Animals, Aquariums & Birds

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Aldingbourne Country Centre

Blackmill Lane, Norton, nr Fontwell, Chichester

The Aldingbourne Country Centre, there's so much to see and do, all year round!

If you like the idea of supporting a local charity by having fun, the Aldingbourne Country Centre is worth a visit. Woodland walk, animals on our open farm, birds of prey from Hawking About, mini golf, ride-on pedal tractors, the enchanted garden are just some of the attractions to enjoy.

Seasonal activities take place during the school holidays and we have delicious home cooked food available in our Café. The charity supports adults with learning disabilities and there are people with disabilities working on site.

By visiting the Country Centre you will be supporting us and you will have a great day out too.

Arundel Wetland Centre

Mill Road, Arundel, West Sussex

This gorgeous wetland nature reserve bursts forth with new life in spring with fantastic family activities like the Puddle Jumping Championship in February, the GIANT Duck Hunt at Easter and the Wildlife Explorers activities in summer. The reserve has free boat rides, pond dipping and an amazing reedbed boardwalk. Wide, paved walkways lead to collection of 50 species of wildfowl from around the world in natural settings and 8 wildlife hides with ramps for easy access to view Sussex wildlife like kingfishers and water voles. Our Wetlands Discovery Boat Safari can even accommodate non-motorized wheelchairs which we also have for free loan at the admissons desk.

The Water’s Edge Cafe serves hot meals from 12-2pm and delicious cakes and specialty hot drinks all day. The WWT gift shop is open each day, every penny you spend supports conservation, here in Sussex, the UK and worldwide as the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust works to save wetlands for wildife and people.

Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings

Rock-A-Nore Road, Hastings, East Sussex

Take the ultimate undersea safari at Blue Reef Aquarium, Hastings. Enjoy incredibly close encounters with seahorses, native sharks, giant octopus and hundreds of amazing aquatic creatures.

At the aquarium’s heart is a giant ocean display where you can walk through an underwater tunnel and come face to face with shoals of colourful fish. Explore our new jungle room housing exotic snakes and curious bearded dragons. Face your fears and get hands on with our reptiles in our daily animal encounters.

Coombes Farm Experience

Church farm, Coombes, Lancing, Sussex

Enjoy an educational tractor and trailer ride to the top of the South Downs on our working family farm. Set in the environmentally sensitive South Downs, 1,000 acres of farmland with 800 ewes, 200 Sussex cattle, cornfields and conservation areas, views over the weald and out to sea.

Open daily at lambing time to see over 1,000 lambs and 80 calves being born from 18th March to 23rd April 2017. Other trips available. For sheep shearing, summer holiday specials, open days and events visit the website. Open 18th March – Mid October. Tel: 01273 452028 to book or email berty@coombes.co.uk.

Come coarse fishing at Passies Pond – open all year. Contact passie 07710756257 passie@coombes.co.uk
Visit the 11C Coombes Church

Discover Worthing

Worthing, West Sussex

Nestled between the sea and the South Downs a weekend in Worthing will be packed with fun.
Take in a show at one of two theatres, try your hand at water sports, uncover independent shops and galleries including beach hut artists’ studios and artisan workshops, take a local history tour and dine out at one of many great eating cafes and restaurants.
With great transport links and good quality accommodation, Worthing’s central Sussex location makes it the perfect base from which to explore the wider area.
For ideas, inspiration and a calendar of events check out disocoverworthing.uk

Drusillas Park

Alfriston, East Sussex

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!

For information about Educational School Trips to Drusillas please visit https://www.drusillas.co.uk/education-at-drusillas

Located just off the A27 in Alfriston: Open daily from 10am. 01323 874100. www.drusillas.co.uk

Fishers Farm Park

Newpound Lane, Wisborough Green, West Sussex

The multi-award winning Fishers Adventure Farm Park is the much-loved family day out in the heart of the lovely West Sussex countryside. Fishers offers a unique mixture of animal adventures, exhilarating indoor and outdoor play the whole family can experience – it’s no wonder that Fishers is still “Where the Family Comes First”.

With over 40 rides and attractions on offer for a jam-packed, fun-filled family day out it's no wonder Fishers is the perfect all-ear attraction, come rain or shine!

Heaven Farm

Heaven Farm, Furners Green, Uckfield, East Sussex

In the heart of Sussex is 100 acres of beautiful Bluebell woodland and nature trail with wallabies and deer. By the Bluebell woodland is our stunning Wedding Venue. The Stable Tea Rooms offer coffee, lunches and cream teas. Available for functions. Coaches welcome. Visit our shops The Granary for gifts and accessories.

Heaven Farm Shop offering fresh local and regional produce. Antiques and Collectables. Farm Museum (tel to confirm opening times). Entry to the farm is free and child friendly. Dogs welcome on leads. Caravan and Camping site.

Knockhatch Adventure Park

Knockhatch Adventure Park, Hailsham Bypass, Hailsham

Rain or Shine enjoy an action-pack visit.

Come sliding down and skip across the water on the Wave Runner Water Slide, ride the Runaway Train Simulator, play on Tommy Tractor in Playbarn or dig around for fun with the Construction Site Mini Diggers.

Not forgetting the other attractions you can bounce around on the Jumping Pillows, go rowing on the Lake, launch yourself off the Demon Drop Slide, or leap into Froggies the massive Indoor Soft Play Area.

