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

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 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

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 a Sculpture Trail, Roses in Bloom and Kids Activities from Spring to Autumn. Dogs on leads welcome. House and garden tours available.

Brighton SEALIFE

Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1TB

SEA LIFE Brighton have launched a state of the art new attraction Day & Night.The first of its kind in the UK. Experience the 24-hour wonder of a coral reef. Journey through our underwater tunnel and floor to ceiling viewing window! See the UK’s largest collection of sharks and rays including Black Tip Reef and Zebra Sharks, Honeycomb Stingrays and Fantail Sting Rays and turtles Lulu and Gulliver!

COMING 9th November:
Get creative with LEGO at our brand new LEGO Sea Explorers event! Find all the facts while completing creative activities around the centre and crown yourself a top Sea Explorer!

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




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.

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.



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.