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Top 10 Family Attractions in Sussex This Summer

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Are you at a loss for plans this summer? You don’t need to look far, as Sussex boasts plenty to entertain all ages. Here are the top family attractions you must visit.

South Downs National Park

The South Downs National Park, stretching from Winchester to Eastbourne, is a treasure trove of natural beauty and outdoor activities. Families can enjoy long walks, cycling, picnicking, and wildlife spotting amidst rolling hills and picturesque landscapes.

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Devil’s Dyke

Known for its stunning views and historic significance, Devil’s Dyke is a popular spot for hiking, kite flying, and picnics. The site also offers guided walks and storytelling sessions, making it educational and fun.

Seven Sisters Country Park

Located near Eastbourne, Seven Sisters Country Park offers spectacular coastal views, chalk cliffs, and a visitor centre with educational exhibits. It’s perfect for walking, birdwatching, and exploring the diverse flora and fauna.

Drusillas Park

Situated near Alfriston, Drusillas Park is a family-friendly zoo with a plethora of attractions designed to keep children entertained. Besides the zoo, which houses a wide variety of animals, the park includes adventure playgrounds, a splash pad, and themed rides.

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Animal Attractions

Drusillas boasts a diverse collection of animals, from monkeys and meerkats to exotic birds and reptiles. Interactive experiences like feeding the lorikeets and the ‘Close Encounter’ experiences add to the fun.

Adventure Playgrounds

The park features several adventure playgrounds, including Go Wild!, Go Bananas!, and the newly added Amazon Adventure, ensuring hours of entertainment. The Thomas & Friends Train Ride is a must for young fans, taking visitors on a scenic tour around the park.

Arundel Castle and Gardens

Arundel Castle, with its medieval architecture and stunning gardens, offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and outdoor fun. The extensive grounds and meticulously maintained gardens are ideal for leisurely strolls and picnics.

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Historical Exploration

Families can explore the castle’s grand rooms and armoury, and keep learning about the history of the Earls of Arundel on special tours. The castle gardens include the Collector Earl’s Garden, the Tropical Glasshouse, and the Organic Kitchen Garden, each offering unique sights and scents.

Summer Events

During the summer, Arundel Castle hosts various events, such as medieval reenactments, archery demonstrations, and jousting tournaments, providing interactive and educational experiences.

Brighton Beach and Pier

Brighton Beach and Pier are iconic Sussex attractions that offer a blend of traditional seaside fun and modern entertainment. The vibrant atmosphere and numerous activities make it an ideal summer destination for families.

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Pier Activities

The pier features classic amusement rides, arcades, and food stalls. Families can enjoy thrilling rides, play games, and indulge in seaside treats. The pebbled beach itself is perfect for sunbathing and swimming, and the nearby seafront promenade offers numerous cafes, shops, and entertainment options.

SEA LIFE Brighton

Just a short walk from the pier, SEA LIFE Brighton is the world’s oldest operating aquarium. It provides an educational and fascinating look at marine life, with interactive exhibits and a glass-bottom boat ride.

Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle, a 14th-century moated castle near Robertsbridge, offers a picturesque and educational day out. The well-preserved ruins, surrounded by water, provide a fascinating glimpse into medieval life.

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Exploring the Castle

Families can explore the castle’s towers, battlements, and the Great Hall, learning about its history and the lives of its inhabitants. During the summer, Bodiam Castle often hosts interactive events like the Knight’s Quest, where children can dress up, participate in knight training, and enjoy storytelling sessions.

Fishers Adventure Farm Park

Located in the heart of the West Sussex countryside, Fishers Adventure Farm Park offers a mix of farmyard fun and adventure activities. It’s an excellent venue for younger children with its hands-on animal encounters and variety of outdoor play areas.

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Farmyard Fun

Children can meet and feed a range of farm animals, including goats, sheep, and rabbits. The park also offers pony rides and tractor rides and features several themed playgrounds, a maze, and a splash pad.

Indoor Play Barn

In case of inclement weather, the indoor play barn provides a safe and fun environment with soft play areas and slides.

Sheffield Park and Garden

Managed by the National Trust, Sheffield Park and Garden is a breathtaking landscape garden near Uckfield. The garden’s lakes, woodlands, and formal gardens offer a peaceful and beautiful setting for family outings.

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Picturesque Walks

The well-maintained paths around the lakes and through the woodlands offer picturesque walks suitable for all ages. The garden is home to a variety of wildlife, including ducks, swans, and dragonflies.

Summer Events

Throughout the summer, Sheffield Park hosts various family-friendly events and activities, such as guided walks, children’s trails, and outdoor theatre performances.

South of England Showground

The South of England Showground hosts many family-friendly events and is home to the South of England Event Centre. Situated on the outskirts of the village of Ardingly, it offers a wealth of agricultural and countryside education and activities.

Family-Friendly Events

June saw the South of England Show, offering all ages the chance to connect with the countryside. The show featured agricultural and equestrian displays, country pursuits, live entertainment, rural crafts, and plenty of food and shopping opportunities. Later this year, the Autumn Show & Horse Trials will return, marking a significant event in the Sussex calendar.

The Goodwood Estate

The Goodwood Estate in West Sussex is renowned for the Festival of Speed, Goodwood Revival, and Glorious Goodwood. Goodwood House and Estate have been a family home for over 300 years and are known for their beautiful landscapes.

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Festival of Speed

Held in the beautiful parkland surrounding Goodwood House, the Festival of Speed is motorsport’s ultimate summer garden party, returning from 11-14 July. It’s an exhilarating celebration where visitors can get close to the cars and bikes as they blast up the hillclimb track.


At Wakehurst, visitors can immerse themselves in various grasslands, from meadows to prairie and parkland. The American Prairie and ancient South Park offer unique natural experiences.

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Meadowland Experience

For summer 2024, Wakehurst will feature the Meadowland experience, showcasing the lifecycle of traditional meadow management practices. From blooming colours in early summer to sun-bleached tones of high-season grasses, visitors can admire the evolving landscape.

Enjoy exploring these fantastic family attractions in Sussex this summer!

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Mark Kebble

Mark's career in journalism started in 2001 when he landed a role on a small lifestyle magazine in Angel, North London. Soon enough, the magazine was purchased by a larger organisation and Mark found himself promoted to editor at the tender age of 23. He later became group editor, working on magazines for Angel, Crouch End, Muswell Hill and Highgate. He was also involved in a launch in Hadley Wood and a major new group website, later becoming Group Hub Editor. In 2021, Mark joined Zest Media Group and oversaw the launch of many Absolutely titles across the UK. To date, Mark has launched in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Sussex, Essex, Yorkshire and Cheshire. When he does have some free time, Mark is also the Chairman of an amateur football club in Surrey and is also a fully qualified FA football coach.
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