Here are six family days out in Sussex that we want to visit this year. They’re all close enough that we’ve really got no excuse to have missed them on our adventures so far
A Heritage steam railway running on an 11 mile track close to East Grinstead, this line runs all year round! There are four stations on the line, and you can book onto regular journeys or themed days, like at Christmas and Easter along with more adult-aimed events like Murder Mystery evenings! More on their website here.
Arundel is about 15 minutes from us, we visit a fair amount to walk around Swanbourne Lake, look at the antiques shops and browse the records… but we’ve never been to the Castle! Currently closed for the winter, opening again in April, the castle, gardens and grounds are open to visitors. Dating back to 1067 (not all of it!) it’s a classic looking structure that towers above the town with amazing views out across the river Arun and Angmering Estate. Friends who have been have said the State rooms are incredibly impressive, and the gardens are lovely in Summer. I’d quite like to do a guided tour but I think that might be better without the kids as their attention spans aren’t so great just yet! Website.
Pooh Corner / Ashdown Forest
The Hundred Acre Wood is home to Winnie the Pooh! AA Milnes who wrote the Winnie the Pooh books, inspired by his son Christopher Robin, when they lived in Ashdown Forest. You can play pooh sticks on the bridge, explore the woods and have tea in the Pooh Corner Cafe! More info here
Thanks to Lyndsay for the photo of Pooh Corner!
Tangmere Military Aviation Museum
Based in an old RAF fighter station near Chichester, with a display of historic aircraft plus lots of aviation memorabilia stretching from the First World War through to the Cold War. There are flight simulators, guided tours, a cafe & picnic area. Arlo and Sam both love plans so I can imagine us spending a happy day there exploring! Website here.
Smugglers Adventure – Hastings
Adventuring through the tunnels and caves that the smugglers used in the 19th century is right up my street, I love things like that! Hastings is a pretty cool town full of history. I’ve blogged about it here, but we haven’t visited the castle or the caves before! There’s info, life sized characters, noises and more to really get you to understand what it would have been like to be in the tunnels for real as a smuggler! Website here.
Wilderness Wood – Uckfield
Near Uckfield, Wilderness Wood is a collection of small enterprises with a community feel, there’s a forest school, cafe, kitchen garden, camping and more all set in 62 beautiful acres of woodland to explore. A night in the wooden shepards hut would be such an escape from reality! Website here.
So if you’re local and you’ve been to any of these places for a day out do let me know, and if you’re planning on a visit to Sussex anytime then hopefully this has given you some ideas!
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