School trip options throughout Sussex

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Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest

Bedgebury Road, Goudhurst, Kent

Open all year, Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest is home to the National Conifer Collection.

The Pinetum which is recognised as one of the most complete collections of conifers on one site anywhere in the world, is a centre for international conifer conservation, and contains more than 12,000 trees, including rare, endangered and historically important specimens.

Bedgebury Forest offers facilities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy activities such as adventure play, walking, cycling, mountain-biking, running, and o Ape tree top adventures. The Bedgebury Café enjoys panoramic views across the Pinetum.

Bedgebury offers events and activities throughout the year including family and seasonal trails, nature walks and talks, school holiday events, and Forest Live Concerts. You can even find a Gruffalo in the Pinetum! There is also a dedicated learning team offering a whole range of learning opportunities for schools.

Bewl Water

Lamberhurst

The site is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, in the heart of the High Weald. Bewl is open all year and offers a range of activities, including fishing, sailing, cycling and boating, trips on the Bewl Belle and an adventure playground. With two food outlets on the shoreline, a stunning Boat House Bistro and café, as well as ample parking facilities a visit to this stunning reservoir is a must.
OPEN DAILY: Admission £2 per car. For more information, Tel: 01892 890000

Bluebell Railway

Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex

The Bluebell railway operates along an 11 mile track between Sheffield Park and the ancient market town of East Grinstead. A round trip lasts for one and three quarter hours and offers a chance to see how we travelled in days gone by.

The locomotive shed at Sheffield Park is open every day and the museum is open whenever the trains run. Trains run every weekend and daily Easter to October and climbing on board and sitting back is a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours.

Bodiam Castle

Bodiam, Near Robertsbridge, East Sussex

One of Britain's most picturesque and evocative castles. Spiral staircases, battlements, portcullis and murder holes - Bodiam Castle is the real thing. Windows to gaze through where arrows were once loosed; towers to climb and ruins to explore where knights once roamed.

Bodiam is a place to inspire and let your imagination run wild. Our colourful castle characters bring the medieval world to life through intriguing tales. A Knight’s Peril invites you to solve a mystery and save the day.

Our tea room makes the perfect end to your visit, with a tempting array of homemade cakes and lunches. With lot of events throughout the year and open all year around, what are you waiting for?

Charleston: A Bloomsbury Home and Garden

Firle, near Lewes, East Sussex

Visit Charleston, the home of Bloomsbury art and ideas. With its unique interiors and beautiful walled garden, it was the home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant from 1916. Together they decorated the house over the decades they spent here, painting walls, doors and furniture and filling the rooms with their own paintings and works by artists they knew and admired, such as Picasso, Derain, Sickert and Renoir.

Events, workshops and literature Festivals throughout the year with a lovely Shop and Café on site.

OPEN Wed to Sun 1 Mar to 29 Oct plus Bank Holiday Mondays. See website for opening hours, prices and to book your House tour in advance. Groups welcome by prior arrangement, call 01323 811626.

Discovery Playground

The Old Town Hall, High Street, Hastings

We are an indoor-playground, offering sensory play facilities. At Discovery Playground, there's something for every member of the family to enjoy. Come and explore the UKs first walk-in rice pit, play with our giant ball-run or create your own marble run.. plus much more! What will you discover?

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!

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!

Goodwood Aerodrome

Goodwood, Chichester

From its historic roots as a hub for some of the most heroic Battle of Britain pilots, Goodwood Aerodrome has evolved into one of the country’s leading flying schools. You too can experience the thrill of a flight in a war plane. Or alternatively step into one of our ultra-modern fleet of aircraft and experience life from a whole new perspective, high in the skies above the beautiful Sussex countryside.

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.

Out of Bounds

Golfers Lane, Angmering

ACTION PACKED ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY, ALL YEAR ROUND, COME RAIN OR SHINE!

Known as one of the best family activity venues and awarded Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, Out of Bounds is the perfect fun day out for all the family. Action packed with indoor and outdoor activities for all age groups and abilities. Try Clip‘nClimb, a challenging and exhilarating climbing experience, including speed climb and leap of faith. A giant multi-level indoor soft play centre, 12 Lanes of Ten Pin Bowling, an 18 hole safari themed adventure golf course with waterways, audio sounds and visual effects, evening Open Laser Tag sessions, a 9 hole FootGolf course to challenge your skill and fitness or a more tranquil 9 hole Par 3 course plus a 30 bay covered floodlit driving range. OPENING TIMES 9.30am-9pm seven days a week. Further details and prices may be found on our website or Tel: 01903 788588.

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.

Weald & Downland Living Museum

Town Lane, Singleton, West Sussex

Come and discover 50 rescued traditional buildings in a rural landscape, which tell the stories of the people who lived and worked in the Weald and Downland region over a 950-year period. Explore the Museum’s 40-acre site and visit our historic houses – many of which are furnished with recreated domestic interiors.

There are six delightful period gardens that have been recreated to show the transition of gardens from the early 16th century through to the late 19th century. They show the herbs, vegetables and plants that would have met the needs of rural households. Each garden represents the period of the house and the social status of the householder.

Visitors can enjoy a changing programme of domestic and craft demonstrations, including cooking in our Tudor kitchen, milling in our working watermill, blacksmithing in our Victorian smithy, plus seasonal demonstrations. You can wander in the woodland, visit the café kiosk or picnic by the millpond. Dogs on leads are welcome.