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There is a great choice of indoor activities across the South Downs here you will find; theatres, leisure centres, swimming pools, bowling alleys and cinemas, everything you need to keep warm on a rainy day or to keep the family entertained for hours. All the facilities listed below offer modern, multi purpose leisure space for group and individual visitors.

Leisure Centres and Swimming Pools:

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Freedom Leisure is the leading not-for-profit leisure trust in the South East managing 35 leisure centres and entertainment venues across Sussex, Surrey and the South East Freedom Leisure

In the UK a lot of leisure centres and swimming pools are operated by local authorities so for a comprehensive information about all of the regional sports facilities and opening hours have a look at swimming pools and leisure centres run by West Sussex County Council  For swimming pools and leisure centres run by East Sussex County Council   For facilities run by Hampshire County Council click here


Cinemas, Theatres and Shows:

Winchester Theatre Royal  Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB
The Theatre Royal Winchester, 400 seat venue in Winchester city centre, re-opened in October 2001 after extensive refurbishment.The venue also includes a varied touring programme of events.Staged weddings available please enquire for further details including opening times etc.
Tel: Box Office: 01962 840440 E-mail:

Anvil Theatre – Basingstoke Churchill Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 7QR
The Anvil is the finest concert hall in the south, with superb acoustics and a wide-ranging programme of music for all tastes. It’s easy to reach, just 45 minutes from London Waterloo, or M3 J6. Group booking: 01256 366935 / Admin: 01256 819 797 /
Fax: 01256 331 733. Tel: Box Office: 01256 844 244 E-mail:

The Lights Theatre – Andover West Street, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 1AH
The Lights offers a 242 seat auditorium, large arena hall, conference rooms, studios and dance studio all complemented by a café and stylish bar area. An outside canopied decking area overlooks landscaped grounds featuring fantastic pieces of public art. Each season The Lights offers a full programme of professional shows, workshops and classes. The Lights is available for hire by community groups, businesses or individuals for performance, workshops, training etc.
Tel: Box Office: 01264 368368

The Chesil Theatre – Winchester Chesil Street, Winchester, SO23 0HU
The home of the Winchester Dramatic Society. The Chesil Theatre Company is the premier amateur company in the Winchester area having full control of its own premises. We have an active social programme and, through membership of the Little Theatre Guild of Great Britain and the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) gives members access to national and regional training and workshops in theatre skills.
Tel: 01962 867086 E-mail:

Tower Arts Centre Theatre  – Winchester Romsey Road, Winchester, SO22 5PW
The Tower is currently Winchester’s main arts venue, playing host to comedy, theatre, music, exhibitions, children’s theatre and workshops, classes for adults and much more. Admin: 01962 877049 / Fax: 01962 849337 Tel: Box Office: 01962 867986 E-mail:

Theatres in West Sussex

Chichester Festival Theatre
Easily reached by road (A27 west from Brighton) or rail, Chichester is a lovely old city with an interesting range of historical buildings, including a wonderful Cathedral. If you plan to visit the theatre, then it may be worth making a day or at least an afternoon and an evening of it. Chichester Festival Theatre also runs some wonderful activities for children during the holiday periods. Box Office: 01243 781312 Email:

Worthing Theatres
Includes events on at the Pavilion and the Connaught Theatres in Worthing. Booking Office: 01903 206206

Theatres in Brighton

Theatre Royal, Brighton New RoadBrighton BN1 1SD
With a history that dates back almost 200 years, this beautiful Grade II listed building is one of the most historic and prestigious venues in the UK and one of the most favoured pre-West End dates. Box Office: 08700 606 650 (booking fee) Groups Hotline: 08700 606 617

The Brighton Dome
With three historic spaces under one roof – Concert Hall, Corn Exchange and Pavilion Theatre – Brighton Dome is one of the most versatile and stylish venues in the south.
Box Office: 01273 709709

The Brighton Centre
Popular sea-front venue for conferences, exhibitions and concerts.
Box Office: 01273 290131

Sallis Benney Theatre  Brighton University Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 0JY
Telephone 01273 643010Box Office: Tickets available from the Dome Box office Tel 01273 709709


Komedia’s unique European café style live entertainment complex. This venue hosts an eclectic mix of music, theatre, comedy, cabaret and kids shows together with a café, bistro and late bars.

