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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:
Saturday 13th October: Spider Saturday
Saturday 20th - Sunday 28th October: Halloween Shriek Week
Wednesday 24th October: The Gruffalo
Thursday 25th October: Hello Kitty
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
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SEALIFE Brighton ASCARIUM 20th October - 4th November.
Immersive in-tank trail, celebrating the creepy creatures of the deep – help the Sea Witch find the magic potion ingredients and claim your treasure.
Take a step into the creepy deep at SEA LIFE Brighton this Halloween and navigate the Ascarium; an immersive trail which takes you past some of the scariest sea creatures. For a limited time only, five potion ingredients will be hidden in various tanks throughout the Ascarium, and guests will need to find them before making their way to the Sea Witch’s lair. Along the way, guests will discover facts about some of the freakiest creatures of the sea, including blob fish, African tiger fish, goblin sharks and barrel eye fish. Once all of the items have been located, the Sea Witch will cast her magic spell and open the treasure chest, giving those who successfully navigate the trail a reusable Ascarium cup. And that’s not all, SEA LIFE Brighton will play host to a ‘selfie’ photo frame and ‘twister’ style game for guests to further immerse themselves in the spooky family fun.
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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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
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National Trust in Sussex

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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.
Apple Day Saturday 13th October 11am - 4pm
We celebrate the orchard and fruit grown here at Standen. Help turn apples grown in the orchard into juice and taste the different varieties.
Woodland Bat Walks 22nd, 23rd & 24th October 6pm - 7:30pm
Explore the woods on a walk looking for bats as you go. Join us for a bat-themed walk through the woodland here at Standen House and Garden. Our ranger will guide you on a walk through the woods where we will look for bats using bat detectors. Warm up afterwards with hot chocolate and a shortbread biscuit. Adults £8 Child £5
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.
Halloween pumpkin carving & scary mask making at Saddlescombe Farm Sat 27th October 2018 10am - 12 Midday
Choose your own pumpkin and then transform it into your own scary creation then make your own Halloween animal mask! Choose your own pumpkin and then transform it into your own scary creation then make your own Halloween animal mask! Event £8 per child
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.
Applefest Sunday 7th October 10:30am - 4:30pm Celebrate National Apple Day at Alfriston Clergy House.Discover in our beautiful orchard on this special day apple pressing and tasting, apple folklore and stories, apple wassailing and games. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
Creepy-crawly halloween trail Sat 20th - 28th October 10:30am - 4:30pm Embark on a creepy-crawly Halloween themed self-led trail. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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.
Apple Day Sun 14 October 2018, 11am to 4pm
Join us at Bateman's for our amazing apple day with family fun, games to play and you can even try your hand at some orchard crafts.
The Smugglers' Trail Sat 20 - Sun 28 October 2018, 10am to 4pm
Get out and about in the garden and find the clues for our half-term trail.
The notorious smugglers of the Hawkhurst Gang have been seen back at Bateman's. Search the garden to find out what they've been up to and claim your reward. £2.50 per 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.
Ilive's Hair-raising Laboratory trail. Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th October 2018 10am - 5pm. Elizabeth Ilive loved to experiment in her science lab at Petworth. Help her before her latest spooky science experiment goes horribly wrong. Are you brave enough to help her find a solution on this frightening Halloween trail? £3 per trail.
Halloween Crafts 23rd to 25th October 11am - 4pm. £2 per child.Dress to distress with your hat and broomstick or any other ghoulish disguises and make some spooktastic Halloween craft to take home.Drop in to the Orientation Point in the Pleasure Grounds between 11am and 4pm. Surrounded by spooky decorations between 1pm to 3pm there is fearsome facepainting and you can get yourself a temporary tattoo. There are colouring sheets available and menacing monster shapes to decorate. If you're after a Halloween masterclass then have a go at making a pumpkin garland, paper jack o'lantern, a hanging bat or a yarn wrapped mummy.
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.
October Half Term Family Fun Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th October 11am to 4pm
Come along over half-term and have a go at our 'Black Cat' trail as we set the children off on a hunt around the castle to find our mysterious cats lurking in the shadows.
£2.50 per trail, including a prize for each successful hunter.
For those who want to get out and about in the castle grounds, we'll have an autumn I-Spy trail to get the kids running around, looking at the natural features around the castle and burning off some energy. Ask at our visitor reception for your free trail.
Address: Bodiam Castle, Near Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5UA.

UPPARK HOUSE AND GARDEN: A tranquil and intimate 18th-century house.
Bugs in the Beer Cellar Tuesday 23rd October 2018 11am - 2:30pm
Come and peek at the pests that are eating our collection and we'll show you how we stop them.
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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