May in Sussex – A Burst of Fun for the Whole Family

May in Sussex – A Burst of Fun for the Whole Family

Spring bursts into bloom across Sussex in May, painting the landscape with vibrant colours and lengthening the days with sunshine. 

This vibrant season is the perfect time to explore the many treasures Sussex has to offer, especially for families looking for unforgettable May half-term memories. 

Whether you crave exhilarating adventures, encounters with fascinating creatures, or peaceful immersions in history and nature, Sussex has something for everyone. Below you’ll find our hand-pick selection from the many wonderful things to do in Sussex this May! 

Family Adventures this May Half Term in Sussex

The award-winning Fishers Farm Park offers a fantastic day out for families. During May half-term, enjoy live music, tractor rides, animal encounters, and exciting outdoor adventures like the Sky Fall!

Harbour Park is a family-friendly amusement park that offers a variety of rides and attractions, from exhilarating roller coasters to classic amusements like dodgems and waltzers. There’s also East Beach Littlehampton right next door, perfect for cooling down on a hot May day.

Calling all Paw Patrol fans! During the May half-term, meet Chase, Marshall, Skye, and the rest of the Paw Patrol gang for a heroic meet-and-greet experience at Drusillas Park. There are also daily talks, shows, and opportunities to see a variety of amazing animals.

Aldingbourne Country Centre allows visitors to get up close to a variety of farm animals, with opportunities for feeding and petting. They also offer pony rides, a maize maze, and a jumping pillow, making it a great choice for a fun-filled family day out.

For a touch of magic, follow the enchanting Fairy and Forest Folk Trail as you wander the museum grounds at Weald & Downland Living Museum. Listen to captivating tales spun by a Victorian storyteller, transporting you to the realm of fairies. Unleash your creativity with fun fairy craft activities, perfect for little ones.

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Immerse Yourself in History & Nature’s Beauty

Explore the stunning landscaped gardens at Nymans Gardens, a National Trust property. Take a daily guided tour throughout May to discover the rich history and beautiful flora of the gardens. For the tree lovers, there’s also a special guided tree tour offered on select dates.

Standen House & Garden offers a variety of events throughout May. Immerse yourself in the world of contemporary craft at the Material Things XVII exhibition and learn a new skill with the East Grinstead Spinners. Standen also offers guided walks with the Head Gardener, providing a unique insight into the gardens’ history and maintenance. 

Head to Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens for an evening adventure, explore the beautiful Leonardslee Gardens after dark during their Leonardslee Lates events.  These ticketed evenings feature live music, illuminations, and a variety of entertainment, perfect for a unique Sussex experience.

Unwind and Recharge: Creative Activities & Tranquil Escapes

Are you looking for a bit of “you” time or something a little more relaxing than running around after the kids? There are plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind. 

Unleash your inner artist with a short creative escape course offered by West Dean College. Learn new skills in a variety of disciplines, from painting and pottery to calligraphy and textiles.

Experience a moment of serenity with a yoga session in the sky. While not specifically for May half-term, Brighton i360 offers yoga sessions throughout the week, providing a chance to relax and take in the panoramic views from the pod.

It’s not just attractions and activities that can make your visit to Sussex special. From exploring the charming villages that dot the Sussex countryside to picnicking amidst the beauty of the South Downs National Park, Sussex offers a variety of experiences that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.  

Immerse yourselves in the local culture with a visit to a traditional pub, savour delicious meals made with fresh, seasonal ingredients, or browse through unique shops and boutiques.  Sussex is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered, and May is the perfect time to embark on your unforgettable Sussex adventure.


This is just a taste of the many exciting things to do in Sussex this May. So, pack your bags, grab your loved ones, and get ready to create lasting memories in this beautiful corner of England!

Want to find out what’s on? Visit our events diary or check out our other wonderful attractions

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