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Whats on West Sussex

WHATS ON West Sussex


Drusillas Park & Zoo

Drusillas Park and 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:
Sunday 4th November: Hello Kitty
Saturday 17th November - Tuesday 1st January: Winter Wonderland
Friday 21st December: Hello Kitty
Address: Drusillas Park & Zoo , Alfriston Road, Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5QS Tel: 01323 874100

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Sea Life Brighton

Sea Life Brighton

SEA LIFE Brighton – Let us take you on a fascinating journey through the original Victorian architecture of the oldest operating aquarium in the world. Based opposite the iconic pier, SEA LIFE Brighton was built in 1872 and features over 3,500 mesmerising creatures including inquisitive rays and magnificent sharks. At SEA LIFE Brighton you can see them all - from the curious and the rescued to the rare and the enigmatic. And you’ll be able to get closer to them than ever before.
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

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PHILEAS FOGG World of Adventures

PHILEAS FOGG World of Adventures

IMAGINE THE UNIMAGINABLE. BRIGHTON’S BRAND NEW IMMERSIVE ADVENTURE EXPERIENCE Phileas Fogg’s World of Adventures. Take a step back to the 1870s to help Phileas Fogg on a thrilling immersive theatrical adventure around the world. You’ll need your wits and courage to complete a truly daring quest full of challenges and puzzles across 5 continents. This immersive, interactive theatre experience spreads across 16 adventure areas. It has been carefully created for audience groups of ages from 7 to 70. There are two versions of the adventure, one specially designed for families and children, and a more challenging version for an adult audience. You will join a small group of fellow adventurers starting aboard a recreation of a vintage train at Paris as you and your group immerse yourself in a whirlwind tour across five continents, escorted by Phileas, meeting theatrical characters and challenges along the way.
Address: Sussex House, Crowhurst Road, Hollingbury Industrial Estate, Brighton, BN1 8AF Tel: 01273 007799

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1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield

Battle of Hastings

The Battle of Hastings Saturday 13th - Sunday 14 October 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

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Santa's Grotto


Father Christmas at London Zoo


Over 60 places to visit Santa in his Grotto this Christmas in Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and London. Visit Father Christmas at a Theatre, Adventure Park, on a Farm, Steam Train, at Castles, Circus or even a boat!

Book your visit to Santa early to avoid disappointment.

Santa's Grottos in Sussex

National Trust in Sussex

National Trust Bodium

FAMILY ADVENTURES AT NATIONAL TRUST Discover great days out with the National Trust this autumn in Sussex. Nothing beats heading out with the family for a walk on a crisp autumn day. Enjoy woodland trails, half-term craft activities and halloween fun.

Whether you’re looking to discover historic houses, roam in beautiful gardens or wander through stunning countryside, National Trust membership is your key to unlimited unforgettable days out.


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.
Address: Sheffield Park & Garden, East Sussex TN22 3QX.

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.
Exhibition: The Snowman and The Snowdog Sat 17th November 2018 to 2nd January 2019
This winter, the gallery will host an exhibition of original artwork from The Snowman™ and The Snowdog, featuring behind-the-scenes drawings and preparatory sketches.This year marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of The Snowman, written and illustrated by Sussex author Raymond Briggs. The iconic character later teamed up with a canine friend for new adventures in the 2012 film The Snowman™ and The Snowdog.
Snowdog Art mini-trail 1st December 2018 to 2nd January 2019
Come and meet our giant Snowdog friends in the garden this Christmas.A selection of statues from the popular Snowdog art trails will be dotted around the garden at Nymans over Christmas. Each Snowdog has a different design, which will be your favourite?
Drop-in Christmas crafts 1st - 2nd December 2018
Join us for family craft activities inspired by the knitted textures in The Snowman™ and The Snowdog. At this workshop we will be making sock puppet Snowdogs. Suggested donation £3
The Snowman and The Snowdog: pop up screening 2nd, 13th & 20th December 10:30 - 11am
This Christmas come and enjoy a screening of this family film in our gallery where we are displaying some of the original artwork. With a running time of just under half an hour, this relaxed event is perfect for little ones. Snuggle up among cushions and blankets on the floor in our cosy gallery. Cost £3.50 each.
Following the short film you can visit the exhibition to see some of the original artwork and then go on search for a Snowdog in the garden.
Address: Nymans, Handcross, nr Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 6EB

STANDEN HOUSE AND GARDENS Arts and Crafts family home with Morris & Co. interiors, set in a beautiful hillside garden.
Storytime with Woodland Santa 1st - 23rd December 2018
Visit Santa's woodland grotto and enjoy a magical Christmas story in the company of the man himself. This Christmas our younger visitors can join a storytelling session in our woodland grotto. After a walk through the wintery garden, settle down in the grotto and enjoy a Christmas story, and after meet Santa and receive a small present and a cup of hot chocolate. £8 per child
Address: Standen House and Garden, W.Hoathly Rd, East Grinstead RH19 4NE

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.
Christmas wreath walk at Saddlescombe farm 17th - 21st December 2018
Create your own Christmas wreath with materials collected from the downs. Morning and afternoon sessions available. Take a festive walk and collect your holly and ivy. Return to historic Saddlescombe farm to make your very own Christmas wreath in our cozy learning barn. Log burning stove, mulled apple juice, mince pies and roast chestnuts will all be included. Adults £12, Child £6.
Address: Standen House and Garden, W.Hoathly Rd, East Grinstead RH19 4NE

ALFRISTON CLERGY HOUSE Medieval thatched Wealden hall-house and picturesque garden.
Address: The Tye, Alfriston, Polegate, East Sussex BN26 5TL .

BATEMAN'S: Jacobean house, home of Rudyard Kipling.
Enjoy the beauty of this colourful season with an autumn walk on our estate. Discover the delights of all things apple at our Apple Day and have fun hunting for smugglers on our October half term trail.
Address: Bateman's Lane, Burwash, TN19 7DS.

PETWORTH HOUSE & PARK: A stately mansion nestled in the South Downs housing the finest art collection in the care of the National Trust.
Address: Petworth House & Park, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 OAE.

BODIAM CASTLE: Archetypal 14th century moated castle with ruined interior - a glimpse of medieval splendour.
As the summer fades and the great oak trees around the castle slowly begin to adopt their autumn colours, come and explore the castle with the family. Discover the beauty of autumn. At this time of year the castle is much quieter and so families can enjoy spending time exploring all the nooks and crannies of the castle.
Climb the towers and admire the seasonal colours of the trees from the top and the amazing views out across the River Rother. Imagine you are Sir Edward surveying all your land before you but take care as you climb the steep spiral staircase up to the top.
Address: Bodiam Castle, Near Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5UA.

UPPARK HOUSE AND GARDEN: A tranquil and intimate 18th-century house.
Address: Uppark House and Garden, South Harting, Petersfield, GU31 5QR

Two adults (aged 18+) living at the same address and up to 10 children or grandchildren (17 or under). Under 5s go free.

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National Trust

From just £10 per month for a Family

Whether you’re looking to discover historic houses, roam in beautiful gardens or wander through stunning countryside, National Trust membership is your key to unlimited unforgettable days out.

Properties in Sussex: Alfriston Clergy House, Batemans, Bodiam castle, Cuckmere Valley, Devil's Dyke, Lamb House, Monk's House, Nymans Gardens, Petworth House & Park, Sheffield Park, Saddlescombe Farm and Newtimber Hill, Standen, Uppark House & Garden, Wakehurst Place.

National Trust Memberships Family: Two adults (aged 18+) and up to five children (17 or under), all living at the same address. Under 5s go free.

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