Theatres in and around Lewes

Glyndebourne Opera House The first curtain rose at Glyndeboure in 1934. Since then, this stunningly located Opera House in the heart of the South Downs, just to the East of Lewes, has developed a prestigious, international reputation.
Glyndebourne Productions Ltd Glyndebourne, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 5UU
Box Office: 01273 813813 Fax: 01273 812783 email:

Lewes Theatre Club
Started in 1939, the Lewes Theatre Club welcomes visitors and new members.
Lewes Little Theatre Lancaster Street Lewes East Sussex BN7 2PX Box Office 01273 474826

Cinemas in Brighton and Hove

The Duke of York’s CinemaLocated on Preston Circus, the Duke of York’s shows the best of current, classic, cult, independent and foreign-language releases. Opened on 22nd September 1910, this was one of Brighton’s first ‘picture palaces’ and one of the earliest cinemas in the world! The distinctive, stripey legs, which kick skywards from the roof, make the Duke of York’s Cinema a familiar landmark. Duke of York’s Cinema Preston Circus Brighton Tel: 0871 704 2056

Odeon, Brighton Marina seafront
Eight cinemas showing a range of recent releases, make this a convenient Brighton film venue. This Odeon on the seafront also has a small fastfood outlet and parking nearby.
Odeon Brighton Kingswest West Street Brighton Telephone: 0871 22 44 007

Cineworld, Brighton Marina
Conveniently located for an afternoon out with the family, or a child’s Birthday treat, as you can combine a cinema trip with a visit to the bowling alley opposite. There are plenty of child-friendly eateries nearby too. Parking couldn’t be easier, alternatively, you can take a bus from Brighton along the sea-front to the Marina.
Telephone: 0871 200 2000

Orion Cinema, Burgess Hill
Delightful, old cinema, now with three screens, comfortable seats with great views of the screen and several screenings each day. To book by phone: 01444 243300

Cineworld, Crawley
London Road, Unit 1 – Crawley Leisure Park, Crawley RH10 8LR
Tel:0871 200 2000

Ditchling Village Film Society
Ditchling Film Society was started 27 years ago by local film enthusiasts and has been meeting in the village hall at 8pm on the first Thursday of each month (apart from August and September), ever since.

Lewes Film Club The Lewes Film Club is run by a committee of volunteer film enthusiasts and is a non-profit making venture. Their aim is to bring a interesting range of arthouse, classic and foreign films, not normally shown at commercial cinemas, to the residents of Lewes and the surrounding area at very low prices. They run a season of 22 films from September to May mostly showing on Friday nights at the All Saints Centre, Friars Walk.

Lewes Cinema Lewes Cinema is independently operated at the All Saints Arts Centre
Friars Walk, Lewes, BN7 2LE  Tel: 01903 523833

Other Cinemas in Sussex

Dome Cinema, Worthing
Located in a recently restored Grade II listed Edwardian building, the Dome Cinema in Worthing has two screens and a bar.
Marine Parade Worthing West Sussex
01903 823112

Curzon Cinema, Eastbourne
14 Langney Road Eastbourne East Sussex BN21 3EU
01323 731441

Cineworld, Eastbourne
Sovereign Harbour Retail Park Pevensey Bay Road
Eastbourne East Sussex BN23 6JH
0871 200 2000

Hailsham Pavilion
Beautifully restored and reminiscent of the ‘Golden Days of Cinema’, Hailsham Pavilion is both a cinema and a theatre
with a full programme of live events
George Street Hailsham East Sussex BN27 1AE
01323 841414

The Capitol, Horsham
The Capitol in Horsham is a very popular local resource for concert and theatre goers as well as those who want to
see the latest films.
The Capitol, North Street, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1RG
Box Office: 01403 750220

Picture House, Uckfield
The Uckfield Picture House High Street Uckfield East Sussex TN22 1AS
01825 763 822

Bowling Alleys, Skating and Misc

  • Farnborough Bowl – Farnborough
    Try Tenpin Bowling at Farnborough Bowl. The 10 Lane Tenpin Bowling Centre is fantastic fun for all ages. Enjoy bowling in the dark with Cosmic Glow lighting (available at various times) – Kids Bowl FREE on Sundays 10 12pm when accompanied by a full paying adult. Under 3’s bowl FREE at all times  Farnborough Bowl
  • Portsmouth Bowlplex  – Portsmouth
    Bowling is the perfect activity for any occasion whether it’s a family get together, birthday party or special treat during the school holidays. We are the ideal all weather venue with much more than just bowling  Portsmouth Bowlplex
  • Basingstoke Bowlplex – Basingstoke
    Bowling is the perfect activity for any occasion whether it’s a family get together, birthday party or special occasion Basingstoke Bowlplex
  • Westskates – Eastbourne
    Family friendly skateboard, skate and scooter park with a great main section and also a special area for learners under 6. Supervised with a first aider on site Westskates
  • Planet Ice Basingstoke  –  Basingstoke
    Planet Ice Basingstoke
    – Great ice skating rink with special childrens sessions and birthday parties available. One of the many fun family places to visit if you’re looking for the best things to do in Hampshire with kids
  • Gosport Ice Rink –  Gosport
    Large indoor ice rink which has many public sessions throughout the week for families to bring their children and have some fun. Great idea for family days out in Hampshire Gosport Ice Rink


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