Stroll around the Farm feeding the animals and wander round the Owl Sanctuary. Watch a display or take a ride on the Quadapillar, which happens daily.

There is plenty to do for every one of all ages.

Middle Farm

West Firle, Lewes, East Sussex

Meet your farmyard favourites at our 625 acre working family farm, home to the oldest farm shop in the U.K. with butcher’s shop, delicatessen, bakery and the National Collection of Cider & Perry. Browse the largest array of Sussex produce available anywhere and enjoy coffee and cake, light lunch or afternoon cream tea in our own farmhouse kitchen restaurant.

Get up close to our Jerseys being milked every afternoon in the milking parlour, play in the Hay Play Barn, discover the wildlife on our Farm Trail and pick a beautiful memento of your visit in Skies and Scarecrows, our stylish country gift shop.

Open 7 days/week all year round

Raystede Centre For Animal Welfare

The Broyle, Ringmer, East Sussex

At Raystede we are passionate about the wellbeing of all animals and are committed to giving them the best possible life. We rescue, rehome and provide sanctuary for more than 2000 animals each year.

Our Sanctuary, with its sizeable lakes, offers a safe haven for visiting waterfowl as well as our chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese. We also offer a lifelong home for goats, horses, ponies, alpacas, sheep and donkeys that were abandoned.

Raystede is free to visit almost every day of the year and our educational service is very important to our work, we are visited by schools in East Sussex and beyond. We also offer guidance to all ages on caring for animals.

RSPB Dungeness

Dungeness Rd, Romney Marsh

Jutting out into the English Channel, Dungeness is the UK’s only desert landscape and home to many special animals including lizards, rare bumblebees and the endemic Sussex emerald moth. It is a magnet for all kinds of birdlife, from huge flocks of waterbirds to beautiful birds of prey, notably hobbies in the summer and marsh harriers all year round. Dungeness is also one of the few places in the South East with bearded tits – delicately marked birds found only in reedbeds.

Meet our experts on a guided walk, or join our Wild Families team for a hands-on nature experience: from bushcraft to butterfly spotting, we’ve plenty to keep young adventurers happy.




RSPB Pagham Harbour

Selsey Rd, Chichester

One of Sussex’s few undeveloped stretches of coastline, Pagham Harbour combines beautiful landscapes with a rich historical heritage – and a wealth of wildlife. As the sheltered inlet at the heart of the reserve fills and empties with the tide, watch ducks, geese and wading birds fly to and fro. Resident little egrets and lapwings are joined by passing migrants in spring, while summer sees breeding little terns, butterflies flitting along the hedgerows, dragonflies hovering over ponds and lizards basking in the sun.

Join a beginners’ wildlife photography workshop, get creative at an artists’ wildlife painting workshop, or stargaze with experts at an astronomy night.





RSPB Pulborough Brooks

Wiggonholt, Pulborough

In the glorious South Downs National Park, Pulborough Brooks has amazing views of the Arun Valley. It provides an all-year-round home for nature, with highlights including the nightingale, famed for the beauty of its song, whistling wigeons in flooded winter meadows, and pretty butterflies and dragonflies amongst the wild flowers in the sunnier months. The variety of habitats, including wetlands, woodland and heathland, bring with them a wonderful variety of species to enjoy.

Join us at one of our special events, such as our creative Inspired by Nature workshops, or a night-time safari. Or, go wild with our Wild Families team, and try ditch dipping, den building or join a snakehunt.



Spring Barn Farm Park

Spring Barn Farm, Kingston Road, Lewes, East Sussex

Spring Barn Farm is the perfect family day out, just one mile from Lewes or a short drive from Brighton. Open year round, there is always so much to see and do! There are lots of animals waiting to meet you, take part in our daily activities schedule. Then head to the barn for fab indoor play with mega slides, young ride-on tractor drivers course and Under 5’s soft play area. Outside, enjoy adventure play, zip wire, jumping pillows (weather dependent) and more!

The farmhouse kitchen serves delicious home-cooked meals (including a full kids menu), tempting cakes and cream teas, then take time to browse the farm shop, full of local produce and homemade products.

The Sealife Centre

Marine Parade, Brighton

SEA LIFE Brighton is situated right on the sea-front next to Brighton's iconic pier, SEA LIFE Brighton is the world's oldest operating aquarium and provides a fascinating insight into life below the waves.

We're open every day apart from Christmas Day. We are open for admissions every day between 10am and 4pm, closing at 5pm.

Tulleys Farm

Turners Hill Road, Turners Hill, Crawley, West Sussex

Tulleys Farm has evolved into a countryside venue for Seasonal Family Events such as the world famous Halloween festivals. The Farm is the home of our famous Tea Room and Garden, with Play Area and Animal Patch - OPEN DAILY year round. Tulleys is also the ideal place to hold your function, business or family, festival and weddings.

Our Family Events includes spooky daytime fun for younger children and Night time Scares for over 15s at the Shocktober Fest Scream Park. 'Haunts' include the Haunted Hayride, The Cellar Haunted House, Street Theatre and lots more thrills!.

The year closes with our hugely popular Family Christmas Event and Christmas Store, including 'Santa's Post House' 'Santa's Sleigh Ride' fun Puppet Shows and lots of fun.