‘Are we nearly there yet?’ These five words sum up bored children so make them a thing of the past with family holidays in Sussex. Take the hard work out of decision making for special family days out and child friendly activities and events.
Remember how much fun it was to clamber around adventure playgrounds and parks? Children love storybook Bodiam Castle, a 14th century stronghold complete with towers, battlements and moat, and a ride on the restored steam trains of the Bluebell Railway is always popular. Or hear spooky tales at Arundel Ghost Experience, and take a tour of the old prison cells, reputedly haunted.
Fishers Farm Park is designed for children under the age of 10; a mixture of farm animals and adventure play for letting off steam in the South Downs. Weald and Downland Open Air Museum has over 45 historic buildings, all rescued from destruction and rebuilt in a parkland setting with woodland walks, working Shire horses, and a 17th century mill.
There’s a soft play area for tots, a huge play frame for older kids and pool tables and a jukebox for teens at the Flying Fortress Ford Airfield - and comfy sofas for parents. Harbour Park, Littlehampton, offers fun for all the family, with attractions both in and out-side and a 9-hole adventure golf course.
Located in the belly of Hastings West Hill lies the history of Hastings’ secret past, rife with smugglers - delve into the caves of Smugglers Adventures then down to the seafront to take a walk underneath the fishes in Blue Reef Aquarium.
Animals are always a hit with children, so visit the meerkats, lemurs and penguins at Drusillas Park in Alfriston; take an alpaca for a walk at Dunreyth Alpacas near Chichester, see llamas, alpacas and cheeky angora goats at the Ashdown Forest Llama Park, sharks, sting-ray and jellyfish at Brighton Sealife Centre, wetland wildlife at WWT Arundel, and friendly farm animals on the working farm at Spring Barn Farm, near Lewes.
Be prepared to get lost at the Amazing Maize Maze at Tulleys Farm near Crawley (summer holidays only). With a path network of over three miles over an area of five acres, it’s one of the largest and most intricate puzzles in the world.
Whatever the weather does there are choices of indoor or outdoor family friendly attractions. The kids will meet new friends, be entertained, learn new things and try new experiences that they’ll want to share, and that makes a better holiday for you.