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  • Brooklands Go Karts Mini Moto Circuit – Worthing
    A flexible use track with choice of two circuits suitable for learner and advanced levels of driving, so if they’re new to it don’t fear! Also have two kart sizes to suit junior and adults, ensuring safety and comfort Brooklands Go Karts Mini Moto Circuit
  • Knockhatch Adventure Park – Hailsham
    This diverse attraction offers Playgrounds, Birds of Prey, Rowing Boats, Animals, Reptiles, Giant Sky Leap Slide, Indoor Soft Play, Toboggans, Trampolines, Crazy Golf, plus lots more. At extra cost and weather permitting, Go-Karts, Laser Adventure Game, Driving School and Rodeo Bull! Knockhatch Adventure Park
  • Drusillas Park – Alfriston
    Widely regarded as the best small zoo in the country Drusillas Park offers a fun finding-out day out. Brilliant play areas including Go Wild! Go Bananas! and Amazon Adventure. Take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine plus close encounters in Lemurland and Lory Landing. It’s no ordinary zoo! Drusillas Park
  • Brighton Sea Life Centre – Brighton
    The Brighton Sea Life Centre offers a fun and educational day out whatever the weather. With over 150 species and 57 displays, you will be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable day for the whole family! Brighton Sea Life Centre 
  • Blackberry Farm – Near Lewes
    Blackberry Farm is set within 18 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside in the village of Whitesmith. Our family run farm is home to over 200 animals and wildfowl Blackberry Farm
  • How We Lived Then – Eastbourne
    The Museum has over 100,000 exhibits, collected over the past 50 years by Jan and Graham Upton, and now displayed on FOUR floors of authentic shops, room-settings and with various displays covering 100 years of shopping and social history from 1850 to 1950 How We Lived Then
  • Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum – Lewes
    A woodland where you can wander amongst a collection of prehistoric reconstruction buildings. A woldfowl reserve with an amazing collection of ducks, geese, swans and a Motor Museum with a superb collection of vintage and classic cars. Bentley also has a range of resident craftworkers, a fun childrens adventure play area with living willow tunnels, a minature steam railway, gift shop, cafe and picnic area Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum
  • Sovereign Centre Leisure Pools – Eastbourne
    The Sovereign Leisure Centre has something for everyone, splash in the fun pool with waves and flume, swim in the 25m gala pool or dive into the diving pool Sovereign Centre Leisure Pools
  • The Pells Outdoor Swimming Pool – Lewes
    Heated outdoor pool with kids’ rafts and other fun elements. Also has children’s paddling pool, sunbathing terrace and a cafe. Open May to September The Pells Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Ocean Adventure Indoor Play Area – Lewes
    A fun-packed soft play area over three levels for children under 8, with interactive sounds and a dedicated area for toddlers Ocean Adventure Indoor Play Area 
  • Newhaven Fort – Newhaven
    Offers an exciting and varied day out at this award winning attraction. The massive walls, ramparts, tunnels and gun emplacements all fire the imagination and help visitors experience what life was like living in a Victorian Fortress, as well as understanding and learning about the First and Second World Wars Newhaven Fort
  • Lewes Castle – Lewes
    When you explore the norman castle in Lewes you’ll be rewarded with outstanding views of the town and south downs. Next door, in barbican house museum, you’ll be able to learn more about the history of the area through interactive and static displays Lewes Castle
  • Michelham Priory and Gardens – Hailsham
    Michelham Priory is a very beautiful historic property nestling deep in the Sussex countryside and offers much to interest visitors – history, exhibits, superbly kept gardens, art exhibitions, wildlife, working watermill. There is a well-stocked Gift Shop and a self-service restaurant Michelham Priory and Gardens
  • Bluebell Railway – Uckfield
    Great Steam engine journeys through the Sussex countryside. Good idea if you are looking for family days out in East Sussex Bluebell Railway
  • Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway – Eastbourne
    Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park. One eighth scale Steam and diesel train journeys for nearly a mile around Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway
  • Holmbush Farm World – Faygate
    Lots of farm animals – please click here to visit Daily Activities include: Tractor Rides – Cow and Goat milking – Animal Handling – Goat Races – Picnic areas with covered seating – Playgrounds including: Bale maze – Mini Mountains – Sand Pits – Tree houses – Indoor Play Areas Holmbush Farm World
  • Dunreyth Alpacas -Chichester
    For a while now they have been training their young alpacas to walk to hand; thus enabling people to walk these young alpacas Dunreyth Alpacas 
  • Arundel Lido – Arundel
    Outdoor pool with toddler and splash pools, and a picnic area Arundel Lido
  • Flying Fortress – Ford
    Is a multi award-winning indoor children’s activity centre with one of the most exciting playframes on the South Coast. Children just love the slides, the mangles, the monkey bars and mums and dads can have just as much fun as the kids! The Café serves great food too with plenty of healthy options!Flying Fortress
  • High Sports Midhurst – Midhurst
    Indoor Climbing Centre with opportunities for the smaller climber – ring for more details. One of the many fun family places to go if you’re looking for things to do with children High Sports Midhurst
  • Sussex Watersports – Worthing
    Fantastic outdoor activity and Watersports centre based right on the beach in Worthing, West Sussex offering exciting ringo rides and fun kayaks to hire Sussex Watersports 
  • Marwell Wildlife – Winchester
    The 140 acre zoological park is home to over 200 exotic and charismatic species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings. Be as active or as relaxed as you want. There are three play areas where children can run wild while you take a well-earned break Marwell Wildlife
  • The Hawk Conservancy Bird Park – Andover
    The Trust is set in 22 acres of woodland and wild flower meadow, where there are over 150 birds of prey on view, from the tiny Pygmy Owl to the impressive European Griffin Vulture The Hawk Conservancy Bird Park
  • Museum of Army Flying – Stockbridge – Is home to an amazing collection of army aviation history including over 40 different aircraft. The Museum has a range of interactive displays, simulators and trails for children and big kids can enjoy Museum of Army Flying

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