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Pashley Manor Gardens

Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst, Near Wadhurst, East Sussex

Delight in the sweeping herbaceous borders, elegant rose and historic walled gardens, the productive kitchen garden, enchanting woodland paths and tranquil vistas that form this award winning garden.

Relish the gardeners’ attention to detail; savour the homemade, local food in the café; relax on the terrace with refreshments; be captivated by the exhibitions of sculpture and art; peruse the gift shop and be charmed by the knowledgeable, friendly team.

Visit during a special event to enjoy spectacular displays of thousands of tulips, over a hundred varieties of roses, perfumed lilies or colourful dahlias.

1 Apr to 30 Sept, Tues to Sat, Bank Hol Mons & Special Event Days, 11am-5pm.

Petworth House & Park

Petworth, West Sussex

A magnificent treasure house set in the rolling South Downs National Park with a 700 acre deer park, waiting to be explored.

Petworth House contains the National Trust's finest collection of art. On display are important pieces by Van Dyck, Reynolds and Blake and vast murals by Louis Laguerre.

It houses an array of magnificent ancient and Neo-classical sculpture, fine furniture and carvings by Grinling Gibbons.

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.

Redoubt Fortress

Royal Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex

The Redoubt Fortress is one of the South Coast’s most historic landmarks located on Eastbourne’s iconic seafront. Uncover a secret world of over 200 years of history and a vibrant events programme to suit all ages and interests. Join one of our FREE weekend tours or try one of our exciting events including stargazing, Culture & Cake talks and ‘Films at the Fortress’
Call 01323 410300 or visit heritageeastbourne.com for more info.

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.



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.

Sky High Trampoline Park

Meridian Estate, Peacehaven, East Sussex BN10 8JQ

Sky High Trampoline Park is one of the most popular attractions in East Sussex and it’s easy to see why.
11,000 square foot of wall-to-wall trampolines and angled walls, mini-games and a giant air-bag provide the fun, while our onsite café serves hot and cold food and drinks.
For younger bouncers we have dedicated toddler sessions, and even fitness classes throughout the week.
With free parking and lockers available for use, there’s plenty going on at the south coast’s only indoor trampoline park!
Open 7 days a week.
Visit our website for 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.