School trip options throughout Sussex

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Arundel Museum

Mill Road, Arundel

Arundel Museum
Arundel Museum is a modern, award winning museum situated on the riverbank in the centre of the lovely town of Arundel. The fascinating exhibits and artefacts tell the history of this historic town, from the first pre-Roman settlements to the present day. Do you know what a Knucker Hole is or where you might find a Mullet? You will do after your visit. It is however more than a museum, there is a café and a shop, we offer family event days, talks and exhibitions and our Jubilee Room is available for private hire.
While visiting why not take part in our original, official and guided , ‘Walking through History tours,’ ranging from Arundel Past and Present to the Ghosts, Murders and Mysteries of Old Arundel. There really is something for everyone.
01903 885866
e mail office@arundelmuseum.org

Bateman's

Bateman’s Lane, Burwash, Etchingham, TN19 7DS

Beautiful family home and garden of Rudyard Kipling, author of the Jungle Book.
Nestled amongst the beautiful countryside of the Sussex Weald, Batemans is a 17th-century house surrounded by gardens, farmland and trees. You’ll find a Grade I listed watermill, a natural play area for den building and the Mulberry tea-room for homemade meals and cakes.
Open all year around, except 24 & 25 December.
For more information visit our website or call 01435 882302.

Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest

Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent

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

The pinetum 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 Go 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

Bluebell Railway operates along an 11-mile track between Sheffield Park and the market town of East Grinstead, stopping at Horsted Keynes and Kingscote stations along the way.

The steam railway commenced train services in August 1960, and is now home to one of the finest collections of vintage steam locomotives and carriages – many of which were preserved straight out of service from British Railways.

During your visit, learn about the history and science of the industrial age, experience the thrill of getting up close to a working steam locomotive and luxuriate in the comfort and style of a bygone era. Families can enjoy getting hands-on in our interactive exhibitions in SteamWorks!, and children can play in our play and picnic areas while parents relax with a cuppa from our catering outlets.

Please check our website for timetables and opening times.

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.

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?

Bolney Wine Estate

Foxhole Lane, Bolney, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Bolney’s story began in 1972 when owners and founders, Janet and Rodney Pratt, planted three acres of vines to create what was then only the sixth commercial vineyard in England. Since then Bolney has grown immensely, now at 39 acres of vines comprising of five unique vineyard sites, as well as a visitor centre and café restaurant and an on-site shop. With plans to expand further, building starts for a new winery at the end of 2018, bringing Bolney to the next level of capacity and quality.The Estate, located on the edge of the South Downs and about 14 miles from the UK’s south coast, specialises in producing premium red, white, rosé and sparkling English wines. Bolney has won numerous awards and gained lots of fans all over the world. Pop in for one of our tour and tasting packages, for the over 18s. The Eighteen Acre Café Restaurant serves tasty local produce to indulge your appetite.

Borde Hill Garden

Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

This heritage Garden is renowned for its rare shrubs and champion trees, created from specimens accumulated by the great plant collectors and tended with passion by four generations of the Stephenson Clarke family. Borde Hill combines outstanding vistas with tranquil outdoor garden rooms, including the fragrant Rose Garden and scenic Italian Garden.

Visitors can also enjoy woodland walks, picnics by the lakes, or watch the kids play in the Adventure Playground. There are unique events throughout the season including Roses in Bloom, live music in the Garden throughout the summer, and family trails during the school holidays. Dogs on leads are welcome. House and garden tours available for groups (15+ people).

Brighton SEA LIFE

Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1TB

SEA LIFE Brighton - The World’s Oldest Operating Aquarium

Let us take you on a fascinating journey through the original Victorian architecture of the oldest operating aquarium in the world. Based opposite the iconic pier, SEA LIFE Brighton was built in 1872 and features 5,500 mesmerising creatures including Rays, Sharks, Turtles, Terrapins, Star Fish, Seahorses and an Anaconda! Here at SEA LIFE Brighton you can see them all - from the curious and the rescued to the rare and the enigmatic. In 2019 SEA LIFE Brighton launched a state of the art new attraction Day & Night. The first of its kind in the UK, Day & Night offers guests the chance to experience the 24-hour wonder of a coral reef as it moves through the day in 750,000 litre display. NEW for 2020 our Jawsome Sharks event launching 15th Feb - 19th April, be a Jawsome Ranger and meet our crazy, but very clever Professor Finn! Check our website for full details and to buy tickets.

