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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.

Spa Valley Railway

West Station, Nevill Terrace, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Welcome to the Spa Valley Railway!

We're open every weekend until 27th October, plus selected weekdays (mainly during the school holidays - see timetable).

Tickets may be purchased online, or are available on the day of travel from our stations. We recommend you book in advance where possible, particularly on Special Events days

We are proud to be wheelchair friendly, and the majority of our trains are equipped with ramps to permit ease of access for visitors with reduced mobility. Buggies, prams, bicycles and dogs are all welcome, and carried free of charge!

Our popular Santa Specials run from 23rd November every weekend plus 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th December 2019 please see our web site for full details and ticket availability - Santa specials start and finish at our Station st Eridge so please be aware that this service does not commence from Tunbridge Wells

St Mary's House & Gardens

Bramber, West Sussex

Enchanting historic 15th century timber-framed house, with magnificent gardens, and charming cottage-style tea rooms, in the picturesque award-winning downland village of Bramber. St Mary's is still a lived-in home, with fine panelled rooms, including the unique Elizabethan trompe l'oeil Painted Room.

There are five acres of beautiful gardens, with an exceptional example of the prehistoric Ginkgo Biloba 'living fossil' tree, amusing animal topiary, and 'Secret' Garden with original Victorian fruit wall and pineapple pits, beautiful rose garden, unusual circular English Poetry Garden, landscape water garden and Rural Museum.

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

We have introduced timed ticket entry and reduced capacity to ensure the safe distancing of visitors inside the palace. Please check our website for the latest information www.brightonmuseums.org.uk.

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.

A Prince’s Treasure (continues to September 2021)
The palace is furnished with over 120 remarkable decorative works of art on loan from Her Majesty the Queen. Originally commissioned by the Prince Regent, and not seen by the public for over 170 years, the items have been relocated from Buckingham Palace and reunited in their former home.

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, Kew’s wild botanic garden in Sussex. Managed by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
With over 500 acres to discover, Wakehurst is home to a dramatic and diverse landscape ranging from managed ornamental gardens, temperate woodlands, an Elizabethan Mansion and a private nature reserve.

Don’t miss Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, where you can visit the largest wild seed conservation project in the world where you can see Kew scientists at work and learn about the essential conservation work of plants and fungi. There’s plenty to do for all the family, whether it’s learning about the impressive botanic collection, relaxing with a coffee, exploring the Loder Valley nature reserve, or letting children run wild in natural play spaces such as Tree Trunk Trek.

There’s always something to see and do in and around the ever-changing landscape to make each visit stimulating, whatever the season.
Regular events throughout the year. Children 16 and under free of charge.

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.

Wealden Do Coast and Countryside

Wealden District

Centrally located in Sussex, this area boasts the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the South Downs National Park. Renowned for its walking, cycling and birdwatching the area offers the finest local food and drink, with an array of vineyards, micro-breweries, cheesemakers, fresh produce and local crafts. And the historic houses, gardens and the many steam trains railways are not to be missed either!

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.