Family Fun on the Water!

Looking for something a bit different to do with the kids this summer? Hire a canoe, kayak or paddle board and explore some beautiful, sheltered stretches of water. Guaranteed fun for all the family and you'll see some fantastic wildlife too!


Published: 17th June 2020



What's for hire?​

* Single sit on top kayak – age 8+*

* Double sit on top kayak – these can be for families with children under 8 years old

* Stand up paddle board – age 8+*

* Open canoe hire - hired to families with children under 8 years old

What else can I do there?​

Click here to find out more about Southwater Country Park. Take a leisurely lakeside walk. Grab a takeaway snack from the café.

Southwater Country Park, Nr. Horsham, West Sussex

When?​ Weekends in June and all week in July and August (weather dependent)

How to book:​ Online booking


What's for hire?​

* Double sit on top kayak - for adult + young person aged under 9 years

* Single kayak - for children aged 9 years and above

* Stand Up Paddle Board - for children aged 9 years and above

All hirers under 16 years of age must be accompanied afloat by a responsible adult and be under their direct supervision at all times.

What else can I do there?

Discover the Kingfisher Trail – a lovely gentle walk, suitable for the whole family, with spectacular views across the water. Click here for a route map and guide. NB: Toilets and cafe remain closed at this time, but there is a lovely green space to enjoy a picnic!

Ardingly Reservoir, Nr. Haywards Heath, West Sussex

When?​ Daily

How to book:​ Bookings must be made by phone before arrival. Click here for further information.


What's for hire?​

* Sit on top kayak 

* Tandem sit on top kayak – there is a half size centre seat that allows a child to sit in the middle between two adults

* Stand up paddle board

* 2 person Canadian Open Canoe  – with loads of space for a picnic or even a dog!

When?​ Tues-Saturday through to September

What's nearby?​

Just a 10-minute drive from the village of Bramber, discover the ruins of Bramber Castle (a great picnic spot) or go for a peaceful walk along the banks of the River Adur on the access for all path (suitable for pushchairs).

River Adur, Nr. Steyning, West Sussex

How to book:​ Book online


What's nearby?

Pulborough: Discover the Pulborough WildArt Trail. Prepare to be mesmerized(!) as you are guided by the friendly Pulborough Giant (a 3D augmented reality character) on a unique walk.

Chichester Harbour: Discover wonderful Chichester Marina – one of the largest in the country on this varied walking and cycling route that is suitable for the whole family.

What's for hire?​

* Single kayak 

* Double kayak 

* Open canoe* Pulborough only


Pulborough: Daily through to 27th September

Chichester Harbour: Mon-Fri only (to end August) then 7-days/week during September.

River Arun, Pulborough, West Sussex & Chichester Harbour, Chichester, West Sussex

How to book:​ Online booking Pulborough and Chichester


What's for hire?​

* Family (rowing) boats – 2-4 person or 5-6 person 

* Canoes (2 or 3 person) 

* Double sit on top kayaks 

* Single sit on top kayaks

* Stand up paddle boards 

What else can I do there?

Explore huge Tilgate park, with its woodland and lakeside trails and walled garden. Click here for further information - please note the Nature Centre is not currently open.

Tilgate Park, Crawley, West Sussex

When?​ Fri-Sun during June and daily during July & August.

How to book:​ Book online for family boat hire or email for kayak and SUP hire


Northiam, North of Rye, East Sussex

What's for hire?​

* Row Boat – 4 people max. Suitable for all ages (except babies <10kg)

* Kayak - children who are co-ordinated can usually handle their own kayak at around 7yrs. Smaller children can sit between the paddler's legs. Suitable for all ages (except babies <10kg). 

* Tandem - maximum 2 adults either end & small child <7yrs in the middle

* Stand up paddle board - maximum 1 person & child <5yrs. Suitable from around 7yrs to adult for solo paddling

* Canadian Canoe - 4 people max. Suitable for all ages (except babies <10kg)

​What else can I do there? Enjoy a lovely takeaway lunch from the on-site Lime Wharf Café to enjoy in the field.

When?​ Daily

How to book:​ By phone. Click here for further information.

If you would like your family water-based activity venue to be added to the list, please get in touch:

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