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Sheffield Park and Garden

Sheffield Park, Near Uckfield, East Sussex

This National Trust landscape garden and surrounding historic parkland is well known for its spectacular autumn colour, but is glorious in all seasons. Originally designed in the 18th Century by gardening greats such as Capability Brown and Humphry Repton, the garden contains four lakes joined by a waterfall and cascade, while the parkland stretches down to the River Ouse and the Bluebell Railway.

Families will enjoy the Ringwood Toll play trail in the parkland or taking part in the 50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ challenge. Pick up a free booklet at reception and see how many you can tick off.
The Coach House tearoom and two on-site shops are open daily and regular events take place throughout the year including talks, walks, family trails and outdoor activities.

See the website for full details.

Smugglers Adventure

St Clements Caves, West Hill, Hastings, East Sussex

Deep in the heart of Hastings West Hill lies the Smugglers Adventure, acres of caverns that conceal the thrilling history of smugglers, bootleggers and warring bloodthirsty gangs.

Explore the labyrinth of secret tunnels and passages and discover the dangers and hardships that faced the Sussex smugglers of the eighteenth century.

Join notorious smuggler ‘Hairy Jack’ as he leads you through the underground caverns, passages and tunnels on a voyage back through time to the heyday of smuggling.

More than 70 life-size characters, interactive displays, eerie lighting and sound effects and dramatic recreations bring this mysterious and often bloody world vividly to life.

South Downs Heritage Centre

Brighton Rd, Hassocks

A unique visitor attraction in a stunning oak-framed barn. Independent British artists, designers and makers regularly showcase their work to the public. A local Sussex butcher and the renowned World Cheese Awards judge and cheesemonger, Paul Heasman, join many other artisan food producers in the Sussex Food Hall. Book one of many art and craft courses or join us at one of our events. Visit The Museum of Gardening in association with The Budding Foundation or relax at The Barn Restaurant and Coffee Shop which serves delicious meals, snacks and teas. FREE ADMISSION. We are a growing community of over 60 artists, makers, foodies, educators, gardening history enthusiasts and volunteers.

South Downs Planetarium

Sir Patrick Moore Building, Kingsham Farm, Kingsham Rd, Chichester PO19 8AE

With its 100-seater auditorium, colourful displays and well-stocked shop, the Planetarium has something for all the family (aged 6 upwards).

Our magnificent star projector projects nearly 4,500 stars and other celestial objects onto the dome above your head. There is free car parking, easy disabled access and is just a short walk from rail and bus stations.

Pre-booked visits by schools, clubs and youth groups welcome. Open all year. For opening times, public shows and prices see website. To reserve tickets or book a visit Tel: 01243 774400 or 07818 297292.

Standen House & Garden

East Grinstead, West Hoathly Road, West Sussex RH19 4NE

Family home with Arts & Crafts interiors famous for Morris & Co.designs.
The hillside garden offers something for every season and footpaths lead to the High Weald AONB.
OPEN DAILY (closed 24/25 Dec).
Tel: 01342 323029.

Sussex Prairie Garden

Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road (B2116), Near Henfield, West Sussex

Exciting prairie garden of approx. 8 acres crammed with colour. Planted in the naturalistic style using 50,000 plants and over 800 different varieties. Expect layers of colour, texture and splendour. Unusual plants for sale , teas ,coffee and home baking. Rare breed sheep and pigs. Permanent and exhibited sculpture collection.

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum

Gamecock Terrace, Tangmere, Chichester

This unique collection of military aircraft and artefacts from Great War to Cold War includes two past holders of the World Air Speed Record as well as a Lightning, Phantom, Sea Vixen, Hunter, Harrier, a replica Spitfire and Hurricane among others. Allow two hours to see the fascinating exhibits at this famous Battle of Britain RAF airfield including a Lightning cockpit flight simulator (for adults) and three other flight simulators (all ages) to test your flying skills! Check website for additional information and special events.
Open: Daily from 10am February 1st to 30th November - 3 miles from Chichester signed on A27.

The Observatory Science Centre

Wartling Road, Herstmonceux, Hailsham, East Sussex

Enjoy an exciting range of hands-on science and discovery amongst the domes and telescopes of a former world famous observatory.

Our historic site is now a thriving science centre, with over 100 interactive exhibits, as well as Telescope Tours, Science Shows, Café, Gift Shop, Outdoor Discovery Park and water play areas.