Butser Ancient Farm

Chalton Lane, Waterlooville, Hampshire PO8 0BG

A fascinating day out at Butser Ancient Farm, nestled within the rolling South Downs National Park. Discover ongoing reconstructions of ancient British homes and buildings, including Stone Age, Iron Age, Roman and Anglo Saxon, with rare breed animals and ancient crops. Butser is a world renowned experimental archaeological site with ever changing experiments, displays and projects, exploring and bringing the past to life. Join a traditional skills workshop, experience an ancient Celtic Festival and enjoy many other special events throughout the year. Dogs and picnics are welcome and there is a café with hot drinks and light refreshments. Free parking and good disabled access across the site.

Chichester Canal

Canal Basin, Canal Wharf, Chichester, West Sussex

Steps away from the city centre, Chichester Canal offers a unique and peaceful environment.
Linking the City to the sea, our speciality is boat trips.

The Canal has up to four daily trips on our boat Kingfisher. Richmond offers catered cruises, for example a Fish and Chip cruise and an English Afternoon Tea cruise. Both boats offer a lift and Kingfisher has an accessible WC. Richmond is available for private charter for family celebrations.

Our Cafe overlooks the Canal Basin, where customers relax with a wide choice of drinks, mouthwatering cakes and light bites. It offers seating indoors, on a terrace or under the trees. There is a lift to the first floor and an accessible WC.

We offer rowing boats for hire and licences for paddleboards and canoes. Our Heritage Centre offers visitors almost 200 years of history.
Free entry.

Chichester Festival Theatre

Oaklands Park, Chichester, West Sussex

One of the UK’s flagship theatres, renowned for the exceptionally high standard of its productions as well as its work with the community and young people. Situated in a cathedral city in West Sussex between the South Downs and the sea, the Festival Theatre’s bold thrust stage design makes it one of England’s most striking playhouses – equally suited to epic drama and musicals. Its studio theatre, the Minerva, is particularly noted for premieres of new work alongside intimate revivals.

Rooted firmly in its community, the Theatre runs a Learning, Education and Participation (LEAP) programme that is a beacon of excellence and inspiration to its local audience, as well as being home to one of the country’s largest youth theatres with over 800 members.

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!

And NEW for 2019, a beautifully mesmerising Rainforest Carousel - the first of its kind in the UK!

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!

Knockhatch Adventure Park

Knockhatch Adventure Park, Hailsham Bypass, Hailsham

Knockhatch Adventure Park, in Hailsham, is fantastic value for families with the most imaginative indoor & outdoor play areas in the South East!

Will you brave the Dinosaurs & Drop Slide in the Lost World Play Barn?
Face the fearsome Red Dragon in the Dragon Castle Adventure Playground?
Surf down the towering Wave Runner?

Knockhatch also has a Petting Farm, Owl Sanctuary Centre, Meerkat Experiences, Wallaby Walk Through, Go Karts, Avalanche Slide, Trampoline Pillows, Big Top, a Boating Lake, Picnic Areas and much more. It's the perfect day out for all the family.

Save 20% by booking your tickets online at www.knockhatch.com or 25% on the gate with a 1066 Card (available from the Gift Shop)

Lancing College Chapel

Lancing

Welcome to the tallest school chapel in the world, a cathedral by any other name.
Come discover the peace and tranquillity of this gothic revival Sussex landmark and its hidden treasures: the biggest rose window in the UK; tapestries from the William Morris looms; the Walker and Frobenius organs; and the moving story of the fallen 1911 pupils.
Or just take in the sheer splendour and scale of the architecture and masonry.
Open 10am-4pm Monday - Saturday; 12noon - 4pm Sunday and Bank Holidays.
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday




Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens

Brighton Road, Lower Beeding, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 6PP

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens - ‘The Finest Woodland Gardens in England’ - are Grade I Listed and feature outstanding displays all year round, with plants collected since the 1800s and many rare ‘champion’ trees.

See the colony of cute wallabies, the deer park and giant carp, basking in the seven lakes that nestle in the woodland valley, a rare oasis for wildlife.

Visit the Rock Garden and Dolls House Exhibition; enjoy the gift shops and cafeteria-style refreshments; or book a classic afternoon tea in the Grade II Listed Mansion House, then dine at Michelin-starred Restaurant Interlude.

The year-round programme of entertainment includes live music festivals, arts and crafts fairs and children’s events.

Little Street, Children's Role Play Centre

Chichester

Little Street are the UK’s premier award winning role play venues. Responding to children’s love of imaginative play, we have created a realistic town scaled down for little people. Featuring a supermarket, doctors, café, barn, construction site and more, there’s so much for children to explore.

Little Street, Rudgwick

Rudgwick (Horsham)

Little Street are the UK’s premier award winning role play venues. Responding to children’s love of imaginative play, we have created a realistic town scaled down for little people. Featuring a supermarket, doctors, café, barn, construction site and more, there’s so much for children to explore.

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.