27 child-friendly places to visit in Sussex

With lockdown restrictions hopefully loosening by the summer we round-up 27 places around Sussex which will help keep children entertained.

Monday, 22nd February 2021, 11:07 am
Fort Fun in Eastbourne

They range from beaches and parks to farms, adventure playgrounds and cinemas.

This small 10-acre zoo near to Alfriston, East Sussex, is popular with young families. Animals include pandas, sloths, meerkats and monkeys to name just a few.
Sprawling climbing frames and an aqua park provide outdoor fun while there is also indoor soft play at this venue in Eastbourne, East Sussex.
Located in Ferring, just outside Worthing, West Sussex, this farm is a great place to see typical farm animals such as pigs, goats, chickens, and rabbits. It also has a lovely playground.
These gardens in Worthing, West Sussex, are popular with young and old alike, with plenty of room to run around and explore the different gardens and enjoy a picnic.
For the animal lovers out there, there is a children's farm and an owl sanctuary at this adventure park in Hailsham. Plus there are several outdoor playgrounds and a boating lake and a number of large indoor adventure play areas.
This activity centre in Angmering, West Sussex, has laser tag, ten pin bowling, clip 'n' climb, foot/disc golf, soft play, adventure golf and jumping pillows.
This working farm in Firle makes a great day out, with plenty of animals to see, and playgrounds to enjoy. It also has a farm shop, cider and perry shop, butchery and deli.
This park covers 22 acres in Bognor Regis. It has a boating lake, miniature railway, Mediterranean and tropical gardens with specimen trees from around the world, café / restaurant, children's play area and and an adventure 18 hole putting course.
The centre in Ringmer, East Sussex, has hundreds of species of animals which you can learn more about.
Just one of a number of National Trust venues across East and West Sussex that is worth a visit. This one in Petworth, West Sussex, has a Grade I listed house in its grounds, as well as a pleasure garden and deer park and usually has activities for children.
Located at Stone Cross, between Eastbourne and Hailsham, in East Sussex it offers pick your own (PYO) fruit and vegetables, a farm shop, coffee shop, farm trail, play area and school holiday events (including a tractor and trailer ride).
You can stroll around the lake and visit Dinosaur Island play area at this park in Southwater, near Horsham. It has The Quarry, a natural conservation area home to lizards, kingfishers and butterflies, and offers watersports.
This Eastbourne pirate-themed park has a mini-golf course, soft play area, paddling pool and shipwreck playground.
Living on the coast we are lucky to have so many beaches close to us. One of the most well known beaches is West Wittering beach, a sandy beach in West Sussex. Last year you had to book your slot which helped with social distancing and overcrowding so it will be interesting to see what happens this summer.
Wander along the wooden boardwalk of decks and bridges through a world of towering reeds and glistening lakes. Or take to the water on the Wetland Discovery boat safari. Hand feed ducks and geese and enjoy the outdoor adventure Pond Life play area.
Sussex has many chain and independent cinemas across the county, such as Worthing Dome (pictured). Hopefully they will be open this summer and showing classic children films as well as new releases.
Located outside Chichester, the centre offers woodland walks, an open farm, ride-on tractors, castle playground and home-cooked food.
Children will love visiting this 1880's station in Uckfield, East Sussex, with steam engines on display, a museum and gift shop on a heritage railway line. Riding the train the 11 miles between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead in Sussex.is a great experience.
Family-run adventure park with a miniature railway that stretches for nearly a mile, a five acre wildlife-rich lake area, a maze, adventure playground and cafe.
We are blessed with so many wonderful walks around Sussex. One walk mentioned was the Centurion Way Railway Path - a 5.5 mile (9km) path that runs between Chichester, Lavant and West Dean following the old dismantled Chichester to Midhurst railway line, which closed in 1991.
My Skate World is Eastbourne’s very own skating venue for everyone, from beginners to the best all under one roof. The lights and music make it a great experience.
This indoor bouldering centre in Portslade offers short but tricky climbs, using climbing shoes, a bag of chalk and safety mats rather than ropes and harnesses.
This country estate in Midhurst, West Sussex is a lovely place for walks, as well as hosting polo matches in the summer. Certainly something different to do!
Located in Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, the venue has lots of animals, tractor ride, indoor play and two acres of outdoor adventure including a zip wire, jumping pillow, sand-pit, trampolines, and climbing frames.
Set in Tilgate Park, it offers Tilgate Adventure, Treetop Challenge, Forest Segway, and Sundown Adventure. Plus there is loads to do in the park, with a large children’s play area overlooking the lake and you can hire family boats or single boats if you’d like to get out and about on the lake.
Located outside Lewes, children can learn about a variety of native animals at this farm with playgrounds and pony riding.
This award-winning adventure park in Wisborough Green, West Sussex, has horse and tractor rides, splash attack, sky fall, toddler village, assault course, barrel bug safari, merry go round, ghost tunnel, quad bikes, animal enclosures, adventure playground....the list goes on...