Open Evenings including night sky viewing (weather permitting), Astronomy Courses, Workshops and many Special Events are also run throughout the year. Our aim is to make science spectacular and fun for everyone.

The Royal Pavilion

Brighton, East Sussex

Built as King George IV’s pleasure palace when Brighton was the heart of fashionable Regency society, the Royal Pavilion was also used by King William IV and Queen Victoria. Today it has been restored to its original 1823 splendour with Indian architecture contrasted with interiors inspired by China.

Features include audio guides in various languages (available for a small charge), Royal Pavilion Tearoom, gift shop and stunning Regency Gardens.

The Story of Eastbourne

248 Terminus Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3DE

New for 2019! Discover this brand new exhibition
From pre-history to present day, the exhibition tells the story of Eastbourne through the eyes of the people who lived it. Discover ancient axes unearthed in Eastbourne, a piece of real Roman floor, spectacular Saxon treasure and top secret orders from the Home Guard in WW2.
The exhibition leads you on a journey through Eastbourne’s history. It may take twists and turns that you don’t expect and there will be some surprises along the way. Find out how Mrs Wilson tricked soldiers with a pie, what Richard de Clouworth the extravagantly dressed Vicar did in the 1300s and which magic trick George Grimmond invented in Eastbourne!

The True CRIME Museum

Palace Avenue Arcade, White Rock, Hastings, East Sussex

A SHOCKING new attraction for everyone fascinated by the dark world of CRIME.

Set in 3,000 sq/ft of seafront caves, it is the largest collection of crime memorabilia in the UK and open daily from 10am – 5pm.

Suitable for all ages and with wheelchair access throughout, the museum presents a chilling but fascinating insight into the world of Serial Killers, Forensics, Gangsters, Prisoners, Poisoners and more!

See a GENUINE lethal injection deathbed, the ACTUAL acid containers used by John George Haigh to dissolve his victims. Guess the crimes of the celebrities from their police mug shots, then enter the Cinema Cave where infamous murderers describe their hideous deeds.

Tilgate Park and Nature Centre

Tilgate Park, Tilgate drive, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 5PQ

The Award winning Tilgate Park and Nature Centre, situated on the outskirts of Crawley, is a true gem. Boasting a mix of open spaces, lakes, woodlands and landscaped gardens including a Walled garden with an event space, children's maze and a café. There are water sports on the main lake, a children's outdoor play area, a junior and an adult Go Ape tree top adventure course, a Smith and Western restaurant and even a golf course on site.

The Nature Centre is open all year round (excluding 25th December) and is home to amazing animals from around the world ranging from the much loved meerkats, pigs and goats to the weird and wonderful creatures such as tapir, capybara, macaws, chameleons, wallabies and reindeer. Animal experiences with the meerkats and tapir are available (needs to be booked in advance) and even a junior keeper experience for the day. Birthday parties can also be booked in our adjacent Barn with animal experiences included.

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.

Visit 1066 Country

Hastings

Experience the echoes of England’s extraordinary past in this unique blend of historic coast and unspoilt countryside. With its famous arts, music and medieval festivals, enchanting gardens and walks, attractions to suit all ages, museums and castles, antique shops and unrivalled local produce. There is no other place with such a rich past and great future. 2016 – 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings – come celebrate!

Wakehurst

Ardingly, Haywards Heath, Sussex

Wakehurst is a beautiful botanic gardens located in West Sussex and managed by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Set in 465 acres of country estate, Wakehurst boasts ornamental gardens, temperate woodlands, a nature reserve, and an Elizabethan mansion.

Surround yourself in the natural beauty of the area, enjoy afternoon tea or learn about the essential conservation work of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank. With natural play areas for the children, seasonal events and wildlife all around, there is something to keep everyone entertained.

Open 10am – 6pm. Adults £13.95 and membership from £29.50.

West Dean Gardens

West Dean, Near Chichester, West Sussex

West Dean Gardens near Chichester is one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public in England and are open to the public from February to December. Since the storm of 1987 a bold re-development programme has been carried out to bring the nineteenth century gardens into the twenty-first century.

Come and enjoy a relaxing walk round the gardens taking in the walled gardens, 300ft Edwardian pergola, award-winning Sunken Garden, Victorian glasshouses and 50 acre arboretum. The Gardens Restaurant is open to all for delicious lunches and afternoon teas before or after your visit. The Shop offers an imaginative and unusual range of gifts and plants on sale at very reasonable prices.