Drusillas Park & Zoo
Widely known as the best small zoo in Europe, Drusillas Park offers a fun-tastic day out that includes hundreds of exotic animals, from monkeys and meerkats to penguins and pandas. However animals are only half the fun! Kids will adore all the themed adventure play areas including Go Wild!, Go Bananas! Amazon Adventure, plus there’s Hello Kitty Secret Garden and the ultimate splash pad experience, Get Wet!
Plus don't miss Drusillas Park's Go Safari! This totally wild attraction combines an African theme with three exciting children's rides; the Hippopotobus, Flying Cheetahs and the Safari Express train. It will cause quite a fu'roar amongst young lionhearted explorers!
And NEW for 2019, a beautifully mesmerising Rainforest Carousel - the first of its kind in the UK!
Address: Drusillas Park & Zoo , Alfriston Road, Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5QS Tel: 01323 874100
Sea Life Brighton
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SEA LIFE Brighton 'DAY & NIGHT'– Opening from 25th May:The first of its kind in the UK, Day & Night offers visitors the chance to experience the 24-hour wonder of a coral reef as it transitions through the day. Day & Night will showcase the UK’s largest collection of sharks and rays in the UK along with a plethora of fascinating marine life in both a day and a nocturnal environment. Home to over 840 stunning sea creatures, the impressive 700,000 litre display will house: Black Tip Reef Sharks, Zebra Sharks, Honeycomb Stingrays and Fantail Sting Rays amongst many other spectacular reef dwellers.
An Ocean Tunnel will take you on an immersive journey - from the brightly lit, bustling daytime reef to the mystery of the reef by night, creating a sensation that you are diving through the swaying corals as the turtles, rays and jewel coloured reef fish glide past just inches from your fingertips.
A huge 5 metre-viewing screen offers a window onto the world of the reef by day. Breath-taking coral outcrops provide a backdrop to a stunning array of colourful turtles and reef fish such as Sweetlips, Sailfin Snappers, Butterflyfish and Clown Triggerfish.
By night, the atmosphere of the ocean changes dramatically as nocturnal creatures such as Popsicle Squirrelfish and Nurse Sharks emerge from their slumber bringing in a new dynamic to the spectacle. Submerged caves and hidden corners of the reef reveal the mysteries of the ocean under darkness and the secrets lurking within, while bioluminescent soft corals exude their mysterious glow.
The immersive visitor journey:
Visitors enter the Day & Night experience under a recreation of Brighton’s West Pier, a nod to the original aquarium designer Eugenius Birch, also responsible for the West Pier.
- Above the water visitors will enjoy the striking artwork of Turtle Beach, illustrating the behaviour of turtles by day and by night, as they come in from the ocean and nest.
- A glass bottom boat allows you to get up close with a stunning array of sea creatures travelling across both day and night.
- Delight in splashing around in the glowing waves of a bioluminescent beach projection mapping experience – a real ‘Must See’.
- A Brighton graffiti artwork spray painted by Brighton street art alumni Req provides a colourful backdrop to the newly refurbished auditorium.
- As you journey from day to night time, a canopy of stars twinkles as the reef takes on a different atmosphere.
- Relax under a canopy of stars and learn about conservation, global warming, feeding turtles and the life of a shark in hourly talks from Sea Life Brighton’s expert marine biologists.
- There’s also the chance to take a selfie with a giant Lion Fish mural.
For further information go to www.visitsealife.com/brighton
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Address: SEA LIFE Centre, Marine Parade, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1TB. Tel: 08714 232110
Barracudas offers fun activity camps during the holidays for children aged 4½-14 years. Offering action packed programmes with over 80 activities including archery, motorsports, sports and more. With 3 camps across East and West Sussex in Brighton, Horsham and a new summer camp in Copthorne for 2019 our camps offer great value for money and flexible hours from 8am-6pm. With prices from as little as £3.64 per hour our Ofsted registered camps offer a great choice during the school holidays. These popular camps sell out fast, so to secure your child’s place please call 01480 467567 or visit www.barracudas.co.uk now. Locations: Brighton, Copthorne and Horsham Tel: 01480 467567
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
1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey and Battlefield.
Easter Adventure Quest Saturday 6th April - Monday 22nd April 2019
Join the hunt for dragon eggs on a legendary quest this Easter holiday. Crack the clues as you and your family follow the trail around the Abbey Grounds. Intrepid adventurers who track down the dragon egg will get a certificate and a sticker to prove it, and there’ll be a chocolate treat too! You can get questing at Battle every day of the school holidays. It costs just £1 per child, and there’s no need to book.
On this spot in the year 1066, the armies of King Harold and William the Conqueror clashed at the Battle of Hastings. Now you can stand on the very site where this decisive struggle was fought and England’s future decided. Explore abbey ruins and meet the Normans and Saxons on our sculpture trail, then head to the roof for stunning views of the battlefield. Allow the stories of battle to unfold and discover its atmosphere for yourself. Fun play area with a slide, swings and plenty of play equipment to explore and clamber on.
ENGLISH HERITAGE MEMBERSHIP FROM JUST £4.67/£8.25 PER MONTH FOR A FAMILY
Address: 1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey and Battlefield, at the south end of Battle High Street, TN33 0AD. English Heritage Member FREE.
National Trust in Sussex
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.
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.
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.
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
NATIONAL TRUST MEMBERSHIP FROM JUST £6.25 PER MONTH FOR A FAMILY
Family: One Adult £6.25 per month Two adults £10 per month and up to ten children (17 or under), Under 5s go free