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Newhaven Fort

Fort Road, Newhaven, East Sussex

There is so much to explore at Newhaven Fort, including the vast, echoing tunnels built into the chalk cliffs. Stroll along the ramparts and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the South Downs and Sussex Coast. The cliff-top gun emplacements are sure to fire any imagination!

This scheduled ancient monument tells the story of life in a Victorian Fortress and demonstrates Newhaven Fort’s role through two World Wars.

Sit in our recreated Blitz street shelter simulation and experience an air-raid (don’t panic – it isn’t real!). With a café, gift shop, outdoor playground, and exciting events programme, there’s something for all the family to enjoy!

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.

Arundel Wetland Centre

Mill Road, Arundel, West Sussex

This gorgeous wetland nature reserve bursts forth with wild life and fantastic family activities. The reserve has free Wetland Discovery Boat Safari rides, pond dipping and an amazing reedbed boardwalk. Wide, paved walkways lead to collection of 50 species of wildfowl from around the world in natural settings and 8 wildlife hides with ramps for easy access to view Sussex wildlife like kingfishers and water voles. Our Wetlands Discovery Boat Safari can even accommodate non-motorized wheelchairs which we also have for free loan at the admissons desk.

The Water’s Edge Cafe serves hot meals from 12-2pm and delicious cakes and specialty hot drinks all day. The WWT gift shop is open each day, every penny you spend supports conservation, here in Sussex, the UK and worldwide as the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust works to save wetlands for wildife and people.

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.

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.

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!

Wakehurst

Ardingly, Haywards Heath, Sussex

Wakehurst is a beautiful botanic gardens located in West Sussex and managed by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Set in 465 acres of country estate, Wakehurst boasts ornamental gardens, temperate woodlands, a nature reserve, and an Elizabethan mansion.

Surround yourself in the natural beauty of the area, enjoy afternoon tea or learn about the essential conservation work of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank. With natural play areas for the children, seasonal events and wildlife all around, there is something to keep everyone entertained.

Open 10am – 6pm. Adults £13.95 and membership from £29.50.

Heaven Farm

Heaven Farm, Furners Green, Uckfield, East Sussex

In the heart of Sussex is 100 acres of beautiful Bluebell woodland and nature trail with wallabies and deer. By the Bluebell woodland is our stunning Wedding Venue. The Stable Tea Rooms offer coffee, lunches and cream teas. Available for functions. Coaches welcome. Visit our shops The Granary for gifts and accessories.

Heaven Farm Shop offering fresh local and regional produce. Antiques and Collectables. Farm Museum (tel to confirm opening times). Entry to the farm is free and child friendly. Dogs welcome on leads. Caravan and Camping site.

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




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.

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.

Anne of Cleves House Museum

Southover High Street, Lewes

Anne of Cleves House formed part of Anne’s annulment settlement from Henry VIII in 1540. The House is a wonderful example of a late medieval timber framed building. The earliest parts date from the late 1400’s, and there were further additions up until the 17th century.

Today you can catch the atmosphere of how people lived during Tudor times in the kitchen, bedroom and parlour, which have authentic domestic furnishings.
The house also contains the Museum of Lewes History and the Wealden Iron Gallery which illustrates this local Tudor industry.

The pretty gardens behind are inspired by Tudor planting schemes and contains traditional plants including a medlar tree. The café and Tudor tea garden has a separate access to the museum which allows non museum visitors to come and enjoy a drink in the setting of this beautiful former home.

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.

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.

Hastings Castle and 1066 Story

Castle Hill Rd, Hastings, East Sussex

Discover the history of Britain’s first ever Norman castle.

Take in the breath-taking views of the Hastings coastline while you explore the history of this iconic building.

Learn how the Battle of Hastings unfolded in the medieval siege tent, as a 20 minute video show takes you on a journey from 1066 right up to the present day.

Wander through the Castle grounds and be transported back through time, explore the whispering dungeons and the remains of the chapel.

Whatever your age, Hastings Castle is a fun yet education day out for all the family.

Coombes Farm Experience

Church farm, Coombes, Lancing, Sussex

Enjoy an educational tractor and trailer ride to the top of the South Downs on our working family farm. Set in the environmentally sensitive South Downs, 1,000 acres of farmland with 800 ewes, 200 Sussex cattle, cornfields and conservation areas, views over the weald and out to sea.

Open daily at lambing time to see over 1,000 lambs and 80 calves being born from 16th March to 22nd April 2019.
Pre-booked Farm Tours by schools and groups welcome at other times.
For sheep shearing, summer holiday specials, open days and events visit the website. Tel: 01273 452028 to book or email berty@coombes.co.uk.

Come coarse fishing at Passies Pond – open all year. Contact passie 07710756257 passie@coombes.co.uk
Visit the 11C Coombes Church

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.




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!

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?

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.