Peppa Pig & George
- Wednesday 15th August: Hello Kitty
Thursday 16th August: Chase and Marshall from PAW Patrol
Tuesday 21st August: Bing and Flop
Wednesday 22nd August: Hello Kitty
Thursday 23rd August: Skye and Rubble from PAW Patrol
Tuesday 28th August: Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol
Wednesday 29th August: Hello Kitty
Thursday 30th August: Spider-Man
Address: Drusillas Park & Zoo , Alfriston Road, Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5QS Tel: 01323 874100
Sea Life Brighton
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LEGO® OCEAN EXPLORER 23rd July - 2nd September. Discover curious creatures of the deep as you navigate a trail to find hidden LEGO® pieces in the mystery tanks. Successfully solve the challenge to become a certified SEA LIFE Junior Diver and receive your own LEGO® diver minifigure to take home.
Delve into the brick pits in the centre’s event zone, to build with LEGO® and use step by step guides to create fun sea creatures, or simply let creativity takeover to build unique creations.
SEA STARS Get up close to the stars of the sea! See the eye-catching array of starfish from across the world’s oceans in our brand new feature, Sea Stars. Displayed in a dazzling setting of colour, lights and innovative tanks, our newest exhibit is sure to blow you away.
Address: SEA LIFE Centre, Marine Parade, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1TB. Tel: 08714 232110
Chilli Fiesta 2018
Make the most of the family-friendly festival atmosphere and camp on-site with great facilities. Dance to live Latin music, watch cookery demonstrations with top chefs, gardening talks and tours, catch a film at the outdoor cinema and browse over 140 stalls offering quirky gifts as well as chilli foods, chilli plants, seeds and produce. New for this year; drop-in art centre for children and children’s circus skills workshop plus there’s the vintage funfair, face painting and Punch and Judy.
Early bird tickets SAVE 20%
Address: West Dean Gardens, West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0RX. Tel: 01243 811301
1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield
Medieval Falconry Sat 28th & Sun 29th July 2018 from 10am - 5pm. Gaze skywards in awe as hawks and falcons soar above the abbey. Discover the art of training, exercising and hunting with birds and hear the stories and legends from medieval times.
Family admission: £30.70. English Heritage Member FREE.
Hands on History Weekdays Mon 30 Jul - Fri 31 Aug 2018 from 11am - 5pm
Children practice their foam sword skills under the watchful eye of a hands on history team member.Get set for a summer packed with time-travelling fun! With lots to see and do, our Hands on History Crew will be bringing history to life throughout the holidays.
You can enjoy Hands on History at Battle during the following weekdays in August.
Mon 30 Jul - Fri 3 Aug 2018, Mon 6 - Fri 10 Aug 2018, Mon 13 - Fri 17 Aug 2018, Mon 20 - Fri 24 Aug 2018 and Mon 27 - Fri 31 Aug 2018
The Battle of Hastings Sat 13 - Sun 14 Oct 2018 Time: 10am-5pm
Re-live the atmosphere and tension, as more than 600 warriors clash in the infamous Battle of Hastings re-enactment. Witness the action on the date that changed history and immerse yourself in medieval life. An action packed and entertaining event for all the family.
Book online today to receive a 10% Earlybird discount on your tickets.
English Hertitage Family Membership from just £8.25 per month
Address: 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, High Street, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0AD .Telephone: 0370 333 1181
National Trust in Sussex
FAMILY ADVENTURES AT NATIONAL TRUST Summer adventures in Sussex. Rolling down a really big hill with the smell of the grass and the sun of your face, on the edge of out-of-control – do you remember the thrill of it as a child? Such simple pleasures are among the activities you can get stuck into at our places in Sussex this summer, along with a Playing with Perspectives trail at Sheffield Park and Garden and Jungle Book trail at Bateman's. Pick up a 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ scrapbook at any of our places to keep the whole family on the sunny side of the hill this summer.
SHEFFILED PARK: Acres of landscape garden bordered by historic parkland and woodland. Mid April until late May is the perfect time for a visit to see the bluebells at Sheffield Park and Garden. There are plenty of places to enjoy them, whether you prefer to stick to the paths or pull on your wellies and venture off track. Here are the best places to spot them around the estate this spring. Visit their first Waterlily Festival from 9 June to the 15 July to celebrate the serenity and beauty of these flowers on the lakes through a series of displays, events and talks.
NYMANS : A garden lovers' home for all seasons, with an extensive yet intimate garden set around a romantic house and ruins. . There’s plenty for families to see and do at Nymans. Explore the garden and woods or discover hidden treasures in the house. Activity and spotter sheets will keep little ones happy while our seasonal trails in the garden and walks in the woods are fun for everyone.
STANDEN HOUSE AND GARDENS Arts and Crafts family home with Morris & Co. interiors, set in a beautiful hillside garden. Children's Summer Craft Monday 6th August - 19th August 11am - 3pm Children can enjoy nautical-themed craft and be a part of Helen Beale - Never at Sea this summer.Join us for fun activities at Standen during the summer holidays.Children can use their creative skills to make their own craft to take home. Event ticket price £3.00. admission charges apply.
DEVIL'S DYKE: A legendary beauty spot on the South Downs. From walking to cycling, kite flying to simply enjoying the stunning views, there's plenty to see and do on a day out here. Bug Hunt Safari - Saturday 7th July 2018 11am - 2pm Join our Rangers to discover what wild minibeasts live in the chalk grassland jungle.With the aid of pooters, nets, beating sheets, magnifying pots and microscopes, catch and identify the many insects that live in Devil's Dyke Iron Age hill fort.
BATEMAN'S: Jacobean house, home of Rudyard Kipling.
Just So Stories: 20th May & 9th June 2018, 11.30am, 12.30, 1.30 & 2.30pm
Join one of our storytelling volunteers in our decorated storytelling tent to listen to some of Kipling's most famous 'Just So' stories in the garden of Bateman's. Storytelling session are suitable for children and adults alike. Just kick off your shoes and settle down to enjoy being read to.This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
Sussex weekend: Sat 16 & Sun 17 June 2018, 11am-4pm Join us for a festival of all things Sussex. Set in the beautiful Sussex Weald, Bateman's is an ideal place to celebrate the good things about this charismatic county. We'll have some fun activities for the family to celebrate with us. Separate charges will apply for some activities.This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
The Jungle Book trail; Sat 21 July - Mon 3 Sept 2018, 10am to 4pm
Escape into the garden at Bateman's and discover some of Kipling's most famous characters that have fled their book pages.Some of the characters from The Jungle Book have escaped from their book and are out and about hiding in the garden. Pick up our Jungle Book trail and follow the clues to find them all and win a prize.£2.50 per trail.
WWI weekend; Sat 4 & Sun 5 Aug 2018, 11am to 4pm
Commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War, be transported back to a WWI field camp.Explore our First World War encampment complete with mess tent, field ambulance and more. There will be re-enactments and craft activities throughout the day. Separate charges apply.This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
PETWORTH HOUSE & PARK: A stately mansion nestled in the South Downs housing the finest art collection in the care of the National Trust.
We have lots in store for families at Petworth from indoor activities, outdoors trails, craft making and even things for our littlest of visitors. Here's a list of four fun things to try and our upcoming events.
Incredible Inventions family trail 28th May to 30th September
Follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth I live and design your own tool on a trail around the Pleasure Grounds and you too could become an inventor extraordinaire. £3 per trail, complete your journey and earn your own certificate and prize.
The 'As You Like it' Shakespearean Family trail
With scroll in hand go on a Shakespeare inspired trail around the mansion meeting some of his famous characters. Find chests in the state rooms and complete the activities to create your own play brought to life by your own characters.
Science Saturdays with Sublime Science
Join Dragon’s Den winning Sublime Science for a workshop on Saturdays in August and get involved in some exciting hands-on experiments. £7 per child and booking is essential.
Plan it, Build it, Test it: Family Craft
Get involved in some science and technology inspired craft activities at the Play Tent on Wednesdays in August. Normal admission prices apply with a £2 donation for the craft activities.
BODIAM CASTLE: Archetypal 14th century moated castle with ruined interior - a glimpse of medieval splendour. Have-a-go archery and falconry, weekends & school holidays from 30th March to 3rd September. Join the archers and falconers from The Hawking Centre and test your skill with a bow and arrow or try your hand at flying a bird of prey. Please note that these activities will be dependent on the weather. Archery: 6 arrows £3.50. Falconry Walk £5.00
UPPARK HOUSE AND GARDEN: A tranquil and intimate 18th-century house.
NATIONAL TRUST MEMBERSHIP FROM JUST £10.00 PER MONTH FOR A FAMILY
Two adults (aged 18+) living at the same address and up to 10 children or grandchildren (17 or under). Under 5s go free.